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??

Med jul i hjertet {Mo’s Dream Team}

Christmas is less than three weeks away, and I’m actually ahead of schedule Christmas card wise. I colored up Got the Wreath from Mo Manning during the 30 day coloring challenge and turned it into a quick, simple card with a few pieces of Maja Design patterned paper from the Joyous Winterdays collection.

I used the largest of the dies from the Stitched Rectangles STAX 2 set from My Favorite Things to diecut the panel with my little guy, just for some subtle detail.

I covered the front of my card panel with a green piece of patterned paper and mounted my faux stitches colored panel with some low foam tape.

In the top left corner I made a very typical Elin cluster. I started with a Doodlebug Design mini doily for some softness, and made sure I didn’t glue it down completely. The little lift you get by not glueing it down is just enough. I diecut a few branches from that green patterned paper with a couple of CraftEmotions dies, a few banners with a die set from My Favorite Things and stamped a sentiment from Norsk Stempelblad AS that I white heat embossed. I finished with a few raindrops from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards.

Mostly green and white, with a little hint of red. I’m not a huge fan of red for Christmas, but the combo of this deep brown based red and this grayish, blueish green works for me.

Grattis – Det er bursdagen din {Ett trykk}{Hobbykunst}

Hei og hopp! I dag har jeg et enkelt kort å dele igjen. Kortet ble laget til en artikkel i Ett trykk om alternative layouter på kort. Om det er så veldig alternativt vet jeg ikke, men gøy å lage var det i det minste.

Jeg stemplet et av monstrene fra Monster Sized-platen til My Favorite Things med MFT Extreme Black blekk i Mistien min. Jeg fargela monsteret med Copics, stemplet over på det samme stedet med VersaFine Onyx Black for å få ordentlig svarte linjer og stanset ut med tilhørende die.

Jeg svertet Distress Oxide-blekk i fargen Twisted Citron på en relativt stor bit kartong og sprutet noen vanndråper over for å få den litt oksiderte effekten. På en annen bit kartong brukte jeg en stensil (Modern Radio Waves) fra Memory Box med mer Distress Oxide blekk til å få litt interesse på bakgrunnen. Jeg brukte fargene Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers og Twisted Citron. Panelet limte jeg på kortbasen min med 3D-teip, så det har litt dimensjon.

Jeg stemplet en tekst fra Monster-platen til Huldra designstudio med VersaMark på svart kartong og embosset i hvitt, før jeg kuttet det ned til en strimmel og limte på kortet med 3D-teip. Jeg stanset ut ordet grattis fem ganger med en die fra Papirdesign og svertet det øverste laget.

Til slutt pyntet jeg enkelt ved å legge på noen dråper Nuvo Jewel Drops i fargen Key Lime rundt teksten. Jeg liker veldig godt å lage kort der alle elementene på kortet er samlet på ett sted. Da får man enkelt fokus på riktig sted, man får masse ledig plass som gjør at kortet får et rent og enkelt uttrykk, og man sprer ikke møkka, som jeg så fint pleier å si 😉

Hvor mange lys, sa du?

Hei og hopp! Det har kommet et par robotkort fra meg i det siste, og her er enda et. Dette er nok det mest omfattende av de jeg har laget, her er det lag på lag og klipping tett inntil motivet. Dette er et ganske bildetungt innlegg, så det er bare å sette seg ned med noe godt å drikke og scrolle seg nedover.

Dette Robots Blueprint-settet fra Stampers Anonymous kan man jo gjøre så mye med, og her har jeg fargelagt én av robotene, klippet ham ut og limt ham på kortet mitt med gjennomsiktig 3D-teip.

Mine lag-på-lag-kort har en tendens til å bli såpass tykke at de ikke får plass i konvolutt, derfor pleier jeg ofte å lage en slags eskekonvolutt. Denne gangen lagde jeg den av et mønsterark, embosset roboten i hvitt, limte på navnet på jubilanten og pyntet veldig enkelt i det ene hjørnet.

Arkene i Denim & Friends-serien til Maja Design syns jeg passet ypperlig til dette kortet, og jeg har til og med brukt den matchende kartongen fra Maja Design som både kortbase, og til å stemple tekstene mine på, i tillegg til å stanse ut tallene.

Den venstre innsiden har flere tekster fra NSB og et par tannhjul, mens den høyre innsiden har et tannhjul til og masse god skriveplass, mønsterarket er nemlig såpass lyst at det fint kan brukes som skrivefelt.

Flere tekster og tannhjul på baksiden. Litt pyntet, men heller ikke for mye, med tanke på at det er et herrekort.

Jeg startet med å fargelegge roboten min og klippe ham ut. Jeg lot stilken til antennen være igjen i første omgang, og gikk over kantene med en svart Memento-tusj for at den hvite kjernen på arket ikke skulle synes fra siden.

Jeg kuttet til paneler til kortet mitt. Jeg har det samme oppsettet på alle fire sidene, så dette er en enkel prosess.

De brune panelene satte jeg på lave 3D-puter fra Clas Ohlson.

Jeg brukte deler av finérbiter fra SnipArt og limte i motsatte hjørner på det brune panelet.

Jeg fargela noen tannhjul fra samme produsent med en brun Copic-tusj for å matche det brune fra mønsterarket.

Tannhjulene mine dyttet jeg så rett ned i en gammel, litt stygg VersaMark-pute (denne er perfekt for dette bruket) med den fargelagte siden ned.

Jeg dynket dem så med Distress embossingpulver i fargen Vintage Photo og embosset.

Mer mønsterark på lave 3D-puter.

Så tannhjulene strategisk plassert. Jeg stanset ut tallet 50 i noen lag blå kartong og limte på et av tannhjulene.

Jeg la gjennomsiktig 3D-teip på baksiden av roboten min. Her har jeg også klippet til stilken på antennen, den er veeeldig tynn!

Roboten passer perfekt på det lyse mønsterarket. Jeg tok en bitteliten bit med den gjennomsiktige 3D-teipen og la under “klumpen” på antennen også. Lagde meg noen strimler med bursdagstekster av stempler fra Norsk Stempelblad AS og limte dem oppå tannhjulene i visuell trekant.

Jeg stemplet noen flere NSB-tekster til innsiden og baksiden med Enchanted Evening blekk fra Papertrey Ink, forøvrig det samme blekket jeg brukte på strimlene mine.

Jeg følte jeg måtte pynte litt på innsiden også, så jeg satte på et par tannhjul til.

Etterfulgt av et par strimler til med bursdagstekster.

Til slutt gjorde jeg det samme på kortets bakside. Da får jeg en rød tråd gjennom hele kortet.

Julehilsen {Mo’s Dream Team}

Hi, everyone! Another Wednesday means another Mo Manning creation around here. I’m still on a blue Christmas kick (there really is no better color for Christmas), and I’ve used the Ragged Angel image I colored up for Kathy Racoosin’s 30 day challenge earlier in the week.

I printed my image in soft gray and colored her in with Copics, before using a die from My Favorite Things to turn her into a nice panel. I then made snow by sprinkling on chunky white embossing enamel and heating it from underneath the panel.

I absolutely love the effect you get by adding this particular embossing powder.

I just got my hands on this year’s Christmas collection from Maja Design, and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to use some of them on this very simple card. The one in the bakground is Let it snow, so is the vertical blue on the left (it’s the back), the darker blue is called Snowflakes. I’ve also used the Frost Monochrome paper for the sentiment, which is a Norsk Stempelblad AS sentiment that I white heat embossed and diecut with another MFT die. It’s a fishtail flag frame die, and you can just see the frame of it on the inside of the card at the bottom right.

I glued my Ragged Angel to the patterned paper with lots of foam tape, and added some snowflake sprinkles from Little Things by Lucy’s Cards to finish it off.

In addition to these colors (and yes, that really is B45 amongst all the 90s), I also used B90, which is a color I’ve made myself.