Just Add Black & White

Hi Bloggies!

Yayayayayayaya! I am doing a happy dance! I finally stamped!!! Talk about withdrawals!!! After 4 weeks of hospital runs / funeral prep / recovery … I was determined this morning to STAMP!!! I saw this JAI challenge on a few blogs that I managed to visit last week … and instantly knew I just HAD to play along! I love Black & White cards … and it was a fun challenge! For some reason I can’t get the link to attach to the challenge pic! You can find the challenge (& gorgeous DT designs) here -> JAI

I must admit … the “mojo” that was floating around in my head … took a little while to pull out. This was actually “take 2” for this card! But … I am really happy with the final result! 🙂 My creation is a combination of a few inspirational ideas that I have seen on my blog travels recently … I just pulled them all together. Sorry … I can’t remember where I got the idea for the “masked” background or the punched flowers on the stalks (I saw this on a couple of blogs).  And … of course … now I wanna do MORE stamping!!! Stace is coming over this arvo to help make some more baby thank  you cards. She has used all the ones that we made a few weeks ago. She is keen to send them out asap … we kinda had a few hiccups & distractions & she hasn’t managed to get them all done yet. Anyway … I had better go clean up my desk … and perhaps do another challenge??? I might try a new one??? Yes … I am excited!!!! 😀

I do have a busy week (again) … but hopefully I will find the time to pop back and post each day! Have a nice day everyone! Hugs xxaxx



  1. Jess says:

    looks fab! Glad your back stamping…. 🙂
    Andrea adds: So am I, Jess … so am I!!! 🙂 Hugs xxaxx


  2. Leslee says:

    Love the card and the concept! I adore black and white myself 🙂 Glad you got some stampin’ time in. Missed you!
    Andrea adds: Thanks Leslee! I have missed my friends, too! Not much chance for blog surfing lately … but it is on my “to do” list! Hugs xxaxx


  3. Gabbi says:

    Black & White is so sophisticated – ♥ love it. 🙂 You have done so many things on the one card too – stamping, masking, punching, rhinestones, ribbons, popped flowers and fancy borders. Just lovely. 🙂 So glad you enjoyed stamping!!! 😉
    We are home from the athletics carnival – which went ahead today ( 😯 ) – all of us needed a shower & warm clothes – except for Ella who stayed the driest in the pram with the storm cover on (even though at one stage I had abandoned her in the rain to seek cover up the stairs in the stadium 😉 ). It is so hard to make the call as to whether the carnival should go ahead, when the track is so heavily booked – but today just was not a day to run events in between the torrential rain bursts!!! The last race that ran before we all evacuated was the girls 8yo 100m. It was so funny, because there was a dozen girls running on the track through the rain to do the race, while dozens of other girls ran along side the track to get back to the stadium and out of the rain 😛 !
    Anyway, we are snuggling in this afternoon and warming up. Great day for hot chips for lunch if we can draw short straws as to who will run in & pay for them!
    Have a lovely day!
    -Gabbi ♥ ♥
    Andrea adds: Oooh, Gabbi … it sounds perfectly miserable!!! 😦 How did your girls go? I can’t imagine anything worse than standing in the rain. Do you go to Beaton Park? And … it was the perfect day for hot chips for lunch … or maybe … cheese, avocado & red onion toasties!!! (What we had!) 🙂 Hugs xxaxx


    1. Gabbi says:

      Laura only did long jump – landing in wet (!!) sand, and Hannah (who is 7 this year, completing with the 8yo) was just thrilled to be there – being in Yr 2 & being allowed to go with the ‘primary’ kids. She kept telling me that she got to do “Shoot-Put” 🙂 It started late because of the rain & we had left, drenched, by 11.30am. Luckily, we have been chilling out for the rest of today – or should that ‘warming up’?. Hope you had a good day too.
      ♥ Gabbi ♥
      Andrea adds: Oooh … how nice to go home early … and be all snuggly and warm! Better than being at school! Congrats to Laura & Hannah!) Hugs xxaxx


  4. Sonia G says:

    Congratulations and welcome back…. for a little while!

    This is just too beautiful and I reckon it would love lovely in shades of pink or green too. Very inspiring!

    Andrea adds: Yes … for a little while. I have 5 more days of freedom before mum goes into hospital. Mind you … tomorrow I take her for her pre-op appt … and Thursday we are going to the council to choose a plaque for Dad’s grave. And … Friday I am going with Stace for more blood tests for Bree & then up to Stanwell Park to pick up a load of kids from school camp. So … not so much free time this week, either!!! 😦 When will life be normal again??? Hugs xxaxx


  5. Sandra says:

    So good to see you back stamping, Andrea! It’s therapy for the soul 🙂
    I love the look of the little punched flowers on the stalks … very pretty. And the touch of bling is perfect.
    Andrea adds: Hi Sandra! Hoping to pop by and say hi on your blog asap! Thanks for the lovely comments. Hugs xxaxx


  6. Katie Ridden says:

    Owww I love that background…did you use the spritzer, I have only ever used mine once, complete fail too :(!

    Thanks for sharing
    Andrea adds: Katie … yes … I used the spritzer on top of sponging. The sponging gives a more defined outline … and the spritzer adds the extra detail of darker spots! I love the effect … it’s the first time I have used both together … and I think it looks lovely! Hugs xxaxx


  7. Amy Fleming says:

    I have missed you!! Hugsxxx Did your Mojo ever go!!! lol Love it Andrea!! Beautiful background effect!
    Black and white looks amazing!
    Andrea adds: I have been here … but just sharing past projects that I created a few weeks ago and hadn’t shown you. But … I did feel like I had totally lost my mojo … until I got those stamps into my fingers!!! 🙂 Thanks for missing me, though! 🙂 What a lovely hug! Hugs xxaxx


  8. Hi Andrea,
    That is a lovely card, love the masking and the punched flowers, and the ribbon!!! So glad you had time to stamp. I made 3 cards the other day, just need to stop socialising long enough to blog them LOL
    Love Fi x
    Andrea adds: I can’t wait to see them, Fi! I always love seeing what you have been doing. But … I am also glad you are getting to relax a little! Are you still on hols??? Hugs xxaxx


  9. Kathy Tanner says:

    This is gorgeous Andrea. I love the way you’ve done the ribbon and the masked background looks fantastic, what a wonderful idea. Beautiful!
    Andrea adds: Thanks Kathy! I was aching to stamp … so a lot of heart went into this one! 🙂 Hugs xxaxx


  10. Jen W. says:

    Awesome! Love that masked background and those cute punched flowers and the ribbon along the top is the perfect touch. 🙂
    Andrea adds: Hi Jen! You are fast becoming a regular here … and I just love my blog groupies!!! Thanks for your lovely comments and your awesome support! Hugs xxaxx PS I am hoping to return the favour SOON!


  11. Donna Zammit says:

    Love, love, love your very classy card Andrea! The masking and spritzing are just genius….most inspiring. Glad you’re feeling inspired again! TFS Cheers Donna Zammit
    Andrea adds: Thanks Donna! So nice to have such lovely feedback! Hugs xxaxx


  12. I love the idea for the background. All your inspiration pulled together really well to make a very classy card.
    Andrea adds: Hi Bronwyn! I was happy to finally stamp! And … so happy with the result. Thanks for the sweet comment! Hugs xxaxx


  13. Keryn says:

    I love black & white cards. They always look so crisp. Thanks so much for sharing this with us. Cheers, Keryn
    Andrea adds: Thanks Keryn! It is hard to muck up a b&w card. There is something about them … isn’t there! 🙂 Hugs xxaxx


  14. Kim S says:

    This is so gorgeous, I cannot believe how much depth and dimension you got out of black and white! I bet you feel a little better also with some normalcy returning to life!
    Andrea adds: Yes! Life is still a little toooo busy … but things are starting to slow down … and I think I will be able to find more time to stamp and blurf! I hope to pop by your blog today! Hugs xxaxx


  15. Lynda says:

    This is sooooooo way cool it ain’t funny Miss Andrea…I love it to bits. B & W is always a class act and you have gone up another notch. All the techys you have used make this a v v speccy card. Definitely a monumental launch back in to the field of mojo!!! No wonder you were doing a happy dance finishing it….disco ball and all my guess!!! Well done darl’n. ooxx
    Andrea adds: Giggle … I borrowed Leonie’s disco ball!!! 😉 Thanks for the enthusiastic response! Hugs xxaxx


  16. nikki spencer says:

    Wow, Andrea, that masked background and ribbon treatment are just gorgeous, clever girl!
    So glad to see you back, l have been thinking of you…xxx
    Andrea adds: Thanks Nikki! So many lovely blog friends have been thinking of me. I feel sooooo blessed! Hugs xxaxx


  17. Melissa says:

    This is fantastic Andrea, I love it and especially the ribbon, yum!
    Andrea adds: Thanks Melissa! This was “take 2” for the ribbon … the original had more holes … and the ribbon didn’t sit as nicely! Had to tweak it to get this result. Thanks for noticing! Hugs xxaxx


  18. Paula Dobson says:

    Absolutely stunning Andrea!! Thanks for playing this week at JAI ♥
    Andrea adds: Thanks Paula! Praise from you … always warms my heart! Hugs xxaxx


  19. Sam says:

    Hi Andrea,

    Love your card, especially the masked background flowers. They look awesome!

    Best wishes,
    Andrea adds: Thanks Sam! So nice to see you! 🙂 Hugs xxaxx


  20. Denise M. says:

    Wowwwww, t he black and white is so cool….and I LOVE how you did the ribbon!
    Andrea adds: I was thrilled with the final result. Some cards become your babies! 😀 Hugs xxaxx


  21. Helen H says:

    Fantastic card Andrea! Love all the elements/techniques you have combined here. Very clever! Hugs 🙂
    Andrea adds: I do love B&W cards … and this one seemed to just come from nowhere … but worked so well! Hugs xxaxx


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