Monday, April 30, 2012

May Flowers Mojo

I am heading out of town again soon, so I have to get all my cards for upcoming occasions done.  This card combines Heart2Heart "April Showers Bring May Flowers" and Mojo Monday Sketch 239.

All stamps and supplies by CTMH except as noted below.  I used the stamp set Unscripted which has got to be one of my all-time favorite sets.

Nitty gritty details: Card is 4.25" square, Sunkiss mat is 4" square, and white center is 3.75" square run through a Cuttlebug folder  I clear embossed the flower border then did a double resist using Spring Green and Sunkiss inks. Sunkiss center border is 1 5/8 x 4", white is 1 3/8 x 4" (only because I had a scrap piece of white which happened to be that width so I cut the Sunkiss a quarter inch wider, but it worked perfectly for the embossed edge and center ribbon).  All edges were sponged with Spring Green.

The sentiment is from Say It In Style stamped in Momento Rich Cocoa.  I used the label from Unscripted but cut the "Family for all seasons" out using a razor blade so I can just have the border.  I then used my Sunkiss and Spring Green markers to color directly on the flowers to go under the sentiment.  Because Sunkiss is so light, I went back over the flowers with my marker.  I also sponged the label edge with Spring Green.

The bow is wrapped with Stampin' Up Baker's twine (Lucky Limeade).  I intended to tie a little bow but was having a terrible time. Not sure why I decided to do the wrapping, but I really like it.

One card down, about twenty to go!

Until next time,

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Back in the (Summery) Swing of Things

After being MIA from this blog for almost a month, it's good to be back in the swing of things (not to mention good to have found my camera!!).  And nothing says, "Back in the swing..." like one card which works for three different challenges! Three of my favorite challenge blogs, at that:

OWH "Sweet Summertime"
Heart2Heart Photo Inspiration
Mojo Monday #238

All supplies are CTMH except as noted. Unfortunetly, only the stamp image is current (Pemberly WOTG).  The paper is old in discontinued colors of Apricot, Shell Pink, and Breeze.  Since I didn't have Apricot any longer, I stamped the image in Orange then stamped it twice on scratch paper to lighten the effect.

Baker's Twine (Stampin' Up! "Pool Party")
Pearls colored with Copic BG75
Spellbinders scalloped circle

Nitty gritty details:  The squares are 1 1/4 inches.  I mounted them on an Apricot colored background cut at 4 x 5 1/4 inches. The white mat is 4 1/8 x 5 3/8, Breeze mat at 4 3/16 x 5 7/16. 

I originally used Breeze as the card base, but it felt overpowering having that large of a border around the edge.  Getting rid of it entirely made the scalloped circle too "alone" so I opted for the tinsiest, tiniest border I could manage.  (One of the things I loved the most about the photo inspiration on the Heart2Heart challenge was the little bit of aqua, so it wasn't like I could just get rid of the Breeze color altogether.)

The sewing also wasn't an option as far as I was concerned.  Though I did a good job of lining the squares up (and deliberately chose the Apricot mat because the spaces between the squares disappear), the zigzag stitches hide any problems. 

I absolutely love the Pemberly Workshop on the Go stamp set.  So many options with this one set.

Until next time,

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Picture Problem

I've lost my digital camera.  Aaaaaaack!

More picture posts when I find it (or break down and have to buy a new one).

Until then,

Wednesday, April 18, 2012


I got a very exciting phone call today!

ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) sponsors several contests.  One of them, the Genesis contest, is specifically for unpublished writers.  I submitted a one-page synopsis along with the first fifteen pages of my novel for judging.  Last year I didn't make it past the first round.  This year I did!


There are twenty-six who made it past the first round (the top 20%), next round only three entries move on.  I won't know the results of this next round until the end of May or first part of June.  Until then, I'm celebrating!

Until next time,