Come Gather with #MojoSketch522

Mojo Monday Challenge with Poetic Artistry

I used to really enjoy playing along with the Mojo Monday challenges and have really missed it.   Running a weekly challenge is a challenge in and of itself.  So, imagine my surprise and happiness when Julee Tilman, of Poetic Artistry  revived the challenge.  Thankfully, these challenges are now bi-weekly.  Since I make cards specifically for challenges, and then miss the deadlines, I really enjoy the two week timetable.  

For Thanksgiving every year, I create cards for every family in attendance, and this year I need about 15, which includes friends of our family who have nowhere to go.  I have been using the Come to Gather DSP, the Gather Together bundle, and the ribbon combo pack.  So far, I have five cards, two of which I missed the link deadline.  

Here’s the challenge banner:

Here’s the card I create

Pretty Peacock and Early Espresso, Who Knew?

This DSP has some very traditional fall colors, and also has the non-traditional colors of Pretty Peacock and Mint Macaron.  Early Espresso is also in this DSP, and I can’t get over the gorgeous colorcombination of Pretty Peacock and Early Espresso.  Mint Macaron plays a supporting role in this very non-traditional color combination.  I have a strong feeling that my cards this season will be in these colors, at least until I run out of the coordinating DSP.  If I run out, I can always get another pack.

The maple leaf is stamped onto vellum and then cropped using the coordinating dies.  I didn’t stamp anything on the smaller leaf.  Instead, I cropped it with the die and then used the embossing pad to run the leaf through the Big Shot.  It did take a couple of times to get the depth of impressions.

To create the various layers, I just had to mat the pieces in Early Espresso and adhear them together.   Easy Peasy!

Thank you for stopping by today.  

Have a Peachy day!


You Know You Want to…….

If you would like to order the bundle, stamp set, and/or punches,  and live in the U.S.,  please use the icon above to be connected to my store.  With just a few simple supplies, you, too, can create fabulous cards, and I would be honored to help you do so.  


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Wednesday was a HUGE day for Stampin’ Up!  Not only did the Holiday Catalog go live for customers, the Buy 3, get 1 Free DSP sale from the annual catalog starts!  I already have my FOUR sets of DSP picked out!  Get yours now!  


To shop from the holiday catalog, available now, click on the image below: 



Supply list:

Gather Together bundle, item # 153036


Gather Together stamp set, item # 150589

Gathered Leaves dies, item # 150662

Come to Gather DSP, item # 150454

Everyday Label Punch, item # 144668

Pretty Peacock cardstock, item #  150880

Early Espresso cardstock, item # 119686

Whisper White cardstock, item # 100730

Early Espresso ink pad, item #  147114

Pretty Peacock ink pad, item #  150083

Tombow Liquid Adhesive, item #   110755

Dimensionals, item # 104430




Fab Friday 167, but First a Follow-up

Just Add Ink Follow-up

Last week I played along with Just Add Ink’s color challenge #464 of Granny Apple Green, Soft Sea Foam, and Flirty Flamingo.  You can see my card here.  Imagine my complete surprise when, sitting at the airport, I saw the email update that I had won the challenge!  I am so incredibly honored and, now that I am home, have added the widget to my blog.   

Fab Friday 167

Before I left for NY, I created a card for this challenge, but was not happy with it.  After getting home, I needed to create thank you cards for some cousins we visited. Therefore, I decided to try creating a card for this challenge again.   However, I had been looking at this newly created card since yesterday afternoon when I “finished” it.  After trying a couple of additions, unsuccessfully I might add, I finally (!!) stumbled across an idea:  black enamel dots leftover from Halloween.  Finally, I feel finished!

Here’s the FabFriday167 sketch:

Here’s my card:


All the Elements

The border element should have been easy to figure out, but I had a difficult time deciding on it.  I’d completely forgotten about the scalloped die in the Seasonal Layers die set.  Therefore, I wound up using the Decorative Ribbon Punch (item 143721).  This SAB DSP has really gotten a work out and I have one full sheet and then pieces left.  There are multiple reasons I love this DSP.   One of which is the ability  to punch the large (inside) and small (outside) butterflies at once using the Butterfly Duet punch (item 148523).

The stamp from the recently retired All Things Thanks stamp set, fits perfectly when stamped vertically on the Everyday Label punch (item 144668).  I like to mat this sentiment punch so, I punched a black one, cut it in half, and attached it so just a thin border shows on the top and bottom.  Then, I used the Stamping Write marker to outline the sides of the Whisper White punch, and, ta-da, I’d completed the sentiment element, and finishing the card soon followed.

Thank you for stopping by today!  I know your time is valuable, and I appreciate your visit to my blog.

If you live in the U.S., and would like to honor me with your Stampin’ Up! business, please click on the link at the top of my blog to visit my store’s page.

Have a Peachy day!


Color Throwdown #482

Pink, Grey, and Kraft

This week’s CTD challenge is to use the soft colors of pink, grey, and kraft.  I wanted a soft floral card, so I  chose Painted Harvest stamp set used Blushing Bride and Powder Pink for the layers.  I stamped the center of each flower in Crumb Cake and used Smokey Slate for the stamped leaves.  

Layout Decisions

When starting this card, the colors and stamp set were the only things I knew I was using.  After a period of trial and error, I finally decided on the layout and elements to finish the card.  For the bottom layer, I used the new Basket TIEF on Crumb Cake cardstock, onto which I sponged Crumb Cake ink for dimension.  Smokey Slate cardstock provided the middle layer.  Crumb Cake ribbon anchored the sentiment, also from Painted Harvest,  stamped in Basic Grey on Whisper White cardstock.  I wanted a mat for the sentiment, which I punched out with the Everyday Label Punch.  I wasn’t sure how a piece of embossed cardstock would punch.  However, it was very easy to punch out the basket embossed cardstock.  Almost as an afterthought, I stamped and punched out a trio of leaves to tuck behind the sentiment.

Color Throwdown Inspiration

This inspriation photo is so peaceful, which I also wanted to convey in my card for this challenge.  A soft thank you card which matched what I wanted to accomplish.  A baby girl card is now running around in my head using these colors, so I think it’s time to create.

Have a Peachy Day.


InKing Royalty February Blog Hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s February Blog Hop!

Today’s Blog Hop today is filled to the brim with projects that celebrate birthdays. The opening line from The Beatles’ “Birthday” song ran through our heads as we joyfully created the birthday-themed creations we share with you today.  After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

 Picture Perfect for Fab Friday # 131

Third time is a charm for this blog hop.  I started two other cards, but neither card was working so I  have those pieces set aside for another day.  After calling it quits for the second card, I then pulled out this fabulous Picture Perfect DSP and matched it with the Fab Friday # 131 sketch.  

Here’s my card:

I absolutely love all of the papers in this 6 x 6 stack.  Absolutely.Love.  The coordinating stamp set, Picture Perfect Birthday,  is pretty fabulous as well, and that’s where I got the sentiment.  It felt like this card was falling into place when I realized this sentiment would work with the Everyday Label punch.  This confetti paper is all about party time, and the banner is from the Picture Perfect stack as well.  While I matted the banner in Basic Black, I chose to really make the sentiment pop with a mat of Bermuda Bay.  A base of Berry Burst and bow in Bermuda Bay were the finishing touches.  I’m getting better, sometimes, with bows so I don’t feel completely bow challenged lately.  A naked envelope just didn’t seem to fit with this card, so I cropped another piece of Picture Perfect DSP for the flap.

Fab Friday # 131

This sketch is simple and clean, which works well with this DSP.  I just pulled the banner to the left of center instead of the right, and I was finally able to get a birthday card finished.

Here’s the sketch:

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Nina King at There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!

Have a Peachy Day!


  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  3. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  4. Nina King at InkPaperSequins
  5. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  6. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  7. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  8. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  9. Rachael Shedeed at Bluebonnet Stampin’
  10. Lisa Pretto at InkBig Academy Stamps
  11. Imogene Thomas at
  12. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
  13. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps

Heartfelt Blooms and Beautiful You for #tttc033

Heartfelt Blooms and Beautiful You stamp sets

This Sale-a-Bration stamp set (free with a $50 purchase) is gorgeous.  However, if you add too much ink to the stamp, it will just come out as a big blob.  Really.big.blob, which I think I have said before but is worth repeating.  The sentiments with the set are perfect for a sympathy card, especially the “Sending Heartfelt Thoughts”, but I wanted something a bit lighter for this card.  The sentiment is from the Beautiful You stamp set andI  was pleased as punch when I found that it fit on the Everyday Label punch.  The versatility of this flowered stamp makes it a must have.  Can’t you just see some fabulous birthday cards, thank you cards, thinking of you cards……….

Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge 033 board

The first column of sentiment, free, and ribbon spoke to me as soon as I saw the challenge board.  I originally needed a sympathy card for the parents of a student who died very unexpectedly.  I couldn’t bring myself to write a blog about that card, which I created using the school colors of black and gold (Crushed Curry), but I wanted to honor Elena somehow.  Enter the Emerald Envy and Basic Black card for this challenge.

Emerald Envy and Basic Black

I don’t know why, but I have been using a lot of Basic Black as an anchor color lately.  Tonight, I used it to accent the Emerald Envy as a mat for the card base and for the punch.  After I punched a label out of the black and emerald to use for the sentiment mat, each label was cut in half to just outline the ends.  I’ve found that layering halves on a variety of punches is easier using two-sided tape, which was also used to hold the ends of the ribbon on the back of the Whisper White layer.

We might as well DANCE

For as long as my daughter can remember, I have told her “I hope you dance”, and it’s one of “our” songs.  The sentiment from the Beautiful You stamp set is perfect for the times life is a bit of a struggle.  

I’d love to hear your thoughts.  Please leave a comment below.

Above all else, have a Peachy day.