Happy Weekend everyone! Isn’t that a great feeling when you can say that, I just love when I get my weekends off and am able to have play time in the craft room.

So play time today has consisted of me using the technique of cracked glass effect, I first saw this technique on Heather Nichols blog, and I thought wow! what an amazing effect, so today have decided to tackle the challenge and have a go.

I started with cream card stock for the card, blended the edges to soften with some Ranger, Distress Ink, Antique Linen, set aside to dry. I then cut a piece of kraft card stock with a Spellbinders, Labels 1 die and stamped Hero Arts, Old Letter Writing over the top of die with Ranger, Distress Ink, Brushed Corduroy, also blending the edges with the same ink.

I then stamped a new Hero Arts woodblock stamp, Floral Scallop onto some scratch white card stock in Tuxedo Memento black ink, I took my Copic’s (see photo below of colours used) and coloured a section of the stamped image in, then using my Ranger, Distress Ink, Antique Linen I blended over the top to create an aged effect. I punched a circle out of the coloured image and cut a small strip of white card stock and glued it with some removable adhesive to the back of the punched circle so as to give me something to hold onto, I then inked the side that was coloured with Versamark Ink making sure all areas were covered well, then dipped it into my Utee clear embossing powder and proceeded to heat until melted and before drying dipped it back into the embossing powder and did this procedure several times until I was happy with the layers of Utee over the image. Once completely cooled I snapped sections of the circle to produce cracks, hence cracked glass, I then blended some Ranger, Distress Ink, Brushed Corduroy over the top of the cracks allowing it to seep into some of the cracks to give it a more aged look.

I took a piece of Papertrey Ink, Aqua Mist satin ribbon and glued it under the die cut, added some dimensionals and some to the cracked glass image, mounted the die cut onto the card and the cracked glass image off to one side on the die cut, stamped a Hero Arts, Everyday Sayings sentiment to the bottom of the die. Lastly, added some bling to match and some black dots around the die cut for added dimension.

Photo of Copic’s

A great technique to try, recommend anyone to have a go, fun process.

I hope that this long post today you find informative and inspirational.

Enjoy your Saturday night.

Look forward in catching you all tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping by!


  • HI Joy, what a great card & post. I loved reading how you made this wonderful card.ReplyCancel

  • Hi Joy! Thanks for explaining this technique so well! I’ll have to try it! Your card is gorgeous! I love those colors and the cracked glass look of your embellishment! In one word, gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful! Love your colors and design!ReplyCancel

  • Amazing card, with an awesome technique, Joy!!! Wow! It is just gorgeous and turned out so fabulous!! Just love it!! :)ReplyCancel

  • stunning. amazingly stunning.ReplyCancel

  • What an incredible card! Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Oh WOW! Gorgeous indeed! This is such a beautiful card!ReplyCancel

  • Congrats on the Hero Arts tweet!! :) Love this- your coloring is so striking and the cracked glass technique really spotlights it perfectly!ReplyCancel

  • What a GORGEOUS card. Love that crackled glass effect – so so beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Thanks a lot for this! Gorgeous result!ReplyCancel

  • Great Card! Thanks for sharing! =)
    I’ll definitely have to try that crackled glass technique!ReplyCancel

  • Simply amazing…what an absolutely delightful card! Thanks so much for the step by step directions too, so helpful!ReplyCancel

Hi Everyone! Well nearly the end of the week, YAY! Hope everyone is enjoying their day. I have the day off today which is great.

Today’s card I made a couple of weeks ago for my friend, she needed a baby card for her friend that had just had a baby girl.

I started with pink card stock for the card, I then cut a piece of green card stock and added a K & Company, Brenda Walton, Small Wonders Girl Icon Sticker to the top, I took my white gel pen and added some white dots around the edge of the green card stock, added a Hero Arts, Adorable Baby Girl sentiment to the bottom, along with some pearls, lastly, I took a different shade of pink card stock and punched a border of Scalloped Scallop and attached to the base of the green card stock, I added dimensionals to the green card stock and placed onto the pink card.

A very quick, simple but sweet card to make.

I just wanted to leave a small comment, thanking everyone who has visited my blog and left me comments, also thank you for leaving such wonderful comments over at Flickr about my cards. Another big thank you to Jennifer McGuire and the Hero Arts team who have taken the time to Twitter me on my cards, this is such an honour and is truly appreciated.

If you would like to know more information on something that I have made etc, please leave me your name and email address in a comment, I won’t publish those details, this will allow me to return any answers to you.

I hope you enjoy today’s card, look forward in catching you all tomorrow.

Enjoy your day!


  • I love this simply, sweet, adorable little card!! Wonderful work, Joy! :)ReplyCancel

  • It is very sweet Joy. I really like the white dots.ReplyCancel

Hi everyone! Extremely late posting tonight, I had to work until 10pm tonight, so am just about to head to bed, so thought I would post this quickly then go. I hope that you have all had a great day, I have 1 more day left of work, cannot wait for the weekend to arrive.

Tonight’s card I started with white card stock and ran it through my Cuttlebug, cutting 2 Labels 8 die cuts with my Spellbinder Die, I then stamped in 3 different places on one edge of the front part of the die cut card stock, Hero Arts, Big and Small Flowers stamp and also 2 times onto some scratch white card stock, along with a few leaves, I coloured the images with my Copics ( see photo below of Copics used). I cut out the 2 images of the flowers and the leaves that were on the scratch white card stock and mounted the cut out images over the main images on the die cut. I took my Hero Arts, Truly Appreciated stamp set and stamped a sentiment on the other side of the stamped flowers and leaves. I added some black stitching lines to the outside of the die cut, soften the edges with some Ranger, Distress Ink, Antique Linen and lastly, added some pearls to the flowers and the die cut and glue both die cuts together to form the card.

Photo of Copics.

I hope that this posting makes sense…..LOL, rather tired tonight, please excuse any mistakes.

Well off to bed, have a good one!


  • Absolutely gorgeous card! Thanks for including the step by step instructions. Hugs, Julie <3ReplyCancel

  • Joy! This is so pretty!! I just love how you made this card!! Take a look, (again) at the Hero Twitter page! Yup, you are mentioned again with this one!! You are on a roll!! Love it!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful!!!ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful! Love the elegance of your card!ReplyCancel

  • Stunning card! Your craftsmanship is amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Wow, Joy, this card is beautiful! I love the colors and the subtle distress on the edges. I have that stamp set ordered and now I have some wonderful inspiration for when it arrives..thanks so much for sharing!!

  • This is so pretty! Your colouring is beautiful!

  • I’m glad I found your blog through Jennifer McGuire’s post…(HA Blog, perhaps?)….. you inspire me. I am not a detail person, and generally I wouldn’t be interested in a stylized floral image. That is, until the new HA flowers came along. I LOVE this floral image, and you have provided some wonderful inspiration for me.ReplyCancel

Evening everyone! Very late post tonight, sorry about that, I have been at work and then had to come home and finish the card off, was feeling rather tired tonight, so took me a little longer to get motivated to finish the card.

I started with green card stock for card, I stamped Hero Arts, Design Block Flourish in Versamark Ink over the front of the card, set aside to dry, I took some pink card stock and ran it through my Cuttlebug, cutting it with my Spellbinder Die, Scalloped Square, I then cut a cream square of card stock to fit the centre of the die cut, glued the card stocks together and added dimensionals and placed onto card. I had some left over butterflies that I had cut of on my Silhouette machine the other day so I decided to colour them in using some Stampin Up, Certainly Celery ink, I then glued all 4 butterflies together making them appear to be dimensional (Jennifer McGuire used this technique). I spritzed the butterflies with some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist, Pearl and left to dry, once dry I added some pearls to the centre of the butterfly and glued to the cream card stock, I then drew the feelers on. Lastly, I added a Hero Arts, Valentines Saying sentiment stamp to the bottom of the card along with some pearls.

Another view of card.

Enjoy tonights card, something a little different to what I have been doing lately. A sweet card for any wonderful friend.

Have a great night for what is left. I will hopefully catch you all tomorrow.


  • Joy, this has got to be my favorite of your cards so far!!! WOW! I absolutely love the colors and 3-D butterfly!! Just gorgeous!! :)ReplyCancel

  • This one is so beautiful! Love its simplicity!ReplyCancel

  • Your card is very pretty!!ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful creation, Joy! Congrats for being featured in HA Twitter!ReplyCancel

  • Your green card is very cute. This is so beautiful! The Butterfly style is very nice. The background of the card is very meaningful. Your card is very pretty!ReplyCancel

Evening All! I gather that everyone had a good day today, being the start of the week, or did everyone have Mondayitis…LOL. It has been rather a warm, muggie day here today, thought that we might have received more rain, but nothing at present, keep wishing I suppose.

Well tonight’s card, I decided to make another flower card, I started with pink card stock for the base card. I took some white card stock and ran it through my Cuttlebug embossing it with a Quickutz, Polka Dots Small folder, I then took my Ranger, Distress Inks, Brushed Corduroy and Antique Linen and blended over the top of the embossed card stock until I was satisfied with the end result, I corner rounded the corners and set aside to dry. Whilst the card stock was drying I took another lot of white card stock and stamped a flower from the Hero Arts, Aritistic Borders and a stem from the Big and Small Flower stamp set with my Tuxedo Memento Black Ink, the flower I stamped 3 times and the stem once, I then coloured the images in with my Copics (see photo below for colours used) once coloured in I cut the stem and 3 different sizes of the flower and mounted them all together, this gave the image a layered look, I mounted the flower and stem onto the blended card stock with dimensionals and lastly, added a sentiment form the Hero Arts, Birthday Sayings stamp set at the bottom of the card and mounted the blended card stock with dimensionals to the pink card.

Here is a photo of the Copics used.

I hope that you are enjoying your evening, I will be back tomorrow with another post.

Thanks for stopping by!


  • One of my favorite flowers! You’ve given it a nice fresh look; must go dig it out again……Love your colors!ReplyCancel

  • Awesome, Joy!! Love it so much!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Love it! Just a simple flower over this beautiful background!ReplyCancel

Hi everyone! So how was everyone’s weekend? Mine has been hectic, Saturday and Sunday I had to work so not much time to play in the craft room, although, I have managed to make a card for tonight’s post, and yes, it is another distress ink card……..LOL.

Tonight’s card I started with a piece of card stock that is similar to kraft, I stamped Hero Arts, Design Block Flourish stamp with Versamark Ink over the card stock and sewed around the edges of this piece of card stock, distressed the edges with my scissors and took my Ranger, Distress Ink, Brushed Corduroy and Antique Linen and started to blend until I was completley satisfied with the end result, I set this aside so that the ink would have time to dry. Then using white card stock I cut 3 different sized butterflies out on my Silhouette Machine and blended them with Ranger, Distress Ink, Dusty Concord and Milled Lavender to get the desired look, I misted them with some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist, Pearl and once dried I glued them to the distressed piece of card stock. I added a Hero Arts, Truly Appreciated sentiment to the bottom of the card stock, lastly, I added some bling to match and mounted it onto the card with some dimensionals.

I hope that you like tonight’s card and some inspiration from this card helps you to design one of your own.

Have great evening everyone.

(Also little reminder, don’t forget to drop over to Jennifer McGuire’s blog to read up on Cards for Kids, a wonderful drive that Jennifer and the other ladies are running, such a small gift that can bring a beautiful smile to a child and their families).

Thanks for stopping by!


  • Love the added butterflies on this one, Joy! So pretty in purple!!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    Love this! So just trying to follow what you did…You put distress ink directly over the Versamark? Does it need to dry first? Sorry, new to these techniques…thanks!ReplyCancel

  • GORGEOUS distressing! I LOVE this card!ReplyCancel

  • This looks gorgeous, Joy! I love the background! And the butterflies are standing out really well!ReplyCancel