Mojo 34

Here is my card for Mojo Monday. I know its Sunday and I just got it done. Where does time go? I need some more of it. Its so much fun playing with Julee's sketches. I woke up early today, so it was really quiet and peaceful . For those beginning stampers out there, to make the flowers appear they are coming out of the flower/watering pot. First you stamp an image on desired cardstock. Then you stamp it again on a post-it note, eclipse tape, or paper and then cut it out. Once the image is cut out you now have a mask. So I put a mask on my flower/watering pot, and started stamping my flowers over it. I generation stamped using barely banana and cameo coral. Remove the mask and tadaa, a pretty little flower bouquet. I used a blender pen at the bottom to blend the colors a little more, to give the image some depth. Once the ink was dry, I took my Martha Stewart glue pen and went over the entire image. You need to work fast because the glue doesn't stay tacky for very long. Then I used dazzling diamonds glitter from SU, sprinkled it over the flowers, tapping off the excess glitter back into its container. This technique I think would be perfect for a one layer card. I'll have to try that later >"<>
Just a little tip, when you are using ribbon and don't have it going around the card. Fold the end inside so incase the ribbon decides to fray & use that super duper red sticky tape & that ribbon will hold for-eva
**Hey SBS ladies...Lastel's challenge #3 using pink and black...done >"<***

Swap project

I in a swap hosted by Alex {Californiastampin on side bar} and you have to use all current SU stuff. Which isn't a problem because I have a ton of SU stuff {hobby demo}. I have way too much Groovy Guava paper, so I have to use that for one of my swaps. I have to make two sets of 8 cards.
This card took a long time to make because I finally decided to use my blender pens with the chalk. You get really pretty results using this technique, but because I have so much coloring to do, it took a while. If I can only find my watercolor pen, I could do this using ink and would go a little faster. Not sure if this is the one that I'm going to send in, but its a start.
All SU Materials used:
Groovy Guava, Kraft & Whisper White cardstock, Ginger Blossom dp, Groovy Guava ribbon, Basic Black ink, Heartfelt Thanks & Embrace Life stamp sets & dazzling diamonds glitter to glitterfy the flower.

funky chicken

So here is a card I actually made the other night, but couldn't post it. I'm mailing it to one of my best friends Chris. She is having surgery tomorrow, so I hope this bright card will make her smile. I wanted to watercolor an animal, but I don't have too many animal stamps, so this neglected uninked chicken worked perfect. I stamped the image in black stazon ink, colored her in with prisma watercolor pencils & used a blending medium and stump to blend the colors together. This stamp is actually really big, but after I punched it out with a marvy scalloped circle punch {the really big one} it made it easier to work with. I layered it onto real read cardstock, which makes the yellow really pop. The polka dot paper is actually from a 12x12 Christmas paper stack that I got at Hobby Lobby or Joanns. After I cut it to size, I got out my SU corner rounder and took off the plastic protector, and stamped along one edge of the polka dot paper & it creates a scalloped edge. I paper pierced around the edges and then took a thin red pen to connect the holes. The sentiment is from my anniversary set I recieved from Papertrey Ink, I love that font. I used real red grosgrain ribbon from SU & polka dotted ribbon from May Arts. I love ribbon on cards, its the girly girl in me.
Well I hope Chris likes this card. Her surgery is 8 hours long & she will be in the hospital for about a week. So coming home to snail mail, will be a nice treat. I am going to try to mail her a card everyday. Did I tell you all that the post office closest to me is in the mall! Not joking, and its bigger than the post office I had to go to in little Milton, FL. Its takes about 20 minutes, with parking and all just to get there. I am on the hunt for a better Post Office.
**story below is not card related**
Oh another quick story, the other day we were in bumper to bumper traffic on our way back from SeaWorld and 4 or 5 lanes all had to merge into one. There were signs for at least a few miles giving notice to the drivers. Well I merged over when I was supposed to, but you know how there are those cheaters who drive all the way up to the front and sneak there way in. Well this guy thought he was hot stuff. He had his fake and bake tan going on with his tips of his hair high lighted. Well I have a huge Suburban, you don't mess with me, and he kept inching into my lane. Mind you I was doing every other one rule but this guy was a big time cheater. Well he thought I was just going to let him in & he puts his hand out on his roof of his truck and flips me off in front of my kids. Oh I do not think so buddy. So I start honking and drive up next to him & I get just a few inches from his truck. So he rolls his window down, stops driving & wanted to have a discussion on why I will not let him in. So I say to him that "I don't have time to have a Dr. Phil moment in bumper to bumper traffic & discuss me "totally not lettting him in" and next time to merge when he is supposed to" The whole time my husband is just sitting in the passenger seat, looking at the guy like he is crazy. Only in CA would this happen. We laughed it off, but I still can't believe he wanted to talk about our feelings! Seriously people who does that lol.


Jacob has a little flu thing going on. So guess who got to sleep on the floor with him last night? Any guesses? Yep me lol. Around 5:30 am the bathroom floor got the best of me, it was so hard and uncomfortable I had to get up. So whats a girl to do with her children and husband asleep, but to blog hop and make some cards. I always check out Taylors blog { } but I don't think I'm worthy enough even to post a comment. Have you seen the stuff she makes? She is amazing! For those of you who are PTI freaks you know exactly who she is. Anyhow, Taylor has a cupcake challenge, to use her sketch {below} and she will pick a winner and you will get this stamp set. How awesome is that...VERY!! The only thing is, you have to get your card submitted by tomorrow morning 8am PST. All you do is leave a comment on the challenge post and link her to your blog or on your split coast gallery {upload using TECC12}.
I really don't have any cupcake stamps except for my Sweet Treats set from Flourishes. Taylor is you are reading this I know you are in total shock right now that I have a limited number of cupcake stamps, but I promise I will get more lol >"<>
Enough gibber jabber on to the card. I have decided to use my stuff and lots of it. Do you know why? Because all of the stamp, paper & ribbon companies will make more. No need to hoard anymore. I know I'm saying this but its half of a lie because I can't help but hoard LOL.
The base of the card is bashful blue, I added in BasicGrey papers from the Pheobe and Two Scoops line. I love how they are from different lines but still coordinate. The ribbon is May Arts I think. Its a satin blue, that almost exactly matches bashful blue {and I got 5 yards for $1 dollar, its on clearance at } The stamps are all from the Sweat Treats set from Flourishes. Its a really cute cupcake set and it has a ton of them! The sentiment is also from Sweet Treats. I colored in the top part of the cupcake with a blue prisma color pencil, then used my stardust pen to make it sparkle. The rest of the sparkles on the card are all from Stickles: Gunmetal, Candy Cane & Patina. The only ink pad I used was just a basic black pad from SU. It really was a fun easy sketch. I hope everyone is enjoying their Sunday afternoon/evening!

Verve Honored Guest Challenge #2

So yesterday I really needed to get out so I found a scrapbooking store out of Paper Trends, and it happens to be really close to me. Well the store had some yummy black May Arts ribbon. I saw this ribbon first In Jan Marie's ordering room, but I was about to move and couldn't be buying stuff then. So I picked up 6 yards of it {its the ribbon on the left side of the card, not the organdy} I think I might use it on my swap I have coming up, hmmm have to think about that >"<
So, Verve Visual is having their 2nd Honored Guest challenge. The card needs to be a long card. Mine is 3x6 is that considered long? I think so>"<>
Before I really looked at the sketch I knew I was going to use this ribbon and kraft paper. After a look at my cardstock, I noticed I was still hoarding the Aqua Mist paper from Papertrey, so I cut away and it didn't hurt. I actually didn't care. Normally when I have been hoarding something like paper, when I cut into it I get a little sad. Am I just crazy and alone feeling this way?
You can't really tell from the picture, but on the main panel on the white cardstock, I stamped "thank you" in aqua mist, all over. Then only 3 times in black. Aqua mist isn't really dark and your image can be drowned out when you stamp with it. So to solve my problem, stamping the sentiment a few times in basic black, made it pop.
After I cut out the birds, they were telling me {because my stamps and I talk, my kids think I'm crazy because I will be sitting at the table talking to myself LOL} that they needed to be jazzed up a little. So I took out my new handy dandy white Inkssentials pens, and made swirls. Have you noticed Julee puts her little swirl on a lot of her stamps {like at the end of the birds tail}. I think its neat & who doesn't love swirls!
Oh, the bird is from the Anniversary Birds stamp set from Verve & the "thank you" sentiment is from Flourishes.

Materials used: Kraft & Whisper White cardstock from SU, Aqua Mist cardstock from PTI, Basic Black stamp pad from SU, Aqua Mist stamp pad from PTI, May Arts black ribbon, narrow organdy ribbon from SU, silver gromets, dimmensionals, white pen from Inkssentials, Stardust pen from Sakura, Anniversary Birds stamp set from Verve Visual, Flourished Words from Flourishes

Verve inspiration pillow challenge

I know this isn't the best picture, but holy moly is it bright outside & too dark inside, so this is the best I could come up with. Anyhow, this card is an inspiration challenge going on at Verve you can link to it here the winner will get $15 in verve bucks to spend at the store. Now that we have the deets, on to the card. I took my inspiration from the colors and the detailed flowers. If you have Verve stamps they wanted to use them and since I only have two of her sets {need to get more} I was a little limited but I made it work with some creative thinking. I'm not sure if its a requirement to use Verve stamps or not I guess I should have re-read the post before starting. It made it fun for me having a limited amount of stamps to work with. Sometimes when you have to choose from a jamillion {yes that's a word, ask a 5 year old lol} stamps its overwhelming. I really lucked out because I still have some yummy MME Bohemia double sided paper, it has really rich deep colors and is a little heavier than regular designer paper. The paper just happened to be blue with flourishes...awesome! Then on the backside of the paper was a solid blue, so far everything was coming together nicely. I used my summer sun and not quite navy ink pads {su} for my colors, those seemed to coordinate the best. All of the little flowers are from the Verve stamp set Thoughtful Florals {set of 11 for only $9 flowers and sentiments} so affordable people. I just mixed and matched the flowers and then cut some out & used a dimensional to give it some...dimension lol {sorry that just sounded cheesy and makes me laugh}. On the edges of the card I paper pierced & used a Inkssentials white pen to make faux stitches. I also used the white pen to trace around some of the flowers to make them pop a little more. The flowers that are behind the sentiment are still stamped in not quite navy they are just the 3rd and 4th generation {generation stamping is where you keep stamping the image without re inking the stamp}. All the glitter and sparkle that you see on the card is from my new Sakura Stardust pen. The ribbon is by May Arts.
This is the first time in 2 weeks that I have been able to stamp because of the move. I'm a little rusty but my mojo will come back eventually.

acetate card

Right before I moved I recieved this stamp set from Verve Visual. Julee who owns the company has a blog so go check her out she does weekly sketch challenges. Oh the website to the store is . I knew I wanted to use acetate/vinyl and some Cosmo Cricket paper I have been hoarding. So this card came together very easy, don't you just love that when that happens. I had no intentions on sending this card to anyone, I just made it for fun. However, when my inlaws came for Jesse's winging, we found out Jesse's step-brother Rusty eloped to Mexico. So I gave this card to Karen {mother in law} to send to the new couple.
Oh when you use acetate or vinyl you need to use a permanent ink like stazon, there are other brands too, this is just what I used for this card. The ribbon is chocolate chip grosgrain ribbon by Stampin Up.

I'm in San Diego and have internet now

Well we made it to San Diego a few days ago. My house {really its an apartment} is full of boxes. I am driving my family nuts because when a box is unpacked the stuff has to have a place, they cannot unpack it just to unpack it. All of my craft stuff is packed in boxes which is depressing because I really need to create. Once the kids are in school and Jess starts flying again, I will be able to sit down and not feel guilty. Today I want to get stuff on the walls. I am sure my husband wants me to put all of my shoes and clothes away, but they can wait >"<. My kitchen is almost done and I havn't really touched the kids room. I am trying just to get essentials done. I just wanted to say hello to everyone, I get to start blogging again! Have a great weekend.

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