Dust Fairy {CopicMarkerNorge}

07 bursdag Emma front skrått PhotoshopAppropriate title for a blog entry considering it’s been a few weeks since my last one. Yikes! Sometimes life just gets too busy. It’s not that I haven’t made any cards recently, because I have, but they’re either not completely finished or just not ready for the world wide web quite yet. I could make up some excuse about not writing any entries because my new laptop keys haven’t arrived yet, making it difficult to type (which is totally true, btw), but I won’t. 😉

07 bursdag Emma frontThis card was made to order for a woman who just turned 60. She cleans floors, and although I couldn’t find an image of an old lady with a bucket and a mop, I did find this Mo Manning fairy dust image, which I think fits. This card also happens to be my contribution to our current challenge at CopicMarkerNorge – anything goes. There are still plenty of days left before the Sunday deadline, so join us, won’t you? I printed the image in brown on Perfect Colouring Paper. I couldn’t find my X-Press It at the time, and I’ve got plenty of PCP. I don’t really like PCP to color on, so I even used it for the insides and the back of the card. I’m sure it’s no surprise that I’ve used patterned paper by Maja Design. This time I pulled out some scraps (this card is made entirely from scraps!) from the Vintage Summer Basics line (1922, 1923, and 1899), as well as some Inkido scraps – the cream one is “Pink Newspaper”, and I don’t know what the blue one’s called, only that it’s by Inkido. Bazzill Vanilla cardstock (as usual), paired with Bazzill Dotted Swiss – Romantic Mauve (also scraps, btw). The sentiment on the banner is from the “Mum’s the Word” stamp set from Papertrey Ink.

07 bursdag Emma innside 1I didn’t really have a lot of time with this card, it was thrown together in less than a day, including coloring, which – for me – is warp speed. This meant really simple insides, the first one includes a stamped sentiment from the “Over Under Easy” stamp set by Papertrey Ink, stamped in Autumn Rose ink – also from PTI.

07 bursdag Emma innside 2The second inside is just as simple. Just a birthday stamp (from the same stamp set as the first inside) and a few really dark pink pearls from Inkido in the bottom right corner. I needed a really big panel on the inside, there were 30 different signatures going on this card, so I had to make sure there was plenty of space.

07 bursdag Emma baksideThe back – pretty similar to the front. The lovely edge of the blue paper is made with a Magnolia die (Old Swedish Lace). I’m not too sure where the flowers are from, some are from Wild Orchid Crafts, others might be from Papirloftet (yes, I’m a paper flower hoarder – who isn’t?) The letters and numbers are diecut from the patterned paper using the Santa’s workshop alphabet by Quickutz. It’s an alphabet I really, really like, the size is perfect and the alphabet itself is sans serif, another huge pluss (although I do like Tim Holtz’ typeset alphabet, which is definitely not sans…)! I prefer the much cleaner, graphic look of sans serif types to serif ones (there are a few slab serifs I like, though)!

07 Emma bursdag Mo Manning housework fairy CopicsEnough about my preferences in type faces – these are the colors I used for the dust fairy. I also used RV97, which is a color I’ve made myself.


Shabby & simple? {North Star Stamps}

shabby NSS-kortI don’t usually make shabby chic cards. Don’t get me wrong, I like them, I just don’t make them. The same used to be true of clean & simple cards, though I’ve made a few of those in the last couple of years. Combining the two styles, however, is not something I’ve done. Until now. This card is very simple, yet shabby. And to top it off – made entirely from scraps!! I found a piece of a lovely Dotted Swiss cardstock from Bazzill (Sunset Rose), just large enough to make a cardbase (A2 size – 5 1/2 x 4 1/4″), a panel for my sentiment and a few butterflies. While rummaging through my scraps I also found this green patterned paper by Maja Design (The Elegant Wine House from the “Sofiero” collection). I added gesso altong the edges of the cardbase and the patterned paper as well as a light tough of gesso on the sentiment panel and the rest of the cardstock I used for the butterflies. I stamped the sentiment from North Star Stamps with Memento Rich Cocoa ink on the cardstock. The texture of the dotted Swiss cardstock and the layer of gesso makes the stamped sentiment look a little worn – perfect for a shabby card. I distressed the edges of the patterned paper and the cardstock, added a doily from Helz Cuppleditch, butterflies, and some ruffled satin ribbon, as well as a few Kaisercraft pearls on the butterflies.

Shabby NSS-kort detalj båndBelieve it or not, but getting the ribbon just right was the most time consuming process on this entire card. The very lovely Renate has perfected the art of the wrinkled ribbon, but she uses glue, which, for some reason, seems like an impossible task for me. I bet she puts her fingers right into the glue, and since I hate (I really can’t stress this enough) getting anything on my fingers (glue, paint, food, ANYTHING), I do what I can to avoid it.

shabby NSS-kort innsiderrVery simple insides. The pieces of white cardstock (Bazzill Classic Smooth) also happen to be a couple of scraps, diecut with a Spellbinders die (Lattice Rectangles). The stamp on the left is another great stamp by North Star Stamps, and there’s plenty of room for a personal greeting on the right.

Shabby NSS-kort baksideThe back of the card. The rest of the patterned paper by Maja Design, the rest of the doily I used on the front, and a few more butterflies to tie the whole thing together, along with a stamped sentiment at the bottom, also from North Star Stamps.