I LOVE to create greeting cards. This is a place
for me to share some of my favorite cards with family,
fellow card-makers,and friends.
Update: Since I began this card-making blog in 2009, we have moved to a warm, sunny place, retired, and gotten very busy. Even though my love of making cards has not lessened, my time "for" card-making has diminished. I had actually considered taking down my blog because of my lack of time to make and post cards. Instead I will try to post more regularly with a variety of things. Please bear with me while I attempt to expand my topics.
First of all, I should explain the title to this post, because I am sure some of you might be wondering what it means! MOJO is the name of a sketch challenge I've seen posted on the site SplitcoastStampers (lovingly referred to as "SCS"). I have always avoided things like this in the past. It takes me a long time to come up with my own designs so why would I get involved in something like that? According to Wiktionary, MOJO means: 1. A magic charm or spell; 2. Supernatural power or luck. And many times, I need magic, supernatural power, or luck to come up with a card design I am happy with. LOL! So I signed up to receive the Monday MOJO sketch. It comes right to your email and there is no real deadline for sharing your MOJO card which helps me a lot.
This is my interpretation of the MOJO84 sketch for this week. I know that I just posted another card using the SU! Garden Whimsy butterfly, but I just love it and it is Spring here (or it is supposed to be!). I can't say that it took me any less time to make this card, but I do have high hopes that if I keep taking the MOJO challenge, it will help. My cardstock choices were Bazzill for the card base and Colorbok for the pink cardstock mat. I ran the pink through my Cuttlebug using the Dotted Swiss embossing folder. The patterned papers are from DCWV 4x6 paper pad titled "Sweets". The ribbon is SU!, the flower is Prima, and the gems are Creative Candy from A Muse and Crystal Stickers by Mark Richards. The buttons are from my stash. (I love buttons!) The "thank you" sentiment is from the SU! Seeing Spots set. I had stamped the butterfly on SU! WW, but it looked so bare even though I tried sponging the edges and stamping off some tiny flowers. That is when I decided to stamp the butterfly on the patterned paper. It was always my intention to stamp a second one and mount it on top of the first one. The scallop and the circle were both made with SU! punches. I used the SU! ticket punch, too! (I love punches, too!) All three elements are mounted with 3M foam tape. Thank you for dropping by today!
It seems to take me a long time to design a card. I am not sure why, but sometimes it drives me nuts! With Mother's Day coming soon, I decided to get to work on my mom's card. I wanted it to be pretty, but I also wanted to use some colors outside my comfort zone. The colors I chose are SU! Groovy Guava and River Rock. The butterfly is from the SU! Garden Whimsy set. Stamping the image two and cutting one of them out to mount on foam tape does so much for the dimension of the card. I couldn't resist adding all the pearls to the butterfly! The CB Dotted Swiss Embossing Folder was used on the Groovy Guava mat (I've loved dotted swiss since I was a little girl!) i used the Martha Stewart scallop border punch on it to coordinate with the scallop-punched circle where the butterfly rests.
I love this giraffe stamp from Inkadinkado! My coloring skills need improving, but I have watched a couple of videos on-line and am taking a Copic marker coloring class next week ... so there is hope! The card is going to a delightful family we have met at our church/school. They have 4 adorable daughters. We just found out that they are expecting baby #5. I think that news deserves a handmade card!
I started with SU! Chocolate Chip cardstock for the card base. Next came a mat of yellow/white gingham pattern paper followed by SU! Chocolate Chip cardstock embossed in the Cuttlebug using the argyle embossing folder. I lightened it up a bit with my Inkssentials white opaque pen. (Love this pen!) The stamped image and its gingham mat were cut using the Creative Memories Cutting System (I bought the circles and ovals on Ebay a couple of years ago and didn't use them much, sound familiar?). It worked great for this image, though, since it is fairly large. I did a little "doodling" around the image oval to add some interest. The stamped image in the circle is one of the SU! Circle of Friendship set. It says "Congratulations on your news" on the outside of the circle with "Hip Hip Hurray" on the inside. I chose to punch a little circle from the extra gingham paper for the center and covered that with the little brown flower and yellow brad. Both the oval and the circle are adhered with foam tape. I added the yellow/brown flower combo after trying various colors of ribbon (which just didn't work!). Thanks so much for looking!
Here are 3 variations of the 8th grade graduation card I am making as part of our card-making ministry at church. We are making the graduation cards for the 8th graders at St. Hubert's School. I wrote "SHS" and "09" on the diploma to personalize it. Stamps: Changito Grad by Stampendous; Paper: SU! WW, Bazzill white, SU! Black, DoubleMates Emerald Isle; Ink: Stazon Black, Zig black pen; Accessories: Ribbon, Shamrock Button, SU! ticket punch, CB Congrats EB. Thanks for stopping by!
Monkey cards have become a tradition in our family, so I was tickled to get the Changito Birthday Set (acrylic) and make this first card with it. I used my Spica pen to glitz up the birthday present even more, but you can't see it in the photo. Our DD loves green and pink. These are the supplies I used: Changito Birthday Acrylic Stamp Set, Happy Birthday by Stampendous, paper: SU! WW, Pixie Pink, DCWV Green, Bo-Bunny Press Baby Plaid, and ink: SU! Glorious Green, Pixie Pink Markers, and accessories: At you Spica clear pen, green gems, SU! ribbon, SU! circle punches. TFL!
Needless to say, I did not get any Easter cards made this year. I was too busy making First Communion cards for card-making ministry. So I decided to make some Happy Spring cards. This adorable little chick is from A Muse. Isn't she cute? And I have always been a fan of Bo-Bunny Press patterned paper. The one I chose for this card is called Baby Girl Plaid. I used leftover Bazzill white Scor-It embossed card fronts as well as Bazzill Bling to mat the pattern paper and the stamp image. The scallop circles were punched with the SU! scallop punch. The image is colored with SU! markers So Saffron, Certainly Celery, and Pretty in Pink as well as Zig marker Pure Orange. I stamped the image and the sentiment with Memory Box black ink. I am thinking about lining the envelopes with a companion pattern to the Baby Girl Plaid. :-)
Thanks for stopping by. And oh, Happy Spring!
Here is the same stamp set I used for the last card I posted, but adapted for our brother-in-law who is a Green Bay Packer fan! I used one of my Cuttlebug embossing folders on the white Bazzill mat. Ink and cardstock are Stampin' Up! Glorious Green and YoYo Yellow. Ribbon is from my "stash" as usual. The card is mounted on black cardstock. The little gifts and the "b is for birthday" are popped up with foam tape. Sure hope he likes it!
This is the birthday card I made for our daughter-in-law's birthday. I got the idea from a gal on Splitcoast Stampers. I had just gotten this stamp set and needed a jumpstart on an idea. A big thanks to "karengiron" from SCS. I used SU! Real Red and Always Artichoke cardstock along with the patterned paper from Bo Bunny Press (my stash). I love the Marvvy scallop punches, so had to use them as well. The ink and ribbon are also from SU! I had fun decorating the inside and the back, too. Thanks for looking!