Is it summer yet? {Mo’s Dream Team}

Happy New Year! You know what happens when the year starts on a Wednesday, right? It’s Mo Manning time. And you know what happens when Christmas is nearly over?? I’m saying nearly because we technically have another 12 days to go, at least in my little corner of the globe. There’s a saying in Norwegian, though, about Christmas lasting till Easter. Me? I’m ready for summer!!

What’s more summery than peachy colors, flowers and butterflies? I colored up Peaches way back in early April, then managed to break my shoulder the following week, so this image and these patterned paper panels have been waiting patiently to be turned into a card. Better late than never, right?

I’ve sort of gone back to my roots with this card. Layers (though not many), colored Bazzill card base, Pion Design patterned papers, flowers and those little clear acrylic branches are all things I used to use a lot, but rarely use any more. It’s fun to shake things up every once in a while, especially after making so many clean and simple Christmas cards.

I don’t know what colors I used to color up my image, it’s been about eight months, after all. I may have written it down somewhere, but if I did, I don’t know where. I’m usually good at writing things down in a book, but I’m also known for some serious Post-it notes usage. I’m not sure where the Post-it went. Or even if there ever was a Post-it for this particular color combination on this particular image. What I do know is that it’s not in my book.

I glued all my cardstock and patterned paper panels down using double sided tape. For the diecut image, I used foam tape, and lots of it. I was not shy. A roll of foam tape lasts forever, so I like to cover the entire back for even dimension with no sag. I think I bought ten rolls a couple of years ago. I’ve given one away and am halfway through my second roll, so I still have seven sitting in a cabinet in my craft room.

I used a hot glue gun to attach my flowers and those acrylic branches. I have a low temp hot glue gun that I love for things like this. It dries instantly and stays put. For the butterflies and the pearl in the center of the largest flower, I used connect glue from Gina K. It’s the best liquid glue out there, those butterflies aren’t going anywhere!

I used the same design on the insides and on the back of my card. There’s no dimension to the circles on the inside of the card, but I used foam tape on the back circle as well. A sentiment from Norsk Stempelblad AS stamped in a combination of VersaMark and two different colors of Distress Ink (Worn Lipstick and Abandoned Coral). Normally, I’m not a fan of distress ink used with clear stamps, they tend to bead up on the surface of the stamp, and the result you get isn’t the best. I didn’t have a peachy ink pad, however, and if you use VersaMark on the stamp and then distress ink right on top of that, you can reduce the beading and get a better stamping. Not perfect, but better than distress ink on its own. And much better than having to compromise and use black or brown or another color that wouldn’t go as well with the rest of the card.

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??

Nisseklem {Mo’s Dream Team}

Another Wednesday, and another Mo Manning creation. Another simple Christmas card, this time featuring Stocking Elf.

I love coloring Mo’s images using the no line technique, and this one was no exception. I don’t remember what my initial plan was, but I printed the image in the top left corner of a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2″ panel, something I pretty much always do with my images. This time I struggled to come up with a card design that worked, so I wound up chopping off everything below the stocking, so I could use it along with pieces of patterned paper on the front of my card.

I try using scraps for my cards, and the plaid patterned paper scrap from Maja Design was exactly 4 1/8″ long. I placed it carefully in the largest of the faux stitch rectangle dies from My Favorite Things for a nicely finished edge, and did the same for all the other pieces of paper, creating a seamless seam along all the edges.

I stamped a sentiment from the B04 stamp set from Norsk Stempelblad AS using Papertrey Ink Scarlet Jewel ink and added a couple of Papirdesign enamel dots as a finishing touch.

I mailed my card along with a small Christmas present for my secret Santa contribution at Copic Norge. I used another Norsk Stempelblad AS stamp set to stamp GOD JUL on the gift tag. Very simple.

You’d think I’d use very few colors on such a small image, but no 😉 Considering 7 of these are for the skin alone, it’s no wonder I always use lots of markers!

Happy, Merry, Joyful Christmas

Every year, it seems as if I have time to make ONE card that isn’t a design team assignment. This year, I had to stay away from card making for months due to a shoulder fracture, but I’ve still managed to make my one non DT card.

I have a soft spot for Stacey Yacula’s images, and the Sweet Holiday Penguins set from My Favorite Things was perfect for a quick, simple Christmas card. I’m normally not one for scene cards, but I thought these two deserved better than to just float around, so I added a night sky and some subtle hints of snow on the ground.

I colored my penguins during Kathy Racoosin’s 30 day challenge on Instagram, and asked my followers how to add snow. Someone suggested paint splatters and embossing powder, so that’s what I did. I used liquid watercolor from Hero Arts for the splatters, and lots and lots and lots of chunky white embossing enamel from Stampendous for the rest. It makes the card seem very wintry, and the embossing enamel adds a ton of texture to an otherwise very simple card.

I could have made it a one layer wonder, but I like the faux stitch look you get with the stitched rectangle STAX sets from My Favorite Things, and I love the 1/16″ frame of pure white around it. I even mounted my panel on foam tape for that extra bit of dimension.

Simple, yet dimensional from that foam tape, with lots of texture from the embossing enamel. Maybe I should start making scene cards more often?

I can’t believe I’ve nearly used all the different gray families on one card, all I’m missing are the Ws.

Merry Christmas! {Mo’s Dream Team}

Hi, everyone! Another Wednesday, another Mo Manning creation. This time, it’s a simple Christmas card, featuring the adorable Little Elf Tippi. He’s so cute tangled up in those lights, I couldn’t resist coloring him!

I went for a no lines version, which is my preferred Copic technique, it makes the image come to life much more than a black lined version ever could.

I die cut my colored piece with a faux stitch rectangle die from My Favorite Things. I added a red piece of Maja Design patterned paper to my card front and glued my elf panel on top, effectively creating a 1/16″ red frame around my image.

I wanted to keep the focus on the cute little elf. The best way to do that is to keep it super simple and subtle. I added a piece of a Doodlebug Design mini doily before gluing on a Papirdesign button that says Merry Christmas in Norwegian. That’s it.

This is a pretty mail friendly card, the only thing that adds a little bulk is that button, everything else is glued on without any dimension.

I try being good at showing the Copics I used, but sometimes I forget. This time I didn’t.

Med jul i hjertet {Mo’s Dream Team}

Christmas is less than three weeks away, and I’m actually ahead of schedule Christmas card wise. I colored up Got the Wreath from Mo Manning during the 30 day coloring challenge and turned it into a quick, simple card with a few pieces of Maja Design patterned paper from the Joyous Winterdays collection.

I used the largest of the dies from the Stitched Rectangles STAX 2 set from My Favorite Things to diecut the panel with my little guy, just for some subtle detail.

I covered the front of my card panel with a green piece of patterned paper and mounted my faux stitches colored panel with some low foam tape.

In the top left corner I made a very typical Elin cluster. I started with a Doodlebug Design mini doily for some softness, and made sure I didn’t glue it down completely. The little lift you get by not glueing it down is just enough. I diecut a few branches from that green patterned paper with a couple of CraftEmotions dies, a few banners with a die set from My Favorite Things and stamped a sentiment from Norsk Stempelblad AS that I white heat embossed. I finished with a few raindrops from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards.

Mostly green and white, with a little hint of red. I’m not a huge fan of red for Christmas, but the combo of this deep brown based red and this grayish, blueish green works for me.

Merry Christmas to my friends in warmer climes {Mo’s Dream Team}

A little over a month until Christmas, and I haven’t bought a single present yet. Who else hasn’t started? Please tell me I’m not the only one. I’ve got a non traditional Christmas card to share with you. Non traditional both in the image itself and in my colors. This card is going halfway around the world, so I thought I’d go all out with the non traditional.

I put together the floating presents and the image itself from Mo Manning’s Christmas Pool Tot in Photoshop, before merging the images and lowering the opacity to 15%. Merging the layers is necessary to avoid intersecting lines when lowering the opacity. I colored my image in yellows (though I did use an orange for the darkest yellow), pinks and aquas. Not my normal Christmas color scheme, but that was kind of the point on this summery Christmas card.

I used a stitched rectangle die from My Favorite Things to cut out my panel, glued it to a Hawaiian Shores cardbase from Papertrey Ink and added a simple cluster with a sentiment. The cluster is made from a Doodlebug doily, a pink Maja Design monochrome banner, a scrap of yellow patterned paper from Papirdesign and a sentiment banner made using a scrap of patterned paper from Studio Light. I realized after I’d glued my banners on that I hadn’t cut my sentiment banner on the one end like I normally do, so my banners are a little longer than normal, but once I realized they were already glued down, and I was not about to start over. I added a few clear crystals from Little Cards by Lucy, and that’s my card for today.

Lots of colors used on this one, even though it might not look like it.