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Friday, July 26, 2013

Mojo Monday and You Make Me Smile (even though you stink)

Well, other than the fact that something (I want to believe it's a tiny little mouse) died in the wall behind our refrigerator and my house has smelled putrid for days now, it's been a pretty good week.  We've plugged up a water pipe hole in the wall where we think the little guy crawled into and kicked the bucket, and have been burning my Scentsy scented wax warmer, and 4 Yankee candles every day to help with the smell.  It's way too hot outside, or I would open the windows.  I don't know if it's getting any better, or if we are just getting used to it.  So because of that, the girls and I haven't been spending too much time in the kitchen or family parts of the house, but leaving to go do anything we can find that has air conditioning or staying in our rooms!

Yesterday, we all retreated to my bedroom.  The girls watched a movie and I crafted (the smell isn't too bad in there!).  I made this clean and fairly simple card using the latest MOJO Monday Sketch and my beloved VERVE stamps.

I'm usually not a "simply-stated, rectangley (my new word)" card maker, but this sketch called to me to "go there" and make something quick and simple, especially since I didn't know if I would want to leave in the middle of making it as a waft of stinky air might sneak up and surprise me.  I played off the straightforward look and I kept it clean with a limited color palette and simple patterns.  Before I knew it, I had used 4 Verve stamp sets, too! SMILE PLAIN JANE (sentiment), BRIGHTER DAYS (layered the flower using the SCALLOPED FLOWERS DIE, too), BOUNTIFUL BACKGROUNDS (polkadot patterns), and BORDERLINE (XXX's--I love that little touch!). 

Anyway, I hope ya'll don't ever have to experience critter death in your house and there's nothing you can do about it until it (for lack of better verbage--these are Google's words, not mine) "dries up".  Why couldn't this have waited to happen when we go on vacation?  R.I.P., Chuck E. Cheese, R.I.P..

SUSIE Q-TIP:  Sometimes ideas in your head just flat out don't work.  Don't give up too quick, but sometimes you just have to start over and take a fresh approach.  Example:  The flowers were going to be much more complicated than they look, with lots of cool stamping on them from other sets.  That was a no.go.  Had to redo them and they looked so much better, simply stamped in the red ink.  That was Mo.Jo.

Stamps:  Smile Plain Jane, Brighter Days, Bountiful Backgrounds, Borderline (Verve Stamps)
Paper:  White, Smokey Shadow, Black, Kraft (PTI), Red Hot (MFT), Wonderful Day (Fancy Pants)
Ink:  Licorice Black (MFT), Ruby Red (SU!)
Accessories:  Scalloped Flowers Die Set (A Cut Above Dies by Verve), Camera Washi Tape (Alison Kreft, Webster's Pages), Wood Accent Camera (Studio Calico), Silver Brad, Black Button (PTI), Twine (The Twinery), Hot Glue, Jody Boosters
Finished Size:  A2


  1. Ugh. Eeew. I hate it when that happens! Hope it will dry up (what a horrible verbiage) very soon! Love your rectangle card! Great flowers! Thanks for sharing :-)

  2. Absolutely gorgeous! Love it, thanks for sharing. I tried to get the fall wagon template but it is no longer available. I was hoping and praying you could please send it to me @ Thank you so very much for sharing your talent and inspiration.


  3. Love the red, white and black. Stunning.
    Gee sorry about your critter death.. Could you spray something in the area or put a few boxes of baking soda in there... Yuck and hope the smell goes away soon.

  4. Love your red &black color scheme! I always adore your cards!!
    Sorry about the stink! We had that happen one time! It was awful!!
    Hope it "disappears " soon!!!


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