Leave a comment

Create and Inkspire Debut and Exciting News!

CreateandInkspire graphic

I’m super late to post on this (ugh, real life… *hanging my head in frustration*) but I didn’t want to allow it to pass without sharing!!! My sweet friend Courtney Kreeber has launched a new venture that I think you will be excited about! Her new company, Create and Inkspire debuted in June, with an online cardmaking magazine *and* in July also launched a monthly card kit! There is a small fee for the magazine ($3.99 per month or $19.99 for 6 months), but it provides you with a discount for the card kits that basically pays for the magazine membership. Unlike other monthly card kits, you currently do not need to sign up for months at a time. They go on sale the 15th of each month and it’s first come, first serve. The price for a kit is $35.99 for non-members and $32.39 for members. I wanted you to see all the goodies that come with the kit. The stamps are designed by Courtney herself! Here is how it arrives and all the goodness inside: cardstock, specialty paper, watercolor paper, 2 stamps sets, 2 stencils, Nuvo shimmer powder, Nuvo masking fluid, Trinity Stamps gems, twine, and a sweet treat!

20200806_165615[1] 20200806_165456[1]

Perhaps the picture of the kit from the Create and Inkspire website shows it better:

July C&I card kit

Exciting news!!!! I am beyond excited to share that I have been featured in the July magazine!!! I’m so eager for you to see the card and read the tutorial I wrote for the magazine. It was such an honor to be chosen and I hope to perhaps have another opportunity down the road to be published again!!! As with other publications, I cannot share my article on my blog for several months as it is exclusive to the magazine during this time. I urge you to consider the $3.99 membership to try out the subscription, read my tutorial, and consider if it is something you wish to continue with. My favorite thing about the Create and Inkspire magazine is that it features everyday crafters that you may not have heard of before. Clearly I am not “craft famous” and yet I had the wonderful opportunity to be published. While the names of the crafters featured may not be recognizable to you, I promise there is a immeasurable depth of talent being showcased, and you may just find your new favorite blogger, YouTuber or Instagram account!!! Here is the picture Courtney shared on Instagram from my tutorial:

20200727_210611[1]

Stay tuned as I get inky and play with this kit! I plan on bringing you along with me as this is my very first kit *ever*, and I’m very curious to see how far I can stretch the supplies in it. I’ve thought about subscribing to other kits in the past, but I don’t typically care for all the paper and ephemera that comes in other kits or that you can’t pick and choose which sets you want.  It appealed to me that I could purchase a Create and Inkspire kit when I wanted without a commitment, and I can skip any month if I need to. If you have been on the fence about kits or think they are not for you, maybe my real life trial of this kit will be of interest to you! If not, she sells some of the kit pieces separately too, so if you have to have the stamp sets, you can get those without the full kit. Courtney has so much planned for the future of Create and Inkspire, but like any business venture, you start off small and keep adding to it. I’m so happy for her and I can’t wait to see where she takes this next!!! As for me, I should be back very soon with my first kit project!!!

MisplacedMojo

 

 

11 Comments

Jan’s Digi Stamps August DT Post

20200724_164901[1]

What a year! Its August, and while that seems crazy, we all know the days this year have run together more than usual!!! Hard to believe, but its time to kick off another monthly challenge at Jan’s Digi Stamps Challenges, where its always a truly Anything Goes challenge! Cards, scrapbook pages, jewelry, sculpting, sewing, knitting, even baking… if you made it, you can enter it in the challenge. Be sure to follow the challenge to be eligible to win though! Speaking of winners, there are always 2 winners drawn… 1 from all the entries and a 2nd from the entries that use a Jan’s Digi Stamps image! So if you use a JDS image, you have 2 chances to win!!! For today’s challenge, I used a set Jan released last month called Wild Flower Blossoms and I couldn’t help myself… I ended up making a 4 card set with this set just to show you how versatile it is! First let’s talk about what you get with the set: 5 b/w images, 5 pre-colored images, 5 sentiments and a sentiment frame! Wow! Don’t believe me? Take a look for yourself:

Capture

For my first card, I had to color up one of these images for myself as they are so beautiful!

20200724_165311[1]

Since I planned on making the card set, I opted to stick with a similar color combo. I printed the image larger than usual, along with the sentiment, on the same panel which I die cut with a stitched die.  I used Tombow markers to watercolor the images, adding some white gel pen details to the flower centers. I added iridescent gems that coordinated so pretty and affixed the card focal to pretty dot embossed paper from BoBunny.

20200724_165650[1]

For the remaining 3 cards, I kept the paper and stitched die detail the same, but changes up my embellishments, hopefully showing how versatile this set can be. My 2nd card uses the pre-colored image of 3 blossoms and a sentiment from the set. This card is embellished with Pale Periwinkle Nuvo Jewel Drops. I love how translucent and glossy they are!

20200724_170452[1]

My 3rd card uses the pre-colored single blossom, another sentiment from the set, and clear sparkling sequins from Pretty Pink Posh for an super CAS look. I also added clear shimmer pen detail to the flower center for added sparkle.

20200724_170818[1]

My 4th and final card uses the pre-colored vase image, yet another sentiment from the set, and this one uses iridescent rhinestones as the embellishment.

I was truly inspired by this set, and I know you will be too! I’m hoping Jan does more floral sets as they are so much fun to color, and she always provides such beautiful pre-colored images for when you don’t have the time or mojo to color it yourself. You just can’t lose! Time to hop over to the Jan’s Digi Stamps Challenge site to see all the beautiful creations from my amazing teamies! You’ll want to come back and link up your projects too! And be sure to pop into the Jan’s Digi Stamps store where you can pick up this awesome set and check out the rest of her sets too! Thanks for dropping by today and I hope you have a fabulous day!

MisplacedMojo

I am submitting this card to the following challenges:

19 Comments

Summer Lovin’ IG Hop!

20200731_235331[1]

I wanted to pop in here today to share that I’m part of a fun hop over on Instagram with a bunch of friends from the Facebook group Handmade Happiness. Oh, and did I mention that you could win prizes like a $25 gift card from Simon Says Stamp??? This hop was organized by my good friend Mel Sanz of @in_a_craftymood and she’s the one giving away the SSS $25 gift card. Two other stops along the hop have individual prizes as well. All the details on the giveaways will be provided at those stops on the hop. If you are one of my blog followers or found me on your own, you’ll want to head to my IG @misplacedmojo for my post there and for the full line up of the hop. Leaving a comment on my IG post will give you another entry in the Simon gift card giveaway!!!

20200731_235509[1]

The hop theme is Summer which can mean so many things to so many people! I had so many ideas I had the hardest time narrowing it down to one! However, I’ve had quite the crazy week or so, and to be honest I was feeling like I could use an adult beverage, which made me remember this retired set from Impression Obsession called Party Drinks and I just knew I had to use it! Take note on the way the sentiments come pre-curved as that will come up again later.

Impression Obsession Party Drinks - Clear Stamp CL875 - 123Stitch

Fun, right? I started off by stamping ALL the images, cause they are just awesome, and colored them with Tombow markers, my current favorite coloring medium. I will admit that I did a little image searching to try to find appropriate colors for my drinks that matched the glassware, as I have a dear friend that is a expert in all things regarding alcoholic beverages. No, you stop right there… she’s not an alcoholic!!! LOL! Come now, this is my friend Virginia (V for short) of PassionsandDistractions who we are talking about! She loves to know the history of the different types of alcohols and fun cocktail recipes.  V writes an AWESOME series called Mix It Mondays that is highly entertaining even if you don’t like to drink!!! You should go check it out HERE! Not only is she an adept drink mixologist, she’s a wonderful cardmaker too, and also one of the sweetest and funniest people on the planet! OK… I’ll set my girl crush to the side and get back to the card!!! After coloring the images, I added Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen, white gel pen, and lots of Nuvo Crystal Glaze! Check out the shine!!!

20200731_235954[1]

The background was a quick and easy ink blending with makeup brushes with Broken China, Mermaid Lagoon, Antique Linen, and Gathered Twigs Distress Oxides. I freely admit I struggled a bit with the sentiment because it comes curved but after trying multiple things, I settled on straightening out the sentiment to the best of my abilities and stamping it. I had a banner die it fit perfectly, but then the banner wouldn’t fit on the card. *sigh* Oh well! The card came together easily from there with just popping the images in two thicknesses of foam tape for uber dimension! I attached the whole panel to a kraft card base. I had a few extra images than would fit on the front so I used them to decorate the inside! Check it out:

20200731_182148[1]

Thanks for visiting me today, and be sure to hop onto Instagram where this is also posted, as well as a bunch of other fun summer cards as part of this IG Hop!!! This hop is hashtag driven so check out for #summerlovincardhop to see all the projects! If you are new here and like what you see please consider subscribing to the blog or following me on IG @misplacedmojo and same for any of the creators along the hop. We all appreciate new followers more than you know!!! Hope you are enjoying your summer and hope you get yourself some Summer Lovin!

MisplacedMojo

I am submitting this card to the following challenges:

 

 

18 Comments

August 2CCC DT Post with Sheepski Designs

20200724_175015[1]

Welcome back, crafty friends and fellow critter crazies! Today I am sharing my project for the August challenge at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies where Sheepski Designs is the sponsor for the month! I was provided with this adorable skunk image aptly called Lil Skunk to play with. The image came in b/w only, so I opted to watercolor with Tombow markers. I came up with several computer generated sentiments with a fun puns to go with it, so I ended up making 3 cards! Super quick and simple coloring and some epoxy dots to finish them off! Here’s a closer look:

20200724_180959[1]

You know what I’m going to say next, don’t you? Head on over to the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies challenge site and see what the rest of the talented DT made! We have a new DT member and I know you will just love her project! Be sure to show her and the other Critter Crazies some love! 💗 Also, you’ll want to pop over to Sheepski Designs and check out all the incredible images they have to offer! And then, the next time you create a fun critter card, be sure to link it up to the 2CCC challenge for a chance to win a prize from our awesome sponsor of the month!

I’ll be back in no time to share my project for August to kick off the Jan’s Digi Stamps monthly challenge! Thanks for dropping by to visit with me and I hope the rest of your day is scent-sational!!! 😉

MisplacedMojo

I am submitting this card to the following challenges:

 

30 Comments

Same Set Syndrome Hop with Not2Shabby

SSS square graphic

Welcome to the July hop for Same Set Syndrome, where we hi-light a small stamp company each month, showcase some of their great sets, and then have a giveaway! Not2Shabby will be giving away a $25 gift certificate to one lucky commentor from all the stops on the hop! You should have arrived here from the very talented Jessica Mcafee, and next on the hop is incredible LeeAnn McKinney. Don’t worry, I’ll link to her again at the bottom of the post to make it easy to continue on the hop!  OK, if you haven’t heard of Not2Shabby yet, please allow me to introduce you! In addition to having their own line of stamps, the Not2Shabby shop is your one stop shop for products from all manufacturers! They carry stamps, dies, stencils, paper and more! Today, I am using a fun Not2Shabby set called Summer Time Buddies to make this scene card.

20200724_152847[1]

I started off heat embossing all the images, fussy cutting them out, and watercoloring them with Tombow markers. If you follow me, you know I have a slight obsession with my Tombows! To create this little beach scene, I tore kraft paper to create the beach and I used a dye ink pad to color a sheet of vellum for the water. I hand cut a piece of coordinating paper for a beach towel. I used a background stamp from Impression Obsession called Spatter to add subtle texture to the sand. I used white texture paste to add a little sea foam to the edge of the water and sand. For finishing touches I added white gel pen details to the images, black Glaze pen to the critters’ noses, clear Spectrum Noir pen to add sparkle to the sand and the some of the images, and foam tape to pop them up for added dimension. Scene cards are always a little more effort, but so worth it! Here’s a close up:

20200724_153023[1]

I hope you enjoyed my card and if you did, please consider leaving this tab open to explore the rest of my blog when you have more time, or consider subscribing so you see my future posts. You can also find and follow me on Instagram @misplacedmojo and use the links in my profile to get the blog posts for each project. Now, the next stop in the hop is LeeAnn McKinney and she is sure to make you smile with her Not2Shabby project. Be sure to leave me a comment to be entered in the Not2Shabby $25 gift card giveaway! Don’t forget to pop over to the Not2Shabby shop to have a look around! Thanks for hopping along!

MisplacedMojo

I am submitting this card to the following challenges:

34 Comments

Collected Crafty Collabs July Hop!

Collected Crafty Collabs graphicCCC July Hop

My sweet little hop group I started is at it again! Last month I was so stinkin’ proud and amazed at what these folks can do when you give them a simple prompt!  Each month is a combination of theme and recommended supply that we’ve squirreled away and needs some love. If you remember last month was Critters and/or Stencils. If you missed it, this link will take you to my post and the full hop lineup. Today, you should have arrived here from the mega talented Lounon Riviere, and the next stop will be the amazing Donna Perisic. Don’t worry, I’ll put her link below too so you can continue to hop along!  This month is Outdoors theme and/or Patterned Paper, and I’m so excited to see what my Squirrel Sisters and our scurry of skilled squirrels have made! Ok, I’m so pumped to show you what I made too! Check it out!

20200724_222936[1]

Do you like my slimline critter scene? I had so much fun paper piecing and thinking how to incorporate patterned paper into my scene! The grass paper for the… well, *grass*, and the cloud paper for the sky are both from Doodlebug who makes the cutest paper ever. Since the paper was 6×6 and the slimline card is 8″ long I had to get creative with piecing it together. I think I did a decent job of hiding the seams. The red/white gingham paper was a scrap in my stash. The images and sentiment are from 2 MFT sets, Scene Builder for the horizon line, trees and clouds, and Picnic Pals for the critters and accessories. I was tempted to paper piece the critters too, but decided against it when I couldn’t find paper to work. Instead, I watercolored the images with Tombow markers. For finishing touches, I popped up the sentiment and some of the images for dimension, added black Glaze pen to the critters eyes and noses, and used a Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen (my favorite was of embellishing) on the clouds and watermelon.

20200724_223012[1]

I hope you have a little time to hop along with us this weekend so you can see all the creative interpretations of this theme, and hopefully find your new favorite bloggers in the process!!! If you like what you see, leave the tab open so you can explore the rest of the blog and consider subscribing so that you know when we post again. You can also find me on Instagram @misplacedmojo and I’d love if you would follow me there!!! You can always click through my profile to be taken to my blog for more info on each project. OK, next up is the uber creative Donna Perisic, who is also known for making incredible scene cards! I’m sure you will love her project!!! In case you get lost along the way, here is the full hop line up:

Anna Mahtani https://craftyannastudio.blog/2020/07/25/gosh-barn-it-paper-piecing-outdoor-scenes-collected-crafty-collab-hop/
Marie Bingaman https://anothercardmakingblog.blogspot.com/2020/07/collected-crafty-collabs-2-july-edition.html
Valerie Powell https://www.instagram.com/valzartlounge/
Danielle Brown https://parentingandpapercrafts.com/2020/07/no-stamps-needed/
Yvette Olea (Yvette Olea Creates) https://www.yvetteoleacreates.com/post/july-2020-collected-crafty-collabs-hop
Charlotte E YT: https://youtu.be/Szr8dXe5xzg / Blog: https://thejoyfulsoulcreates.wordpress.com/2020/07/25/collected-crafty-collabs-hop-i-like-ewe-outdoors-and-patterned-paper/
Virginia Fairchild https://www.passionsanddistractions.com/2020/07/collected-crafty-collab-hop-patterned-paper-and-the-great-outdoors-1.html
Lisa Wolfe https://inkpaperscissorsfun.blogspot.com/2020/07/collected-crafty-collab_21.html
Teresa Russell https://freshandrenewed.blogspot.com/2020/07/collected-crafty-collab-july-edition.html
Sam McLean https://youtu.be/pONcuLWUaw0
Katy Ingram https://youtu.be/C1Wsy7BkStY
Boryana Yankova https://boryscraftingplace.com/2020/07/25/ccc-july-blog-hop/
Tracy Shultz https://thehopefulcrafter.blogspot.com/2020/07/monthly-themed-hop-outdoor-theme-and.html
Natasha Davies https://handmadebytasha.co.uk/?p=1918
Mary Ellen Driggs https://www.creativetimewithme.com/2020/07/Sendinghedgehugs.html
Lounon Riviere http://craft-me-craft-moi.blogspot.com/2020/07/collected-crafty-collabs-hop-july.html
Karen Page – YOU ARE HERE 😁 https://misplacedmojo.com/2020/07/25/collected-crafty-collabs-july-hop
Donna Perisic https://wp.me/p8zVQ6-Ky

Thanks for hopping by today and stay tuned because this will be a busy card week!!! 😉

#collectedcraftycollabs #collectedcraftycollabshop

MisplacedMojo

I am submitting this card to the following challenges:

26 Comments

Keep on Rocking – Mid-Month Reminder for JDS Challenge

20200714_225848[1]We’re half way through July, so the DT Divas of Jan’s Digi Stamps Challenge are posting projects today to remind you to enter the challenge before the end of the month! The challenge theme is always Anything Goes, and we mean ANYTHING. All crafts are welcome… papercrafts, sewing, knitting, mixed media, home decor, baking, cooking… if you made it, you can enter it! Just make sure you follow the Jan’s Digi Stamps Challenge site to be eligible to win!

Capture

For my project today I’m using a brand new set available from Jan’s Digi Stamps called Malt Shop. Isn’t this set so much fun??? I chose to use the cool retro jukebox for my focal and I had to use the b/w version because I was dying to color it up myself! Its been forever since I used my alcohol markers and at the request of a crafty friend I dug them out to test my printer ink as she was looking to buy the same model. I was pleased to not have any smudging from the Promarkers, but man am I out of practice using them. Not only that, I had forgotten to use appropriate paper, so this was colored on Bristol which tended to bleed the marker color a little. It was fun to shade though, and I’d like to dedicate some time to playing with them again soon before I forget again how to use them! After the image was colored, I used a rounded rectangle frame die to cut it out and mounted it on fun foam to pop it up. For the card front, I embossed matching green cardstock with an embossing folder from Park Lane called Diamond. Now, I didn’t have a current use for the sentiments in the set so I ended up using a sentiment stamp from my stash to send to someone who needs a little encouragement. I left the inside blank this time so I could have more room to write a personal message. For embellishment, I added tiny music notes from another stamp set in my stash. Here’s a better look at the embossed background and the coloring:

20200714_225955[1]

Please pop over to the Jan’s Digi Stamp Challenge site to see what my talented team mates have created for the mid-month post. Remember too that its Christmas in July at Jan’s Digi Stamps and all Christmas sets are 25% off through the end of July!!! Thanks for dropping by and I hope to see you again soon!

MisplacedMojo

I am submitting this card to the following challenges:

51 Comments

What *Inkspires* You?

What Inkspires You Blog graphic

Today I have the pleasure and honor of hopping with Courtney Kreeber as part of her new online craft magazine, Create and Inkspire. There is a small group of us are talking about what originally “inkspired” us to get into cardmaking, and what our journey through the process has been like. You should have arrived here from the super sweet Maria Nyce and the next stop after me is the amazing Jennifer Hartsgrove (Don’t worry, I’ll put the links at the end too!) What about you? Was it a company whose product spoke to you? Was it a YouTuber you serendipitously found? Maybe it was a technique that sucked you in, like heat embossing. Before I get into my story, let me share the card I made for the hop.

20200711_004359[1]

The background is a Cover-A-Card stamp by Impression Obsession called Flower Garden, heat embossed in white embossing powder from Simon Says Stamp. The large “friend” sentiment is from MFT’s Anything But Basic Friendship sentiment set. The sub sentiment is from Pink & Main’s Happy For You set. I used makeup brushes to ink blend 3 colors of Distress Oxide inks over the embossing. The sentiment is heat embossed in white on vellum, which I then ran through my Zyron to hide the adhesive. The panel was die cut with a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle die and popped up on fun foam for dimension. I added white strips of cardstock to finish off the edges of the vellum and added glossy white epoxy dots to finish it off. Here’s another look:

20200711_004609[1]

So what “inkspired” me??? My best friend. No, she wasn’t a cardmaker. She was a scrapbooker like me, but she lives 600+ miles away and sharing my projects with her via pictures wasn’t nearly as much fun as when we would scrapbook together during visits. A mutual friend suggested cardmaking since I already had all the supplies… inks, paper, embellishments… I just needed sentiments. She suggested I get a stamp set with many sentiments to choose from. I purchased a Hero Arts set called Everyday Sayings with 18 sentiments. I remember thinking… “There. This one set will have everything I could need, so I won’t have to buy any more sets.” And I stuck to that one set for a long time, until I realized it didn’t have any holiday sentiments. From there it was a very slippery slope and I won’t admit here just how many sets I currently own! Or how many are on my wish list!!!

Since that first card, my bestie has received many cards from me, but not as many as she deserves. As any good friend would do, I sucked her into the cardmaking hobby too! I mean, she already had all the supplies… except a good stamp set for sentiments. 😉

For almost a year we had a challenge group consisting of me and my bestie plus the friend who got me cardmaking, and her bestie. We took turns picking sketches or themes and marveled at the variety in our end results and how our supplies and styles impacted the design. Life happened and we disbanded. I missed it so much I searched for similar groups only to be blown away by the cardmaking community online… Splitcoast Stampers, YouTube, blogs, and online challenges. I immediately started a blog so I could participate and share! I’ve have since found even more inspiration through magazines, Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook groups like Handmade Happiness, the group founded by Courtney Kreeber.

While I miss scrapbooking, I love that I can create *and share* mini pieces of art in a relatively short period of time compared to scrapbooking. And perhaps one of those cards will “inkspire” someone else to try out cardmaking. They probably already have all the supplies they need… except for a good stamp set for sentiments!!! 😁

I hope you enjoyed my story and will continue on the hop to Jennifer Hartsgrove. If you are visiting me for the first time, I’d love if you would leave me a comment while you are here and consider subscribing to my blog or following me on IG @misplacedmojo. Be sure to check out Create & Inkspire too, cause Courtney is releasing her first monthly kit *tomorrow* and you don’t want to miss out!!!

CreateandInkspire No Background

MisplacedMojo

 

29 Comments

Jan’s Digi Stamps July DT Post

Welcome back, y’all! You’re just in time to kick off the July challenge at Jan’s Digi Stamps Challenge and what better way to do it that celebrating Christmas in July! Jan’s Digi Stamps is having a month long, 25% off sale, on all of her Christmas sets with no coupon code needed! Whoo-hoo! In honor, I opted to use one of her Christmas sets for you today. Today’s card uses just one of the many images from the set aptly called Reindeer.

Watermarked image

If you follow my blog, you might have seen that I have already used this set once already, but using one of the silhouette images. That post is here if you missed it.

20200702_130720[1]

This time I selected a single deer, printed it with one of the sentiments from the same set, printed and die cut the panel. Then I watercolored the deer with Tombow markers, my go-to medium of late. I selected a masculine patterned paper, and mounted it to a kraft card base. I used another piece of kraft and embossed it with a plaid embossing folder. I added a hearty piece of felt ribbon on that and layered everything up with the focal panel popped on foam tape around the ribbon. I couldn’t resist adding Wink of Stella to the snow. I normally wouldn’t add something glittery to a masculine card, but I thin even a guy can appreciate the glistening of the snow! Pretty simple, but that’s what guys  appreciate! Here’s another view:

20200702_130809[1]

I sure would love if you would take a moment to see what the rest of the DT did today for the July challenge kick off over on Jan’s Digi Stamps Challenge site! While you are there, be sure to link up a project of your own. The challenge is truly Anything Goes, and can be papercrafts, jewelry, sculpting, coloring books, baking, or just about anything else you can make! Just be sure to follow the challenge site to have a chance of winning 1 of 2 prizes. 1 draw will be made from just the entries using Jan’s images, and 1 draw is from ALL of the entries, so you have 2 chances to win if you use a JDS image. Jan’s images are available in large sets and for such a little price, and include both b/w, colored, and sometimes silhouette versions, both PNG and JPEG formats, and include multiple sentiments to choose from. They are really a great deal! And don’t forget that the Christmas in July sale is going on this whole month in the JDS shop for 25% off Christmas sets!

MisplacedMojo

I am submitting this card to the following challenges:

17 Comments

2CCC July DT Post with Jan’s Digi Stamps

20200615_134344[1]

This post is kicking off the July challenge at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies, where the theme is always Anything With a Critter! Your critter can be cutesy, creepy, realistic looking, silhouette, die cut… as long as the critter is prominent on your card. Our sponsor this month is the amazing Jan’s Digi Stamps, who has great critter images and so much more. If you haven’t checked out Jan’s site before, you’ll want to head over and see the variety of sets and check out how much you get in each one… so many images and sentiments in her sets! See what I mean?

Watermarked image

This Christmas in July card was made with a set aptly named Reindeer. The set includes not just the silhouette images but also b/w and colored images, as well as 4 beautiful sentiments! For this card I chose to use the silhouette image of a deer family. I printed it on bristol paper, die cut with a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle die, and ink blended with a couple Distress Oxide inks in shades of blue. I added a shadow to the snow beneath them with Promarkers and faded it out with the colorless blender. I found the perfect coordinating patterned paper in my stash. I used a Crafter’s Companion die set called Frosty Christmas to die cut a snowflake from white shimmer paper and added some bling to finish it off. Here’s another look:

20200615_134556[1]

I hope you are as excited as I am to see what my teamies made for this challenge! So come over to the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies challenge to see and to enter your own critter card in the challenge. And while you are at it, submit it to Jan’s Digi Stamps Challenge too, where its always Anything Goes! Don’t forget to pay a visit to Jan’s Digi Stamps, where they are having a Christmas in July sale you do not want to miss!!! All Christmas sets are 25% off the whole month of July!!! No code necessary! Hope this chilly Christmas card cooled you off a bit from these warm summer temps! 😊 Until next time…

MisplacedMojo

I am submitting this to the following challenges:

49 Comments

Same Set Syndrome June Hop with Joy Clair

Image may contain: text that says 'Same Set Siyndrome SHOWCASING SOME OFTHE CRAFT NDUSTRIES FINEST SMALL COMPANIES FINEST'

Hard to believe but I’m in another incredible hop, this time with Same Set Syndrome! You should have arrived here from Jessica Mcaffee Mercer, and be sure to hop onto the next stop for a video from the incredible Renee Moran (I’ll link again at the bottom of this post). In this monthly hop group, we are proud to be showcasing a small, independently owned stamp company each month. In Same Set Syndrome, we want to help support these companies in our industry and we hope to introduce you to new manufacturers you haven’t heard of before or perhaps forgot about. Also, to kick it up a notch, we’ll all be working with only 1 or 2 sets or the monthly kit from each company. It will be a ton of fun to see the different styles and variety of cards it is possible to make with one product! And is that isn’t enough, each month there will be a prize picked from all the stops along the hop.  So, to kick off the hop, Joy Clair is our stamp company for the month of June, and the prize for the month is a $25 gift card to JoyClair.com!!! Be sure to leave a comment below and on each stop in the hop to have a chance to win! Joy Clair has a wide variety of stamp styles, surely something for everyone! This time around we actually had several sets to choose from, and being indecisive as I am, I couldn’t pick just one! So, my first project uses a set called Succulent Frame.

20200629_174556[1]

The main image of the set is a stunner, and I really wanted it to shine. I decided to do a simple Oxide blended background and heat emboss the image with Princess Gold EP from Ranger and make this a 1 layer wonder card. There are several sentiments in the set designed to fit in the diamond so I chose one and heat embossed it too. A little bit of sparkle to the florals with clear Wink of Stella and this card is done. Here’s a closer look at that Wink of Stella shine.

20200629_174754[1]

But I wasn’t done playing with this gorgeous set. I picked another sentiment and used all the individual floral stamps to make this next card.

20200629_173820[1]

I kept the floral images tight together around the sentiment, heat set in Princess Gold EP from Ranger, cut it so the images were going off the panel. I used Distress Oxides and brushes to ink blend over the pattern with makeup brushes. I matted the panel on paper that I also heat embossed the edges with the same powder to match. I used a kraft card base and heat embossed a background stamp from Impression Obsession called Woodgrain with the same powder. A thin, sheer ribbon and a little Wink of Stella dressed this card up a little. Check out all that shine! Mental note: leave the card flat longer after adding Wink of Stella or it will drip where you didn’t intend it to go! Ugh!!! Oh well, its homemade, not Hallmark!

20200629_173901[1]

And for a completely different feel, I made yet another card with another Joy Clair stamp set called A Little Wine. This set comes with some really fun images and sentiments!

20200629_175046[1]

How cute is this cat?!? He’s looking like he had one too many and is starting to see double!  I used a stencil from Gina Marie Designs called Chained Hexagons to coordinate with the Spellbinders Octagon die (yeah, we’re going to pretend I used a hexagon die instead of an octagon) I used for the focal image. I ink blended Oxide ink through the stencil on the card base, and through the die for a stenciled look to the focal. The little drunken kitty was watercolored with Tombow markers. I added Nuvo Glaze to the glass and the kitty’s eyes for a little shine. This stamp set comes with several large sentiments and I opted to place it to the side so more of the background would show. I intend this to be a birthday card for a friend approaching a milestone birthday!

Phew! That was a lot, and I feel bad for being a such Hop Hog but I really enjoyed playing with these Joy Clair stamps! Please be sure to visit the amazing Renee Moran at the next stop. I promise you will not regret it!!! And be sure to leave me a comment to have a chance at winning the $25 prize from Joy Clair!

One last photo… if any of you happened to notice a stray dog hair in my photos, this would be why:

20200629_173937[1]

One of my 2 crazy dogs was rolling around on my photo station desperately trying to get her 15 minutes of fame while I was getting today’s photos ready. Sadly the money shot I got of her completely obstructs her face as she was trying to pop the phone out of my hand! Maybe she was just trying to protect her identity. We’re all a little uncomfortable with social media around here at Misplaced Mojo! Despite her fussiness, I know little Willow appreciates when you follow her mommy blog and IG!

MisplacedMojo

8 Comments

#1stampset1cardhop Instahop!

20200629_173126[1]

Today I’m celebrating with Val from @valzartlounge to celebrate her recent success on Instagram. Valerie came up with a fun challenge for our Instahop… use one stamp set… only one, mind you… and use every single stamp image and sentiment on just one card. The rules stated that you could use only sets 4″x6″ or larger and a set that included both images and sentiments. Then Val cautioned us to choose wisely!!! Given my affinity for Jane’s Doodles stamps, I was determined to find a set of theirs in my collection that fit the bill. When I saw the Jane’s Doodles Cactus set, I knew it would be perfect!

20200629_153822[1]

I stamped off all the images except the 2 tiny embellishment stamps, then got busy watercoloring the images with Tombow markers. One dry, I fussy cut them out and and started playing with my arrangement. There were too any images to use on a standard A2 card, so I decided to try my hand at a slimline card!!! Once I laid out all the images, I knew I needed a couple extras, so I got a couple pots and more cacti ready just like the rest. I used a Tombow marker to make a landing zone for all my beautiful cacti so they weren’t floating in space. I then popped up all the images on foam tape with the center image popped up higher than the rest. I used one of the 2 sentiments for the front, and used the 2 smaller stamps as accents. The final sentiment was added to the inside, and with that, I successfully completed the #1stampset1cardhop challenge! Here’s a closer look at the front and the inside showing the last used stamp of the set.

20200629_175457[1]

20200629_182952[1]

Hope you enjoyed this post and I encourage you to check out all of the challenge entries on IG with the #1stampset1cardhop and give some love to the other crafters who stepped up to the challenge! Be sure to start following when you find something you like!!! I would love if you would follow me on IG @misplacedmojo!!!

MisplacedMojo

I am submitting this card to the following challenges:

13 Comments

Father’s Day 2020

20200618_223257[1]

This year may not be going the way we expected it to at the end of 2019, but you can’t say it hasn’t been interesting! And though we live in strange days, there are still certain customs and rituals we continue on with for the sake of normalcy. This past Sunday was one, Father’s Day in the US. Now my guy isn’t into those occasions he calls Have-To-Holidays. In fact, mine spent the day doing a major landscaping renovation and scoffed  at the idea of kicking back for the day. But what kind of card maker would I be if I didn’t make him a card to celebrate the 19 years he has been an amazing father to our almost as amazing son! So this is what I put together for him, and a similar but different version for my own father (not pictured because I was already late getting it in the mail to get it to him on time). Here you can see how the 2 backgrounds started out different:

20200617_154203

Inspired by so many cards using scraps all over blogland, I started with 4.25 x 5.5″ sheets of copy paper, to which I added lots of tape runner. I cut strips of scraps to half an inch wide and just picked a place on each one to start. This was a different color combo than I have done for either of the dads, so it was a nice change from their favorite colors which have been repeated annually for so long. Once I filled the whole piece of copy paper, I die cut the panels down with a Simon Says Stamp stitched rectangle die, which allowed a bit of the white card base to show. Lacking good Father’s Day sentiments, I created my own in Silhouette Studios, cut it 6 times, and the sentiments 3 times for each of the 2 cards. I love the dimension it provided, and I know my hubby noticed the effect. My dad is going on 84, so I’m just happy he noticed the card!!! LOL

Guy cards are hard, cause we feel like the cards need bling or sparkle or *something*… but they truly appreciate a CAS, no nonsense, manly piece of art made by you… especially if it doesn’t have anything glittery. *Sigh* Boring, but ok… cause I love you. More than words can ever say or a piece of cardstock with a fold in it could ever show. Thanks for being my partner in parenthood and in life. Love you Dave!

MisplacedMojo

I’m entering this card in the following challenges:

35 Comments

Collected Crafty Collabs June Hop!

Collected Crafty Collabs graphic CCC June Hop

I’m so excited to tell you about a new monthly Hop group I’m in! I started the Collected Crafty Collabs hop group with 3 dear friends of mine: Anna Mahtani, Marie Bingaman, and Virginia Fairchild, and we have affectionately been calling ourselves the Squirrel Sisters! Not only do we each love the little critters, we are seriously sidetracked by any little thing! And like squirrels, we have collected a little hoard of nuts, er… stash of crafty supplies and its time to dig them out and give them some love! Since forming the group we’ve had some talented artists join us to make this a hop you won’t want to miss. Every month, the hop will be inspired by a prompt or theme, along with a supply type. We can use either just theme, just the supply, or for a real challenge, use both! So check out my projects (yes, two!!!) and hop along with us to see what the rest of the group created with the prompt. And along the way, if you enjoy a post please consider subscribing to their blog! Take a look at the first card:

20200624_002918[1]20200624_002943[1]

Some consider me an overachiever for making 2 cards, and while that can be true sometimes, this time I just couldn’t decide what I wanted to do or which card to use! For the debut hop of the Collected Crafty Collabs, I couldn’t help but use squirrels for my images!!! Not only did I use both a Critter and a stencil, I did a ton of masking! This design is not for the faint of heart, and it took so long that I tried to save time with the coloring and instead messed it up with the coloring method. While I watercolor with Tombows all the time, I do so on Bristol paper, but I prepped this one layer wonder on a standard card base thinking I would have time for pencils or alcohol markers. I’m still happy with how all the stamping and masking turned out and how many squirrels I manged to get on one card! The squirrels are from a Poppy Stamps set called Cover Squirrel and the stencil is Simon Says Stamps Grassy, inked in 3 shades of Distress Oxides. The speech bubbles are from Lawn Fawn A Birdie Told Me. I would love to claim this idea as my own, but I was totally inspired by Eloise Blue and her card here. OK, ready for the next one?

20200624_002612[1]20200624_002957[1]

This card was so much faster to make! The background is made with 4 colors of Distress Oxides and the stencil used is called Patterned Leaf by Gina Marie Designs. For my image, I actually remembered to use Bristol paper for Tombow watercoloring this sweet image, and coordinating sentiment, both from the My Favorite Things set aptly named Squirrel! I used stitched dies from Simon Says Stamps for the card front and focal layer. A little more ink blending and popping up my squirrel buddy on foam tape, and this one was done. I feel like it needs some bling or epoxy dots, but the card is for a guy and I resisted adding any distractions.

I’m eager to see what the rest of the group did with this month’s prompt, and I know you will be blown away by their talent. Many are design team members for brands or sites and will be familiar faces, but there is new talent to be discovered as well, so check out the full line up below and enjoy your trip around our crafty blogland! Thanks for stopping by, and if you are new here following the hop from a different starting point, please consider subscribing to my blog and checking me out on Instagram!

Karen Page – YOU ARE HERE
Charlotte E (Lady Joyful) 
Boryana Yankova
Lounon Riviere
Yvette Olea (Yvette Olea Creates)
Lee Ann McKinney
Natasha Davies
Martha Lucia Gomez
Mary Ellen Driggs
Tracy Shultz
Marie Bingaman
Donna Perisic (Creative Pixie Designs)
Virginia Fairchild
Katy Ingram (eastwickpaperandink)
Teresa Russell
Danielle Brown
Lisa Wolfe
Anna Mahtani
Sam McLean
Valerie Powell

MisplacedMojo

I am submitting one of these cards to the following challenges:

25 Comments

Jane’s Doodles Guest Designer for Challenge #13

challenge_guest_DT 84319243_2236996359930568_1069513347092709376_n

My friends, I am honored and humbled to be the Guest Designer for my favorite stamp company, Jane’s Doodles! My Under the Sea card for Challenge #11 Stenciling won on the Jane’s Doodles Challenge blog, and I was asked to Guest DT for Challenge #13, which is On The Beach! I can’t even tell you how excited I am and I’m dying to show you what I came up with!

20200623_154643[2]

I chose to use the Jane’s Doodles set called Summer Icons for this card. With the help of a couple dies in my stash and some cool embossing powder I was able to create this dimensional beach scene! There are so many fun images in this set that you can create many cards and make not just scenes but fun backgrounds too. If you have been following me, you may remember this colorful, rainbowy card I made using just the bikini from the set and a sentiment. Seriously, this set is awesome! For today’s card, I chose to watercolor the images with my trusty Tombow markers and fussy cut them out. The sand layers were heat embossed with a cool multicolored embossing powder that looks like textured sand. I used one of the sentiments for the front of the card to finish it off. Here is a close up view of the front. Check out the texture of the sand!

20200623_155120[1]

Now, there were so many images I wanted to use that I just couldn’t squeeze them all onto the front of the card, so I carried the scene over to the inside!

20200623_155011[1]

I really hope you liked my card today and that you will head over to the Jane’s Doodles Challenge blog to see what the extremely talented, official DT came up with for this theme! I want to thank Jane’s Doodles for offering this opportunity to me! Have a fabulous day everyone!!!

MisplacedMojo

I am submitting this card to the following challenges:

8 Comments

Celebrate with JDS – June Mid-Month reminder

20200615_131243[1]

Hello, my crafty friends! I’m popping in with a fun card to remind you that the June challenge is still going strong at Jan’s Digi Stamps Challenge where its always Anything Goes. And I mean absolutely anything… papercrafting, sewing, jewelry, sculpture, baking, you name it! If you made it, submit it and see if you will be one of the lucky winners. Each month there are 2 draws: 1 for entries using a JDS set, and another random draw from all the entries, so if you use a JDS image you have 2 chances to win! Just make sure you are a follower in order to win!

So today’s card showcases a new set from Jan’s Digi Stamps called Independence Day Friends. The set comes with both b/w and pre-colored images. I used several of the colored images to create my little scene. I like that the fireworks are separate so you can choose to use them any way you want. The sets also come with multiple sentiments, however for my purposes I chose to use a sentiment from my stash instead. I die cut the printed image into a rectangle and stamped directly over the corner of the image. For my card base, I chose some patterned paper from my stash and cut it to show a thin white border of my card base. I popped the image on top at a jaunty angle like a photograph. I added a little sparkle and bling, and the card was done! Here’s another look:

20200615_131409[1]

This set features characters called Eunice and Gertrude. Jan has several themed sets with these 2 lovely ladies. If you like this one you should check out the rest. You should also pop over to the challenge blog to see what the rest of the team made for today, and to submit a creation of your own to the challenge! I’d love to see what creative things you have been up to! Thanks for coming by today. I’ll be back before you know it!

MisplacedMojo

I am submitting this card to the following challenges:

11 Comments

Impression Obsession – Life is Gourd

20200609_123705[1]

The current challenge at Impression Obsession is called On the Farm, and I immediately knew which IO set I owned that I wanted to use for this. These images and sentiment are from a set called Gourdous, which I think is so fun! I fell in love with this farm truck and I like that you could use this with so many of the little images that come in sets like hearts, presents, even snowflakes… or in my case, the gourds that are included in this same set. I created a mask for the truck to tuck the gourds inside and a mask of some of the gourds so I could make it look like some were behind the others. Here’s another view:

20200609_123846[1]

This image was super quick to watercolor with Tombow markers. BTW, I’m so pleased with the order I made a week or so ago from Marker Universe. The Tombows I ordered arrived quickly and I had no issues with missing items or dry markers. I still need to complete my swatch sheets but I did test each marker to make sure it was juicy. It was so much fun to play with the new assortment of colors and I now have the full set. Tombow markers blend out really well when used on bristol paper which is smooth and can handle the water. While not as durable as watercolor paper, its smoothness lends itself to stamping well, and the pigment of the markers doesn’t stain and leave streaks.

20200606_112213[1]

I’m feeling a bit like a farmer myself, finally starting to harvest food from my little victory garden I started after Covid when the food supply looked unstable. I’m still a couple weeks out from peak season, but its been nice to reap some of the benefits from all the work we put into it so far. I’ve already harvested some tomatoes and pretty soon I’ll be up to my eyeballs in squash!!! Gourdous!

MisplacedMojo

I am submitting this card to the following challenges:

 

19 Comments

Art Impressions – Doggy Kisses

MisplacedMojo.com

Have friends that are stressing out with everything happening in the world right now? This card is just the thing to make them feel better, if only for a moment. This image comes from a great set called Doggy Kisses, with adorable doggy images and sentiments to wish your loved ones well, whether they are under the weather or feel like they are under a dark rain cloud. This card set is perfect for my friend who has been stressed out, and her mom who recently had surgery. And AI’s challenge for this month is Animals & Nature, so these fit the theme perfectly. I’m always happy when I can pair a need for a card with a current challenge!!! And you gotta love when a stamp set makes it so easy to make one layer cards!

MisplacedMojo.com MisplacedMojo.com

First up is the card for my friend. This sentiment doesn’t tell her to feel better, doesn’t say to cheer up… just acknowledges that life kinda sucks right now and let’s her know I’m here to just listen and commiserate. Sometimes telling someone that things aren’t that bad, or that it will be better soon, just isn’t what they need. And who wouldn’t feel just a tad better with this sweet doggy in slippers who just wants to stay in bed? He’s been watercolored with Tombow markers, as has the shadow below him.

MisplacedMojo.com MisplacedMojo.com

Next up is this sweet weiner dog is bandages! Isn’t this perfect for a post op card?!? I love the pun of the sentiment with this image!!! He’s also watercolored with Tombow markers. I love how they don’t bleed through the paper. I’m hoping this brings a smile to my surrogate Mom’s face. She’s been a real trooper… since Covid, patients having surgery cannot have visitors. She’s not only been through a lengthy hospitalization alone, but after surgery was sent to rehab for weeks… and you guessed it, no visitors allowed there either. The rehab is wing of a senior living center, so its more locked down than Fort Knox. Hoping she continues to recover quickly and we can get her home and surrounded by the people who care about her. In the meantime, I’m hoping this card reminds her that we would visit if we could!

I hope you have someone in your life who will agree with you that life sucks sometimes… but remember if they are trying to find a bright side or show you some hope that they do so in love because they hate to see you upset. Its not that they aren’t good listeners. Stay strong, my crafty friends!

ETA: 6/12 This card was 1 of 3 FRIDAY FAVORITES at CAS on Friday!!! Favorite Friday

ETA: 6/20 This card was chosen in the TOP 3 at Inkspirational!!! ink top pick

MisplacedMojo

I am submitting these cards to the following challenges:

 

22 Comments

Jane’s Doodles Challenge #11 – Birthday Flowers

MisplacedMojo.com

Today I’m playing along with the current challenge over at Jane’s Doodles, which is all about birthdays. I chose to play with the Jane’s Doodles set called Daisies and came up with a couple cards… one more simple and the other stepped up a bit. Let’s talk about the simple one first.

MisplacedMojo.com MisplacedMojo.com

Using the main image of the set and the birthday sentiment from the same set, I stamped them both in Versamark and heat emboss in Wow! Rose Gold embossing powder. I trimmed the panel to allow a wide white border. Before adhering to my card base, I used makeup brushes to ink blend 4 colors of Distress Oxide: Squeezed Lemonade, Carved Pumpkin, Abandoned Coral, and Festive Berries. I stamped another couple images from the set on the inside and then gave them a light ink blending with the same shades. In addition to the inside, I also decided to make a matching envelope. Take a look!

MisplacedMojo.com

Now onto the stepped up version. I stamped the same image and sentiment in the same placement, and heat embossed this one in Ranger Gold embossing powder. This time I die cut the panel with a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Square die. I ink blended with more Distress Oxides in Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Fossilized Amber, and Cracked Pistachio. I used the same rose gold embossing powder to embossing the very edges of the panel. Then I dry embossed a panel with an embossing folder by Die’Sire aptly called Happy Birthday. While still in the embossing folder, I used my hard brayer to ink up the raised areas with the Cracked Pistachio and Squeezed Lemonade, and added a light blending along the edges with the makeup brushes.

MisplacedMojo.com MisplacedMojo.com

Like the first card, I added the same images on the inside along with the ink blending, and decorated the envelope too.

MisplacedMojo.com

So which do you like better? I’m partial to the warm color combo but I prefer the stepped up version. If I had more time I would make the stepped up in the warm tones, but I have so much else coming up that I couldn’t play with that combo right now, but you may see me try it out in the future. I’ll be back before you know it with a card featuring another of my favorite stamp manufacturers!

ETA: 6/13 This card was selected as a TOP ROCKER by 613 Avenue Create!!!

Top Rocker

MisplacedMojo

I am submitting this card to the following challenges:

14 Comments

June DT post for Jan’s Digi Stamps Challenge

MisplacedMojo.com

First day of the month… wait, how did we get to June already?!? What the… ??? Well, June it is. Can’t fight it, so we might as well run with it, eh? So when I think of June, I think of Father’s Day, summer, no school, and camping! We spent a lot of time in a tiny camper when I was little, but those memories encouraged me to get a camper for my own family to recreate some of those memories for my son! I thought this card and the combination of images and sentiment is perfect for my dad who is responsible for my love of camping!

The Adirondack chairs and fire pit are from a new set from Jan’s Digi Stamps called Alone Together, and the sentiment is from another new JDS stamp set called #1 Dad which comes with a bunch of images as well. I love combining sets to get just what you need! In case you didn’t know, Jan’s Digi Stamp sets come with both b/w and pre-colored versions. Jan’s colored images are better than anything I can create but this time I opted for the b/w version to customize it. I arranged and printed the images and sentiment so it would print together but you could print the sentiment separately and die cut it to pop up on top. I watercolored the images and background with Tombow markers. The red plaid was made with cardstock and a fun background stamp from My Favorite Things called All Lined Up. The focal panel was die cut with my favorite Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle die and that was it! I mounted the plaid paper and image on a black card base and added a white panel inside so I could write Happy Father’s Day to my 83 year old dad.

Now, Jan’s Digi Stamps Challenge is a truly Anything Goes challenge… if you made it, enter it! Banana bread? Yes! Quilting? Absolutely! Papercrafts, jewelry, sculpting, you name it! You don’t have to use a JDS stamp, or even a stamp at all! That said, there are 2 draws for a winner and prize. 1 winner is selected from the entries using JDS stamps and 1 more winner is chosen from all the entries, so you have an extra chance to win if you use a JDS stamp! Head over to the challenge blog to enter and see what the rest of the team created! And pop over to the JDS store to see all the great sets Jan has created! Have a great day, my friends!!!

ETA: 6/9 This card made the Top 3 at the Creative Craft Cottage!!!  And it also made the Top 3 at Digi Chooseday!!!

ETA: 6/17 This card also made TOP 3 at Createful Heart Cards!!!

top3DC Challenge Winner Badge

MisplacedMojo

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

%d bloggers like this: