When I first saw Lori’s sketch, I wasn’t so sure I would like it.


I don’t know what you guys do when you see a sketch, but me, I start doodling extra layers and scallops and what not until I have an idea on how my finished image might look like.

Then I pick colors, then the sets. Once my doodling was done, I knew I would like the card that would come out of the sketch. I knew right away that I wanted to add the Medallion background as backdrop for this card. I have been itching to use this stamp.

Colors, colors were harder. I wanted to play with the new in-colors, but their vibrance still scare me. So I just picked Soft Suede with Melon Mambo. I toned it even more down with Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla and was ready to go. I tell you…the hardest part was picking a sentiment that would work with the sketch as well as the Medallion.


The card base is a 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ piece of Chocolate Chip cardstock piece folded in half.

Next comes a 4″ x 5 1/4″ piece of Very Vanilla. All four corners were punched with the ticket corner punch.

The 3 3/4″ x 5″ piece of Melon Mambo was stamped with the Medallion background stamp in Melon Mambo. Again all four corners were punched with the ticket corner punch.

I adhered the Melon piece to the Vanilla layer and paper pierced a border. Next I taped a 1 1/8″ x 5 1/4″ strip of Very Vanilla for my horizontal layer after punching it with the Eyelet Border punch. Soft Suede Polka Dot ribbon was tied above the strip.

The Chocolate Chip rectangle in the center measures 3″ x 3 1/2″ and was topped with a 3/8″ smaller piece of Soft Suede Pattern Designer Paper. I paper pierced all four corners and attached the layers to the card base Vanilla/Mambo layers with dimensionals.

For the sentiment I chose a saying from the set Full of Life. I stamped it in Chocolate Chip on Very Vanilla Cardstock and stamped the Medallion background over it in 3rd generation Melon Mambo. It was cut out with Oval Nestabilities and layered on a slightly bigger scalloped Oval in Chocolate chip. These layers were attached to the center rectangle with dimensionals.

To finish off the card front, I added three brads from the Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware kit to the right side of the card.


As always, the inside of the card mirrors the card front.

I added a 4″ x 5 1/4″ piece of Very Vanilla and a 1/4″ smaller piece of Melon Mambo to the inside.

Both layers were punched with the ticket corner punch.

The horizontal strip measured 1 1/4″ x 5″ and was punched with the Eyelet border punch.

A 3/4″ x 5″ piece of Soft Suede Pattern Designer Paper was taped above it.

Now that I see the card uploaded, I think with a different sentiment, it would make a great unconventional Christmas Card.

Have a great weekend. Hugs and smiles


Stay at Home Mom of Three, Splitcoast Team Member and Copic and Spellbinders die Lover.

19 Responses to “Mambo Thanks”

  1. This is gorgeous!! It is so wonderful to see your inspiring creations again! I hope you are settling in ok.

  2. Beautiful, Beate — love that medallion, sentiment and gorgeous brads!

  3. So nice to have you back 😀 Hope you are settling in okay and finding all the important and fun things that make living in an area special. Love how you sketch out what you want to do with a sketch before getting going on a card. I’m going to have to give it a try – thanks for the tip.

  4. Oh, my – this is one stunning card!!! The mojo is back big time!!! Seeing this card reminds me how nice it is so see you sharing cards again 😀

    You are MUCH more organized than I am when it comes to using sketches! I don’t sketch anything myself, I just start stamping my main image then pulling some embellishments that might work and moving them around on, trying to find a pleasing arrangement… I very rarely know where I am going with something until it is finished. When I do see a very clear picture in my head of what a project will look like, I am always the first one surprised!

    I think I will have some free time to try out the sketch this afternoon…

    Have a great weekend!
    Cindy 🙂

  5. Yeah… happy you are back Beate! LOVE this card! Have a wonderful weekend sweet friend!

  6. I love the colors you chose for this, Beate…and the pretty Medallion!! Love those brads too!!

  7. Eine wundervolle Karte Beate, der Spruch ist einmalig schön.


  8. Stunner as usual. I am so glad you are back to creating.

    It’s a good life!
    Terri E.

  9. Beautiful! I love the color combination and your use of the Medallion stamp. The insides of your cards are fantastic, too!

  10. So beautiful – Beate!!! Perfect take on the Sketch!!! Hugs ~S~

  11. Awesome. Love what you did with the Medallion. You are such an enabler! Vera’s gonna love me tomorrow when she sees this stamp and about a zillion other things on my order!

  12. I didn’t know I “Had” to have this medallion stamp until I saw this card. Just beautiful!

  13. Beate, this is beautiful! I love the colours…so rich and elegant looking!

  14. Wonderful card Beate. this looks so elegant!

  15. […] but honestly having a sketch sometimes can be an easier way to create.  I was inspired by Beate Johns who completed a Weekend Sketch Challenge #89.  Her card is NOTHING like the one I ultimately […]

  16. What a pretty card! That medallion is gorgeous!

  17. Your creativity just oozes from this card Beate. Not fancy, but wow! Thanks!

  18. wow, this is beautiful! I love chocolate chip, suede & melon together! Thanks for the inspiration!

  19. Eine sehr schöne Karte. Der Hintergrundstempel ist ja klasse.

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