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Mojo Monday 354 (on a Wednesday), and a hard color challenge


I have been stewing over the Paper Players color challenge for several days.  It’s like my brain just shut down when I tried to envision using those four colors together.  Then we got the very sad news that a couple we knew at church had lost their 9 year old grandson (and the grandson’s other grandfather) in a private plane crash.  Sympathy cards are hard enough to make, but when it’s for a child, it is just so sad.  I decided that I would use that color combo in my card, and also use the Mojo Monday sketch.

The hardest color for me to incorporate was lost lagoon!  (do you see that tiny layer of wisteria wonder under the strip of blackberry bliss!  it’s easy to miss!) I finally decided to use it to outline the image.  And can I just say that after coloring with the blendabilities, I am totally spoiled.  It was so boring to use plain old blender pens!  I had to use all kinds of different adhesives on this card because of all the layers!  I used tombow multi glue on the embossed piece and the thin strip of mossy meadow.  I also used sticky strip to attach the greeting to the thin strip of mossy meadow.  I had to use bits of dimentionals on the right sides of the sentiment and the main image because the other layers were so high.  The only thing I left off of the sketch was a bow.  It just didn’t seem right for a sympathy card.

I really like this sketch, and I can see myself using it again.  I can’t say the same about the color combo, lol, but it really made me think outside the box to “get ‘r done”!


Stamps:  Bloom with Hope

Paper:  Park Lane DSP, Mossy Meadow, Blackberry Bliss, Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White

Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Mossy Meadow, Blackberry Bliss, Lost Lagoon

Misc:  Circle thinlits, Swiss dots embossing folder, scallop oval punch, large oval punch

The need for this card reminds me how life can change in the blink of an eye.  Let’s love and appreciate our family and friends because you just never know when you won’t be able to do that anymore.






Bloom with Hope-my favorite hostess set!


Tonight I wanted to use my blendabilities–aka “blendies”–and play a little more with the pretty Park Lane papers.  The large flower stamp in the Bloom with Hope set was the perfect image to use for this card.  It is so much fun to use the alcohol markers–I continue to be amazed at the shading that emerges after it dries!  Makes me feel almost like a painter, lol!

I don’t normally use this size card base, but it worked well for this design.  It’s been awhile since I rounded any corners, too!  I really wanted the sentiment to look like it was on a leaf, but when I did that, it just didn’t seem right.  I played around with it–tried it in the lower left corner first with no layering, then tried it backed with the curly label punch (cut in half), but it still wasn’t looking good, so I added the modern label punch to the layer, and finally liked that.   I LOVE the soft colors together!   I meant to add some pearls to the upper left corner, but I got distracted by a bowl of ice cream calling my name, hahaha!


Stamps:  Bloom with Hope

Ink:  Soft Suede, Memento Black, Daffodil Delight Blendabilities

Paper:  Park Lane DSP, Soft Suede, Whisper White

Misc.:  Woodgrain Embossing Folder, Large oval punch, Modern Label punch, Curly Label punch, corner rounder punch, Organza ribbon, dimentionals

I’m so glad that I’m off work tomorrow–I’m looking forward to sleeping past 4am, and then spending some time with friends and my hubby.  I’m hoping to get some extended time in “My Happy Place”, too (my stamping room!).   Hoping all of you have a wonderful, relaxing day!