Monday, November 16, 2009

Mojo in the Wind Storm

I love Monday's in that they bring Julee's Mojo Monday Sketches :D    However, this Monday also brought a HUGE wind and rain storm  which started last night and is still going forward today.  Lots of areas were/are still without power and since our street is a wind tunnel, we had  to go on a garbage can and recycling box hunt this morning in the pouring rain - oh joy!  Our garbage can got blown over and was rolling around on the street - thankfully the lid stayed on!!  One of our recycling boxes went across the street and somehow managed to stay upright.and retained all its contents!  The other recycling box managed to work its way up the street (about 3 houses) and stopped in front of the entrance gate to the gated community across the street.  It  was totally empty with none of its contents in sight.  Our  compost recycling paper bag got run over in the middle of the street and  promptly spewed all the maple leaves that were in it all over the street!  Needless to say, the crow population in the area increased significantly today and they are having a feast!  Good news is our power stayed on and none of my flower pots got  knocked over.  After the first year we lived here, I quickly learned you need to put your house number on your garbage cans and lids as well as your recycling boxes because you are never quite sure how far up or down the street they will travel in one of these wind storms!  Not sure why I shared this but there you have it -- now you've experienced life on the West Coast during one of our windy rain storms :D

Okay, now to the card!!  I had a bit of trouble trying to settle on a stamp set to use for this sketch. I tried several and just wasn't inspired.  I found that I kept coming back to this Michael's $1.50 stamp which  I loved when I bought it.  However, when I stamped it in multiples, it just didn't look good :(   It tried it in all one colour, second generation stamping, multiple colours, staggering the image etc. but nothing seemed to work. I finally settled on just stamping it once and adding a sentiment next to it.  Verve has so many wonderful verses in their Plain Janes that I was able to find one that worked with this image quite easily.  I used some basic DP in yummy Fall colours, crimped the horizontal strip for some texture as the DP was rather plain, and then had a bit of trouble with the small circle since I had used a sentiment in my focal panel.  Needless to say, I have a lot of butterflies punched out that I can use on future cards LOL!  Not a card that came easily ....I'm blaming  the wind storm because all the garbage cans and recycle bins were making such a racket while they were having their dance party out on our street, they woke me up at 5:00 a.m. and I never really got back to sleep (and I don't do mornings well at the best of times LOL!)

Thanks so much for stopping by for a peek.  Always enjoy the company :D  Have a fabulous day!

What's In It?
Stamps:  Michael's $1.50 Stamp
Paper:  Costco DP pack, So Saffron, Vanilla
Ink:  Old Olive, Chocolate Chip
Accessories:  Crimper, 1 3/8" and 1 1/4" Circle Punches, Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch, Brads, Dimensionals


Denise (peanutbee) said...

Your attention to detail is always STUNNING! Such an elegant card!

TannyP said...

LOL! Well in that case, I'm almost glad I don't tend to have windy storms here....but we do get -40 in the winter, so I suppose you'd probably take your rain & wind. HAHA

This card is gorgeous! I knew that the sentiment had to be Verve, but I didn't recognize the image - and I guess that's why - they're two! Love this card, Marisa. I was frightened of this sketch, but you've really done it up well and it's inspiring!

Maureen said...

this is so serene! A contrast to your wind and rain storm!! Eek! With all the struggles, it turned out fabulous!! Love the crimped piece...yes, the perfect texture :)

Rachael said...

What a gorgeous card! I always find your cards so refreshing to look at. I love your style!

Crestajune said...

Beautiful card. Great job on the sketch!

Silke Ledlow said...

Marisa - your card is gorgoeus!!! Perfect mojo card!!!

Glad to hear you all are okay and that you were able to get your stuff back - LOL!!! BTW - I think it's a perfect idea to add your housenumber to your items...I need to do that in the morning...LOL!!! ~TFS~ Hugs ~S~

ChristineCreations said...

Marisa, this is a gorgeous card. Every part of the composition is beautiful!

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Beautiful card, love the colors and the crisp and clean feeling.
EEK about the storm... that can't be fun hunting down your garbage, good thing you write your house number on them. Sheessh.. Hope its all cleared up now.