Sunday, September 2, 2012

Thank Goodness for Mojo...

.....unfortunately, it's not MY mojo!!!

It has been three weeks since I last posted.  At that time my mojo had left for an extended vacation.

I think she has moved and has no intention of sending me a forwarding address.

Although, I really can't blame her.  I've been putting in full weeks at work (someone obviously forgot to let my secretary know that I'm only part time) and by the time I get home, I have no energy or desire to create.  And I won't even mention the state my room is in.  Let's just put it this way:  anyone who was brave enough to enter would think this room had been hit by Hurricane Issac.  Unfortunately,  I live across the country near the OTHER coast!!

Luckily for me (or unluckily, might be more appropriate) my kiddos continue to have friends with birthdays, the kiddos themselves are having birthdays and I just realized that Big Papa (great grandfather) is also having a birthday.

Sigh.  These are the only reasons that I am wading through the mess in this room to try to create.

My first challenge for the weekend (brought to my attention at 9:30 pm last night as Oldest Kiddo was texting) is to make a last minute birthday card for one of his classmates that he and a couple of other friends decided to treat to a movie tonight for her birthday.

Yes.  I said HER.  

If you have tuned into my blog previously, you might recall that I am the mother of TWO boys.  I am married to a boy who occasionally remembers that he is no longer a boy.  Even the dog is a boy.

In other words, I have NO IDEA how to do teenage girl cards that my teenage boy won't cringe in handing over.

I started by choosing the design paper, Black Orchid, from s-e-i.   I'm pretty sure that this particular paper pack is a couple of years old.  I'm really trying to use my over abundance of supplies instead of purchasing "new" supplies.   I admit this is a lot easier to achieve when one has no creative energy, LOL!!

Anyhoos!  After choosing the paper, nothing struck me for an idea.  No theme, no layout, no nothing.  I started looking at all my favorite links and finally found a layout idea on the Mojo Monday sketch challenge that I thought I could work with.  I chose sketch 243, from February 2012.

A tad "busier" than I usually tend to create, but I really wanted to use the background paper and could not come up with any other ideas, LOL!!

Here is another view that shows all the dimension on this.

Basic details:  Card base from Gina K's Pure luxury, top fold, cut 5.5" square.  Black mat from scrap pile.  All other paper from the s-e-i Black Orchid paper pack.  I used my score buddy to add the embossed lines to the panel behind the butterfly and the "flag".  The straight panel was edged with Martha Stewart punch.  Self adhesive pears from my stash.  After looking at these pictures, I went back and rearranged my "swirls" to have more of a curve, but no new pictures.  Kid has the card in the envie, ready to head out the door.
Butterfly die is from Quikutz.  Sentiment is retired SU.  The sentiment panel was die cut and embossed using Spellbinders.  

Not too shabby for using up some old supplies, if I do say so myself!

That is it for me tonight.  I have a very faint idea as to what type of card to make for the Youngest Kiddo's birthday celebration.  NO IDEA at all for Big Papa!  And both cards need to be completed by tomorrow evening's family celebration.  

If any of you have an over flow of mojo, could you please send it my way?!!  Thanks!!

'Till next time..............


Sherry Cheever said...

This is Gorgeous! I'm sure she will love it, even if the boys don't! I think Mrs. Mojo might have returned . . . .

Glenda said...

Starla, this is amazing! Mojo is definitely there...lock her in a closet! Beautiful colors and I love the dimension!

Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

Perfect for a teenaged girl! The colors, the design...all of it. Well done! It's hard to have Mojo when life has you on the roller coaster...hold has to stop sometime soon! Hugs!

Carolyn King said...

thank goodness for those boys keeping you on your toes and keeping you creating. I love this...the black with the bright color---awesome! I am sure she will love this wonderful card!
(ps--your mojo didnt go anywhere--silly!)

Sylvia said...

Fabulous card, Starla, I agree your Mojo is not gone, you are just tired! As for the card for a girl, you are so much better at cards for those girls that I ever will be! Give me a four year old and I have it made, older than that, ?....I hope your life slows down a bit soon. Try and have a wonderful Tuesday!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

You are so cute. Well, I think your mojo has returned! This is a spectacular card and I'm sure the girl (gasp!) loved it.

Micki said...

Girl.... you could do newspaper columns... I love your posts. Especially the
" I am married to a boy who occasionally remembers that he is no longer a boy. Even the dog is a boy."

That card is absolutely beautiful. No idea what the heck you mean about not knowing how to make "girl" cards. I wish I had half of your creative talent.

Hang in there, things are pretty hectic here too. Health issues - tests, outpatient surgery (hubby) and I just wanna be an ostrich and do what they do best...stick my head in the sand. :-)