MOJO103, CC235, CAS231 Elegant Prayers


  • Stamps: Thoughts & Prayers, Linen
  • Paper: white, Basic Black, Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive
  • Ink: Basic Black, Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive
  • Accessories: black brads, black ribbon; foam mounting tape, SU markers
  • Technique: 3D/dimensionals

cardSep9of2009bTriple challenge time!  WAHOO!!! :0)  This card combines this Monday’s MOJO #103 sketch and SplitCoast’s Clean and Simple (CAS31 – “Pop It Up”), as qell as Tuesday’s Color Challenge (CC235 – “Elegant Basic Olives”).  I didn’t really expect to do a sympathy card last night but the Thoughts & Prayers set was looking like a great one to use with this sketch and color combination, and it’s always a good idea to keep a few sympathy cards on hand anyhow!  I had to modify the sketch a little bit in order to make it work with the tree stamp, which is quite a bit larger than the space reserved for the main image in the MojocardSep9of2009c sketch.

This card came together fairly quickly (for once!), so I hope that allows it to qualify as a “clean and simple” card, despite the additions of ribbons and brads.  It just didn’t look finished without them! :0)

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  • cardAug25of2009aStamps: Farm Life (by SU!), Anna Griffin (background)
  • Paper: Not Quite Navy, Old Olive, Sage Shadow, watercolor paper
  • Ink: black Stazon, Not Quite Navy, Old Olive, Whisper White
  • Accessories: eyelets, twine, scallop edge scissors, watercolor pencils, aquapainter, sponge, Fiskars texture plate and Big Shot, foam mounting tape
  • Technique: embossing, sponging, 3D

cardAug25of2009bOur latest Stampin’ Up order came on Tuesday and I couldn’t wait to get home and work with my new Farm Life set!  I had printed off the special-edition Mojo sketch last Wednesday (MOJOTERESA) but hadn’t yet had the chance to use it, and I knew it would be perfect for the barn image from this set.

I absolutely love it when I can color an image, and now that I finally have real watercolor paper I think I may be a little obsessed!  I always did “Gamsol Magic” in the past to color images but lately I keep reaching for my watercolor pencils – I just love the results!

I had come up with the navy and green color combination after looking for cardAug25of2009csome inspiration for masculine cards at SCS on Tuesday, and I really like it here with Sage Shadow thrown in as an accent color.  I sponged the Not Quite Navy and Old Olive panels in matching ink to add to the rustic feel.

I will be headed out to the Minnesota State Fair and won’t be home until l-a-t-e Saturday night (or early Sunday morning) and I think that unfortunately means there may be little to no time to do any stamping this weekend.  As such, I have prepared another post and scheduled for Sunday morning so there will be something to look at until I can get some new creations up for your viewing!

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MOJOFRIDAY Birthday on the Farm


  • Stamps: Farm Critters, Farm Sounds wheel, Chick trio (all by Clear Dollar Stamps)
  • Paper: watercolor paper, textured brick red, Chocolate Chip, Brocade Blue
  • Ink: Brocade Blue, Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, black Stazon
  • Accessories: brown check ribbon, watercolor pencils, aquapainter, edge texturizer, sponge, Big Shot, Sizzix paisley Texturz plate, Coluzzle, sanding block
  • Technique: watercoloring, ink/sponge/edge distressing, dry embossing

This card was created for the birthday of a family friend.  He has chickens so I was thrilled to use my Farm Critters set for a birthday card!  The sketch is from the 8/21/09 special-edition Mojo sketch – MOJOFRIDAY (for their 100th sketch celebration week last week) and it was a fun one to work with!  The circles are quite a bit different than what I usually work with but the end result is pretty neat in my opinion so I may have to work with this idea some more in the future!  That’s what I enjoy about making cards for challenges – they really force me to “think outside the box” and get my creative juices flowing!

cardAug22of20092bI used watercolor pencils and an aqua brush to color the chicken first, and then set out to decide on a coordinating color combination.  I knew that I wanted to use red and chocolate chip but I needed to come up with another accent color.  Naturally, since this card is for a male, I decided to look in the blue color family, and Brocade Blue fir the “farm-ey” feel of the card perfectly with its dusty qualities.

For added interest, all panels (less the colored image itself and its matting) are sponged in matching ink.  I ran the Brocade Blue panel through out Big cardAug22of20092cShot with a paisley texture plate and took a sanding block to that for further texture.  I originally intended to make this card with the guidelines for Friday’s Limited Supplies Challenge at SCS, which was to create a masculine card with no flowers, ribbon, or bling, but when I finished it I felt that the only way to actually make the card complete was to add the brown check ribbon! :0)

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MOJO101 Riveting Ruby

  • cardAug24of2009aStamps: Riveting, Sweet Serendipity
  • Paper: white, Ruby Red, Certainly Celery, textured soft yellow
  • Ink: Ruby Red, Certainly Celery
  • Accessories: circle punches (3/4″ and 1 1/2″), glitter glue, foam mounting tape, Sizzix Texturz plates (daisy and “friend”)
  • Technique: embossing, 3D

A big “thank-you” to the Mojo Monday crew for another awesome sketch!  I have done several square cards recently, and this week’s Mojo Monday sketch (MOJO101) called for another, and I happily obliged!  I trimeed the hooves of cardAug24of2009cone of my horses last night after work (Dreamer, the pretty boy in my avatar picture with me over on the right there), and then I took him for a ride afterward, so needless to say I didn’t have the time to make a super detailed card – I wanted something clean and simple!

It took some playing around to decide on a color combo I was happy with and then some more thinking to make the layers work together in a visually appealing way.  I ended up creating my own “designer paper” by using the Big Shot and a couple of Texturz plates on the main Ruby Red and Certainly Celery panels.  For the Certainly Celery panel that was to frame the sentiment, I repeatedly stamped an image from the Sweet Serendipity set in Certainly Celery ink.

I punched out the inner circle of the Riveting stamp and raise that off of the cardAug24of2009bsmaller Certainly Celery panel with foam mounting tape.  I applied clear glitter glue to the outside rim of the image.  I then cut out the star image I had just cut out and adhered that to the background.

All in all, it is a pretty “short and sweet” type of card but I think it turned out fun and I’m pleased with it!  Usually I want to keep adding stuff to a simple card like this before I’m happy but in this case I’m pleased with it just as it is!

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CC232 MOJOSARAH “Season of Cocoa”


  • Stamps: SU Season of Friendship, Print Pattern; Stampology Fabulous Fall (sentiment)
  • Paper: vanilla, Close to Cocoa, Taken with Teal
  • Ink: Close to Cocoa, Taken with Teal
  • Accessories: ribbon, glitter glue, scallop scissors, sponge, Big Shot, Fiskars wood-grain embossing template, foam mounting tape, Close to Cocoa marker, Coluzzle
  • Technique: embossing, sponging, glitter

cardAug20of2009bI had a lot of fun with this one!  Today’s card is my “Double Challenge” creation for two different stamping websites this week.  The first is for Tuesday’s Color Challenge #232  (CC232) over at SplitCoastStampers, which challenged us to use the Close to Cocoa/Very Vanilla/Taken with Teal color scheme on our card.  The second was for Thursday’s sketch challenge at the Mojo blog (MOJOSARAH).  They’ve had a lot of great sketches there each day this week as part of their “Mojo Turns 100” celebration, and this is the second special edition sketch I’ve had the pleasure of working with this week.  I highly recommend you go check out their sketches if you haven’t already!

It actually took me quite a bit of time to decide what stamps I wanted to use to make this particular card last night but I knew I really wanted to work with trees.  As much as I adore my Season of Friendship set, it just doesn’t get enough attention, so ultimately I decided to show it a little love and use it for this card.  To add some extra dimension, I outlined the tree trunk and cardAug20of2009cbranches with a Close to Cocoa marker and covered the leaves in clear glitter glue.  The image medallion and small teal panel where then raised up off of the rest of the card with foam mounting tape to really bring your attention front and center.

Thank you for stopping by!  If you have a spare moment, please leave me a quick comment – it would be very much appreciated!  (and don’t forget to leave a link back to your blog or gallery so I can come admire your creations!)

Be sure to check back Sunday to see the card I created for my mom’s birthday – I’ve got the post all ready to go right now but I scheduled it for her actual birthday so I’ll be sure the first she sees of it will be when she opens the envelope! :0)


MOJOMARIA “Sympathy”


  • Stamps: Paper Company Studio Autumn Harvet, SU Itty Bitty Backgrounds, Hero Arts (sentiment)
  • Paper: white, Always Artichoke, More Mustard, Basic Black
  • Ink: Yoyo Yellow, Summer Sun, Really Rust, Certainly Celery, Always Artichoke, Basic Black, Creamy Caramel, Versafine Black
  • Accessories: brayer, sponge, brads, black check ribbon, Fiskars border punch, Big Shot, checkerboard texture plate, sanding block
  • Technique: brayering, sponging, direct-to-paper inking, sandpaper distressing

cardAug18of2009bOy!  Sometimes the simplest of ideas can be the hardest to translate into a finished card.  This was one such case!  The gorgeous skyline I saw while out riding my horses Sunday evening had me craving for an opportunity to work with my trusty brayer, and when I sat down to work with yesterday’s special edition Mojo Madness sketch (they’re celebrating their 100th week with sketches all week long!), the brayer is what I had in mind.  I wanted to work with fall colors, namely Always Artichoke and Really Rust, but I ended up choosing More Mustard for the highlight panel behind the sunset image as it just looked so much better there than Really Rust did.

For the skyline, I began by brayering Yoyo Yellow on a piece of white cardAug18of2009ccardstock.  I made a mask for the sun, then brayered over that with Summer Sun and Really Rust.  For the ground, I brayered first with Certainly Celery and then Always Artichoke on the bottom portion of the image.  I then masked the sky and sponged on Creamy Caramel to create the horizon.  After I stamped the wheat images in black Versafine ink, I sponged black ink at the bottom of the panel to make it feel even more like the sun setting at dusk on a fall evening.

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MOJO99, CC231 King Of All

  • Stamps: Miracle of Christmas, Linen, Cheesecloth  cardAug11of2009a
  • Paper: white, cream, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Rose Red
  • Ink: bleach, Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel, Old Olive
  • Accessories: sponge, brads
  • Technique: bleach stamping, sponge distressing

I was happily able to combine two fun challenges for this card.  I am on sort of a “Christmas kick” this week I guess and the set that I thought would work best with the sketch part of the challenge was the retired Miracle of Christmas set from Stampin Up.  I especially love to use faith-based stamps on my Christmas cards as Jesus *is* the reason for the season, so these sorts of cards are extra-special to me.

The Sketch Challenge came from the Mojo Monday blog, and this week’s sketch was a fun one, and unlike anything I have ever done before!


cardAug11of2009bI headed over to SplitCoastStampers yesterday to see what the Tuesday Color Challenge had in store, as I thought it would be fun to try out a new color combo as well.  Much to my surprise, I saw that the color challenge this week (CC231) was actually more of a technique challenge:  Pick a base color of card stock, and stamp your image in bleach on it, using whatever color it turned to as another color in your color combo.

Anyway, here’s what I came up with!  I like how the image of Mary holding baby Jesus is subtle yet still very noticeable.  I chose slightly less “traditional” Christmas colors as I wanted something that would play off the lighter, “prettier” feel created by stamping in bleach.

In addition to using background stamps on the Old Olive and Chocolate Chip cardAug11of2009cpanels, I sponged matching ink on the corners to distress it further and add interest.  In addition, I stamped baby Jesus Himself inside the card in Old Olive ink and stamped the sentiment over that in Chocolate Chip.

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