Life Coffee Mojo

Hi friends! Even though the boys are in Montessori through the end of June, summer is in full swing. Somehow all of our swim, tennis, chess, and soccer lessons got squeezed into the month of June and I'm in full Mom chauffeur mode. I think the boys are having fun, but I'm looking forward to a slower pace in July.


I haven't been stamping very much lately, but I have been designing new stamps! Yay!  A few will be releasing very soon and a few missed the seasonal deadline so will be coming next year. I'm starting to feel the time crunch of needing to have releases in order, since the boys will be home full time all of July and August and I'm thinking there won't be a lot of time for focused work. I'm hoping to get them on an independent study schedule in the mornings so I can have a little time to work, but we'll see how it goes!

This morning I wasn't feeling much like staring at a computer, so I grabbed my morning cup of coffee and headed up to the stamp room. Of course, with coffee on the brain, I had to pull out the Coffee Helps stamp set and coordinating Cup for All Seasons Die Set.  I wanted to take another crack at the final Mojo Monday sketch, since my first attempt was flipped horizontally. It's been such an emotional week and a half, reading everyone's posts and comments about the closing of Mojo Monday. My heart is full and I'm touched that so many of you would take the time to share your sweet Mojo stories. It's amazing to read how many of you started blogging just to share your entries! Our final linky will end on Sunday, so there's still time to play if you haven't had a chance yet.


I stamped the life happens coffee helps sentiment in archival black on a stitched rectangle, then stamped and cut out the coffee cup.  I colored with Distress Crayons and a waterbrush, then coated the flowers with glossy accents and sprinkled on some glitter.  The steam is part of a larger rhinestone flourish that I cut down.

The papers are from the C'est la Vie pad by Pink Paislee.  The patterns I chose were all grayscale and I accented the floral patterns with the distress crayons I used for the cup to tie everything together.  A bit of black grosgrain across the back and some black mats all around finish off this card.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you have a fabulous day!

Enabler's List
Stamps: Coffee Helps (Verve Stamps)
Paper: C'est la Vie (Pink Paislee), black, white
Ink: archival black ink, distress crayons in wilted violet, seedless preserves, dusty concord, broken china, tumbled glass, peacock feathers and ground espresso (Ranger)
Accessories: Cup for All Seasons Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE), glossy accents (Ranger), glitter, black grosgrain (SU!), rhinestone embellishment

13 comments

  1. What a beautiful card, Julee. Always love seeing your stylful cards.

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  2. Oh, Julee, this is gorgeous! I love the mix of black and white patterns with the touch of purple flowers. Just wonderful!

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  3. Beautiful card. Love the papers and this sketch too. TFS

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  4. I LOVE the sentiment! This is a beautiful card!

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  5. Though I follow your blog closely somehow I missed last week's post. It is amazing that you have given the stamping world 500 sketches. I, for one, have used many of them as my jumping off point.
    I am also the owner of many Verve stamp sets and dies and sequins etc. And I am thankful for your lovely designs and especially the Scripture stamps!
    I do understand your decision and totally "get" it. Though I will miss your sketches/layouts I know you are making the right decision.
    Big hugs!!!!

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  6. I saw your gorgeous card on Facebook!! WOW! Stunning job!
    Have a wonderful day,
    Migdalia
    Crafting with Creative M

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  7. Gorgeous card... Sounds like you are busy with the little ones! Yay... New stamps!!! So Father's Day WE snuck up on me and cooking out tonight...boat tomorrow! Don't think I'll have a chance to do one last MOJO Monday card....BUT... Wanted you to know I was thinking of you....WOW- so many years and so many memories!!! You have been and continue to be a fabulous inspiration to all!!

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  8. I just love the subtle colors on this card. The sentiment and layout are lovely.

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  9. This is gorgeous!!! That cup is such fun! I love the gem steam! :) I absolutely loved using this sketch and love seeing everyone's cards with the sketch. There were quite a few in the SCS gallery and several made my favorites list. I hope you have a wonderful summer with the boys! I can't imagine the time crunch you feel with having your own creative business and being mom especially in the summer! I feel the crunch with just being on DTs and my kids are 20 (home from his first year at college) and 17 (not driving yet...I wear chauffer hat). Love, Hugs and wishes for a happy summer!

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  10. Gorgeous papers & I adore your card, Julee! Wishing you a wonderful momma summer & looking forward to your newly designed stamps!

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  11. Love this pattern paper pairing! And I'm looking forward to seeing the new stamps!! I hope you have a great summer with your family. Thanks for all you do for the stamping community through mojo Monday!

    Thanks also for stopping by my blog and leaving such a nice comment!

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  12. I miss your encouragement and sketches!
    It is my true desire for you to enjoy these years with your family! They really aren't forever.
    You are very wise, but I still miss you! <3

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Thanks so much for taking the time to brighten my day with a comment! I love hearing from you.

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