Soft and girly

There are two types of cards I love making more than any other: Christmas cards and birthday cards. I love making clean and simple cards, but also very layered ones with lots of patterned paper. Today’s card is one of those, made exclusively with papers from the Sofiero collection from Maja Design.

One of the things I love the most about Maja Design paper is the quality of the paper they use. It’s almost as thick as cardstock, something I haven’t really found in other patterned papers. Their patterns are gorgous, too, making card making a breeze. The thick quality also means I can use a wet paint brush (with clean water) and run along the edges, before using my fingers to curl them slightly back. This is so much easier to do when the paper is wet, and so much easier to do with these good quality papers. Thinner paper won’t hold up as well to all that water. I love the look you achieve by doing this.

I’m not an embellishment queen. I use a little bit on cards like this, but I rarely do a lot. This time, I used some pieces of chipboard from SnipArt and a few flowers to frame the image in the center of my card. I also used some lace to combat the rigid look you sometimes get when using just straight lines like square or rectangular panels.

I also added a couple of diecut doilies to further break up the linear look, and added stacked diecut numbers to the bottom left of the focal point of the card. As you can tell from this photo, this is a card with lots of dimension, it’s not very mail friendly.

I did a little bit of layering on the insides, as well. They are both the same, and those pink center panels provide plenty of room to write a personal message to the birthday girl.

On the back of the card I stamped a sentiment from Norsk Stempelblad AS using Papertrey Ink Autumn Rose ink. The text is about butterflies, so I thought it fitting to add a few chipboard ones for a little bit of extra interest.

Even though my card isn’t very mail friendly, I needed something to put it in, so I made a box envelope to go with it and added the recipient’s name on the front of it. The card was hand delivered, so this works perfectly.

 

En seier for småstemplene {Hobbykunst}

Hei og hopp og velkommen til dagens andre innlegg. Hvis du vil se Mo Manning-prosjektet finner du det i innlegget under dette, som du finner her. I dag slår jeg et slag for alle småstemplene. Ofte i et stempelsett finnes det i tillegg til de litt større stemplene noen mindre som fyller ut plassen på stempelplaten. Disse blir ofte glemt, da vi gjerne kjøper stempelplatene for de store stemplene. I dag har jeg brukt flesteparten av småstemplene i et stempelsett fra Pretty Pink Posh og stemplet dem over hele fronten av kortet mitt.

Å stemple såpass mange stempler tar litt tid. Ikke bare skal de stemples, men for at det hele skal se litt vilkårlig ut til slutt stemples de ikke i noe mønster, og hvert stempel må derfor plasseres på nytt for hver stempling. Jeg brukte vel omtrent en time på å stemple alle disse småstemplene, før jeg fargela dem med Prismacolor-blyanter.

Jeg prøver så godt jeg kan å bruke rester av mønsterark på kortene mine, så her fant jeg noen Maja Design-rester i farger som matchet fargeleggingen min. Det rødstripete er fra Home for the Holidays-kolleksjonen, mens det øverste er fra Vintage Frost Basics-serien, som kom ut helt tilbake i 2013. Jeg er jo ikke akkurat kjent for å være den som bruker mest ark på kortene mine, så det minker ikke så fort av restelageret, men litt og litt er bedre enn ingenting.

Jeg brukte et diesett fra Papirdesign til å lage teksten på kortet mitt. Jeg stanset ut selve teksten åtte ganger i hvit kartong og skyggen to ganger i vellum. Jeg limte tre lag med den hvite kartongen oppå hverandre, så vellumlagene, og til slutt de siste fem lagene med hvit kartong. Resultatet er en tekst som virkelig kommer frem på kortet. Et triks når man limer vellum er å bruke et jevnt lag med lim på hele baksiden, da vil ikke limet vises gjennom.

Jeg avslutter med fargene jeg har brukt. Veldig uvant å bruke Prismacolor-blyantene mine istedenfor Copics (tregere går det selvfølgelig også), men jeg prøver å bli flinkere til å bruke det jeg har, og det er jo litt synd om de bare blir liggende i en skuff uten å bli brukt, ikke sant?

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.

Less than 11 months left… {Mo’s Dream Team}

… until Christmas. Call me crazy, but that won’t make it any less true. I’m doing my best to keep my Christmas card making going all through the year to avoid being swamped come November. I’m happy with how it’s going so far! For today’s card, I colored up the premerged version of Christmased in no lines. There’s also a version where the kid is a separate image from all that wrapping paper.

I colored my image before diecutting it with the largest of the dies in a stitched rectangle set from My Favorite Things.

I glued a fairly large scrap piece of patterned paper to my cardbase, popped my colored rectangle piece onto it using foam tape and added a piece of a paper doily, some diecut scraps of patterned paper in a cluster and a few sparkling clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh. Easy peasy, right? Another Christmas card done, I can check it off my to do list and have one less card to make in the fall.

I love the little sentiment that comes with the image. I printed it, along with my image, from Photoshop, making sure that the color would be close my blue Copics. The color of the sentiment is actually B99, which I didn’t end up using to color my little guy.

Lots of little details in this image, requiring the use of lots of colors!

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!

Merry Christmas {Mo’s Dream Team}

It’s Christmas!!! Dinner and lots of presents opened yesterday, and a new card today. A simple one this time too, featuring Little Elf Kippa from Mo Manning.

I’m still working through my Christmas images with no line coloring, and I adore this one, she’s so cute balancing those baubles!! Baubles are fun to color too, so all in all, this was a joy to make.

I ran out of my favorite white cardstock while working on my Christmas cards, so I had to get creative with card bases and patterned paper before I got a new shipment! For this one I used Olive cardstock from Simon Says Stamp, it matches perfectly with the greens in the patterned paper from Maja Design and my coloring.

I diecut the panel with my little elf using the larges of the faux stitch rectangle dies from My Favorite Things and glued it straight to a piece of Maja Design patterned paper the same size as my card base. I added a piece of a Doodlebug Design mini doily and a couple of banners made from patterned paper scraps. I diecut both banners with dies from the Fishtail Flag Frames set from My Favorite Things, stamped a Huldra designstudio sentiment on one of them and white heat embossed it. As a last finishing touch, I added a few crystal to draw the eye to the sentiment.

The banner with the sentiment is mounted with 1 mm foam tape, everything else is glued flat, making this a card that will have no trouble going through the mail.

I managed to include BG90 twice in my little Copic chart, maybe I shouldn’t make my charts when it’s way past bed time??