Christmas hugs {Mo’s Dream Team}

Another Wednesday, another Mo creation. This time I colored up Chimney Sweep really quickly, fussy cut him and glued him to my background. Simplicity is key when you’re strapped for time, right?

As usual, I colored my image with Copics. I grabbed some colors that were already out on my desk – no surprise that lots of blue markers were among them. The snowflake background is diecut with a Hero Arts die, and I added rock candy distress glitter in the holes left behind by the die. Unfortunately, glitter and photographs are a bad match, so it doesn’t really show up in the photos.

I stamped and heat embossed Juleklem (Christmas hug in Norwegian) on a piece of Blueberry Sky cardstock before diecutting it with a fishtail flag frame die from My Favorite Things. I stamped til deg (for you) on a white piece of cardstock using Blueberry Sky ink and diecut that, too. The stamps are from a new Huldra designstudio stamp set.

I added both my banners with foam tape and finished the card off with a few blue enamel dots from Papirdesign.

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Christening card {Mo’s Dream Team}

Another Wednesday, and another card with a Mo Manning cutie. This time I’ve colored up Christening, for a little boy.

I’ve gone with a tried and true layout on my card. I didn’t have a whole lot of time to make this, so I needed to not reinvent the wheel. I colored up my image with Copics and used patterned papers from the Vintage Baby collection by Maja Design.

I embellished with blue and white flowers and rose buds, along with a few Kort & Godt diamonds scattered around my flower clusters. I diecut the letters in the little boy’s name twice and stacked them for a little bit of dimension. I added the letters to a fishtail banner in the perfect size.

I stamped a North Star Design sentiment on the back of the card using Papertrey Ink Blueberry Sky ink.

No peeking! {Mo’s Dream Team}

I’ve got a few tiny gift tags to share with you today, using the adorable Giggling Snowman from Mo’s Digital Pencil. I printed him really tiny, he’s about an inch and a half tall. Not wanting to waste my blending card, I put three of him on a quarter sheet of X-Press It. All three versions are colored with Copics, and I turned my gift tags into shakers.

I used a die set from Lawn Fawn for the tags and the speech bubbles, and found some scraps of patterned paper from Maja Design that I put to good use on these.

I added distress glitter in the shaker area, giving the feel of snow. The sentiment reads “Don’t peek! To be opened on Christmas Eve!” The speech bubble was just big enough for it to fit. I added a few snowflakes diecut with a Marianne Design die before gluing a Kort & Godt pearl in the center of each.

I’ve always loved this little snowman. I’ve always thought he looks kind of shy, but with the distress glitter working as snow in the shaker, it looks like he’s blowing hot air on his hands to try to stay warm – probably not the best thing for a snowman to do 😉

Since they’re gift tags, they need To and From on the back. I’ve stamped a few different Norsk Stempelblad AS ones with different colored inks, each to sort of match the rest of the tag and the snowman on front.

Christening card {Mo’s Dream Team}

We’ve reached the middle of the work week, also known as Wednesday, which means a little bit of Mo Manning goodness around here. I’ve made a Christening card featuring Baby and Bunny, for a little boy whose christening was this past Sunday.

I started by coloring the bunny with different blue Copics, before adding texture to it with a piece of cloth soaked with blending solution. When I was happy with that I colored in the rest of the image before diecutting it using a cute circle die from Cottage Cutz.

I decided to go with patterned papers from Maja Design. These are from the Vintage Baby and Sofiero collections. I added his name in tiny diecut letters and embellished simply with flowers, some Kort & Godt diamonds, and some Studio Calico veneer stars. I thought they went well with the stars in the patterned paper.

I printed a sentiment for one of the insides with blue ink and diecut it using that same circle die as I used on the front of the card.

I kept the back of the card pretty simple, a few more flowers and stars and another printed sentiment on a diecut circle.

With Christmas in your heart {Mo’s Dream Team}

I love Giggling Snowman from Mo’s Digital Pencil. I have lost track of how many times I’ve colored this image, let’s just say it’s a whole lot. On today’s card, I’ve colored him using blues, once again. I love blue for Christmas, I can’t help it.

I fussy cut my little snowman and stamped a Norsk Stempelblad AS sentiment on a diecut banner. I’ve dry embossed the bacground using a cover plate die from Neat and Tangled.

I’ve added a few Papirdesign dots, mounted my dry embossed panel on foam tape and added a diagonally striped patterned paper from Papirdesign behind it. That’s it. Very clean and simple, and this time even fairly quick to make. My cards tend to be clean and time consuming, but this was clean and simple, it took me less than two hours from start to finish, including coloring.

Happy birthday! {Mo’s Dream Team}{Ett trykk}

Hi everyone! Another Wednesday, and another Mo make. This time I’ve used More Tulips on this pretty simple card, published in the August issue of Ett trykk. We each chose one crafter as the source of out inspiration for an “Inspired by” article, and my choice was the über talented Marika Rahtu. Her coloring is like no one else’s, she rocks.

Marika’s cards are always very simple, keeping the focus on her gorgeous coloring. I’ve tried doing the same, but I’ve got a long way to go before I’m able to keep up with her level. I still had fun, though.

I printed my image with a very low opacity setting in Photoshop onto a piece of 4 1/4 x 5 1/2″ X-Press It blending card. I diecut the center of my image with a stitched reclangle die from My Favorite Things before I started coloring.

I colored the center panel with Copics before going over it with Derwent Artists colored pencils for details. The combination of Copics and pencils is a really fun one, even though I still need heaps of practice.

I stamped a Norsk Stempelblad AS sentiment over the vase and mounted my panel with a lot of foam tape for dimension. And that finishes the card. Simple, keeping all the focus on the coloring.

Santa hug {Mo’s Dream Team}

Once again, we’ve reached Wednesday, which means coloring around here. Specifically, coloring of Mo Manning’s adorable digital stamps. This time, I chose Kayla with gingerbread and turned her into a gift tag for Christmas. You can never have too many gift tags.

I’ve colored her up before. A couple of years ago I colored her with reds and turned her into a Christmas card. This time, though, I just had to go for the blues. I love blue for Christmas. Well, I love blue all year, but especially at Christmas time. There’s just something about it that screams Christmas to me, way more than red ever will.

I wanted to make her hair golden blonde. Well, this is more in the area of light redish brown, but she’s so darn cute, I really don’t mind. The bench, her pants, and her little winter boots are actually all colored with the same color family, I just didn’t use the lighter ones for the bench, and similarly, I didn’t use the dark ones for her boots. Skipped both the lightest and the darkest for her pants. I did the same thing with my blues, I went very light with the scarf, and darker on everything else.

I found a tiny little gingerbread man in my stash, I just had to include him. I used some lacy ribbon from Papirdesign in the perfect blue color to match my coloring, and tied the gingerbread man to the ribbon with some warp thread from my grandmother’s loom stash. Added a tiny bit of strong liquid glue to my knot, so that it wouldn’t come undone.

The sentiment is made from two stamps from the B04 stamp set from Norsk Stempelblad AS. I stamped Nisseklem first, in Enchanted Evening ink from Papertrey Ink, then the smaller bit right below using the same ink. I wanted the two lines to be fairly close together, otherwise I would have stamped them both at the same time.

On the back I used another Norsk Stempelblad AS stamp, stamped it in the same blue color, then started on my background. I started with my tree and the little kid tobogganing by stamping them both in white hybrid ink from Papertrey Ink. I did this in my Misti, making sure I got good coverage over the entire surface of both stamps. I then went in with an acrylic block and a tiny snowflake stamp from the same stamp set, rotating between each stamping to create a random snowflake border along the top. When I was sure my hybrid ink was dry (I used a heat tool to help speed up the drying process), I went in with a mini ink blending tool and blue inks (Spring Rain and Blueberry Sky from Papertrey Ink), trying to make an even blend across the rest of the background. The hybrid ink somewhat resists anything you put on top, but not completely, resulting in a much softer look than if I were to heat emboss the images, then ink blend on top. I really like this soft look, it won’t distract from the names I’m putting on my gift tag, and everyone will be able to read it on Christmas Eve when it’s time to open presents, even with dim lights.