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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SC244 With God, all is well


  • Stamps: Lovely As A Tree, unknown floral background stamp from SU, TPC Studio Faith Greetings
  • Paper: white, Chocolate Chip, Not Quite Navy, baja breeze designer paper
  • Ink: Chocolate Chip, Not Quite Navy, Certainly Celery
  • Accessories: brads, sponge
  • Technique: sponging

I hadn’t made a card since Sunday and I think it was starting to bug me!  cardSep3of2009bUnfortunately, this card didn’t turn out at all as I had hoped but I decided to post it here anyway so there would at least be something to look at over the long Labor Day weekend!  However, being that it is a long weekend, maybe I will have time to upload another card before Tuesday rolls around if I get time to make a few cards like I plan to – we’ll see! 🙂

I originally intended to use a color combination of Certainly Celery, Not Quite Navy, and Chocolate Chip on this card.  However, I was bound and cardSep3of2009cdetermined to use these two stamp sets and this week’s Sketch Challenge (SC244) at SplitCoastStampers, and I just couldn’t get the Certainly Celery to fit in anywhere that I actually liked!

I did a lot of rearranging and swapping while putting this card together, but hopefully the end result isn’t too much of a “hot mess!”  haha!

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Have a safe, happy, and blissfully wonderful Labor Day!

Blessings to you and yours,

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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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.”)