Feathered Flamingo

Capture d_écran 2018-02-23 à 15.34.05Who says flamingos are pink? 😉 Using CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge #260 colour palette, I proceeded to make a background by smooshing and stamping with the edge of my plastic card. I die-cut a flamingo in white textured card stock, glued the feather and applied liquid Pearls for the Capture d_écran 2018-02-23 à 15.34.20eye. An oval piece of vellum was stamped in a peach colour and also heat embossed …”namaste” … this comes to mind every time I see this bird on one leg 😀 . The card came together using Amy’s Sketch #325 at Freshly Made Sketches. I’m also linking my card to the Simon Wednesday Challenge, Make your own Background.Capture d_écran 2018-02-23 à 15.33.52

Thanks for stopping by, HUGz, JoannaIMG_2453

CT: take 2

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Have you ever done a challenge and think you could have done it differently? Well here is my second take on the Color Throwdown #481 challenge this week. The colours are to use  light purpledark purplebeige/off white, and brown. Two rectangle MFT die cuts, one in brown and the other in beige Japaneses paper were adhered to the base. I added two Tim Holtz Wild Flowers #2 die cut out of light and dark purple cardstock. And then a beige thread was attached along with 3 beige sequins and « voilà », a floral card 😉

Thanks for stopping by, HUGz JoannaIMG_2446

The Color of Purple

Capture d_écran 2018-02-21 à 16.51.28Color Throwdown #481 has quite the challenge this week. The colours for this week are to use light purple, dark purple, beige/off white, and brown. This was not my first attempt, but it worked out. I heat embossed, in light and dark purple powders, a rectangle strip of card stock several times. Then I added a strip of antique white embossing powder in between. The flowers from McCollection were also heat embossed with antique white and randomly adhered. A rectangle piece of linen canvas was inked with Versafine Sepia and all the pieces came together.

Thanks so much for stopping by, HUGz, JoannaIMG_2443

TO Challenge #103

The Time Out Challenge #103 is HOBBIES with the optional twist of ONE LAYER …isn’t that what an ARTIST does? …one layer? 😀 So I grabbed a folded Bristol paper for my card base, and added the primary colours with Distress Stains onto a floral rectangle Capture d_écran 2018-02-21 à 14.22.46stamp (sorry don’t remember where I got it), spritzed some water and got this background. With a wide brush, I applied a layer of Iridescent Medium and, once dry, proceeded to stamp with Versafine Ink a row of flowers, from Dylusions, and then the word « ARTIST », from an old Tim Holtz set (both were clear heat embossed). I repeated the primary colours in liquid Perfect Pearls for the flower petals, a little green to the leaves and scribbled a little ground for the flowers with a Micron Pen. To make the word stamp pop I added white gel pen.

Thanks so much for stopping by, HUGz, JoannaIMG_2439

CAS Dry Embossing

Capture d_écran 2018-02-20 à 15.22.09I took the Less is More Challenge #365 “CAS Dry Embossing” and decided to make my own folder using Penny Black’s Iris flower.  Using vellum Bristol card stock, I made a folder and then die-cut 2 other sheets with this flower die.  I kept, both the die cut and the negative space of the die cut flower.  I adhered the negative pieces together onto one side of my folder.  Then I carefully inserted the flower die cut, already adhered together, into the negative space, like paper piecing a die cut.  I added tacky glue onto the flower die cut and folded my Bristol folder.  Once all was dry, keeping my fingers crossed, I passed an A2 size white card stock and it worked, YAY 😛

I white heat embossed “Just un petit Bonjour” (Just a little Hello) and the card was done!!!  Thanks for stopping by, HUGz, JoannaIMG_2432

Here’s what the folder looked like ….6406F6D9-553D-4FC4-87AB-30530EAB0EA7


February CAS Mix Up Reminder

Capture d_écran 2018-01-15 à 13.04.05Welcome back to our CAS Mix Up Challenge 😀   This month we’re having fun with Felt, Cork OR Canvas.

To start, I applied Gesso onto a piece of canvas given to me by my dear friend Bonnie.  This added some tooth to the postage die cut piece so that I could stamp the Hampton artistamp “novel background” in Versafine Sepia Ink.  The girl die cut (AliExpress) in 140lb watercolour paper was painted, clear heat embossed and glued onto the bottom right section previous painted with burnt siena to ground her.  A wood heart was added all for the love of reading.  This was adhered on-top of a piece of teal cork background die cut (Papersooches) over the white card base.

There’s lots of inspiration from the design team, from our special guest Marianne, PLUS Videos for tips and tricks.  Hope you’ll join us!

Bonnie and Loll are launching a brand Capture d_écran 2018-02-06 à 22.02.38NEW challenge which will be starting March 3rd. The new CAS Christmas Card Challenge or CCCC will be the place to visit next month and have more fun in the card world.

Thanks for stopping by,



Here’s another card, painting the cork …again a Papersmooches flower die.  A pink felt heart over the “Amitiés” stamp (friendship).IMG_2333

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And finally, one using cork and felt.  The back ground and stamped leaf is with Orange Brusho and then clear embossing several times with the “water bead” stamp from Deep Red.  I entered this card for the Inspirational Challenge #154Aperture“.

Can’t wait to see you in our gallery 😀  IMG_2325


Teal Christmas

Capture d_écran 2018-02-12 à 17.35.51Using CAS(E) this Sketch #258 along withCapture d_écran 2018-02-12 à 17.35.40 the TEAL theme over at Addicted to CAS Challenge #129, I decided to make a Christmas Card 😉  I simply lined up those Lawn Fawn fur trees in my Misti and began stamping with Oxide ink, Peacock Feathers.  I then embossed theme with two different Sparkle Embossing powders.  The “season’s greetings” sentiment was stamped over an MFT vellum die-cut and the card was done.

Thanks for stamping by, HUGz, Joanna


Yellow Rose

Capture d_écran 2018-01-15 à 13.04.05A sunny card for Sunday morning.  I’m the host over at CAS Mix Up and this month’s challenge is to use Felt, Cork OR Canvas.  Great videos and DT inspiration to give you ideas 😀

I cut a square out of yellow canvas which I stamped MFT’s Rose background stamp with Spiced Marmelade Oxide ink.  This quite opaque chalky ink gave a very good impression which I couldn’t achieve with other inks.  I then cut a larger square out of white card stock and stamped “Bonne Fête” (Happy Birthday) with the same ink all around the perimeter.  Using a Papersmooches rose die, I cut 4 pieces of orangish card stock, glueing them together with a fifth out of white card stock to which I applied a coat of the Nuvo Glitter Drops.  Once all assembled I added yellow Twine along with two crystal beads.

Thanks so much for stopping by, HAPPY SUNDAY 😉 HUGz


Madame Butterfly

Capture d_écran 2018-02-06 à 16.41.08Thought I’d make a Butterfly card today for the CASology theme: Week 286 along with the CAS Colours & Sketches colours for Challenge #258.  Capture d_écran 2018-02-06 à 16.41.18I died Japanese paper in Wild Wasabi green where I nested a Powder Pink Papillon with a Berry Burst Body.  (PPP & BBB 😉 ..having fun)  The Butterfly, given to me by my friend Bonnie, was clear heat embossed then heat embossed again with Sparkle EP.  White Vellum was adhered to the back and then fussy cut.  Liquid Pearls were used for the body and lastly, three pink rhinestones were added.

Thanks for stopping by, HUGz, Joanna xxIMG_2405

Black & Gold

Capture d_écran 2018-02-04 à 20.44.48A quick card for the TIME OUT ChallengeCapture d_écran 2018-02-04 à 20.44.31 #102 and Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #322 by Cécile. Four rectangles out of Glitter, or Glossy pattern card stock assembled together to create a rectangle.  The white heart was stencilled with modelling paste, sprinkled with clear rock candy glitter, and the die cut “LOTS OF ❤ ” , out of gold foil card stock, was added to the bottom left to balance.  A rectangle vellum piece was embossed with a Swiss dots folder to frame it all.

Thanks for stopping by, HUGz JoannaIMG_2398