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Beate’s weekend sketch challenge #57 September 12, 2008

I’ll confess that I’ve lost some of that creative mojo.  It has been drained from me over the last 3 weeks and now I’m trying to get it back.  Lots of stamping and creating that I can’t share with you yet.  But, stay tuned!

Fridays are so much more enjoyable lately since I gave up working night shifts on this day.  Family, evening high school football games, and just lounging around seem to be my plans for this day lately. 

Another reason to enjoy Friday…..Beate’s wsc.  Ah yes!  I love Beate’s sketches.  Here is what I came up with:

I’v had these stamp sets, Bella Blossoms & Bella Toile Background, for over a month now and thought they’d be perfect for the sketch.  I shy away from flowers, but that’s a challenge due to all of the new flower stamp sets (especially love the silhouettes).  And, I hardly ever go “vintage” lol.  I combined, changed, added, played with the new Big Shot, and this is what I came up with. 

The upper top big flower was stamped a couple times and cut out for sponging/shadowing, layering, adding dimensionals.  It does pop off of the card front.

You can see more samples for Beate’s wsc, check out what these talented ladies came up with:

Cambria Turnbow, Charmaine Ikach, Jenn Balcer, Laurie Schmidlin, Lori Craig, and Sharon Harnist.



STAMPS:  Bella Blossoms and Bella Toile Background

CARDSTOCK:  Kiwi Kiss, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Riding Hood Red, and Bella Rose Designer Series Paper.

INKS:  Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip, and Craft Whisper White.

ACCESSORIES:  Pretties Kit;  Chocolate Chip Taffeta Ribbon; Hodgepodge Hardware Styled Silver; Big Shot and Bigz Top Note Die; Stampin’ Dimensionals; Sponges.


56 Responses to “Beate’s weekend sketch challenge #57”

  1. Lori Craig Says:

    Absolutely stunning…. truly stunning, MJ – hope you get your mojo back . . . and soon! Hugs, sweetie!

  2. Tonya Says:

    From the looks of this card your mojo was never missing!! I’ve been holding out on buying this set because I wasn’t able to have any vision for it. I’ve been hoping SOMEONE would show me a reason to love it. Mission accomplished. Absolutely stunning!

  3. Lisa C Says:

    Oh my word, this is simply AMAZING! (I wanted to say “stunning”, but it looks like that word is already taken, LOL.) I had absolutely no desire for this set, but oh my… that’s certainly changed now! And this is what you do when your mojo takes a break?! WOW. Absolutely FABULOUS.

  4. JanTink Says:

    Oh, crap. I told and told myself I would not buy that flower. Just lately, I’ve seen the most beautiful samples with it and I kept saying, “nope, not buying, nuh uh, no way.” Well, thanks for pushing me right over the edge. This is GOJUS!!

    My bank account is gonna be hurtin’! And it’s your fault, LOL!

  5. Renée Says:

    Wow, this is absolutely STUNNING! I love what you’ve done with this flower. Beautiful!! Thanks for sharing your artwork!!!

  6. Kari Says:

    Absolutely stunning card! The flower is gorgeous!! I love the colors. Fantastic work!

  7. Lorie Says:

    Ummm…this is absolutely gorgeous! Looks like the mojo is back! Wow!

  8. Vicki Says:

    WOW! This is so gorgeous! Great job with Beate’s sketch!! 😉

  9. 2stampis2b Says:

    Wow, this is stunning! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Alexis Says:

    Very pretty card!!!

  11. Kerry J. Says:

    Looks like all my adjectives of choice have been used – Absolutely Amazing will have to do!! Hope you find your mojo soon!

  12. katie Says:

    This is scroll-stopping-ly beautiful. My jaw fell open when I saw it and “WOW” came out. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Rose Ann Says:

    This is stunning, Mary Jo!! Your shading is perfect, and I wasn’t a fan of this set…..until I saw your gorgeous card!!

  14. Bev Says:

    OMGosh woman! This isn’t even fare, I say! 🙂 SOOO amazing. I did not want this set. No! 🙂
    Why must you make such awesome cards with sets not on my wish list? Torture.
    Seriously, though. This card blew me away!

  15. Joanne B Says:

    Lost your mojo? you? never! This is beautiful! I own this set, can’t wait to break it out. I’ve been waiting on my top note die.
    This is gorgeous.

    Have a fantastic weekend!

  16. Deb Says:

    Once again you prove you have more artistic talent in your baby finger than most of us in our entire being. Just incredible, MJ.

  17. Gorgeous card, MJ!!! Lost your MoJo? Doesn’t look like it to me! I always look forward to your next creation. Thanks for the inspiration!

  18. This is gorgeous, girlfriend! I love it! Enjoy your Friday! 🙂

  19. Laura Brown Says:

    My jaw dropped to floor when I saw this card! Can you say BEAUTIFUL?!!!! Wow! Just wow!!

  20. Kim Says:

    I just LOVE this card! what great details and fun accessories!! Love how you layered the flowers!

  21. Absolutely gorgeous, MJ — the stick pin adds so much dimension to the flower stem! Love your use of the Top Note die!

  22. Wow, Mary Jo! This is gorgeous! Absolutley lovely! Have a great weekend!

  23. Holy MOLY!!! This is STUNNING, and I don’t even like that set…WOW!!

  24. Nancy Riley Says:

    Mary Jo, this card is incredibly gorgeous! … a real jaw dropper!

  25. Erin Says:

    Wow that is above and beyond gorgeous!

  26. This is gorgeous Mary Jo! Such awesome detail on your card! LOVE it!!

  27. barb schram Says:

    SImply stunning! Love all the elements, the hardware for the sentiment, the pearls , stick pin, just everything!

  28. Jennifer Says:

    First of all, I have been wanting this set since the cat. came out. This however, I almost don’t want to buy it anymore because I know I could NEVER create anything this beautiful… you will need to do a step by step tutorial for the shading… this is SOOOO beautiful. Thank you for sharing it!

  29. Cindy Major Says:

    Oh my gosh, this is STUNNING! You’ve outdone yourself on this one, Mary Jo! (And that is saying a lot, considering everything you stamp is outstanding!)
    Love shading and layers on this flower makes it come to life!

    I don’t need this stamp set. I don’t need this stamp set. I don’t need this stamp set….

    TFS! Have a good weekend 🙂


  30. Nancy Grant Says:

    That is so amazing! What a gift to behold!


  31. Linda Says:

    Wow Mary Jo, that big flower looks a m a z i n g!!

  32. StampinCathy Says:

    WOW I wish my MOJO looked this good when my MOJO is active. LOL This is just beautiful. Love the colors and the layout.

  33. Jennifer Scull Says:

    if this is what happens to someone who is missing their mojo, then please let me be missing mine!!!! 😉
    my jaw dropped to the keyboard when I saw this! holy toledo, batman, it is beautiful!!!! that stickpin just adds the perfect touch.

    have a great weekend!

  34. Angie Says:

    Wow – This is amazingly BEAUTIFUL….thanks for sharing.

  35. Rhonda K. Says:

    This is a gorgeous card! You did a fabulous job on it. Thanks for sharing.

  36. Amy Johnson Says:

    Well if your mojo was missing, I think its back. This is unbelieveable! I know you explained how you did this, but I still don’t understand. This is the best use of this stamp I have ever seen. Now I really want to buy it! Great job!

  37. Maria Says:

    this is fabulous. this was one of my first purchases from the catalog and I can’t wait to try this!!!! Gorgeous!!!!

  38. Jayne Says:

    This is absolutely gorgeous!!!!! I’d love for you to do a tutorial for this one. I had no idea that that set could look that great! Thanks for sharing.

  39. Terri Says:

    Wow that is just BEAUTIFUL. I love how you did the colouring/shading.

  40. Angie Tieman Says:

    This is gorgeous!! Love how you colored that big flower!

  41. Whoa. That is stunningly beautiful!

  42. Conniecrafter Says:

    This is just Gorgeous, I would say you haven’t lost a thing, the shading of the flower and dimension is out of this world!

  43. Cheryl Says:

    Wonderful card. Just gorgeous.

  44. LeAnne Says:

    Oh my gosh, this is incredible. It doesn’t even look stamped, it looks…….I don’t know, 3D! Awesome!

  45. Tori Wild Says:

    Wow– That is absolutely GORGEOUS! I don’t have these sets yet and I keep thinking about getting some of the pin’s you used… Good “enabling” from your card! 🙂

  46. Oh So Beautiful! I just love your coloring and the layout and background stamp and pretties! Wonderful job!

  47. DeniseLynn Says:

    BEAUTIFUL!!!! So happy that you shared this eye candy. Looks to me like your mojo is back & I hope it’s here to stay for a good long time. {I like the new photo of you too!}

  48. Lissette Long Says:

    Your card is simply gorgeous. Great coloring. WOW! The flower is just amazing and the pretties add the perfect touch. Creative card, colors, background. I like you do not care for victorian or vintage usually, but this is fabulous. How can you say you lost your mojo? It’s there girl! GREAT JOB! I love it! Did I say WOW? WOW! WOW! WOW! Love it.

  49. Krista Says:

    This is so gorgeous ! You ROCK !

  50. Beate Says:

    MJ, your card took my breath away! Your card looks incredible! It’s soooo beautiful!
    Hugs and smiles

  51. lela Says:


  52. It has been awhile since I have visited your blog and I just have to say that this card is absolutely stunning…I have been on the fence about this set, but I’m jumping off now!!

  53. Lynn Says:

    Wow! This card is amazing! I love the way you added the pin and layered that beautiful flower.

  54. Jerri Kay Says:

    Oh my gosh, Mary Jo, I missed this one. What a beauty! I didn’t like this set until seeing this card, just fabulous!

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