Happy birthday to you!

A certain someone nudged me to play along with this week’s sketch at My Favorite Things. Little challenges like that really drive me, and using a stamp set from the July release, which came out earlier this week, I made a colorful birthday card with a party penguin!

My Favorite Things Penguin Party sketch 549 front rett

I wanted the focus to be on the party penguin carrying the balloon, and colored him before turning him into a stacked die cut (3 layers behind the colored one). I stamped and die cut the bunting from another stamp in the stamp set, but only added one layer behind each of these, they’re in the background, after all. On a piece of white cardstock, I stamped the Scattered Triangles background stamp using Picked Raspberry and Squeezed Lemonade distress inks. I thought the triangles went well with the bunting, and wanted an ombré effect from the hot pink up to the yellow. I’ve come up with a great trick for achieving this: ink blending on the stamp. By using blender brushes and ink blending onto the actual stamp, I get a really nice gradient in my stamping. It’s a little tough on my blender brushes, and a couple of the bristles have fallen off, but I don’t mind, I don’t normally ink blend that much anyway, a missing bristle or five is a nice trade off for the effect I get – I’ll take it.

My Favorite Things Penguin Party sketch 549 front skrått

I die cut the background using the largest die in the A2 Stitched Rectangles STAX 2 set and adhered it directly to a top fold card base made out of Ripe Raspberry cardstock. I die cut a stitched circle from the same color cardstock for the penguin to stand on, and mounted it using foam tape in the center of the card. I added a white heat embossed sentiment strip below, with lots of extra strips of cardstock behind it, so it would be flush with the penguin. I finished off the card by adding Glossy Accents to the balloon and a few Sparkling Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh, and glued what was left of the bunting on the inside of the card for added detail.

My Favorite Things Penguin Party skisse 549 Copics

Not a whole heap of Copics for such a small image.

It’s cake time {Mo’s Digital Pencil}

Hi, there. After yesterday’s super long blog post, I thought it was time for a shorter one. Just one card today, and it’s a super simple one. A tiny colored image, an emboss resist background, a cardbase and a sentiment. So, so simple.

Mo Manning Cupcake Monster front rett

I colored up a tiny monster from the Cupcake Monster stamp set from Mo’s Digital Pencil and fussy cut the monster leaving a white border. I prefer cutting along the edge, but this monster is so tiny, and with those thin arms, tiny legs and even smaller flame I decided it was best to leave a border. It also helps the monster stand out against the background a little bit better.

Mo Manning Cupcake Monster front skrått

Speaking of backgrounds. I stamped the Happy Birthday background from My Favorite Things onto white cardstock and clear heat embossed it, before ink blending over it with three different colors of distress ink (Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade and Squeezed Lemonade). I mounted it using foam tape and placed in the center of the card base, which is also clear heat embossed using that same background stamp. I used 1 mm foam squares behind my monster and added a black cardstock strip with a white heat embossed sentiment from Mama Elephant for his feet to stand on.

Mo Manning Cupcake Monster Copics

It feels a little silly to be adding the Copic graphic for this one, but here it is in all its minimalist glory.

July release from My Favorite Things {My Favorite Things}

Hi!! The July release from My Favorite Things just went live, and you can read all about it here. I’m guest designing for this release and it’s a good one. I’ve made plenty of cards that I want to share. This is a loooong blog post, so you might want to grab a cup of coffee before you start reading.

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I’m starting with some adorable penguins from Stacey Yacula. I love Stacey’s critters, and these guys are ready to party!

My Favorite Things Penguin Party Happy birthday stående front rett

I colored up my penguin with Copics and die cut him with the coordinating die.

My Favorite Things Penguin Party Happy birthday stående front skr[tt

There are three new stencil sets in this release, and they come with stencils and the corresponding mask. For this card I used the mask, and ink blended around it with blues, teals and greens.

My Favorite Things Penguin Party Happy birthday stående flatlay skrått

The Happy Birthday dies are also new. The die set comes with a scripty, handwritten word and a shadow layer. I ink blended some warm colors onto a piece of cardstock and die cut the word itself from that and adhered it onto the shadow layer, which I die cut from white cardstock. Behind the shadow, I have a few more layers of the actual words for some lift off the front.

My Favorite Things Penguin Party Happy birthday stående flatlay rett

I white heat embossed part of a sentiment onto black cardstock and added it with a little bit of dimension to the card front, before finishing off the card with some sequins scattered around and a thick coat of Glossy Accents to my balloon.

My Favorite Things Penguin Party Happy birthday stående flatlay høyre

There’s quite a bit of dimension on this one. Nothing like coordinating dies to help with that and still keep the look clean. Foam tape just isn’t the same, in my opinion.

My Favorite Things Penguin Party happy birthday stående Copics

I may have gone overboard with this many colors for such a tiny image, but boy, is it fun!

My Favorite Things Penguin Party happy birthday liggende front rett

Next up is a similar, yet different card. A landscape orientation this time!

My Favorite Things Penguin Party happy birthday liggende front skrått

I used the watercolor wash free form stencil to ink blend straight onto the cardbase using warm tones.

My Favorite Things Penguin Party happy birthday liggende flatlay rett

I used the Happy birthday dies on this card too, but in a different way. I ink blended a piece of cardstock, die cut the shadow layer from that, another shadow layer in white, which I then die cut the words out of. This is fiddly, and it takes time to get all those pieces glued back on, but the result is so worth it.

My Favorite Things Penguin Party happy birthday liggende flatlay skrått

I adhered my colored, stacked die cut penguin to the bottom right corner and added a white heat embossed sub sentiment on this card too.

My Favorite Things Penguin Party happy birthday liggende flatlay høyre

I finished off the card by adding a couple of enamel dots in colors that matched. In this photo, the die cut technique I used is a little bit easier to see.

My Favorite Things Penguin Party happy birthday liggende Copics

Less colors for this one.

My Favorite Things Penguin Party Happy Birthday minislimline front rett

I’m sharing one more card with this set.

My Favorite Things Penguin Party Happy Birthday minislimline front skrått

I colored and die cut these two cuties, and added another three layers of die cuts behind them for dimension, I wanted them to stand out against the background.

My Favorite Things Penguin Party Happy Birthday minislimline flatlay rett

I thought the size of this image would go well with a mini slimline format, and made my card base out of Ripe Raspberry cardstock. I used the same color cardstock for my little white heat embossed sub sentiment.

My Favorite Things Penguin Party Happy Birthday minislimline flatlay skrått

On the white background, I stamped the new Polka Dot Party Background stamp in colors that matched my image. I like the ombré effect. I mounted the white cardstock onto the card base using foam tape.

My Favorite Things Penguin Party Happy Birthday minislimline flatlay høyre

I added some sequins to finish off the card, I wanted it to be extra festive and sparkly.

My Favorite Things Penguin Party Happy Birthday minislimline Copics

Limited color palette on this one.

My Favorite Things Something to Squawk About Toucan of Appreciation front skrått header

Out of all the cards I’ve made with the release so far, this next one might be my favorite.

My Favorite Things Something to Squawk About Toucan of Appreciation front rett

The Something to Squawk About set is full of different birds and tropical foliage. This toucan was just too good to pass up.

My Favorite Things Something to Squawk About Toucan of Appreciation front skrått

I colored the toucan, the flowers in the stamp set (there are two), the branch and about 20 leaves for this card (there are five different leaves in the set).

My Favorite Things Something to Squawk About Toucan of Appreciation flatlay rett

I created a frame with the leaves going around the edges of the card, adding additional die cuts behind some of them for a super textured, very dimensional card.

My Favorite Things Something to Squawk About Toucan of Appreciation flatlay skrått

I put the toucan right in the center, cut one of the sentiments in the stamp set in two and stamped it on two lines in bright pink to match his bill and also the flowers.

My Favorite Things Something to Squawk About Toucan of Appreciation flatlay høyre

You can sort of see all the layers here. I think there’s 12 in total in that top left corner where the flower sits. I added three pairs of raindrops, I figured that would be appropriate for a tropical card.

My Favorite Things Something to Squawk About Toucan of Appreciation dimensjon

Lots and lots of dimension. That toucan is 10 layers thick. Dimension is life?

My Favorite Things Something to Squawk About Toucan of Appreciation Copics

Colorful palette because of the bill.

My Favorite Things Something to Squawk About hi front rett

A shaker card up next. I stamped a background using three of the leaves in the stamp set. I used Sour Apple ink on Sour Apple cardstock for a tone on tone look.

My Favorite Things Something to Squawk About hi front skrått

I decided to create a shaker card and added a sky in my window, ink blended a few soft clouds and added some diamonds inside.

My Favorite Things Something to Squawk About hi flatlay rett

In this release there’s a new alphabet die set. In a previous release, the same style was released in uppercase letters. This time, there’s lowercase to compliment, and also a set with numbers and punctuation. I die cut the letters to spell hi from four layers of blue card stock, and added another layer on top that I colored with Copics to match the bird.

My Favorite Things Something to Squawk About hi flatlay skrått

Turning this into a shaker card was kind of an afterthought after having glued on the frame and the parrot, so I had to get creative, but it worked out in the end.

My Favorite Things Something to Squawk About hi Copics

Definitely a limited color palette for this one.

My Favorite Things Something to Squawk About Birds of a feather front skrått zoom

More parrots. This is a very clean and simple one, but with lots of dimension still, and lots of die cutting.

My Favorite Things Something to Squawk About Birds of a feather front skrått

I colored the birds and the branch, die cut them all and added an additional two layers behind the red and blue bird, 5 more layers behind the branch and 8 more layers behind the teal and blue bird. There’s a lot of dimension here.

My Favorite Things Something to Squawk About Birds of a feather front rett

Onto the cardbase I stamped the Polka Dot Party Background in an ombré effect, I really liked the look of the first one and thought I’d repeat it with different colors.

My Favorite Things Something to Squawk About Birds of a feather flatlay skrått

I added a strip of Caribbean Sea cardstock toward the right side of the card, and mounted my panel with the birds using foam tape.

My Favorite Things Something to Squawk About Birds of a feather flatlay rett

I stamped the sentiment using Caribbean Sea ink and decided not to embellish this one at all. It has a ton of dimension, I thought that’d be enough.

My Favorite Things Summer Safari Let's Monkey Around front skrått vid

Next up is this monkey from the Summer Safari set. I thought he was too cute for words.

My Favorite Things Summer Safari Let's Monkey Around front rett

I stamped and colored the monkey and the palm tree, die cut them both and added additional layers of die cuts behind each.

My Favorite Things Summer Safari Let's Monkey Around front skrått

I created a card base out of Summer Splash card stock and decided I wanted to do something special with the popsicle image that is in the stamp set. I stamped the popsicle about a million times on a piece of X-Press It blending card and colored each one using the same colors as I used for the popsicle the monkey’s holding.

My Favorite Things Summer Safari Let's Monkey Around flatlay rett

I die cut a window from the colored popsicle panel to place my monkey in, but decided that my panel was too bright, and decided to mute it down a bit with vellum. The problem with vellum, however, is that glue shows through, so I added a stacked die cut frame on top, made out of three layers of Summer Splash cardstock and one layer of white on top.

My Favorite Things Summer Safari Let's Monkey Around flatlay skrått

I stamped and white heat embossed a sentiment from the stamp set onto Eiffel Tower cardstock, cut it down to a strip and let it span across the frame.

My Favorite Things Summer Safari Let's Monkey Around flatlay høyre

I added a couple of leaves, some enamel dots for dimension and Glossy Accents to the popsicle, and my card was complete.

My Favorite Things Summer Safari Let's Monkey Around CopicsNot a lot of colors for this one. 

My Favorite Things Summer Safari pakkelapp You look amazing

I wanted to use the crocodile from the stamp set as well, and decided to make a quick, simple birthday tag. Onto a piece of Bristol Smooth cardstock, I ink blended some very soft clouds using Lazy Day ink, before adding a couple of colored card stock pieces to create a scene. I put vellum on top of the Summer Splash cardstock that I used for my water, adhering it in strategic spots and adding a slit for the crocodile to swim out of. I white heat embossed a sentiment from the stamp set and added an eyelet and twine to the top of the tag to finish off the tag.

My Favorite Things Pure Innocence Just Roll with It front rett

A Pure Innocence girl rounds out today’s little collection of cards.

My Favorite Things Pure Innocence Just Roll with It front skrått

I colored the image, die cut her and an additional two layers and decided to go for a landscape orientation once again.

My Favorite Things Pure Innocence Just Roll with It flatlay rett

I die cut a white panel using a die from the A2 Stitched Rectangles STAX 1 set and ink blended some ground and some clouds behind her using Gravel Gray and Blue Yonder inks.

My Favorite Things Pure Innocence Just Roll with It flatlay skrått

On the right hand side of the card I added a mini cluster, if you can even call it that. Part of a mini paper doily, some die cuts using the Fishtail Flag Frames die set and a few enamel dots. The patterned paper is from the Party Patters paper pad, and the pink is Ripe Raspberry cardstock. I white heat embossed a sentiment from the stamp set onto that.

I want to thank My Favorite Things for having me on as a guest designer this month, I’ve had a blast with these stamps, dies and stencils!

Waving hello {Rachelle Anne Miller Creative Studios}

Hi, there! I have a little pilot to share with you today. This image is from the July release from Rachelle Anne Miller and will be available for purchase on Thursday, along with the other images in the release.

Rachelle Anne Miller Little Pilot front rett

I’ve been using a lot of vibrant colors lately. I think there’s something about the sunshine and the warm temperatures that contribute to happy colors! I’m here for it, fall will be here way too soon anyway. I usually cut against the black lines when I fussy cut, but Rachelle’s images have wonderfully whimsical wispy lines on the outside, and I didn’t want to cut those away. The white border also helps make the plane stand out against the blue background.

Rachelle Anne Miller Little Pilot front skrått

Speaking of backgrounds, I used the Rolling Clouds stencil from My Favorite Things with Lazy Day ink (also MFT) directly onto my card base to create clouds in the background. The card base itself is made from Blue Breeze cardstock from My Favorite Things.

Rachelle Anne Miller Little Pilot flatlay

Using a die in the Slim Film City die set from Mama Elephant, I die cut a skyline from two gray colors of cardstock from My Favorite Things (Gravel Gray and Eiffel Tower). I die cut three layers of the lighter one (Gravel Gray) and stacked them. I die cut two layers of the Eiffel Tower cardstock and stamped and white heat embossed a sentiment from Purple Onion Designs onto the top layer, and adhered these two offset from the lighter gray buildings behind them.

Rachelle anne Miller Little Pilot flatlay angled

I wanted to add a little something extra, and decided to die cut a few clouds from vellum. I love creating vellum clouds, there’s something dreamy about them. I’d adhered my plane using 1 mm foam squares for a little bit of dimension, and by placing my clouds directly onto the plane and the layered cityscape, I get dimension without having to use more foam squares, which can kind of be a pain with vellum, because most things show trough. I put tiny drops of glue in strategic places behind my clouds, anchoring each of the clouds in two spots.

Rachelle Anne Miller Little Pilot flatlay høyre

I thought about adding enamel dots on top, but went with sequins from the White Orchid Sequin mix from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards. These aren’t as distracting from the focal image as enamel dots would have been.

Rachelle Anne Miller Little Pilot Copics

Not a lot of colors for this one.

Let’s Pretend… {Mo’s Digital Pencil}

… it’s still your birthday! I don’t know about you, but I’m notorious about not getting those cards in the mail. I know the birthday’s coming way in advance, and I make the card and everything’s ready to go… and then everything stops. The card doesn’t leave the premises when it should. If any of this is familiar to you, this card may be your jam. I had to color up this Belated Birthday Sloth from Mo Manning as soon as I saw it, it was just too funny and on the nose not to.

Mo Manning Belated Birthday Sloth front rett

It’s a very simple image, and I decided to color it up using one of my favorite color combinations. I kept my two main colors going on the rest of the card as well.

Mo Manning Belated Birthday Sloth front skrått

I stamped the Thick and Thin background stamp from My Favorite Things onto a 3 3/4 x 5″ piece of Sour Apple card stock using Sour Apple ink. The cardstock and ink are also from MFT. The ink is the new MFT formulation of their dye inks. The pad itself is squishy, which I don’t associate with dye inks at all, but they stamp very very well and super crisp! I used a rectangle die to die cut a window from the panel and used the remaining frame for my card. The sides of the frame were just wide enough for my foam tape to fit behind, without me having to trim it down.

Mo Manning Belated Birthday Sloth flatlay

Onto a piece of Summer Splash card stock, also from My Favorite Things, I stamped and white heat embossed a sentiment I thought went perfect with my belated birthday sloth. The sentiment is from the Balloon Bouquet stamp set from My Favorite Things. I used partial die cutting to turn my sentiment into a banner with flag ends using the Fishtail Flag Frames die set, also from MFT. I love my MFT products! I added that to my card using more foam tape and some foam squares.

Mo Manning Belated Birthday Sloth flatlay skrått

The card was super simple, and I felt like adding a little bit more to it, so I dug out the pack of Cool Summer Nights enamel dots from Altenew and added a few in a visual triangle on my card. Just an extra pop of that teal color against all that green.

Mo Manning Belated Birthday Sloth flatlay høyre

This card came together so easily, but I like all the dimension and particularly the colors. And the sloth, let’s not forget him, he’s the star of the show!!

Mo Manning Belated Birthday Sloth Copics

Not a lot of colors for this one. A simple image and simple color palette will do that. 🙂

Let’s get floral {Streamside Studios}

Hi! Sometimes, I like to change up the use of a stamp or two in a stamp set. Small stamps in stamp sets, for example, are great for making backgrounds (though time consuming). This time, I’ve turned a floral image from the Fairy Happy Couple stamp set from Streamside Studios into a card that isn’t wedding related at all. It could be, though, I chose a sentiment that can be used for a birthday card, a wedding card and many other occasions.

Streamside Studios Fairy Happy Couple front

This wedding bouquet is so gorgeous, and I printed it onto X-Press It blending card before fussy cutting it, leaving a white border around the edge. For some reason, I’ve been riding a pink, peachy, yellow wave whenever I’ve colored flowers lately, and this one is no exception.

Streamside Studios Fairy Happy Couple flatlay skrått

I cut down a piece of Lemon Tart card stock from Papertrey Ink to 3 1/4 x 5 1/2″ and ran it through my die cutting machine with an impression plate to create some texture to my yellow background. I mounted it with foam tape onto a side fold A2 card I created using Stamper’s Select White card stock from Papertrey Ink. It’s my favorite white card stock, it’s thick, bright white and doesn’t crack.

Streamside Studios Fairy Happy Couple flatlay

Onto the yellow, I added my colored flowers using 1 mm foam squares. On the part that hangs off the yellow edge, I used foam tape in addition to the 1 mm foam squares to prevent sagging and make everything level. Using a die set from Papirdesign, I created a stacked sentiment. For the shadow, I used some 40 lb vellum, and on top of that I have four white die cuts stacked on top of each other for dimension. The trick here is that I also put two layers of white die cuts behind the vellum, giving it a little lift. In fact, the part of the word that overhangs to the right of the flowers has an additional three white die cuts behind it to compensate for the height of the 1 mm foam squares behind the flowers. Dimension is life?

Streamside Studios Fairy Happy Couple flatlay høyre

I stamped and white heat embossed part of a sentiment from Norsk Stempelblad AS onto Melon Berry card stock from Papertrey Ink and added a few more strips of the same card stock behind it for dimension. I embellished the card very simply using sparkling clear sequins from Pretty Pink staggered around the flowers. Some are tucked behind, others hanging off the edge, I really like the effect it brings.

Streamside Studios Fairy Happy Couple zoom 1500

Lots of layers, and lots of dimension.

Streamside Studios Fairy Happy Couple Copics

Quite a few colors despite a fairly simple palette. I didn’t want the center flower to be the same color as the other ones, so I went in with dark colors and plenty of layers before I was happy.

Bear hugs {Lili of the Valley}

Hi! I have a simple card to share today, featuring Jenny floral border, which is an image from Lili of the Valley. I printed the image with a low opacity setting to get the no line look and colored in my image with Copics, drawing the facial features back in with a black pen.

Lili of the Valley Jenny floral border front rett

I don’t often color fur like this. It’s very relaxing to do and a very forgiving technique, but it’s a time consuming one, layering up all those fine lines isn’t done in five minutes, or fifteen, for that matter, so I don’t usually take the time to do it, but this cute little bear was begging for it.

Lili of the Valley Jenny floral border front skrått

Using the watercolor stripes stencil from Altenew, I dry embossed a piece of Soft Stone card stock from Papertrey Ink. I’ve had a love affair with the Papertrey Ink card stock for close to a decade now; it’s my favorite, and this particular grey color is so soft and perfect! I mounted it onto a top fold white card base (made out of Stamper’s Select White card stock, another one from PTI) using lots of foam tape, leaving a 1/4″ border around the edge. Using even more foam tape, I mounted my fussy cut colored piece in the center of the grey card stock for even more dimension.

Lili of the Valley Jenny floral border flatlay høyre

I stamped and white heat embossed a sentiment from Norsk Stempelblad AS onto a scrap piece of Berry Sorbet card stock from Papertrey Ink and turned it into a small banner with one of the dies in the Itty Bitty Strips die set from My Favorite Things. This particular pink card stock is another favorite of mine, and I only have tiny scraps left, I need to stock up! I mounted the banner onto my colored piece using 1 mm foam squares.

Lili of the Valley Jenny floral border flatlay rett

I added sparkling clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh to finish off my card. Three groupings forming a visual embellishment triangle. I usually only place my embellishments near the sentiment to draw the eye to the sentiment, but for this one I staggered them elsewhere too. I love that these sequins come in a bag with four different sizes. I have other sequins I love too (the mixes from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards are awesome), but I still believe these are my favorites. If I could only buy one type of sequins for the rest of forever, these are the ones I’d choose.

Lili of the Valley Jenny floral border flatlay angled

I’m sending sparkling, dimensional, flowery bear hugs your way!

Missing you {hÄnglar & Wings}

Hi there! A few months ago I was asked to guest design for hÄnglar & Wings. I have a hard time saying no to guest design gigs no matter how busy I am, and today I’m sharing the first of two cards I made with the stamp set I chose. Part of me wanted to choose a Christmas set (I loooove creating Christmas cards), but I went completely opposite in the end and chose a stamp set with a couple of very summery girls called Bästa Vänner.

hÄnglar & Wings - Bästa Vänner missing you front

For this first card I decided to create a card that is very typical for me. Colored image, die cut panel with faux stitch edge and an embellishment cluster with a sentiment.

hÄnglar & Wings - Bästa Vänner missing you front skrått

I colored the girl from the Bästa Vänner stamp set with my Copics, and used a die from My Favorite Things to turn it into a panel with the aforementioned faux stitch edge that I love so much. I adhered it to a card base I made out of Wild Wisteria card stock (sadly, a discontinued color) from My Favorite Things.

hÄnglar & Wings - Bästa Vänner missing you flatlay

I love creating these embellishment clusters with die cut patterned paper scraps. I have a tub of these die cut scraps on my desk, sorted by color so I don’t have to go through the whole tub for each card. I typically choose two or three colors that go with the colors in my image and play with sizes and directions of my scraps until I come up with a design I’m happy with. It’s my favorite way to use up my patterned paper scraps. Back in the day I used a ton of patterned paper, and I still have lots left as I don’t use much of it anymore, but this method makes my scrap pile shrink ever so slightly with each cluster.

hÄnglar & Wings - Bästa Vänner missing you flatlay høyre

For this cluster I used paper from P13, Imaginisce, Scenic Route and Karen Foster. I put a mini paper doily from Doodlebug Design at the bottom and built up my cluster with a little bit of foam tape here and there for dimension. The sentiment comes from the Bästa Vänner stamp set, embossed in white on a die cut piece of the same color card stock that I used for my cardbase. To finish off the card, I added a few enamel dots from Altenew.

hÄnglar & Wings - Bästa Vänner missing you Copics

Not a whole heap of colors used for this one.

You are simply wonderful {Mo’s Digital Pencil}

Hi! Today, I have a simple card to share. Nothing out of the ordinary, really, my cards are usually pretty simple.

Mo Manning August front rett

August from Mo Manning is such a cute image, and I colored it up with my Copics in the beginning of the month, and I’ve turned my colored piece into a very simple card.

Mo Manning August front skrått

I die cut my colored piece with the largest of the A2 Stitched Rectangles STAX dies from My Favorite Things and adhered it to a top fold card base I made from Lavender Fields card stock, also from MFT. I also die cut a white piece to put on the inside of the card for a space to write a personal message.

Mo Manning August flatlay

I die cut a patterned paper piece from My Favorite Things using the same die, and cut it down to a 1 1/4″ strip with my paper trimmer. I mounted it on foam tape above my image. I love that the faux stitch edge is continuous across the colored panel and this patterned paper strip.

Mo Manning August flatlay angled

I stamped and white heat embossed a Norsk Stempelblad AS sentiment onto a separate piece of Lavender Fields card stock, and die cut it into a banner using the smallest die in the Fishtail Flag Frames die set from My Favorite Things and mounted it on 1 mm foam squares to the patterned paper.

Mo Manning August flatlay høyre

I finished off with a few sparkling clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh near my sentiment.

Mo Manning August Copics

I used lots of colors for her skin, but other than that, I didn’t use a whole lot of Copics for this one.

Hello {Purple Onion Designs}

Hi, there! I’m sharing a card that’s a little different for me today. I created a little landscape scene using three stamps from Purple Onion Designs: Chloe, Birch Tree Background and Bloom no. 2 Daisy. I did some masking and stamped my images using Extreme Black ink from My Favorite Things onto X-Press It blending card, which is what I pretty much always use for my Copic coloring. I love my X-Press It! I wanted a golden brown bunny and actually chose to color the shirt yellow. I don’t use yellow a lot in my cards, but thought it was the perfect summery color for this one. Summer solstice was yesterday, which means that even though we’re only three weeks into summer, the days are about to get shorter. I don’t want shorter days, I love it when the sun barely has time to set before rising again the next day.

Purple Onion Designs - Elin Venge - Chloe Birch Tree Background Bloom no. 2 Daisy front

I don’t make many landscape cards, and this one turned out to be a side fold card, which is even more rare for me. I love my top fold cards, but I’d already cut and scored this card base and figured I might as well use it and create a side fold card for once.

Purple Onion Designs - Elin Venge - Chloe Birch Tree Background Bloom no. 2 Daisy flatlay zoom angled

To reinforce the yellow shirt and the yellow on the flowers, I decided to add a yellow frame. I die cut the largest of the Stitched Rectangle Scallop Edge Frames dies from My Favorite Things out of Bright Buttercup card stock from Papertrey Ink and added three additional white die cut frames behind it for dimension.

Purple Onion Designs - Elin Venge - Chloe Birch Tree Background Bloom no. 2 Daisy flatlay

In the space between the trees I had room for a fairly large hello, die cut using the Say Hello die from My Favorite Things. It’s really a speech bubble die, but I’d used everything but the word for a different card and had the stacked hello die cut in a bowl on my desk, ready to go. There’s a ton of dimension in this die cut, it’s six layers thick.

Purple Onion Designs - Chloe Birch Tree Background Daisy Copics

Some bright, sunshiny Copics to finish off.