Ballet slippers

Last year around this time, I received an order for a confirmation card for a ballet dancing girl. May is confirmation season in Norway, and the lady who ordered the card wanted it to be pink and green and very similar to a card of mine that she’d seen.

I was able to scrounge up scraps of paper from three different paper collections from Pion Design: Grandma’s School Book, Till Mor, and Play Time. I wet and curled the edges to soften the look a bit, and also added a paper doily from Bo Bunny.

Til konfirmanten is a stamp from Norsk Stempelblad AS. I stamped it using Espresso Truffle ink from Memento, I didn’t want it to be stark black, and that ink is a nice mix of grey and brown that I really like. I used some tiny letter stickers from Kaisercraft to add the girl’s name below the banner, and fussy cut a few butterflies from one of the patterned papers and glued them on.

I kept the insides fairly simple. The sentiment stamp from Stempelglede is a Goethe quote (Magic is believing in yourself. If you can do that, you can make anything happen). The panel on the right side is perfect for a personal message.

I decided to also keep the back of the card simple. I added another butterfly and stamped “Handmade” below in the same color ink that I used on the front of the card.

Monster Sized {Hobbykunst}

This is my second post today, if you’re looking for my Mo Manning entry, you’ll find it here.

I’ve been following Kathy Racoosin’s 30 day coloring challenge on Instagram this past month, and these monsters were the first ones I colored up, all the way back on day 1. I wasn’t sure if I was going to participate, the previous 30 day coloring challenge ran from March 1, that short of a break seemed too short for me, but I decided to go for it anyway. I’m glad I did, but I need a break from all the coloring now!

This card was a bit of an evolution. You might even call it remotely controlled cardmaking. I’ve been coloring so much lately, but not made a lot of cards, so I was really unsure of what to do when I sat down to create this. Lisabeth Vefall came to my rescue, and via Instagram messages “we” created this card together. She found this cute little card that Christine Comploj had made, and despite the sketches I’d done, I really wanted to give that design a go. Hers is a baby card, and so cute, right?

I love Christine’s style and follow her on Instagram. You should, too! 😉

The first decision was to diecut those monsters from My Favorite Things. I usually like fussy cutting, but Liz decided that diecutting was the way to go with this one. She pretty much ran the show, I just did as she asked. I made my little frame and decided where it needed to go before going in with orange and yellow inks on the cardbase.

I had four monsters, so Liz urged me to put the last one on an ink blended circle on the inside. I asked her if she wanted paint splatters on the inside too, before I removed my circle mask. She wanted water splatters, so I added water splatters. I had a great time being remote controlled by her!

The sentiment (by Mathia Design) was a story in an of itself. By the time I got that far, I was super tired, so I struggled to decide where to put it. My “remote control” had also run out of batteries at that point, so I needed to sleep on it. This morning, it was a lot easier to decide. I added a few enamel dots close to the frame, and that finishes off my card. Or our card, I should say, I probably wouldn’t have gotten this done if it weren’t for Liz helping out!

Enjoy every second of you day {Mo’s Dream Team}

Hi, and welcome to another Wednesday. Yes, it’s Wednesday for those of you struggling to keep track of the week days. I’ve got a super clean and simple one layer birthday card to share today, featuring a fun image from Mo Manning.

I printed Cupcake Monster (the separated version, there’s also a merged one you can purchase here) onto Classic Kraft cardstock from Papertrey Ink and pulled out my colored pencils. I rarely use my colored pencils, so they kind of scare me, but when I can color a rainbow of monsters I can’t help but smile and be happy about it.

Once I’d finished coloring, I went back in with a 0.03 black Copic multiliner to bring back the original linework that was covered in layers of pencil, before stamping a sentiment (Enjoy every second of your day) from Mathia design in VersaFine Onyx Black ink. And that finishes my card. A one layer card, even, I don’t make many of those, but I really wanted that image to shine.

One can never have too much cupcake {Mo’s Dream Team}

Hi, everyone! Another Wednesday already. Man, the weeks fly by so quickly. I’ve got another Mo Manning cutie to share today.

This is one of Mo’s birthday fairies. Her name is Dee, and you can find it in the store here. I actually have a red rubber version from Penny Black of this image that I actually used for this card. I stamped it in fadeout ink from Inkon3 and went to town with no line coloring. When doing no line coloring I usually stamp (or print) the facial features in a darker ink than the rest of the image, but I forgot on this one, and had to draw everything back in once my coloring was done. I used a Prismacolor pencil and held my breath as I added those details back in.

I diecut my panel using the largest of the faux stitch rectangle dies from My Favorite Things. I think it’s the perfect size as it creates a 1/16″ border when I add it to my cardbase. The color scheme might not be typical of me, but the layout definitely is. I added half a mini paper doily from Doodlebug Design, diecut some scraps of pink patterned paper to go with my image using another favorite MFT die set (Fishtail Flag Frames) and stamped a Norsk Stempelblad AS birthday sentiment using Papertrey Ink Hibiscus Burst ink. The ink matches the cardstock, which is also Hibiscus Burst from Papertrey Ink.

I added my banners using foam tape and embellished very simply with some sequins from Pretty Pink Posh. I even used my scissors on one to cut a little bit off and tucked it underneath that sentiment banner. Laura Bassen would be proud, haha.

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}

Is it Christmas yet? No? Really? Are you sure? Let’s just pretend for a quick minute, because I have a Christmas card to share today, featuring Katie and Bear from Mo’s Digital Pencil.

I had to use my favorite color combination for Christmas on this one. Blue, grey and brown. I made my greys very light, so they look more white than grey, and I have to admit I kind of love the look! I printed the image with 15 % opacity and did no line coloring. I love no line coloring!

This card is very “me”. The cardbase is made from Papertrey Ink Enchanted Evening cardstock, I used a die from My Favorite Things to add the faux stitching detail on the main panel, and I added a little cluster of diecut patterned paper scraps. I stamped and heat embossed a Norsk Stempelblad AS sentiment on one of the patterned paper pieces and added three snowdrift sprinkles from Little Things from Lucy’s Card as my finishing touch.

Clean and simple with cluster, these cards come together so easily once the image is colored.

I used quite a few colors for this simple image. Lots of different earth tones for different parts of the image, and two grey families.

All about pink {Hobbykunst}

I’m back with a happy, bright birthday card.

I love every image Stacey Yacula designs. This little penguin, from the Sending Sweet Celebration Wishes stamp set from My Favorite Things, is no exception. I stamped him in Extreme Black ink from My Favorite Things onto X-Press It blending card and colored him in with Copics.

I created a polaroid frame by diecutting the polaroid shaker frame die from My Favorite Things five times from white cardstock and stacked them together. I stamped a sentiment from the stamp set on the top frame using Doll Pink ink from Simon Says Stamp. The color matches the pink cardstock I used pretty nicely.

I wanted a little bit of interest to my background and diecut a piece of Raspberry Fizz cardstock from Papertrey Ink with the Itsy Bitsy Polka Dot Backdrop die from Lawn Fawn. The pink matches the color of the sentiment, and the polka dots match the polka dots on his hat, I love little details like this.

I glued my polaroid frame in the center of the card and added a few strategically placed vellum clouds. Because they hang off the edge of the frame, they break up the rigid rectangular look a little bit.