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. Wow – you rocked those distress inks. These are beautiful, and I love seeing one die used in so many ways. Awesome.


  2. That floral die you used to create your two beautiful cards is amazing! It is going on my Wish List! I love the backgrounds you made on both of your cards! When I lose my Mojo I try sitting in my craft room and coloring up a stamped image, usually by the time I am done coloring I have already come up with a plan for how I want to turn it into a card and from there the creative juices start flowing again! Thanks for the inspiration! Stay SAFE!


  3. These are absolutely beautiful!! When I am not feeling very crafty I start watching as many videos as I can and I normally get that mojo back!


  4. It’s interesting how two different backgrounds can make a card look so different. I really like both of the cards and have gone back and forth on which one is my favorite because I can think of people I would send each one to. Thanks for sharing.


  5. Beautiful cards. Love the versatility of the die! No mojo? I look back at bloghop card samples I’ve copied and pasted and categorized in my documents on the computer. Once in awhile I print them, but there are too many beautiful samples. They would fill many binders! I categorize by stamp company, artist, or theme.


  6. There is that amazing die that I’m just seeing for the first time with this blog hop! I love it! And I love what you did with it, especially the one with the black plaid background. So cute!


  7. Such gorgeous cards!! They really are stunning!! I usually try to do something different or learn something new. Usually this is a completely different type of art. Like building something, painting, or working with clay (just some examples. Step from one crafty project to the next to see if I can find my mojo again. It usually helps since I like to do so many different types of art.


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