Friday, June 11, 2010

Simple Journey

Happy Friday everyone! After being sick all last week, I am still trying to catch up, both at home and at work-ugh! I finally finished all the cards for my class tonight late last night- nothing like last minute pressure to get the Mojo going!

I have two cards to post today so you folks coming tonight can get psyched to stamp! The first uses this week's Mojo Monday sketch and one of the stamp sets from the new Summer Mini called Pedaling Past. For a copy of the Summer min, click the link to download the catalog- it's full of great stamps and cool accessories!

I wanted to keep the color palette for this card relatively simple to go with the clean line drawing of the stamp, so went with Kraft, Basic Black, Very Vanilla with just a splash of Old Olive Designer Series paper. The bottom edge was punched with the Scallop Trim border punch and the greeting with the Word Window and Modern Label punches. I added a piece of the 1-1/4" black striped ribbon tied with some hemp twine and a burgundy button for contrast. I like how clean and simple this turned out- it will make a nice graduation, new job or retirement card!

The next card is a sweet card for birthdays, literally! It features the Sweet Scoops set and the "kissing" technique. The kissing technique is a great way to add pattern or texture to a smooth image. It's a very simple technique where you ink your main image stamp then "kiss" or press an uninked patterned stamp up against it. When you stamp your main image, the pattern has been transferred to the stamp surface. For an easy to follow tutorial, follow this link to the Splitcoast website technique section.

The cones were stamped in the new Crumb Cake ink and the ice creams were stamped in Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose and Pumpkin Pie. Funny for me to have these colors all in the same color family now- it will clearly take me some time getting used to the new color combinations-lol! I ran the Regal Rose paper through my Sizzix machine with the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder to give it a little texture and added a simple banner style greeting with a ribbon tied button.

The inside is finished simply with a greeting a a soft serve cone- reminds me of my Dairy Queen days! This card has already been swiped by my daughter for her friend's birthday party tomorrow- all the girls now look forward to a "Mrs. Doctor Karpen" card with their gift- nice to know I have a younger groupie fan club!

Hope you have a great weekend! Stop back tomorrow to see the fabulous hybrid (digital+traditional) card I made for Father's day- super fast and fun to make!


Stamps: Pedaling Past, Sweet Scoops
Paper: Kraft, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Old Olive DP; Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Regal Rose, Pink Pirouette
Ink: Basic Black; Crumb Cake, Pretty in Pink, Pumpkin Pie, Regal Rose, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: 1-1/4" black striped grosgrain ribbon, hemp twine, button, Scallop Trim border punch, Word Window Punch, Modern Label Punch; Soft Subtles button, brown gingham ribbon, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder.


  1. Oooh so cute! Great work with the sketch.

  2. So cute! That super ribbon sure stands out! Your whole card comes together wonderfully! Thanks for sharing...

  3. Love the bike! You should join the Moxie Fab contest with the bike theme this month.

  4. i love the green and black contrast :)

  5. Hey Heidi! Thanks for entering the I Want to Ride My Bicycle challenge in the Moxie Fab World! :)