Mojo Monday 178

Stampin up word play mojo monday
My nephew has been teaching in Chicago for several years and recently made a life altering decision to join the Peace Corps.  He flew to his assignment last week in Lusaka, Zambia, Africa.  No phone, no computer, no iPod.  Just a bike, a post office box (fingers crossed this card makes it) and a desire to make a difference.  I'm so proud.

This week's Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge (MOJO178) offered excellent "direction" on how to lay out my card!


  • Stampin up word play mojo monday 3 My Paper Snips made it easy to clip out the arrows and pop them up on Stampin' Dimensionals.
  • Offsetting the two large circles gives the card a modern finish.
  • Make your brads line up at attention.  Watch my 1 Minute to "WOW" Video for a quick demonstration.
  • The Stampin' Up! Color Coach was my inspiration for determining the Basic Gray, More Mustard and Riding Hood Red combination. 

Check out how you can get the Color Coach FREE as part of the Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration Starter Kit Promotion.

Stampin up word play mojo monday 2 Stamp Set:  Word Play (W120308, C120651)
Paper:  Neutrals Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack (117158), Basic Gray (121044), More Mustard Textured (Regals Textured Card Stock, 121076), Riding Hood Red (111348), Whisper White (100730)
Ink:  Basic Gray (109120), More Mustard (103162), Riding Hood Red (111836)
Cool Tools:  Paper Snips (103579), 2 1/2" Circle Punch (120906), Circle Scissor Plus (112530), Glass Mat (112531)
The Perfect Touch:  Silver Brads (104336), Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware (111325), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

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  1. Linda Zaworski

    Great card. Love the colors too!!!

  2. Cathy from Illinois

    Very nice card! My cousin is over in Morocco in the Peace Corps. Been there for 6 months and she says it’s a different world out there. Bless her and your nephew for doing this.

  3. Excellant! And, kudos to your nephew. The world needs thousands more like him.

  4. bhavini solanki vasan

    The card is amazing, as always. I am actually from Zambia… he is going to be great out there!!

  5. Love the CARD! Beautiful card and family! Best wishes.

  6. Connie Haselrick

    Always on the look out for cards I can give the men in my life and this one qualifies in spades!! Love your color choices, too!

  7. Mary -Your work is soooo beautiful. Thank you for being so willing to share your gifts !!!

  8. This is so great, I know he will appriciate it.

  9. An awesome card from you (as usual!). Clean and classy. 🙂

  10. Perfect for your nephew. Great for anyone making a decision of change. You are fabulous as always. May he be blessed in his work. God bless you both.

  11. i know he’ll appreciate it tremendously! beautiful card.

  12. Great color combination, Mary! I love the sketch, too! Fabulous masculine card!

  13. You must be so very proud and a bit apprehensive. People like him are making a huge difference. I will keep him in prayer.

  14. Mary — A wonderful card — you are so right to be so proud of your nephew. I wish him the best in making the world a better place.

  15. Very nice card, Mary! A former student of mine was in the Peace Corps and in Zambia! My first graders wrote to her as a pen pal. I still put up the pictures of her in her village when we do our unit on Africa. Your nephew’s two years there will change his life forever.

  16. This is a great guy card; love your color choices. You must be very proud of your nephew and what he will accomplish there.

  17. Thank you for sharing your great cards. Yes, you should be very proud. 🙂 Many prayers to your family.

  18. wow, talk about a change of pace! I’m sure your nephew will be a very welcome addition and the Peace Corps is a wonderful organization. BTW, he will LOVE the card, it’s awesome….the perfect card for an awesome nephew! I always enjoy seeing which way your creativity takes a card…you rock, thanks for sharing!

  19. Cheryl McAskill

    God Bless and go with your nephew. The thousands of others that do these kind of missions are called missionaries! I would be proud of him too! The card is so beautiful and fitting. I now see how this stamp set works and I will buy it now!

  20. Carla Bazhenow

    I love your card and those colors. Just proves I need to open my Color Coach. *smile* My prayers are with your nephew. What a awesome thing to do. Hugs,

  21. Your card is beautiful. You have a way of making every color POP in all of your cards! My hat is off to your nephew, I wish him all the best!

  22. Awesome card and wonderful choice of colors! Wow! He’ll love it I’m sure. Wishing him all the best on his new adventure.

  23. What a beautiful card! I’m sure your nephew will feel your love and support across the miles and cherish this keepsake from home! 🙂

  24. How interesting.
    I lived in Lusaka, Zambia for 3 years in the 70’s and loved it. My father worked for CIDA (Canadian equivalent of USAID. We went to the International School and spent our afternoons horse riding. I still have a friend that I correspond with from my days in Lusaka.
    What wonderful memories………….and my first love!

  25. What a gorgeous masculine card! Love everything about it!

  26. Best of luck to your nephew! He is awesome. I know he will love some real mail from home. Excellent color choice!

  27. Your nephew must have a big heat. Congratulations for him following his dreams. My friend has been living in Zambia for many years working as a nurse with community outreach. she loves it there!

  28. I prefer Clean & SImple. Too much makes the card look messy!! Love your website. What a treat to get up each day and read your site!!!! SU always!!

  29. I like Clean and Simple…don’t like a card to be too
    Love visiting your site.

  30. I prefer clean & simple…Layers & lace are nice & pretty but can be “over done”! Clean & simple gets to the point without all the extra “baggage”. Really enjoy your site.

  31. Shel Ann Ondish

    Your cards are always a great treat.
    I really enjoy you site.
    I prefer clean and simple!

  32. Annette Rodrigues

    Mary, I enjoy the CAS cards myself. Your cards are always great and I really enjoy your 1 minute to wow tutorials.

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