Hi there

Firstly, I want to thank all of you for the lovely comments, support and love that you left here on my blog about my wonderful Darryl, it was really touching to read each of your caring thoughts, things are certainly difficult and I miss him incredibly, but I also know he himself would also thank you for reaching out the way you all have..thank you..

I am also glad that you liked the first day of the countdown for MFT, today we share day 4 with you all and I have a set that I am smitten with this month, a new one from Stacey Yacula called Hooray Kind of Day!

I stamped out the sweet little fox pulling his little cart of flowers along and some extra flowers, colouring these in with Polychromos, die cutting and setting aside..

I wanted to keep the images at the fore front of the card so I took some masking paper and tearing an edge, I added blending with Lemon Chiffon and Gumdrop Green ink to create a soft hue..

I added my images into the inked panel and completed this card by stamping a sentiment at the top of the inked section..

Don’t forget more over on the blog again today and more product to see, so be sure to head over and check out..

I will be back here again tomorrow for even more..

That is if I don’t tear my hair out with this rotten computer, almost 9hrs worth of problems with it today, a wasted day for sure, but I got there in the end..

Hugs

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  • Kristi H.

    Love this! You always do beautiful work. Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • LYNN D.

    Interesting use of masking for the background.ReplyCancel

  • April Davis

    Such a sweet card! Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Such a sweet little fox card!ReplyCancel

  • saadia

    So glad you are back! My deepest condolences on your loss.
    Take CareReplyCancel

  • Bernadette

    Sweetness plus!ReplyCancel

  • I love the cute new critters on these stamps and the fact there is a sweet flag banner to go with them. Thanks for sharing your inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • Eva N

    The little fox looks adorable on your soft background.ReplyCancel

  • Pamela Selinski

    Your card is so cute and I especially like the background. Soft and sweet birthday cardReplyCancel

  • I love the gorgeous background and adorable fox! Beautiful colours too! My thoughts are with you. Hugs xxxReplyCancel

  • janet

    Lovely chard, Joy. The bended background is beautiful. Sorry about the technology frustration…kudos on your perseverance!!ReplyCancel

Hello

Back again to start sharing the June Release Countdown, today I start you out with day 5..

First up, is one of two sets from Birdie Brown, the one I used is called Cat-Astrophe, such a sweet kitty set and I hope you will find inspiration not just with my card but also from the team, so why not pop on over to see if they have used this set for today or not..

I kept mine simple as I wanted the cats to shine, so I took the 2 kitties that I wanted to use coloured in with Copics and Polychromos and die cut out, setting these aside..

I moved onto the base of the card, die cutting the Peek-a-Boo Rectangle die in the panel and under the panel die cut, adding a sentiment..

I added foam tape to the back of this and attached some new pattern paper called Summertime Polka Dots..

I adhered this all to a white card base and completed the card by adding my images and another sentiment using the speech bubble, adding this to the top of the images and lastly, an enamel heart..

I hope you will have fun checking out some of the latest product that will be released this month, I know you have been waiting patiently..

I will be back tomorrow to share another creation..

Enjoy your day!

Hugs

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  • Gloria

    Ok I need these, you just did a wonderful job. Great placement.ReplyCancel

  • Christine Gordon

    Oh my this set is so cute!! Your card is absolutely adorable 😍ReplyCancel

  • Eva N

    Adorable card. Your simple frame really shows off the cute kitties.ReplyCancel

  • April Davis

    Sweet and simple! I love clean, minimal cards. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Pamela Selinski

    This is such a sweet card. The sentiment is supportive and the colors are reflective of that. Love itReplyCancel

  • Joan

    Oh so cute! Love the kitties stamp set. So many possibilities. Thank you for the inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • I am so in love with these kitties. Sweet card.ReplyCancel

  • I love the peek-a-boo rectangle window. I have never noticed it before. I see that I am already adding lots to my order for next week!ReplyCancel

  • Kristi H.

    Beautiful coloring; thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Becky Sc

    Really love your card. The peekaboo die and patterned paper create a perfect backdrop for those cute catsReplyCancel

  • Glad to see you back again. This card and the new release is adorable.ReplyCancel

  • Maria

    Very cute card!! Those kittens are so so cute!!ReplyCancel

  • Lynn D.

    I love the patterned paper background and frame composition to showcase your cute kittens.ReplyCancel

  • Awesome kitty friendship card!ReplyCancel

Hello everyone

Most of you will have noticed an absence from me from here and possibly around social media if you follow me..

This is one very hard post to write and so I will make it brief because I am still trying to grasp and come to terms with what has happened..

About 5 1/2 weeks ago, I lost the love of my life Darryl, this all happened so so quickly in the blink of an eye and I am now so heartbroken, displaced and the pain of loosing him is indescribable..

Sadly, I am not ready to go into detail about why this happened or what happened and I ask that everyone respects that, maybe one day I will be brave enough to share, for the ones that already know about his passing, I thank each and everyone of you for reaching out to me in either cards, messages of love and comfort, flowers etc I am have been truly touched by this kindness..

I truly have very dark days but I am trying to push forward as he would want me to, one of those things was to take some time and clean out my craft room and be able to try and sit and craft again, which I will say was not easy at all, but one thing that gives me great comfort is that he was so proud of my creations, so I knew I needed to keep honouring him and try and keep creating..

With that being said, I will be back sharing creations for MFT and you will see a post very shortly from me..

Thank you all for your support..

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  • Lisa

    Keeping you in my thoughts and heart Joy. I think of you often and wish I could give you a hug or just sit and hold your hand in friendship xxReplyCancel

  • Debbie Lahaise

    Oh Joy – I am devastated for you .Remember the happy days the laughter and the annoying times – Laugh alot Cry masses but talk to your family and friends .You have a long road to travel but your craft followers will totally understand any absence .Sending love and hugsReplyCancel

  • Oh Joy I am so very sorry for your loss. I hope you can take solace in your crafting. Sending all my love and hugs, Denise x xReplyCancel

  • Nina Houghton

    Joy, I will keep this brief. I only want to say my heart is breaking for and with you. I am praying for strength for you, and that you know how many people’s lives you have touched through your art. We all love you.ReplyCancel

  • I’m so sorry for your loss. I can not imagine your pain. Sending cyber hugs and prayersReplyCancel

  • Oh sweet Joy, I am so sorry for your loss! Stay strong and try to find some comfort into cardmaking… it can be theraputic in this difficult time. Sending hugs and lots of love.ReplyCancel

  • Donna

    So sorry for your loss. Be strong Joy. Time will be your best healer. I love what you do (cards) and I look forward to when you feel up to crafting and creating again. You will.ReplyCancel

  • Marilyn Patrick

    Joy, I’m so sorry for your loss. Take the time to mourn and when you’re ready to come back to your crafting, I’m sure it will help you through the healing. Prayers for you and your family.ReplyCancel

  • Jane

    You’re in my prayers.ReplyCancel

  • Thinking of you Joy. I hope you find some comfort in crafting. Sending hugs from Cape Cod <3ReplyCancel

  • Barb Burton

    Joy, I’m so very sorry for the loss of your love, Darryl. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Sending good vibes your way.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly

    Love you Joy… having been through this o know how empty you feel. You are doing the right thing to get back to what you love both for him and your sanity. I’m here if you need me….
    XoxoReplyCancel

  • Lisa - papergrace

    You are in my heart, thoughts, and prayers…every single day, Joy. 💙ReplyCancel

  • Linda a Eterno

    Joy, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Your stories over the years have made me feel like I knew Darryl. I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.ReplyCancel

  • Dawn T

    Sending prayers and hugs Joy. I can not imagine the grief you are going through. ❤️🌹ReplyCancel

  • I am so sorry for your loss, Joy. I’ve been thinking of you and so wish I could wrap you in a hug. Love you & please know I’m thinking of you. Much love.ReplyCancel

  • I’m so sorry for your loss Joy. My heart is with you.ReplyCancel

  • Joy — I am so sorry for your terrible loss. I hope you are doing as well as can be expected during this very difficult time.ReplyCancel

  • Maria

    I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your Darryl. I’ll be praying for you. May God, family, and friends bring be with you at this difficult time. Sending warm hugs.ReplyCancel

  • Amy Miller

    My deepest condolences on your loss. I’ve been a fan of yours for a long time. My the fondest memories of him alight upon your heart and ease your grief.ReplyCancel

  • Joy,

    I am so sorry for your loss. I know there is really nothing that can be said to take away the hurt but I want you to know I am hoping that one day you will be able to find peace. You are in my thoughts and I can see how crafting can bring a little bit of joy in a time like this.

    Big hugs from New York,
    BrandiReplyCancel

  • Oh Joy – my heart breaks for you! I’ve followed you for years, and know so well what a solid support your Darryl has been to you in your pursuit of your talent – making storage solutions and being by your side just being some ways that come to mind! Take care now of yourself and hopefully the pain will ease in time. Thank you for sharing – you are so brave! Blessings to you at this terribly sad time.ReplyCancel

  • Sending a hug from afar. Wishing you sweet memories to encourage you!ReplyCancel

  • Tracey McNeely

    Joy I am so very sorry for your loss. Sending my thoughts and prayers to you.ReplyCancel

  • I am so terribly sorry for your loss Joy. I cannot imagine what you are going through now but I am sending massive hugs your way. I hope you find that crafting may distract you a bit. Thinking of you and you are also in my prayers too, hugs Viv xxReplyCancel

  • I’m so sorry for your loss, Joy. You are in my prayers ♥️ReplyCancel

  • (((((Joy))))) sending you giant hugs – I am SO very for your loss. Grief is the most unwelcome rollercoaster. Wishing I could wrap my arms around you and hug the pain away. A friend shared this poem with me and I have read it many times.

    I had my own notion of grief.
    I thought it was the sad time
    That followed the death of someone you love.
    And you had to push through it
    To get to the other side.
    But I’m learning there is no other side.
    There is no pushing through.
    But rather,
    There is absorption.
    Adjustment.
    Acceptance.
    And grief is not something you complete,
    But rather, you endure.
    Grief is not a task to finish
    And move on,
    But an element of yourself –
    An alteration of your being.
    A new way of seeing.
    A new definition of self.
    -Gwen Flowers

    Much love -EllenReplyCancel

  • Tracy B.

    I know there are no words than can ease the pain of losing someone so dear to you but please know you are in my thoughts & I pray you find the strength to get through this hard time. Sending you a virtual hug.ReplyCancel

  • Bette

    I had to catch up. I am truly sorry you lost the love of your life. I’m glad you are stomping again with the beauty that gives JOY to us. Take care of you, sweet lady!ReplyCancel

  • There just aren’t words for this kind of pain. I’m so very sorry Joy.ReplyCancel

  • Koren

    Joy, this is my worst fear. Losing my husband. I can’t imagine how this feels. I want you to know that your cards have always brought me inspiration and I look up to you as a crafter. I may be a complete stranger to you but please know my heart hurts with you today. If you ever need anything please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.ReplyCancel

Hello and Happy Easter to you all!

I know this Easter is somewhat a strange time this year with the current situation and social distancing, but I sure do hope you have all still made some wonderful memories, had some laughs and enjoyed a nice meal and company..

We have had a quiet time Darryl, Bentley and myself, nice meals and some quiet time…

Being that it is Sunday, I figured I would jump on here today and wish you all a Happy Easter and to share one of my creations for today, bringing you a different Hello Sunday next week..

I have had a little time over the last couple of weeks to just sit and play in the craft room, being able to pull out those older sets colour and create a card..

With this card, I pulled out the Pretty Pink Posh, Sea Friends, one of my all time favourite stamp sets..

I took several of the images and stamped out, then coloured with Polychromos, die cutting out and setting aside..

Whilst still at the die cutting station, I took a panel of white card stock and die cut using the Storybook 5 die , with the inner sections to the die cut, I took Lawn Fawn Inks, Deep Sea, Merman and Minty Fresh, adding to create a smooth blend..

I added this all to a white card base, added my images and completed this card by stamping a sentiment from the Birdie Friends and white gel pen dots..

I do hope that over these Easter Holiday weekend, you get some down time to create and play..

Have a wonderful rest of the day!

Hugs

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Hi there

It’s that time of the week where I share my Hello Sunday Post..

This week comes to the first month of sharing my newly revamped postings..

So I thought I would share 2 previous designers that I have shared in my past posts and share some of my favourite cards from them and to also share one of my my favourite companies that I also had the wonderful opportunity to guest with..

So first up is sharing clips of Laura Bassen and Debby Hughes creations, I hope that you will go over to their blogs and share some love over there, but be sure to follow them on social media as well, I will have their links under this collaged photo..

You will see Laura’s on the top of the collage and Debby’s creations on the bottom half, all of their creations blow me away and are a great source of inspiration, now some of these cards that they have designed also have videos that they share so click the links provided below to gain some inspiration..

Laura Bassen – Blog, Instagram, You Tube

Debby Hughes – Blog, Instagram, You Tube

The next part of the post is sharing a wonderful company and one that you may have heard of but then again may not have, this company was recently developed by Betsy Veldman, who is an amazing artist in herself and now she has created the most wonderful company full of truly beautiful and well designed products, please be sure to head over to The Greetery where you will find all these products and amazing creations from not only her but by her amazing design team..

I want to thank everyone that has left love on these Hello Sunday posts and I look forward to bringing even more within the next month also..

Enjoy the rest of your weekend..

Hugs

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  • janet

    Another lovely edition, Joy. How wonderful to see you feature Laura and Debby, they are two of my favorite designers too. The Greenery products look beautiful. Hope all is well in your part of the world, take care.ReplyCancel

  • tara prince

    So beautiful!ReplyCancel

Hi there

Back again with the latest sketch challenge for MFT, I hope you will find some time to create and join in the fun, seeing as most of us are in lock down, this is the perfect opportunity to have some fun and pull out those stamps and dies and create..

Be sure to head to the blog to check out loads of inspiration from the team and also details on how you can enter for a chance at winning..

I chose to die cut a window out of a panel of white card stock, using the Tall Snow Globe die..

I trimmed a piece of pattern paper from the Sweet Celebrations paper pad, adding this to a white card base and then adhering my die cut panel with some foam tape for dimension..

Next, I took a sweet little pig from the Piggy Pebbles set, colouring her in with Polychromos, die cutting her out and adding her into the window die cut panel..

I finished this card by stamping a sentiment onto white card stock, adding this below my little piggy and added a scattering of sequins to complete the look..

Have fun with this sketch challenge this week..

Hugs

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