Happy Birthday {Hobbykunst}

Det er ingen hemmelighet at jeg er svak for stempler fra My Favorite Things, og spesielt de som Stacey Yacula designer, hun har en herlig strek!!

Her har jeg stemplet og maskert en muffins, stemplet skilpadden, stemplet konfetti på bakgrunnen og hatt det gøy med tusjene. Jeg startet med skilpadden og muffinsen, før jeg fargela bakken i grått. Så var det himmelen sin tur. Jeg ville ha en slags ombreeffekt, så jeg startet øverst med den mørkeste blå av de jeg hadde valgt ut og fortsatte nedover med lysere og lysere blåfarger før jeg til slutt fikk en sømløs overgang mellom det blå og det grå. Til slutt var det grei skuring å fargelegge konfettien.

Jeg stanset ut panelet med den største dieen i Stitched Rectangles STAX set 2, den gir 1/16″ ramme rundt når man limer panelet på et A2-kort. Jeg brukte Fishtail Flag Frames-settet til å stanse ut bannere i koordinerende farger kartong fra Papertrey Ink (Harvest Gold, Orange Zest og Raspberry Fizz). Jeg stemplet og embosset tekst på det rosa banneret, limte det oransje rett på hovedpanelet og de andre to med 3D-puter i ulike høyder før jeg pyntet med paljetter fra Little Things from Lucy’s Cards i farger som matchet (paljettene er fra Candy Corn- og Sweet Shop-blandingene). Bannerdiesene fra MFT jeg har brukt stanser også ut ramme rundt selve banneret, og jeg har brukt rammen fra den rosa og satt på inni kortet og stemplet en av de andre tekstene inni rammen på kortets innside i rosa, man ser litt av det til høyre her.

Det er gøy å lage kort kun med favoritting!!!

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.

Another level up! {Mo’s Dream Team}

Another Wednesday, another Mo Manning creation and another Elin special – clean and simple with cluster. I make a lot of these cards, but they’re fun and easy, what’s better than that? I love playing around with different elements to make my clusters, and today, I didn’t even use a single piece of foam tape for dimension, the chipboard pieces do all the work for me.

I decided that Evan with iPad was the perfect image for a birthday card for my nephew, who loves to play games on his iPad and Playstation. His favorite color has always been orange, so I used orange on my image, orange scraps of patterned paper, Orange Zest cardstock from Papertrey Ink and gears from Snip Art that I colored with an orange Copic marker.

I don’t really know how I ever survived without the stitched rectangles sets from My Favorite Things. I use the largest in the 2 set for pretty much every card I make. It creates a nice 1/16″ border around my panel, which, to me, is the perfect width. I used another MFT die for the sentiment banner. It’s from the Fishtail Flag Frames set, another set I use a great deal. MFT has some very versatile dies! For the actual sentiment (which is a digital sentiment that comes with the image) to be the right color I put a scrap piece of the orange cardstock into my scanner, opened the scanned image in Photoshop, used the eyedropper tool to choose that color, and changed the color of the sentiment before printing.

I’ve set myself a challenge to see how far I can get this year by only using scraps of patterned paper and not digging into new ones. Design team contributions for Hobbykunst get to be exempt from my little experiment, but I think I can make it pretty far with just scraps. It helps that I tend to make cards like this, that don’t require big chunks of patterned paper. The orange one with the dots is from a pack of digital patterned papers by Cathy Zielske that I bought years ago, and the other one is actually from a Halloween collection from Papirdesign. I diecut them both with a die from Xcut that diecuts lots of tickets from one die. I put a chipboard piece from Snip Art on top of my tickets, and a sentiment banner straight on top of that. By using the chipboard, I get dimension without having to resort to foam tape, which is always a plus.

I felt like I needed a little bit towards the bottom, too, so I added another small ticket, another uncolored piece of Snip Art chipboard and half a colored gear, as well as a blue enamel dot from Papirdesign. It’s amazing how much you can fit into such a small space if you just stack it.

I have found that my blues look better if I skip B93 and jump straight from B95 to B91. Have you made a similar discovery? I’d love to hear about it.

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!

God jul {Mo’s Dream Team}

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m terrible at sticking to schedules. Seriously awful. And every year I tell myself to get started on Christmas cards early and make them throughout the year to avoid being swamped come November. Every year I’m swamped in November because I fail to make them throughout the year. I’m off to a good start this year though, I’m starting with this Candy Cane Bear from Mo Manning in the form of a shaker card (I’m not going to mention that I started off great last year, too, before I fractured my shoulder and didn’t create anything for months).

I printed my bear onto X-Press It blending card (the best paper for Copic coloring) and colored it with Copics. Normally, I probably would have made his hat blue, but I wanted a dark blue background, so I needed a color that would pop against it. Anyone who knows me would also know that I’m not a fan of red for Christmas cards, but in 2019 I made quite a few Christmas cards with red in them anyway, and I guess I’m starting the new year with it, too. Not to worry, though, I’ll get back to my regular blue eventually, it IS the color of the year, after all.

I diecut a front panel with faux stitching around the edges and a nice big window in the top center. I stamped a Norsk Stempelblad AS sentiment using Papertrey Ink Scarlet Jewel Ink, added acetate behind my window and glued it to the front of my card using two layers of craft foam to really make those sequins and other few elements inside the window shake!

I love the dimension you get on such a simple card by doubling up the foam, it makes a big difference, and everything inside the window moves more freely.

I’m a bit of a perfectionist, so I made sure all the sequins were turned the right way before I glued my shaker shut. I used a combination of two different mixes from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards. Most of the elements are from the Igloo mix, but I also added some from the Crystal Collection – Glass. I never know how much to put into my shakers and usually end up with way too much or not enough, but I think I added a perfect amount on this card. First time for everything, right?

Not a whole lot of colors on this image. I also used R52, which is a color I’ve made myself.


Tenker på deg {Ett trykk}

I fjorårets aprilnummer av Ett trykk (som dessverre ble det aller siste og kun kom ut i nettutgave) hadde vi oppmuntring som tema for Helt enkelt-artikkelen. Hva er mer oppmuntrende enn et “tenker på deg”-kort?

Jeg stemplet blomsterstempler fra Larger Than Life-settet til Papertrey Ink rett på kortbasen med rosafargene som er i Rose Petal-settet med stempelputer fra Altenew (fargene Cosmic Berry, Purple Wine, Puffy Heart og Rose Quartz).

Jeg stanset ut et hvitt panel med juksesøm ved hjelp av en die fra My Favorite Things, og stanset ut et vindu fra dette panelet, også med en die fra My Favorite Things. Til slutt stemplet jeg en tekst fra Huldra designstudio med en av fargene jeg brukte på blomstene mine, limte hele panelet på kortets front med 3D-teip og kortet var ferdig. Enkelt, ikke sant?

Jula varer helt til påske {Hobbykunst}

Ok, så er ikke det helt sant, og det er mange rundt omkring som fjerner julepynten sin i dag, men jula varer teknisk sett en uke til. Men DA er det slutt 😉 Jeg har naturlig nok et julekort å vise frem i dag, det skulle egentlig ha vært med i adventskalenderen til Hobbykunst, men der ble det noe kluss, så da kommer det nå.

For en som stort sett lager veldig enkle kort er dette noe litt utenom normalen. Tro det eller ei, men bare selve shakerboksen tok et par timer å lage.

Jeg er i utgangspunktet ingen fan av rødt til jul, men jeg er glad i utfordringer. Ikke er jeg glad i gull heller, så man skulle tro at julearkene til Prima, som både hadde rødt og gull, ikke var noe for meg, men jeg er også sta, så jeg får til å bruke det meste likevel. Jeg valgte arket Most Wonderful Time of the Year for to av panelene på kortet mitt. Jeg målte og var nøye med at rutemønsteret skulle være sentrert på panelene. Utrolig nok funker rødt og svart til julekort! Teksten er fra den andre siden av det samme arket, den er stanset ut med en die fra My Favorite Things. Rammen rundt er stanset ut med samme die i gullkartong som matchet gullfargen i teksten.

Jeg brukte en die fra Rayher til å stanse ut motivet mitt, som kommer fra Spreading Christmas Magic-arket i julekolleksjonen til Prima. Dieen stanser ut noen hull som jeg måtte dekke til på baksiden for å kunne bruke den til en shakerboks, men det var lett å fikse. Jeg stanset ut den samme dieen tre ganger til – to i mosegummi og en i den samme gullkartongen som jeg brukte på rammen rundt teksten. En bit acetat mellom det øverste laget mosegummi og gullkartongen holder glitteret i shakerboksen på plass.

Bak shakerboksen har jeg enda et mønsterark, her ville jeg ha noe i kontrast til det røde, så da falt valget på Christmas Joy-arket. Jeg har også lurt på plass noen snøfnugg fra Rayher.

Her er omtrent alt på kortet limt på med dimensjon, så kortet er ganske tykt, selv om det kun er forsiden som er pyntet.