Playing with the Less is More Challenge #414 (“Big & Small”) along with the CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge #359.

I first ink blended the Big sun with a homemade circle stencil. Then I stamped the Small birds in flight in black Versafine. To add dimension, I debossed the sun with adhered layers of the same circle die. The “hey” word die was layered with 4 orange “hey”s and topped with a black one.

Thanks for stopping by, HUGz, Joanna

Thank you 😀 CAS Colours & Sketches for the recognition!

Winter Poinsettia

It’s a snow storm here, just over 30 cm of snow 😛 What better way but to spend it inside and make a Christmas card. I’m playing with CAS(E) this Sketch #361. My friend Bonnie sent me some precious “prills”! For a gal who loves flowers, they were PERFECT ….for the heart of my poinsettias 😀 Once the approach was decided, this was a fairly quick card to make. The base was dry embossed with an Alexandra Renke folder, and splatters of Starry Watercolour gold were added. An Altenew fine circle frame was pearl gold heat embossed as a starting point for the 3 Brusho Blooms, also splattered with gold. Two leaves were die cut in vellum (from the Tattered Lace Lavish Poinsettia set) so as to separate each flower.

Thanks so much for stopping by, HUGz, Joanna

Catz with a view

You know how cats ALWAYS get the best view, well these 3 are not different …going south 😀 . I was inspired by the Color Throwdown Challenge #582 “ocean view”! I used the same Memory Box Cream Puff Heart die to make a mask for the ink blending and to perch this trios’ balcony within the outline heart die cut. Once the blending was finished, I added some sticky embossing powder before adding Mica powder and reheating it to set. The cats are a section of the Penny Black FeLINE die. The heart and cats were heat embossed twice with some Wow Pearl White EP.

Thanks so much for stopping by, HUGz, Joanna

Cream Puff Heart

Today, I spent some time in my craft room trying to get my chaotic desk in order. In the process we always find oldies but goodies. I rediscovered an old Memory Box die called “Cream Puff Heart”. Such a cute name. Then I put together this card to go along with 4 challenges. CAS(E) this Sketch # 360; Perfectly CAS Challenge # 6 (Shapes); AAA Cards Game #159 and finally the monthly Memory Box Challenge #58 (Hearts). Lots of die cutting in white card stock along with a little gold bling.

Thanks for stopping by, HUGz, Joanna

More …but still CAS

Hi I’m back with the CAS Mix Up challenge using an IO Gingko die to stencil the Simply Less is More Challenge #413 …where MORE but still CAS is the theme.

Using some Distress Oxides Peeled Paint and my die cut stencil, I ink blended the five leaves. Then I used the die itself to sponge the texture. I also added some Clear Wink of Stella and contoured with a Sakura stardust gel pen. The sentiment was first white heat embossed and finally gold heat embossed.

Thanks for stopping by, HUGz, Joanna

February CAS Mix Reminder 2020

There’s still time to play along with our Stencil from Die Cutting Challenge! Remember there’s lots of inspiration from our Special Guest, Ina, and the design team; plus videos can be found on the CAS Mix Up blog.

For this card I used the IO Heart Stems die. I placed this die cut stencil onto my grey mixed media paper card base with a piece of masking tape in the center. I applied a very thin coat of white modelling paste, removed the stencil, added Silver Pearl Embossing powder and immediately heat embossed. I stamped the Lawn Fawn sentiment “congratulations” in the center with Versamark and the same EP. I also added some splatters of gold Heidi Swatt Spray. Then I adhered an IO bow out of gold card stock along with a heart rhinestone.

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Ok, I really wanted to challenge myself, by combining 4 challenges. So here goes: “amour” (love) for the Inskpirational#207; for my CASologie#361 Sweetheart; stripes for the Just Us Girls#522 and the CAS Colours & Sketches #357 sketch. A Japanese paper window card for my 2 RED Vellum beaded hearts and a striped “amour” word die sentiment.

Thank you so much for stopping by, HUGz, Joanna

Pink Vellum

Pink Vellum Blooms for the Color Throwdown Challenge #579 of dark blue/navy, light blue, pink, and white to go with Jen’s Sketch at Freshly Made SKtehes #421.

The SSS Hydrangea Vellum die cuts with Nuvo Drops and navy glitter were framed with the light blue SSS Quadrangle frame die cut. Finally, a Concord and 9th navy glittered layering leaf was added.

Thanks so much for stopping by, HUGz, Joanna


Playing with the CAS(E) this Sketch #357 and the Color Throwdown #578 palette.

I first die cut the toque in red glitter paper and proceeded to heat emboss the pompom with two layers of puff white embossing powder. For the card base, I smooshed some light gray Tombow brushes and then splattered with some dark gray Tombow. The strip was glitz heat embossed. Then came the hard part, can I succeed to aline the MFT border strip twice, above and below, and get it even? Evidently, the answer was NO 😛 …so I added Nuvo Crystal drops and heat embossed with some white pearl powder. Careful, they do explode when heated, …just like an egg in the microwave LOL! …better to let them dry first! A light Christmas card for my stash 😀

Thanks for stopping by, HUGz, Joanna

tiny & few

The Simple Less is More Challenge #412 is tiny and few 😛 OK, …for this Valentine’s Day OLC, I dry embossed the largest Lil’Inkers Stitched Heart, then added GANSAI opaque gold watercolour. Finally, I stamped and heat embossed the heart stamp & Amour with several layers of gold sparkle EP.

I’m also entering my loved one’s V-D card to the “Affectionate” theme over at the TIME OUT Challenge #154 😀 …Along with the AAA Cards CAS Game #158Up to 1/3 + optional twist Hearts“! HAPPY VALENTINE’S

A quick card that I hope you’ll enjoy, thanks so much for stopping by, HUGz Joanna