Tuesday, September 4, 2012

MOJO Monday - Masculine or Feminine?

Well, I just got back from six days of camping on Shuswap Lake in the interior of British Columbia.  It was a beautiful spot, gorgeous weather, but my hubby and I just got bored and came back 2 days early!  Camping used to be more fun when our girls were along, but when there's just the two of us, and not a lot of sights to see, six days can be a bit long.  We have the nicest queen sized air bed, but even that gets a bit uncomfortable for long periods of time. 

But we're home now and our two lovely cats, Pickle and Beetle were very glad to see us.  We made them stay in while we were away, because the last time we were gone and allowed them out during the day, they refused to come in at night for our pet sitter.  They both got in a tussle with a raccoon or something and had to go to the vet and one needed antibiotics.  Have you ever tried giving medication to a cat??  You may end up needing medication yourself!

Today, along with washing up all our camping clothes (to rid them of the odor of Eau de Campfire), I worked on a card design for the latest MOJO Monday sketch.  I made two versions, because I have two birthdays coming up, one for a male friend of ours and one for my niece.  Here they are:
The Masculine Version

The Feminine Version

And here is the MOJO Monday 257 sketch:
Both versions use a card base of Crumb Cake card stock and some DSP from the Orchard Harvest series.  For the masculine design, I used a Cajun Craze panel overlapping a More Mustard panel which again overlapped an Early Espresso panel cut into scallops using the Large Scallop Edgelit.  The feminine version used Early Espresso overlapping More Mustard and a Lucky Limeade piece cut with the Large Scallop Edgelit.

Both versions use a Very Vanilla panel stamped with the En Francais background stamp in Early Espresso ink, on top of which I stamped the postmark and a leaf from the French Foliage set in Versamark ink and heat embossed them with Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder.  I sponged the edge in Soft Suede ink and found, with the new format Classic Stampin' pads, that I could get it to hold a bit of embossing powder, just to create a spilled metal look in some places.

The front panel for each was stamped on a 2 1/2" circle of Very Vanilla with more of the French Foliage designs:  the writing background in Crumb Cake and the leaf embossed with Gold and the edges sponged with Soft Suede again and embossed in gold in some areas.

The masculine design uses Antique brads and Metallic brads as embellishments and a sentiment from the Loving Thoughts stamp set stamped in StazOn Jet Black ink on vellum.  The feminine card uses some paper daisies and a Brushed Bronze Designer button with an Antique Brad as its center.
So lots of elements to these cards, but fun to make!  And before I leave you, here's a picture of our two cats, Beetle and Pickle, the rascals!

Stamps:  En Francais (w109521), French Foliage (w120845; c121166), Loving Thoughts (w125843; c125845)
Paper:  Orchard Harvest DSP (126895); Crumb Cake (120953), Cajun Craze (119684), More Mustard (100946), Early Espresso (119686), Lucky Limeade (122926) and Very Vanilla (101650) card stock, White Vellum card stock (101856)
Ink:  Classic Stampin' Pads in Crumb Cake (126975); Early Espresso (126974), Soft Suede (126978); Versamark Ink (102283); StazOn Jet Black (101406)
Accessories:  Paper Daisies (119243); Antique Brads (117273); Metallic Brads (119741); Pearl Basic Jewels (119247), Brushed Bronze Designer Series Buttons (127833) 
Tools:  Large Scallop Edgelit (127019); Window Frames Framelits 129021); Gold Stampin' Up Emboss Powder (109129), Heat Tool (129035), Stamping Sponges (101610)

French Foliage
Burnished Bronze Buttons
En Francais 


  1. I like them a lot! They get me all excited for autumn! My most favourite time of year!

  2. That was actually James :)

    1. I figured it was! I know autumn is your favourite season!

  3. Love the elegant but rustic take you put on these cards!....great color choices and I love there is a masculine and feminine version. :)


  4. Hi Heather, (one BC to another) two wonderful cards and I love the antique and metallic brads, they sure caught my eye. The colours you worked with are some of my favorite ones too.

    Thanks so much for dropping by to leave a comment. Shuswap Lake is lovely and I'm glad you had a chance to get away. We didn't get too far outside the mainland area this year but I'm ok with that, lots to see close by.

    Awesome cats, the one on the left reminds me of one I use to have, she was a Maine Coon and I sure miss her.


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