Woo hoo! It’s Mojo Monday 95!

July 11th 2009 038

Mojo95Sketch It’s Mojo Monday and I adore this week’s design (MOJO95). As one of Julee Tilman’s “Mojomakers,” I get to play in advance with her amazing sketches. It’s even more fun to share with you first thing on Monday mornings!

I’m also counting the moments until the cable/internet installer arrives at our new Tucson home today. My numerous trips to restaurants and hotels for wireless internet time is getting a little exhausting. I’m currently sitting at a hotel in a dark parking lot (just before midnight) being bombarded by june bugs (they love my laptop monitor).

I have some pix to share of our “adventures” with the move and the progress of the new Stampin’ Pretty Zone (now more of a disaster zone–but I’m an optimist). I’ll post when I am up to full strength on an internet connection of my very own. What a luxury that will be!

  • I layered a gorgeous piece of Bella Bleu Designer Series Paper on a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ card base of Kraft card stock.
  • The left panel highlights what happens when you zip a piece of Not Quite Navy card stock through a Big Shot with the Embosslits Sweetest Stem. Presto! Cut and embossed in one short trip.
  • The stem is layered over Kraft card stock that I paper pierced using Stampin’ Up!’s Paper Piercer and Mat Pack. TIP: The new catalog offers the Piercer and Mat Pack individually. A budget friendly essential. The final layer is Very Vanilla.
  • Tucked underneath on the right is a piece of luscious Not Quite Navy Textured card stock, dolled up with a couple Button Latte Designer Buttons. TIP: Mini Glue Dots hold buttons firmly in place.
  • The horizontal banner again uses Not Quite Navy Textured card stock, this time layered over a playful eyelet border of Very Vanilla. TIP: I create a longer border than needed and trim to the size I want by taking a little off each side until the ends are balanced (cut equally at the right “hump”). It’s a little extra work but the polished result is worth it.
  • Kraft Taffeta adds a soft and pretty touch. I love how Stampin’ Up!’s Taffeta Ribbon ties beautifully and cuts cleanly.
  • Elegant Thank You (a versatile individual stamp) was inked in Not Quite Navy and stamped on Very Vanilla. It was shaped into a rectangle and propped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I was excited to see many new individual stamps in the catalog (see page 208). My favorite newbie individual stamp is Dasher for $8.95 (116816). Think silhouettes and embossed images. Cool!

We’re just a few days away from the July 15 kick off of two amazing starter kit special offers. Click for details on the Mini Starter Kit for just $85 and the Standard Starter Kit Bonus. I would love to have you join the Stampin’ Pretty Pals, my nationwide (and personal) group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators. We love discounts on Stampin’ Up! products, are passionate about stamping, swap, share inspiration and ideas on a private blog and enjoy earning extra money (hobby demos are welcome, too)!  Email me if you have any questions!


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Stamp Set: Elegant Thank You (114484)
Paper: Bella Bleu Designer Series (113974), Very Vanilla (101650), Not Quite Navy (stem, 101722), Not Quite Navy Textured (108697), Kraft (102125)
Ink: Not Quite Navy (103008)
Cool Tools: Big Shot (113439), Embosslits Sweetest Stem (114513), Paper Piercer (116631) and Mat Pack (105826), Eyelet Border Punch (113692)
The Perfect Touch: Button Latte Designer Buttons (114333), Kraft Taffeta Ribbon (109068), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), Mini Glue Dots (103683)



  1. Just wanted you to know that I posted on Mojo Monday and drew inspiration from your card. I’m #69 on the blog. Hope you are getting into the swing of things in AZ.

  2. Wow! dedication… Love it Mary! Your readers appreciate it :} Can’t wait to see your new SP Zone…

  3. Lovin’ this sketch card, Mary! You really are dedicated to your readers, to be posting late at night and while you are in the middle of a move! Kudos to you!! Take care, Monica

  4. Beautiful colors! I also love the sweet stem you used.

  5. Another inspired design by a wonderfully dedicated blogger. =)
    Thanks for sharing your beautiful design, Mary. I always look forward to the Mojo sketches – even if I’m unable to play along, I can always find some beauties whipped up by all of you stamping geniuses! Nice job!

  6. wonderful cards! love the way you use your colors

  7. OMG You are the Best Mary and the card again BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  8. You do such wonderful work on your cards. Can’t wait to see your new stampin zone……be careful in parking lots…….lots of crazies out there….patm

  9. Oooh, Mary, I love your Mojo Monday card and everything about it! It’s simply beautiful and you’re amazing to be able to create throughout your move!

  10. Pretty as always, Mary.

    Hope all is well. Looking forward to seeing you again at CONVENTION!!

  11. Kadie Labadie

    Mary your card is BEAUTIFUL. Can’t wait to see the new Stampin Pretty Zone……can only image how fabulous it will look. Heard it was really hot there yeterday and will be hotter today-do you have a pool in your new home? Best of luck with your internet connection-sure it will be a step up from the Charter connection in Madison 🙂

  12. thank you Mary for not wanting to keep us waiting, but please rest and be safe in the parking lots :D. I don’t usually look forward to Mondays, but now I do for the Monday Mojo…hehe. Your card is soooo wonderful and elegant. I’m looking for ideas for Thank You card that simple and easy to make b/c I have to make quite a few. Best of luck to you in settling in your new home

  13. Thanks Mary for being so dedicated to your on line friends. The card is gorgeous. Hope you will be back in full force with your new stamp zone and creating your beautiful SU cards. I love this site and am always pleased when I look at my email and find one from you.

  14. Beautiful card. Thanks so much for taking the time to share with all of us while you are so busy personally. Great inspiration. Mary Jo

  15. Poor Mary, what she doesn’t do for us. You know you have a good excuse not to post for a few days, why don’t you rest? Love the color combo and I have everything to get going. Thanks for your dedication, hope the man comes soon.

  16. Pretty….yet so simple! Lovin any card using Kraft-CS as the base! Thanks Mary for staying up so late so that we can have our morning Card;)

  17. Beautiful card, Mary!!! I love the color combo. Thanks also for the tip on getting the perfect border – it is very useful. Hope you are settling in well in Tucson and that the cable installer arrives on time today. 🙂

  18. Stephanie Daughtrey

    Girl, you better becareful out there in those dark parking lots…us pals will worry about ya! Love the card!

  19. So pretty and I just love the colors. Hope your getting settled in. Hugs…

  20. Gorgeous as usual Mary!
    I can’t wait to join the Stampin’ Pretty Pals on Wednesday!!!!

  21. I love the navy and kraft combo, it makes for a beautiful card. Thanks for the inspiration, I’m looking forward to playing along!

  22. Love that sweet stem embosslit as your focal point – very pretty card, as always 🙂 Hope your move is going well!

  23. Love the card! Great colors!

  24. gorgeous card! can’t wait to see your new stamping space!

  25. Adorable! I just love the way you create cards! I have all the stuff but just can’t put it together like you do! Thanks for the inspiration!

  26. ohhh….cool card! like this!

  27. Love this card – the colors are great! Hope you are getting all settled in!

  28. LOVE it. esp love the kraft c/s. i have always loved kraft (tho SU!’s current kraft is not the same quality as their original kraft). but i am so glad to see that peeps are using more of it. it is my very fav neutral!! sorry about the june bugs all over your laptop.
    thinking of you. blessings, jo ann.

  29. LOVE it. esp love the kraft c/s. i have always loved kraft (tho SU!’s current kraft is not the same quality as their original kraft). but i am so glad to see that peeps are using more of it. it is my very fav neutral!! sorry about the june bugs all over your laptop.
    thinking of you. blessings, jo ann.

  30. colleen kramer

    So very nice! What a dedicated blogger! I’m so appreciating my nice quiet house right now (and internet service 🙂

  31. GOOD AM to you! Hope your move is going as smooth as possible! 🙂 I love to come here first thing Monday AM cause well you give me some Mojo I need esp. as of late since I have been on Swap Attack for Convention.. WHY did I sign up for 11 of them?? lol but happy to say I just have 4 more to go! lol…I am a sucker for Kraft anything and this sure put a smile on my face!((HUGS))

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