God jul {Mo’s Dream Team}

We’ve reached another Wednesday, and you know what that means – it’s Mo Manning time! I’ve really gotten into the swing of making Christmas cards, and so far this year, they’re all blue. I’m a sucker for blue Christmas cards, and they’re so much fun to make!

I colored up a nolines version of Happiness is and diecut my panel down to a scalloped square with a Lifestyle Crafts die, before adding lots of Chunky White embossing enamel from Stampendous as snow.

I added my panel to a piece of patterned paper from Maja Design using some dimensional adhesive. Matted it with blue Maja Design cardstock, then glued everything to my cardbase. I’m not a fan of big borders around my panels on my cards, but 1/16″ is perfect!

I diecut god jul using a Papirdesign die four times with the same blue cardstock, stacked them together, glued them to a vellum shadow and glued that directly to my image for a quick, easy sentiment.

Julehilsen {Mo’s Dream Team}

Hi, everyone! Another Wednesday means another Mo Manning creation around here. I’m still on a blue Christmas kick (there really is no better color for Christmas), and I’ve used the Ragged Angel image I colored up for Kathy Racoosin’s 30 day challenge earlier in the week.

I printed my image in soft gray and colored her in with Copics, before using a die from My Favorite Things to turn her into a nice panel. I then made snow by sprinkling on chunky white embossing enamel and heating it from underneath the panel.

I absolutely love the effect you get by adding this particular embossing powder.

I just got my hands on this year’s Christmas collection from Maja Design, and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to use some of them on this very simple card. The one in the bakground is Let it snow, so is the vertical blue on the left (it’s the back), the darker blue is called Snowflakes. I’ve also used the Frost Monochrome paper for the sentiment, which is a Norsk Stempelblad AS sentiment that I white heat embossed and diecut with another MFT die. It’s a fishtail flag frame die, and you can just see the frame of it on the inside of the card at the bottom right.

I glued my Ragged Angel to the patterned paper with lots of foam tape, and added some snowflake sprinkles from Little Things by Lucy’s Cards to finish it off.

In addition to these colors (and yes, that really is B45 amongst all the 90s), I also used B90, which is a color I’ve made myself.

Cluster Christmas {Mo’s Dream Team}

Hi. Another Wednesday, and another Mo Manning creation.

Giggling Snowman is my all time favorite snowman, a fact you’re probably aware of if you’ve seen me speak of him before. He’s got such personality, and he’s super easy and fast to color. Of course I had to make his hat and scarf blue, another favorite of mine!

I printed him out in soft gray lines to be able to color him up and get the lines disappearing, I love the soft look on no line coloring, espesially on snow. I glued my panel of X-Press It onto my top fold card base and added a very dimensional cluster of diecut patterned paper scraps from Maja Design. I stamped and white heat embossed a Norsk Stempelblad AS sentiment on that top ticket stub, and embellished very sparsely with some Sparkling Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

I like making clusters like this, and it’s such a great way to use those tiny scraps, I’m sure we all have them. I rarely make my clusters this dimensional, but it’s kind of fun to see all the layers and view it from different angles.

I didn’t use a lot of Copic colors for this one, it is a pretty simple image, after all. I hope you give clusters a try, they’re fun to make. And let’s not forget about that adorable snowman! Hope you have a nice day!

Blowing in the wind {Mo’s Dream Team}

We’ve reached the middle of the week (middle of the work week, anyway), and that means a Mo Manning creation in this little corner of the web.

I’ve made a tag for a Christmas present with the adorable Season’s Greetings image. The tag is 3″ tall, so I printed my image really tiny and colored her up with my Copics. This image isn’t a very detailed one, so shrinking it works fine, and extending the candy cane by adding a few extra lines is also pretty easy.

I added snow with chunky white embossing powder, glued on the corner of a small paper doily and a diecut ticket stub from patterned paper on top of that with some 1 mm foam tape. I stamped a tiny Norsk Stempelblad AS sentiment with Scarlet Jewel ink from Papertrey Ink and decided to also add a few snowdrift sprinkles by Little Things from Lucy’s Cards. I love these tiny white clay snowflakes.

Gift tags, by nature, need space for names. I stamped another Norsk Stempelblad AS stamp on another patterned paper ticket stub and mounted it to the back my tag using more of that 1 mm foam tape.

For such a small image, I kind of used a lot of Copics. I didn’t use the BV23 at full strength, however, I used the tip to tip technique with BV20 to add a little extra shading in the corners of the white.

From a fairy tale {Mo Manning}

I’m back! I’m slowly getting back to this paper crafting thing after fracturing my shoulder in April. And now that I’ve started, I’m finding inspiration everywhere. From stamp sets that aren’t my style, from patterned paper that’s not my style, from color combinations in sequin mixes, I just hope it will translate once I actually get around to playing with paper and making stuff.

I’m rusty, there’s no doubt about that. So rusty, in fact, that I die cut the purple patterned paper behind my main panel instead of the main panel. The result is a slightly smaller card, and hopefully I’ll die cut the right pieces next time. I used Mo’s Kissing Frogs image on this one. I actually colored the image in April, before I fractured my shoulder, but only just now put the card together. I love Mo’s images, they have such wonderful character, and each image tells a story. This one, straight out of a fairy tale, is no exception.

I love the line of frogs waiting to kiss the princess, and the frog peeking out from inside the hollow log is such a great detail!

I added a piece of a small Doodlebug paper doily in the top left corner, along with some scraps of patterned paper by Pion design that I die cut using a couple of banner dies from My Favorite Things. Stamped a Huldra Designstudio sentiment in Memento Sweet Plum ink on one of the banners, and popped both banners up using foam squares. A few Papirdesign enamel dots, and my card is finished.

I love how the patterned papers from both Papirdesign and Pion Design match both the soft coloring I did on the image and those purple Papirdesign enamel dots.

A pull up confirmation card {Mo’s Dream Team}

Hi everyone! Wednesday, and I know I haven’t posted any Mo goodies in a while. I broke my shoulder a couple of months ago, and I still have a long way to go before my arm is back to normal, but I’ve got a card for you today made before my accident. It was published in the April issue of Ett trykk, which was the last ever issue of the magazine, and it was only in a digital format, no actual pages to flip through in that last one, which is kind of sad, but that’s just the way it is. Anyway, in each issue we had a template for a special type of card to follow, and this was my card for the April template.

I used Mo’s Prom image for the front of my card. I think it totally worked for a confirmation card. By cutting off the bottom, the corsage is gone and I can use the image for lots of different occasions!

The pink I used for the dress matched perfectly with the roses in the Vintage Romance collection by Maja Design. I stacked white konfirmant diecuts on top of each other and finished off with a pink one on top colored with the darkest Copic I used for her dress. I’ve added dimension to pretty much all the panels, and a few flowers to embellish a little.

When you pull on the front of the card, there’s a neat little suprise behind it, four accordian folded “walls”, one on each side. I stamped confirmation sentiments from Norsk Stempelblad AS in Papertrey Ink Autumn Rose ink on punched circles of patterned paper and added them to my accordian folds.

Inside the “walls” of the card, I put a sentiment from Stempelglede, stamped in the same Autumn Rose ink from Papertrey Ink that I used on the punched circles.

Another year older… {Mo’s Dream Team}

Hi, everyone! I’m currently in the mountains on Easter vacation, but I still have a card for you. It’s a colorful birthday card this time, featuring Tall Cake. I know I’ve used this image a lot, but it’s a favorite of mine. I teamed it up with a doily, some pieces of Lawn Fawn patterned paper, a few sentiment strips and some enamel dots. And that’s pretty much it. Simple, right?

I wanted a very colorful cake, but had a hard time deciding what color her dress should be (and subsequently what color cardbase I needed). I went with a really bright green. It really is super bright. A Granny Smith apple is pale in comparison, this green is so vivid! I recently spent a crafty weekend with some really good crafty friends. I borrowed a die from one of them and a few sentiment strips from another.

I wanted to use enamel dots that matched the colors of the patterned paper matted behind the sentiment strips. The purple one matches better in real life, purple is a color that’s really hard to get right in photographs.