Hi everyone!  It's Monday again and a long weekend here!  Mark and I have been tackling our garage and all the remaining stuff that didn't get processed after our move and before the babies.  It's exhausting, but it's also a nice sanity break from the twins, who love having grandma and grandpa here to hold them and squeeze them.  I snuck into my studio this morning to play along with this week's Mojo Monday 243 sketch and here's what I came up with.

I love making round or square cards, so this is always my favorite sketch of the month.  The sketch was based on a set of cards I made a while back, with a few tweaks.  For my stamp inspiration, I paired the new Joyful Blooms Die Set and Ribbon Banner Die with the older Bloom & Grow set and Elegant Leaves Die.  I loved the fun vibe to this Celebrate paper by Authentique, so used that for my color scheme and added a little distressing.  I grunged things up with a bit of paper crimping, staples, and inked and roughed up edges.  Then I finished off with some black scrappers floss accented with a rhinestone from Pizzazz Aplenty.

I think I'm becoming a much faster stamper now that I know I only have limited time.  This card came together in about 20 minutes, where before the twins I might have fussed with it for about 2 hours.  LOL

Well, that's all for today.  I hope you have a wonderful start to your week and if you're looking for a little creative inspiration head on over to the Mojo Monday blog to check out every one's take on this week's sketch.

Enabler's List:
Stamps: Bloom & Grow (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Celebrate (Authentique), Black, White
Ink: Soot Black, Barn Door, Pumice Stone (Ranger Distress), White Dye Ink (Memories)
Accessories: Joyful Blooms Die Set, Ribbon Banner Die, Elegant Leaves Die (A Cut Above by VERVE), Tiny attacher, paper distresser (Tim Holtz), scrapper's floss (Karen Foster), flatback rhinestone (Pizzazz Aplenty), paper crimper (Fiskars)


  1. Gorgeous card, Julee! I'll have to admit when I saw the title of your post, I thought I'd see a new picture of the boys - lol! I'm sure they are growing, too, with all the love surrounding them! :-)

  2. oh, love that paper and the banner die! I know how great it is to go through things that were part of a move! And how perfect that the grandparents were there to play and hold the boys :) I had 4 boxes of purged items from the studio and sold most of it at our community garage sale a few weeks ago...that felt GREAT!

  3. So love this card, love the colors so much and the sketch is just so fun!


  4. Gorgeous DP and love the bright red flower with the navy leaf. So glad you had some crafty time and also have some G-ma and G-pa help :) Getting things accomplished (i.e. garage) helps the mental outlook.

    The growing post title had me thinking we got to see pics of the boys - you sneaky girl you :)

  5. Gorgeous colours and textures! I love the flower!

  6. Julee, I LOVE this card! The boldness is wonderful! Your layered flower is wonderful! LOL I learned to stamp fast when Chloe was young too. If I spent more than 30 minutes on a card I was lucky. You rocked this sketch!!!
    Happy to hear that grandma and grandpa are there giving those sweet boys all that loving!

  7. What a beautiful card Julee.

    Hugs Riet.xx


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