Monday, May 27, 2013

Touching Hearts

Hi friends!  Our little family has been enjoying Memorial Day weekend so far.  First, a graduation party for my nephew, then the twins' first excursion to the park to play on the baby swings, the opening of our community pool, and today is a day for Mark and I to recover while the boys are hanging out with their grandparents.  Woohoo!

It's Monday and that means it's time for a new Mojo Monday sketch... Mojo295.  This week is a round or square sketch, which is one of my favorites.  I just like mixing things up every now and then.  It's also our final week with Mojo Maker Stephanie Kraft on the team.  She's one talented stamper and I've so enjoyed the fabulous inspiration she's provided week after week since she joined the team way back at Mojo 174!  Be sure to hop over and give Steph a shout out to thank her for all her fabulous Mojo samples over the years.  Thanks Steph... you totally rock!


I took a clean and simple approach to this week's sketch, with lots of white space.  I hadn't had a chance to use the new Teachers Count and coordinating Apples Die Set yet, so that was my jumping off point.  I started by stamping the loopy border from On Occasion across a 3-7/8" square, then laying down a piece of acetate to mask off the stamping and then I stamped the border again on a 2.25" square (oriented diagonally) so it would line up perfectly across the card when I was done.  Next I stamped the sentiment from Teachers Count, then matted that with black cardstock.  I ran the background piece with the stamped border through with a heart embossing folder for a little texture.  Then it was just a matter of stamping the apple from Teachers Count on an Apples Die Set cut out, stamping the solid leaf and solid apple to add some color and adding a little glossy accents and glitter.  The finished card size is 4.25" square, perfect for tucking into a normal A2 size envelope.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope you have a wonderfully creative start to your week.  I hope to get a little stamping done while the kiddos are gone today, myself.

Enabler's List
Stamps: Teachers Count, On Occasion (Verve Stamps)
Paper: White, black
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green, Crumb Cake (SU!), Markers (Copic), Black
Accessories:  Apples Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE), Love Set embossing folder (Sizzix), glossy accents (Ranger), dazzling diamonds glitter (SU!)  

13 comments:

Lisa Lynn said...

Love the embossed heart background on your CAS card. Love the glossy accents on the heart and apple.

Ingrid said...

I love the clean look of your card and the glossy accents Julee. :)

Stacey Schafer said...

so darling, Julee! love the sparkly apple and heart and that adorable embossing!

Marisa said...

LOVE this!! The spiral across the card is fabulous and I'm swooning over that EF!!! Great touch highlighting parts of the sentiment. Enjoy your kid free hours :)

Riet said...

What a beautiful card.

Hugs Riet.xx

Darlene Gabriel said...

Oh I love the heart ef for the bg here. (I have to look for this one) This apple looks good enough to eat. I love the glossy accents and dazzling diamonds on the apple and heart. Wonderful card.

Maureen said...

this is so so lovely, Julee. I don't know what it is, but every time I see this set used, I get a little misty eyed...I think because of all the great moments and heart ache over the past 20 of teaching. Thank you so much again for this set!

Bernadet Rodakowski said...

LOVE the way you lined up the squiggly-loop border stamp across various level. I gotta remember that technique...!
Bernadet
bernadetscraftblog.blogspot.com

scrappingnana said...

What a lovely card. Love how you did the border across both levels of your card, and the embossed background.

Wanda Cullen said...

LOVE this clean design...such a classy card! Thanks for the tip about the border!

Jingle said...

This is fabulous! I love it!

Mary said...

Very nice! I have really enjoyed making teacher cards and gifts for my daughter to take to school this year!

Stephanie Kraft said...

Wonderful, Julee! Love that heart embossed background and this fabulous teacher set! Thank you for having me on the team... I've loved being a Mojo Maker and will continue to look to you and your sketches for inspiration! Hugs!