Mojo Monday 102

Happy Monday everyone!! Hope you all had a fabulous weekend. Mine was pretty good. I was busy but still found a little time to chill. I have to share some exciting news!! {THIS CARD} was chosen as the card of the week on the {2 Sketches 4 You blog} so I won a $50 gift certificate to {E.A.D Designs}. Go check them out, there is so much fun stuff for crafting and for your house. I still haven't decided how to spend my money!! I just love shopping when it's free :)Here is my card for today's {MOJO SKETCH}. Yikes, have you seen this one. I'm so excited to see what everyone comes up with. This has to be the toughest one I've ever worked on from Julee. Usually it's the angles that through me but this took forever and I'm still not jumping up and down about it. I used up some more of the chipboard pieces from Scenic Route for this one.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps: Distressed Grid Scrapblock (CHF)
Paper: Kraft, Chocolate Chip, Real Red
Ink: Versamark
Accesories: Chipboard Pieces (scenic route), Red Polka Dot Ribbon, Brads, Scallop Edging

I'm Ready For Fall

I'm over summer! My kids have been back in school for two weeks now and I'm ready for the temperatures to change. It hasn't even been a hot summer here, I just love's my favorite season. I love when it's chilly enough to wear my favorite jeans and sweatshirt. When football season starts and I can follow my fantasy team :) I'm ready for the cozy to begin!
Today's cards has all my favorite colors of fall. I knew I was going to love Soft Suede when it came out but I'm surprised at how much I love Crushed Curry. This cards uses the Write Stuff Specialty paper from SU. I love the die cuts in this kit and it's loaded with lots of polka dots (my second favorite pattern)
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps: Family Phrases (SU)
Paper: Kraft, Crushed Curry, Write Stuff (SU)
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Crushed Curry, Close to Cocoa
Accesories: Crushed Curry Polka Dot Ribbon, Staples, Scallop Dot Border Punch, Yellow Rhinestones, Machine Stitching

A Different Color Combo

I won this {Teresa Collins card kit} for being a Top 30 finalist in the 2 Sketches 4 You showdown and it's been laying on my craft desk for a long time now. I really didn't know what to do with it other than assemble it the way it's suppose to be. I was cutting into some Sassafras Lass paper and noticed (by accident) that it looked pretty good with the gold I went with it!! I have no idea what made me decide blue was a good accent color but I really like it with the red. I can't decide if this is a good birthday makes me think of the 4th of!
Thanks for stopping by!
Paper: Bashful Blue (su), Family Matters Card Kit (teresa collins), Red Polka Dot (sassafras lass)
Ink: Close to Cocoa (su)
Accesories: Celebration Transfers (melissa frances), Chipboard Star (su), Button, Embroidery Floss, Machine Stitching, Bashful Blue Grosgrain Ribbon (su), Star Punch (su)

Moxie Fab Christmas

Cath, at the {Moxie Fab blog}, challenged make a shabby or vintage Christmas card. She has a really good defination of both styles. I love all things shabby. The more worn the better. I have lots of distressed pieces around my house. However, I've never had that much sucess at really acheiving the right ecelctic, worn feel on a card...until now...I think I got. I got a new paper pack from K&Company that has these Bingo cards that are so big right now. I hadn't planned on making a card for this challenge (I was suppose to be working on demos for my Stampin Up party) but the idea hit me so I went with it. This card did take me awhile because I kept second guessing all the layers. Wouldn't you know everything ended up right where I originally laid it out.
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ETA: Ahhhhh...I'm such a schmuck! I forgot to pick a blog candy winner from my mojo sketch comments on Sunday. SORRY!!
The winner is:
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Timestamp: 2009-08-26 02:52:33 UTC
Caryl P said...
I love your sketch Maria, it's gorgeous and I can't wait to play along!My favorite thing about fall is the start of football! It's not too cold and I can grill out but I still have an excuse to curl up on the coach and veg. Go Pats!
Caryl, email me with your information and I will send you your Verve stamp. Go Broncos ;)

Fluttering Heart

I'm totally loving this new Unity KOTM. The design team has been showing us some amazing samples with this heart and I knew I wanted to get mine inky. I got these new yummy papers from K&Company with some of my birthday money and was itching to cut into it too. I love playing with new products, it seems to really jumpstart my mojo. Too bad we can't always play with all the latest and greatest huh?? I used {Laura's sketch} for this card. I really like sketches that let me show off all the fabulous dp I have. Anyone else have way too much designer paper?? I always tell myself I'm not going to be anymore until I use some of mine but there are so many stunning papers out there that I can't resist....I'm weak :)
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps: Following My Heart KOTM (unity)
Paper: Very Vanilla, Cut N Paste Mat Pad (K&Company)
Ink: Close to Cocoa (su), Tuxedo Black (memento)
Accesories: Black Brads and Black Polka Dot Ribbon (the paper studio), Button (denami designs), Embroidery Floss (dmc), Decorative Edge Scissors (provocraft), Machine Stitching, White Gel Pen (sakura)

Mojo Monday 101

Sorry I missed the last two Mojo 100 sketches, I was working at the Rubbernecker Booth at the Stamp Expo in Colorado Springs. I had planned on getting them done and auto posting but last week was crazy busy and there just wasn't time. One of my favorite parts of the whole weekend was getting to meet some fabulous blogging friends. {Leanne} and {Stephanie} were just as sweet as I knew they would be. I also had a chance to meet another Colorado friend {Tenia} too. Swing by their blogs...they ROCK!! Now on to my Mojo card. I really love the colors of this card. I used some of my new Stampin Up stamps for this card. I love the frames set (can't remember what it is called).
Thanks for stopping by!

Mojo Hangover

Sorry folks, another quick post today!! {Teresa} made today's sketch too, which means she has MORE Verve blog candy. Make sure you stop over there today. I missed last weeks Hip Hop Hangover so I was determined to squeeze in a card this week. My August KOM is being very neglected and I'm hoping life slows so I can get a chance to play with it. Anyone else order the new scrapbooking kit?? WOW, that thing rocks. I wish it was September 1st!!!Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps: Feel the Joy (unity)
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Lined Paper (we r memory keepers), Blue Floral (mme)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (memento), Close to Cocoa
Accesories: Scalloped Rectangle Nesties, Brown Gingham Ribbon, Button, Embroidery Floss, Machine Stitching, Pearls

Sarah's Mojo Sketch

I'm still not used to this school schedule and today is a busy day. I'll be back later with some details on this card, hopefully ;)

Teresa's Mojo Sketch

Don't forget to enter my stamp giveaway {HERE}Today's sketch is one of two that {Teresa} designed. I'm pretty sure she has some Vervealicios goodies so make sure you stop by her blog :) For my card, I used the digital kit Funky X-mas by Making Handmade Cards. I've been in a Christmas mood since I got this kit. There are some seriously adorable papers in it. I didn't realize just how much I was going to love digital paper but it really is nice and very handy.

The snowflake is the new SU punch and I plan to use it a lot for my christmas cards. I love punches, they make for such quick and easy accents.
Thanks for stopping by!
Paper: Bashful Blue, Kraft (su), Let it Snow and Blue Polka Dots (making handmade cards)
Ink: Close to Cocoa
Accesories: Pearls, Bashful Blue Grosgrain Ribbon, Scallop Dot Punch (martha stewart), Button, Embroidery Floss, Snowflake Punch (su)

SUPER Exciting News!!!

I had to share!! I just found out that one of my cards was accepted for the March/April issue of Paper Crafts Magazine!!! I'm beyond excited, this is my first publication. My hubby doesn't seem to get just how cool this is so I thought I would share it with all of you. I saw on Facebook that 19 new designers will be featured in this issue and I'm so happy to be one of them. :)

My Mojo Sketch

I've never made a sketch. I was a little worried I wouldn't be able to come up with one. That's why I love sketch site's like {MOJO MONDAY} so much, sketches take a lot of the planning work out of card making for me. However, I did come up with today's sketch for Mojo Turns 100 and I don't think I did to bad. Of course, Julee was the genius who drew up the sketch, check it out:
I pulled out a dusty Verve set, Floral Whimsy, for this card. I stamped the flowers and left them uncolored, I just added a rhinestone to the center of each of them. I like the look.
Make sure you go check out the {MOJO BLOG} and see what the other girls did with my sketch (I peeked and they ROCK!!!)
Oh, one more thing, I've had an extra Verve Plain Jane hanging out in my craft room for far to long now. I think it's time to give it away. If you would like to receive {Verve's Psalm 37:4 stamp} just leave me a comment telling me your favorite thing about fall and you will be entered to win. You have until Sunday, 23rd (the day of the last Mojo 100 sketch) to enter. I will post the winner with next weeks Mojo Monday card.
Stamps: Floral Whimsy, Meditations (verve)
Paper: Pink Pirouette, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Polka Dots (mme)
Ink: Soft Suede, Close to Cocoa
Accesories: Soft Suede Polka Dot Ribbon, Button, Rhinestone Jewels, Embroidery Floss, Machine Stitching, Corner Rounder

Mojo Monday Turns 100!!!!!

Are you ready to get sketchy?!?! I am :) This week the Mojo Makers are celebrating since the {Mojo Monday} sketches have made it all the way to 100. Can you believe it! I just love Julee's sketches and am so happy to be a part of this celebration. She asked the Mojo Makers to design some sketches so make sure you check out the {MOJO BLOG} all this week. My sketch is tomorrow ;)Here is my card for Mojo 100!! I told you I would be doing more stitching with red on kraft, I just love the look. I colored a Unity image my friend {Katie} sent me. I just adore this tree (I think I need to buy it for myself)
Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Plant a Tree (unity)
Paper: Kraft, Real Red, Brown Gingham Paper
Ink: Black, Watercolor Pencils
Accesories: Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon, Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Marvy Giga Circle Punch, Machine Stitching

Our Last Days Of Summer

I'm home!! Bet you didn't even know I was gone!! We took a little mini vacation with my family to Colorado Springs before school started. We had a really fun time. Here are a few pics:

We went to Cave of the Winds and Santa's Village. Of course, it was rainy but no one seemed to mind. The kids had a great time but we are all wiped out. Luckily, I had this card already made (it was suppose to post while I was gone) to show you today.
I won't have anything else to show you until Monday but you'll definately want to be here. {MOJO MONDAY} turns 100 and we will be celebrating with a weeks worth of sketches (designed by the Mojo Makers).
Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Journal Stamp (unity), Family Phrases (stampin Up)
Paper: Kraft, Chocolate Chip, Yellow Gingham (the paper studio), Paisley (mme)
Ink: Close to Cocoa
Accesories: Brown Gingham Ribbon, Machine Stitching, Star Punch and Word Window Punch (su), Button, Embroidery Floss, Decorative Edge Scissors

Spring Tree

I know it's closer to fall than spring but isn't it cute!!! I finally used my Kissable Tree by Kim Hughes on a card. I've used it for scrapbook layouts but it was always a little to big for a card. I broke out of my A2 mold and this card is a whopping 6 1/2 x 4 1/2. I inked the tree with Versamark ink and then used SU's Chocolate Chip marker with my color spritzer to spray it before I stamped it onto the Kraft cardstock. The flowers were cut out of some My Minds Eye paper.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps: Kissable Tree, Spring Trees (CHF, kim hughes)
Paper: Kraft, Pink Polka Dots and Flowers (mme), Lined Paper (we R memory keepers)
Ink: Versamark, Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa
Accesories: Rose Red Grosgrain Ribbon, Staples, Brads, Decorative Edge Scissors

Take Two

I definately need to slow down. Life seems to have taken hold of me and I'm pretty sure it's not going to let up until August is behind me. Everyday has a to do list a mile long and I always try to jam as much as I can into a day. In the rush to get things done, I've been skimming directions. Like the 123 challenge for the Unity guest design spot. I loved my first card, you can see it {HERE}, but you could only use the June or July KOTM. Wouldn't you know I used May's. So this is Take Two at the gd spot. I still like the first one better but this one is cute. Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps: Ice Cream Cone (june KOTM, Unity)
Paper: Kraft, Pink Pirouette, Birthday DP (Sweetwater), Polka Dots (mme)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (memento), Copics, Close to Cocoa
Accesories: Soft Suede Ribbon (su), Scallop Dot Border Punch (martha stewart), Machine Stitching, Button, Embroidery Floss, Staples

Mojo Monday 99

This is short and sweet today. Stop by the {MOJO BLOG} and check out this weeks sketch. Of course it gave me issues (angles hate me)...but the mojo makers rocked it. Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps: Fine Gingham Backgrounder (CHF)
Paper: Real Red, Kiwi Kiss, Chocolate Chip, Polka Dots (mme), Merry Christmas (the paper studio)
Ink: Real Red, Close to Cocoa
Accesories: Dear Santa I Can Explain (chipboard from Scenic Route), Ribbon, Button, Embroidery Floss, Brads, Machine Stitching, Circle Punch

You're the Cherry on Top!!

Red and pink seem to be my fall back colors lately. I love both of these colors with kraft and chocolate chip. For yesterday's Unity Break out the Buttons challenge I decided to use red and these adorable cherries from the June KOTM. I love the red stitching on the kraft cardstock, I'll probably have to try this on a few more cards.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps: cherries and sentiment (june KOTM unity)
Paper: Real Red, Kraft, Brown Gingham (dcwv)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (memento), Close to Cocoa
Accesories: Scallop Edge Punch (su), Machine Stitching, Buttons, Red Gingham Ribbon (su)
I'm going to be helping at the Rubbernecker Booth at the Colorado Springs expo and more help is still needed. Please see the below info if you would like to help!
Looking for demonstration artists to work at Colorado Springs Stamp Show August 22nd and 23rd. 8-5 on Saturday 22nd and 10-4 on Sunday 23rd. Experience with Tombow brush markers, Spellbinder Nestabilities or Ranger Alcohol inks is preferred but an ability to learn craft techniques quickly and demonstrate them to others is primary. Should be outgoing and like to speak with others and have fun doing so.
Compensation is $140 cash or $200 credit for use in our both at the close of the show or online in our store. Must be able to work both days.
Reply to if interested.

ABC....easy as 123.... simple as do re mi... abc... 123 baby you and me!!!! I sang it the whole time I made this card so I decided to pass it along :)
This card is for the August Guest Design Challenge for Unity Stamps. This month's challenge is a 1-2-3 Challenge.
1 - stamp
2 - patterned papers
3 - embellishments I used the flower stamp from the May KOTM, the pink polka dot paper and (of course) gingham :) My three embellies are the new SU ribbon (love this color), the letter stickers and the tag.
Here is a close up of the dimension of the flowers:
I know I've probably said this a THOUSAND times but aren't gingham and polka dots the best!!!!!
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps: May KOTM (unity)
Paper: Kraft, Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink, Pink Polka Dots (my minds eye), Brown Gingham (REALLY old DCWV stack)
Ink: Close to Cocoa, Tuxedo Black (memento)
Accesories: Letter Stickers (thickers), Pink Polka Dot Ribbon (su), Tag (my minds eye), Machine Stitching

Christmas SU Card

I have an SU party this month and have been working on getting my cards done to demo. I thought I would share this one with you today. I LOVE this new Christmas stamp. It's a set of 2 for only $10.95. Can't beat that!! I'll probably use it for most of my christmas cards this year. The paper is from the new Write Stuff paper pack. I love all the polka dots in this kit and it comes with really cool die cuts too that I can't wait to dig into. I also used the new set Framed with Love. Really cool too!!
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps: Framed with Love, Christmas Greetings (su)
Paper: Kraft, Green Polka Dot (The Write Stuff Specialty, su)
Ink: Basic Black, Versamark
Accesories: Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon, Library Clip

Happy Birthday....

to ME!! It's official, I'm 29 :)I really love this sunny card! And the Verve sentiment was the perfect touch. Thanks for stopping by!


Stamps: Hey There Sunshine (Verve)

Paper: Kraft, Yellow Gingham (the paper studio), Lined Paper and Blue (we R memory keepers)

Ink: Tuxedo Black (memento), Close to Cocoa

Accesories: Black Gingham Ribbon, Lace (wright), Machine stitching, Arrow Punch (su), Circle Cutter (cm cutting system), Buttons, Black Embroidery Floss