Dakota Mojo Monday!

For those of you that stopped by earlier...I managed to submit my entry to Mojo Monday within about five minutes of the deadline.  Imagine my surprise when I went back and saw that three other entries managed to enter with even less time left on the clock!  I started my card about 7pm, so I had a little less than an hour to complete it.  Most cards can be completed and photographed within an hour........but, maybe this is not the time to make custom embellishments!  Let alone custom embellishments that you decide to dye!  Then just throw in some hand stitching for fun!  I do like the end result....and might have added more to it, had the clock not been ticking so quickly!  Here is the original sketch design.

 So, glancing at my photos, I am sure you are wondering...where are the custom dyed embellishments?  Here is a hint...it is my border strip.  In the end I covered half of it up!  If you have followed my blog for any length of time, you know I love burlap.  I wanted the fringe look of burlap for my card....but not the color of burlap.  I dye ribbon all the time, so why not burlap?  I dyed the burlap the same way as I do most of my ribbon.  I added some reinker and a little water to a baggie and worked the ink into the fibers by hand and then let air dry.  (Ok, I cheated, I used the heat gun...who has time for burlap to air dry when you have less than an hour to get the whole card posted!) 

 My decorative circles were cut with the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge.  I then added some black opaque gems for a little bling.  My black banner has a string of barb wire embossed into it.  The barb wire border came with the cool chicken wire embossing folder I used here. Many of you asked where I purchased the chicken wire embossing folder.  I purchased mine at cricut.com.  It was shown on a new release a few weeks ago and I had to have it.  I am sure you will see it at major retailers soon.

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
Z1686 Cricut Art Philosophy
D1475 Card Chatter-Birthday
Retired Birthday Celebration
X7157B Dakota Paper Pack
Z1760 Burlap Ribbon
Z2105 Black Ink
Z2205 Black Reinker
Z1335 Opaques-Licorice
Barb Wire Folder-Provocraft 

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Allsorts -Layers
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards -Down on the farm
Dream Valley Challenges -Something Old (stamps), Something New (paper)
One Stop Craft -No floral embellishments
Pile It On - Patterned Paper 
The Perfect Sentiment -Any occasion + animal

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure and enter my stamp giveaway here!


  1. Love your card! Glad to know that we can dye the burlap(my favorite embellishment!). I would have never thought of dying it.

  2. You really did an amazing job with that sketch Allisa. I love the embossed barbed wired on the banner. So interesting! Hugs!

  3. What an awesome idea! Who knew you could die burlap? It looks great!

  4. Lots of great elements to this fab. card! The embossed barbed wire look is really impressive, as is the dyed burlap. :)

  5. Fantastic card, Allisa! Love all the layers and the embossed barbed wire. What a fabulous touch. So glad you shared it with us here at the Perfect Sentiments, "All Creatures Great and Small" challenge this week. Good luck in the draw and I hope you're going to share with us again next week.
    NanaConnie PSC DT

  6. Great card... and a fun idea to dye the burlap! Thanks for playing along with us at The Perfect Sentiment!

  7. Very nice card. Thanks for joining in at The Hybrid Chick Card Caravan!

  8. Thanks for sharing your card with us at Allsorts this week. Tracy x

  9. Fabulous birthday card. Thank you for joining in the Creative Inspirations Paints challenge this week.

  10. Oh you, how clever! At first glance, I wanted to pop right on and say what a fantastic card, but it would have been even more perfect with that touch of burlap I expect from you ... then I slowed down, read further, and said to myself, what? Where? Thank you for not disappointing me! This is a perfect western dude card!!

  11. Wow! What a beautifully done card. I am a very slow cardmaker, I could never made a card with all the neat details that you have on your card...In an hours...more like days...

  12. Ooooo.....I love the rustic feel of this! Very handsome indeed. Thanks so much for playing with us at Creative Inspirations Paints this week!

  13. A lovely card with some great detail. Thanks for sharing with us at Dream Valley and good luck.

  14. wow!! Gorgeous! great detail :)
    Thanks for sharing with us @ Chocolate, Coffee & Card Challenge.
    Hugs, Jill

  15. Love this card!

    Thanks for playing along at Chocolate, Coffee & Card Challenge


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