Juleklem {Mo’s Dream Team}

Another Wednesday means another Mo Manning project. I thought it was time for another Christmas card, this is my 6th this year, and it feels pretty good!

I colored up Hanging the Stockings for Kathy Racoosin’s 30 day coloring challenge earlier this month, and turned it into a very simple card by diecutting my panel, adding a heat embossed sentiment and some heart shaped raindrops.

I’ve had this image for so long, and it really felt good to finally color it up. I used the largest of the dies in the Stitched Rectangles STAX (2) set from My Favorite Things, before heat embossing a Norsk Stempelblad AS sentiment in white using super fine detail embossing powder from Ranger.

I love the look of those heart shaped raindrops from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards. They’re part of the crystal collection and add the perfect little touch to such a simple card.

Christmas in March?? {Mo’s Dream Team}

Hi, everyone! I’m still keeping up with making those Christmas cards, and I must admit, it feels pretty good. This is Going North, colored for day 5 of this run of the 30 day coloring challenge by Kathy Racoosin.

I turned my image into a card last night by stamping a sentiment, diecutting the entire panel with a faux stitch rectangle die, adding that to my card front and embellishing very sparingly with three clear crystals from the Ice Water mix from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards. That’s it.

The sentiment is from the B04 stamp set from Norsk Stempelblad AS. I love the stamps Åshild has designed and am so glad I have so many different sets from them. I used Enchanted Evening ink from Papertrey Ink. It’s a beautiful dark blue color.

Cards don’t get much simpler than this. And cards like this are so fun to make, too.

Would you believe I used 10 (yes, ten) different colors for the fur?? Am I crazy?

En seier for småstemplene {Hobbykunst}

Hei og hopp og velkommen til dagens andre innlegg. Hvis du vil se Mo Manning-prosjektet finner du det i innlegget under dette, som du finner her. I dag slår jeg et slag for alle småstemplene. Ofte i et stempelsett finnes det i tillegg til de litt større stemplene noen mindre som fyller ut plassen på stempelplaten. Disse blir ofte glemt, da vi gjerne kjøper stempelplatene for de store stemplene. I dag har jeg brukt flesteparten av småstemplene i et stempelsett fra Pretty Pink Posh og stemplet dem over hele fronten av kortet mitt.

Å stemple såpass mange stempler tar litt tid. Ikke bare skal de stemples, men for at det hele skal se litt vilkårlig ut til slutt stemples de ikke i noe mønster, og hvert stempel må derfor plasseres på nytt for hver stempling. Jeg brukte vel omtrent en time på å stemple alle disse småstemplene, før jeg fargela dem med Prismacolor-blyanter.

Jeg prøver så godt jeg kan å bruke rester av mønsterark på kortene mine, så her fant jeg noen Maja Design-rester i farger som matchet fargeleggingen min. Det rødstripete er fra Home for the Holidays-kolleksjonen, mens det øverste er fra Vintage Frost Basics-serien, som kom ut helt tilbake i 2013. Jeg er jo ikke akkurat kjent for å være den som bruker mest ark på kortene mine, så det minker ikke så fort av restelageret, men litt og litt er bedre enn ingenting.

Jeg brukte et diesett fra Papirdesign til å lage teksten på kortet mitt. Jeg stanset ut selve teksten åtte ganger i hvit kartong og skyggen to ganger i vellum. Jeg limte tre lag med den hvite kartongen oppå hverandre, så vellumlagene, og til slutt de siste fem lagene med hvit kartong. Resultatet er en tekst som virkelig kommer frem på kortet. Et triks når man limer vellum er å bruke et jevnt lag med lim på hele baksiden, da vil ikke limet vises gjennom.

Jeg avslutter med fargene jeg har brukt. Veldig uvant å bruke Prismacolor-blyantene mine istedenfor Copics (tregere går det selvfølgelig også), men jeg prøver å bli flinkere til å bruke det jeg har, og det er jo litt synd om de bare blir liggende i en skuff uten å bli brukt, ikke sant?

Happy Birthday {Hobbykunst}

Det er ingen hemmelighet at jeg er svak for stempler fra My Favorite Things, og spesielt de som Stacey Yacula designer, hun har en herlig strek!!

Her har jeg stemplet og maskert en muffins, stemplet skilpadden, stemplet konfetti på bakgrunnen og hatt det gøy med tusjene. Jeg startet med skilpadden og muffinsen, før jeg fargela bakken i grått. Så var det himmelen sin tur. Jeg ville ha en slags ombreeffekt, så jeg startet øverst med den mørkeste blå av de jeg hadde valgt ut og fortsatte nedover med lysere og lysere blåfarger før jeg til slutt fikk en sømløs overgang mellom det blå og det grå. Til slutt var det grei skuring å fargelegge konfettien.

Jeg stanset ut panelet med den største dieen i Stitched Rectangles STAX set 2, den gir 1/16″ ramme rundt når man limer panelet på et A2-kort. Jeg brukte Fishtail Flag Frames-settet til å stanse ut bannere i koordinerende farger kartong fra Papertrey Ink (Harvest Gold, Orange Zest og Raspberry Fizz). Jeg stemplet og embosset tekst på det rosa banneret, limte det oransje rett på hovedpanelet og de andre to med 3D-puter i ulike høyder før jeg pyntet med paljetter fra Little Things from Lucy’s Cards i farger som matchet (paljettene er fra Candy Corn- og Sweet Shop-blandingene). Bannerdiesene fra MFT jeg har brukt stanser også ut ramme rundt selve banneret, og jeg har brukt rammen fra den rosa og satt på inni kortet og stemplet en av de andre tekstene inni rammen på kortets innside i rosa, man ser litt av det til høyre her.

Det er gøy å lage kort kun med favoritting!!!

Soft, sweet and simple {Mo’s Dream Team}

Another Wednesday, another creation featuring a Mo Manning image. I’m still working my way through the alphabet of my unused digis, and today it was time to color up Fairy Sleepy.

I printed my image on a piece of X-Press It cut down to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2″. I colored my image with my Copics and used the largest of the stitched rectangle dies from My Favorite Things to cut it slightly smaller.

I’m also doing my best this year to use scraps of patterned paper. I have a basket of scraps that I’ve cut down to card front sizes, and I realized pink is the color I have the most of, which was the reason for my color choice today. I found a pink scrap in the basket that I wanted to use, colored my image in matching colors and took a bit of a dive into my smaller scraps to find pieces to use for my cluster. The circle with the sentiment is actually cut from the center of the patterned paper I used on the front of this card, which is a scrap from the Vintage Summer Basics collection from Maja Design. The diecut banners are from the Sofiero collection, the colors were perfect for this card.

I used part of a Doodlebug mini paper doily in the top right corner as a base for my small cluster. I had a tiny bit left over and glued in the opposite corner. I embellished very simply with a couple of hearts from the Rosy Glow mix from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards and sequins from the White Orchid Sequin mix, also from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards. I added an epoxy pebble to the sentiment circle for a little bit of extra dimension and interest.

Another level up! {Mo’s Dream Team}

Another Wednesday, another Mo Manning creation and another Elin special – clean and simple with cluster. I make a lot of these cards, but they’re fun and easy, what’s better than that? I love playing around with different elements to make my clusters, and today, I didn’t even use a single piece of foam tape for dimension, the chipboard pieces do all the work for me.

I decided that Evan with iPad was the perfect image for a birthday card for my nephew, who loves to play games on his iPad and Playstation. His favorite color has always been orange, so I used orange on my image, orange scraps of patterned paper, Orange Zest cardstock from Papertrey Ink and gears from Snip Art that I colored with an orange Copic marker.

I don’t really know how I ever survived without the stitched rectangles sets from My Favorite Things. I use the largest in the 2 set for pretty much every card I make. It creates a nice 1/16″ border around my panel, which, to me, is the perfect width. I used another MFT die for the sentiment banner. It’s from the Fishtail Flag Frames set, another set I use a great deal. MFT has some very versatile dies! For the actual sentiment (which is a digital sentiment that comes with the image) to be the right color I put a scrap piece of the orange cardstock into my scanner, opened the scanned image in Photoshop, used the eyedropper tool to choose that color, and changed the color of the sentiment before printing.

I’ve set myself a challenge to see how far I can get this year by only using scraps of patterned paper and not digging into new ones. Design team contributions for Hobbykunst get to be exempt from my little experiment, but I think I can make it pretty far with just scraps. It helps that I tend to make cards like this, that don’t require big chunks of patterned paper. The orange one with the dots is from a pack of digital patterned papers by Cathy Zielske that I bought years ago, and the other one is actually from a Halloween collection from Papirdesign. I diecut them both with a die from Xcut that diecuts lots of tickets from one die. I put a chipboard piece from Snip Art on top of my tickets, and a sentiment banner straight on top of that. By using the chipboard, I get dimension without having to resort to foam tape, which is always a plus.

I felt like I needed a little bit towards the bottom, too, so I added another small ticket, another uncolored piece of Snip Art chipboard and half a colored gear, as well as a blue enamel dot from Papirdesign. It’s amazing how much you can fit into such a small space if you just stack it.

I have found that my blues look better if I skip B93 and jump straight from B95 to B91. Have you made a similar discovery? I’d love to hear about it.

Less than 11 months left… {Mo’s Dream Team}

… until Christmas. Call me crazy, but that won’t make it any less true. I’m doing my best to keep my Christmas card making going all through the year to avoid being swamped come November. I’m happy with how it’s going so far! For today’s card, I colored up the premerged version of Christmased in no lines. There’s also a version where the kid is a separate image from all that wrapping paper.

I colored my image before diecutting it with the largest of the dies in a stitched rectangle set from My Favorite Things.

I glued a fairly large scrap piece of patterned paper to my cardbase, popped my colored rectangle piece onto it using foam tape and added a piece of a paper doily, some diecut scraps of patterned paper in a cluster and a few sparkling clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh. Easy peasy, right? Another Christmas card done, I can check it off my to do list and have one less card to make in the fall.

I love the little sentiment that comes with the image. I printed it, along with my image, from Photoshop, making sure that the color would be close my blue Copics. The color of the sentiment is actually B99, which I didn’t end up using to color my little guy.

Lots of little details in this image, requiring the use of lots of colors!