AUjourd’hui (Today)

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Today (AUjourD’Hui) I made a card for two challenges: TIME OUT Challenge #101 and Global Design Project #122.  I opted for a white on white card using GDP’s sketch challenge and turned it clockwise 😉 .  I applied Iridescent Medium with a snow fall stencil onto my card base.  Then I die cut a strip of white vellum with MFT Pierced Fishtail Flag Stax and another strip out of white card stock to which I die cut again with A Sizzix Thinlit Mix Media #4.  Cutting and glueing together a Penny Black Framed Fern die cut twice, I painted the iridescent medium on the top layer.  A tiny tag cut out of textured white card stock was attached with a bow to which the sentiment “AUjourD’Hui”  (Today) was stamped to honour TO’s “inspired by words” challenge.

Thanks for stopping by, HUGz, Joanna


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Yay, got HONOURS at TIME OUT Challenge 😀

THANK YOU for the recognition!!!

Color Throwdown #477

Capture d_écran 2018-01-24 à 16.18.54The colours this week at Color Throwdown Challenge #477 are Aqua, Orange & Gray!  I die cut Lil Inkers Flip Flops in white card stock, clear heat embossed with an old Inkadinkado Floral background stamp and ink blended the Orange Memento Ink.  Then I heat embossed again using clear glitter embossing powder.  I Copic coloured in Gray the pearl and strip over the sandal, adding a little white flower for cuteness 😉  I then stamped in AquaThinking of YOU” onto a stitched square die cut, clear heat embossed and then dry embossed the piece with a Tide Lifestyle Crafts folder.  Before adhering this piece onto my white card base, I ink blended the Aqua with torn paper to create a ragged edge.  The Flip Flops were added along with a piece of Aqua ribbon.

Hope you enjoy, thanks for stopping by, HUGz, JoannaIMG_2373

You’re PURRfect

Capture d_écran 2018-01-24 à 13.01.59A Valentine’s card for Capture d_écran 2018-01-24 à 13.01.47the OLC CUTE Challenge #363 at “Less is More” and the CAS Colour & Sketches Challenge #256 SKETCH.  Dry embossing with a stitched postage die for the Papersmooches sentiment “you’re purrfect”; heat embossed in Martha Stewart ladybug powder.  The CUTE cat was stamped with Versafine black onyx and heat embossed in clear twice.  Masking the sentiment plus a round aperture, I ink blended in red, yellow and blue.  Using Copic greys, I added some dimension to the postage and circle outline. This colourful one layer card is my take on theses challenges.

Thanks for stopping by, HUGz, JoannaIMG_2368

CASology “LATE”

Week 284 - Late

CASology is one of the challenges I so often participate in because they seek “making the complicated, SIMPLE” and that’s the defeat I try to work by.  I’ve been graciously invited as their Guest Designer this week, truly an honour.  The cue word this week is LATE“!  A little die-cut and a bit of stamping make for a CAS card atop a white card base is my idea of keeping it simple. Guest Designer Badge

Using a left over piece of painted watercolour paper, dried with cling wrap, a die cut was made using MFT Stitched Rounded Rectangles STAX.  Before adhering the die cut to my white card base, I melted some UTEE to give it some shine, adding a few grains on the card base.  Once glued, using a circle punch, I cut a groove out of the front top of my card to then add an eyelet and a tinted cheesecloth bow (I wanted to make sure that it would nicely fit in an envelope 😀 ).  Finally I stamped and gold heat embossed the dots and sentiment “Je suis un peu en retard…” “I’m a little late…”  for a special late Birthday Card.  I used white enamel accents on the die cut to imitate and repeat the stamped dots.

I hope you’ll join this lovely team over at CASology for this week’s challenge.  I wish to send a warm thanks to this talented group of card makers.

Thank YOU so much for stopping by, hugs, Joanna



Bon moments

Memories of Good Times “Bon Moments” when reading books.  Using Color Throwdown’s #476 palette of Kraft, Light Blue, and White and Donna Mikasa’s Sketch #255 at CAS(E) this Sketch I white heat embossed, watercoloured and completed my card with die cuts for my card.

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Thanks for stopping by, warm HUGz JoannaIMG_2338


Capture d_écran 2018-01-18 à 14.35.24Purples is the “Less is More” Challenge #362.  Ivory card stock for my base which I dry embossed with a MFT ‘Stitched Dot Circle STAX’ and heat embossed “Chère Maman” (Dear Mom) with Antique white embossing powder 3 times.  I also heat embossed an Agapanthus onto 140 lb hot press Arche paper to which I then watercolored.  Pattern paper and vellum leaves were die cut and tucked underneath to finish.

Entering my card into the Capture d_écran 2018-01-19 à 06.57.59Craft Stamper Magazine’s Take It Make It Challenge too.

Thanks so much for stopping by, warm HUGz, JoannaIMG_2337

January CAS Mix Up Reminder

Welcome back to our CAS Mix Up January ReminderCapture d_écran 2017-12-06 à 16.23.51 involving CLING WRAP + Stamping.  So many videos to get you started too.  The CAS Rules can be found here.

Using Bristol paper I created a rectangle mask to which I applied watercolours of Green Gold and Ultramarine Blue.  I applied plastic wrap to the wet surface and waited for it to dry.  Using a MFT leaf die, I placed it on the bottom half of the coloured rectangle and replaced it by paper piecing a  white Bristol paper leaf die.  Using a water brush, I activated the watercolours to give the same tint to the paper pieced leaf.  A thick layer of Distress Crackle Paint was applied to the coloured leaf die cut and allowed to dry naturally.  Using watercolour paper, a thin frame from Nellie Snellen’s Multi-Frame Die Set- Photo Frames was painted using Gold Gansai Tambi Starry Colours.  These two die cuts were adhered over the cling wrap card base and “bonjour” was stamped and heat embossed with silver Pearl THREE times to give it dimension.

Hope to see you in our gallery.  The design team has lots of inspiration for you here.  Thanks for stopping by, HUGz



CAS Mix Up January Challenge

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…any many more card making pleasures!  Just to get you started the January Challenge is “Cling Wrap” + Stamping + Your Choice (list options shown on the right sidebar).  Also, take a look at the CAS RULES.

Using a square mask on my Bristol paper base, I applied Daniel Smith (Green Gold and Iridescent Gold) watercolours.  A scrunched-up plastic wrap was pressed over the top and left to dry. The watercolours pool under the plastic wrap, especially at the edges, and create an interesting textured look when dry.  A Penny Black Ardor branch die cut out of cherry wood tape was adhered it to the left of this dried imprint.  Gold thread with gold beads were tied to the branch and a red heat embossed heart was glued atop one of the hearts.  “je pense à toi” (thinking of you) was stamped in Versafine sepia and clear heat embossed.  Do join in on the fun!  There’s plenty of Design Team inspiration and videos to discover on the blog.  Hope to see you in our gallery 😉  Thanks for stopping by, Hugs