Card Of The Week – Be Strong And Believe

Be Strong & Believe

WOYWW 306: What’s On My Work Desk This Week?

When it comes to crafting, are there any special skills you’d like to develop or strengthen or any techniques you’d like to master?

I’ve been thinking about this as Becca at Eclectic Ellapu is currently hosting an Out Of Your Comfort Zone Creative Challenge and the Path of Positivity Challenge Team is hosting a Growth Challenge.

After much thought, I decided I to stretch my boundaries by creating a Clean and Simple Card whose focal point was on a colored stamped image.

I began with a Kraft card base as the backdrop to spotlight the stamped image.

For my image, I chose the stunning Clear Woman Silhouette stamp I recently won from Noor Design for my First Signs Of Spring Card! The beautiful butterflies and flowers surrounding the woman provide an ethereal aura that’s perfect for feminine, nature, floral, fantasy and spring-themed cards!

I stamped the image with Memento Black Tuxedo Ink on Papertrey Paper Basics Cardstock – then the fun began!

I recently purchased my first set of Copic Markers – the Copic Sketch Limited Edition 25th Anniversary Markers (36 Colors) that combines both the fine point and the brush tips – and colored with them for the very first time on this project!

I used 12 markers from my new Copic set to color this image:

  • E000 – Pale Fresh Pink
  • E50 – Egg Shell
  • G43 – Pistachio
  • G46 – MistleToe
  • RV00 – WaterLily
  • RV25 – Grayish Violet
  • RV56 – Holly Hock
  • R81 – Rose Pink
  • V01 – Heath
  • BV1 – Soft Violet
  • BG81 – Aqua Blue
  • B91- Pale Grayish Blue

I also used two ProMarkers – Black and Lemon – to complete my artwork! I love how beautifully the markers blend together and look forward to building my collection!


Next, I cut out my image, applied a strip of beautiful Heidi Swap Shabby Washi Tape as a border to further highlight the image (Pile It On Challenge) and adorned our lovely lady in gems and flowers.

Finally, I chose an inspiring sentiment – Be Strong & Believe – from Unity Stamp Company Day Made stamp set to round out the design.

Even though my normal tendency when creating is to layer things on – I’m a fan of collage and similar styles – I must confess, I really love how this card turned out, and look forward to stretching my boundaries and creating more clean and simple designs like this in the future!

Not it’s your turn to share your creations with us! What have you created or acquired this week? Whether you’re showing off your desk, your latest acquisitions, or your latest creation – be sure to share it with our creative community at one of our weekly parties!

Inspire Me Monday

Friendship Friday

Have an inspiring week and thanks for stopping by!

What are the Crafty Cats Up To This Week?

Tsunami & Friend - Headshot

Usually when you visit my home you see Magellan or Tsunami – but it’s rare that you spot the two of them together!

This week, I invite you to join us for a rare sighting of Magellan and Tsunami together at this week’s Wordless Wednesday Party – Today There Are Two – where there’s plenty of room to share your favorite photos as well!

Creative Art Challenges

Need to jump-start your creativity? Wondering what inspired me this week? Check out this week’s list of Creative Art Challenges! They are organized alphabetically under Theme or Anything Goes!

Theme Challenges

Be Creative – Anything Goes Challenges

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142 Responses to “Card Of The Week – Be Strong And Believe”

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  1. Helen says:

    great card, what a huge list of challenges you’ve joined! well done on top spot. I was refreshing my browser and just went to check FB when of course up pops Julia! Helen 5

  2. Peggy Lin says:

    This is a pretty card happy WOYWW

    Peggy #14

  3. Susi says:

    Just A*M*A*Z*I*N*G your beautiful card!
    Thank you for joining us at Moo Mania & More!

  4. Congrats on getting the #1 spot this week. Love the card! Have a great week. Vickie #8

  5. Janet says:

    Love the card and what a lot of challenges you entered it into …. Hope you win something..

  6. Anne says:

    Your card is fabulous and Magellan and Tsunami are gorgeous. Anne x @ 9

  7. Jo says:

    This is really beautiful. I love that sentiment.. very strong and powerful… So glad to have you taking part in our Fun~Day Friday Challenge this week!
    ♥ Jo’s Scrap Shack ♥

  8. Glenda says:

    Congratulations on your copics. I used to have a huge bunch of them but sold them because I never learned to play well with markers. Hope you have fun with them!
    Glenda #40

    • Create With Joy
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      Thanks Glenda – I am hoping they work for me but starting with a small set just in case.
      The nice thing about the Copics is that I should have no trouble selling them down the road should I decide they are not fo rme!

  9. Robyn Oliver says:

    Hi Joy…happy WOYWW. Really nice card. Cheers RobynO#22

  10. Lisca Meijer says:

    Beautiful card, lovely sentiment too. I keep hearing about Copics. I haven’t got any myself. I haven’t got much to color with except some water colors.
    Have a good week,

  11. Melissa Bove says:

    Beautiful card! Such a lovely image!! Very pretty!

    Thank you very much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!


  12. Sue says:

    Beautiful card thanks for joining us at Crafty Calendar Challenge hugs Sue xxx

  13. Sandy Leigh says:

    Such a gorgeous card! I really need to buy some kraft paper card bases, I always love how they look. Happy WOYWW! Sandy Leigh #49

    • Create With Joy
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      Thanks Leigh!

      If you live near a Michael’s, stop by this week – they have ALL of their Recollection’s card bases on sale for 3 packs for $9.99 or $3.33 each (they come in white, off-white, kraft, black and an assortment of bright colors and in A5, A7 and square shapes – it’s the perfect time to stock up!)

  14. Winnie says:

    She is so pretty feminine with a edge in feel. Love your coloring (the eye makeup is a great touch!!) Perfect card for someone who needs a lift. Winnie#48

  15. Shel C says:

    I love the image and the sentiment on your card. I have wanted to try out copic markers too..but they are so expensive to just ‘try’. Happy WOYWW 🙂 Shel@PaperOcotilloStudio #17

    • Create With Joy
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      I know what you mean – you are really making an investment in them – if you are interested in alcohol markers that won’t break the bank, try the ProMarkers – they also work very nicely!

  16. Lee-Anne says:

    Wonderful positive message and such a gorgeous image! So happy you could join us at the Dazzling Diva challenge!

  17. MONICA EDWARDS says:

    Very stunning thanks so much for joining us at be sure to check out next weeks challenge as well!

  18. Chana says:

    Very nicely done! The image is nicely colored! Have fun with your Copics! Thanks for taking the Lost and Found Challenge at Shopping Our Stash!
    Chana, DT

  19. Jane Savage says:

    Gorgeous ethereal image beautifully coloured!
    Thank you for joining us at The Paper Nest Dolls Challenge. Jane xxx

  20. Tracy says:

    Fabulous and the image really pops. Glad you had fun playing with your prize stamps from Noor Design UK and for entering our Anything Goes Challenge this month and I also look forward to seeing what you do with the other sillouette stamps you won.
    Tracy x

    • Create With Joy
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      Thanks so much Tracy – I LOVE my Noor stamps – the designs are SO unique and lovely!
      I appreciate the chance to share this image with my readers and look forward to playing with my other stamps in the days to come!

  21. Pat says:

    Your card is simply beautiful. Thanks for taking the time for the detailed info.

    Happy WOYWW Thanks for sharing.
    Pat #64

  22. Karen L says:

    What a pretty card! I love the washi tape, and the image. Thanks so much for sharing your amazing talent with us. I enjoy having you play along, and I hope you have a blessed week.
    Word Art Wednesday

    • Create With Joy
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      Thanks so much Karen – isn’t that Washi tape lovely? I dug it out for one of the stash challenges, along with several other sets I’ll have to incorporate into upcoming projects!

  23. Jackie T says:

    Hi Joy your card is gorgeous the image is beautiful. I love how you have done the colouring with those wonderful pens. Thank you for joining us at the Scribble and Scrap challenge. Hugs Jackie DT

  24. Bridget L says:


    Such a powerful card. One thing this image definitely is, strong! Wonderful!!

    Thanks for playing at ~Jo’s Scrap Shack~

    Happy crafting,

  25. Rene says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! I LOVE it! Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Stamp and Create! Good luck,

  26. Elizabeth says:

    Beautiful card – love the image. You’ve really challenged yourself and succeeded too. And your cat, Magellan is it?, is adorable and the photo of the two together is lovely. Have a great week. Elizabeth x #58

  27. DanielleVincent says:

    This is a STUNNER! I love the way you colored this image and the sentiment is awesome. thanks for joining us at Kraftin’ Kimmie this week.

  28. What a powerful, yet lovely card! I like how the image you used is both strong and thoughtful and the sentiment fits it perfectly. I think it was smart of you to have your main image be black, yet you’ve kept it light with the colored accents. It’s the perfect combo of bold and soft! Thank you so much for sharing your talents with us for this week’s Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

  29. Cheri says:

    What a stunning card! I’ve never seen this stamp but wow it’s on my list now! Thanks for playing along over at One Crazy Stamper in our Challenge!

  30. Kellie says:

    You didi such a great job for your first outing with copics. This creation is gorgeous. Isn’t that stamp stunning. TFS and joining us at Jo’s for Funday Friday

  31. Hi Joy, I love this image!!! Nice colored and I know you will be adding more Copics to your collection!! Love all those flowers in her hair! Thank you for playing this week at Red Rubber Inspirationals! Hope you will play again in our next inspirational starting today! Barb DT host.

  32. Ginny♥ says:

    a FABULOUS CARD AND COLOURING .Thank you for joining us at Ike’s World Challenges good luck Ginny ♥

  33. Your cards get more & more amazing!

  34. Carolyn says:

    I love images that go off the edge-well done! Thanks for playing with us at Craft Your Passion!
    Carolyn, DT

  35. Congratulations on being number 1 this week, Ramona! Your card is lovely! The sentiment and the image are great and I love your new set of Copics!
    Happy WOYWW!
    Hugs, peggy aplSEEDS@13

  36. Ashley says:

    This card is so pretty! I love all the little details and I really love her lip color!

  37. Mynn xx says:

    This is so pretty! LOVE the fabulous image, the beautiful coloring, and the wonderful sentiment! Thanks for joining us at House of Cards! HUGS! 🙂 Mynn xx

  38. Cvetelina says:

    Great card, well done! Thanks for joining us at The Crazy Challenge.

  39. Bev says:

    Lovely card. Thanks for joining us at Noor! Design this month

  40. Ros Crawford says:

    This is so gorgeous!! Thanks so much for playing along with us at CCCB!!

  41. IKE says:

    That is a super stunning card and I adore that Stamp 🙂 Just beautiful what you did with this 🙂
    Thank you for coming to play along at IKEsWORLD CHALLENGES and I LUV your fluffy kitties 😀

    IKE x

  42. Lys says:

    A lovely card with soft and shining colours… Thanks for joining us at Our Creative Corner!

  43. vic says:

    Great card – what a gorgeous stamp. not seen that one before, but it’s lovely! . Thanks for sharing with us this week,. over at Glitter n Sparkle – Vic, DT x

  44. Anne says:

    Lovely! You are so detail oriented. I love that! Thank you so much again for sharing so much info on how you created this. Enjoy your weekend.

  45. carol gill says:

    Beautiful image and love the colouring–Thank you for joining us at Simply Papercraft
    Carol DT x

  46. Tina Goodwin says:

    Beautiful card! I love that stamp…the sentiment you chose to go with her fits perfectly. You asked a good question…I think I would like to learn more about mixed media. Also using lace on projects. I see so many project using lace and they look amazing. However, when I pull out the lace I am at a loss. Lol. Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
    Tina DT
    Toadally Love To Craft {My Blog}
    Through The Craft Room Door

    • Create With Joy
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      Isn’t that a great stamp? I like it because it’s so pretty and so unique!
      Mixed media and lace are great choices to try! I love using lace in projects whenever I can. One tip I can share is that not every type of lace works well in a paper-based project – I find that something not too thick and not too wide works best. Also, an easy way to start is to look for places you might use ribbon in place of ribbon for a more elegant or feminine touch. If you get overwhelmed, just add a small touch here or there at first – maybe an accent or a layered backdrop – and before you know it, you’ll be inspired to incorporate it into just about everything!

  47. Sylvia says:

    A lovely card and beautiful colouring. Thank you for sharing it in the Kraftyhands Challenge.
    Sylvia x

  48. Donna says:

    Fabulous card, great sentiment! Glad you joined us at House of Cards. Donna HOC DT

  49. Liisi says:

    Very nice and motivating card 🙂

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