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Hi, everyone! Who here can honestly say that their drawer of scraps is shrinking? No one? Didn’t think so. For today’s card I’ve done just that, using scraps of green patterned paper from different brands to create a backdrop for my focal sentiment.

I used a cover die from Neat & Tangled to diecut twice from white cardstock and several times from scraps of different green patterned paper scraps. These are a mix of Papirdesign, Maja Design, Kaisercraft, and one that I don’t even know. Great way to use all those little bits.

I glued my white frames together and inlayed my green pieces, before die cutting a word die from Papirdesign using Ripe Avocado cardstock from Papertrey Ink for the word itself and white for the shadow. I stacked a few of the green ones on top of each other for it to stand out a little bit.

I used some angel hair to make a nest underneath my diecut and glued it right on top using liquid glue. I also added a few sparkling clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh for some shine, and stamped a Norsk Stempelblad AS sentiment in Ripe Avocado ink from Papertrey Ink on a white strip and added it below my die cut word.

Simple, but the dimension in the frame and the focal point still give the card a little bit of interest.

Hooray, hooray, hooray!

Hi, everyone!

I have a fairly simple birthday card to share with you today, featuring this cutie pie from Tiddly Inks. I colored up this image for day 21 of Kathy Racoosin’s 30 day coloring challenge in April, so it was about time I turned it into a card (though to be honest, I have images that have been sitting colored and unused way longer than that).

I like printing (or stamping) my images close to one corner of a quarter sheet of X-Press It blending card. That way, I know I’ll have lots of white space to play with and for the final card to breathe, I don’t like cards that are too busy and “crowded”, if that makes sense. I die cut my panel using my favorite stitched rectangle die from My Favorite Things, then actually went in with Memento Dandelion ink over my Geometric Landscape stencil from Altenew using a blender brush from Taylored Expressions. I rarely use yellow, and I rarely use stencils, but I wanted something other than my regular half mini doily behind my cluster of diecut scraps, and one of the hedgehogs is carrying a yellow heart, so I thought it was only fitting.

For the actual cluster I used scraps, which is a great way to use up all that oooold patterned paper (some of this is ten years old) I have laying around. These pieces are small, so it’s going to take me a while to use everything in my stash, but I’m working on it, one die cut at a time. I used the XCut Happy Days Ticket Stubs die for my cluster pieces. It’s one die that cuts nine different sized tickets in varying shapes, and I use it a lot on my cards. The papers are from (bottom layer to top layer) Imaginisce, Kaisercraft, and StudioLight. The little swirly line at the bottom of the cluster is a piece of paper from Fancy Pants, diecut using a die in the Tag Builder Blueprint 5 die set from My Favorite Things, the banner with the sentiment is from the same die set. The sentiment itself is from Norsk Stempelblad AS, stamped in Memento Bamboo Leaves ink. I thought it matched perfectly with the cardstock from My Favorite Things that I used as my card base. Those enamel dots from Papirdesign matched also.

Green is not a color I use often as my main color, but I’m trying to be better at using the entire rainbow and not just those gorgeous blues that I love so much. Even though blue IS the color of the year. Beautiful color for a crappy year, how’s that fair? 😉

One sheet of patterned paper – eight cards! {Hobbykunst}

Hi, everyone! Today’s blog post is a long one with lots of photos of lots of cards, so I suggest you get comfortable 🙂

I’m starting with a baby card. I made quite a few baby cards from this one sheet. Usually I make A2 size cards, but this image is so big that the card actually measures 5 x 8 1/2″. I used a knife and a pair of scissors to cut my image, keeping a thin white border along the edge.

I ran a piece of white cardstock through my Gemini Jr. using an embossing folder from We R Memory Keepers. The result is a background with a little bit of interest, while still keeping the image in focus. I used foam tape to add my dry embossed pane to my card base and some 1 mm foam tape from Rayher on the back of my image for a tiny bit of extra dimension. I also used 1 mm foam squares to add the sentiment strips to the balloon, and finished off the card with some sequins and crystals from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards.

The embossing folder I used is 6 x 6″. Since my panel was taller, I had to run it through from both ends. Along the seam I added a strip from another sheet of patterned paper from the same collection. The strip hides the seam and also acts as an anchor for the balloon image.

My goal was to use every little bit of the images on the one sheet, so I glued the left over branches to the inside of the card.

This is the sheet of patterned paper I’ve used for all my cards. It’s called Cuddles and is part of the Little Treasures collection by Kaisercraft.

My second card is along the same lines as the first one. I used the bunny in the pink hot air balloon and the stars that are scattered around the paper on this one. This card is a little more narrow, measuring 4 1/4 x 8 1/2″. On the background I used cloud stencil from My Favorite Things and Distress Oxide in the color Tumbled Glass to create some interest in the background without overshadowing my focal point. This time I glued the image straight to the cardbase using foam tape. I also used foam tape behind some of the stars, while others are glued down using liquid glue.

I used a Papirdesign die set to diecut the word babyjente (baby girl). I diecut the shadow twice in vellum and the actual word several times using white cardstock. I put a few layers behind the vellum, making it look like the vellum is floating, and the rest of the layers on top of the vellum. Diecuts really pop when they’re layered like this.

Even though the card is simple, all the dimension makes it a little bit interesting anyway.

I glued on some sequins from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards on this one too. The leftover stars I glued to the inside of the card.

My next card is a simple birthday card. I’ve gone back to my regular A2 size with this one. I used the largest of the dies in the Stitched Rectangles STAX 2 set from My Favorite Things and used an embossing folder from We R Memory Keepers to create a little bit of interest to my background. I glued the panel straight onto my pink card front, with no dimension this time.

I used 1 mm foam squares to glue my fussy cut flower to the front of the card. I stamped and white heat embossed a sentiment from Mathia design on a strip of black cardstock and used foam tape to attach it to the card over the stem of the rose.

I finished off my card by gluing on some Pretty Pink Posh sequins in a sort of visual path from the bottom of the card near the sentiment all the way to the top rose. I always glue small embellishments like this close to other elements on my cards, it creates a better visual effect than gluing them far from everything else.

Card number four is a very different kind of card for me. When I started the process of making these cards I drew sketches for each card. The sketch for this one was for a portrait orientation, but when I actually started making this one I realized that the image was a landscape orientation, so I had to flip my sketch and change things around a bit. This image is quite large, so this is an A7 (5×7″) card. I had two sheets of the patterned paper, so I used the back of the second one to create my frame, and glued it to my cardbase using foam tape.

I added the flowers to my cardbase using foam squares.

I wasn’t sure what to do for a sentiment since I had to turn my sketch 90 degrees and make changes to it. The idea I had for the portrait orientation didn’t translate to a landscape orientation. In the end I chose to put my sentiment in the bottom left of my card. That’s not a spot I usually use for my sentiment, but on this card I thought it was the best placement. The sentiment itself is a veneer piece from Rayher that I embossed using four layers of white embossing powder, glued straight to my flowers and frame using liquid glue.

A few Pretty Pink Posh sequins around the sentiment finished off this card.

My next card is another baby card. A square one, measuring 4 1/4 x 4 1/4″. No white border around the fussy cut bunnies, simply because the tip of the tail on the largest bunny intersects with a rose bud on the patterned paper, making me have to cut a little bit off his tail. Once that was done, I decided it would be best to cut right up to the edge of the rest of the bunnies as well.

The background paper I used on this card is part of the Little Gem sheet, so is the sentiment I used. I diecut an eyelet circle using a Cottage Cutz die and added it in the center of my card using foam tape. I added the bunnies with 1 mm Rayher foam suares, and did the same with the sentiment, staggering it.

I finished off the card with some matte gold sequins from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards. As usual when I add sequins to my cards, I glued them on near the sentiment. There’s another yellow bunny on the sheet of patterned paper, I fussy cut that one and glued it on the inside of the card.

The next card is a slimline card. I used a Memory Box stencil with some acrylic paste from Kreul to make a little bit of interest to the background, once again making sure it still remains a background element.

I glued the bunny to the cardbase with 1 mm foam squares and diecut Gratulerer (Congratulations) from Papirdesign multiple times from white cardstock, then glued them to a shadow made from colored cardstock (Fine Linen from Papertrey Ink). The stamped sub sentiment is from a Papirdesign stamp set (100 år), stamped in Memento Espresso Truffle ink on the bottom strip of the patterned paper. I added it with some foam tape below the diecut.

I finished the card by adding sequins from Pretty Pink Posh in a visual triangle. They’re all in close proximity to the sentiment and the bunny. Some of them glued on top of other elements, some of them tucked behind.

My next card is another regular A2 size card. I covered the cardbase using the same sheet of paper I used on the square card, only the reverse side. The small flowers are from that main sheet I’ve used throughout each of the cards in this blog post. These flowers were on the edge of the sheet, so they’re flat on one side, so I had to put them along an edge. I figured that this polaroid frame from My Favorite Things was perfect.

I made a white, dry embossed background on this card also and mounted it using foam tape. It makes the background a little less busy, and the little flowers I fussy cut a little more prominant. I stamped a sentiment from fra Mathia design onto the patterned paper and used it as my “photo” in the polaroid frame, which I created from several layers of white cardstock that I stacked on top of each other. Here you can also see a little bit of the inside of the card, as well, where I glued the flowers that didn’t fit on the front of the card. I was determined to use every single image from that one sheet of patterned paper.

I embellished with sequins from Pretty Pink Posh. This time in two clusters near the flowers to keep the focus on them and not so much the sentiment in the center.

The final card. I wasn’t entirely sure what to do with this one. The feathers were the only images remaining from that one sheet, and I didn’t know how to use them in a good way and turn them into a nice card until I realized I could make a background from them. There was only one turquoise feather on the page, so I fussy cut the turquoise feather from the second sheet to get a good balance of color between all the feathers.

Embossing folder on white cardstock once again, and I created a pretty wide margin on the outside with this one. I usually like my margins fairly narrow, but I think this turned out good. I added my feathers to the dry embossed panel using 1 mm foam squares, cut off the excess and used those bits to cover the empty spots left behind in the corners.

The sentiment is from a stamp set from Mathia design, stamped in black on a white cardstock strip. The turquoise strip behind it is from that other sheet of patterned paper that I’ve used here and there in the course of these eight cards. There’s a sentiment in white on that strip, but the strip I glued on top started and ended between words on the turquoise one, so only the turquoise is showing, I was really lucky that way. I finished off my card with some Pretty Pink Posh Sequins. This time I glued some near the sentiment and scattered a few others tucked between some of the feathers.

Good luck… {Mo’s Dream Team}

… with new challenges! Another Wednesday, and another Mo Manning creation. I’m trying to be better at using all the different images I have from Mo’s Digital Pencil, and I’ve kind of started at the beginning of the alphabet when coloring up previously unused images. I colored up this one for Kathy Racoosin’s 30 day coloring challenge back in June 2018, so it’s about time Alice with Baby made it onto a card.

This isn’t exactly the easiest image to add to a card. I decided to stamp and heat emboss a couple of sentiments from a Huldra designstudio stamp set. The top one says Good luck… and the bottom one says “with new challenges”, which I thought was very fitting with the image. That red cardstock is Pure Poppy from Papertrey Ink, and I added foam tape behind both strips to create a little bit of dimension.

I added the colored image to the center of the card front and a strip of Kaisercraft patterned paper (P214 Periwinkle) on either side. I topped everything off with a few blue enamel dots from Papirdesign.

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.

Til konfirmanten {Ett trykk}

Hei og hopp! I disse konfirmasjonstider er det kanskje passende å vise frem et konfirmasjonskort som ble publisert i Ett trykk i fjor.


Kortet er ganske mye mer sukkersøtt enn det jeg pleier å lage, men det er greit en gang i blant det også. Jeg brukte papirer fra Grandma’s school book-kolleksjonen til Pion Design og stempler fra Stempelglede.


Jeg har fuktet og krøllet kantene på mønsterarket, brukt kakeserviett, perleswirl, blomster, blader og perler til pynt. Lag på lag på lag, men veldig enkelt kort å lage.

You’re the best {Mo’s Dream Team}

Hi everyone! Another Wednesday, and I’ve got a fairly simple card to share with you today, featuring Mo Manning’s Cotton Candy. I wanted to try out the 120 lb cardstock from Simon Says Stamp for my Copic coloring. They say you can make one layer cards with it, so that was my goal for today’s card. Plans don’t always go the way we want, and that definitely the case for me with this one. It has nothing to do with the cardstock, though, I was able to color without any bleed through, and was able to use it as my base. I did, however, put my image a little too close to the corner. What happened? Well, my printer decided to cut off her feet. I didn’t want my image to go to waste, so I decided to cheat a little and cover up her feet using a strip of patterned paper (it’s actually a digital Project Life paper that I printed on white cardstock). That meant I had to scrap my one layer idea, but I can do one layer another time.

I like plenty of white space on my cards, so I kept most of the card pretty simple. I colored my image with Copics, and I must admit, the colors blend very easily on this cardstock, maybe even too easily. It was kind of difficult to get any real contrast, even though I used some very dark and very light colors to get as much contrast as I could. I would also say that the colors look very different on this cardstock compared to the X-Press It blending card I normally use. The skin tones, in particular, look a lot more blue on this one – not really the look I was going for, I didn’t want her looking sick. I used a lot of E13, but it really doesn’t look that way. Just something to be aware of, I guess.

Since my plan to do a one layer card really didn’t work, I decided to go all out and add an embellishment cluster. I found patterned paper scraps in colors that coordinated well with my image and went to town. I also added a few pieces that I had left over on the inside.

There’s plenty of manufacturers represented in that tiny cluster. The patterned paper with the sentiment (“You’re the world’s best” in Norwegian, stamp from Norsk Stempelblad AS) is from Melissa Frances, the yellow one below it is from Chatterbox, the light blue underneath that is from Inkido, and the pink one that you see a little bit of on either side of the banners is from American Crafts. Two of the banners are scraps from Pion Design, the pale pink is from Maja Design, and the one with the yellow stripes is the same digital Project Life paper that I used at the bottom. I’ve also used  a brad from Kaisercraft, a yellow enamel dot from My Mind’s Eye and a pink enamel dot from Papirdesign, in addition to a small paper doily from Doodlebug Design. In other words – a real mishmash, but I think it kind of works. Oh, and I brought out my sewing machine for that stitching detail at the top.

 

 

Vinterbryllup {Ett trykk}

I juninummeret av Ett trykk hadde vi fokus på bryllupskort i sesongartikkelen. Sommeren er jo høysesong for bryllup, men ett av mine bryllupskort til artikkelen var faktisk med snøfnugg og vintermotiv. Det ble nemlig laget til et par som giftet seg i desember i fjor.Jeg brukte herlige vinterbruk fra Pion Design på kortet mitt, og krøllet kantene på mønsterarkene for å få det litt mer shabby. Jeg bygde opp alle panelene dobbelt med to matter med kartong bak hver mønsterarkbit og brukte et bilde fra et utklippsark som motiv.


En kakeserviett og litt blonde myker opp uttrykket fra alle rektanglene litt, og snøfnuggene understreker at dette er et vinterkort. De er forøvrig malt hvite og så dekket med glitter. Perlene fra Kaisercraft er i en farge som matcher mønsterarkene, og tekstene fra Norsk Stempelblad AS er satt på tvers av kortet for å få et lite brudd i alle de vertikale panelene. Bølgepappen understreker kraftfargen på basen og bidrar samtidig til å skape litt interesse og dybde.

Robot {Ett trykk}

I aprilnummeret av Ett trykk hadde vi en artikkel med fokus på guttekort. Dette er et av mine bidrag.

Kortet mitt er digert, ene og alene fordi teksten var så bred. Akkurat den fonten var den jeg syns passet best til roboten min, så da ble resten av kortet (selv om det er uhyre enkelt) basert på det.

Mønsterarket og chipboardelementene kommer alle fra Kaisercraft. Teksten fra Norsk Stempelblad AS er embosset i hvitt, og på det hvite panelet har jeg sprutet bittesmå dråper med Dylusions i fargene Squeezed Orange, Fresh Lime og Black Marble.

Dance like no one is watching… {Mo’s Dream Team}

mo-manning-mummu-bjorg-front-skratt-psDet er onsdag og min tur til å inspirere på DT-bloggen til Mo Manning.

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Jeg har laget et lilla kort med Mummu denne gangen, på bestilling til en sprek dame som fyller 80 år. Jeg har brukt en die fra GoKreate til å lage formen på kortet med de herlige papirene fra Skal vi ta en Fika?-kolleksjonen til Maja Design.

mo-manning-mummu-bjorg-80-frontEgentlig har jeg gjort kortet veldig enkelt, jeg har pyntet med blomster fra Wild Orchid Crafts (og også noen med ukjent opphav), pyntebær fra Magnolia og perler fra Kaisercraft. En kakeserviett fra Unique Industries har jeg også fått plass til. Jeg delte den i to og la hver halvdel i motsatte “hjørner” på kortet.

mo-manning-mummu-bjorg-80-tagBak motivet har jeg gjemt en liten tag med en stempeltekst fra Norsk Stempelblad og utstansede bokstaver.

mo-manning-mummu-bjorg-80-baksideBaksiden gjorde jeg også ganske enkel, med enda en tekst fra Norsk Stempelblad, stemplet med Memento Sweet Plum.

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Jeg avslutter som seg hør og bør med fargene jeg har brukt til å fargelegge. Jeg har også brukt V97, som er en farge jeg har laget selv.