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?

Baby girl {Mo’s Dream Team}

Hi, everyone! It’s Wednesday, aka Mo day, and I’m still on F in my alphabetic list of unused Mo images, today it was Flidais’ turn. She’s from the 6 Baby Fairies set.

I colored her up with my Copics, focusing on the RV90s that go so incredibly well with the patterned paper from Papirdesign that I used, it’s ridiculous!

I made a shaped card using the third largest die in the XXL Square Frames Frilly #10 set from GoKreate, and did a whole bunch of diecutting elsewhere on the card too. To break up the monotony of a diecut on top of a slightly larger diecut on top of a slightly larger diecut on top of a slightly larger diecut, I cut some Kort & Godt lace and put it across the card. The diecut heart banner, the word banner and all those Wild Orchid Crafts flowers also help. The flower berries and pearls are from Kort & Godt.

There’s a banner hidden behind that image, diecut with a Magnolia die. I tied a bow of seam binding ribbon with the help of a DIY bow easy, I can’t make nice bows for cards to save my life (true story!), so the Bow Easy helps. I stamped a Papirdesign stamp using Memento Sweet Plum ink, which also matches the patterned papers beautifully. On top of the bow I added an old button from Melissa Frances.

Is that an adorable little fairy or what? Those flower berries from Kort & Godt are really old, I think they might actually be from their first production of flower berries. They made some later on that had more of a greenish yellowy tint, but these are more creme colored and perfect for this card. I still have a few left, I only use them on very special cards.

I added another Papirdesign sentiment stamp on the back of the card, along with a few more flowers. I removed the centers of the sweetheart blossoms and added back in some purple pearls from Papirdesign that once again matched the colors of everything else.

As you can see from the above photo, this is a very dimensional card and not at all mail friendly, it’s super thick.

Not too many Copics used for this one. Probably because it’s mostly that one dominating color.

Something a little bit different {Mo’s Dream Team}

Another Wednesday, and I have another “alphabet” card to share. I’m still on F, and Flower Frame from the Avril set was next up. It’s basically a circle image with flowers on the outside. To avoid having to color super tiny flowers I decided to use only a section of the circle, and made my little arch just large enough to fit the width of my card.

This is a lot more artsy than what I normally do. I printed the image with an opacity setting of 25%, colored it with Copics and then used a Copic multiliner to add back in some black lines in selected areas before fussy cutting my image with a thin, white border on the outside and straight up to the black line on the inside.

I used foam tape from Gina K to pop up my colored piece onto a cardbase I made from Spring Rain cardstock from Papertrey Ink.

I stamped a Norsk Stempelblad AS sentiment using VersaFine Onyx Black ink, and added splatters across the entire card with white liquid watercolor from Hero Arts and a watered down black ink.

Not exactly my usual style of card, this one. What do you think?

Falalala… {Mo’s Dream Team}

la la la laaaa!

Am I in a Christmas mood? Not really, but it might seem that way. Falalalala was next up on my alphabetic list of Mo Manning images I haven’t yet used, and it needed to go on a Christmas card. Another one done for this year, which admittedly feels pretty good.

I colored my image with Copics as usual. In a split complementary version this time. I’m not a fan of red (not even for Christmas), but when I can use it as an accent color along with blue greens and yellow greens, I feel it works better. I fussy cut my image right up to the black line and glued it to the front of my card.

I diecut a panel of Spring Rain cardstock from Papertrey Ink using the Snowfall Backdrop die from Lawn Fawn and ink blended over the top. I used Chipped Sapphire Distress ink, Faded Jeans Distress ink, Stormy Sky distress ink and Spring Rain dye ink working my way from top to bottom, dark to light. I glued the piece straight onto my white cardbase.

I used the Country Landscape die from Memory Box to diecut the background hills from Stamper’s Select White cardstock from Papertrey Ink. I used the same die to diecut the windows using Harvest Gold cardstock, also from PTI, and inlaid them. I popped the entire panel on low foam tape for a little bit of dimension. I then diecut my panel with the sentiment already printed using a die from the Stitched Hillside Borders die set from Lawn Fawn. I’m a huge fan of faux stitch dies, but since the Memory Box die doesn’t have the faux stitching, I didn’t want it on my top panel either, so I used the die upside down and glued this snow bank on with low foam tape. To ground my image I used snow paint just below it as snow, and sprinkled rock candy distress glitter on top while the snow paint was still wet.

I changed up the sentiment a little. There’s an exclamation mark at the end, but I wanted that to be on the inside, so I added three dots instead and printed the same sentiment on the inside with the three dots in the beginning and the exclamation mark at the end.

I was a little hesitant about using my blue background at first, because I didn’t think the image stood out enough against the blue. When I created the snow banks, the whole thing transformed, and I’m glad I stuck with the blue.

Not a lot of markers for this one.

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.