Winter wishes on your birthday {Purple Onion Designs}

Hi, crafty friends! I’m back today with another card I created for Purple Onion Designs. This time it’s a wintery birthday card featuring Nora & Butter. I love these two, and they can be used for Christmas, for Valentine’s Day, so many great uses for this super adorable image.

I wasn’t sure initially what colors to use on this, so I asked a friend for suggestions. Liz is my go to “color buddy”; if I don’t know what colors to choose for a project, she chooses the colors for me. It works the other way too, it’s a wonderful symbiosis.

She suggested purple. She knows I don’t color a lot with purple. It’s not that I don’t like purple, I think purple’s pretty, it’s just soooo hard to photograph well, so I tend to avoid it for that reason. This time I didn’t, though. I listened to her and chose a V combo with my Copics I thought worked well.

Once my coloring was complete, I die cut the Stitched Snowflake Circle Frame from Memory Box five times from white cardstock. I wanted to make a shaker card, and I find that stacking layers works better than foam tape. I eventually ditched my shaker idea, but still kept my stacked die cut window for a dimensional frame. I did layering of cardstock to the outside of the frame too, making the entire white front panel flush. I added more stitching detail using the largest die in the A2 Stitched Rectangles STAX 2 set from My Favorite Things and adhered all my layers onto a card base I created from Winter Wisteria cardstock from Papertrey Ink.

For my sentiment I die cut the wishes die from Mama Elephant twice from the same purple cardstock I used for my base, before stamping a sentiment from the Warming Winter Thoughts sentiment set from Purple Onion Designs. I used a combination of Lavender Fields ink from Altenew and Winter Wisteria ink from Papertrey Ink for my stamped sentiment, before I cut it down to manageable strips to add to my card. No embellishments on this card, I thought the snowflake frame and die cut sentiment were enough.

Very muted color palette for this one, but wintery cards tend to be somewhat muted.

You are sweet {Mo’s Dream Team}

Hi! Today I have a sweet card (pun intended) to share featuring one of the kids from the 3 on a bench stamp set from Mo Manning. There are two options in the store: you can by the merged stamp with 3 kids sitting on a bench or opt for the separated version, which has the bench and each of the kids as 4 separate image files. I used the latter for my card today, and chose to use just the girl eating the watermelon and the bench.

Mo Manning 3 on a bench watermelon front rett

I colored the girl with my Copics and fussy cut her. I put her to the side while I worked on the rest of my card.

Mo Manning 3 on a bench watermelon front skrått

I wanted to repeat the blue from the image in my card, and found a scrap of Fancy Pants patterned paper that was already cut down to fit the front of an A2 card. It’s a beautiful blue, and it has a little bit more interest to it than card stock, without distracting too much from the image.

Mo Manning 3 on a bench watermelon flatlay rett

I used the cloud die in the slim card basics die set from Mama Elephant to create my clouds. The die was long enough that I only had to die cut it once, and cut my finished cloud border into two pieces that are both 4 1/4″ wide. I mounted them to the bottom of my card with 1 mm foam squares for both layers, creating a little bit of depth and dimension in my card, and also an anchor point for the remaining elements. I even stamped part of a background stamp from Tim Holtz on the left half using Spring Rain ink from Papertrey Ink, which is a very light blue ink. Again, it adds a little interest to the background without being too distracting.

Mo Manning 3 on a bench watermelon flatlay skrått

I put 1 mm foam squares on the back of the little girl and adhered her near the left edge of my card. I think she’s so cute with that big slice of watermelon!

Mo Manning 3 on a bench watermelon flatlay detalj

I used the Parker alphabet die set from Memory Box to die cut the letters to spell “sweet” six times from Red Hot heavyweight card stock from My Favorite Things. I glued them together for a stacked look and adhered the word to my cloud. I stamped and white heat embossed the words “you are” from the Courageous You stamp set from Altenew on a scrap piece of that blue patterned paper, cut the words apart and adhered them to the card using clear foam tape from KoolTak. Those little word strips are so small, I thought clear would be best. I added a couple of light blue enamel dots from Papirdesign to finish.

Mo Manning 3 on a bench watermelon Copics

Not a whole lot of colors used for this one. I also used B90, which is a color I’ve made myself.

Happy birthday {Mo’s Dream Team}

Hi, there! I have a very simple birthday shaker card to share with you today, featuring one of the monsters from Mo Manning’s Cupcake Monster stamp set. You can get the set as one merged stamp with a big cupcake monster and seven small monsters surrounding it, or a separated version, which is what I’ve used for today’s card.

I colored my monster with Copics and did some serious fussy cutting. That monster is tiny, and it’s a miracle I didn’t chop off the flame at the top of the candle.

Mo Manning Cupcake Monster front skrått

I love the Stitched Happy Birthday rectangle die from Memory Box, but I don’t use it nearly enough. For this card, though, I pulled it out and die cut it seven times from white card stock. I removed the sentiment from six of them, gluing the frames together for dimension to create my shaker area.

Mo Manning Cupcake Monster flatlay

For the background, I wanted a color that would allow the sentiment to show and the monster to pop, so I chose a piece of patterned paper from the Bloom Street collection from Pink Paislee. The paper I chose has a watercolor look to the back of it, which was perfect to complement my little monster. I used the largest of the A2 Stitched Rectangle dies from My Favorite Things and adhered it directly to my card base, placing the shaker frame in the center.

Mo Manning Cupcake Monster flatlay skrått

I filled the shaker with clear and iridescent crystals from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards, and added the top layer with the sentiment, that I’d already glued to a piece of acetate. The last thing was to add my little monster in the corner, and the card was complete.

Mo Manning Cupcake Monster Copics

Not a lot of colors used for this card, but that monster is tiny.

Season’s Greetings {Rachelle Anne Miller Creative Studios}

Hi, everyone! I’ve got a sweet little Christmas card to share today, featuring the Christmas Tree image from Rachelle Anne Miller.

I colored up just a portion of the image and made it into a polaroid by using a polaroid frame die from My Favorite Things that I love. I die cut the frame three times from white cardstock and glued them together for a stacked look.

I decided to stamp a sentiment onto the polaroid frame using Blueberry Sky ink from Papertrey Ink. The sentiment is from a stamp set from Inky Wings.

I decided to put my polaroid frame on a blue card base. This blue cardstock is Blueberry Sky from Papertrey Ink, the same color as the stamped sentiment. I used an old snowflake frame die from Memory Box that I diecut from white cardstock.

I cut down my card base to make a 4 bar card. I like the smaller size, but don’t make too many cards this size, so I thought I’d change things up a bit. Once again, I have no graphic to show what Copics I used, but hopefully I’ll have my template remade in a few days.

Giggling snowman gift tag {Mo’s Dream Team}

Hi, everyone! Not a card today, but a gift tag. I still have lots of gift tags to make for the holiday season, so I really need to get cracking.

This was a very simple one. I colored up Giggling Snowman from Mo Manning, fussy cut him and added him to a diecut circle made from Blue Breeze card stock from My Favorite Things.

I used a stitched circle snowflake die from Memory Box to die cut from white cardstock and glued that on top. I created a hole towards the top and pulled a bit of blue twine through.

On the back I glued a white diecut circle. I stamped a to/from stamp from Norsk Stempelblad AS using Blueberry Sky ink from Papertrey Ink. I also added a few snowflakes die cut from another Memory Box die, and my gift tag was finished.

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.

Warm hug from the heart {Mo’s Dream Team}

Hi, everyone! I’ve got a hug to share with you today, I think we could all use those right now.

I colored up Hug from Mo Manning for day 11 of the last round of Kathy Racoosin’s 30 day challenge in March, and today I’ve turned it into a card. I fussy cut the image and mounted it on foam squares to my card base.

This card is somewhat different for me. It has a lot of white space, which is fairly common for me, but I used a stencil and texture paste on the card base to change it up a bit, which definitely isn’t normal for me. I even sprinkled distress glitter all over the texture paste while it was still wet, so the card sparkles when you tilt it in the light. Glitter is a nightmare to photograph, though, so it doesn’t show up in the photos very well.

I used the Parker alpha set from Memory box to diecut the word klem, which means hug in Norwegian. I diecut each letter five times and glued them together for a stacked, dimensional look. I created a couple of pink cardstock pieces by using one of the Copic markers I used on the skirt, stamped the remainder of my sentiment and heat embossed in white before glueing them on with clear foam tape.

By adding part of my sentiment on top of the image, I get a more cohesive design than I would have if I had put my little sentiment strip above the word only. Just a little design tip. I finished off the card by adding a few raindrops from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards.

These are all the Copics I used, and I must admit that I really love the pink and peach combos I came up with for this one.

Falalala… {Mo’s Dream Team}

la la la laaaa!

Am I in a Christmas mood? Not really, but it might seem that way. Falalalala was next up on my alphabetic list of Mo Manning images I haven’t yet used, and it needed to go on a Christmas card. Another one done for this year, which admittedly feels pretty good.

I colored my image with Copics as usual. In a split complementary version this time. I’m not a fan of red (not even for Christmas), but when I can use it as an accent color along with blue greens and yellow greens, I feel it works better. I fussy cut my image right up to the black line and glued it to the front of my card.

I diecut a panel of Spring Rain cardstock from Papertrey Ink using the Snowfall Backdrop die from Lawn Fawn and ink blended over the top. I used Chipped Sapphire Distress ink, Faded Jeans Distress ink, Stormy Sky distress ink and Spring Rain dye ink working my way from top to bottom, dark to light. I glued the piece straight onto my white cardbase.

I used the Country Landscape die from Memory Box to diecut the background hills from Stamper’s Select White cardstock from Papertrey Ink. I used the same die to diecut the windows using Harvest Gold cardstock, also from PTI, and inlaid them. I popped the entire panel on low foam tape for a little bit of dimension. I then diecut my panel with the sentiment already printed using a die from the Stitched Hillside Borders die set from Lawn Fawn. I’m a huge fan of faux stitch dies, but since the Memory Box die doesn’t have the faux stitching, I didn’t want it on my top panel either, so I used the die upside down and glued this snow bank on with low foam tape. To ground my image I used snow paint just below it as snow, and sprinkled rock candy distress glitter on top while the snow paint was still wet.

I changed up the sentiment a little. There’s an exclamation mark at the end, but I wanted that to be on the inside, so I added three dots instead and printed the same sentiment on the inside with the three dots in the beginning and the exclamation mark at the end.

I was a little hesitant about using my blue background at first, because I didn’t think the image stood out enough against the blue. When I created the snow banks, the whole thing transformed, and I’m glad I stuck with the blue.

Not a lot of markers for this one.

Grattis – Det er bursdagen din {Ett trykk}{Hobbykunst}

Hei og hopp! I dag har jeg et enkelt kort å dele igjen. Kortet ble laget til en artikkel i Ett trykk om alternative layouter på kort. Om det er så veldig alternativt vet jeg ikke, men gøy å lage var det i det minste.

Jeg stemplet et av monstrene fra Monster Sized-platen til My Favorite Things med MFT Extreme Black blekk i Mistien min. Jeg fargela monsteret med Copics, stemplet over på det samme stedet med VersaFine Onyx Black for å få ordentlig svarte linjer og stanset ut med tilhørende die.

Jeg svertet Distress Oxide-blekk i fargen Twisted Citron på en relativt stor bit kartong og sprutet noen vanndråper over for å få den litt oksiderte effekten. På en annen bit kartong brukte jeg en stensil (Modern Radio Waves) fra Memory Box med mer Distress Oxide blekk til å få litt interesse på bakgrunnen. Jeg brukte fargene Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers og Twisted Citron. Panelet limte jeg på kortbasen min med 3D-teip, så det har litt dimensjon.

Jeg stemplet en tekst fra Monster-platen til Huldra designstudio med VersaMark på svart kartong og embosset i hvitt, før jeg kuttet det ned til en strimmel og limte på kortet med 3D-teip. Jeg stanset ut ordet grattis fem ganger med en die fra Papirdesign og svertet det øverste laget.

Til slutt pyntet jeg enkelt ved å legge på noen dråper Nuvo Jewel Drops i fargen Key Lime rundt teksten. Jeg liker veldig godt å lage kort der alle elementene på kortet er samlet på ett sted. Da får man enkelt fokus på riktig sted, man får masse ledig plass som gjør at kortet får et rent og enkelt uttrykk, og man sprer ikke møkka, som jeg så fint pleier å si 😉

Gledelig jul {Ett trykk}

Hei og hopp! I dag har jeg kort nummer tre av fire å by på i rekken av kort fra artikkelen i oktobernummeret av Ett trykk der vi lagde fire julekort ut av ett mønsterark. Kort 1 og 2 finner du her og her.

Denne gangen valgte jeg også liggende format på kortet mitt, som det er litt mer jobb med enn de to første, selv om det ser veldig enkelt ut. Det blå kartongpanelet er skjært til så jeg får en 1/8″ ramme rundt hele og etter stempling og embossing av teksten fra Norsk Stempelblad AS er det limt direkte på kortbasen.

Jeg har stanset ut en snøfnuggsirkel i hvit kartong med en die fra Memory Box. Som du kanskje ser av bildet her har jeg stanset ut ganske mange oppå hverandre. Det gjør at sirkelen blir solid, samtidig som at den øverste sirkelen nå ligger i flukt med mønstearket, som er limt på den lyseblå kartongen med 3D-teip. Jeg limte på diamanter fra Kort & Godt i midten av tre av snøfnuggene for litt pynt og en ekstra liten detalj.