Spread Joy, not Germs

Hello Crafty friends. It’s Donna here, and it’s good to be back and getting crafty here in Tokyo.

I’m so excited to be a part of the #spreadjoynotgerms blog hop, as a part of the Pink and Main team. What a great fun name for a blog hop, even if the reason for the hop is not fun at all! With so many of us staying home, it’s a great opportunity to encourage other crafters and creative community in this lovely crafting world of ours. There are a bunch of prizes to be won, and the more blogs you comment on, the better your chances of winning. Please leave a comment below. I’d love to know what you do to restore your crafty mojo when it goes missing!

I’ve created two cards today using the one die cut and two very different backgrounds.

For the first card, I created a plaid background (random fact – we don’t call it plaid in Australia, it’s called check) I used the Plaid 1 and Plaid 3 stamps from Pink and Main and Versafine Onyx Black ink to make the bold background. These stamps line up beautifully when placed in the corner of my MISTI, and I was able to stamp each layer twice to get good ink coverage. I cut this panel using the a stitched rectangle die.

I cut the Floral Corners Dies twice from white card, and layered them up. I blended ink onto two pieces of card, in mixed pinks and mixed greens, and cut the die from these pieces too. I stuck the outline down to the check piece, and then it was a matter of playing jigsaws and slotting the pieces into the holes! The sentiment which comes from the Special Day stamp set was popped up with some foam tape.

The second card is much softer, but it uses the same pink die cut piece from the first card. I used the same inks – Distress Oxides in Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick and Spun Sugar as well as a touch of Altenew Butternut ink to turn the pinks more coral, to create the background on a sheet of watercolour paper. I used lots of water to get a soft look. Once this was dry, I spattered the colours onto the paper, as well as a little copper coloured metallic paint that I had in my stash.

Once again, the diecut is two layers high, to give some extra dimension. The sentiment comes from this Fall Sentiments stamp set and I stamped this directly onto the watercolour panel with Versafine Onyx Black ink.

Well done to Catherine Pooler for thinking of this great idea, to Erika Post for organising us all! What a massive job! Below are the companies that are participating in the hop, and have prizes to share. You have until April 24 to comment on as many blogs as you can, and the winners will be announced on the Catherine Pooler and HedgeHog Hollow blogs on April 27.

Your next stop on the hop is Rosemary Bridges. She is an amazing colourist, and I know you’ll enjoy seeing her creation. If you get lost, please head to Catherine Pooler’s blog, or the Hedgehog Hollow blog, where you can find your way again.

I hope that you find heaps of inspiration following along this hop, and are rewarding with an overflow of crafty mojo!

If you’d like to see more of my cards, I put them all up on my Instagram account. Only a small portion make it to my blog! I look forward to hearing your comments. Don’t forget to leave lots of love all along the hop.

Until next time, may your days be full of joy, not germs!




  1. Love to use plaid for my cards.
    The black really pops the flowers.
    the second card is gorgeous.
    thanks for sharing


  2. I really like the boldness of the black plaid on the white paper & the colours you chose for the flowers are very pretty. The second card is my favourite though. All that softness… beautiful.


  3. Your floral cards are so pretty and that die sounds like a must have!!! Love the pretty colors too!! #spreadjoynotgerms Sending cards and phones calls to #stayconnected Stay safe and well!


  4. BEAUTIFUL cards!
    LOVE your floral die cut clusters and BOTH designs … I confess, the CHECK background has won my heart 🙂
    Thank You for sharing and INSPIRING!


  5. Floral cards are always a win-win
    for me! I love both, although the plaid (checked) background really pops against the white card base. I love that die! I haven’t had crafty mojo for a while, although I have been making cloth masks in my spare time. I have to make my daughter a birthday card today/tomorrow, so I will look for a color or sketch challenge that inspires me.


  6. Beautiful cards! I really love to see cards from the same die look so very different. Thank you the inspiration.


  7. When my crafty mojo is slipping away, I watch crafting videos on YouTube. More often than not, I’ll see a card that I want to recreate. Gradually recreation transitions into making things of my own design. Of course, blog hops like this are another excellent source of motivation. Thank you for taking part!


  8. Awesome cards! One die, but such different looks. It was fun to see the die used in different ways. Hopping around this blog hop will definitely get your mojo back.


  9. Such lovely cards! Like them both!
    Missing crafty mojo: I like to watch a tutorial or 2 or scroll on IG.
    Sometimes just walking in my tiny garden clears the clutter for new ideas to flow.
    Thanks for the hop, such a fun idea!


  10. Pretty cards! I love the floral corner and your fun backgrounds. I’m partial to the plaid or checks. When I lose my mojo, I usually pull out a stamp or die set and then I go to Pinterest or blogs to get inspiration for using that set.


  11. Such pretty cards. Love that lacy background cover plate. When I loose my mojo I just stamp a billion images, enough to fill a 8′ x 11.5 paper, color and then after those are done I usually get my groove back!


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