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Spring is in the (Parisian) air - Fashionable Stamping Challenges #18

Re-edited: Wooo hooo!!! I've won the March challenge at Happy Daze!!! Super exciting or what??? lol ;)

And my card has also been voted a Ginger Gem at Gingersnap Creations!!! Yay!!!

It's me again!

I've got to confess - I really missed blogging. But I've spent this "time off" wisely - I will have some new things to share with you soon, so watch this space!

There is something really rewarding about sharing inspiration, techniques and stories behind my projects. For me it means letting people into a "secret" part of my soul and heart, a part that I would not normally have the courage to share.

Even more rewarding, if my project inspires someone to make art and puts a smile on their face. I hope I can make you smile with what I am going to share with you today ;).

Here is my DT card for today's Fashionable Stamping Challenge

On Friday Shirley challenged you to guess what the new challenge will be about ;). Well, if you guessed the theme "Spring is in the air" then you were right!

The background for my card was created using a printed tissue paper, then dry brushed with matt emulsion paint for a shabby chic look. The gorgeous foreground Paris in the Spring time stamp is by Stampendous - I just simply adore this stamp! I was really fortunate to win it from the Stampman challenge ;). The background panel and the insert were flourished with the Stempelglede swirl corner stamp.

The lovely Cameo Lady die is by Marianne's Designs (Lord and Lady) which I have been really lucky to win from Marianne's Designs Twitter giveaway ;). I am one lucky girl, aren't I? :))).

The flowers on the tissue and the stamp were highlighted with Inktense pencils. And as Spring for me means flowers, I threw in a generous handful of flowers and fresh green leaves. The flowers were made using my fave Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die from book pages and music sheet and coloured with distress inks

This project reminded me of the super romantic trip to Paris my DH took me some time ago... Here are a couple of lovely piccies... they speak more about how lovely the trip was that I could ever explain myself ;).

Our generous sponsor Marina from Cottage Crafts again has a lovely prize for the lucky winner. Please visit her shop to browse through some lovely, lovely goodies!

What do you have to do to win? Well, you must join our challenge! lol ;) Create a project that just "screams" Spring, throw in an array of spring flowers, bees, birds, yummy fresh colours - whatever Spring means to you. Just remember, traditional stamping only please! And if you're looking for some stunning inspiration, have a look here to see what the lovely Fashionettes prepared for you this time!

As for me, I'd love to know what blogging means to you? And I hope I managed to inspire you and that your enjoyed getting to know more about those secret parts of my heart ;).

And I noticed that I am only one follower away from the magical number of 200! A BIG thank you to all my followers and I can't wait to see who's going to be my 200th one! Is it going to be you? ;).

Thank you for visiting and have a lovely Sunday!

Big hugs

Challenges for this card:
Marianne's Design challenge - Spring into spring
Artistic Stamper March - Travel (my trip to Paris)
The Stampman Challenge - Bingo card (green/flowers/swirls)
GC #142 Spicy Supply Challenge - Border punches
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Handmade backgrounds
The Craft Room Challenge - Bling and Glitter/Sparkle
Sentimental Sundays #95 - Easter or Spring
Pan Pastel UK #11 - Bright colours
Paper Sundaes #113 - Spring blossoms
That Craft Place Challenge Blog - Anything goes
Happy Daze Design Team March - March to your own tune

A gorgeous card and a wonderful use of a border punch. Thanks for playing the Border Punch Challenge at Gingersnap Creations! Don't forget to come back to vote for your favorite entry once the challenge closes.

Hi Joanna! So good to see your work again and to hear from you!!! Looking forward to hearing what is new in your life. Your card is absolutely stunning and the focal stamp is one on my wish list. Blogging means several things to me. One, an avenue to friendships with fellow artists around the world and also, a means of educating myself through the gracious sharing others freely offer up. Please take care! Best wishes, Yvonne

Hi Joanna, great to see you blogging! You have certainly come back with some gorgeous creations, this one being no exception. I know you are a fan of Marianne Designs like me so its great to see you entering the Spring challenge for the Marianne Design Divas. Beautiful as usual ....hugs, Suzanne B Marianne Design Divas DT

Wow! This piece is super stunning & so inspiring Asia! Thanks for sharing it with us at The Artistic Stamper Challenge!
Alison xox

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Wow...stunning Joanna! Such a beautiful card and what wonderful memories you must have of Paris.
Blogging to me? uuumm...a journey, learning, sharing, being positive and having the courage to just jump in a give everything a go!
Dot x

That is sumptuous Joanna!!! your colour palate is so soft (I love shabby!!) I love blogging because it has put me in touch with so many amazing crafters out there, it's an incredible source of inspiration. I would say I am producing the best cards I have ever made since starting blogging!!! thanks Lainey x

Wow, stunning card. Glad to see you back showing us your amazing projects.
Yvonne x

Hi Joanna, so pleased you are back in blogland and what an absolutely gorgeous card. So beautiful with such a lovely colour palette, you are so clever. Have a great day. xx

Thank you for sharing your thoughts Yvonne :). I agree, I've met so many wonderful friends through blogging! x

Thanks Dot, true - blogging is a great place to jump in and give everything a go. Thanks for sharing your thoughts :) xx

Wow Joanna, this is the sort of thing I wish I could make, it's simply gorgeous. Great to see you :o) xx

Joanna.....what a SCRUMPTOUS card...to say the LEAST!! The colors...the embellies...GORGEOUS!

Thanks BUNCHES for playing along with this weeks challenge at Simon Says Stamp and Show!!!

just beautiful Joanna, very romantic and a great combination of colours with that dark red included.

This is stunning!
Oh how I would love to be whisked off to Paris, any time of the year lol.
A beautiful creation.

Romantic, shabby and truly gorgeous ... What more can I say?

Your card is absolutely beautiful! I love the tissue background that you transformed into such a shabby chic beauty. The cameo is lovely and the Tattered Flowers look fantastic! I love your Parisian stamps as well. It's just a beautiful card! Thanks for sharing your work with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

An absolutely stunning card! Beautiful work...good luck and thanks for joining us at The Artistic Stamper Challenge.
Emma xx

Joanna, this is elegant, romantic and gorgeous all rolled up into one incredible creation! You certainly did come back with a bang! The touches of black really add so much interest along with those fabulous stamps and EVERYTHING! Wow!!! Happy Sunday!

Lovely to see you creating again Joanna. This is gorgeous, I love your background, and a really lovely image. I loved seeing your beautiful pictures of Paris.
Crafters share so much through their blogs - tips, techniques, ideas and provide such inspiration, and its great to be part of such a wonderful community.
Enjoy the rest of the weekend.
Avril xx

Joanna, this is really, really beautiful work - blogging means so much to me, a chance to learn, to inspire others and be inspired by them and best of all, I made a couple of wonderful friends in America who I absolutely adore!

Very romantic card thank you for sharing with us at Craft-Room Challenge XOXO Zoe

WOW!! It is so good to see you back. I just love seeing these wonderful creations. You Card is FABULOUS. So many wonderful colors ant textures. Truly amazing!! I don't think you will mind if I pin it!!

Hugs, Linda

Fabulous card Joanna, love the cameo, perfect touch. Sue C x

stunning card! Love all the gorgeous details...
Thank for playing along at Sentimental Sundays...

Sandy S

Wow! What a beautiful card! I can almost envision Pais in the Sping. thank you for joining us at Sentimental Sundays! :-) Amy

Hi Joanna, how lovely to see you back in blogland :-) I've missed you and your beautiful artwork. I see you're back with a bang, this is a stunning project. I love the colour palette, the stamp, the flowers in fact I love everything about it
Claire xx

so pretty! Paris in the Spring- you can't beat it, thanks for joining us at Craft Room Challenge, Debi x

Hi Joanna, your "spring in paris" themed card is absolutely gorgeous, great effect with the dry paint brushing on the tissue background, thanks for sharing at PanPastel UK.

GORGEOUS! So many smal but beautiful details! You were lucky to win that beauty!

xxxx ellie xxxx

Wow!What a stunning project, I love the colours and the flowers and punched edges look fab, really beautiful
Lindsay xx

Joanna, you've created a breathtaking card with beautiful details.

You've certainly put a smile on my face Joanna seeing you back with such fabulous work. Hope you are still gong to Ally Pally.
Thanks for linking this to the PanPastel UK challenge this week.
hugs {brenda{ xox

I'm that lucky number 200 :-) A stunning card, the background is beautiful and such lovely colours. Thanks for joining in with us at the Craft-Room Challenge, and good luck.

Maria x

Thanks Lainey - I must admit, my cards have also much improved since I started blogging, thanks to all that fab inspiration that people share so generously ;) xx

Thanks Avril, I certainly met some really wonderful friends through blogging - here's to crafty bloggers! ;)) xx

Back again lol, thanks for sharing your beautiful card with us at the PanPastel challenge blog
Lindsay xx

Thank you so much Anna for sharing what blogging means to you. I'm really grateful to the person who first introduced me to blogging. I can easily say that it's changed my life lol; ))) x

Thanks Linda - don't mind at all - pin away! lol ;) xx

Yes, I am and I really can't wait to see you and Shirley! Do you know who else is coming? xx

Stunning card and thanks for entering our challenge at that craft place x

How lovely this is. So elegant and artistic, love everything about it. Thanks for playing along with us at Sentimental Sundays this week.

Hi Asia... beautiful, beautiful work from you as usual. You are just so talented! Thank you for joining us at the PanPastel UK Challenge. Eileen x

Wow this is stunning Joanna, I love the Paris stamp, I have my eye on it to.
I love blogging as a way of sharing all the things that I do, and as a place to gain loads of inspiration from others. I have also met a host of wonderful people along the way.
Thanks for joining us over at the Stampman Bingo challenge, and Good Luck.
Hugs Kimx

Yay!! It's great to see you back blogging! This is just beautiful! I love how you have done all of those gorgeous embellishments at the bottom. I have a lot to learn! Looking forward to 14th! x

Wow this is sooooo pretty Joanna, love it!!

Lovely to see you with us again Joanna and with such an adorable creation sooo beautiful.

Hugs Shirley x x

Fantastic card have just discovered your blog and become a follower
carol x

Gratuluję wygranej w Happy Daze :)))

Simply stunning! I am impressed. I especially enjoy the way you've used the high and low tones, including black. Your sense of contrast is impeccable, the design concept behind what you've created is sound, and you've not stinted on the details. Bravo! Gorgeous!

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