The Goodness of Life

Hi all! It's Tuesday and today we're continuing our Mojo Turns 100 Celebration with a special sketch designed by Maria Gurnsey. Be sure to hop on over to the mojo blog for the sketch.



Aside from a brief 15 minute project this weekend, I haven't had a chance to stamp for over a week and I was so READY to get back to my studio last night. Laurie sent me these awesome Nesting Labels cookie cutter dies from Quickutz and I've been so excited to play with them. I ran the die through with cream and chocolate card stock, so I could have a little mat. Next up, I knew I wanted a warm, distressed feel with lots of sponging, so I stamped the scrolly background from Bountiful Backgrounds in Champagne VersaMark and then sponged all around the edges with first Antique Linen and then Vintage Photo distress ink. I'm not sure you can see it in the photo so I've added a little close-up. I just love the way the versamark lightly resists the ink for a subtle pattern in the sponging.

Next I stamped the coffee mug from Delightful & Delicious on cream in Riding Hood Red ink and colored with a Ruby Red marker and Vintage Photo ink. I added the little flourish from the A Cup of Life set for the steam, then cut out, popped up and added Cinnamon Stickles and a coat of Diamond Glaze for a glossy look. The sentiment from Delightful & Delicious is stamped in Vintage Photo ink.

After I'd finished with the panel, I set a jumbo eyelet in one end and threaded the wide striped chocolate ribbon through. The chocolate, riding hood red, and cream panels are all letterpress ink debossed with the Cuttlebug Textile folder and Vintage Photo ink. I added a little more sponging to the edges of each panel to add some depth. Then I just glued everything together and added a few pearls to the top and bottom. They seemed a little too white, so I colored them with a Copic marker and called it done!

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a fabulous day!

30 comments

  1. Gorgeous card! Love the "steam" from the cup :) Thanks again for all of the inspiration... Mojo Monday is now my first place I go each morning! :)

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  2. LOVE IT! So, so pretty! It is just absolutely gorgeous, and I just ordered that ribbon, now I can't wait to get it~

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  3. How beautiful is that!?! Your steam is awesome and again, that sponging rocks my world!

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  4. Yummy!! Love the rich colors and the great texture.

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  5. WHAT??? How can this be? You made a card to top the most amazing card ever!!! OMGosh, Julee this beyond stunning! The colors are so warm and inviting, the texture is gorgeous, and that CUP!!! Wow!!

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  6. Gorgeous, Julee!! Love the colors and the sponging!

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  7. Now this is just pure, rich yumminess!! It makes me want to cuddle up on the couch wrapped in a blanket with an awesome cup of coffee. STUNNING card!!

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  8. OMG!! This is one of your best girl! I can't wait to get that ribbon! LOVE IT!

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  9. This is FUN!!!! You must love seeing your sketches everywhere. I love what you did with this card. The sponging is gorgeous and I love the big ribbon :)

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  10. THis card is breath taking!!! Love the colors and the sahding you have done with it...
    hugs, janny

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  11. Julee, this card is absolutely stunning in every way you look at it!!!! WOW, so GORGEOUS!!!!

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  12. Holy gorgeousness.....This is amazing and so stunning, Julee!! Can I come to your house for a sponging tutorial???

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  13. I love this card!! It is just so lovely. Everything about it is perfect!

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  14. this is fabulous Julee, one of my favorites ever...lol...until your next creation!

    enjoy *~*

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  15. Loving this! Love the vintage feel of this card - perfect for coffee :)

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  16. Julee this is BEAUTIFUL!! Makes me want to curl up in an old leather chair, cup 0'joe and a steamy novel!! Just gorgeous!

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  17. Oh my heavens Julee! Seriously, this is rich and gorgeous. Every last detail is perfection. I could never in a million years come up with this card. Your knack of sponging and depth is one of a kind! Hugs,

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  18. THUD! Your style is amazing. I love this, Julee.

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  19. Love your card, the colors are beautiful...You're so talented!!!

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  20. WOW!!! Full of gorgeousness, Julee! You really do amaze me with your fabulous creations!

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  21. This is so gorgeous! It feels warm and cozy...just like a good cup of coffee should! Love the versamark sponged look too.

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  22. I love the color combination. It looks so "rich." Probably as rich as the coffee.

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  23. I love your card... and thanks for the tips about ink and versamark!

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  24. Umm yummy, this card looks good enough to eat. Love your colours.
    It's such a warm card.

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  25. This card made me smell my morning coffee before I even made it! I love the colors and debossed paper. Now I'm going to have to try it.

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  26. I love all of your cards you are great! I have seen you mention letterpress ink debossed a few times but I do not know how you do this. Are there any tutorials? Thank you.

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