God jul {Mo’s Dream Team}

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m terrible at sticking to schedules. Seriously awful. And every year I tell myself to get started on Christmas cards early and make them throughout the year to avoid being swamped come November. Every year I’m swamped in November because I fail to make them throughout the year. I’m off to a good start this year though, I’m starting with this Candy Cane Bear from Mo Manning in the form of a shaker card (I’m not going to mention that I started off great last year, too, before I fractured my shoulder and didn’t create anything for months).

I printed my bear onto X-Press It blending card (the best paper for Copic coloring) and colored it with Copics. Normally, I probably would have made his hat blue, but I wanted a dark blue background, so I needed a color that would pop against it. Anyone who knows me would also know that I’m not a fan of red for Christmas cards, but in 2019 I made quite a few Christmas cards with red in them anyway, and I guess I’m starting the new year with it, too. Not to worry, though, I’ll get back to my regular blue eventually, it IS the color of the year, after all.

I diecut a front panel with faux stitching around the edges and a nice big window in the top center. I stamped a Norsk Stempelblad AS sentiment using Papertrey Ink Scarlet Jewel Ink, added acetate behind my window and glued it to the front of my card using two layers of craft foam to really make those sequins and other few elements inside the window shake!

I love the dimension you get on such a simple card by doubling up the foam, it makes a big difference, and everything inside the window moves more freely.

I’m a bit of a perfectionist, so I made sure all the sequins were turned the right way before I glued my shaker shut. I used a combination of two different mixes from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards. Most of the elements are from the Igloo mix, but I also added some from the Crystal Collection – Glass. I never know how much to put into my shakers and usually end up with way too much or not enough, but I think I added a perfect amount on this card. First time for everything, right?

Not a whole lot of colors on this image. I also used R52, which is a color I’ve made myself.

 

Julehilsen {Hobbykunst}

Jula var visst ikke over likevel. Den er jo det, men jeg har et julekort å dele uansett, laget for Hobbykunst, det er jo snart på tide å begynne på årets julekort om man ikke skal niscrappe de siste ukene før jul for å komme i mål.

Noen som husker kortet jeg delte før jul med julestjernemotiver fra Pretty Pink Posh? Vel, jeg hadde en blomst til overs etter det første kortet, så den måtte jeg nesten bruke opp med én gang (jeg er elendig på å bruke ferdig fargelagte motiver som har ligget en stund, så de må brukes så fort som mulig), og da ble dette kortet til.

Som på det forrige kortet har jeg brukt et hvitt ark med folierte gullprikker. Jeg syns den diskrete effekten er veldig fin, og det at prikkene er litt vilkårlig i arket gjør at det ikke blir altfor strukturert og strengt selv om jeg har mange rette linjer.

Julestjernen har jeg satt på 3D-puter, det samme har jeg gjort med teksten, som er et stempel fra Papirdesign. Gullfargen fra prikkene i arket og embossingen på blomstene har jeg plukket opp ved å bruke en stripe av gullkartong på hver side av det prikkede arket, i tillegg til den nederste matten under teksten min.

Siden kortbasen min er såpass mørk ville jeg sette på et eget panel på kortets innside til å skrive personlig hilsen på. Det ga meg en ypperlig anledning til å stemple blomsten på nytt, bare for å pynte litt opp. Maskerte blomsten og stemplet bladene også. Man trenger ikke engang å fargelegge, selve stempelet er pynt nok i seg selv.

Her er fargene jeg brukte på blomsten min. Når man skal embosse og bruke Copics er det viktig at man stempler som normalt og fargelegger først, så stempler på nytt og embosser. Du vil ikke fargelegge etter at du har embosset, det kan nemlig skade tuppen på tusjen. Ved å fargelegge først og embosse etterpå unngår du hele problematikken.

Enjoy your day {Mo’s Dream Team}

It’s Mo day (aka Wednesday). One of the last things I did in 2019 was to clear away all the jars of flowers from the desk in my craft room (I had about 50 of them). I figured I don’t really use flowers all that much on my cards anymore, so I didn’t need them to be easily accessible and take up space on my desk. I put them in a cabinet right below the ceiling, I was able to cram all of them into one single cabinet. The last card I made in 2019 had flowers on it. We’re barely two weeks into the new year, and I’ve made another one with flowers. For both cards I had to climb on a ladder and pull out a bunch of jars to get to the flowers I wanted. Maybe removing those jars wasn’t such a good idea after all?

Good idea or not, this was the card I made. I colored up Mo’s Bubble Love with my Copics (did some editing of the image in Photoshop so I could color the bubble in no lines with the rest of the lines black). I’ve added lots of flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts, bling and a pearl from Kort & Godt, sentiment from Norsk Stempelblad AS and that lacy ribbon going across is also from Kort & Godt.

I partially die cut my image with some of the bubble hanging out, and glued it to my card using lots of foam tape. I haven’t used my frame dies from GoKreate in a while, so I thought I’d break them out for this one. I usually make my card from the third largest die in the set (the XXL Square Frilly Frames #10 set), but I want to see how far into 2020 I can get with using just scraps, and the third largest die in the set requires a full sheet of paper to die cut two pieces (front and back of the card). The next size down was the perfect size for this scrap of Maja Design patterned paper, and it was also a good size for the green patterned paper from Papirdesign that I used behind my image and on the insides of the card.

Speaking of insides – I diecut an eyelet circle with a Cottage Cutz die, stamped a Norsk Stempelblad AS sentiment using Memento Sweet Plum ink and again used lots of foam tape. I even diecut a scrap strip of another purple piece of Maja Design patterned paper to go across.

The second inside has plenty of space for a personal message, and I diecut another eyelet circle from patterned paper and added a couple of diecut numbers from Scrapmagasinet to my circle. I thought this card would be the perfect birthday card for my niece, she turns 10 in June!!

I used the same design on the back, but used a green strip instead of a purple one. Another NSB sentiment, once again stamped in Memento Sweet Plum ink, and once again glued on with lots of foam tape.

There’s quite a bit of dimension in this card, and with that great image as the focal point, I think this will be perfect for my niece!

Lots and lots of Copics used for this one, but there are 15 colors in the heart bubble alone.

Tenker på deg {Ett trykk}

I fjorårets aprilnummer av Ett trykk (som dessverre ble det aller siste og kun kom ut i nettutgave) hadde vi oppmuntring som tema for Helt enkelt-artikkelen. Hva er mer oppmuntrende enn et “tenker på deg”-kort?

Jeg stemplet blomsterstempler fra Larger Than Life-settet til Papertrey Ink rett på kortbasen med rosafargene som er i Rose Petal-settet med stempelputer fra Altenew (fargene Cosmic Berry, Purple Wine, Puffy Heart og Rose Quartz).

Jeg stanset ut et hvitt panel med juksesøm ved hjelp av en die fra My Favorite Things, og stanset ut et vindu fra dette panelet, også med en die fra My Favorite Things. Til slutt stemplet jeg en tekst fra Huldra designstudio med en av fargene jeg brukte på blomstene mine, limte hele panelet på kortets front med 3D-teip og kortet var ferdig. Enkelt, ikke sant?

Blue {Mo’s Dream Team}

When I first heard that Pantone chose blue as the color of the year for 2020, I almost did a little happy dance. My favorite color!! The color is 19-4052 TCX Classic Blue, to be exact, and it is a gorgeous, fairly dark blue. I can finally be on trend with all my blue creations.

I’ve got Tall Cake coming at you today, and what better way to kick off the new year than with blue, and lots of it? I’ve set myself a goal (not a new year’s resolution, I hate those, they set you up to fail) to use more of my scraps. I dug through my blue patterned paper scraps (of which I have many) and found a floral one and a darker, more solid one that was perfect for white heat embossing.

I quickly found out that the closest Copic color to that specific Pantone color is B99. How perfect is that, the B90s are my favorite blues in all the land. I colored my image and glued it to my card base with lots of foam tape. All I did embellishment wise was add a couple of those little diecut banners (they’re so wide you can hardly see the V shape) and enamel dots from Papirdesign. The white heat embossed sentiment is from Norsk Stempelblad AS.

I love anything and everything blue – expect to be bombarded with lots of blue this year!

Jula varer helt til påske {Hobbykunst}

Ok, så er ikke det helt sant, og det er mange rundt omkring som fjerner julepynten sin i dag, men jula varer teknisk sett en uke til. Men DA er det slutt 😉 Jeg har naturlig nok et julekort å vise frem i dag, det skulle egentlig ha vært med i adventskalenderen til Hobbykunst, men der ble det noe kluss, så da kommer det nå.

For en som stort sett lager veldig enkle kort er dette noe litt utenom normalen. Tro det eller ei, men bare selve shakerboksen tok et par timer å lage.

Jeg er i utgangspunktet ingen fan av rødt til jul, men jeg er glad i utfordringer. Ikke er jeg glad i gull heller, så man skulle tro at julearkene til Prima, som både hadde rødt og gull, ikke var noe for meg, men jeg er også sta, så jeg får til å bruke det meste likevel. Jeg valgte arket Most Wonderful Time of the Year for to av panelene på kortet mitt. Jeg målte og var nøye med at rutemønsteret skulle være sentrert på panelene. Utrolig nok funker rødt og svart til julekort! Teksten er fra den andre siden av det samme arket, den er stanset ut med en die fra My Favorite Things. Rammen rundt er stanset ut med samme die i gullkartong som matchet gullfargen i teksten.

Jeg brukte en die fra Rayher til å stanse ut motivet mitt, som kommer fra Spreading Christmas Magic-arket i julekolleksjonen til Prima. Dieen stanser ut noen hull som jeg måtte dekke til på baksiden for å kunne bruke den til en shakerboks, men det var lett å fikse. Jeg stanset ut den samme dieen tre ganger til – to i mosegummi og en i den samme gullkartongen som jeg brukte på rammen rundt teksten. En bit acetat mellom det øverste laget mosegummi og gullkartongen holder glitteret i shakerboksen på plass.

Bak shakerboksen har jeg enda et mønsterark, her ville jeg ha noe i kontrast til det røde, så da falt valget på Christmas Joy-arket. Jeg har også lurt på plass noen snøfnugg fra Rayher.

Her er omtrent alt på kortet limt på med dimensjon, så kortet er ganske tykt, selv om det kun er forsiden som er pyntet.

Is it summer yet? {Mo’s Dream Team}

Happy New Year! You know what happens when the year starts on a Wednesday, right? It’s Mo Manning time. And you know what happens when Christmas is nearly over?? I’m saying nearly because we technically have another 12 days to go, at least in my little corner of the globe. There’s a saying in Norwegian, though, about Christmas lasting till Easter. Me? I’m ready for summer!!

What’s more summery than peachy colors, flowers and butterflies? I colored up Peaches way back in early April, then managed to break my shoulder the following week, so this image and these patterned paper panels have been waiting patiently to be turned into a card. Better late than never, right?

I’ve sort of gone back to my roots with this card. Layers (though not many), colored Bazzill card base, Pion Design patterned papers, flowers and those little clear acrylic branches are all things I used to use a lot, but rarely use any more. It’s fun to shake things up every once in a while, especially after making so many clean and simple Christmas cards.

I don’t know what colors I used to color up my image, it’s been about eight months, after all. I may have written it down somewhere, but if I did, I don’t know where. I’m usually good at writing things down in a book, but I’m also known for some serious Post-it notes usage. I’m not sure where the Post-it went. Or even if there ever was a Post-it for this particular color combination on this particular image. What I do know is that it’s not in my book.

I glued all my cardstock and patterned paper panels down using double sided tape. For the diecut image, I used foam tape, and lots of it. I was not shy. A roll of foam tape lasts forever, so I like to cover the entire back for even dimension with no sag. I think I bought ten rolls a couple of years ago. I’ve given one away and am halfway through my second roll, so I still have seven sitting in a cabinet in my craft room.

I used a hot glue gun to attach my flowers and those acrylic branches. I have a low temp hot glue gun that I love for things like this. It dries instantly and stays put. For the butterflies and the pearl in the center of the largest flower, I used connect glue from Gina K. It’s the best liquid glue out there, those butterflies aren’t going anywhere!

I used the same design on the insides and on the back of my card. There’s no dimension to the circles on the inside of the card, but I used foam tape on the back circle as well. A sentiment from Norsk Stempelblad AS stamped in a combination of VersaMark and two different colors of Distress Ink (Worn Lipstick and Abandoned Coral). Normally, I’m not a fan of distress ink used with clear stamps, they tend to bead up on the surface of the stamp, and the result you get isn’t the best. I didn’t have a peachy ink pad, however, and if you use VersaMark on the stamp and then distress ink right on top of that, you can reduce the beading and get a better stamping. Not perfect, but better than distress ink on its own. And much better than having to compromise and use black or brown or another color that wouldn’t go as well with the rest of the card.