Sunday, August 24, 2008

Mojo and Not-So-Mojo

Here's a card I made for Julee's Mojo Monday sketch challenge. This isn't my original idea for the sketch (I'll share that one later in my post), but I really like how it turned out.

I haven't used the Anniversary Birds set from Verve Stamps for a while and I thought the pair of birds would fit nicely on the main image panel in this sketch. I was right--they fit perfectly. I inked the birds using my Baja Breeze ink pad and a Close to Cocoa marker and stamped them on a strip of Very Vanilla cardstock. This seems easy, but between the birds and the branches, I ended up stamping these images multiple times because I kept smearing the marker. The parts of the image stamped with a marker didn't dry nearly as fast as the parts stamped with an ink pad. So frustrating!!

After I finally got a good inked image, I matted it on a layer of Old Olive, then on a scalloped Baja Breeze panel. I added a ribbon tab to one end of the image panel--for some reason, I've been really in to these lately . . . I set this on a strip of coordinating striped patterned paper from My Mind's Eye. I used the Forest Branches Cuttlebug folder to emboss a Kiwi Kiss panel for the cardfront. I rubbed some shimmery white ink on the raised areas to highlight them, then layered all of this on a Baja Breeze cardfront.

I added a sentiment from the Happy Thoughts set on a trio of layered circles. I used a trio of blue Twinkle stickers under the sentiment, too. These are somewhat tricky to get off of the backing, but once they're applied, they look great.

Materials Used:
Anniversary Birds and Happy Thoughts stamp sets (Verve Stamps); Baja Breeze and Kiwi Kiss Classic inks, Close to Cocoa marker, Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Old Olive, Close to Cocoa, and Very Vanilla cardstock, 1 3/8" circle punch, scallop circle punch, mat pack and paper piercing tool, Close to Cocoa wide grosgrain ribbon, dimensionals (Stampin' Up!); 1 1/2" circle punch (EK Success); patterned paper (Father Stripe by My Mind's Eye); Forest Branches embossing folder (Cuttlebug); Moonlight White pigment ink (Brilliance); blue Twinkle stickers (Amuse); long scalloped rectangle die (Nestabilities)

And, here's my original idea for the sketch. I like how it turned out, but the main image panel was just a little bit too big to work for the sketch. So, I made a few changes to finish the card.

I used the new Upsy Daisy set from SU! for the main image. I stamped te silhouette image tone on tone on a piece of Pink Pirouette paper, then matted it on slightly larger pieces of Rose Red and Chocolate Chip cardstock. I added a sentiment from the set in Rose Red.

For the cardfront, I used a piece of the new Patterns designer paper in Pirouette Pink. I like the patterns in this set so much more than the ones in last year's Prints series, even though I'm a bit disappointed that there's a solid sheet of paper in the pack. That doesn't make sense in a pack of paper called "Patterns," does it? Anyway, I layered this on a Chocolate Chip panel, then on the Kraft cardfront.

I embellished the image panel with a pair of felt flowers from the new Flower Fusion Too pack. I am loving the colors in this collection--pink, brown, and blue work so well together.

Materials Used:
Upsy Daisy stamp set, Pink Pirouette and Rose Red Classic inks, Pink Pirouette, Rose Red, Chocolate Chip, and Kraft cardstock, Pink Pirouette Patterns designer paper, Flower Fusion Too felt flowers, silver brad, dimensionals (Stampin' Up!); pink satin ribbon (Target)


  1. These are both just beautiful! Love the forest branches embossing with the birdies. Thanks for playing my challenge! :)

  2. Wow! These are both just wonderful!

  3. Well I think they are both fantastic!! Awesome Lori!

  4. I love your upsy daisy card it is soooo pretty.

  5. Great cards. I like the colors and love the tab.


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