Sunday, 30 November 2008

Sketch Saturday Challenge Card - #27

Another day another challenge card and this time it is the Sketch Saturday challenge. Sometimes I spend ages trying to think of a layout for a card so with this challenge it is ideal because they supply you with a sketch to follow, much easier for me. The image is by Penny Black and called "You make me blush", I am absolutely loving these Penny Black stamps at the moment. I cannot remember where the paper is from now, I have had this for a few months. The image is coloured with Promarkers. I have used my Cuttlebug on the mirri card and the sentiment is from Funky Fairies which I used along with my nesties. I have covered the coloured stamped image with Glossy Accents a la Natalie. I have also added a touch of blue Liquid Pearls to act as lookalike brads.

Hope you like the card and thank you for looking.

Joy xx

Saturday, 29 November 2008

Penny Black Challenge - Week 25

I am entering this challenge again this week because the stamps are soooo cute!! The brief this week is to use no patterned paper so instead I have used my little Cuttlebug to give a bit of lift to the Bazzil Bling that I have used in the background. I bought the stamp today which is called "Xmas Pilgrims", I've had my eye on it for ages so I rushed off out this afternoon to get it. I coloured the image using my trusty Promarkers. The snowflakes were also produced on my little Cuttlebug and the sentiment is just one I thought of and produced on my laptop. I also used some Liquid Pearls to give the red brad effect look but they did go a bit wonky but that's fine. I've also added my usual touch of glitter to some elements of the stamp.

Thanks for looking and I hope you like it. Good luck to everyone else who enters the challenge this week.

Joy xx

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

I got another one

I would just like to say a big thank you to Sarah, Denise and Michele for giving me this award. I am not going to pass this award on simply because it seems everyone has received this one lately but I would like to give it to everyone who follows my blog and visits me from time to time and those people whose blog I follow. Your blogs provide me with lots of inspiration when I am very much in need.

The wording that goes along with the award is:

'This blog invests and believes the PROXIMITY- nearness in space, time and relationships. These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement . Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to 8 bloggers who may then pass it on.'

Joy xx

Monday, 24 November 2008

Whiff of Joy Guest Design Team Call

After visiting the Whiff of Joy blog today and also Natalie's blog I see that Katharina is looking for a design team guest designer for Whiff of exciting. This is something I thought I would never do but I have decided to enter a card. It's a bit of fun and I have decided to push myself a little and see what I can do with my card making and if I don't succeed then that is fine, it's the taking part that is fun. If anyone is interested please pop along to Katharina's blog and read the instructions. All you need to do is design a card following the above sketch, put it on your blog and leave a link for's easy really. Good luck everyone.
For this card I used:
Bazill Bling Card
Paper : Snowflakes & Mittens by Rusty Pickle
Image : Whiff of Joy - Lizzie with Muff
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder - Snowflake Dots
Small and Large Cuttlebug Snowflake Dies
Liquid Pearls
Sizzlits Fancy Flourish
Image coloured with Letraset Promarkers
Peel off sentiment

Joy xx

Sunday, 23 November 2008

New Baby

What terrible weather we have had today. No snow, wish we had, I woke up to pouring rain this morning. My dad said that the cars were totally iced over earlier this morning like a sheet of ice had been put around the cars.

Because it has been so cold today I have been quite lazy but I did finish this card that I started to make last night. I was asked to make this card by a lady who I work with, her sister is due to give birth to a little boy at the beginning of December..what an exciting time. I love the Belly Button Babies so I used this image that I got from PC Crafter. It gave me another opportunity to use my lovely nesties. The papers are from DCWV and are called "Nanas Nursery" Baby Boy. I printed the sentiments off myself on my PC. I also dotted liquid pearls around the edge of the scalloped nesty. I am really pleased with this card, the photo doesn't do it justice at all

Thanks for looking.

Joy xx

Saturday, 22 November 2008

Christmas Bubble Tree

I have seen a couple of people use this stamp and just had to have it. It is by Woodware and I bought mine from Crafts U Love. Now you know how I love my glitter so I just went mad with this. Not your conventional christmas colours but I think most of my cards this year have been anything but christmas colours. I used stickles for the bubbles and coloured the background of the tree with Twinkling H20's. Quite a simple card really but I think it looks quite sweet. Oh and I used my lovely nesties and my new Martha Stewart doily punch too.

Hope you like it.

Joy xx

Funky Christmas - Penny Black Challenge

Yet another challenge card, this time for the Penny Black Challenge. The brief is to stay away from the usual christmas colours that we all use. I actually made this card a few weeks back but I think it fits the brief perfectly so why not enter it.

Papers - Papermania "Naughty and Nice Christmas"

Stamp - Penny Black "Thinking of You"

Image coloured using Letraset Promarkers

Cuttlebug Snowflake

Thanks for looking.

Joy xx

Thursday, 20 November 2008

Cute Card Thursday Challenge Card

I am getting brave! I have decided to enter another challenge this week. The brief for this challenge was to have snow or snowflakes on your card, I think I have managed that with the paper and Tilda image which I absolutely love and only received today.

Blue Bazill Bling matted and layered onto white card

Papers - Dovecraft "Winter Wonderland"

Image - Magnolia Snow Flurry Tilda

Image coloured with Promarkers

I also used my Nestabilities and Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder and of course added the usual touch of glitter to various parts of card.

Sentiment computer generated.

I hope you like it, all comments appreciated.

Joy xx

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Another Award

I've been given another award by the lovely Michele over at Shelley's Papercrafting Paradise....woohoo!!

The rules of the award are:

1. The winner may put the logo on their blog.

2. Put a link to the person who gave you the award.

3. Nominate 5 blogs to receive the award.

4. Put a link to their blogs.

5. Leave a message for them on their blogs.

I am not going to nominate 5 blogs because it looks like everyone I know already has received this at some point or another so this goes to all of you whose blogs I follow, they are a great inspiration to me and you all deserve it.

Joy xx

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Thank You Card

I can now post this card as I know the lady in question has received it. The lady in question is Alex and this is a thank you card as she very kindly designed my blog header for me as I was totally clueless. You can visit Alex's blog here. All of her cards are absolutely beautiful and give me great inspiration. Thank you Alex!

Joy xx

Sunday, 16 November 2008

November Friendship Swap

Busy evening tonight, two cards made which is good for me lol, what a slowcoach I am. I needed to make this card for the November Friendship Swap. I received my card on Friday from my swap partner so wanted to get this posted off to her first thing on Monday morning.

The Tilda image is supposed to be a Christmas one but I have decided to use it as a general card image on this occasion. I coloured the image using Letraset Promarkers. The papers I downloaded from Shabby Princess (free papers at that!). Prima flowers and buttons from stash. I also used my new Sizzix swirly die which I think is lovely and I also used my lovely nesties again. I think I need to buy the other nestie sets now lol, or I could put them on my christmas list.

Hope you like the card and thank you for looking. Any comments very welcome.

Joy xx

Sketch Saturday Challenge Card - #25

I have finally got to make a card this weekend hoorah!! My two nieces have been staying so haven't had time before but managed to get one done this evening, might even attempt another.

I decided to enter the Sketch Saturday Challenge this week, something I have never attempted before but the sketch looks great.

The image is by Whiff of Joy - Lizzie with Muff
I coloured the image using Letraset Promarkers ( I love these!!)
The papers are Winter Wonderland by Dovecraft
I also used some Bazill Bling card for the matting
Buttons from my stash.

I added my usual trademark glitter to a couple of parts of the image (I don't know what I am going to do when Christmas is over lol).

There are some great cards that have been entered into this challenge, I think I may become a regular at entering some of these challenges if I get the time to make the card needed.

Hope you like the card.

Joy xx

Thursday, 13 November 2008

2nd Birthday

I finally made a card this week, well there is one other one but I can't load it up yet because it is for a fellow Docrafter who may well visit this blog and I don't want her to see it before she actually receives it.

As for this card, a girl who works with me asked me to make this card for her nephew, Jude, who will be 2 next week. She didn't really give me a brief so I decided to use some Cuddly Buddly images and alphabet. It also gave me a chance to use my new nestabilities which arrived just yesterday - I am loving them. I hope both she and Jude like the card, I think it is ok but always think I can do better.

I hope to get another couple of cards made at the weekend, I have just received two new Tilda stamps and have been busy colouring the images in the evenings and can't wait to get them onto cards. I have a craft order sitting at the Post Office ready for me to collect but I can't get there until Saturday, I have ordered some lovely bits and pieces from Crafts U Love and I can't wait to get my hands on them.

Joy xx

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Pink Gem Designs

I just wanted to pop on to tell you all about the lovely Janet who now has her own business selling her wonderful stamps. Please visit Janet's site, Pink Gem Designs, and have a look at her new lovely stamps. I have a few of Janet's stamps already and must say that they are great quality and stamp very clearly and are lovely to colour. You'll kick yourself if you miss out, you have been warned lol!! Sorry forgot to mention.....there is candy on offer!!

Sunday, 9 November 2008

I've been thinking about getting a "handmade by" stamp for ages and now I have seen lots of other people with them it has spurred me on to sort something out. I ordered my stamp off E-bay last night and this is what it is going to look like. I think it's lovely.

Friday, 7 November 2008

I've been Tagged

Woohoo, this is a first for me, Michele over at Shelley's Papercrafting Paradise has not only given me an award (see below) but she has also tagged me, thanks Michele. I had to answer sets of 5 questions, so here goes:

  1. My family (of course).
  2. My pets. I have a rabbit called Honey, two guinea pigs, one called Buttercup and one called Robbie and I also have a gerbil who I have just adopted called Bob. (I am a total animal lover).
  3. I absolutely lurve shopping for craft stuff, i'm not that fussy, any craft stuff lol.
  4. I love Nike Trainers, I wear trainers most of time except for work (they're not allowed in the office).
  5. Junk Food. (Why can't I love healthy food?)


  1. Cruelty to animals.
  2. Dishonest people.
  3. I hate fruit (I don't eat any fruit, a strawberry at a push if it is covered in sugar).
  4. Alcohol. (I did all that when I was younger and now I don't feel the need...strange aren't I lol).
  5. Spiders....urrgghh!!


  1. Jordin Sparks.
  2. Nick Lachey.
  3. Take That (cheesy eh!)
  4. Leona Lewis.
  5. Sugababes.


  1. Chinese Food.
  2. My mum's Potato Salad...yum.
  3. Ice cream - especially Hagen Daaz (spelling?)
  4. Tea....I get through so many cups a day at work.
  5. Mango Juice. (Strange considering I don't like fruit).

Now I have to tag 5 other people, link to their blog and let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

This is the really difficult part. As I haven't been doing this long I don't know lots of people yet so I am sorry if you've already been tagged, ignore it if you like but I have to do this. Soooo, I am picking:

Janet, Alex, Natalie, Eve and Denise.


Joy xx

I Love your Blog Award

More exciting news, Michele over at Shelley's Papercrafting Paradise has given me the I Love your Blog Award. Wow, that is so exciting for me, I now have two awards which I know is no big thing, lots of you have won loads of awards but to be truthful I didn't think I would ever get one so a big thank you to Michele. Please go and visit Michele's blog because she has lots of fabulous cards to give you inspiration.
Now I know I am supposed to pass this on but it seems that everyone I know has already got this. Soooo this award goes to everyone whose blog I visit, you are all a great inspiration to me.
Joy xx

Tuesday, 4 November 2008

November Swap

Hello again, just popping on to add another wallet card that I finished this evening. This is going to a fellow crafter from the Docrafts message boards who I have been teamed up with this month for a swap. I might also be enclosing a few goodies with the card lol.

I have used another of my new stamps by Panduro which I absolutely adore, I love the images as they are so cute and so much fun. I coloured the image again using my Promarkers which I am absolutely loving, I can't wait to get some more colours at Christmas, they are on my list along with many other crafting items I must have lol!

The papers I have used are by Basic Grey called "Sugared", I love the colours. I have also added a Prima flower secured with a brad. I even tried some faux stitching around the image, not something I have done much before but I do like the it ok? Now I just need to get the goodies together and post off tomorrow morning.

That's all from me today, hope to be posting again shortly if I get time to make some more cards this week.

Hope you are all well.

Joy xx

Blog Candy

Hello, I just wanted to tell you that a lovely fellow crafter, Carly, over at Carlz Cards is offering some fabulous blog candy. You can visit Carlz Cards blog here. All you need to do is add Carlz Cards to your fave blogs, advertise her brilliant blog candy on your blog and leave her a comment. This is going to run until 29 November 2008 so there is plenty of time to do what you gotta do lol.

Good luck everyone.

Joy xx

Sunday, 2 November 2008

Thinking of You

I couldn't resist this stamp when I saw it in my local craft shop yesterday although there was a large selection to choose from. It is called Thinking of You and is by Penny Black. I also decided to use my new Papermania papers from the Naughty and Nice Christmas paper pack, I just love these colours. I coloured the image again using my new Promarkers, the snowflakes are Cuttlebug dies that I have. I also added glitter and stickles to the snowflakes and then popped on a peel off sentiment. Let me know what you think and thank you for looking.

Joy xx

Saturday, 1 November 2008

Whiff of Joy Christmas

I really love Whiff of Joy stamps, I have seen some lovely cards with these images in the Docrafts gallery and so had to go and buy a couple. All I seem to be doing recently is buying Christmas stamps so I have just ordered two Whiff of Joy stamps which are not Christmas related. I coloured the image using Promarkers, used holographic glitter for the tinsel on the tree and add glitter to the baubles and the star on top of the tree. I then added Glossy Accents to the baubles to give them a bit of definition, I don't think this comes across very well in the picture. I can't remember the name of the paper I used. I also added a couple of peel offs and green ribbon from my stash. I hope you like the card, please let me know what you think and thanks for looking.

Joy xx