Hope you all have had a great day, I have been super busy catching up on house work that was so needed, sadly with the massive amounts of heat we have had to endure these last couple of weeks, it makes me put house work on hold, but today a beautiful day and zipped through the housework…so that now means plenty of crafting days, YAY!

Speaking of crafting tonight I pop in to share the latest sketch challenge from MFT, current sketch is 370, I hope you will play along this week, for more details on how to enter and a chance to win, plus view plenty of inspiration, click HERE

I started out by taking a trimmed white panel of card stock, and using the Pierced Heart Stax, I took one of the hearts along with more white card stock, die cutting a heart..

Adding to the heart I die cut card stocks, Pink Lemonade, Grapesicle, Sno Cone and Lemon Chiffon using the Stitched Rainbow, adhering to one side of the heart…

Next was to add a coloured image, which I stamped from the Magical Unicorns..

Completing the card by adding a sentiment under the heart and a scattering of Clear Sequins…

I look forward to seeing all your projects this week..

Have a fabulous day or night!





  • Tara Prince

    I love the unicorn!!ReplyCancel

  • Marjorie Dumontier

    That’s such an adorable card !

Hi There

I hope you have all had a great day, here at the cottage we are once again sweltering in these Summer conditions, I am so looking forward to Autumn when it finally arrives and yes, I know that I still have a long way to go, but with each day that means it is getting closer :)

Tonight, I am playing catch up on some admin here on the blog…

Back in December last year I had a giveaway here on my blog for a Pretty Pink Posh, Bee Friends..I apologise for not drawing the winner of this giveaway sooner, but the end of last year saw lots of medical things pop up here in my family with varying levels of worry, so of course I just was treading water trying to get through the bare minimal in life and creating…we still have a lot going on behind the scenes but today seemed a good day to finally post that winner…

Thank you for everyone that passes by my blog each time I post and leave sweet messages, means the world to me..

The winner of the Bee Friends stamp and die set goes to: Marilyn congratulations Marilyn, I will contact you via your email to organise to have sent out to you…

Next up is a review….

I had a few people ask me on FB about the Polychromos Pencils that I purchased for myself as a Birthday and Christmas present, then after Christmas, Darryl brought me a larger set and well I am here to give you my thoughts of these pencils..

Firstly, I am not being paid by anyone or any company to share my thoughts and these really are just my thoughts and once you use them you will form your own opinion too, like any other product us crafters use..but I do hope that these thoughts do help you decide if you feel you would like a set too..remember I am not the best artist out there, just having fun and learning heaps..

Now before I jump in with the Pros and Cons, I have to say that I love my Prisma Coloured pencils, but one thing that has been quite the deterrent for me is the leads inside some of the pencils just keep breaking when I sharpen and of course by the time you sharpen I have lost quite a lot of value and money as the pencil is almost gone…some say to heat the lead inside and that will join back together, I am yet to do so..

I also find that when you colour over the lines on stamped images it fades the outline and that is just a personal thing that seems to bug me..

The Pros to these pencils are:

  • They are all sharpened upon arrival
  • The leads I have found are in tacked
  • The range of colours are just as good as Prisma Coloured ones
  • When I colour over a line it generally does not discolour the outline of the stamped image like Prisma Coloured ones do
  • They blend without have to use gamsol and they blend beautifully
  • I find that the wax build is less, you can go over and add plenty of colour and layers

The Cons:

  • The only thing so far that I have found is that the white pencil does not have any if not at all depth as the Prisma Coloured one..

As I said I find both sets of pencils are both fantastic and I love to use both, but at present I like to gravitate towards the Polychromos, I think they are worth the investment if you are wishing to purchase a set for yourself…

If you are in Australia and wondering where I purchased mine, I got mine from HERE, they send them very quickly and the packaging is exceptional, I could not be more delighted to deal with this company..once again I am not being paid by them to say this..

I will add that I found the 60 tin set to be fine as a starter kit, but the range of colours for layering are not quite there, so if you are willing to invest the 120 tin set is so worth it..

I hope that this has helped you all decide if you wish to purchase or not..

Now for a card that I created using the Polychromos…

I sat and coloured the Hollyhock from the Sunshine and Smiles set from Clearly Besotted, die cut out and set aside..

I then took the Scallop Frames from Pretty Pink Posh, die cutting a white panel, the insert I added some MFT, Lemon Chiffon ink..

I added this to a white card base and adhered the flower..

Finishing off the card by stamping a sentiment from Beautiful Friends 2 and some Clear Sequins and the card was complete..

Thanks for sticking with me til the end with this rather long post..





  • Dawn t

    Great card and thanks for sharing your thoughts. I’m building up my Prismas but haven’t tried the Polychromos. Luckily I’ve had no breaking lead issues. Hope all is getting better with the health issues. Take careReplyCancel

  • Beautiful card! Thanks for sharing your thoughts about the colored pencils! :)ReplyCancel

  • Debbie B

    There is one thing you may want to try to prevent lead breakage. I heard that when you sharpen your pencils, turn the sharpener, not the pencil. Apparently when you turn the pencil it “twists” the lead inside and that is why it breaks. Anyway, hope this helps,ReplyCancel

  • marg

    love the colours in youre card,i do hope things are easing on the medical front,and yes I hear you ,its to HOT.MargReplyCancel

  • vicki

    Thank you for your informative post.
    I own Prisma Colors and Polychromos. I have found the same problem with the Primsa Colors — breaking leads. Drives me nuts! I still find that I reach for them more than my Polychromos. Could be because I have a smaller set of Polychromos than Prismas. Perhaps I should invest in a big set ;-)

    Your card is beautiful. Your coloring almost looks stippled. Did you use a different coloring technique?ReplyCancel

  • I do love your creations Joy – often saving them to my Pinterest boards – and this card is no exception! Above that, I also really appreciate your thoughts on the Polychromos – I too was wondering about losing so much of my pencil when I sharpen Prisma colours and they break! You have certainly shown what can be achieved with these pencils – if I need to buy any more, I will give the polychromous a try too. Keep cool if you can – this too will pass:) AnnReplyCancel

  • Julie

    Hollyhocks are a bit old-fashioned, but I just love them. Your coloring is beautiful.ReplyCancel

Hi again

Back with the latest Sketch Challenge for MFT, this week we are now sitting at number 369..to view more inspiration and check out on how you can enter this week to have a chance at winning, then just click HERE..

I chose this week to work with the Fairy Happy stamps and die, stamping out the fairy and colouring her in with Copics, die cutting and setting aside..

I then took some white card stock and ran it through the die cutting machine 4 times, die cutting using the Single Stitch Line Circle Frames, adhering the outer edges together to form dimension and with the inner part I stamped and embossed a flower all over the background to create my own pattern paper..

With the inner circle part once embossed I took Pink Lemonade and Razzle Berry inks and applied until I was happy with the end result…

I added the circle to a trimmed white panel of card stock and adhering this then to a white card base..

Next, I took a piece of Pink Lemonade card stock and embossed a sentiment, die cutting this out using the Oval Word Window Frames..

Adding the sentiment and the fairy along with some Clear Sequins and my card was complete..

I look forward to seeing what you all create this week…

Have a fun crafty day!





  • Sue Rosa

    Very sweet card.ReplyCancel

  • I look forward to your posts. Thanks for bringing sunshine into our lives. Keep up the great works. Cannot wait to see more.
    Happy thoughts,
    New YorkReplyCancel

  • Marjorie DUMONTIER

    That’s such a lovely card ! The little fairy is soooo sweet !

  • Tara Prince

    So very sweet!!ReplyCancel

  • Marilyn Patrick

    What a beautiful sweet card. You never disappoint!ReplyCancel


So today is the day, the card kit is live for purchase and I sure hope you will have fun with this kit…

Be sure for more inspiration from the team to head over here and check them all out..

I chose to use up some scraps of coloured card stock I had laying around and this is a great way..trimming strips of Pure Plum, Razzleberry, Tickled Pink and Insulation Pink, adding them to a piece of scrap paper and running it through my die cutting machine with the word Yay at the top…

I then stamped out a sentiment onto the bottom half and embossed with white embossing powder..

I added this to a Stitched Rectangle base card stock and set aside..

On the base of the card, I die cut several pieces of confetti and adhered to the out edge…

I added my Yay panel and the card was complete..

Great way to use up some scraps and really easy card to create several different colours and give as a gift to someone..

I hope you all have a fabulous time using this kit and have a great crafty day!





  • Sue D

    I like the different layers and the colorful stripes.ReplyCancel

  • Clever card…your confetti BG almost looks embossed!ReplyCancel

  • Trina P.

    Sweet card. Great idea to use up scraps, which we all have too much of.ReplyCancel

  • Andrea Shell

    Fabulous card! Love how you used the strips to make your own patterned paper, and the tone-on-tone die-cuts on the base is wonderful!ReplyCancel

  • Kim Fisher

    Love this card, so beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Love your diagonal stripes and bold YAY!ReplyCancel

  • Denise Bryant

    Pretty color combo! Love your festive card!ReplyCancel

  • That’s a cool creation!ReplyCancel

  • CJ

    Great idea for using up scraps! Thank you for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Annette Snyder

    This is such a fun kit! Fabulous card!ReplyCancel

  • Holly Mahoney

    Absolutely beautiful colors Joy!! I love how you also used the white confetti on the white card base too.ReplyCancel

  • Lovely card!ReplyCancel

  • Dee Ann Matthews

    What a clever embossed Border using the wonderful shapes!ReplyCancel

  • Kelsey Thomas

    Wonderful card! :)ReplyCancel

  • Paula Haller

    Pretty! Love the color combo and the white confetti on white gives the illusion of an embossed paper.ReplyCancel

  • Tina Ockey

    I love the monochromatic confetti on the edge. At first glance, I thought it was embossed! Beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Stacey Kowbel

    Fantastic card! I love all the layers you used!ReplyCancel

  • Arianna Barbara

    Really gorgeous!!!ReplyCancel

  • Laura Casselman

    Great way to use your scraps. I love pieced cards. And the colors are perfect with this new release!ReplyCancel

  • Love the colors!ReplyCancel

  • Becca Yahrling

    Love the idea of using up scraps – we all have tons of them! lol This is really lovely (and the ‘tickled pink’ color brought back memories of being 16 and drinking Tickled Pink wine! lol).ReplyCancel

  • Absolutely beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • lainey

    What a fun way to use up some scraps!ReplyCancel

  • Dee Earnshaw

    wow this card is gorgeous – LOVE the color combo and layering:)ReplyCancel

  • Deb Raben

    What a great way to use scraps! This kit is so versatile!ReplyCancel

  • Sue Rosa

    Nice card, the background looks great.

  • Crystal Muirhead

    So much color and dimension. Love it!ReplyCancel

  • I never remember to use my scraps this way. Your card is amazing! Thanks for the reminder. Loving this kit.ReplyCancel

  • Mary-Anne V

    Very cool design with the diagonal stripes!ReplyCancel

  • Heather Nelson

    Love the confetti along the background! Your striped YAY is so fun! I love when how scraps of paper can be used for a great card.ReplyCancel

  • Annette Hindes

    Really like this card!
    All the different layers!ReplyCancel

  • Tammy Hanson

    Stunning combo of colors and lines. I never would have put those colors together but I love it.ReplyCancel

  • Marjorie DUMONTIER

    That’s a great, festive card !

  • Karen Ba

    What an awesome design!ReplyCancel

  • Shazz

    I like the colors used for the cardReplyCancel

  • Cathy Lillie

    I love the confetti background you did! The white on white made me think it was embossed!ReplyCancel

  • Deepa Lakshman

    I like the idea of diecutting the confetti and putting them on the card base for the tone on tone effect. It looks embossed. Lovely card.ReplyCancel

  • Laraine Randall

    Fabulous card!ReplyCancel

  • Patt H.

    Very pretty card! Love the stripes against the clean white!ReplyCancel


Thank you all for the lovely comments about my card kit day 1 card…I had a comment from Tammy Hanson asking what colours of thread that I used on my card, now these threads have been with me for a long time and they are an Anchor and DMC ranges of product, the colour numbers are a dark navy blue that I never wrote the code for that one, but that is an Anchor thread, next colour number is DMC 334, Anchor 0123 and Anchor 869, hope this helps but any combo would actually work :)

Okay so onto the card for today and we are now at day 2, I have a simple card and once again you could definitely use this as a masculine or feminine card..

I chose to die cut a piece of white card stock out of the Circle Stax 2 dies, onto the white circle I took distress oxides, Faded Jeans, Cracked Pistachio and Wilted Violet, adding the colours until I was happy, I flicked some water of the top to make the ink wick and applied some white gel pen dots also for more texture..

I then took some clear sequins and added these to the circle and set aside to dry..

Next, I went to the die cutting machine and took more white card stock, running the word Yay several times, adhering each of the letters together then adding these to the circle…

Finishing off the card by taking some Black Licorice card stock and the Yay sentiments, embossing each of these and trimming around the sentiment, adding one to the top of the circle and the other to the base of the circle..

Adhering the circle to a white card base and the card was complete…

Be sure to swing past the rest of the Design Teams creations and I will be back tomorrow with the reveal day!





  • Susan Gosman

    Your card is so very pretty!ReplyCancel

  • Thersha Lewis

    So beautiful and so simple (or at least it sounds simple from the verbiage above). Enjoy the color of distress oxide inks begins the dimensional yay.ReplyCancel

  • Jill Duplessie

    Great card. I love blending.ReplyCancel

  • Dee Ann Matthews

    Gorgeously colored circle to show off YAY!ReplyCancel

  • Tara Prince

    Love this so much!ReplyCancel

Hi there

Sweltering here again at the cottage so I am struggling to find the energy to craft, as my craft room is like a sauna…but that is Summer for you I guess..

Speaking of craft are you all ready for the latest card kit from MFT…we have a fun one this month called YAY for You, so many great sentiments that you can add for an occasion..

I chose to do a little more stitching with the Cross Stitch Tag, seeing as it was super hot, I thought I would sit under the A/C and stitch away, so I went with more of a masculine look to my card, stitching colours of blues and purples together..

I added this stitched panel to a trimmed piece of white card stock, then die cut the word Yay 4 times out of more white card stock, adhering each of them together to form dimension..

I finished off the card by stamping a sentiment onto After Midnight card stock and embossing with White Embossing Powder, adding this across the word Yay..

I hope you enjoy viewing the rest of the teams creations today and I will be back with day 2 tomorrow..

Have a great day and stay cool or warm depending on where you are in the world reading this post :)




  • LOVE the texture on your card from the stitching–so very cool!ReplyCancel

  • Thersha Lewis

    Unbelievable stitch work. Love the built up yayReplyCancel

  • Debbie Nelson

    Classy card!ReplyCancel

  • Kim Cesafsky

    So pretty with the stitching. Love the colors that you used.ReplyCancel

  • Jill D.

    So pretty. Love the texture on the card.ReplyCancel

  • Tammy Hanson

    Love this card. Would you mind sharing what colors of floss you used on the panel? j It’s a great combination. Thanks in advance.ReplyCancel

  • Paula Haller

    Definitely a masculine vibe but not limited to it! Love the cross stitch against the white!ReplyCancel

  • Shannon

    This would be a fabulous “guy” card – great job!ReplyCancel

  • Margarita Navarro-Rivera

    Love your card. That stitching is awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Monica Rodriguez

    I love it! Great background and idea of 4 die cuts of yay! I love the colors!ReplyCancel

  • Tara Prince

    I love the stitching!!ReplyCancel

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