Juleklem {Mo’s Dream Team}

Another Wednesday means another Mo Manning project. I thought it was time for another Christmas card, this is my 6th this year, and it feels pretty good!

I colored up Hanging the Stockings for Kathy Racoosin’s 30 day coloring challenge earlier this month, and turned it into a very simple card by diecutting my panel, adding a heat embossed sentiment and some heart shaped raindrops.

I’ve had this image for so long, and it really felt good to finally color it up. I used the largest of the dies in the Stitched Rectangles STAX (2) set from My Favorite Things, before heat embossing a Norsk Stempelblad AS sentiment in white using super fine detail embossing powder from Ranger.

I love the look of those heart shaped raindrops from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards. They’re part of the crystal collection and add the perfect little touch to such a simple card.

Christmas in March?? {Mo’s Dream Team}

Hi, everyone! I’m still keeping up with making those Christmas cards, and I must admit, it feels pretty good. This is Going North, colored for day 5 of this run of the 30 day coloring challenge by Kathy Racoosin.

I turned my image into a card last night by stamping a sentiment, diecutting the entire panel with a faux stitch rectangle die, adding that to my card front and embellishing very sparingly with three clear crystals from the Ice Water mix from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards. That’s it.

The sentiment is from the B04 stamp set from Norsk Stempelblad AS. I love the stamps Åshild has designed and am so glad I have so many different sets from them. I used Enchanted Evening ink from Papertrey Ink. It’s a beautiful dark blue color.

Cards don’t get much simpler than this. And cards like this are so fun to make, too.

Would you believe I used 10 (yes, ten) different colors for the fur?? Am I crazy?

Gratulerer med dagen {Hobbykunst}

Hei og hopp! Enkelte mønsterark gjør at man blir inspirert til å bruke dem til noe annet enn bare rektangulære flater av papir. På dagens kort har jeg gjort nettopp det, med dette mønsterarket fra Pink Paislee som du finner hos Hobbykunst.

Utrolig nok er det faktisk kun ett mønsterark som er brukt på dette kortet. Den lysere, mer diskrete bakgrunnen er nemlig baksiden av mønsterarket med alle blomstene.

Jeg bestemte meg for å klippe rundt noen av blomstene og bruke dem som elementer på kortet mitt. Vanligvis liker jeg å klippe helt til kanten, men stilkene på disse blomstene er ganske spinkle, så jeg syns det var best med en hvit kant rundt for å spare meg for mye trøbbel.

Jeg satte lave 3D-puter bak blomstene mine og monterte dem der jeg ville ha dem på kortet. Nede i det høyre hjørnet ser du også at jeg har brukt det jeg hadde til overs på innsiden, der har jeg riktignok kun limt det rett på uten 3D-puter bak, med en tynn strimmel av det lyseblå tvers over nederst på innsiden. Tekststempelet på fronten kommer fra Fleksitekstplaten til Huldra designstudio og er stemplet med Papertrey Ink Enchanted Evening blekk. Den er egentlig ganske mørk, men mulig jeg burde ha gått for en farge som er enda mørkere, jeg syns den ser litt blass ut mot det mørkeste i blomstene.

Her syns det godt at blomstene sitter litt opp fra fronten av kortet. Jeg har brukt svarte 3D-puter, syns de ofte er bedre å bruke enn hvite, de er nemlig mindre synlige fra siden.

Til slutt limte jeg på raindrops fra Little Things from Lucy’s Cards i forskjellige størrelser rundt blomstene mine. Vanligvis setter jeg småpynt som dette rundt teksten, to under og en over, men her har jeg fokusert på blomstene istedenfor. Pynten gjør at øynene dras mot blomstene, og gratulerer-teksten blir mer som et bakgrunnselement.

Soft and girly

There are two types of cards I love making more than any other: Christmas cards and birthday cards. I love making clean and simple cards, but also very layered ones with lots of patterned paper. Today’s card is one of those, made exclusively with papers from the Sofiero collection from Maja Design.

One of the things I love the most about Maja Design paper is the quality of the paper they use. It’s almost as thick as cardstock, something I haven’t really found in other patterned papers. Their patterns are gorgous, too, making card making a breeze. The thick quality also means I can use a wet paint brush (with clean water) and run along the edges, before using my fingers to curl them slightly back. This is so much easier to do when the paper is wet, and so much easier to do with these good quality papers. Thinner paper won’t hold up as well to all that water. I love the look you achieve by doing this.

I’m not an embellishment queen. I use a little bit on cards like this, but I rarely do a lot. This time, I used some pieces of chipboard from SnipArt and a few flowers to frame the image in the center of my card. I also used some lace to combat the rigid look you sometimes get when using just straight lines like square or rectangular panels.

I also added a couple of diecut doilies to further break up the linear look, and added stacked diecut numbers to the bottom left of the focal point of the card. As you can tell from this photo, this is a card with lots of dimension, it’s not very mail friendly.

I did a little bit of layering on the insides, as well. They are both the same, and those pink center panels provide plenty of room to write a personal message to the birthday girl.

On the back of the card I stamped a sentiment from Norsk Stempelblad AS using Papertrey Ink Autumn Rose ink. The text is about butterflies, so I thought it fitting to add a few chipboard ones for a little bit of extra interest.

Even though my card isn’t very mail friendly, I needed something to put it in, so I made a box envelope to go with it and added the recipient’s name on the front of it. The card was hand delivered, so this works perfectly.


Something a little bit different {Mo’s Dream Team}

Another Wednesday, and I have another “alphabet” card to share. I’m still on F, and Flower Frame from the Avril set was next up. It’s basically a circle image with flowers on the outside. To avoid having to color super tiny flowers I decided to use only a section of the circle, and made my little arch just large enough to fit the width of my card.

This is a lot more artsy than what I normally do. I printed the image with an opacity setting of 25%, colored it with Copics and then used a Copic multiliner to add back in some black lines in selected areas before fussy cutting my image with a thin, white border on the outside and straight up to the black line on the inside.

I used foam tape from Gina K to pop up my colored piece onto a cardbase I made from Spring Rain cardstock from Papertrey Ink.

I stamped a Norsk Stempelblad AS sentiment using VersaFine Onyx Black ink, and added splatters across the entire card with white liquid watercolor from Hero Arts and a watered down black ink.

Not exactly my usual style of card, this one. What do you think?

Falalala… {Mo’s Dream Team}

la la la laaaa!

Am I in a Christmas mood? Not really, but it might seem that way. Falalalala was next up on my alphabetic list of Mo Manning images I haven’t yet used, and it needed to go on a Christmas card. Another one done for this year, which admittedly feels pretty good.

I colored my image with Copics as usual. In a split complementary version this time. I’m not a fan of red (not even for Christmas), but when I can use it as an accent color along with blue greens and yellow greens, I feel it works better. I fussy cut my image right up to the black line and glued it to the front of my card.

I diecut a panel of Spring Rain cardstock from Papertrey Ink using the Snowfall Backdrop die from Lawn Fawn and ink blended over the top. I used Chipped Sapphire Distress ink, Faded Jeans Distress ink, Stormy Sky distress ink and Spring Rain dye ink working my way from top to bottom, dark to light. I glued the piece straight onto my white cardbase.

I used the Country Landscape die from Memory Box to diecut the background hills from Stamper’s Select White cardstock from Papertrey Ink. I used the same die to diecut the windows using Harvest Gold cardstock, also from PTI, and inlaid them. I popped the entire panel on low foam tape for a little bit of dimension. I then diecut my panel with the sentiment already printed using a die from the Stitched Hillside Borders die set from Lawn Fawn. I’m a huge fan of faux stitch dies, but since the Memory Box die doesn’t have the faux stitching, I didn’t want it on my top panel either, so I used the die upside down and glued this snow bank on with low foam tape. To ground my image I used snow paint just below it as snow, and sprinkled rock candy distress glitter on top while the snow paint was still wet.

I changed up the sentiment a little. There’s an exclamation mark at the end, but I wanted that to be on the inside, so I added three dots instead and printed the same sentiment on the inside with the three dots in the beginning and the exclamation mark at the end.

I was a little hesitant about using my blue background at first, because I didn’t think the image stood out enough against the blue. When I created the snow banks, the whole thing transformed, and I’m glad I stuck with the blue.

Not a lot of markers for this one.

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!!!