Make a wish {Lili of the Valley}

Hi, crafty friends. Today I’m sharing a birthday card, featuring this cute Cupcake Doggie from Lili of the Valley.

I colored the image with my Copics and used a die from the A2 Stitched Rectangles STAX 2 set from My Favorite Things to turn my colored piece into a panel with the nice faux stitching I love so much.

Onto a piece of Pure Poppy cardstock from Papertrey Ink, I stamped the Number Jumble background stamp from MFT with Pure Poppy ink from Papertrey Ink for a tone on tone look. It just adds a little interest to the background without being too distracting. I mounted my colored piece on top using foam tape.

I stamped a sentiment from the Mini Messages stamp set from Mama Elephant using Summer Splash ink from MFT and diecut that using a circle die with faux stitching, also from MFT. I adhered it to a 1″ circle I created from Summer Splash cardstock from My Favorite Things and adhered the circle to the card using a thin foam tape to finish my card.

I created an envelope to match from some really old patterned paper from My Mind’s Eye that I had in my stash.

Teeing off! {Lili of the Valley}

Hi! I have a 50th birthday card to share today, featuring the Teeing Off image from Lili of the Valley that was released a few weeks ago.

Lili of the Valley Teeing Off Roy 50 flatlay

The card was made on order for a golf-playing tinsmith whose favorite football team (European football) is Liverpool. I wanted to include as many of the elements as possible, and made a slimline card with patterned paper from Papirdesign, P13 and 7 Dots Studio.

Lili of the Valley Teeing Off Roy 50 flatlay skrått

I used lots of foam tape for dimension, and varying widths of the patterned paper layered and criss-crossed across the card. I used the Slimline Starter die set from My Favorite Things and also the Stitched Trad. Tag STAX dies to create the tags. The reinforcers are made with the Tag Builder Blueprints 6 die set, also from MFT.

Lili of the Valley Teeing Off Roy 50 flatlay section

Through one of the reinforced holes, I pulled a piece of Cherry twine from Whisker Graphics and dug through my stash to find a ball charm, perfect for a football fan. I wanted to include a little bit of metal because of his profession, and started by stapling the twine to the tag. I also fussy cut a few footballs from patterned paper from Papirdesign that I scattered across the front.

Lili of the Valley Teeing Off Roy 50 flatlay detalj

I fussy cut my golfer and added him to the front of the card using foam tape.

Lili of the Valley Teeing off Roy 50 med 50

I created a circle with the recipient’s age and covered it with a thick layer of Glossy Accents. Glossy Accents takes a long time to dry, so I made this little piece before starting on the rest of the card and put it somewhere safe to dry for a few hours. Once it was time to put the card together, I’d completely forgotten about this little 1″ circle, and only found it after I’d handed the card over to the woman who ordered it. Thankfully, I was able to meet up with her the following day to add it to the card, but of course, all my photos were already taken, so I snapped this super quickly with my phone just to show what the card should have looked like all along.

Lili of the Valley Teeing Off Roy 50 innsider

I was asked to try to put the Liverpool team song somewhere on the card, and I figured that one of the insides had just enough space. The other inside has plenty of room for a personal message to the recipient.

Lili of the Valley Teeing off Roy 50 bakside

On the back of the card I used more patterned paper, more fussy cut footballs and also a sentiment from Norsk Stempelblad AS stamped in Memento Ladybug ink.

Lili of the Valley Teeing off Roy 50 bakside zoom

I also added my personal stamp to the back of the card, on a white football with splatters. Back in February, Create a Smile had a two week collaboration with Sommerabend where you could order personal stamps. I got this one and an address stamp. I’ve been creating cards for over 10 years, but never had a personal stamp until now, and I’m so happy with how they both turned out.

Lili of the Valley Teeing Off Roy 50 med konvolutt

I felt like I hadn’t hit the brief in terms of the tinsmith part, so I decided to die cut the letters of his name in foil sheet and add to the front of the envelope. I put a couple of layers of plain card stock die cuts behind each foiled letter for dimension, and used an old hammer from Tim Holtz to add a little texture to the letters. A few footballs on either side of his name to complete the look.

Lili of the Valley Teeing off roy 50 Copics

Not a whole lot of Copics required for an image that mostly reads as red and white.

Pink floral birthday card

I recently received an order for a 70th birthday card for a lady from the Philippines who loves flowers, pink and purple. I didn’t really feel like coloring and had no idea what to do until Liz came to the rescue and offered me a few sheets from an old pad of images from Lili of the Valley. With the use of my trusted dies from GoKreate, the card actually came together fairly quickly once I sat down and started working on it.

Cards like this come together very easily, it’s basically a bunch of diecutting and you’re done. I use two full 12×12 sheets of patterned paper for cards like this, and the beauty is that there are no scraps left when I’m done. For this one I used two sheets from Papirdesign, one is Roseduft, and the other is stemorsblomst, blå.

I added flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts, Kort & Godt and Papirdesign along the edge of two opposite quadrants on my circle, used letter stickers from Papirdesign to spell her name and some diecut numbers for her age. I finished off the front of the card using diamonds from Kort & Godt.

I kept the insides pretty simple, with plenty of room for a personal message for the birthday lady. I added some more diamonds to embellish a tiny bit.

On the back of the card I used more flowers, more diamonds and stamped a Norsk Stempelblad AS sentiment using Autumn Rose ink from Papertrey Ink. “Happiness is the art of creating a bouquet of the flowers within reach.”

Hush {Mo’s Dream Team}

Hi, everyone! Another Wednesday, and I’ve got a sweet and simple baby card featuring cutie from Mo Manning to share with you today.

I printed Hush towards the bottom of a quarter piece of X-Press It and colored him in with Copics, before taking the largest of the stitched rectangle dies from My Favorite Things to diecut him into a panel with a nice faux stitched edge. I had a scrap piece of patterned paper already cut down to the size of a card front, so I decided to glue my little guy onto that, it’s a nice little way of framing things.

I’m no stranger to adding clusters on my cards, so I pulled out half a paper doily from Doodlebug Design, more scraps of Maja Design patterned paper (the Vintage Summer Basics and Vintage Autumn Basics collections) and diecut a couple of banners using the Fishtail Flag Frames die set from My Favorite Things. I also stamped and white heat embossed a Norsk Stempelblad AS sentiment, before punching it out using my 1″ circle punch from EK Success. I added a pebble on top for an extra bit of dimension.

I also added some sequins (from the Ice Water mix) and a couple of heart shaped drops (from the Crystal Collection – Glass mix) from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards, and my card was done.

I used a very limited color palette 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.

Enjoy your day {Mo’s Dream Team}

It’s Mo day (aka Wednesday). One of the last things I did in 2019 was to clear away all the jars of flowers from the desk in my craft room (I had about 50 of them). I figured I don’t really use flowers all that much on my cards anymore, so I didn’t need them to be easily accessible and take up space on my desk. I put them in a cabinet right below the ceiling, I was able to cram all of them into one single cabinet. The last card I made in 2019 had flowers on it. We’re barely two weeks into the new year, and I’ve made another one with flowers. For both cards I had to climb on a ladder and pull out a bunch of jars to get to the flowers I wanted. Maybe removing those jars wasn’t such a good idea after all?

Good idea or not, this was the card I made. I colored up Mo’s Bubble Love with my Copics (did some editing of the image in Photoshop so I could color the bubble in no lines with the rest of the lines black). I’ve added lots of flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts, bling and a pearl from Kort & Godt, sentiment from Norsk Stempelblad AS and that lacy ribbon going across is also from Kort & Godt.

I partially die cut my image with some of the bubble hanging out, and glued it to my card using lots of foam tape. I haven’t used my frame dies from GoKreate in a while, so I thought I’d break them out for this one. I usually make my card from the third largest die in the set (the XXL Square Frilly Frames #10 set), but I want to see how far into 2020 I can get with using just scraps, and the third largest die in the set requires a full sheet of paper to die cut two pieces (front and back of the card). The next size down was the perfect size for this scrap of Maja Design patterned paper, and it was also a good size for the green patterned paper from Papirdesign that I used behind my image and on the insides of the card.

Speaking of insides – I diecut an eyelet circle with a Cottage Cutz die, stamped a Norsk Stempelblad AS sentiment using Memento Sweet Plum ink and again used lots of foam tape. I even diecut a scrap strip of another purple piece of Maja Design patterned paper to go across.

The second inside has plenty of space for a personal message, and I diecut another eyelet circle from patterned paper and added a couple of diecut numbers from Scrapmagasinet to my circle. I thought this card would be the perfect birthday card for my niece, she turns 10 in June!!

I used the same design on the back, but used a green strip instead of a purple one. Another NSB sentiment, once again stamped in Memento Sweet Plum ink, and once again glued on with lots of foam tape.

There’s quite a bit of dimension in this card, and with that great image as the focal point, I think this will be perfect for my niece!

Lots and lots of Copics used for this one, but there are 15 colors in the heart bubble alone.

Blue {Mo’s Dream Team}

When I first heard that Pantone chose blue as the color of the year for 2020, I almost did a little happy dance. My favorite color!! The color is 19-4052 TCX Classic Blue, to be exact, and it is a gorgeous, fairly dark blue. I can finally be on trend with all my blue creations.

I’ve got Tall Cake coming at you today, and what better way to kick off the new year than with blue, and lots of it? I’ve set myself a goal (not a new year’s resolution, I hate those, they set you up to fail) to use more of my scraps. I dug through my blue patterned paper scraps (of which I have many) and found a floral one and a darker, more solid one that was perfect for white heat embossing.

I quickly found out that the closest Copic color to that specific Pantone color is B99. How perfect is that, the B90s are my favorite blues in all the land. I colored my image and glued it to my card base with lots of foam tape. All I did embellishment wise was add a couple of those little diecut banners (they’re so wide you can hardly see the V shape) and enamel dots from Papirdesign. The white heat embossed sentiment is from Norsk Stempelblad AS.

I love anything and everything blue – expect to be bombarded with lots of blue this year!

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.

Konfirmasjonsinvitasjoner {Papirdesign}

Hei og hopp! Jeg fikk en bestilling for litt siden på konfirmasjonsinvitasjoner. De skulle være gule, de skulle ha et spesifikt bilde av konfirmanten og de skulle inkludere et monogram med konfimantens initialer.

23 invitasjoner ble det, og selv om jeg aldri har laget masseproduksjon på denne måten før storkoste jeg meg faktisk likevel med å lage disse.

Kortet er laget som en lomme, og selve invitasjonsteksten er på tagen man kan dra ut på høyresiden. Arket Hjul fra Fremtidsdrømmerkolleksjonen var gult og fint på baksiden, så det passet perfekt.

Selv om disse skulle sendes i posten syns jeg jeg måtte ha noe pynt, så jeg lagde en klase med roser, roseknopper og monogrammet til konfirmanten øverst i det venstre hjørnet av bildet. Datoen måtte jeg jukse litt med. Jeg brukte Kalender-platen, men det går bare frem til 2018. Jeg brukte firetallet fra 2014 til selve datoen, prikken over i-en til punktumet etter firetallet og stemplet 2016 istedenfor 2019 (som ikke finnes på platen). Jeg stemplet alt med svart blekk og scannet det inn på PCen, der jeg snudde sekstallet oppned til et nitall og endret farge på teksten til gul som matchet resten av det gule. Hvis jeg skulle ha stemplet dette på hver enkelt invitasjon hadde jeg sikkert knotet lenge, og det er ikke sikkert jeg hadde gult blekk som matchet heller. Ved å gjøre det på denne måten kunne jeg kopiere opp teksten i Photoshop og printe ut alle datoene i én fei. Med så mange invitasjoner er det veldig greit å kunne spare tid der det er mulig.

Jeg ønsket å ha en slags rød (gul?) tråd gjennom hele prosjektet, så jeg bestemte meg for å bruke monogrammet også som bakgrunn til selve invitasjonsteksten. Her har jeg lekt meg litt med bildet i Photoshop i etterkant for at ikke det vesentligste av teksten skal vises for hele verden.

Jeg rundet hjørnene på tagen, lagde et hull i toppen, trædde i en liten bit bånd og lagde en sløyfe rundt med en hjertecharm hengende ned.

Håper disse invitasjonene ga deg litt inspirasjon hvis du skulle få et tilsvarende oppdrag.

Papirdesignprodukter brukt:


Fremtidsdrømmer – Hjul PD 18440

Velkommen lille venn – Klovnestreker PD 17284


Kalender PD 13793


Konfirmasjon PD 15130

Sirkel 2 PD 18414


Roser, gul 1,2 cm Nr. 55

Båndpakke kul Nr. 623

Båndpakke fargerik Nr. 620

Sirkeltull {Ett trykk}

Hei og hopp! I fjorårets desembernummer av Ett trykk hadde vi fokus på sirkler i Helt enkelt-artikkelen. Vanligvis liker jeg å lage kort til Helt enkelt-artikkelen, men akkurat til det nummeret sleit jeg. Jeg endte opp med å lage tre kort, og det ble mye tullball med ikke bare ett av dem.

Til dette kortet stanset jeg ut en haug med små sirkler med en die fra Lifestyle Crafts, og en haug med små, hvite snøfnugg med en die fra Marianne Design. Snøfnuggene ble limt på sirklene, som så ble limt på rekke og rad på den hvite kartongen. Jeg satte striper av 3D-teip tett i tett bak det hvite panelet og limte det på kortbasen, som er laget av den samme lyseblå kartongen jeg har brukt til sirklene mine. Til min store forskrekkelse oppdaget jeg rett etterpå at jeg hadde hatt kortbasen min opp-ned da jeg limte på det hvite panelet. Sirklene skulle jo være nede på kortet, ikke oppe. Å ta av et panel som er limt på med mengder med 3D-teip er rimelig håpløst, så sirklene fikk bare være øverst på kortet.

Sirkelen med teksten fra Norsk Stempelblad AS klarte jeg å ta forsiktig av og sette på på nytt så skriften kom riktig vei. Til slutt pyntet jeg enkelt med blå diamanter fra Kort & Godt i hvert snøfnugg. De matcher den lyseblå Spring Rain-kartongen til Papertrey Ink ganske bra. Jeg syns fortsatt det er noe som skurrer litt med kortet, og det er meget mulig at jeg hadde likt kortet bedre om jeg hadde limt på alt riktig vei. Jeg har nå blitt flinkere til å sjekke at ikke kortbasene mine ligger opp ned når jeg limer på store paneler med 3D-teip for å unngå samme tabbe flere ganger.