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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Inspiration Overload Completed in MojoMonday 94

Happy Saturday morning!

In case you haven't heard, one of the Verve Diva's has a new little diva and they are having a Diva hop in her honor. Start out at Julee's blog here. Julee whipped up a cute bug in honor of the celebration not to mention adorable onesies.

The card today uses the sketch from MojoMonday (Sketch 94) which is also contest week. There's some time left to submit a card!

My card has almost all of the technique's and inspiration's that I've had on my mind this last week.

In a couple of weeks it will be my 11th wedding anniversary. I remembered a little oasis I created in my backyard that my mother-in-law and best friend came to assemble during a fake excursion I took my husband on for a movie or something like that where I forgot the tickets and we had to go back home. Voila a romantic dinner just waiting for us. Here's a photo of that.

The other thought was something to send wishes to Julee over at Verve Stamps for their 2nd anniversary in business coming up, so I skimmed her SCS gallery for inspiration and found a card with some of her favorite colors. Bordering Blue and Chocolate Chip. Here's that inspiration. I didn't end up using a whole lot of Chocolate Chip color but her project was the start.

The techniques included using a brayer to lay down ink on smooth paper and on embossed paper (background paper in the card) Another technique is coloring tissue paper and crinkling it up and gluing it down on cardstock for a mulberry look (I think)

The only thing I wasn't able to accomplish was to imitate a wrought iron fence look between the background paper and the other elements. That will be for another card.

So here is the card!

Here are the details by technique or element:

Background paper: Brayered Creamy Caramel down on cream cardstock misted with water first. Ran that paper through my Cuttlebug with Textile embossing folder. Then ran the cleaned brayer over it again with Border Blue ink. I believe this technique is from Amy Sheffer at Pickled Paper Designs.

Mulberry paper : On my glass top table I ran Bordering Blue and Creamy Caramel in two straight lines. Sprayed the ink with water and put wrinkled white tissue paper down on it and patted it down. Some areas of the tissue paper were still creased and so it created some valleys with no ink. I repeated this until I used up all the ink on my table. Clean up afterwards. Let it air dry. On a piece of cardstock put down some glue. I used Yes! paste because I wanted the tissue paper to stick down real good. Crumple the tissue again and lay it on the glued surface of cardstock. Press it or brayer it down flat. I went over the creases with Chocolate Chip ink using a sponge to give it more dimension. Let it dry completely before cutting to the size you want.

Ribbon and flower: I used my SU! Write marker and just colored these in. I didn't have any reinker in Bordering Blue. Need that for my next order.

I glued the mulberry paper and ribbon to my background paper and marked where I wanted the window. I cut inside the window marks about 1/4" and mitered the corners in to the marked corners. ISP'd them and folded them back. Make sure to cut the ribbon and any other element that spans the window in the center of the window and pull them back before cutting the window. You'll fold them over and under the window to hide the ends.

Fabric window: I found some sheer fabric scrap that I wanted to use on my card. I gathered it and adhered it to some Creamy Caramel CS with ISP a.k.a tacky tape. The cardstock was slightly bigger than the window I wanted on my card.

I used my background as the template to mark the position of the window on the card base. Put down some more ISP and then adhered the fabric cardstock down. Put down the background with more ISP and started on the embellies and sentiment.

Embellishments are all Creamy Caramel CS that has been sponged with a little of the same ink and then dabbed with Chocolate Chip Craft ink a little bit or a lot.

The Sissix scribbles dies are covered with craft chocolate chip spot ink and positioned with Glossy Accents. You can see the mulberry paper up close in the picture below. The sentiment is stamped in Classic Chocolate chip and then slid into the corners of the Creamy Caramel paper punched with Fiskars Victorian corner punch. I sponged the edges with chocolate chip ink.

The Fleur de Lis medallion is stamped with Craft Chocolate Chip spot ink and then scrapped with the tip of a needle for crosshatching look, then sponged around the edges with classic chocolate chip. Another larger circle underneath is covered with craft chocolate chip as well.

This is a long post, but I haven't been very thorough in a long time so I thought I'd spend some time on this one. Thanks for looking through my details and I hope you try some of these techniques. They were pretty simple to do and great looking for the effort.

have a great weekend!


  1. Love all your newsy notes and your beautiful card. Thanks for some 'new' ideas and inspiration!

  2. Wow! This is just beautiful! Love the elegant shabby chic look of it. And the crosshatch on the fleur de lis is so cool. Thanks for playing! :)


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