Pink floral birthday card

I recently received an order for a 70th birthday card for a lady from the Philippines who loves flowers, pink and purple. I didn’t really feel like coloring and had no idea what to do until Liz came to the rescue and offered me a few sheets from an old pad of images from Lili of the Valley. With the use of my trusted dies from GoKreate, the card actually came together fairly quickly once I sat down and started working on it.

Cards like this come together very easily, it’s basically a bunch of diecutting and you’re done. I use two full 12×12 sheets of patterned paper for cards like this, and the beauty is that there are no scraps left when I’m done. For this one I used two sheets from Papirdesign, one is Roseduft, and the other is stemorsblomst, blå.

I added flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts, Kort & Godt and Papirdesign along the edge of two opposite quadrants on my circle, used letter stickers from Papirdesign to spell her name and some diecut numbers for her age. I finished off the front of the card using diamonds from Kort & Godt.

I kept the insides pretty simple, with plenty of room for a personal message for the birthday lady. I added some more diamonds to embellish a tiny bit.

On the back of the card I used more flowers, more diamonds and stamped a Norsk Stempelblad AS sentiment using Autumn Rose ink from Papertrey Ink. “Happiness is the art of creating a bouquet of the flowers within reach.”

Enjoy every second of your day {Hobbykunst}

Hi, everyone. I’ve got a birthday card to share with you today, but it’s not in my usual clean and simple style, it’s a more layered card. I used to make this kind of card all the time when I first started making cards, and it’s what I feel I have to go back to whenever I get an order for a card. It’s a good way for me to justify the price I set.

I was told that the birthday girl likes blue, pink and flowers. I knew just which papers to dig out from my stash. The paper I’ve used here is all from the Denim & Girls collection from Maja Design. I love their collections, the patterns are nice and small and the colors to die for. I mean, look at those blues!!! Amazing!!! I’ve predominantly featured two sheets on this card; Summer outfit (which is the blue with the flowers) and Romantic blouse (the pink one). The image comes from the Snapshots sheet.

I started by cutting down the patterned paper to the sizes I wanted, before using a paint brush with clean water to wet all the edges. This makes the paper more pliable, and I can curl the edges with my fingers, giving the paper some dimension and interest. The cool thing is that when it dries, it stays like that, it’s very sturdy. With Maja Design patterned paper it’s extra sturdy, because the paper is so thick you can actually use it for card bases. It’s really nice.

I added a paper doily, some pink lace, some May Arts natural twine, a bow, a couple of diecut numbers and a few paper roses from Papirdesign, in addition to a couple of sentiment strips. I stamped the Mathia design sentiments straight onto the pink patterned paper using Enchanted Evening ink from Papertrey Ink, distressed the edges of the strips slightly with a finger nail and mounted them on foam tape. The top sentiment translates to “Enjoy every second of your day” and the bottom one says “Happy birthday”.

When creating this type of card I go all out and decorate all four sides of my card. I used the same layout on the insides, but skipped all the embellishments. The kraft panels are actually removable. I added double sided tape to the back in generous amounts, but left the release paper on, and glued the panels on using just a glue dot. Glue dots are a nice temporary solution, and it enables you to pull the panels out fairly easily, write your personal message, remove the release paper from the double sided tape and glue the panels back where they belong. It’s a great way to not have to write inside a bulky card.

I had to decorate the back, too. I just had to. Same basic layout on the back. Not as heavily embellished as the front, also not as bare as the insides. I stamped a birthday sentiment from Norsk Stempelblad AS using the same color ink as the sentiment strips on the front, and added a few blue roses to finish the card.

With cards this thick, they don’t fit in regular envelopes, so I usually make simple envelope boxes to match. This one is 1″ high, and it actually could have been a little higher, it was a little bulgy when the card went in. I diecut the blue patterned paper with a Simon Says Stamp label die and added pink diecut letters from Scrapmagasinet to spell the name of the birthday girl. I did two layers so the name wouldn’t get completely lost with that busy background.

Thinking of you {Mo’s Dream Team}

Hi,everyone! Another Wednesday, and another Mo Manning creation. This time I’ve colored up I forgot with my Copics.

This is another one that I’ve colored for Kathy Racoosin’s 30 day coloring challenge. I’m getting better at putting my colored images to use. I colored this one for day 13 of the challenge back in March, so this cute little elephant hasn’t had to wait too long.

I used the largest of the dies in a faux stitched rectangle die set from My Favorite Things to create my panel and glued it onto a scrap piece of patterned paper from Pion Design that I’d already cut to fit the size of my card. I added a cluster in the top right corner, I’ve got part of a Doodlebug doily, a couple of patterned paper banners (also diecut with dies from My Favorite Things) and a few enamel dots from My Mind’s Eye.

That light pink paper is from the same paper collection from Pion Design as the darker pink (Vintage Garden collection), and the green one with the dots is from Inkido. I stamped a Norsk Stempelblad AS sentiment using Autumn Rose ink from Papertrey Ink, and that finishes my card.

Lots of greys, greens and even blues for this one, even if the card mostly reads as pink. 3

Baby card

Hi, everyone.

Last Tuesday, Lisabeth and I decided to get a little crafty the following day and participate in the sketch challenge over on the My Favorite Things blog, no matter what the sketch would look like. As always, I’m getting my creation in just under the wire. Turns out I wasn’t in a creative mood on Wednesday. Or Thursday, Friday, Saturday… you get the gist. It was only when I got home today that the ball really got rolling. I did sort of start yesterday, but I couldn’t for the life of me find the right color cardstock to use. I wound up using Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide ink on top of diecut pieces of Aqua Mist cardstock from Papertrey Ink to get a color that matched my little dragons, which I colored up for Kathy Racoosin’s 30 day coloring challenge way back in February 2018. These puppies have been laying around for a while.

I’d already fussy cut my dragons, but I used the Stitched Rectangles STAX sets (both sets, actually) to create my little frame, and glued them both straight onto my card base. I also diecut a scalloped eyelet circle using a CottageCutz die and mounted it on thin, black foam tape from Gina K. Designs for a little bit of dimension. I used the same foam tape on the back of my dragons and glued them to the circle. I created a stacked diecut sentiment using dies from Papirdesign and stamped a small sub sentiment from Norsk Stempelblad AS using Hawaiian Shores ink from Papertrey Ink. I embellished very simply with some sequins from Pretty Pink Posh, and that finishes my card.

Hip hip hooray! {Mo’s Dream Team}

Hi, everyone! Another Wednesday, and another Mo day around here. This time I have a little bit of Alphabet Soup to share with you.

I printed my image onto X-Press It blending card towards the bottom left corner of a quarter sheet. I colored it in with my Copics, before trimming it down to 5 3/8 x 4 1/8″. I wanted the Melon Berry cardbase from Papertrey Ink to show around the edges, and this size panel creates the perfect 1/16″ border on all four sides.

If you’ve seen a card or two from me previously, you’ll no doubt know that I’m a fan of adding clusters on my cards. They vary in size and some are simpler than others, but they tend to have three things in common: a piece of a paper doily, fishtail banners and enamel dots or sequins. I also usually put my elements on straight, but this time I went for a less rigid look. I went through my patterned paper scraps and found a green piece from the Vintage Garden collection by Pion Design and diecut it using a fishtail flag frame die from My Favorite Things. I thought I’d have to go for just a piece of cardstock for the other banner, but then I remembered that I have a paper pack from Sunny Studio with pastel colors, and one of them fit perfectly.

I stamped a Norsk Stempelblad AS sentiment onto the green banner using My Favorite Things Extreme Black ink and stapled the two banners together before gluing them onto the card. I added a string of Green Apple divine twine to the top of the card and a few My Mind’s Eye enamel dots to finish it off. In real life, the green dot looks closer to the greens I used in my image. Photos sometimes lie.

The color palette doesn’t lie, these are the Copics I used to color my image.

Hooray!

Hi, everyone!

I’ve never been any good at turning my completed images from Kathy Racoosin’s 30 day challenges into cards. In fact, I’ve been kind of terrible at that. I’m trying to be better, and I have a card to share today featuring a happy hippo from My Favorite Things that I colored up for the challenge… in January 2018 😉

I did what I usually do by diecutting the panel with the hippo using the largest of the stitched rectangle dies from MFT. This is the one die I use more than any other, and it gives such a nice look with that faux stitching around the edge and the 1/16″ border of the cardbase (in this case Berry Sorbet cardstock from Papertrey Ink) showing.

I diecut a word die from Kort & Godt four times from Aqua Mist cardstock and glued them all together for a stacked look. There was just enough space above the head of that hippo for the word to fit nicely. I stamped and white heat embossed a Norsk Stempelblad AS sentiment on a piece of that Berry Sorbet cardstock and added three more layers behind that, so it’s flush with the word above.

The small birds were also colored way back in 2018 for that same challenge as the hippo with the balloons. They didn’t have cheeks colored in, so I just went in with a couple of red markers and then a white pen on top to make them look like the first bird. I fussy cut both and added them to my sentiment to form a visual triangle. A few enamel dots from My Mind’s Eye finishes the card nicely. I usually know exactly where to put my enamel dots (or sequins or other small embellishments), but I was really stuck on this one and couldn’t find a good placement until Liz helped me see the light, so to speak. They happen to look pretty darn good where they ended up on the card, it just took me a while to get there.

Last, but not least, the Copics I used for this card.

Hush {Mo’s Dream Team}

Hi, everyone! Another Wednesday, and I’ve got a sweet and simple baby card featuring cutie from Mo Manning to share with you today.

I printed Hush towards the bottom of a quarter piece of X-Press It and colored him in with Copics, before taking the largest of the stitched rectangle dies from My Favorite Things to diecut him into a panel with a nice faux stitched edge. I had a scrap piece of patterned paper already cut down to the size of a card front, so I decided to glue my little guy onto that, it’s a nice little way of framing things.

I’m no stranger to adding clusters on my cards, so I pulled out half a paper doily from Doodlebug Design, more scraps of Maja Design patterned paper (the Vintage Summer Basics and Vintage Autumn Basics collections) and diecut a couple of banners using the Fishtail Flag Frames die set from My Favorite Things. I also stamped and white heat embossed a Norsk Stempelblad AS sentiment, before punching it out using my 1″ circle punch from EK Success. I added a pebble on top for an extra bit of dimension.

I also added some sequins (from the Ice Water mix) and a couple of heart shaped drops (from the Crystal Collection – Glass mix) from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards, and my card was done.

I used a very limited color palette for this one.

Ballet slippers

Last year around this time, I received an order for a confirmation card for a ballet dancing girl. May is confirmation season in Norway, and the lady who ordered the card wanted it to be pink and green and very similar to a card of mine that she’d seen.

I was able to scrounge up scraps of paper from three different paper collections from Pion Design: Grandma’s School Book, Till Mor, and Play Time. I wet and curled the edges to soften the look a bit, and also added a paper doily from Bo Bunny.

Til konfirmanten is a stamp from Norsk Stempelblad AS. I stamped it using Espresso Truffle ink from Memento, I didn’t want it to be stark black, and that ink is a nice mix of grey and brown that I really like. I used some tiny letter stickers from Kaisercraft to add the girl’s name below the banner, and fussy cut a few butterflies from one of the patterned papers and glued them on.

I kept the insides fairly simple. The sentiment stamp from Stempelglede is a Goethe quote (Magic is believing in yourself. If you can do that, you can make anything happen). The panel on the right side is perfect for a personal message.

I decided to also keep the back of the card simple. I added another butterfly and stamped “Handmade” below in the same color ink that I used on the front of the card.

One can never have too much cupcake {Mo’s Dream Team}

Hi, everyone! Another Wednesday already. Man, the weeks fly by so quickly. I’ve got another Mo Manning cutie to share today.

This is one of Mo’s birthday fairies. Her name is Dee, and you can find it in the store here. I actually have a red rubber version from Penny Black of this image that I actually used for this card. I stamped it in fadeout ink from Inkon3 and went to town with no line coloring. When doing no line coloring I usually stamp (or print) the facial features in a darker ink than the rest of the image, but I forgot on this one, and had to draw everything back in once my coloring was done. I used a Prismacolor pencil and held my breath as I added those details back in.

I diecut my panel using the largest of the faux stitch rectangle dies from My Favorite Things. I think it’s the perfect size as it creates a 1/16″ border when I add it to my cardbase. The color scheme might not be typical of me, but the layout definitely is. I added half a mini paper doily from Doodlebug Design, diecut some scraps of pink patterned paper to go with my image using another favorite MFT die set (Fishtail Flag Frames) and stamped a Norsk Stempelblad AS birthday sentiment using Papertrey Ink Hibiscus Burst ink. The ink matches the cardstock, which is also Hibiscus Burst from Papertrey Ink.

I added my banners using foam tape and embellished very simply with some sequins from Pretty Pink Posh. I even used my scissors on one to cut a little bit off and tucked it underneath that sentiment banner. Laura Bassen would be proud, haha.

God jul {Mo’s Dream Team}

Is it Christmas yet? No? Really? Are you sure? Let’s just pretend for a quick minute, because I have a Christmas card to share today, featuring Katie and Bear from Mo’s Digital Pencil.

I had to use my favorite color combination for Christmas on this one. Blue, grey and brown. I made my greys very light, so they look more white than grey, and I have to admit I kind of love the look! I printed the image with 15 % opacity and did no line coloring. I love no line coloring!

This card is very “me”. The cardbase is made from Papertrey Ink Enchanted Evening cardstock, I used a die from My Favorite Things to add the faux stitching detail on the main panel, and I added a little cluster of diecut patterned paper scraps. I stamped and heat embossed a Norsk Stempelblad AS sentiment on one of the patterned paper pieces and added three snowdrift sprinkles from Little Things from Lucy’s Card as my finishing touch.

Clean and simple with cluster, these cards come together so easily once the image is colored.

I used quite a few colors for this simple image. Lots of different earth tones for different parts of the image, and two grey families.