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)

Thanks for stopping by and please take a moment to let me know what you think!  If you leave a link back to your online gallery or blog, I’ll be more than happy to do the same for you!



CDSGDC0909 Window of Wonder


  • Stamps: Pretty Perches and Argyle Factory by Clear Dollar Stamps, Autumn Harvest by The Paper Company Studio (sentiment)
  • Paper: cream, Not Quite Navy, Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke
  • Ink: Not Quite Navy, Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke
  • Accessories: “Wonder” brad, paper raffia ribbon, Big Shot, “woodgrain” embossing template (Fiskars), sponge, foam mounting tape
  • Technique: embossing, direct-to-paper inking, sponging, 3D

I had a great time at the Minnesota State Fair on Saturday!  I hope you all had an enjoyable and re-energizing weekend also!  Today I am thrilled to bring you my creation for the September ’09 Guest Designer Challenge at Clear Dollar Stamps.  Last month was my first time entering their contest and I had so much fun that I’m back at it for this month’s challenge as well!  This month, Lori gave us an “Either/Or” challenge:  use either the posted color combination (Not Quite Navy, Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip, with an optional Always Artichoke), or the sketch challenge (see below for sketch), or combine the two.  Not one to ever turn down an opportunity for extra credit, I opted to do a combination of the color combo and the sketch challenge. 🙂

CDSGDC0909sketchI love the color combination that was posted – it has a nice, cozy, fall-like feel cardAug30of2009bto it – and I felt it gave me a wonderful opportunity to create an autumn sunset with my brayer.  And what set would work better with a fall sunset than Pretty Perches?  I love stamp sets that allow me to play around and build my own scenes!

I created a wooden window frame to highlight my outdoor nature scene by first cutting out the frame in Chocolate Chip cardstock with my paper trimmer and then running it through the Big Shot with our Fiskars “woodgrain” embossing template.  I then used direct-to-paper and sponging with Chocolate Chip ink to further bring out the texture.  The frame was then mounted using foam mounting tape to raise it off of the background and bring extra dimension to the card. cardAug30of2009c

Thank you so much for stopping by today!  Please take a moment to leave me a comment so I have the pleasure of getting to know my visitors a little better! 🙂   Here’s to a delightful and fulfilling week for all of us!


MOJO98 Masculine “Inspired by Nature”

  • Stamps: Inspired by Nature, It’s Your Birthday
  • Paper: white, Not Quite Navy, Pumpkin Pie, Bashful Blue  MOJO98 Masculine "Inspired by Nature"
  • Ink: Basic Black, Not Quite Navy, Bliss Blue, Pumpkin Pie, Versamark
  • Accessories: twine, brads, paper crimper, coluzzle, embossing powder, sponge
  • Technique: sponge, embossing

Today I’m happy to bring you my creation for the latest Mojo Monday sketch challenge.  I have been watching that blog for a few weeks, and was ready to dive in on Monday for my first shot at one of their lovely sketches.  Much to my surprise, I learned that their first sketch of each month is actually a contest!  Here’s the sketch:

Mojo98SketchThe first thing that came to mind when I saw this sketch was a sunset-type scene with Inspired by Nature.  I decided to pull out my tiny collection of designer paper to see if there was anything in there that would work to change things up a little bit from the norm.  I was happy to find this pretty masculine-type colored pin-striped paper that was easy to match with Stampin’ Up cardstock colors.

First off, I inked up the daisy image in Versamark then loaded it with Basic cardAug3of2009bBlack ink.  I stamped the image on white cardstock and embossed it with black embossing powder and my heat gun.  I then took Pumpkin Pie, Not Quite Navy, and Bliss Blue ink and sponged it on the image to mimick a sunset.

I used my coluzzle to cut out the image in a nice, even circle and sponged Not Quite Navy ink all the way around the edges.  Finally, I mounted it on a piece of Bashful Blue cardstock cut just a hair bigger to frame the image.  The circular panel was then mounted on a smaller Not Quite Navy panel which is framed with Pumpkin Pie cardstock.

I also sponged Not Quite Navy ink around the designer paper piece andcardAug3of2009c mounted that on the back panel, which was sponged the same.  I also used my paper crimper to fill in the void on the left side of the card.

Finally, I added the two white brads to the top of the card and wraped twine around the empty areas of the card.

Thanks for looking and please let me know what you think!


CDSGDC0809 Clear Dollar Stamps Guest Designer Challenge!

  • Stamps: Clear Dollar Stamps Charlie Praying and Tag It (July 2009 SOM)
  • Paper: Certainly Celery, So Saffron, Close to Cocoa, white  CDSGDC0809 Peaceful Charlie Praying
  • Ink: Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel, Certainly Celery
  • Accessories: ribbon, caramel-colored brads, notched corner punch, dimensionals, Fiskars embossing template & stylus, sponge, scallop edge scissors (Fiskars “Clouds”), colored pencils, baby oil, blending stump
  • Technique: sponging, paper tole/3D, “Gamsol magic”

How exciting – -today I am bringing you my very first card entry for a contest!  Clear Dollar Stamps offers a monthly contest to find a guest designer for the upcoming month.  This month’s challenge happens to be a sketch challenge, and a “challenging” one it is!  (Full challenge details can be found here or by clicking on the sketch below)

CDSGDC0809 sketch

I thought about this card for a LONG time – I even started it once just to scrap what I’d done so far and start all over!  As always, I wanted to be proud of the finished product, but since this one was for a contest I wanted to be extra proud! 🙂  I decided to take on a new-to-me sort of color combination to really challenge myself by stepping out of my comfort level a little bit.  After all, if you don’t put yourself out on a limb a little bit once in awhile you probably CDSGDC0809 _full2won’t be getting too far from where you are right now!

Eventually, I decided I wanted to sort of do an “abstract” take on the sketch, by modifying how the four rectangular “panels” at the bottom of the sketch were actually used.  In this card, I decided a ribbon would be one layer, and the remaining three layers would be created using different textures and the sentiment itself.  The instructions for the challenge stated that the oval on the sketch could be any shape, so I elected to modify it by using a rectangle with the edges cut off (using a notched corner punch) to mesh with an oval-type idea.

Charlie was done by stamping him on white cardstock in Chocolate ChipCDSGDC0809 Charlie Detail ink and using colored pencils and baby oil to color him, with the aid of a blending stump.  I also used mounting foam to raise him up off the white panel to give him some extra dimension.  The white panel Charlie is mounted on was sponged with creamy caramel ink and mounted on a panel of Close to Cocoa paper, which was sponged in the same way.  I then mounted this panel at an angle onto the So Saffron panel to help it “lean” into the general location of the oval shape in the original sketch (which was on the right side of card), and added two caramel-colored brads to further draw the eye in that direction.

The So Saffron panel was prepared by using one of my Fiskars embossing plates in a leaf-like pattern along with their embossing stylus tool.  I trimmed the panel to be slightly smaller than the Certainly Celery cardstock I would be mounting it on, to allow the pretty green color to “peek” out around the edges and brighten things up a bit.  I embossed the entire So Saffron panel save the very bottom portion, where I planned to place the sentiment for the card.  Once that was done, I sponged the entire panel with Creamy Caramel ink to make the embossing stand out and also to help the panel mesh better with the sponging done around Charlie.

CDSGDC0809 _bottom1

For the bottom portion of the panel, I trimmed the end with my Fiskars “clouds” scissors and also sponged the edge of that.  I located a leftover scrap of pretty ribbon and affixed that to the panel, putting the bow itself toward the right to again draw the eye in that direction.

For the sentiment, I used my new Tag It set (which was the Clear Dollar Stamps Stamp of the Month for July) and stamped the frame with Certainly Celery ink on white cardstock.  Using the sentiment from the Charlie Praying set, I stamped it in Close to Cocoa ink on top of the frame image I had just done.  I then cut it out with a scissors, snipping off the pointed ends to mimic Charlie’sCDSGDC0809 inside peek panel at the top of the card, and I mounted this halfway between the bottom of the ribbon and the scallop edge in the center of the card.

One thing that always makes me giggle when I finish the card is the tendency of my mother to open it and see what’s on the inside also.  A lot of times I leave the inside blank to allow me to customize it when I’m ready to use the card, but other times I feel the need to give the inside of the card more of a “finished” appearance to match that of the outside.  After all, no matter how nice the outside of the card is, you certainly don’t want it to be a disappointment when the recipient opens it up!  I felt this particular card was a perfect candidate for a finished interior.  The soft, relaxing feeling of the outside of the card needed to be repeated on the inside as the relative empty look of a blank cardstock panel on the inside just wasn’t “doing it” in this case!

CDSGDC0809 inside viewI repeated the scallop edge look on the bottom by trimming off the so saffron panel at the same level as it was trimmed in the front of the card, and also trimming off the white panel in the same fashion.  The So Saffron panel was sponged with Creamy Caramel ink to carry that look over from the front of the card, but I elected not to sponge the white panel to keep things looking clean.

To take care of the blank area at the bottom of the card on the Certainly Celery portion, I stamped the leaves from the Charlie Praying set in the same color.  I stamped the scroll-like line from the same set, also in Certainly Celery ink, at the top of the white panel, then stamped the sentiment in Close to Cocoa ink below it.

I realize I wrote a bit of a book for this post, but I had a lot to say about this card!  Overall, I am quite pleased with how it turned out, and I hope the wonderful ladies at Clear Dollar Stamps like what they see too!  Thanks for the opportunity – I had lots of fun!


(fyi:  as always, this and all my other creations are also posted at SplitCoastStampers under the username “DancesWithHooves.”)