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Every One of My Thoughts

Hi friends! It's Monday again, and time for a brand new Mojo Monday sketch.  This week, I went with a simple sketch that leaves lots of room for interpretation. Hope you like it!

 Handmade card by Julee Tilman. www.poeticartistry.blogspot.com

I've been swatching out my watercolor palettes as a way to relax after some very crazy days at our house. Two five year olds at once is A LOT of 5 year olds. {grin} Since I loved how my clean-up paper worked on my Life Is But A Dream card, I decided to do the same thing as I finally swatched out The Classics Prima Watercolor Confections palette I got for Christmas. I did a bit more working across each color than on my previous card, so I could have some solid color blocks, then sprinkled some water on the whole panel.  Interestingly enough, the only color that lifted any with the sprinkles was the aqua, but I just loved how it turned out.  Isn't this rainbow palette just lovely?  It also includes, pink, white, brown, grey, and black, which are saved for other projects.

I just love the you're in every one of my thoughts today sentiment from the Always On My Mind set. It seems to speak my heart and is a favorite to send to friends just because or who are going through something. I'm also thinking of making some little lunch notes up with it to tuck in the boys lunches. I stamped it directly on the card base, then added three strips of washi tape towards the bottom of the card.  To this I added a resist chipboard butterfly that I quickly watercolored with a rainbow look.  I finished off by accenting the body with black pearls.

 Handmade card by Julee Tilman. www.poeticartistry.blogspot.com

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you were inspired. To see some more takes on this week's sketch, head on over to the Mojo Monday blog and check out what the design team is sharing today.

If you like measurements, here's what I used to draw up the sketch.

Mojo Monday 498 Card Sketch by Julee Tilman www.mojomonday.blogspot.com
Mojo Monday 498 Card Sketch
Card base: 4.25" x 5.5"
Layer 1: 2.5" x 5.25"
Layer 2: 3 strips of washi or 0.5" strips at lengths of 2.5", 3" and 2.25"
Layer 3: large die cut, embellishment or  1.75" circle

Enabler's List
Stamps: Always on My Mind (Verve Stamps)
Paper: kids watercolor paper (Michaels)
Ink: onyx black (Versafine), The Classics Watercolor Confections (Prima)
Accessories: resist chipboard butterfly (Teresa Collins), black flatback pearls (Pizzazz Aplenty)

Life is But a Dream

Hi friends! I'm popping in today with a quick card I made the other day.  Thanks to Lydia, I recently got a palette of Daniel Smith watercolors. After initially swatching them out, I felt compelled to rearrange them in rainbow order and re-swatch.  As I was doing this, I couldn't bear to waste any of the beautiful color, so cleaned my brush on a piece of watercolor paper in between each color.  I loved the way my clean-up page turned out, so decided to use it as is for the background for my card.

The butterflies are from the Butterfly Grace set, and I embossed them in white onto sections of the purples and blues from my clean-up paper, then cut out with the coordinating Graceful Butterflies Die Set.  I accented each butterfly with a bit more of the purple and teal watercolors, then added a simple, yet fitting sentiment from the Learning to Sail stamp set.  Easy peasy!

Well, that's all from me today.  I've been playing a lot with my new watercolors and also a bit of experimenting with my gelli plate this week, but they haven't made it onto any projects yet.  How about you, what have you been working on?

Enabler's List
Stamps: Butterfly Grace, Learning to Sail (Verve Stamps)
Paper: kids watercolor paper (Michaels)
Ink: watercolors (Daniel Smith), Versamark, onxy black (Versafine)
Accessories: Graceful Butterflies Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE), white detail embossing powder (Judikins), paper distresser

Colorful Grace

Hi friends! It's Monday again and I'm back with another Mojo Monday sketch for you. I hope you find it inspiring.  I had a lovely Mother's Day weekend with my family and didn't get home until 10pm last night, so had to throw a card together super quick.  Luckily I had some mixed-media backgrounds at the ready that made this card a breeze to put together.

The background panel is an emboss resist on gessoed cardstock with the solid distressed butterfly from Butterfly Grace. I then did the background with Magicals Shakers in pink and yellow.  A strip of Tim Holtz tissue paper was mod podged on to finish that piece. This background has the diagonal strip going the opposite direction of the sketch, but it was already completely finished and matched pretty close, so I went with it. Sometimes you just have to roll with the things that are put before you, right?

The aqua piece was also done previously with Magicals on gessoed cardstock, then I added texture paste stars with a stencil.  I cut the small and large butterfly from Graceful Butterflies Die Set from this same panel, then layered the antennae die cut in black.

The 2 Corinthians 12:9 verse is stamped on watercolor paper and then colored with markers and accented with sparkly glitter. I spliced a long scallop rectangle die cut to create a mat just the size I needed for the verse .

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you have a wonderfully creative week. For more inspiration with this sketch, head on over to the Mojo Monday blog to see what the other designers are sharing. And if you like to have measurements, the ones I used to draw up the sketch are below.
Mojo Monday 497 Sketch
Card Base: 4.25 x 5.5"
Layer 1: 4" x 5.25"
Layer 2: 1.75" x 5.5" (trim off edges)
Layer 3: 2.25" x 4.75"
Layer 4: 2.5" x 4"

Enabler's List
Stamps: Butterfly Grace (Verve Stamps)
Paper: watercolor paper, white cardstock, black cardstock
Ink: versamark (Tsukineko), archival black (Ranger), Magicals Shakers (Lindy's Stamp Gang)
Accessories: Graceful Butterflies Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE), tissue wrap (Tim Holtz Ideaology), long scallop rectangle nestabilities (Spellbinders), black nuvo drops, sparkle crystal drops (Tonic), star stencil (DecoArt)
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