It has been a while since I tackled a Mojo card, though I visit often to peek at the sketches. This week’s appealed to me straight off so here goes:
It looks like the Design Team have created some beautiful and inspiring cards once again!
And here is my personal take on this challenge:
Designer Paper - “Brioche” by Memorybox Inc
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder
Stamp - (“bloom” sentiment) “Roses” stamp by Hot Off the Press
Tombow Markers - 847, 098
Gelly Roll sparkle pen
Geranium Image - Graphics Fairy
This card has so much texture and sparkle and all the while a subtleness. I will unpackage the process for you a bit here. I wanted the designer paper to shine through on this card, because I think it really pulls the front image together with the background. So, I chose to make the second layer from a piece of plastic packaging (yes, nothing goes to waste in my household if it could be re-purposed for crafting). I ran the packaging through the Cuttlebug using an embossing folder to get a similar texture to the pattern on the base.
I have been stumped in the past in trying to figure out how to affix a clear layer to a background because anything I chose would show through and that was unsightly. But then it “came to me” just like that! I thought “photo corners!”. I did not have any so I thought there had to be a simple solution to make my own. I did a simple Google and came up with a little tutorial on (where else?) Martha Stewart - you can find it HERE. She makes hers with ribbon but I used a strip of cardstock. Worked like a dream.
I did use a thin strip of double-sided tape for the silver ribbon layer - its not so visible.
I used this marigold image from Graphics Fairy - her images are just so pretty and crisp, perfect to print. I use a 140lb watercolor paper and it makes it look professional when colored in. I used my Tombow Markers, still getting used to them. I absolutely love them, now that I’m being the boss of them instead of allowing myself to be intimidated.
The final touch was adding a bit of glitz to the petals with a sparkle Gelly Roller pen. It ties it in with the silvery layer.
Today’s 1 small thing is - SET THE SCENE
In your home… including the atmosphere!
Start the day on the wrong side out,
Glum you’ll end it, there’s no doubt;
Smile at breakfast, there’s a chance
All the day your heart will dance.
If by day your spirit’s bright,
Chances are you’ll sleep tonight!
I like to create little “landscapes” in my decor.
This is a tea-rose which was given to me a few years ago and I have nurtured it, indoors and out ever since. (A minor miracle as I tend to kill all but the hardiest) I have a collection of books which explore decor - many with the idea of bringing nature indoor if one can. I thought this book, perched on the edge of the tea-rose and backed by the dark wall creates a peaceful feeling. Though my house is far FAR from ‘stark’ - it is not cluttered either, my rule being most things I collect must be incorporated into the look of a room as a prop. So many of my decorative items have sentimental meaning attached.
Do YOU have a unique way to create a pleasant atmosphere in your home?
I hope you have a lovely week!