Hi there

I sure do hope you have enjoyed day 5 of the Countdown, today I am back to share my Day 4 project with you and I just could not help but create with the latest from the Birdie Brown Collection called Friends at First Sip..adorable!!

I wanted to use the sweet little doggies from the set, so taking these and a few other images I stamped and coloured with Copics, die cut these out and set aside..

I added some blending to the white card base using some Distress Inks and some masking to achieve the sky and grass..

I added my little images along the grass section and stamped a sentiment under the images..

To complete the card I added a strip of Black and White Stripes pattern paper at the base..

I will be back to Day 3 of the release tomorrow..

Have a great time checking out the rest of the teams creations..





  • Colleen Howell

    Love it, these pooches are so cuteReplyCancel

  • Bev Page

    Hello Joy. Awwwww, that little card is so cute and sweet. I’m loving the new products on this release and I love your card. Thanks for sharing. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a safe, happy and healthy 2019 – here’s hoping we don’t all fry here in Australia during this summer – I believe the forecast isn’t looking too good – looks as though I’m going to be living in a bat cave to try to keep cool. Take care. Bev.ReplyCancel

  • Such a sweet scenery!ReplyCancel

  • Dee Ann Matthews

    Beautiful coloring of an inviting scene to share with a friend!ReplyCancel

  • DebiKT

    Such a sweet card… I love the blended background!ReplyCancel

Well Hello one and all

I sure do hope I still have some readers out there…2018 sure has been rather a huge roller coaster for our family this year but it seems that this year for everyone has not been a good year, hoping 2019 is a much better year for all..we are still struggling with medical hurdles and for me to step away from crafting since August has helped me to stay focus where I have needed to stay focus..

But now I am back with you all to finish out the year..

So with that being said thank you for sticking by me and lets jump into the December Release Countdown for MFT, starting you off with Day 5..

I kept my card today fairly simple and graphic style, using the latest Blueprints 33 and the Die Best Wishes..

I die cut several pieces of card stock out of Limelight, Tropical Teal, Sno Cone and After Midnight using the smallest die, adhering each of these layers onto a white card base..

I then ran the Best Wishes die through the die cutting machine and die cut 4 panels of Black Licorice card stock, adhering each of the layers together to form dimension, adding this to the centre part of the card base..

Finishing off this card by adding a scattering of Clear Sequins..

Thanks again for hanging in there with me and stopping by today, I will be back with more for you tomorrow…





  • Cheryl Cain

    I love the pieced background design, great card!ReplyCancel

  • WOW! Your color choices really make this card POP! Love it :)ReplyCancel

  • Love the colors you chose!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy Durgan

    Oh my gosh! What an innovated design using this Bllueprints 33
    die. I would never have thought of doing this. Great job and very inspiring.ReplyCancel

  • Tanja Souter

    I missed your lovely work, so happy to see you contributing again and that your health is a bit better. Gorgeous card.ReplyCancel

  • Dee Ann Matthews

    Great color combination of to show off the awesome dies and message!ReplyCancel

  • DebiKT

    Joy… your creativity hasn’t suffered one bit. I love the way you used the Dienamics Blueprints 33. And, the colors you chose are fantastic! Best wishes for 2019!ReplyCancel

  • Tammy Hanson

    Love this card. So happy to see you back! I just LOVE your artwork. She an inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • Bev Page

    Hello again Joy. Love this card – what a beauty for a masculine card for any celebration. Love your colour choices too. Well done. TFS.ReplyCancel

Hello there

Before I jump into tonight’s sketch challenge, I just wanted to let you all know that after today I will be taking a break from creating for a little while, I will still be around on social media and still very much apart of the MFT family, that will not change, but in the last few months we have received some not so nice medical challenges, so for now I need to focus my energies on our family, we really need all the prays and thoughts that are out there… I will of course be sharing some cards that I have done earlier in the year and have not shared with you all here, but being here daily or even weekly will be rather sporadic….thanks for understanding x

Okay so we are at Sketch Challenge 400, can you believe it, amazing to think that this number has rolled around so quickly..

I am sadly sick with the flu and feeling really under the weather so my card even though it follows the sketch, isn’t quite up to what I like in creating, but I sure do hope you gain just a little something from it..

I took Cement Gray card stock strips and white embossed onto each one with sentiments from the Fluttering Friends, From All of Us and From Me to You to form a sympathy card, more focused towards the male gender but could also be used for the female gender..

I added these strips to a white card base and heading back to restamp a butterfly and flowers from the Fluttering Friends set onto some Vellum, embossing with Silver Embossing Powder, adding this to the card front along with some Clear Sequins…

Don’t forget to swing past to check out the inspiration and the details on how you can enter this challenge to win..

Have a wonderful day or night and thank you for being patient with me as I take this much needed break..




  • Nancy R.

    Hi Joy. I always enjoy seeing your beautiful cards, and today’s is no exception. Wishing you well as you take a break, and looking forward to your return. I hope you better soon.ReplyCancel

  • Barbara M

    Your card is wonderful and so thoughtful. Take as much time as you need …a crafting table is always open some where. Sending the best to you and your family.ReplyCancel

  • BygraceC

    I love your cards, you have a beautiful talent that inspires many of us, My prayers for you and my hope that God fills you with strength, hope in Him and lots of love!…God Bless you and your loved ones ❤️ReplyCancel

  • Pennie

    Prayers to you and your family. Your card is amazing, as always.ReplyCancel

  • Will be thinking of you Joy and hope for some more posivitve news on the family health-front very soon xxx thanks for your usual beautiful inspiration xxx Ali xReplyCancel

  • Bev Page

    I love this card Joy. So soft and elegant and just hits the right note for a sympathy card. It’s also very elegant. Thanks so much for sharing. Bev.ReplyCancel


Back tonight here on the little old blog to share the latest Hits and Highlights for the month of August..

This month we are sharing everything about the West…

I chose to use several stamp sets to create my scene..

I took images from the Best in the West, Sweet Succulents and Saddle up and Celebrate sets, stamping these out and colouring with Copics, then die cutting..

I then took some Post-it tape and tearing in half to create a skyline, adding to a trimmed white card base and adding Abandon Coral, Wild Honey and Fossilized Amber Oxide inks to the masked section..

Once I was happy with the look, I then added my images along with a die cut fence from the Best in the West..

I finished off the card by adding a sentiment that I took from the Saddle up and Celebrate stamp set..

If you have a few spare minutes why not pass by the blog to check out what the amazing team have created..

Have a wonderful day!





EDIT:  I have woken this morning to realise after much needed sleep that silly me did a bit of a boo boo on this weeks sketch, so huge apologises for the confusion you might have seen, I have to say you should never try to create or even for that matter think when you are far beyond the bounds of tiredness…I of course looked at the wrong sketch and you may be wondering why mine looks a little different, yes, well I looked at last weeks sketch, but you will now see below I have the correct one…again so sorry!!


Hi Again

Tonight I am back with you all to share the latest creation for the Sketch Challenge this week…I hope you will find some time to play along this week, as they are so fun to join in, for more inspiration and details on how you can enter to win, click HERE

I chose to place the sweet little Tutu Trio onto this card, although I only used two out of the three, these I had coloured using the other day for Just Add Color, so it was perfect fit for this card..

I trimmed a piece of white card stock and added a Mini Cloud Stencil background using Grapesicle ink..

I then added took Inside and Out Stitched Circles and die cut two circles out…

I needed a strip of pattern paper at the base of the card, so I took a piece from the Party Patterns pad, added this to the base then added my circles to which my little images were placed..

Next, I added the sentiment at the base of the card to which I had embossed it with White Embossing Powder…

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

Have a great day and hopefully a crafty one..




  • Loved them both ;)ReplyCancel

  • Bev Page

    Another card that makes me smile. So very sweet and you’ve made it so soft and delicate. Sweet little card that any little girl would oooh and aaaaah over. TFS.ReplyCancel

Hello there

So sorry my post is rather late, my poor Mum took 3 falls in one day and ended up in hospital last night, thankfully there is nothing broken and she was released this morning, but have only just arrived home had some lunch and a much needed drink and now sitting writing a quick post to you all, so thanks for your patience..

I am back to share another guest post for Color Throwdown and we are now sitting at challenge 506, I have added the inspiration photo under here for you to have a go at creating for this weeks challenge…

For my card this week, I took yet another beautiful stamps set from Clearly Besotted along with my Migello Mission Gold paints that I have had in my crafty stash and finally had a chance to play..

So I took the Beautiful Friends from Clearly Besotted, stamping and embossing in white embossing powder onto some water colour paper..

I then went about adding a nice peach colour to the flowers, a nice blend of green to the leaves and some grey to make the flowers stand out..

I added some aqua enamel dots around the flower and finished off the card by adding a stamped and embossed sentiment to some Cement Gray card stock..

I added the sentiment to the base of the water colour panel and felt it needed a little more, so added a few more strips and the card was complete..

I hope you have some time to play along this week and once again I apologise for the late posting..




  • Lynda Bart

    Oh my stars! There’s no need to apologize. Mom comes first before any of us and before any posts. I pray that she is going to be alright. We will all still be here when you get everything back to normal.ReplyCancel

  • Your card is absolutely stunning.ReplyCancel

  • Bev Page

    Wow – LOVE this gorgeous card. Beautifully coloured and I just love everything about it. Your beautiful friend will be stoked to receive this. TFS.ReplyCancel