Last Week’s Mojo Cards

So I finally get around to making some cards using a sketch and even within the actual week it was published. I often use sketches long after they are published if they fit the stamps or stickers or image I want to use. But did I remember to blog them and enter them? Of course not! Pregnancy brain is my only excuse!

singh hospitality mojo

This card was for friends of ours, a lovely couple who had an early anniversary party for us. We are celebrating 14 years on the 25th! Considering we only knew each other and dated for less than 6 months, I think we’ve probably beat some pretty amazingly high odds together. My husband is actually the only guy I’ve ever even kissed. Isn’t that sweet?!!

singh hospitality mojo closeup

I got to use the new Hero Arts stamps that come with matching dies, how cool is that! The dies are unique in that they have the cutting blade right at the inner edge so it is very easy to see through the center and line up accurately. You can see how close I got in the photo above! The flower is a bit off but pretty good for a first time.

suzanne sympathy

This card is a sympathy card I started ages ago. A friend’s MIL died of cancer at a relatively young age 2 months ago, what a shame. I decided to go with a shabby chic design as I haven’t done much of it lately. I made the  rose with a rolled flower die, cut the doily and tag, stamped the tag and that’s where I left it for way too long. I mean, it isn’t fun to make a sympathy card anyways and I started to get the favours and invites ready for a spa party I was having and this got set aside.

Incidentally, the tag die was too short for the sentiment so I carefully placed the die in my Cuttlebug plates so that only 2/3 of it cut. Then I moved the die across the paper so when I cut the other end, the die cut was longer than if I cut it all at once. I’ve done it before and it always works quite well! I may have to do a video on that at some point. Just be careful when you cut the second time that you don’t allow the plates to cut the first end or you will  mess it up. Let me know if you are interested in a video!

In case you are wondering, the card is made of two unconnected cardstock circles; doily is glued to the back of the card front. Then the card back is scored about 3/4” from the top and adhered to the card front, above the score line only, with the doily sandwiched in between. I had to use some pretty strong adhesive but it worked really very well.

Enjoy, Rebecca

Stamps: PTI-Homemade, flower-Hero Arts
Ink: vintage photo Distress, celery, rose red, regal rose-SU!
Paper: DP Restoration-Crate, yellow DP-stash, kraft, black CS-SU!
Accessories: embossing folder-Cuttlebug, gold edging pen-Pilot, punch-MS, foam dots-Jody Morrow, pearls-Kaisercraft and Dollarama, Matching Hero Arts dies

Stamps: JustRite
Ink: antique linen, vintage photo Distress, Artichoke-SU!
Paper: Basic Grey Perhaps, pink pirouette, celery, white CS-SU!
Accessories: Spellbinders dies, doily-Wilton, silk ribbon-May Arts, pearls-Dollarama, scalloped edge punch-SU!, foam dots-Jody Morrow


Calla Lily Sympathy Card

Unfortunately, I needed a sympathy card recently; fortunately, it was no one I knew well who died but I like to support the family members who I know better. Since it is for a woman, I figured I could go with pink which I don’t usually use for a sympathy card.

calla lily kioshi sympathy

When I think of calla lilies, I always think of funerals and sympathy cards. I was helping my girlfriend pick out the flowers for her wedding bouquet. She wanted calla lilies and when I told her what I thought about that, she couldn’t use them anymore. I was glad but I had no idea she’d change her mind based on my comment!

Sorry the contrast isn’t the best in this photo. I guess I needed a better backdrop. This card measures a standard 4.25 x 5.5”.  In case you are wondering, the MS punches fit perfectly across the width when punched like this. I should have cut the card height down to 5” though. I just punched with a bit of space in between each punch to make up the difference and trimmed out the leftover bits.

The Copic colouring looks much better IRL; in fact the whole card is brighter. What you can’t see is the pale purple outline around the flowers to help them stand out from the background. I’ve started printing parts of my images twice so I can pop them up and I think I’ll do that next time with this image!

Enjoy, Rebecca

Lilies-Doodle Pantry
Ink: Spun Sugar Distress ink
Paper: Kioshi DP-Basic Grey, white CS-Taylored Expressions, sweet blush CS-PTI
Accessories: foam sots-Jody Morrow, ribbon-stash, Copics-V000, YG00,03,06, Y35, Corner Chomper, MS deco shell punches


Asian Garden for Doodle Pantry

Hey there! It’s time for another AWESOME release by Laurie of Doodle Pantry! There is a little something for everyone this month!

asian garden june5
I chose this wonderfully intricate image of an Asian garden. It looks so serene and peaceful and I LOVE the little bridge over the water. Of course, if I was really there it wouldn’t be so serene because my kids would be splashing in it, especially with the hot weather we have been having. But back to the card…

 asian garden june5 closeup
Laurie created a fabulous sketch for us to use and you can play too! Just for playing, you get to choose one of two new release images, FREE! Yep, Laurie will email it to you JUST FOR PLAYING! And one random winner will get a package of goodies worth $25!! Come on, you gotta play! To see the images, visit Clearly iStamp TODAY!

june sketch 
I used Copics (of course) to colour the main parts of the image but I wanted sky and water colours I really don’t have (yet!) so I pulled out something I bought but had never used, pastel pencils. They are like a cross between chalk and a dusty (not oily) pastel in a pencil crayon format so they are very easy to use. Especially since I printed this image a bit too small considering how intricate it is. I coloured the sky and water, then blended them with a cotton swab as it is quite dusty otherwise. I really like the effect and it was very easy to blend from a deeper colour under the bridge to a softer colour where there was no shadow.

Enjoy, Rebecca

Asian Garden-Doodle Pantry
Paper: white CS-Taylored Expressions, sand, black CS-SU!, Asian paper-stash, green DP-MME
Ink: old olive reinker, sand-SU!
Accessories: copper Perfect Pearls (mixed with reinker to make a colour spritz), Glimmer Mist Masks, foam dots-Jody Morrow, ripe olive ribbon-CDS, Fiskars corner punch, Label 1 Nestabilities


Clear Dollar Stamps Sneak Peak – Tag Blessings 2

I tried very hard with my sneak peaks to make cards or projects that were all quite different in style to show that CDS has stamps that work no matter what style you work in. Wait until you see my Shabby Chic card tomorrow!

TagBlessingsRE2 copy

I have loved this paper for ages but with such a busy, large print, it takes some work to find a layout that doesn’t get overwhelmed by the paper or covers so much of the paper that you can’t see the print anymore. I thought the circle designs in the paper worked PERFECTLY with the circle designs in Tag Blessings! See the white flower just above and to the right of the circle? Looks a lot like the flowers in the circle! And this sentiment really covers so many possible uses. Sympathy, Thinking of you, Get Well are all covered by this one sentiment.

I stitched around the edge of the card and as usual, I didn’t decide to do so until the card was put together so the stitching shows inside. I used green bobbin thread so it isn’t too bad. Then I really wished I had pierced along the outer edge of the stamped circle image to echo the dots in the black circle of the DP but I decided against it, figuring there were enough holes inside the card front already!

It is a bit hard to see but the velvet ribbon is tucked a couple times for added texture. I airbrushed the pearls and flower to match. The leaf is velvety, it is sold in a long chain like ribbon! The sentiment was first stamped on the DP and I also stamped it on the circle, deliberately leaving some of the sentiment off the edge, it does fit if you turn the circle more but I wanted the flowers to be pointing the same way as the flower in the DP. Then I carefully aligned the two when adhering my circle.

This set will be available June 1st. The link on Lori’s blog, Clearly iStamp will be active then. Be sure to visit the rest of the DT who are previewing sets today.

Angela Thomas
Tricia Traxler
Cassie Trask
Linda Anderson
Laurie Wilson
Lori McCrosky
Linda Borneman
Nancy Grant
Katie Renz
Candy Fosta
Sarah Taylor
Trudy Sjolander
Wendy Hall
Tori Wild
Stacy Morgan
Sarah Gilreath
Tracy Johnson

Enjoy, Rebecca

Tag Blessing – Clear Dollar Stamps
Ink: cocoa-SU!, Memento black
Paper: celery, white-SU!, DP-Scarlet Letter Basic Grey
Accessories: velvet ribbon-Clear Dollar Stamps, thread, flower-Scrapbook Sally, brad-K&Co (I think), pearls-Dollarama, leaf-May Arts


Dragonfly Cards for Whimsical Wednesdays

These are the last two dragonfly cards I’ll get finished before the deadline to send them in. If you haven’t read my previous posts about the card drive, please read HERE.

dragonfly lilykate1
I actually managed to get two done with this week’s sketch. TIP: The ribbon below is white twill coloured with a Copic marker. I didn’t like how much white showed through the twill texture so I sprayed it with alcohol in a Mini Mister. This dissolved the colour and allowed it to soak through the thickness of the ribbon.

dragonfly lilykate2
Just two other quick notes. I added pearls to both cards. They are harder to see in the photos than IRL but I think they add a nice touch. The background for the butterfly is airbrushed with B12 and a handcut cloud template. I am really having fun with the airbrush system. I can’t believe I had it for well over a month without playing with it!

I hope you will all play this week’s sketch! Isn’t it a fun one, courtesy Nikki? The DareDevils would love for you to visit their blogs to see their work! Everyone is playing except Valerie and Kim. Please be sure link up your card so you can be eligible for this month’s prize from our Sponsor, The Character Cafe. Make sure you leave a DIRECT link to your post at Mr Linky on the Whimsical Wednesdays blog, not the link to your main blog page. I am very sad to say that Sandra is resigning after this week. We will really miss you, Sandra! I’ve really enjoyed your fabulous, creative cards! Best wishes with your new job, DTs and your family!

Enjoy, Rebecca

flourishes-Autumn Leaves
Ink: Baja, celery-SU!
Paper: Baja, white CS-SU!, LilyKate DP-Basic Grey
Accessories: foam dots-Jody Morrow, twill-stash, Copic markers, airbrush system, Jesse James buttons, Nestabilities, scalloped punch-SU!


Dragonfly Card for TE Card Drive

Taylored Expressions released a set a while back based on dragonflies. Some of the proceeds go to an organization called, “Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep”; they offer free professional photography services to families who have lost or are about to lose a preemie or newborn. Such a beautiful idea! I’ve made nighties and pouches before to hold babies that have died so I was very moved hearing about this organization and Taylor’s donations though I’m not a huge fan of dragonflies so I passed on the stamp set. Now Taylor is having a Card Drive for a local hospital where a relative and friend work in Labour and Delivery. They give dragonfly cards and a few mementos to families who have experienced a loss. So despite not loving dragonflies, I decided to make at least one card for the drive.

wisteria dragonfly

If you would like to participate, please see the details at Taylor’s blog post. Please read all the details, I forgot the bit about including an envelope for any card not standard size! Nuts, this measures 5×6” because I wanted to take full advantage of that fabulous DP! Not that I mind including an envelope but I simply don’t have any that size anymore. I used them all up for my craft show. Perhaps a clear one will do. Those I have!

wisteria dragonfly closeup
I was uninspired by the dragonfly component of this challenge until I remembered that Basic Grey’s Wisteria pack includes dragonflies and I just bought the 12×12” pack with stickers; I was sure there would be one in the bunch and I was right! I am not the biggest glitter person ever so for me this is quite a bit of bling though on the subtle side. The Labels 4 nestie shape is covered in diluted white Liquid Pearls, the dragonfly is covered in Antique Linen Distress Stickles and I scribbled with a clear Spica pen all around the border or the card several times for more shimmer.

Enjoy, Rebecca

dusty concord, antique linen Distress inks
Paper: Wisteria-Basic Grey, white, amethyst-SU!
Accessories: Liquid Pearls, Distress Stickles, crocheted, silk ribbon-May Arts, Tiny Attacher, button-stash, dragonfly sticker-Basic Grey Wisteria 12×12” pack, labels 4 nestabilites, clear Spica pen, Copic BV02 to colour ribbon, EK Success large corner rounder, Cuttlebug embossing folder


Loss of a Dog Sympathy Card


It is always so sad when a family looses a beloved pet. I’m so glad that several stamp manufacturers have acknowledged this.

empty doghouse sympathy
I  deliberately left the inside of the doghouse dark and kind of uneven. I don’t know about you, but it makes me look twice to see if there is a form of some sort in there. Like the way you look in your pet’s favourite places for them even after they are gone. Just because you were so used to doing it before.


paws-UK, doghouse-H&M stamps, sentiment-PTI
Ink: memento brown, chocolate-SU!
Paper: DP-stash, vanilla, chocolate CS-SU!, vanilla image CS-Taylored Expressions
Accessories: foam dots-Jody Morrow, button, twine-PTI, Copics, twill tape-stash


Kitty Sympathy

I have noticed that the stamping world has newly acknowledged sympathy sentiments other than the usual ones are sometimes needed. I’ve seen a special set for babies (awww) and now this set for pets.cat sympathy
This card is pretty simple. The kitty was coloured with Copics and if you are wondering why the panel he is stamped on looks a bit uneven, it was white so I sponged it very lightly with Antique Linen Distress ink.

In case you were wondering, no, I not all better yet but on my way and even though I still feel yucky, I am working on my craft show. I am busy looking for card displays (know of anywhere great?) and packaging all my cards. I’ve made more 5×7 than I would have guessed, the only size for which I didn’t buy clear bags for packaging. GRR! Boy that packaging sure adds up. 23c for the 6.25” square envies and almost that much for the clear bags. Adds a lot to the cost right there!

Enjoy, Rebecca

kitty-Clear Dollar Stamps, Verse-Papertrey Ink, Paw-UK
Ink: memento cocoa, Antique Linen Distress Ink, chocolate chip
Paper: DP-stash, white CS-Taylored Expressions, vanilla CS-SU!
Accessories: Copics, foam dots-Jody Morrow, ribbon-stash