Today I have a card for two challenges:

The Heart Desires Challenge #3 – We have a trendy inspiration picture for this challenge. If you haven’t seen it, think succulents, gold, white, pink, plus woodgrain. Yes, I could be describing my own card…

Flickr Love group August challenge – The theme is “LOL”. In this case, the acronym can be interpreted in two different ways: “Laugh Out Loud” or “Lots of Love”. The sentiment in my card is kind of fun, so I guess it fits the “Laugh Out Loud” theme.

To join in the fun, these are the basic rules:

1 Add this tag to your entry lovechallenge#8 all one word.

2 Post to the Love group photo pool.

3 Share it in the discussion stream.

You will have until the 31st of August to post your entry (max. 2).




I had a lot of fun working with mixed media products. For the hexagons I used a mix of translucent embossing paste and gold paint with some stencils from SSS, TCW and Litoarte. Please don’t think of them as vases, instead think of a card covered with hexagons; now remove some of them, or many… what do you see? Exactly, there is a “family” of succulents behind… that was the idea :)!

Believe it or not, I water colored the plants with Kuretake Gansai Tambi over the woodgrain pattern paper. I started by white heat embossing the succulents, then I covered the whole woodgrain piece with two generous coats of clear gesso (vertical and horizontal). After this procedure, water coloring was easy, but if you wish to give it a try, please remember that you lose the heat embossed borders after applying the gesso. This was something I forgot would happen… now I’ll have to try coating with gesso before, and then heat embossing to see if it works. I added a sentiment (Tim Holtz Small Talk stickers) based on my own process, though this is not exactly trusting my crazy ideas… it’s more like a “sometimes I like it, sometimes I don’t” kind of card :).


Trust Your Crazy Ideas



Stamps: Waffle Flower – Potted.

Dies: Sizzix Framelits – Hexagons.


Thank you for stopping by.

Trust Your Crazy Ideas

6 thoughts on “Trust Your Crazy Ideas

  • 2016-08-10 at 22:19

    Oh. My. Goodness! I love your card–great mixed media/collage work! I never think to Gesso but I totally should! Thanks for the inspiration! and thanks for joining us again at THD!

  • 2016-08-11 at 06:19

    Very intellectual version!! 😀 Yes, now that you’ve put it like that, it does seem like the view of the succulents is hidden behind those pretty hexagons..great idea! 🙂
    By the way, I didn’t know gesso and watercolors could work this well – when I had tried it, it was a nightmare to watercolor – the pigments would just pool up everywhere and I wasn’t able to get it right at all!! But this looks great – love that loosely colored look too! (Ok, I’ll stop here, else I’ll be writing an essay! ;))

  • 2016-08-23 at 07:24

    MORE than FAB, DIVINE!!!! Thanks for sharing your creativity with us at The Heart Desires Cris !!!!

  • 2016-09-01 at 13:08

    swoon! I adore the watercoloring. I never would have thought to do it on pattern paper but it is simply marvelous! Thanks for joining us at The Heart Desires!

  • 2016-09-05 at 19:40

    The watercoloring really did work on the patterned paper so well– like the translucent nature of it– as well as the deconstructed approach (floating succulents, hexagons). I think my favorite is the large, dark green succulent that seems to be melting down the panel. That is perfect. You take risks and always come up with novel compositions in the process– and that is why your work is awesome. Thanks for sharing at THD– can’t wait to see your contribution in September!!! Thanks for all your lovely comments at my site and THD! Hugs faraway (and far-out) friend!!


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