Prendre le temps

december2016This card is a CAS Mix Up Reminder.  Making a circle stencil of 3 different diameters I randomly sponged yellow-orange ink onto the left side of a 5,5″ x 4,25″ white card-stock base.  Then I proceeded to stamp circles in Versamark, added sticky embossing powder so that I could apply variegated gold gilding flakes.  I still need to master this technique 😛

I ran a loopy ring die over this panel and adhered two other die-cuts under this sponged piece for dimension.  On my white base folded card-stock I placed a wide strip of Sookwang tape on the left side so that I could paper piece the whole design back together. Glossy Accents was applied in the inner rings.  An arrowed frame die-cut was used to stamp “Prendre le temps de dire…” (Taking the time to say… ) over the vellum piece, then gold and copper threads were wrapped around the frame section with 3 gold and copper sequins.  A heart stem from IO was also covered with gold gilding flakes and tucked underneath.

There’s still a little time to play, so I hope this card will give you a few ideas.  Can’t wait to see you in our gallery 😉  Thanks for stopping by, HUGzjoanna-cmu-signature


Fern Outline

Capture d’écran 2016-08-07 à 17.23.16Less is More Challenge #306 theme is OUTLINE + a ONE LAYER card!  Masking my white card base with Penny Black’s Framed Fern die cut, I stamped a square retro stamp in Versafine Sepia ink and clear heat embossed.  Before removing the mask, the die-cut was outlined with a sepia marker and then I painted with Liquitex iridescent bright gold ink.  Using Zig clean colour real brushed, the background was coloured in two shades of blue.  Once dry, Dorland’s Wax Medium was rubbed on the square background to seal the watercolour and a shimmer coat of Pearl Ex Sparkle Gold was brushed on.  Finally I wanted to give the framed fern dimension, so it was covered with Crackle Accents,  and the card was done.  Hope you enjoy 😉  Thanks for stopping by, HUGz Joanna


Simply Christmas

Another one to go 😀  Three stitched circle die cuts incapture-decran-2016-12-09-a-08-50-19 gold foil, white vellum and white shimmery card stock.  The last circle die cut again with a tree from Penny Black’s “joyful pair”.  The stitched rectangle die cut of gold snowflakes was the base of my focal point.  The Spellbinder’s snowflake was embossed with WOW White Puff powder.  This card is inspired by Amy O’Neill’s sketch on Freshly Made Sketches for Challenge #266.

That’s my take, hope you enjoy.  Thanks for stopping by, HUGz Joannaimg_1323

Mojo Monday 477

A two tone card for Mojo Monday’s Challenge #477.capture-decran-2016-12-05-a-09-03-20  Such a beautiful sketch from Julee Tilman!  I applied plaster tape to the left panel and wrapped gold thread to the bottom fourth.  A rectangle of Japanese paper with a gold frame were used as the center stage.  Using Memory Box’s Hibiscus Flower in 110 lb card stock, I die-cut the white flower and applied clear Wink of Stella.  As for the stamen and Penny Black’s thank you die, it was cut in the same gold paper stock as the frame.

This is Mojo Monday’s last post in 2016.  I give thanks to their wonderful team who come up with such awesome cards filled with lots of inspiration.  May all have a wonderful festive season filled with love and kindness.

To ALL, thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a great holiday season, HUGz Joanna


Glitter Tree

A CAS card for 3 challenges:

Less is More Challenge #305Primary Colours

Just Us Girls #372Christmas Tree

TIME OUT Challenge #71Christmas with Glitter/Shimmer

I die-cut Penny Black’s “joyful pair” Christmas tree in white glitter paper and proceeded to colour the tiny triangles with Copic markers in primary colours.  On a postage stitched die-cut, by Taylor Expressions, I dry embossed Penny Black’s geometric border die to the bottom edge.  I then proceeded to paper piece the tree.  “Noël” was stamped in red and a little red glitter was added.  This whole piece was adhered to the American Crafts white card stock base.

Hope you enjoy, thanks so much for stopping by, Happy card making. HUGz Joannaimg_1304


The Less is More Blog selected this card as a showCASe 😀  Oooooh so flattered for the recognition, a BIG thanks

Pretty Pink

december2016Another CAS Mix Up challenge, December is looking at sponging 😀  This technique can be used in so many ways.

For this card I die-cut the Sun Fire die from Penny Black onto a 5,5″ x 4,25″ card stock to create a mask for my sponging.  Before applying the inks I clear heat embossed a piece of watercolour paper with a crackle background stamp.  Placing my stencil over this same size Strathmore paper, I began sponging, light pink, fuchsia, yellow and green Memento Inks (see photo).  Once finished, I kept the homemade stencil in place and applied Liquitex Glass Beads gel. This img_1073gel will take a few hours to dry, so be patient 😉  Then I applied Liquid Pearls for the stamens.   I also sponged the bottom edge with the 2 pink tones and added some spatters of the darkest to add a subtle repetition.  The tiny tag was gold heat embossed with a “happy birthday” stamp.  A pink bow was tied and this piece is the only extra layer for this card.

Do check out our challenge blog to see more video techniques on sponging.  You will definitely want to see the other Design Team Members scrumptious creations.  The challenge is open until the 24th of December, hope to see you in our gallery.

Thanks for stopping by, happy SPONGING 😀   joanna-cmu-signatureimg_1078