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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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.

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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.

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CAS Mix Up January Challenge

May the 2018 New Year bring love, health and kindnessCapture d_écran 2017-12-06 à 16.23.51
…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



CAS Mix Up December Challenge

The December challenge on CAS Mix Up allowsCapture d_écran 2017-11-21 à 10.45.27 two options of your choice + Stamping.  I just went crazy over the choices so I stamped, heat embossed, die-cut, Pearl-Ex, spray inks, used Brushos and watercolours.  My puzzle die was coloured using Brushos (crimson & a bit of lemon), once dried I added a smoosh of Heidi Swapp’s gold color shine spray.  UTEE gave this shiny finish to my die-cut.  I wrapped gold wire along with gold beads to this piece.  As for the card base I stamped leaves from the SSS collection and white heat embossed.  I watercoloured with Gansai Tambi Starry Colors blending some red from the Zig clean color brushes to compliment.  Finally, I stamped “du fond du coeur” (from the bottom of my heart) with Versamark to which I brushed some Aztec Gold Pearl-Ex.  This was then clear heat embossed to stabilize the powder.  I popped up my die cut and adhered it to the center of my leaves which completed my December project.

Do join in on the fun!  There’s plenty of Design Team inspiration to be found on the blog.  Hope to see you there 😉  Thanks for stopping by, Hugsjoanna-cmu-signatureIMG_2200Here’s a close-up 😀  IMG_2201


Bright Thanks

Capture d_écran 2017-11-25 à 15.31.23It’s that time of gratefulness, Capture d_écran 2017-11-25 à 15.51.07which is the theme at CAS-ual Fridays CFC187 & TIME OUT’s Challenge #97.  So I created this card with Color Throwdown’s countdown #470 palette.  Using a Crafter’s Workshop Aspen Stencil I added Brushos (lemon, orange & brilliant red) over a masked part of my Bristol card base.  I spritzed with water and came up with a Capture d_écran 2017-11-25 à 15.51.40colourful Capture d_écran 2017-11-25 à 15.32.01autumn scene.  Once dry, I applied a shiny layer of Distress Crackle Paint for the Less Is More Recipe #356 and waited for this layer to dry 😛  Then I blended in some Distress Ink vintage photo to allow the tree trunks and branches to appear.  Penny Black’s word die “thanks” was die cut in white and brown and adhered just under the forest.  Hope you’re having a joyful Thanksgiving, filled with love and family!

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Merci cuivré

Giving Narelle‘s sketch a whirl at Freshly Made Capture d_écran 2017-11-24 à 16.06.23Sketches #314.  I die-cut Penny Black’s framed fern 3 times, adhered them together and copper heat embossed twice.  This was pasted over a watercolour sheet previously painted in yellow and green and clear heat embossed.   Using a Polka dot border die from Papersmooches over a white card base, the whole fern frame was fussy cut and glued in place with some copper thread tucked under the bottom right portion.  The die word “Merci” (thank you) was cut using the same watercolour paper and placed under the fern over a copper piece of washi tape.  Hope you enjoy!  😉

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