Monday, January 7, 2013

Being Awesome

Hi friends!  I read this Robert Frost quote the other day that said, “In three words I can sum up everything I know about life... it goes on."  That's so true, isn't it?  Even when it seems like your part of the world has stopped spinning, everything else just moves on.  That's pretty much how I felt about 2012 and now I feel like I'm watching a merry go round spinning and trying to figure out how to jump back on without causing bodily harm to myself!  {grin}  That doesn't really have anything at all to do with my card today, but it popped into my head when I started to type... "It's Monday again and time for another Mojo Monday."



There were a couple people who really helped me out this past year, so that was what was on my mind when I started making my mojo card for this week.  (Oh, it's a contest week, by the way, so be sure to play along for a chance to win some Verve!)  And after my last card, I decided to actually read a tutorial about the chalkboard technique and so I had to try it out again, embossing FIRST this time (which is way less messy than my original attempt!  LOLHappy Hello was another set on my mental list of sets to use, so I pulled it out and thought it would be perfect for the center circle in the sketch.  Anyway, how great is that sentiment?  Thanks for being awesome!  (I might be JUST A LITTLE biased!)

So, here's the skinny on the making of this card:  I embossed the circle and sentiment on black cardstock with Versamark ink and white embossing powder, then shadow stamped over it with Jasmine Mix'd Media Inx and rubbed a little extra ink on with my finger.  Punched this out with a 1-3/8" circle punch then matted on a Scalloped Flowers die cut.  The papers are from the Soho Garden collection and I colored the flowers on the paper and some of the book paper with prismacolor pencils and gamsol (oh, I also highlighted the word thanks in the sentiment as well), then distressed with white and black inks and a distressing tool.  I used the same chalkboard effect to stamp the polka dot border from Bountiful Backgrounds on the black cardstock.  I used a bit of the paper I had colored to cover a wood veneer butterfly, then accented with rhinestones.  The background is Sahara Sand, since white and cream were both just not right.  I distressed it with blacks and whites, embossed with an SU! folder and then randomly stamped some of the polka dot border around the edges.  A double layer of ribbon and lots of distressed edges finished things off.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  If you haven't yet, be sure to check out the Verve Diva Inspirations Hop post from yesterday.

Enabler's List
Stamps: Happy Hello, Bountiful Backgrounds (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Soho Garden (American Crafts), Basic Black, Sahara Sand (Ranger)
Ink: Versamark, Jasmine, Black (Mix'd Media Inx), Prismacolor pencils
Accessories:  Scalloped Flowers Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE), tiny attacher, paper distresser (Tim Holtz), embossing folder, circle punch (SU!), ribbons, white embossing powder, wood veneer butterfly (Studio Calico), rhinestones, gamsol, decoupage

20 comments:

Dawn Easton said...

Oh! Thanks for the reminder about that set!!! Must pull it out and use that sentiment this week for my boss.

Your card is awesome! Love that chalkboard technique and was on a run with it last week myself...lol

Great looking sketch! Can't wait to play along again this week and hopefully EACH week throughout the year!!

Have a fab day!

Scrapirinha said...

Wow... This card is really awsome;)

Ellen said...

Stunning! It took my breath away!

Sandi Berg said...

Wow! This is absolutely gorgeous!

Jodi Wood said...

As always Julee just incredible. You're distressing technique is awesome.

stampingcountry said...

Great Sentiment! Pretty Card!

Hillary Harris said...

Your card is absolutely stunning! Love the distressing you did on all the papers... what's your technique?

Judy said...

your card is so beautiful ...love it ...how do you distress the paper ...would love to learn how.
Thank you so much for sharing.

Marisa said...

Fabulous take on the chalkboard technique and loving all the distressing and wonderful Julee touches.

Had to giggle about the Merry Go Round...know the feeling! Hang in there and I know things will sort themselves out.

Jeannie said...

Absolutely breathtaking! Thanks for the continued inspiration.

Peace & Luv,
Jeannie

Lisa Lynn said...

Your card is stunning I just love the paper colors and the sentiment is PERFECT. I agree with you that some people are just the best and I have a couple of those also so that just hits home. Best wishes and hang on to those people!

Carole said...

Totally smashing... I love the brightness of the blue, it pops against the black looking fresh compared to the tattered base. Very interesting.
Great sketch...right?
http://carolescreativecritters.blogspot.com

Некрасова Светлана said...

!!!!!

Stephanie Kraft said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Julee! Love the colors, technique and artsy result!

Crestajune said...

Absolutely stunning card, Julee! I just love this sketch. I am sitting down to play for the first time in weeks and this is the sketch I am going to use to kick start my creativity! Thank you so much for sharing your awesome creativity with all of us. This sentiment is one of my all time faves... I use it often! So.... Thank YOU for being awesome! Have a fantastic day!

Wanda Cullen said...

I love this sentiment as well, and while we're on the topic of "awesomeness"...your card is awesome! :-)

Ravengirl said...

Gorgeous! I love all the luscious distressed layers!

Carolyn Mendoza-Canales said...

Wow!! Your card is beautiful! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the colors!! Awesome.

Katie Johnson said...

Wow! Awesome card...great choice of colours :)

Jessica said...

Your sketch is beautiful and your card a delight. Blessings, a joy to participate in Mojo Mondays.
Jessica U
www.rememberj.blogspot.com