Enjoy Life

Hi friends!  It's Monday again and time for a brand new Mojo Monday sketch.  This week is a contest week, so there are plenty of prizes up for grabs!  I hope you'll come play along with us.  This week's sketch was based on a card I made early in July. I liked the way it came together and thought it would be a fun layout to see everyone take on.

As a treat for my birthday, I bought myself the Simple Blooms set from The Cat's Pajamas that I absolutely adored.  I really wanted the Vintage Summer set, too, but since I rarely get to stamp anything that's not for a Verve commitment, I limited myself to this one, which I knew I would definitely get used in my art journal. I've been feeling a little lackluster in the mojo department lately and decided I needed a little time away from Verve this weekend.  I told Mark it's the 7 year itch!  LOL  So I pulled out Simple Blooms along with my brand new Creative Palette monoprinting plate (a birthday present from Mark) and got busy making some gelli prints.  So fun!

The stamped panels on this card are all cut from a tag I printed using the Creative Palette.  I used Claudine Hellmuth acrylic paints, a brayer and added some texture with a bit of window screen mesh.  Pulled a bunch of different prints off my first attempt using this product, so I'm sure you're going to be seeing more of this color palette! I cut my three panels down to the size I wanted, stamped with archival black ink, then sponged around the edges with Walnut Stain.  The baja breeze panel is crimped and then sponged with walnut stain. Used a new to me embossing folder for the cream panel, and accented with an exotic butterfly die cut and the back side of some SU! polka dot grosgrain ribbon.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Hope you have a wonderful start to your week!

Mojo Monday 357
Enabler's List
Stamps: Simple Blooms (TCP)
Paper: baja breeze (SU!), cream (Neenah), manila tag
Ink: Black Archival, Walnut Stain Distress (Ranger), Studio acrylic plaints (Claudine Hellmuth)
Accessories:  Mini Exotic Butterflies Die (TCP), ribbon (SU!), Butterflies in Corner embossing folder (Darice), mesh, paper crimper, Creative Palette monoprinting plate (Stampendous)


  1. Gorgeous card and beautiful sentiment.

  2. Beautiful. Love the colors and the sentiment.

  3. So pretty! The background on the panels is so warm and inviting and it's fun to see you use a TCP set!

  4. I see more and more with these gelli plates , it is really beautiful , love it ! Anita

  5. Gorgeous!!! I really love that background and that you distressed it!

  6. Love the sentiment! Beautiful colors and another really great sketch.

  7. Great sentiment and love the coloured panels you created! Always nice to have a change of pace now and then and you definitely made this set shine :)

  8. You put your Gelli bg to good use. It makes your card stand out with your new stamps. Lucky you to go shopping.

  9. This turned out absolutely beautiful! Love those gorgeous panels in the front!

  10. LOVE your card. Your colors are beautiful.
    Sounds like you had a great birthday.
    Happy {late} Birthday.
    I've been enjoying my summer off {I'm a teacher} It's kind of fun to just craft when I want. {my daughter is grown} I call it my craft-cation.
    Sometimes we just need to put other things on hold so our creativity can flow.
    Take time for yourself.

  11. This is so beautiful Happy belated B-day Mine is tomorrow 10 minutes away. I love all your design and this is no exception.
    Thank you for joining my DL.ART August linky party, Have a Blessed day, DIANA L.

  12. The background on your tags is so soothing. Pretty Card!


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