Let it snow {Rachelle Anne Miller Creative Studios}

Hi. Sharing a simple mini slimline today with a cute image from Rachelle Anne Miller. I love this Snowman Hug image, and I’ve used it previously for a wintery birthday card, but today, I’ve got a red and tealy blue Christmas card to share. If you use the code ELINVENGE in Rachelle’s store, you get a 10 % discount on your purchase.

I feel like I haven’t made my signature cluster cards in a while, so I decided to pull out patterned paper scraps and my Happy Days Ticket Stubs die from XCut, an amazing die that cut nine different tickets in one pass, I love it. It’s an older die, but I always use it for my clusters.

I don’t often create red Christmas cards, but when I can pair that red with a tealy blue, a light blue or a gray, I can make red work. I printed and colored the image onto a 3 1/4 x 6 1/4″ panel of X-Press It blending card, before sprinkling on lots of chunky white embossing enamel from Stampendous to make my scene extra snowy.

The patterned papers are all die cut from the 6×6″ Home for the Holidays paper stack from Maja Design. I love their patterns and their colors, and the colors in this stack are SO good, I couldn’t resist.

Mini slimline cards are fun to make. I really should make my envelopes as I go, but I’m not very consistent with that, I’m afraid, and will have lots of envelopes to create once we get a little closer to Christmas (we’ve got less than 100 days to go, by the way).

I stamped and white heat embossed a sentiment from the Itty Bitty Holiday stamp set from My Favorite Things onto a scrap piece of patterned paper from that stack from Maja Design, and die cut that with the coordinating Itty Bitty Strips die.

I added a few snowdrift sprinkles from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards, and the entire panel is adhered onto a card base I made from Wild Cherry cardstock from My Favorite Things. I love their cardstock!

As usual, I finish with my colors. Not a whole lot for this image.

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!

Make a Wish {Rachelle Anne Miller Creative Studios}

Hi, and happy Monday. I’m starting the week with this very simple mini slimline card, featuring “Make a Wish” from Rachelle Anne Miller, which happens to be an image from the most recent release.

Rachelle Anne Miller Make a Wish flatlay skrå

I colored the image with my Copics and used partial die cutting with a faux stitch rectangle die from My Favorite Things to turn it into a panel that would fit a mini slimline well.

Rachelle Anne Miller Make a Wish flatlay høyre

I adhered my panel onto a card base made out of Something Blue cardstock from My Favorite Things, and finished the card with a few sequins from the White Orchid Sequin mix from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards. Super simple.

Rachelle Anne Miller Make a Wish Copics

Not a whole heap of colors for this one.

Have a blooming good day! {Purple Onion Designs}

Hi, there! Today’s the day! The brand new spring release from Stacey Yacula and Purple Onion Designs, A Happy Little Place, is here! I’ve had a blast creating cards with this collection, and the first card I’m sharing happens to be a mini slimline one.

Purple Onion Designs Anna and country side and stone wall mini slimline front

I decided to stamp Anna on the left hand side of my panel, before masking her and stamping the stone wall behind her and then finally country side towards the top of the panel. I colored the entire panel, adding in a dirt road and a little bit of grass at the bottom.

Purple Onion Designs Anna and country side and stone wall mini slimline flatlay

I stamped a sentiment from the Around the Town sentiment set in VersaMark and white heat embossed it, before using an 05 gelly roll pen to add little white dots in the grass to look like flowers in the background. I adhered my 6 x 3 1/2″ panel onto a top fold card base that measures 6 1/4 x 3 3/4″, and my card was done.

Purple Onion Designs Anna and country side and stone wall mini slimline Anna detail

She looks so happy riding that bike!!

Purple Onion Designs Anna country side Stone Wall Copic

The Copics I used. Not really a lot, considering the entire panel is colored in.

You’ll find the entire “A Happy Little Place” collection as well as the sentiment set at a bundled price for the next two weeks. That’s a 30 % discount off the regular prices. A pretty good deal if you ask me.

Smile – it’s spring {Lili of the Valley}

Hi, everyone! I have a quick and easy card to share today, featuring Balancing Bunny from the upcoming release from Lili of the Valley. Lots of Easter themed images, which is perfect right now, don’t you think?

I colored the image in with my Copics and used partial die cutting with a die from My Favorite Things to turn it into a tall, slim panel. I stamped and white heat embossed a stamp from the Pinstripe stamp set from Altenew repeatedly on a card base I made out of Winter Wisteria card stock from Papertrey Ink, and added my colored piece in the center using foam tape. I stamped and white heat embossed a sentiment from Papirdesign onto a scrap piece of card stock, die cut it and matted it with a white circle, before using 1 mm foam squares to pop it off the colored piece just a bit. And that finished the card for today. Super simple.

Lots of colors used for this one, for some reason.

God påske {Streamside Studios}

Hi, everyone! I have an Easter card to share today, featuring the Easter Friends slimline panel stamp from Streamside Studios. I scaled the image to fit the front of a mini slimline, and colored the image with Copics.

Soft, pastel colors throughout this one. I die cut the panel into a rectangle by doing partial die cutting twice with a stitched rectangle die from My Favorite Things. I don’t have any dies for mini slimline cards, but partial die cutting definitely works.

I added the panel to a card base made from Lavender Moon card stock from Papertrey Ink. I die cut God påske (die from Papirdesign) four times; three from white card stock and once from Lavender Moon. I stacked them and centered my dimensional die cut as best I could above the image, before finishing off with some sequins from the White Orchid Sequin Mix from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards. I love her mixes, they’re awesome!

My light Copic palette shouldn’t come as a surprise, pastels and spring go hand in hand.

Hap-pea birthday {Streamside Studios}

Hi, everyone! I’m back again, this time with super simple coloring of some peas and even some ink blending, which is kind of rare for me.

These peas are part of an upcoming stamp set from Streamside Studios. I thought they were fun and festive, and with the added punny sentiment, I couldn’t resist. I colored the peas and party hats with my Copics.

Once I’d colored the peas, I masked off each individual pea and did some ink blending across the entire panel using distress inks. I went for an orange to yellow ombre combo with Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed and Squeezed Lemonade. I placed a stencil (Dotted Flowers) from Ranger on top and ink blended again using the same colors, going in with a heavier hand. I adhered the panel to a mini slimline card base I made from Stamper’s Select White cardstock from Papertrey Ink and used foam tape for a little bit of dimension behind the sentiment, before finishing off with some sequins from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards.

Simple coloring leads to a simple color palette.

God påske {Lili of the Valley}

Hi, everyone! We’ve reached March and the first of three glorious spring months. The weather’s getting warmer, and I took advantage big time by going on a hike for a couple of hours. About 10 kilometers and 14,000 steps, and it felt sooo good to get out. Before that, though, I colored and created a card using one of the images in the upcoming release from Lili of the Valley. Bunny Hugs is such a cute image, and I decided to make an Easter card. Easter cards aren’t really a thing in Norway, but I thought the big bunny was perfect for Easter.

I wanted a soft look to this, but at the same time, I also wanted to change things up a bit. I went with a darker skin tone than I normally do, and I really wanted a soft yellow bunny. I printed the image onto a piece of X-Press It blending card cut to 3×6″ for a mini slimline card. I adhered it to a card base I made from Lemon Tart card stock from Papertrey Ink with a 1/8″ border. I used the same color card stock to die cut “God påske” (Happy Easter in Norwegian) using a die from Papirdesign. I stacked three die cuts on top of each other and used a sparkle shimmer spray from Imagine to add lots of shimmer to the die cut. It has a really nice shimmer in real life, even though you can’t see it in the photo. To finish off the card I added a few sequins from the White Orchid sequin mix from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards.

Part of me can’t believe I used five different greens for this one, but that tiny green heart? They all fit in there!

Hugs {Mo’s Dream Team}

Hi, everyone! I’ve got a bright and cheerful card to share today, featuring Little Fairy Maxi from Mo Manning. I wanted her to be in a summery landscape, so I used a scene builder stamp set along with fadeout ink from Inkon3 to stamp the grassy hill with the bushes in the background, before coloring everything with my Copics.

I really enjoyed playing with the mini slimline format last week, so I wanted to create another mini slimline. Last time, I slightly miscalculated the measurements I needed to create the matching envelope, so I made this one a little bit smaller, so it fits inside the envelope from last week that was just a tad too small for that particular card. This one measures 3 3/8 x 5 7/8″. I didn’t want to mess with the scene too much, so I die cut a few clouds from vellum using dies from Papertrey Ink and white heat embossed a Norsk Stempelblad AS sentiment onto one of the clouds. I mounted the clouds onto tiny pieces of foam, and added enamel dots from Papirdesign on top in very strategic spots.

I used a bright color palette for this one.

You warm my heart! {Rachelle Anne Miller Creative Studios}

Hi, everyone! I’ve been wanting to try mini slimline cards for months, ever since Taylored Expressions introduced this new size back in August. I finally took the plunge and gave it a go, using the Penguin Hug image from Rachelle Anne Miller as my focal point.

My card measures 3 1/2 x 6 1/2″. I printed the image onto X-Press It blending card and colored it with my Copics. I was planning on doing a split complementary color scheme, but went with an analogous in the end, which is never a bad idea, in my opinion. I adhered the colored panel onto a card base I made from Soft Stone card stock from Papertrey Ink, adding two layers of cardstock behind the image for added dimension.

I wanted to create a proper embellishment cluster for this card. I love making these, and this card format really gave me lots of space to play with for a cluster, using die cut scraps of patterned paper from Maja Design, StudioLight, Imaginisce and My Mind’s Eye. I printed the sentiment that comes with the image onto a separate piece of X-Press It and die cut it using a fishtail flag banner die from My Favorite Things. I also added chipboard pieces from Snip Art and a couple of pieces of mini paper doilies from Doodlebug to build all my elements onto.

It’s no secret that I love enamel dots, and the Cool Summer Night enamel dots from Altenew were the *perfect* color to match my penguin. Since I didn’t have any envelopes in the right size for this card, I created my own using patterned paper from Papirdesign and my envelope punch board from WRMK.

I love this color palette. In addition to these colors, I also used BG71, which is a color I’ve created myself.