Winter birthday {Rachelle Anne Miller Creative Studios}

Hi, everyone! I’ve got another card to share today featuring an adorable Rachelle Anne Miller digital stamp. This time, I used Snowman Hug and turned it into a wintery birthday card.

I started by coloring my little snowman and his friend using my Copics. I went with a bit of a split complementary color scheme on this one. I’m no fan of complementary colors, but split complementary are infinitely better, and blue green (which I used for the snow on the snowman), purple and orange are split complementary colors. I didn’t want a bright orange, though, so I went more coral, and I love how it turned out.

I used a faux stitch rectangle die from My Favorite Things to turn my colored piece into a nice panel. I love these dies, they add such a finished look. I sprinkled on a moderate amount of chunky white embossing enamel from Stampendous and melted the powder. I love the snowy look this gives.

I mounted my die cut piece onto a card base made from Lavender Fields cardstock from My Favorite Things using plenty of foam tape. This color perfectly matched the purple in my image, something I always try to accomplish in my cards for a nice, cohesive design. I die cut and stacked four Hurra from Melon Berry cardstock from Papertrey Ink using a Kort & Godt die. I love stacking die cuts, it adds a super nice look of dimension. I also white heat embossed a sub sentiment from Norsk Stempelblad AS onto more of that Lavender Fields cardstock, and stacked that, as well, making it flush with the die cut word.

I added a couple of sparkling clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh and my card was complete. I cut a little bit off the largest one with my scissors to make it look like it’s tucked behind that sentiment strip.

Last, but not least, the Copic markers I used to color my image. I also used B40 and BG71, which are colors I’ve made myself.

Christmas mail {Rachelle Anne Miller Creative Studios}

Hi, everyone! I’ve got another Christmas card to share today, this time featuring Letter to Santa from Rachelle Anne Miller.

This card was a bit of an evolution. Things really didn’t go my way, but I was able to fix it all in the end. The piece of Papertrey Ink Stormy Sea card stock I was planning to use was a teeny tiny bit smaller than I needed to be (and I’m running seriously low on that particular color), so I used a die from Waffle Flower to cut it down a little, and it’s now 4-1/8 x 5-3/8″. I cut the center portion out to use for later, no one will ever know that there’s a whole in the center of it. I glued it to a top folding white card base, creating a nice 1/16″ border around the perimeter. Problem number 1 solved.

Problem number 2: My hair was wet from showering when I started assembling this card, and there was a drop of water that fell on the bear’s head. Solution: Sprinkle on chunky white embossing powder from Stampendous and melt the powder with my heat gun…

… which led me to problem number 3. My heat gun was too hot and I burned the panel. It’s not super visible in the photo, but it tuned the piece yellowish right underneath the pole. Solution: use Copics to color the snow under the bear in a similar color, making everything look intentional.

My final struggle was figuring out where to put the sentiment from Norsk Stempelblad AS. I wanted it on the right side of the card, but it just wasn’t working, so I stamped and heat embossed it a second time with the fishtail end on the right and put it on foam tape on the left side of the front instead. I think it worked pretty well. I added a few snowdrift sprinkles from Little Things From Lucy’s Cards as my final touches.

Happiness is being one year older! {Rachelle Anne Miller Creative Studios}

Hi, everyone! I’ve got a sweet, colorful, yet simple birthday card to share today, featuring the Fairy Party image from Rachelle Anne Miller. I wanted a soft color palette for my card, so I have no colors that are really dark in this image. The darkest marker I used is E57, and it’s contained to the hair on one of the fairies, the flower centers and the ladybug.

Once I’d colored the entire panel, I took the largest of the dies from the Stitched Rectangles STAX 1 set from My Favorite Things to turn it into a panel and create a nice border on the front of my card. I knew from the start that I wanted my sentiment inside the balloon, but I couldn’t decide on white or black. I thought the white might not pop enough against the yellow balloon, but I also knew that the end of the pigtail on the fairy would mess with any black stamping, making the letter illegible. In the end, I went with the white, but you can hardly see it in the photos against that lightest yellow. I might go in with a water brush and the refill for the darkest color I used on the balloon to darken it up later. I don’t want to ruin the nibs of my markers by touching the embossing, but refill and water brush with a little bit of blender solution will work without ruining anything.

I finished my card by adding some groupings of sequins and Jewels from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards. I used the Iced Sherbet mix for this card.

Last, but certainly not least, are the colors I used for my image.

Christmas hug from the heart {Rachelle Anne Miller Studios}

Hi, everyone! Sunday (or Saturday, depending on the time zone you’re in) and I have some serious card making plans today. I went to see Chess (the musical) last night in Oslo, and it was soooo good. But today, there are no singing Soviet Chess players around, just a couple of penguins floating on a sheet of ice in the ocean.

This is the Penguin image from Rachelle Anne Miller. It comes with a sentiment; Let’s chill soon, friend! In some ways, it would have been the perfect sentiment for the times we’re in, but I wanted to make a Christmas card from my two little penguins, so I removed the sentiment and printed the image alone.

I colored in the image using my Copics. I don’t think I’ve ever colored ocean before, and I was genuinely surprised by how easy it was. I even a little hint of blue to the ocean beneath the ice, giving the illusion of something more under water. 9/10 of an iceberg is under water, after all. It may seem weird that I chose yellow hearts for a Christmas card, but I have a very specific recipient in mind for this card, and she loves yellow 😉

I die cut my panel using the third largest die in the Stitched Rectangles STAX 2 set from My Favorite Things and stamped a sentiment that I made from two different Norsk Stempelblad AS stamp sets using Simon Says Stamp Audrey Blue ink. I sprinkled on some chunky white embossing enamel from Stampendous and heated it from behind, melting the granules. The last thing to do was add lots of foam tape to the back and attach it to my white card base. Couldn’t get much simpler than this, really.

Lots of blue and blue green Copics used on this image. Oh, and grays, quite a few of those, as well.

Merry Christmas {Rachelle Anne Miller Studios}

Hi, everyone!

I’ve got a pretty clean and simple card to share with you today. Some coloring, blue cardstock, a die set and some snowdrift sprinkles were all I used on this one.

I started by printing my little snowman scene from Rachelle Anne Miller onto X-Press It blending card, before coloring with Copics. I then used the shadow die from a die set from Papirdesign to partially die cut the shadow at the bottom of my scene. I trimmed off about 1/16″ on either side and glued it straight onto a card base made from Enchanted Evening cardstock from Papertrey Ink that I’d trimmed down to 4 1/8″ wide.

I die cut god jul (Merry Christmas in Norwegian) three times from the same color cardstock and stacked them for dimension, before adding the final touch of a few snowdrift sprinkles from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards.

I used quite a few colors to color in this image. This was my first try at creating a glow in an image, and as far as first attempts go, I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.

Time for balloons and soda {Rachelle Anne Miller Studios}

Hi, everyone!

I’ve got a cute birthday card to share today, featuring the adorable Animal Parade image from Rachelle Anne Miller. I simply had to have it, it was way too cute to pass up. I went with a color combination of brown, grayish green and a bright, in your face pink. That pink really stands out against the other, more subdued colors.

I wanted most of the focus on the cute little parade, so I kept the rest pretty simple. I made a cardbase from Hibiscus Burst cardstock from Papertrey Ink. It matches the pinks in my image perfectly. I used a die from Kort & Godt to diecut the main sentiment from four layers of the same color cardstock, layering them for a dimensional effect.

I white heat embossed a Norsk Stempelblad AS sentiment (time for balloons and soda) onto Stormy Sea cardstock (also from Papertrey Ink). I stacked four layers on this one too, making the sub sentiment flush with the diecut word.

I added a couple of matte gold sequins from the Mint Gold sequins mix from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards as a finishing touch. They sort of match the cymbals the tiny squirrel is holding, and also the drumsticks. Simple, bright and cheerful. If this birthday card doesn’t put a smile on someone’s face, I don’t know what will.

I leave you with the colors I used for this image. Not really a whole lot for this one.

A little hello {Rachelle Anne Miller Studios}

Hi, everyone.

I colored up Balloon Ride for this round of the 30 day coloring challenge hosted by Kathy Racoosin, and I turned my image into a very simple card.

I diecut the panel with the image using the largest of the faux stitch rectangle dies from My Favorite Things. I glued it straight to a cardbase I created from Soft Stone cardstock from Papertrey Ink.

I added half a Doodlebug Nini doily, some diecut scraps of patterned paper (Papirdesign and Basic Grey, btw) and a white heat embossed Inky Wings sentiment on Papertrey Ink Autumn Rose cardstock. A few raindrops from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards, and my card was finished.

Wall hanging {Rachelle Anne Miller Studios}

Hi, everyone! I’ve made something a little bit different today. This Storytime image from Rachelle Anne Miller was the perfect one to color up for a wall hanging to go in a toddler’s room.
The image itself is almost square, so I had to come up with something to fill the space to make it fit in my frame. I chose a quote from a children’s book from 1953 that every Norwegian knows pretty much by heart. The English title is “Claus Climbermouse and the other animals in the Huckybucky forest”. Early on in the book, the fox, the porcupine and the owl all try eating the smaller animals, particularly the mice. The fox is pretty much always hungry because the mice keep getting away. At one point all the animals attend a meeting in the forest, held by the bear, where one of the mice suggests they pass a law that says that all the animals have to be friends, none of them can eat the others, and that the ones that are too lazy to find food themselves, aren’t allowed to steal food from others. The law is passed, even though the owl, porcupine and fox don’t entirely agree.

The fox is so hungry that he steals a ham from a farm nearby. The couple that owns the farm go fox hunting, but instead they catch the baby bear and take him back to the farm. They want to sell him to a circus. All the animals in the forest go looking for the little bear, and the fox actually winds up being the hero that saves him. There’s a big party in the woods after where they celebrate that everything turned out okay and that the big bear turns 50.
The quote is from Morten Woodmouse when they hold that meeting. “We could have a great life here in the forest if everyone could be friends and the big ones let the small ones be. The big animals could help the little ones, and the little ones could help the big ones, because there are a lot of things that small animals can do that the big ones can’t.”

I was super happy with how it turned out. What do you think? Good for a wall in a toddler’s room?