Christmas hug {Mo’s Dream Team}

Hi, everyone!

I know it’s Easter, and normally I’d be at our family cabin in the mountains this time of year, soaking up sun, going skiing, drinking warm beverages and eating oranges and chocolate. This year is one for the ages, everything’s turned on its head. We’re not allowed to go to our cabin in the mountains, and I’m stuck in the city with no Easter spirit whatsoever. Hence, a Christmas card in April. The most natural thing in the world, right?

I colored up Fruitcake from Mo Manning during the last 30 day coloring challenge hosted by Kathy Racoosin, and I turned it into a very simple card using very few supplies. I diecut my panel using the largest of the stitched rectangle dies from My Favorite Things (the STAX 2 set) and glued it onto a top folding card base I made from Enchanted Evening cardstock from Papertrey Ink.

I used a Docrafts die to create those tickets from scraps of patterned paper from Maja Design, popping them up on foam squares from Gina K designs to give them a little bit of dimension. I white heat embossed a sentiment from Ladybug & Friends on one of the tickets and tucked a diecut pine branch behind it. I finished by adding a few red enamel dots from Papirdesign, tying in the red details from the colored image.

As usual, I finish with the Copic colors I used to color my image.

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.

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.

Du fortjener det beste {Ett trykk}{Hobbykunst}

Hallo – du fortjener det beste! I det aller siste nummeret av Ett trykk var teknikkutfordringen at vi skulle bruke to eller flere dies som hovedmotiv. Jeg valgte en coverdie fra Neat & Tangled og en hallodie fra Papirdesign og lagde noe jeg egentlig vil kalle et typisk Elin-kort.

Jeg startet ved å sverte distress oxide-blekk (fargene Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, Cracked Pistachio, Twisted Citron og Fossilized Amber ) over et panel stort nok til å dekke fronten av kortet mitt. Jeg sprutet over rent vann og tørket av med tørkepapir, før jeg sprutet over hvitt blekk i dråper og lot det tørke.

Jeg limte deretter Stick It bak hele panelet. Dette er en veldig tynn dobbeltsidig teip som er perfekt når du skal stanse ut dies der det blir litt pirkete.

Deretter skjærte jeg til en bit mosegummi like stort som panelet jeg skulle bruke.

Jeg stanset ut det svertede panelet først, og deretter mosegummien med samme die. Jeg tar dette i to runder. Hvis jeg stanser ut begge samtidig blir ikke kuttekantene på mosegummien jevne, og jeg kan få rynker i kartongen siden presset under dermed ikke er jevnt. Ved å stanse ut i to omganger holder alt seg mye penere.

Den neste delen av jobben er litt pirkete. Her tok jeg ut hver bit av den svertede biten, fjernet beskyttelsespapiret fra den dobbeltsidige teipen på baksiden og limte den på tilsvarende bit mosegummi. Da alle bitene var på plass tok jeg flytende lim på baksiden av hver mosegummibit (forsiktig, så jeg ikke fikk lim på rammen) og limte det på frontpanelet på kortet mitt. Jeg la noe tungt oppå og sørget for at alt tørket ordentlig.

Deretter kunne jeg fjerne mosegummirammen forsiktig fra resten av kortet, og bitene ligger igjen der de skal.

Jeg stanset ut en hallodie fra Papirdesign flere ganger i hvit kartong og limte dem oppå hverandre for dimensjon.

Da var det bare igjen å lime hallo på kortet, også her brukte jeg flytende lim, og lurte litt englehår fra Mester Grønn under for å lage litt mer liv i kortet.

Jeg stemplet også en undertittel på svart kartong og embosset i hvitt. Det blir et ordentlig blikkfang på et såpass fargerikt kort. Jeg satte på tekststripen min med 3D-teip.

Noen paljetter fra Pretty Pink Posh er siste lille finish.

Takket være at jeg limte alle bitene på kortet mens jeg fortsatt hadde rammen rundt er de nå perfekt plassert, og kortet er veldig rent selv om jeg har brukt mange farger.

Det er ingen hemmelighet at jeg digger å fargelegge, men jeg digger også å lage kort som dette, selv om det er litt pirk å lime alle bitene sammen. Jeg er faktisk ganske glad i pirk også!

Blue {Mo’s Dream Team}

When I first heard that Pantone chose blue as the color of the year for 2020, I almost did a little happy dance. My favorite color!! The color is 19-4052 TCX Classic Blue, to be exact, and it is a gorgeous, fairly dark blue. I can finally be on trend with all my blue creations.

I’ve got Tall Cake coming at you today, and what better way to kick off the new year than with blue, and lots of it? I’ve set myself a goal (not a new year’s resolution, I hate those, they set you up to fail) to use more of my scraps. I dug through my blue patterned paper scraps (of which I have many) and found a floral one and a darker, more solid one that was perfect for white heat embossing.

I quickly found out that the closest Copic color to that specific Pantone color is B99. How perfect is that, the B90s are my favorite blues in all the land. I colored my image and glued it to my card base with lots of foam tape. All I did embellishment wise was add a couple of those little diecut banners (they’re so wide you can hardly see the V shape) and enamel dots from Papirdesign. The white heat embossed sentiment is from Norsk Stempelblad AS.

I love anything and everything blue – expect to be bombarded with lots of blue this year!

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??