Playing with the Time Out Challenge #106 photo challenge and composing with the CAS(E) this Sketch #265. The Impression Obsession Hollyhocks were painted in yellow watercolours and adhered to the debossed left side of the card.  The large die-cut is the contour of a flower from Technique Tuesday as the base for the sentiment “HUGS and KISSES for Maman” (Maman -> Mother) stamped and heat embossed in green.

Thanks for stopping by, HUGz, JoannaIMG_2547


Happy Easter

I’m joining in 3 Challenges today:

Casology Week 293: CROSS

Freshly Made Sketches #330 by Jen Brum &

Color Throwdown #486 Blush, Pink and Peach

Following Color Throwdown’s color scheme and FMS Sketch I ink blended the Blush as the background for my horizontal strip.  I stamped the flowers in Pink and Peach.  The Church die-cut, to respect the Casology cue “CROSS“, was smooshed using the color palette.  Then it was heat embossed with some clear sparkle embossing powder.  “Joyeuses Pâques” (Happy Easter) was stamped in Peach and also heat embossed with the same powder.  A vellum piece was added underneath and the cross was embellished using pearl Liquid Pearls.

Happy Easter to all, thanks for stopping by, HUGz, Joanna


Sunflower Birthday

Capture d_écran 2018-03-26 à 16.48.06This week, TIME OUT Challenge #105 celebrates their 4th Birthday AND it’s a stencilling OLC at Less is More #367.  On a folded piece of Bristol Capture d_écran 2018-03-26 à 16.47.51paper I used a Sunflower stencil given to me by my good friend Loll and added flexible molding paste onto the bottom left corner.  While still wet, I added some Brushos (Lemon, Yellow, Yellow Ochre, and Dark Brown) and watched the magic happen 😀  I allowed this to dry before I brushed off the remaining pigment powders.  A simple “Bonne Fête” (Happy Birthday) was stamped in Versefine Sepia and clear heat embossed in honour of a special TIME OUT birthday to bring them Sunshine, Love & Laughter.

Thanks so much for stopping by, HUGz JoannaIMG_2542

March CAS Mix Up Reminder

Capture d_écran 2018-02-06 à 11.55.36A reminder ACETATE card for the CAS Mix Up Challenge.  You still have time to play, the challenge runs up to March 24th.  For this card, I was inspired by my good friend Bonnie‘s card and I wanted to try the “Spotlight Technique”.  I first stamped onto white card stock, with Versafine ink, an apple blossom branch which I clear heat embossed.  Then I stamped the same stamp with StazOn black ink onto a die cut circle piece of acetate.  On the opposite side I tried to colour with Copics but this technique just didn’t seem to work for me.  So I took out the Alcohol Inks and using a paint brush I applied the colours.  Without sealing the inks I added Glossy Accents to adhere it to my stamped card stock.  The colours moved around but it left an interesting loose look to it, so, with my scissors, I fussy cut the image.  Using a MFT Stitched Square Scallop Frame, die-cut 3 times, I added a piece of Japanese paper as the background, finishing my card with 5 sequins.

There are lots of inspiration to be found by the Design Team and some videos to give you tricks and tips.  Hope to see you in our gallery, HUGz,



Iridescent Framed Fern

Capture d_écran 2018-02-06 à 11.55.36Having fun with ACETATE, is the theme this month at CAS Mix Up!  Using 2 inch Sookwang double sided tape, I adhered a gold Framed Fern die-cut onto one side of the tape and added iridescent cellophane flakes.  This stuff can get quite messy on a work surface space.  Then I peeled the opposite side and placed an acetate sheet.  After fussy cutting the frame, the gold die cut had lost it’s shine through the sticky tape and acetate, so I decided to add another die-cut over the acetate using Glossy Accents as adhesive.  I added the stamp “Affection” (Affectionately) on my card base and gold heat embossed.  Quick and messy 😉  Lots of DT inspiration plus videos so you can play along!


A special thank you to Heather Telford for allowing me to discover the products from The Foiled Fox Store.  This card was a winner over at their blog, and I am excited about their prize 😀 Thank you for the recognition!

Thanks for stopping by, HUGz



Petit Papillon

Capture d_écran 2018-03-05 à 13.54.13It’s the Monochrome theme over at the Less is More Challenge #366.  So I opted for a tint of blue.  Two die-cuts, heat embossed with sparkle clear and sapphire embossing powders and all adhered to my folded card panel.

Thanks for stopping by, HUGz, Joanna

LIM Monthly WinnerI’m so proud to be a March Less is More monthly winner.  Thank you for the recognition and a BIG Congratulations to all the ShowCASe Favourites too, so very creative and beautiful cards to see, check them out here.

Thank you to the wonderful Design Team too for all the inspiration.IMG_2479

March CCCC

Capture d_écran 2018-03-03 à 16.07.13Christmas cards are rare for me, but with the new monthly Christmas Challenge created by Loll and Bonnie, I will definitely be playing along. The March CAS Christmas Card Challenge is “HOLLY” so I started by trying my hand with Faux Enamel. Not being too successful with the melting of my embossing powders I decided to create a new version.  I started with a square piece of Bristol paper, adding several layers of green embossing powders and finishing with a white coat.  I grabbed a holly die cut of 3 leaves and gold embossed it with two different gold EP.  I then heated up my square and smooshed this die cut into the softened EP to fuse the two pieces together, …I know, it’s really hot, but since my holly was cold I managed not to burn my fingers, YAY!!! Then I made a frame in green card stock, previously stamped with a crackle stamp inked up with Delicata Gold.  This piece was also clear heat embossed twice. Finally I stamped and gold heat embossed “joyeux Noël” (Merry Christmas). This year I should have enough cards to go around and not feel pressured come autumn.

Take a peak at the CCCChallenge, there’s lots of inspiration to be found. Thanks for stopping by, HUGz, JoannaIMG_2470 - copie

Inkspirational Coffee Challenge

Capture d_écran 2018-03-02 à 14.18.38An Inkspirational Challenge for my favourite morning boost, Challenge #155 is a Coffee Photo. I pulled out some Bristol paper and applied acrylic paints of white, bronze and brown to create splotches onto my Penny Black Flutters die cut. Then a coat of Distress Crackle Paint was applied adding some Pearl-Ex Macro Pearl before the medium dried. With the left over painted card stock, I die cut 3 small leaves and glued them to the top corner of my MFT stitched rectangle scallop frame along with my Coffee Coloured Butterfly to the opposite corner. « Une pensée » (a thought) was stamped with sepia Versafine Ink.

I’m also linking my card to the Simon Monday Challenge, 57e0248d5257c4052766941In my Garden.

Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend, HUGz JoannaIMG_2467

Here’s a CLOSE UP of my butterfly 😉  IMG_2469

CAS Mix Up March Challenge

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Welcome to the March Challenge to celebrate our 2nd Birthday!!  There will be a few prizes to get the party going and to add more FUN 😀



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Another fun challenge has started at CAS Mix Up: ACETATE 😉  hosted by our talented design team member Susan.  This will be her last challenge at CAS Mix Up since she’ll be moving to the new CAS Christmas Card Challenge.  She will be missed but will definitely be a creative addition to this new monthly challenge.  We are excited to welcome the fabulous Mac from the Sweetest of Peas, our new addition to the DT family!

OK, back to ACETATE + Stamping + Your Choice.  I began mixing Alcohol inks and AI blending solution onto a piece of acetate.  The gold mixative along with the red and yellow gave me quite an interesting piece.  To seal the AIs, I sprayed with Krylon Clear Glaze (Triple-Thick Crystal).  Once dry, I trimmed two squares with my paper trimmer and the other with deckled edge scissors.  On the first card I added red and white die cuts and to the second I framed it onto a piece of Japanese paper and added a tiny heart die cut, gold heat embossed twice with two different powders.  The sentiments “Du fond du coeur” (from the bottom of my heart) was stamped directly onto the opposite side of the acetate with StazOn opaque Cotton White, while the second card was stamped onto the card base and heat embossed in gold “La vie est si belle” (Life is so beautiful).

Lots of great videos to give you a great variation on the use of acetate, plus scrumptious inspiration can be found by our creative design team.  Can’t wait to see you in our gallery, thanks so much for stopping by, HUGz