Welcome to the world, little one {Rachelle Anne Miller Creative Studios}

Hi, everyone! I’ve got a sweet baby card to share today, featuring Friendship Bunnies from Rachelle Anne Miller. As the title of the image suggests, it’s not actually a baby image, but once I started coloring it in pinks and peaches, I couldn’t help it.

After coloring the image, I used a die from the nested stitched doily set from Cottage Cuts to turn my colored piece into a circle with some nice detailing along the edge. I die cut two more from white cardstock and added them to the back for a little bit more strength and stability.

Using the Detail Ringlet Plate from Simon Says Stamp, I created a white panel with subtle texture. I wanted something that wasn’t too plain while at the same time not being too distracting from the image. I cut down four more pieces of white card stock, added them to the back of the die cut one and adhered it to a card base I made from Berry Sorbet card stock from Papertrey Ink.

A stacked die cut sentiment (die from Papirdesign) and a heat embossed sub sentiment from Norsk Stempelblad AS were added to the front, and finally a couple of matte gold sequins from Little Things From Lucy’s Cards. Before adhering it to the card, I used a shimmer spray on my colored piece, you can sort of see it in this photo, but it’s a lot more sparkly in person.

I used a very limited color palette for this one. One color for the sky, three for the ground, and four for each of the bunnies. That’s it.

Big birthday wishes {Hobbykunst}

Hi, everyone! This is my second post of the day. If you came here to see my Mo Manning post, you will find that here. This one’s a bit of a twofer, focusing on the big birthday wishes die from My Favorite Things, along with the Big Balloon stencil, also from MFT.

I have a great crafty friend who suggested I play along with the current color challenge over at MFT. The color palette for the challenge was Blueberry, Berrylicious, Grout Gray and Sweet Tooth, and it’s a palette I find very appealing! I’ve done a raised diecut inlay using the big birthday wishes die and big balloon stencil once before, but it was with warmer tones (it’s this card) and some birthday monsters.

Starting with the raised die cut inlay card, I did some serious ink blending. I love the look of ink blending, but I have a shoulder that protests every time I do it, meaning it doesn’t happen every day. I don’t have colored inks from MFT, so I used the brands I have and made it work. I used Hero Arts Wet Cement and Papertrey Ink Soft Stone inks for the gray balloon, Papertrey Ink Hawaiian Shores and Distress Ink Speckled Egg for the teal balloon, and Altenew Dark Night, Azurite, Ultramarine and Eastern Sky for the blue balloon.

Once the panel was inked, I used the Big Birthday Wishes die to die cut the panel, making sure to keep all the little pieces for the stacked inlay technique. I die cut five more pieces from white card stock and stacked all the individual letters, putting the inked piece on top, giving me a total of six layers for each letter. I no line colored a few of the bears from the Bitty Bears stamp set to look like polar bears, and added them to the big letters at the top.

For the second card I used the same color inks to ink blend the balloons, cut off the edges to make it a smaller panel and used the negative of a die cut for the shaker window. I built up the walls of the shaker using thin strips of white card stock. I’m not a fan of foam tape for shaker windows, I prefer to take the extra time and effort to build dimension with cardstock. It’s fiddly and time consuming, but I love it!

I glued the negative die cut onto a piece of acetate, and filled the shaker with the Starry Sky Mix of jewels from Pretty Pink Posh before adding the piece of acetate and negative die cut on top, sealing in the jewels. The colors of the jewels are perfect for the color palette I was going for. I glued the finished shaker piece onto a top fold card base I made from Berrylicious card stock, and my card was finished.

I had so much fun creating these two cards, but will admit that I struggled with which bears to use, I’d colored all but one bear from the stamp set. Indecisive is my middle name. So is procrastinator, perfectionist and a whole bunch of other descriptors.

All the bears (except for the one that couldn’t fit on this panel) all colored up like polar bears. While the stamps were still in my Misti, I used a Memento Rich Cocoa dual marker on the eyes, noses and mouths and stamped them on top of the fadeout ink from Inkon3 I’d already used. This is a trick I like to use, and it saves me from having to draw eyes and mouths in after my coloring and risk ruining my images.

Last, but not least, the colors I used. Not a lot, but enough to make these cute bears look like polar bears and for them to match the color palette for the MFT color challenge.

Hei {Mo’s Dream Team}

Hi, everyone and happy new year! We’ve reached the first Wednesday of 2021, and I have a card to share today featuring Lydia from Mo Manning.

As usual, I colored my image with Copics. I usually also create a panel with my colored images, but this time I did some serious fussy cutting, that stem is super thin. Ginger, one of the talented crafty people I follow on Instagram (you can find her here) shared a bunch of Christmas cards a few days ago with this design; a tag going across towards the bottom of a card and various elements on top of the tag. I really liked the design and wanted to try it for myself.

I used the Detail Ringlet Plate cover die from Simon Says Stamp on a piece of Berrylicious card stock from My Favorite Things. I chopped off 1/4″ on each side, added a few layers of card stock behind for dimension and adhered it to a top fold card base I made out of Stamper’s Select White card stock from Papertrey Ink. I die cut two tags from the same white card stock and glued them to the panel that was already there.

I glued the girl onto the tag, making sure to put a couple of extra pieces of card stock for stability behind the part of her head that hangs over the edge of the tag. I also added used my clear Wink of Stella glitter brush on her wings, which you can sort of see in the photo if you look closely. I die cut the word hei (hi) four times from Summer Sunrise card stock from Papertrey Ink and glued them together for a stacked look. The sub sentiment is a stamp from Norsk Stempelblad AS, stamped in VersaMark and white heat embossed on New Leaf card stock from Papertrey Ink. I also built that up with a few additional layers of cardstock behind it for stability and dimension, and finished the card by adding a couple of enamel dots from Papirdesign.

Here you can see that there’s a lot of dimension in this fairly simple card.

No post complete without a list of Copic colors used.

Happy Birthday {Mo’s Dream Team}

Hi, everyone! I hope you’re having a great week.

We’ve reached the last Wednesday of 2020, and it’s once again time to start making something that isn’t holiday related. I have a fun birthday card to share today, featuring Tall Cake, which is such an awesome image from Mo Manning. Super quick to color, too, even for me.

I colored the image with Copics before fussy cutting right up to the black lines. I contemplated leaving a white border, but opted for this look in the end. I feel it’s cleaner, somehow.

For the background I used the Detail Ringlet Plate from Simon Says Stamp on a piece of Sweet Blush card stock from Papertrey Ink, and glued it onto a cardbase made from Stamper’s Select White card stock, also from Papertrey Ink. It’s my favorite white cardstock, and whiter than anything else I’ve tried, which ticks of a huge box for me! I used Gina K. Connect liquid glue on the back of my image to adhere it to the textured background.

I die cut the Happy Birthday Brush Script die from Simon Says Stamp five times from Spring Rain card stock from Papertrey Ink, glued them together for a stacked look and adhered the layered die cut directly on top of the cake and the textured pink background. I stamped and white heat embossed part of a sentiment from the Bitty Bears stamp set from My Favorite Things onto a scrap piece of Spring Rain cardstock, cut it down to a strip and added four more behind it, making it flush with the die cut above. I finished the card by adding a few Sparkling Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

Those stacked die cuts add a lot of dimension to an otherwise very simple card. I pulled out an envelope from My Favorite Things in the color Blue Breeze to match the card, it’s uncanny how well the Blue Breeze color from MFT matches the Spring Rain color from PTI.

Simple images don’t require a lot of colors. However, in addition to these, I did use B90, which is a color I’ve made myself.

Oh so merry

Hi, everyone! I have a Christmas card to share today, and I think it’ll be the last one for 2020. Ironically, this was the first card I mailed this year. Back in October, I shared my coloring of this Penguin’s Waddle image from Mama Elephant, which prompted one of my Instagram followers to jokingly say that I needed her address. I say that to some of the card makers I follow, as well, but I also like to shake things up a bit, so I actually got her address and this card is on its way to her now, if it hasn’t already arrived.

I colored the penguins with Copics and used the coordinating die to die cut this cute little waddle for the front of my card.

The waddle of penguins actually opens up so you can write a personal message on the inside, and there’s a few more die cuts under there for dimension and a little bit of stability.

I glued my penguins to a panel made from Aqua Mist card stock from Papertrey Ink. I used the Paint Splatter background stamp from My Favorite Things with VersaMark ink, poured White Satin Pearl embossing powder from Hero Arts on top and heat embossed it. I know the stamp is supposed to be paint splatter, but I think it looks like snow, which makes the stamp even more versatile, and it’s a great way to add some subtle interest to a background. I added the Aqua Mist panel onto a slightly larger panel of Stamper’s Select White cardstock from Papertrey Ink.

The Penguin’s Waddle die set comes with a big word die “Oh so merry”. I die cut it several times from white cardstock, cut the “oh so” away to use just merry on my card and spritzed some sparkly sheer shimmer spray on top, which you can kind of see in this photo if you look closely. I stamped and white heat embossed the word Christmas from the Christmas Cheer stamp set from My Favorite Things onto Berry Sorbet cardstock from Papertrey Ink, then used my Cut-align ruler from Misti to make sure I’d cut the little strip straight. In this photo you can also see the shine in the penguins’ eyes. I added a little bit of black glaze pen to the eyes, and also a little bit of clear Wink of Stella to certain elements.

I‘ve misplaced (or more likely, accidentally thrown out) the post-it with the list of Copics I used, but I do know that I used N9, 7, 5, 3, 1, 0 and the blender for the penguins, that I used Y38 (along with some other yellows) for the beaks, fish and the rest of the yellows, and that I used BG13 for one of the colors in my teal combo.

Edited to add: I found the post-it with the list of the Copics I used while tidying up in my craft room. In addition to these colors, I also used B30, which is a color I’ve made myself.

Happy holidays to you and yours {Purple Onion Designs}

Hi, everyone! I’m back after what I’d call sick leave for a couple of days. Don’t worry, I don’t have the virus that should not be mentioned, it was a plain old migraine that knocked me out. Once again, I’ve had a blast with some cute Purple Onion Designs critters illustrated by Stacey Yacula. Purple Onion has a sale going until the end of the week, so if you want to pick up some of these cuties for yourself, they’re 25% off right now 😉

I decided to create a woodland scene for this one, and managed to fit all my images on a regular A2 card. I started by stamping Rory and Noelle (the mouse and squirrel enjoying hot beverages), then Red (the lumberjack beaver) and masked them all before stamping Old Betsy (the truck with the bear inside). I masked that, then stamped one of the trees from the Double Pine Tree stamp in the bed of the truck by only inking up the one tree before stamping (the larger of the two). I added a mask for that as well, before stamping the Pine Tree Farm using fadeout ink from Inkon3 for that noline look that I love for my background elements.

Once all my coloring was done, I used a stitched rectangle frame from My Favorite Things to die cut my scene, before adding a little bit of liquid glue and rock candy distress glitter to portions of the trees and selected areas on the ground for some frosty, snowy effect. Lastly, I sprinkled on chunky white embossing enamel and heated the panel from the back, creating a snowy look that I really love.

I stamped one of the sentiments from the Holiday Blurbs I stamp set using Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide ink, fussy cut my sentiment leaving a thin white border and adhered it to my scene using Gina K black foam tape. All that was left was to add everything to a top fold landscape oriented card base, which I made from Stamper’s Select White card stock from Papertrey Ink, which is my favorite white card stock for card bases.

It’s back! I took the time to redo my template for my Copic colors, and this time it’s not stored in a Dropbox folder where I can accidentally delete it using my iPhone, which is what happened to the last one. Lots of colors for this one, and I even used BV27 in the sky in addition to all the other BV20s. It’s a color I’ve made myself using an empty marker and drops of RV29 various ink as well as blending solution.

Winter Present gift tag {Mo’s Dream Team}

Hi, everyone! I’ve got a gift tag to share today, featuring Winter Present from Mo Manning. It’s such an easy image to color, and for this one I went with blue. A lot of blue. I’ll let you in on a little secret: the blues were already out on my desk after my last project, making them so convenient to reach for and use.

I colored in my image using Copics and used a stitched tag die from My Favorite Things to turn it into a tag. I die cut another tag from a scrap piece of patterned paper from last year’s Christmas collection from Maja Design and glued the two together, offset a little bit for the patterned paper one to show. I added a tiny bit of a scrap of a doily to the bottom right corner of my colored tag and a white heat embossed sentiment on top using 1 mm foam squares. I punched a hole near the top, added an eyelet and used some Blueberry Twine from Whisker Graphics that I threaded through the hole.

On the back I used a to/from stamp from Norsk Stempelblad AS that I white heat embossed on blue cardstock from Maja Design. I used my cut align tool to make sure I had an even 1/16″ border around the stamped image. I love that tool, it’s the best thing ever.

Lots of blues used for this one. Another one, too, actually, I’ve made myself a B90 that I also used. What can I say, I love those blues!

Oh so merry {Lili of the Valley}

Hi, everyone! I’ve got another Christmas card to share today, it’s even another red one, I don’t really know what’s going on with me with all these red Christmas cards, but I’ve got blue ones coming!

For today’s card, I used the image “A time for giving” from Lili of the Valley. Bears, bunnies and a cute little girl, I couldn’t resist. I printed the image onto X-Press It blending card and colored it with my Copics, before using a die from My Favorite Things to turn it into a panel with a nice faux stitched edge.

I die cut the words oh so merry from the Penguin’s Waddle die set from Mama Elephant a few times from white cardstock and stacked them for a dimensional look. I added chunky white embossing enamel to my scene, glued my panel onto a card base made from Pure Poppy cardstock from Papertrey Ink and glued my diecut words in the sky. I stamped and white heat embossed “& bright” from the Holiday messages stamp set from Mama Elephant onto a scrap of the same red cardstock and glued that below my diecut words. I added a few diecut snowflakes with pearls in the centers as my finishing touch.

Lots and lots of marker, many of them used on the snow, believe it or not.

Ho ho ho {Hobbykunst}

Hi, everyone! I’ve got a Christmas card to share with you today, this time a slimline one, featuring some adorable selfies from My Favorite Things. I colored these up for days 5, 7 and 11 of Kathy Racoosin’s 30 day coloring challenge back in July. I love no line coloring, and these were so much fun!

I used the slimline starter die from My Favorite Things to die cut a panel of Blue Breeze cardstock for my card front. I stamped the Paint Splatter background stamp (also from MFT) using VersaMark ink, and white heat embossed using Super Fine Detail embossing powder from Ranger. I think it looks like snow, and it adds a subtle interest to the background, without being too distracting from the images.

I didn’t want to add my colored pieces directly to the blue underneath. I decided to add a mat behind each of the images, and I cut them down to be slightly larger than the images themselves. We’re talking super thin frames, I think they wound up being about 1/32″ all around. They might be small, but it was enough that I didn’t have room for a sentiment between my images, so I cut apart the Ho ho ho sentiment from the Secret Santa stamp set (also MFT), stamped repeatedly and white heat embossed the one HO directly onto the panel with the elf. I added that panel to the blue cardstock using some 1 mm foam squares and made sure to center it on my card, before adding the other two images above and below, also using 1 mm foam squares.

Holiday wishes {Lili of the Valley}

Hi, everyone! I’ve got a simple Christmas card to share today, featuring this adorable Christmas Friends image from Lili of the Valley. The gray background with the white snow (at least I’m imagining that it’s snow) is also from Lili of the Valley.

Once I’d colored the image with Copics, I used the largest die in the A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX Set 2 from My Favorite Things to die cut a landscape oriented panel that would fit perfectly on my card base with a 1/16″ border around. I like the 1/16″ little frame, AND it’s the same width as the distance from the faux stitching to the cut line. I like having them the same. Little details like that matter, to paraphrase a famous German architect (Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, who coined the term “God is in the details”).

I created a top fold card from Stormy Sea cardstock from Papertrey Ink. It’s a color that matches the BG90 family from Copic really really REALLY well. I need to order more, I only have half a sheet left of this color. I used the same color cardstock to diecut the word wishes using a die from Mama Elephant that was free with purchase if you spent a certain amount during their birthday extravaganza back in September. Normally I’d diecut the word several times in the color I wanted, but since I was running super low on this particular grayish green, I used a few layers of white diecut words, and only one layer of the colored cardstock on top. I stamped and white heat embossed the word “holiday” from the Iconic Ornament stamp set from Mama Elephant, also free with purchase over a certain amount on the Mama Elephant site back in September. I added a few more layers of cardstock behind it for dimension and glued it to my sky using Gina K liquid glue, which I also used for the die cut word.

I decided not to add any additional elements. No embellishments, no nothing, I didn’t want to distract too much from that adorable image.

Not a lot of Copics for this one, and 14 of these were used for the snow and polar bear.