December CAS Mix Up!

Capture d_écran 2018-09-25 à 15.07.41Welcome back for our last 2018 CAS Mix Up Challenge.  This month of December Loll is attacking “EMBOSS RESIST” + stamping + your choice listed on the side bar.

Please NOTE that the December challenge will run Dec. 2 – 15, closing at at midnight (PDST), to provide two well deserved weeks off for all Design Team members during this busy time of year.  Winner and Outstanding Designs will be announced on December 18th.

For this ornament, I splattered generously, slightly watered down, matte medium onto 140lb watercolour paper.  While still wet, I covered with clear EP and heated, this creates a resist of the droplets.  I then sprinkled and spritzed Ost. Blue Brushos.  Once dry, I die cut the SSS hydrangea blooms and also cut them out of vellum paper.  The bow is a Penny Black die and the thin frame circle is from Altenew.  Of course I stamped the Tengucho paper with the Penny Black Woodland stamp and white heat embossed.  Before adhering all the pieces onto my textured card stock, I added a few sprinkles of the Ost. Blue Brushos to bring out the white embossed stamping on the Tengucho paper.

Be sure to visit the blog to see what fantastic inspiration the design team has created.  Our talented guest Bozena has something special for you.   Don’t forget to visit their blogs, you may find new discoveries 😉

I hope that the Festive Season will bring you all a time of family gathering filled with love and peace.  May this period be MERRY for all and let there be plenty of KINDNESS!   Thanks for stopping by, warm Christmas HUGz,








Time Out Guest -2-

Time Out Challenge 123Back again as a guest Time Out Challenge Guest Designer Badgedesigner for the Time Out Challenge.  The theme is “Black + White + 1 Colour” with the optional twist of being One Layer 😛 .   I think I succeeded on the OLC.  For this card, I stamped the girl, in Versafine black, from the Charlie & Paulchen “Lantern Children” set, and clear heat embossed.  I grounded her by adding a hand drawn line of black ink.  Then, with a circle acetate die-cut placed over the moon, I sprinkled Turquoise Brushos and spritzed this with water.  I allowed this to air dry.

Hope to see you in the Time Out gallery, thanks so much for stopping by, HUGz, JoannaIMG_3297

LIM #385 “Holiday”

385 HolidayAnother One Layer Card for me 😉  The theme at Less is More #385 is “Holiday”!  I started by trying Jennifer’s Embossed Impressions with a Sizzix Holiday Greens holly die.  I used gold EP for the die impression.  Then, using my Zigs, I coloured the interior embellishing with my Wink of Stella instead of a water brush.  Noël, from Bonnidée, was stamped and embossed with Ranger’s Red Tinsel EP several times.  I finished with clear Nuvo drops for the berries and covered, while wet, with red glitter.

Thanks so much for stopping by, HUGz, JoannaIMG_3344

Time Out Guest :D

Time Out Challenge 123Oh so grateful for being Time Out Challenge Guest Designer Badgea guest designer at the Time Out Challenge, what an HONOUR!  The two week theme is ” Black + White + 1 Colour” with the Optional Twist of being One Layer.  This last concept is still a big challenge for me but I did it, YAY!  For this card I used Liquitex Inks in gold and black.  I placed 2 drops of each colour on Bristol paper and lightly spritzed with a small water bottle.  I patiently allowed this to air dry completely.  Then I made a stencil using one of IO’s deer trio.  I added Liquitex flexible embossing paste and, before it dried, I added some WOW white puff embossing powder and zapped that with my heat gun, giving some volume and texture.  Finally, I stamped “Joyeux Noël” (Merry Christmas), from Kesi’Art,  with Versafine Ink and heat embossed with black EP.

Can’t wait to see you in the T-O gallery, thanks so much for stopping by, HUGz, JoannaIMG_3296

November CAS Mix Up Reminder

Capture d_écran 2018-09-05 à 14.47.25Welcome back to the CAS Mix Up November Reminder, the theme is  “EMBOSSING FOLDER” hosted by our very talented Bonnie.  You still have time to play.  The linky will close at midnight (PDST) on Saturday, November 24th.

White on white cards are one of my favourites to make.  This technique is perfect for tone on tone cards.  I started with the Lawn Fawn scalloped circle stackables and then embellished this die cut with the MFT stitchable dot circle die. This piece was them dry embossed using a Couture Creations embossing folder.  Iridescent medium was applied using my Gelli Plate.  A Spellbinders flower power II die cut was also highlighted with the same medium, along with the Altenew Fine Circles Frame.  A MFT tag of vellum was stamped “Bisous” and heat embossed with silver pearl.  A tiny iridescent butterfly die cut was added and a thread with some beads tied to the stem. IMG_3139

With Christmas just around the corner, I made a second card using the Sizzix Texture Fades Embossing Folder – Snowfall/Speckles on the card base.  I cut 2 vellum banners and stamped on each “Ho Ho Ho!” & “C’est Noël”, white heat embossed the top and black Versafine on the bottom to give a shadow effect.  Snow-tex medium was added to the top, Nuvo drops,  along with a white glitter paper IO Town Builder, a MFT Lucky Star Die-namic and a felt IO Deer.IMG_3142Stop by the CAS Mix Up blog to see what the team and our very special guest Cornelia have created to get your mojo inspired.  Can’t wait to see your scrumptious creations in our gallery 😀

Thanks so much for stopping by, HUGz,


Silver Ginkgo

Capture d_écran 2018-11-12 à 08.00.33At Less is More the Challenge #384 theme is METALLICS.  I do love my IO Ginkgo die which I cut out of heavy card stock 3 times and glued together.  Gave it quite a few coats of silver embossing powder and, while hot, I pressed the die into the hot EP to get this impression.  Then all it took is two circle pieces of Origami and Japanese paper to highlight my metal piece.  Of course I added silver thread and silver beads for interest.

Thanks so much for stopping by HUGz, JoannaIMG_3330

Color Throwdown #518

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Using the Slate Blue, Orange, Brown and White colour palette at the #518 Color Throwdown Challenge, I stamped with some leaves I gathered from my morning walk.  Using brown and blue ink pads, I soaked up the back veins of each leaf, stamped on a separate piece of paper and then kept the ghost stamping.  Then I added brown and orange Brushos which I spritzed with water.  Lots of splatters were also added along with a little diluted Gesso.  I popped the white frame and stamped “smile” in sepia Versafine ink.

Thanks so much for stopping by, HUGz, JoannaIMG_3307