Sending warm wishes {Mo’s Dream Team}

Hi, everyone! I have a Christmas card to share today, featuring Ragged Maggie from Mo’s Digital Pencil. Technically, it could be used as a general winter card, but I love making Christmas cards, so I’ll probably put it in my Christmas 2021 card pile. It’s snowed pretty much all day every day for the last week or so, and I find it fitting for Christmas card making. I’m also a week late in taking down the Christmas tree and the rest of the Christmas decorations, but I’m crossing my fingers hoping it’ll happen tonight.

Once I’d finished coloring my image, I used the largest of the dies in the A2 Stitched Rectangles STAX 2 set (man, that’s a mouthful) from My Favorite Things and turned it into a nice panel with a little bit of detail around the edge. I adhered it onto a card base made from Blue Yonder card stock from My Favorite Things.

I realized I hadn’t done my signature cluster in quite some time, so I found a few scraps of patterned paper from the Home for the holidays collection from Maja Design and die cut a couple of tickets from the scraps using my Happy Days Ticket Stubs die from XCut. I adhered them to the top right of the card and cut off the excess, before white heat embossing a couple of snowflakes from Crafty Moly. I white heat embossed part of a sentiment from the Oh penguin tree stamp set from Mama Elephant onto a scrap piece of blue patterned paper, before die cutting it into a banner using one of the fishtail flag frames dies from My Favorite Things. I added that to my cluster with a little bit of dimension behind it, glued a snowflake on top and finished off the card with three blue enamel dots from Papirdesign.

Kind of a muted color palette for this one. I tried to keep it to a minimum, because there’s a lot going on in that image, and I didn’t want the end result to feel cluttered.

Triangle love {Hobbykunst}

Hi, everyone! Today, I have no less than three cards to share, and they all share bold, geometric card stock backgrounds. It all started with the über talented Laura Bassen, and a die set she designed for the Stamptember release from Simon Says Stamp that came out a few months ago. It’s the Geometric Builder Squares die set (there’s also the Geometric Builder Circles set, but I haven’t had time to play with that yet). In the set there are eight square dies of the same size. One of them is solid, but the remaining 7 die cut smaller squares, triangles and some other fun shapes that you can use to build up a cool, geometric pattern. I focused all my efforts for these cards on the die that cuts out eight triangles.

I have this throw pillow on my couch that jump started my inspiration. It’s got a nice geometric look, but it’s not too colorful (I prefer a neutral interior to a super busy colorful one, I put all my color into my cards), and the best thing is those blue triangles (it’s a darker blue in real life than in the photo, I need to compensate for bad winter lighting these days). I love blue (as evidenced by the blue throw pillow behind it, the blanket on the left that has lots of blue in it and the light blue walls in the background)!

My first card uses the exact same pattern as the one that’s on the pillow, but in other colors. I used the After Midnight color from My Favorite Things, Tickled Pink and Grout Gray, also from My Favorite Things, along with Berry Sorbet and Stamper’s Select White from Papertrey Ink for the vibrant pink and white, respectively.

I popped my panel of triangles onto a 4 3/4″ square card base using lots of foam tape. On a die cut circle I stamped and gold heat embossed a sentiment from the Courageous You stamp set from Altenew, before finishing off the card with a few matte gold sequins from the Mint Gold mix from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards.

Being told “you are great” is something we all could use at times, right?

My next card features basically the same pattern, but I changed up the colors and extended the pattern to make it a rectangle. I wish I hadn’t cut the top part off, or cut even more off to make the pattern end in a full size or half size rectangle instead of what I ended up with, but it’s the sacrifice I made to make my card an A2 size with 1/4″ border around the triangles.

The card stock colors I chose for this card are Orange Zest, Summer Sunrise, Lemon Tart, True Black, and Rustic White, all from Papertrey Ink, as well as Blue Breeze from My Favorite Things. The Rustic White is more of a grungy white (is that a thing? It’s not bright white) with dark speckles here and there, it’s really cool. I used the Sweet Hello die from My Favorite Things to die cut hello six times from the Rustic White card stock, and the shadow once from the True Black. I stacked three of the hellos on top of each other, glued the shadow on top of that, and then another three hellos on top. It’s very substantial! With the stacked hello die cut and the the panel of triangles on foam tape, the card is about 3/8″ thick. I love dimension, even though the added weight of all those layers requires extra postage.

Below the die cut hello, I added a sub sentiment from the Leaf Clusters stamp set from Altenew. I stamped it in VersaMark onto black card stock and added super fine detail embossing powder from Ranger before heat setting it. I then took my cut-align ruler from Misti to turn it into a small strip, before gluing three more black strips of cardstock behind it and adding it below the hello. I finished off the card by adding a few sparkling clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

For my last card I decided to go rainbow. No chunky 1/4″ frame, I wanted the colorful triangles to go all the way to the edge in this one. The card measures about 4 1/4 x 5 1/4 (I learned from last card and didn’t want any weird looking shapes). The card stock colors (except for the white, which is Stamper’s Select White from Papertrey Ink) are all from My Favorite Things. They are, from top to bottom, Blue Yonder, After Midnight, Field Day, Limelight, Pineapple, Orange Zest, Red Hot, Razzle Berry, Grape Jelly and Wild Wisteria.

I didn’t want to cover up too much of the background, so I took out my Impact Alphabet die set from My Favorite Things and die cut the letters H and I six times from white card stock. I stacked two of each letter, added two layers of vellum on top, then the remaining four layers of the letters on top for a dimensional look. By having a couple of layers of the letters behind the vellum, it makes the vellum float. I added a few raindrops from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards for a finishing touch.

This one is definitely less dimensional than the other two cards, but the colors and the stacked sentiment still make it pop.

There you have it – 3 same but different cards using one fabulous geometric builder die. Obviously you could create triangles on your own without the die, but the die makes it so much easier and more accurate than I could ever hope to do on my own. And I’m super detail oriented and a bit of a perfectionist, so I’d definitely use the die!

Friend {Rachelle Anne Miller Creative Studios}

Hi, everyone! I have a sweet and simple card to share today, featuring the super cute Friendship Bird and Bee image from Rachelle Anne Miller.

I colored the image using my Copics, die cutting it with a faux stitch rectangle die from My Favorite Things for a nice finished loo, before stamping the definition of friend (stamp from Norsk Stempelblad AS) using VersaFine Onyx Black ink.

I added shimmer to the bird and bee using my clear Wink of Stella brush. The sparkle is hard to catch in photos, but in real life it’s very shimmery. I found a scrap piece of patterned paper from Kaisercraft that was already cut down to the perfect size and adhered it to my card base, before adhering the colored panel on top of that. The color of the patterned paper matches the bird nicely. It’s a closer match in real life than I’ve managed to capture in this photo.

I added a couple of sparkling clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh and left it at that, this is a very simple card. In this photo you can see a little bit of the sparkle in the bird and the bee.

Super limited color choices for this one. I also used BG71, which is a color I’ve made myself using refill of BG72 and blender solution.

Wishing you an amazing day {Mo’s Dream Team}

Hi, everyone! Another Wednesday in the middle of winter, and I have a wintery birthday card to share today, featuring Miles in Winter from Mo Manning. I went with a combo of cool Copic colors and even used the E80s, which I hardly ever use. I cut my colored piece down using a faux stitch rectangle die from My Favorite Things.

I used some old scraps of patterned paper to create this card. On my desk I have a container of scraps of patterned paper that I’ve cut down to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2″, making them very convenient to use. The paper I used to cover the entire front of the white card base is from My Mind’s Eye (it’s the same sheet as the one I used for the sentiment banner), the one with the white lines running through it is from Autumn Leaves, from their Manhattan line, which happens to be from 2007. I definitely have some old papers in my stash. The lightest piece is from Kaisercraft. I decided to add dark blue enamel dots from Papirdesign to break a little from the monochromatic patterned paper I had going, and also to reintroduce the blue from the image, even though I really like the grayish teal of the jacket and the patterned paper scraps.

I stamped the sentiment from Norsk Stempelblad AS using VersaFine Onyx Black ink and die cut it using one of the fishtail flag frames dies from My Favorite Things.

Quick and easy coloring of this one without too many colors. As usual when I color snow, quite a few of the colors were used for the snow alone. I also used BG71 on the jacket, which is a color I’ve made myself.

Big birthday wishes {Hobbykunst}

Hi, everyone! This is my second post of the day. If you came here to see my Mo Manning post, you will find that here. This one’s a bit of a twofer, focusing on the big birthday wishes die from My Favorite Things, along with the Big Balloon stencil, also from MFT.

I have a great crafty friend who suggested I play along with the current color challenge over at MFT. The color palette for the challenge was Blueberry, Berrylicious, Grout Gray and Sweet Tooth, and it’s a palette I find very appealing! I’ve done a raised diecut inlay using the big birthday wishes die and big balloon stencil once before, but it was with warmer tones (it’s this card) and some birthday monsters.

Starting with the raised die cut inlay card, I did some serious ink blending. I love the look of ink blending, but I have a shoulder that protests every time I do it, meaning it doesn’t happen every day. I don’t have colored inks from MFT, so I used the brands I have and made it work. I used Hero Arts Wet Cement and Papertrey Ink Soft Stone inks for the gray balloon, Papertrey Ink Hawaiian Shores and Distress Ink Speckled Egg for the teal balloon, and Altenew Dark Night, Azurite, Ultramarine and Eastern Sky for the blue balloon.

Once the panel was inked, I used the Big Birthday Wishes die to die cut the panel, making sure to keep all the little pieces for the stacked inlay technique. I die cut five more pieces from white card stock and stacked all the individual letters, putting the inked piece on top, giving me a total of six layers for each letter. I no line colored a few of the bears from the Bitty Bears stamp set to look like polar bears, and added them to the big letters at the top.

For the second card I used the same color inks to ink blend the balloons, cut off the edges to make it a smaller panel and used the negative of a die cut for the shaker window. I built up the walls of the shaker using thin strips of white card stock. I’m not a fan of foam tape for shaker windows, I prefer to take the extra time and effort to build dimension with cardstock. It’s fiddly and time consuming, but I love it!

I glued the negative die cut onto a piece of acetate, and filled the shaker with the Starry Sky Mix of jewels from Pretty Pink Posh before adding the piece of acetate and negative die cut on top, sealing in the jewels. The colors of the jewels are perfect for the color palette I was going for. I glued the finished shaker piece onto a top fold card base I made from Berrylicious card stock, and my card was finished.

I had so much fun creating these two cards, but will admit that I struggled with which bears to use, I’d colored all but one bear from the stamp set. Indecisive is my middle name. So is procrastinator, perfectionist and a whole bunch of other descriptors.

All the bears (except for the one that couldn’t fit on this panel) all colored up like polar bears. While the stamps were still in my Misti, I used a Memento Rich Cocoa dual marker on the eyes, noses and mouths and stamped them on top of the fadeout ink from Inkon3 I’d already used. This is a trick I like to use, and it saves me from having to draw eyes and mouths in after my coloring and risk ruining my images.

Last, but not least, the colors I used. Not a lot, but enough to make these cute bears look like polar bears and for them to match the color palette for the MFT color challenge.

Hei {Mo’s Dream Team}

Hi, everyone and happy new year! We’ve reached the first Wednesday of 2021, and I have a card to share today featuring Lydia from Mo Manning.

As usual, I colored my image with Copics. I usually also create a panel with my colored images, but this time I did some serious fussy cutting, that stem is super thin. Ginger, one of the talented crafty people I follow on Instagram (you can find her here) shared a bunch of Christmas cards a few days ago with this design; a tag going across towards the bottom of a card and various elements on top of the tag. I really liked the design and wanted to try it for myself.

I used the Detail Ringlet Plate cover die from Simon Says Stamp on a piece of Berrylicious card stock from My Favorite Things. I chopped off 1/4″ on each side, added a few layers of card stock behind for dimension and adhered it to a top fold card base I made out of Stamper’s Select White card stock from Papertrey Ink. I die cut two tags from the same white card stock and glued them to the panel that was already there.

I glued the girl onto the tag, making sure to put a couple of extra pieces of card stock for stability behind the part of her head that hangs over the edge of the tag. I also added used my clear Wink of Stella glitter brush on her wings, which you can sort of see in the photo if you look closely. I die cut the word hei (hi) four times from Summer Sunrise card stock from Papertrey Ink and glued them together for a stacked look. The sub sentiment is a stamp from Norsk Stempelblad AS, stamped in VersaMark and white heat embossed on New Leaf card stock from Papertrey Ink. I also built that up with a few additional layers of cardstock behind it for stability and dimension, and finished the card by adding a couple of enamel dots from Papirdesign.

Here you can see that there’s a lot of dimension in this fairly simple card.

No post complete without a list of Copic colors used.

Happy Birthday {Mo’s Dream Team}

Hi, everyone! I hope you’re having a great week.

We’ve reached the last Wednesday of 2020, and it’s once again time to start making something that isn’t holiday related. I have a fun birthday card to share today, featuring Tall Cake, which is such an awesome image from Mo Manning. Super quick to color, too, even for me.

I colored the image with Copics before fussy cutting right up to the black lines. I contemplated leaving a white border, but opted for this look in the end. I feel it’s cleaner, somehow.

For the background I used the Detail Ringlet Plate from Simon Says Stamp on a piece of Sweet Blush card stock from Papertrey Ink, and glued it onto a cardbase made from Stamper’s Select White card stock, also from Papertrey Ink. It’s my favorite white cardstock, and whiter than anything else I’ve tried, which ticks of a huge box for me! I used Gina K. Connect liquid glue on the back of my image to adhere it to the textured background.

I die cut the Happy Birthday Brush Script die from Simon Says Stamp five times from Spring Rain card stock from Papertrey Ink, glued them together for a stacked look and adhered the layered die cut directly on top of the cake and the textured pink background. I stamped and white heat embossed part of a sentiment from the Bitty Bears stamp set from My Favorite Things onto a scrap piece of Spring Rain cardstock, cut it down to a strip and added four more behind it, making it flush with the die cut above. I finished the card by adding a few Sparkling Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

Those stacked die cuts add a lot of dimension to an otherwise very simple card. I pulled out an envelope from My Favorite Things in the color Blue Breeze to match the card, it’s uncanny how well the Blue Breeze color from MFT matches the Spring Rain color from PTI.

Simple images don’t require a lot of colors. However, in addition to these, I did use B90, which is a color I’ve made myself.

Santa hug {Rachelle Anne Miller Creative Studios}

Hi, everyone, and Merry Christmas! I have another gift tag to share today, the last for 2020. It features the adorable Koala Christmas image from Rachelle Anne Miller and was attached to a present for one of my nieces. I thought these koalas decorating a tree of their own was such a cute one.

I stamped a sentiment from Norsk Stempelblad AS below the image using Scarlet Jewel ink from Papertrey Ink. Using a faux stitch tag die from My Favorite Things, I die cut four tags, one from the panel with the image and three from scraps of patterned paper from the Fröjdefull Jul collection from Maja Design. I glued two and two back to back, before gluing the two double tags together, offset quite a bit.

On the back, I used another stamp from Norsk Stempelblad AS and the same color ink as I used for the front.

I punched a hole through the top of the tag, added a red eyelet for strength, pulled some twine through and also added a snowflake charm to finish.

Simple image means I didn’t use a lot of colors for this one.

Simple gift tag {Mo’s Dream Team}

Hi, everyone! I’m ready for Christmas tomorrow. There, I said it, no backsies. This little Shop Tot gift tag is also ready for Christmas tomorrow, and it’s attached to a present going to one of my nieces.

I colored the image with Copics, die cut it using a large faux stitch tag die from My Favorite Things and stamped a sentiment from Norsk Stempelblad AS on the bottom using Scarlet Jewel ink from Papertrey Ink. I created three more tag die cuts from the Fröjdefull Jul collection from Maja Design and glued one of them to the back of my colored panel. I glued the other two back to back and glued my two double tags together, slightly offset. I cut a hole at the top of the tag, used a red eyelet for strength and threaded some red twine through, adding a charm with mittens for that little bit extra.

On the back of the tag I stamped a To/From stamp from Norsk Stempelblad AS using Smokey Shadow ink from Papertrey Ink, which is a nice dark gray. I attached a couple of loops I made from one of the patterned papers and was able to thread a candy cane through, I just hope the dog doesn’t get into the presents and eats the candy cane.

Very limited color palette for this one, not a whole lot to color.

Oh so merry

Hi, everyone! I have a Christmas card to share today, and I think it’ll be the last one for 2020. Ironically, this was the first card I mailed this year. Back in October, I shared my coloring of this Penguin’s Waddle image from Mama Elephant, which prompted one of my Instagram followers to jokingly say that I needed her address. I say that to some of the card makers I follow, as well, but I also like to shake things up a bit, so I actually got her address and this card is on its way to her now, if it hasn’t already arrived.

I colored the penguins with Copics and used the coordinating die to die cut this cute little waddle for the front of my card.

The waddle of penguins actually opens up so you can write a personal message on the inside, and there’s a few more die cuts under there for dimension and a little bit of stability.

I glued my penguins to a panel made from Aqua Mist card stock from Papertrey Ink. I used the Paint Splatter background stamp from My Favorite Things with VersaMark ink, poured White Satin Pearl embossing powder from Hero Arts on top and heat embossed it. I know the stamp is supposed to be paint splatter, but I think it looks like snow, which makes the stamp even more versatile, and it’s a great way to add some subtle interest to a background. I added the Aqua Mist panel onto a slightly larger panel of Stamper’s Select White cardstock from Papertrey Ink.

The Penguin’s Waddle die set comes with a big word die “Oh so merry”. I die cut it several times from white cardstock, cut the “oh so” away to use just merry on my card and spritzed some sparkly sheer shimmer spray on top, which you can kind of see in this photo if you look closely. I stamped and white heat embossed the word Christmas from the Christmas Cheer stamp set from My Favorite Things onto Berry Sorbet cardstock from Papertrey Ink, then used my Cut-align ruler from Misti to make sure I’d cut the little strip straight. In this photo you can also see the shine in the penguins’ eyes. I added a little bit of black glaze pen to the eyes, and also a little bit of clear Wink of Stella to certain elements.

I‘ve misplaced (or more likely, accidentally thrown out) the post-it with the list of Copics I used, but I do know that I used N9, 7, 5, 3, 1, 0 and the blender for the penguins, that I used Y38 (along with some other yellows) for the beaks, fish and the rest of the yellows, and that I used BG13 for one of the colors in my teal combo.

Edited to add: I found the post-it with the list of the Copics I used while tidying up in my craft room. In addition to these colors, I also used B30, which is a color I’ve made myself.