Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Mojo Monday 287 - Feel Better Soon...

Before I share today's card, I'd like to take a moment to acknowledge and thank you for the sweet comments and emails I've received on my posts.  I started the new year with the desire to answer and acknowledge each comment left on my blog posts, but I've already let myself down on that promise.  Please know I do read them and they make me smile...and I hope to do better! :)

One question I received last week is one that I've already answered a few emails on in the past...but it was asked again, so I'm thinking maybe it's time to answer it here on the blog.  The question is about how I do the edge treatments on the patterned papers - most specifically the white edges. I almost always ink around the outer edges of the patterned papers I matter what other treatments I plan to apply...usually with VersaMagic Gingerbread or VersaColor Cocoa, which are both rich, golden-brown colors.

For white edges, I use a dry-brush technique with white acrylic craft paint...put a little bit of paint on a small flat-edge brush, wipe a bit off on your mat, then LIGHTLY apply the paint to the edges, letting the uneven bristle marks show. I like to use the brown ink even underneath the white acrylic paint dry-brushed around the edges, because the light brown makes the white stand out even more.

Today's card is a good example of how I use all three techniques that I favor...inking, dry brushing, and distressing with an edge distresser.  I still use an old Making Memories edge distresser that came in a goodie bag at a CKU back in 2005, but when it disappeared for a while, I purchased a Tonic edge distresser, and now that the missing tool is found and back in the supply drawer, I just use whichever of the two jumps into my hand first...LOL.

It's been a while since my time to create has jived with current challenges...I had some time last evening, and decided it was high time I worked on a current sketch, so I chose this week's Mojo Monday  inspiration and got to work.

When I send "get well" cards, I like them to be bright, colorful, and filled with flowers.  I've been on a bit of a "pink" streak lately (and you'll see some of the results of this "streak" throughout the next couple of weeks), so this time I decidedly went after a different color and orange...(well, there's a tiny bit of hot pink thrown in for good measure...wink).  So this card happened...

based on this inspiration sketch...

There's a cluster of colorful mini roses and leaves on top of a large, shabby white fabric rose, with loose pearls scattered here and there, a bright orange Hug Snug bow off to the side, and a "jeweled up" and painted memo pin to hold the little sentiment tag...

Beneath the shabby rose cluster is a piece of cheesecloth, and a piece of cardstock flourish pointing up to a small corner cluster of to the side is a snippet of scalloped crocheted lace and the paper doily peeking out...

Patterned papers:   Kaisercraft Miss Nelly collection (blue dot);   Crate Paper On Trend collection (yellow); 
Prima Zephyr collection (floral)
Dies:   My Favorite Things Royal Leaves;  Memory Box Elegant Scrollwork       Doily:  Wilton
White shabby rose:   Frogfeathers on Etsy      Paper roses:  Wild Orchid Crafts       Pearls:  Recollections
Scalloped Lace:       Hug Snug seam binding       Tim Holtz memo pin       Cheesecloth

I hope your week is going well so far...thank you so much for dropping by for a visit!


  1. Oh so gorgeous! love those colors together.. and always love the mini roses!

  2. The card is beautiful ans inspiring like always! Thank you very much for sharing the tips with us.

  3. Ooohh!! This is beautiful, Kathy! Your pearl clusters and flowers are gorgeous!

  4. Stunning......Your flowers clusters are always so Beautiful!

  5. Your card is absolutely gorgeous. The colours are fab. Hugs! xx

  6. I'm your new follower. I adore your projects!!!


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