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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)


Autumn · Challenges · Color Challenges (Tuesdays) · Stampin Up

CC194 Going Really Vanilla Friendship

  • Stamps: Season of Friendship, Print Pattern, Cheesecloth
  • Paper: Really Rust, non-SU cream & textured gray
  • Ink: Really Rust, Going Gray, Chocolate Chip

    CC194 Going Really Vanilla Friendship
    CC194 Going Really Vanilla Friendship
  • Accessories: Fiskars “Clouds” scissors, cream ribbon, brads, hole punch, sponge, matting tape, Coluzzle
  • Technique: sponge distressing, Rock and Roll

I made this card for this Tuesday’s Color Challenge: “Going Really Vanilla” (CC194) which consisted of using Really Rust, Going Gray, and Very Vanilla. I only had the Really Rust paper (do have all three inks though ) so I used what I had for the other two colors. The first set that came to mind to work with was “Season of Friendship” and I was excited to work with it again as I think I have only made one or two cards with it since I got it about a month ago (have been far too busy making Christmas cards I guess!).

First, stamped tree from Season of Friendship in Chocolate Chip ink on cream colored cardstock. Stamped leaf bunch from same set first in Going Gray ink, and then used the “rock and roll” technique to add Really Rust to the edge of the leaves for added color. Cut image out with Coluzzle and sponged Really Rust ink around the outside edge, blending inward. Mounted on panel of Really Rust cardstock and cut around shape with “Clouds” scissors by Fiskars. Punched three circles out of Really Rust cardstock with a regular size hand-held hole punch, stuck pewter brads through them, and mounted them in a line on the left side of the circular panel.

Stamped Print Pattern background stamp in Really Rust ink on back cream panel. Stamped over it with Cheesecloth stamp and sponged edges in same color ink. Stamped sentiment from Season of Friendship in Going Gray ink on a 6.5” x 4.25” panel of gray cardstock, and sponged same color ink on edges. Assembled card, adding cream-colored ribbon to cover seam and add some “pretty.”


I also thought I’d take a minute to share with you a picture of one of my personal stamping buddies. Meet my ex-barn-kitty-turned-house-cat Samson! This is him enjoying a rewarding nap on my bed earlier this fall. This is how he likes to sleep… with his belly in the air and his little feet tucked up by his chin!

Thanks so much for looking!


Christmas · Stampin Up

Season of Friendship Joyful Tree

  • Stamps: Season of Friendship, Small Script, Antique Cracking
  • Paper: Cream, Always Artichoke, Baroque Burgandy, Mellow Moss

    Season of Friendship Joyful Deer
    Season of Friendship Joyful Deer
  • Ink: Always Artichoke, Mellow Moss, Baroque Burgandy
  • Extras: Holographic & Clear embossing powders, twill ribbon

I created this card for my mom to use as a Christmas card for fellow members of her genealogical society.  She writes fantastic poems, and wrote a lovely one for this year’s Christmas card to them involving the “family tree” that discussed the bark on the tree.  So, I used antique cracking on the background and used my new Season of Friendship tree in the foreground.  It’s a pretty simple card but that’s what she wanted it to be as she’s got to make a good stack of these and there’s no sense creating a card that takes a long time to duplicate!

Special notes: the little birdie was stamped & embossed and then I cut him out, and the snowflakes were also stamped & embossed with “holographic” glitter powder for a little extra sumthin’ :0)

Challenges · Christmas · Stampin Up · Ways To Use It Challenges (Thursdays)

Season of Christmas Joy (WT189)

  • Stamps: Season of Friendship, Small Script
  • Paper: Not Quite Navy, Baja Breeze, White

    Season of Christmas Joy (WT189)
    Season of Christmas Joy (WT189)
  • Ink: Close to Cocoa (tree), Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, Real Red, generic pigment White
  • Accessories: ribbon, brad, coluzzle, edge distresser, slot punch, glitter, large & small corner rounder punches
  • Technique: sponging

Woohoo!  Our Stampin’ Up order arrived this week and I was eager to start using some of it (it was a rather large order! haha!).  I wanted to combine the color, sketch, and ways to use it challenge into one card but I also really wanted to use the new “Season of Friendship” stamp set so I put the idea I had for the triple-challenge in the back of my mind and got to work on a Christmas-like card using this stamp set for Thursdays Ways to Use It Challenge: “One Word” (WT189).  (I’ll make that other card either tonight or sometime this weekend as I’m also eager to try combining those three challenges all into one!)  I was also REALLY eager to use my new Coluzzle!  What a timesaver this will be! :0)

This card measures 5″x5″ so I’ll have to custom make an envelope to fit it.  I also rounded a few of the corners for added interest and put some glitter “snow” in the tree and at the base of the trunk to add some winter-y feel.  I’m not 100% in love with how it turned out… I think it still needs “something” – maybe more glitter?  Maybe not…  The good news is, however, that we’ve now got over 50 Christmas cards made and that’s a pretty darn good chunk of the 100+ we send out, so in all honesty we don’t “have” to make any more Christmas cards if we don’t want to because we have enough now to easily cover anybody who would really treasure receiving a handmade card (the rest can get boughten ones!).  Although I can’t imagine being done with making Christmas cards yet – I’ll for sure be making more, I just probably won’t be making fifteen of one design again like I did earlier this week.  :0)

Have a GREAT Friday!