Mojo #487

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Love this sketch over at the Mojo Monday Blog.  Challenge #487 inspired this card composed of stamping and watercolouring.  The soft tones of saumon and pinks were used in the paints, in the pattern vellum (strip behind and large fern die cut) and finally in the cork (small fern die cut).  I added a coat of Wink of Stella for the blossoms.  All was aligned to fit Julee’s beautiful design and finished with the NUVO clear drops.

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stamps: Penny Black “Blooming Garden”; Impression Obsession “French Script”

dies: MFT Stitched Circle Stax; MFT Wild Greenery Die-namics

En cette occasion


A quick and easy card for the CAS(E) this Sketch #211 beautifully designed by Michele Ferguson.  I used Penny Black’s Dreamy stamp, sticky embossing powder and gilded flakes.  A postage stamp die cut (by Taylored Expressions) of the blossom plus a vellum to mat on the underside.  “En cette occasion” (On this occasion) was stamped also using gilded flakes and the card was done.

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CAS Mix Up: March – Smooshing


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capture-decran-2017-01-31-a-10-18-13The March CAS Mix Up Challenge is SMOOOOOOSHING 😛  I know I can’t withhold my excitement since this is such a fun challenge.  Take a look over at the blog since there are lots of suggested technique/videos to get you started.  For this card I used Tombow brushes (#005 & #847) on an acrylic block, spritzed a little water and just smooshed it right onto my base white card stock.  I suggest using Bristol paper since my 110 lb paper didn’t really remain smooth and clean afterwords.  Once dry, I stamped a diamond lattice on top of this mid section and heat embossed with Pearl Champagne embossing powder.  I die cut the hibiscus out of another smooshed piece of card stock and heat embossed the whole flower with UTEE.  The white silver speckled stamen was then adhered while the UTEE was still hot.  White acrylic paint was used for the splatters to jazz up the rest of the card 😉  A piece of household cheese cloth was tucked underneath the blossom and a banner was stamped with the word “Une pensée…”  (A thought) and heat embossed with the same champagne powder.

Can’t wait to see what you post in our inspiring gallery.  Pop on over to see what the other Design Teams members have created to get your juices going.  Hope you join us in the fun, thanks for stopping by, Hugs joanna-cmu-signature


Mojo #486

capture-decran-2017-02-27-a-10-36-29It’s a beautiful winter day here, getting close to spring 😉 so I took out my Penny Black Sun Fire die to make my MOJO Monday #486 card.  All die cuts are done with watercolour paper except for the circle of vellum.  The base was dry embossed with an MFT frame and then white heat embossed in the mid strip with a dots stamp.  The frames were watercolored and white heat embossed with a grid stamp and the flower was painted using the same Daniel Smith watercolours.  A pink twine wrapped the horizontal mid section before adhering all my pieces to the card.  Liquids pearls were applied for the stamens.

Hope you enjoy, thanks so much for stopping by!  HUGz Joannaimg_1518

Less is More #317

capture-decran-2017-02-25-a-15-05-16Lotsa of inspiration from the capture-decran-2017-02-25-a-15-04-59Less is More team for Challenge #317  sketch 19 🙂  I’ve had this shimmery goldish paper for a while now so I used it as my card base and flower die cut which I clear heat embossed.  I grabbed cheese cloth and wrapped gold thread a couple of times, then, I mounted a tiny frame from gold foil card stock.  I adhered the flower, added a gold rhinestone and stamped/gold heat embossed “Une pensée…”(a thought)!

Thanks for stopping by, HUGz Joannaimg_1517

Smile at life



Leigh‘s sketch #210 from CAS(E) this Sketch inspired my card “Souris à la Vie” (Smile at Life).  The center white rectangle was latticed with a Memory Box Distressed Windham Collage die.  All other die cuts are watercolour paper pieces, painted and clear heat embossed.  That’s how the card came about.

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Amy’s Sketch

capture-decran-2017-02-22-a-15-42-42My card was inspired by Amy‘s sketch #276 from Freshly Made Sketches.  Some Japanese paper fringed on the vertical sides and gold splattered was centred on a white card base.  3 Gingkoes were die cut in vellum, vanilla and white card stock and gold Liquitex ink brushed.  Then the word die “Bonne Fête” was also brushed with this same ink followed by a coat of Glossy Accents.  All four die cuts were tied together with gold thread (to which I applied the heat gun making it kinky 😉 )

Thanks for stopping by, your comments are truly encouraging …thank you!  BIG HUGz Joannaimg_1511