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

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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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