Birthday hugs {Mo’s Dream Team}

Hi, everyone!

Another Wednesday, and after a three week summer vacation, I just started back at work in the beginning of the week. I wanted to keep sleeping when that alarm rang on Monday, it was hard getting out of bed. Oh, well, I’m hoping it gets easier. On a lighter note, I have a toddler birthday card to share today, featuring Wee One from Mo’s Digital Pencil. I colored up this cute little guy (or girl, the image is very gender neutral) for day 23 of the most recent 30 day coloring challenge hosted by Kathy Racoosin, and I decided to turn it into a very simple card.

I’m doing my best to make my pile of patterned paper scraps shrink and not grow. My biggest problem with that is that most of my cards are fairly simple without a lot of patterned paper, and my scrap pile feels endless. Still I keep chipping away at it, hoping it’ll be visibly smaller one of these days. For this card I used an old green scrap from Pion Design and a yellow one from Papirdesign. I diecut both, the green using the largest of the stitched rectangle dies from My Favorite Things, and the yellow one using a super old Quickutz die.

I also diecut the image using a smaller stitched rectangle die from MFT, and popped the panel up on foam tape centered on my card. I used some 1 mm foam squares to adhere my circle diecut with a stamped sentiment from Norsk Stempelblad AS.

I finished off the card by scattering veneer stars from Studio Calico at a diagonal across.

These are the colors I used to color the image. I also used B40, which is a color I’ve made myself.

Enjoy the moment {Hobbykunst}

Hi!

I’ve got a colorful card to share today, featuring an adorable fox from My Favorite Things.

This little fox scene is from the Always Bring a Smile set, designed for My Favorite Things by Stacey Yacula. I really love her characters, they’re so full of life, and this little guy looks like he’s taking a well deserved nap against the stem of that big mushroom. I actually stamped this on Stamper’s Select White cardstock from Papertrey Ink and pulled out my Prismacolor pencils to color him in for day 2 of the current round of Kathy Racoosin’s 30 day coloring challenge.

I found some scraps of patterned paper in my stash (the red is from Pion Design, the tealy blue from Maja Design and the yellow from Chatterbox) and added them here and there on my card, before propping my panel with the cute fox onto the card front using foam tape. Lots of foam tape, I wasn’t shy! I stamped and white heat embossed a sentiment from Inky Wings onto one of my patterned paper scraps and mounted it on foam tape.

I added a few raindrops from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards around my sentiment and near those small yellow bits, and called it done. I had enough of those Maja Design scraps to make a matching envelope using the A2 V flap envelope dies from Simon Says Stamp.

I don’t usually do anything to the back of my clean and simple (it’s somewhat clean and simple, this one?), but I recently bought this sentiment set from hÄnglar & Wings with lots of small, awesome sentiments like this one, so I just had to use it. I stamped it in Shadow Creek ink from Altenew, which matches the grass and the butterfly on the front of the card.

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

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.

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.

Morsdag {Ett trykk}

I dag er det morsdag, og i februarnummeret av Ett trykk i fjor hadde vi en artikkel med en litt annerledes eksplosjonsboks med morsdagstema. Den ser ganske vanlig ut når den er sammenbrettet, men når den åpnes er det skuffer inni istedenfor vanlig eksplosjonsboksoppsett.

Jeg brukte rester fra en gammel serie fra Pion Design til å kle eksplosjonsesken min. Serien er Grandma’s School Book, og jeg brukte dies fra Cottage Cutz til å lage sirklene på toppen, og pyntet enkelt med kirsebærblomster fra Papirdesign og pyntegrener fra Kort & Godt.

Sidene på boksen er hylser til skuffer, og skuffene har jeg dekt i bunnen med mer mønsterark. I midten av bunnen har jeg stemplet en tekst fra Kort & Godt med Memento Espresso Truffle. Enkelt og greit.

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.

From a fairy tale {Mo Manning}

I’m back! I’m slowly getting back to this paper crafting thing after fracturing my shoulder in April. And now that I’ve started, I’m finding inspiration everywhere. From stamp sets that aren’t my style, from patterned paper that’s not my style, from color combinations in sequin mixes, I just hope it will translate once I actually get around to playing with paper and making stuff.

I’m rusty, there’s no doubt about that. So rusty, in fact, that I die cut the purple patterned paper behind my main panel instead of the main panel. The result is a slightly smaller card, and hopefully I’ll die cut the right pieces next time. I used Mo’s Kissing Frogs image on this one. I actually colored the image in April, before I fractured my shoulder, but only just now put the card together. I love Mo’s images, they have such wonderful character, and each image tells a story. This one, straight out of a fairy tale, is no exception.

I love the line of frogs waiting to kiss the princess, and the frog peeking out from inside the hollow log is such a great detail!

I added a piece of a small Doodlebug paper doily in the top left corner, along with some scraps of patterned paper by Pion design that I die cut using a couple of banner dies from My Favorite Things. Stamped a Huldra Designstudio sentiment in Memento Sweet Plum ink on one of the banners, and popped both banners up using foam squares. A few Papirdesign enamel dots, and my card is finished.

I love how the patterned papers from both Papirdesign and Pion Design match both the soft coloring I did on the image and those purple Papirdesign enamel dots.

Pakkelappmoro {Ett trykk}

Hei og hopp! I dag har jeg et lite knippe pakkelapper å dele, publisert i desembernummeret av Ett trykk i 2016.

pakkelapp Inkido PionDenne første pakkelappen er stanset ut med en tagdie fra Sizzix. Jeg har brukt mønsterark fra Pion Design og Inkido, og stempelmotivet kommer også fra Inkido. Teksten er fra Norsk Stempelblad AS, og jeg har pyntet veldig enkelt med utstansede kvister og noen pyntebær fra Magnolia. Den lille snellen kommer fra Maya Road.

pakkelapp Inkido Pion baksidePå baksiden stemplet jeg et digert Til/Fra-stempel fra North Star Design med Papertrey Ink Dark Chocolate blekk, som er samme blekkfarge som jeg brukte på stemplene foran på tagen. Den lille røde biten med twine kommer fra Whisker Graphics.

pakkelapp rådyrPakkelapp nummer to er mye mindre. Her har jeg stemplet og embosset trær fra Mama Elephant på kraftfarget kartong og limt på et lite rådyr fra Nille. God jul-stempelet kommer fra Norsk Stempelblad AS og er stemplet med Papertrey Ink Dark Chocolate.

pakkelapp rådyr baksideOgså her har jeg brukt et stempel fra NSD på baksiden stemplet med Dark Chocolate, men dette stempelet er ganske mye mindre enn det på den første tagen. I enden har jeg festet hvit hamp fra Hemptique.

pakkelapp vimpelDenne pakkelappen er av det veldig enkle slaget. Jeg brukte to vimpeldies fra Papertrey Ink, den ene litt større enn den andre, og stanset de ut i henholdsvis kartong og mønsterark fra Pion Design. Jeg pyntet enkelt med seam binding og to bjeller som lager herlig julelyd.

pakkelapp vimpel baksideBaksiden denne gangen har et stempel fra Inkido, stemplet med Blueberry Sky blekk fra Papertrey Ink.

pakkelapp snøkledde hustakEnda en pakkelapp av det enkle slaget. Jeg stemplet et stempel fra Poppydesign rett på et mønsterark fra Maja Design med Coffee Archival Ink fra Ranger og klippet ut formen på pakkelappen rundt kanten på stempelet. Jeg limte på løs bling fra Kort & Godt i midten av hvert store snøfnugg på stempelet.

pakkelapp snøkledde hustak baksideEnkel bakside med stempler fra North Star Design. Her har jeg også brukt hvit hemp fra Hemptique.

pakkelapp silent nightPakkelapp nummer fire. Her har jeg stemplet tekst fra Papertrey Ink rett på mønsterark fra Pion Design med Memento Rich Cocoa blekk. Formen på pakkelappen er stanset ut med en die fra Magnolia, og jeg har brukt en liten bit blonde og litt naturlig twine fra May Arts i enden.

pakkelapp silent night baksideStemplene på baksiden kommer fra Norsk Stempelblad AS.

pakkelapp fargetDen siste pakkelappen er den som egentlig er mest omfattende. Her har jeg brukt en liten bit av et stempel fra Penny Black som jeg har stemplet og embosset på akvarellark før jeg har fargelagt med Copic-refiller og vannpensel fylt med blenderrefill. Motivet er skjært ut og limt på en sirkel av Rustic White kartong fra Papertrey Ink med en stemplet tekst fra Norsk Stempelblad AS stemplet med Papertrey Ink Scarlet Jewel blekk.

pakkelapp farget baksidePå baksiden har jeg brukt et Til/Fra-stempel fra Papirdesign. Jeg oppdaget litt sent at bildet mitt av baksiden er litt uklart, men pakkelappen er jo gitt bort, så jeg kan ikke akkurat ta nye bilder. Også her har jeg brukt rød twine fra Whisker Graphics.

 

Juletre {Ett trykk}

Hei og hopp! I fjorårets desembernummer av Ett trykk hadde vi fokus på adventskalendere. Jeg lagde to bidrag til artikkelen, dagens lille tre er et av dem.

Jeg brukte rester fra Greetings from the North Pole-serien til Pion Design til treet mitt. Jeg tror det må være favoritten min av alle juleseriene Pion Design har laget – fargene er helt perfekte til jul og det samme er mønsterne.

Jeg har stanset ut tallene mine med dies fra KaBoks. Alle tallene er dekket med distressglitter. Det vises dessverre ikke så godt på bildene, men gir en herlig frostet effekt i virkeligheten. Samtlige tall er limt på sirkler av mønsterark, som igjen er limt på scallopsirkler i kartong og proppet opp fra fronten av hver lille eske.

Alle lukene åpnes i fronten, og jeg har satt på små snøfnugg laget med en die fra Marianne Design her og der. Snøfnuggene er også dekket med distressglitter.

24. desember-luken har jeg laget litt annerledes. De nye stempelplatene til Norsk Stempelblad AS som Åshild lagde i fjor var ferdig akkurat i tide til at jeg kunne bruke et av dem på den siste luken min. Jeg stemplet med VersaMark og embosset med hvitt embossingpulver rett på mønsterarket på fronten av luken.