Big birthday wishes {Hobbykunst}

Hi, everyone! This is my second post of the day. If you came here to see my Mo Manning post, you will find that here. This one’s a bit of a twofer, focusing on the big birthday wishes die from My Favorite Things, along with the Big Balloon stencil, also from MFT.

I have a great crafty friend who suggested I play along with the current color challenge over at MFT. The color palette for the challenge was Blueberry, Berrylicious, Grout Gray and Sweet Tooth, and it’s a palette I find very appealing! I’ve done a raised diecut inlay using the big birthday wishes die and big balloon stencil once before, but it was with warmer tones (it’s this card) and some birthday monsters.

Starting with the raised die cut inlay card, I did some serious ink blending. I love the look of ink blending, but I have a shoulder that protests every time I do it, meaning it doesn’t happen every day. I don’t have colored inks from MFT, so I used the brands I have and made it work. I used Hero Arts Wet Cement and Papertrey Ink Soft Stone inks for the gray balloon, Papertrey Ink Hawaiian Shores and Distress Ink Speckled Egg for the teal balloon, and Altenew Dark Night, Azurite, Ultramarine and Eastern Sky for the blue balloon.

Once the panel was inked, I used the Big Birthday Wishes die to die cut the panel, making sure to keep all the little pieces for the stacked inlay technique. I die cut five more pieces from white card stock and stacked all the individual letters, putting the inked piece on top, giving me a total of six layers for each letter. I no line colored a few of the bears from the Bitty Bears stamp set to look like polar bears, and added them to the big letters at the top.

For the second card I used the same color inks to ink blend the balloons, cut off the edges to make it a smaller panel and used the negative of a die cut for the shaker window. I built up the walls of the shaker using thin strips of white card stock. I’m not a fan of foam tape for shaker windows, I prefer to take the extra time and effort to build dimension with cardstock. It’s fiddly and time consuming, but I love it!

I glued the negative die cut onto a piece of acetate, and filled the shaker with the Starry Sky Mix of jewels from Pretty Pink Posh before adding the piece of acetate and negative die cut on top, sealing in the jewels. The colors of the jewels are perfect for the color palette I was going for. I glued the finished shaker piece onto a top fold card base I made from Berrylicious card stock, and my card was finished.

I had so much fun creating these two cards, but will admit that I struggled with which bears to use, I’d colored all but one bear from the stamp set. Indecisive is my middle name. So is procrastinator, perfectionist and a whole bunch of other descriptors.

All the bears (except for the one that couldn’t fit on this panel) all colored up like polar bears. While the stamps were still in my Misti, I used a Memento Rich Cocoa dual marker on the eyes, noses and mouths and stamped them on top of the fadeout ink from Inkon3 I’d already used. This is a trick I like to use, and it saves me from having to draw eyes and mouths in after my coloring and risk ruining my images.

Last, but not least, the colors I used. Not a lot, but enough to make these cute bears look like polar bears and for them to match the color palette for the MFT color challenge.

Christmas Cheer

Hi, everyone!

Last week’s sketch from MFT was such an amazing one, I really wanted to join in the sketch challenge. It’s been a minute since the last time I joined, but I had an idea for a fun shaker as soon as I saw the sketch. Then there was the issue of time… Technically not a lack of time, but I was so tired after my all nighter for the Superstar contest that nothing was getting done.

I did it today, though. It didn’t turn out exactly as I’d envisioned, but close enough.

I stamped, colored and diecut the bunny a couple of days ago, so he was ready to go. I wanted the background stamp from that same stamp set to be in the shaker, and also going across. The shaker portion was stamped using Extreme Black ink, then colored with Copics, while the parts on the outside were stamped and white heat embossed on vellum and colored on the back. You don’t want to ruin the tips of your Copics by touching the embossing, so the back’s a great option when using vellum, because it still shows through.

I like my shakers done a certain way. I use a die slightly bigger than my shaker window to die cut several times from white cardstock. I stack my negative die cuts (for this card it was 7), glue them together and glue a thin strip of cardstock to the inside of my negative diecut stack. That way, none of the sequins or other bits in the shaker get stuck anywhere, but can shake freely in their little confined space.

I used a sequin mix from Hero Arts for the inside of the shaker. It’s a mix of matte white sequins and clear sequins, as well as iridescent star confetti. I’m not usually a fan of iridescent elements on my cards, but for a night time Christmas shaker, I don’t mind.

Not too many Copics used for this one! And the red one that says B97 should say R27, I must have undone the correct one before I saved my graphic in Photoshop.

Make a Wish

I’ve been waiting for the card design superstar contest from MFT for a while, and it’s here! The deadline is tonight, and here’s my first go. This is my entry into the Innovation Master category. I knew right away what I wanted to create.

This is a small, but mighty one. It may look very unassuming as a 2-3/4″ square shaker card, but there’s a secret. It opens up to be quite big in the end. The shaker itself is filled with sequins, gems and a few die cuts in colored cardstock die cut using one of the dies in the Tag Builder Blueprint 5 set. I cut them down a little with my scissors and cut the ends off so they wouldn’t get tangled inside the shaker.

The gorilla from the Picture Perfect Party Animals stamp set covers the entire front, but there’s a magnetic flap on the back, and once you undo that, more is revealed.

Flip the gorilla over, and you’ve got more animals ready to join the party. I used the yellow polka dot pattern from the Party Patterns paper pad for even more fun and a way to get even more happy color into my card. These three panels are flaps that open to the sides (two to the right and one to the left) to reveal even more…

The last three (technically four, since there are two parrots in that one selfie) animals are ready to party. They’re tucked inside pockets, and I’ve stamped a couple of the sentiments that come with the stamp set onto Razzle Berry heavyweight cardstock from MFT and heat embossed them. That pink really packs a punch. I die cut my sentiments using the largest of the Fishtail Flag Frames dies, and cut down another patterned paper from the Party Patterns paper pad to strips that included the yellow, green and pink colors that I have throughout my card. I also added some die cut streamers from the Tag Builder Blueprint 5 die set using Razzle Berry, Pineapple and Limelight cardstock, all from MFT.

You can pull the selfies out of their pockets, and there’s room to write a personal message to the birthday boy or girl on the back of the selfies. The best thing about this card is that no specialty dies are required, this is all done with a paper trimmer, score board, bone folder, craft knife and a steel ruler. I prefer the craft knife and steel ruler over the paper trimmer, but that goes way back to my days of creating architectural models. Those knives are handy!

There you have it, my entry for the Innovation Master category for MFT’s annual superstar contest.

MFT products used:

Picture Perfect Party Animals stamp set

Birthday Chicks stamp set

Selfie Square die

Tag Builder Blueprint 5 die set

Fishtail Flag Frames die set

Razzle Berry Heavyweight card stock

Pineapple Prestige card stock

Limelight Prestige card stock

Party Patterns 6×6 paper pad

Season’s Greetings {Mo’s Dream Team}

Hi, everyone!

It might seem a little early for those holiday cards, but I never make multiples, and this is only my tenth this year, so I need to get cracking!

I try very hard not to have favorites, but I can’t help it. Giggling Snowman from Mo Manning gets me every time. I colored him up in nolines for day 1 of the current 30 day coloring challenge from Kathy Racoosin, and I turned him into a deceptively simple shaker card. I messed up big time when making this card. Several times. But I didn’t give up, I’m too stubborn. Way too stubborn. In the end it turned out almost the way I wanted it to, at it shakes like crazy, which I really wanted. I spent a considerable chunk of time turning every sequin, jewel and diamond the right way, but the shaker itself is so deep that the two largest sizes of sequins are the only ones that stayed that way. Live and learn, right? My biggest struggle with making shaker cards is usually that I either fill up the shaker too much or not enough. This time I was able to get the perfect amount. I’m celebrating the small victories!

I used the largest of the Stitched Rectangles STAX dies from My Favorite Things to create the front of the shaker, then the oval dies from the Card Front Designs die set from Neat & Tangled to create the actual window and the frame around it. I doubled up on my foam tape, and used acetate from Hot off the Press to create my window. I used the Urban Chic mix from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards for my filling.

This really shakes, those sequins have a lot of room to move freely. I stamped an InkyWings sentiment using Ocean Tides ink from Papertrey Ink (which matches the Ocean Tides cardstock SO well) on a scrap piece of X-Press It (I wanted the white to match the white in the image) and mounted it on 1mm foam squares onto the front of my card, and it was finished.

En hilsen til deg {Hobbykunst}

Hei og hopp! Jeg har lekt meg med monstre, bakgrunn og diecuts til dagens kort.

Det er ingen tvil om at jeg liker å lage enkle kort, men mine enkle kort er ofte ikke så enkle som man skulle tro ved første øyekast. Dette er et sånt kort. Jeg startet med å stemple monstrene fra Monster-platen til Huldra designstudio. Jeg hadde en plan for dette kortet, så jeg visste jeg trengte seks monstre. Det er kun fem på platen, så en måtte stemples to ganger. For å gjøre dem litt forskjellig ga jeg den ene tenner. Da alle var ferdig fargelagt klippet jeg dem ut. Siden de er så små er det skikkelig pirkejobb som tar tid, men det var dette med detaljer, da. Jeg er glad i detaljer og også ganske glad i pirk, så dette var jobb for meg.

Jeg lagde bakgrunnen ved å maskere alle fire kantene, før jeg gikk inn med forskjellige farger Distress Ink med blenderbørster fra Taylored Expressions. Jeg gikk i en slags regnbuerekkefølge, de er fra nederst til øverst Worn LipstickSpiced MarmaladeSqueezed LemonadeTwisted CitronCracked PistachioMermaid Lagoon og Blueprint Sketch. Ved å bruke blenderbørstene får jeg en ganske dus fargepalett. Jeg valgte de varme fargene nederst og de kalde fargene øverst på bakgrunnen. Monstrene er satt på i motsatt rekkefølge, så monstrene i kalde farger har varme farger i bakgrunnen, mens monstrene i varme farger har kalde farger i bakgrunnen.

Mer pirkearbeid. Jeg stanset ut en coverdie fra Uniquely Creative 8 ganger i hvit kartong. Jeg limte 7 av lagene sammen og satte dem sentrert på kortbasen. På baksiden av den siste limte jeg fast acetat i annenhver åpning, jeg ville nemlig lage shakerkort og ha paljetter i de hullene hvor jeg ikke hadde monstre. Jeg fylte hullene med paljettblandinger fra Little Things from Lucy’s Cards i farger som matchet bakgrunnen (Let’s Be Mermaids øverst, Urban Chic mellom det gule og grønne monsteret, Peppermint på linjen med det turkise monsteret og Sweet Shop på den nederste raden) og limte det siste hvite laget med kartong oppå.

Til slutt gjensto kun å lime fast monstrene med 3D-puter og å få på en hilsen. Jeg stemplet og embosset en tekst fra en tekstplate fra Mathia design og satte limte den på med en smal strimmel 3D-teip. Teksten er egentlig lenger, men jeg hadde ikke plass til mer, så jeg stemplet EN HILSEN først, embosset det, og stemplet TIL DEG etterpå og embosset det. Til den typen stempeljobber er Mistien uvurderlig, alt er på rett linje!

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.

 

No peeking! {Mo’s Dream Team}

I’ve got a few tiny gift tags to share with you today, using the adorable Giggling Snowman from Mo’s Digital Pencil. I printed him really tiny, he’s about an inch and a half tall. Not wanting to waste my blending card, I put three of him on a quarter sheet of X-Press It. All three versions are colored with Copics, and I turned my gift tags into shakers.

I used a die set from Lawn Fawn for the tags and the speech bubbles, and found some scraps of patterned paper from Maja Design that I put to good use on these.

I added distress glitter in the shaker area, giving the feel of snow. The sentiment reads “Don’t peek! To be opened on Christmas Eve!” The speech bubble was just big enough for it to fit. I added a few snowflakes diecut with a Marianne Design die before gluing a Kort & Godt pearl in the center of each.

I’ve always loved this little snowman. I’ve always thought he looks kind of shy, but with the distress glitter working as snow in the shaker, it looks like he’s blowing hot air on his hands to try to stay warm – probably not the best thing for a snowman to do 😉

Since they’re gift tags, they need To and From on the back. I’ve stamped a few different Norsk Stempelblad AS ones with different colored inks, each to sort of match the rest of the tag and the snowman on front.

Babyjente {Papirdesign}

Hei og hopp! Jeg har et enkelt shakerkort å vise dere i dag, laget med ark fra Velkommen lille venn-kolleksjonen til Papirdesign.

Jeg har laget et rundt kort denne gangen, med en bølgekant rundt det hele. Jeg stanset ut kortbasen min dobbelt, så mønsterarket med hjertene i bakgrunnen, og også det som jeg har brukt til rammen på fronten. Jeg brukte en sirkeldie til å stanse ut hull fra det lilla mønsterarket.

Jeg stanset ut ordet Babyjente i det samme mønsterarket som jeg brukte på rammen og fylte shakeren min med små, søte hjerter. Jeg pyntet veldig enkelt med noen lilla dotter.

Innsidene har jeg gjort ganske enkle, med flere bølgekantsirkler og en liten tekst fra et utklippsark.

Baksiden har jeg også gjort veldig enkel, med enda en bølgesirkel stanset ut fra utklippsarket, proppet opp på noen 3D-puter.

Papirdesignprodukter brukt:

Ark:

Velkommen lille venn – Bamse Brakar PD17281

Velkommen lille venn – Tuttelutt PD17285

Velkommen lille venn – Snuppi PD17283

Velkommen lille venn, vol. 2 – Barnedåp, rosa PD18442

Dies:

Baby jente PD17234

Sirkler, bølgekant PD18414

Annet:

Dotter

Shakerkort er enkle og morsomme å lage – gi det en sjanse. Håper du ble inspirert. Stor, kreativ klem fra Elin

Gratulerer med dagen {Mo’s Dream Team}

Først vil jeg si GRATULERER MED DAGEN til alle nordmenn, selv om det er onsdag og Mo Manning-tid for meg. Passende nok i denne heliumdebatten som herjer om dagen har jeg et ballongkort å vise frem i dag. Det var riktignok helt tilfeldig.

First I want to say Happy Constitution Day to all Norwegian, even if it’s just a Wednesday and Mo Manning time for me. Fittingly in this helium debate that’s going on in Norway right now, I’m featuring a balloon card today. That wasn’t planned, though. 

Going Up fra Mo Manning er fargelagt veldig enkelt i lilla og en syrlig, ganske skarp grønnfarge, og kortet er laget meget enkelt.

Mo Manning’s Going Up is colored very simply in purple and a somewhat acidic, pretty sharp green color, and the card itself is pretty simple. 

Jeg gjorde om ballongen til en shakerboks ved å skjære ut selve innmaten. Jeg la lilla perler i boksen og vips hadde jeg et enkelt shakerkort.

I turned my balloon into a shaker box by cutting out the balloon itself. I put purple beads inside. Suddenly, I had a simple shaker card. 

Jeg kunne ha laget selve shakeren litt tykkere, perlene har lyst til å sette seg fast i plasten når de snur seg, men ved å knipse litt bak detter de ned igjen. Og det finnes jo begrensninger for hvor mye mosegummi man vil bruke på et kort, her er undersiden av hele kortets flate dekket av mosegummi, bortsett fra akkurat der ballongen er.

I could have made the shaker a little bit thicker, the beads tend to want to get stuck between the cardstock and acetate when I shake the card, but by tapping the back, they fall back down. And there are limits to how much craft foam I want to use on one card. I’ve got a piece of craft foam covering the entire back of my front panel, except for that little hole I made for the balloon. 

Som vanlig avslutter jeg med fargene jeg har brukt. Det var ikke så mange på dette kortet, men så er det jo også et veldig enkelt motiv.

As usual I finish with the colors I’ve used. There weren’t a lot on this card, but then again, the image is pretty simple.

Sangkor {Ett trykk}{Mo Manning}

Det er kanskje litt rart å vise frem julekort i mai, men med kulda som har kommet snikende i Oslo de siste dagene er det mer vinterstemning enn noe annet. Nå snør det fakisk, og dette innlegget går på luften om et kvarter. Håper varmen kommer tilbake snart.

Kortet er et lite shakerkort og ble faktisk laget i 2015 til en skisse til desembernummeret av Ett trykk for 2016.

Motivet Choir (Redux) fra Mo Manning er farget med Copcis og laget til en shaker med glassperler fra Stenboden inni. Teksten fra Unik Hobby er stemplet rett på en sirkel av Maja Design mønsterark med Rich Cocoa blekk fra Memento. Det blå mønsterarket er fra Storyteller og jeg har brukt en die fra Memory Box rundt shakerboksen med pålimte perler og løs bling fra Kort & Godt.

På innsiden har jeg mer av mønsterarket fra Storyteller, og noen diecuts laget med en Poppystamps-die. Teksten er fra Norsk Stempelblad AS.

Baksiden har stort sett samme materialer og oppsett som forsiden. Mønsterark fra Storyteller og Maja Design, stempel fra Norsk Stempelblad AS og diecut laget med en die fra Memory Box.