Christmas hug from the heart {Rachelle Anne Miller Studios}

Hi, everyone! Sunday (or Saturday, depending on the time zone you’re in) and I have some serious card making plans today. I went to see Chess (the musical) last night in Oslo, and it was soooo good. But today, there are no singing Soviet Chess players around, just a couple of penguins floating on a sheet of ice in the ocean.

This is the Penguin image from Rachelle Anne Miller. It comes with a sentiment; Let’s chill soon, friend! In some ways, it would have been the perfect sentiment for the times we’re in, but I wanted to make a Christmas card from my two little penguins, so I removed the sentiment and printed the image alone.

I colored in the image using my Copics. I don’t think I’ve ever colored ocean before, and I was genuinely surprised by how easy it was. I even a little hint of blue to the ocean beneath the ice, giving the illusion of something more under water. 9/10 of an iceberg is under water, after all. It may seem weird that I chose yellow hearts for a Christmas card, but I have a very specific recipient in mind for this card, and she loves yellow 😉

I die cut my panel using the third largest die in the Stitched Rectangles STAX 2 set from My Favorite Things and stamped a sentiment that I made from two different Norsk Stempelblad AS stamp sets using Simon Says Stamp Audrey Blue ink. I sprinkled on some chunky white embossing enamel from Stampendous and heated it from behind, melting the granules. The last thing to do was add lots of foam tape to the back and attach it to my white card base. Couldn’t get much simpler than this, really.

Lots of blue and blue green Copics used on this image. Oh, and grays, quite a few of those, as well.

Do you think Santa’s coming soon? {Mo’s Dream Team}

Hi, everyone!

Mo has drawn up some really cute penguins, and once again, I simply couldn’t resist. This time, I went for 2 Penguin Chicks and had a great time coloring them in, as always.

This was a bit of an experiment for me. I usually start with my background, I find that the easiest. For the background of this, I went way out of my comfort zone. I had planned on using these purples, pinks, oranges and yellows for no line coloring of some florals, but by the time I knew what exact marker colors I wanted, it was too late at night to start no line coloring, so I took the same markers and started on this sky instead.

Once the sky and ground were done, I colored my penguins. My last penguin coloring had very textured, fluffy penguins, and I wanted a different look on these and kept the coloring more flat and added white bellies with a little hint of yellow, and even some purple added in. I used the second largest die from the Stitched Rectangles STAX Set 2 from My Favorite Things to create a panel, before going in with a texture paste from Kreul and a stencil from Simon Says Stamp to create snow.

I mounted my panel onto my card base using lots of foam tape, and decided to diecut a speech bubble for my playful sentiment using a speech bubble die from Altenew. I mounted that on some 1 mm foam squares for a tiny bit of extra dimension, and my card was complete. I love the playful, cartoon-like look I ended up with.

I used quite a few Copics for this. The first 10 colors in this graphic were used on the sky, so maybe it’s not that weird.

Merry Christmas

Hi, everyone! I know you’re thinking it’s too soon, Christmas is still four months away, but I like getting my Christmas cards started early, so I’m not swamped when November comes around and there’s enough to get done as it is.

Today, I’ve got snowmen for you. I colored up these snowmen from Mama Elephant for Kathy Racoosin’s 30 day coloring challenge… in June last year. I wasn’t able to do all 30 days of that round of the challenge because of a shoulder fracture, but I got a few days in before I had to throw in the towel. Blue Christmas cards are my weakness, so I colored in all the accessories for the snowmen in the stamp set using blues and browns.

I fussy cut my snowmen and made myself a little sketch, to make the actual cardmaking process easier. I find sketches help make me more productive. I used the Tag Builder Blueprint 5 die set from My Favorite Things to create my frames, and layered 3 diecuts together on each of the four frames to make them more dimensional. I kept the interior pieces to use with the remaining snowmen for an additional two cards. I dry embossed my cardbase using the Falling Snow stencil from Simon Says Stamp. It’s not easy for the camera to pick up in photos, but there’s a subtle bit of texture to the background.

I glued a panel of Enchanted Evening cardstock from Papertrey Ink straight onto the card front using doublesided tape, and stamped my sentiment repeatedly next to it using Enchanted Evening ink, also from Papertrey Ink. The stamp itself is from Norsk Stempelblad AS. I glued my frames down onto the blue background in a wonky, whimsical arrangement, mounted my little snowmen inside each frame using 1 mm foam squares and embellished very simply with snowflake sprinkles from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards.

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.

Enjoy every second of your day {Hobbykunst}

Hi, everyone. I’ve got a birthday card to share with you today, but it’s not in my usual clean and simple style, it’s a more layered card. I used to make this kind of card all the time when I first started making cards, and it’s what I feel I have to go back to whenever I get an order for a card. It’s a good way for me to justify the price I set.

I was told that the birthday girl likes blue, pink and flowers. I knew just which papers to dig out from my stash. The paper I’ve used here is all from the Denim & Girls collection from Maja Design. I love their collections, the patterns are nice and small and the colors to die for. I mean, look at those blues!!! Amazing!!! I’ve predominantly featured two sheets on this card; Summer outfit (which is the blue with the flowers) and Romantic blouse (the pink one). The image comes from the Snapshots sheet.

I started by cutting down the patterned paper to the sizes I wanted, before using a paint brush with clean water to wet all the edges. This makes the paper more pliable, and I can curl the edges with my fingers, giving the paper some dimension and interest. The cool thing is that when it dries, it stays like that, it’s very sturdy. With Maja Design patterned paper it’s extra sturdy, because the paper is so thick you can actually use it for card bases. It’s really nice.

I added a paper doily, some pink lace, some May Arts natural twine, a bow, a couple of diecut numbers and a few paper roses from Papirdesign, in addition to a couple of sentiment strips. I stamped the Mathia design sentiments straight onto the pink patterned paper using Enchanted Evening ink from Papertrey Ink, distressed the edges of the strips slightly with a finger nail and mounted them on foam tape. The top sentiment translates to “Enjoy every second of your day” and the bottom one says “Happy birthday”.

When creating this type of card I go all out and decorate all four sides of my card. I used the same layout on the insides, but skipped all the embellishments. The kraft panels are actually removable. I added double sided tape to the back in generous amounts, but left the release paper on, and glued the panels on using just a glue dot. Glue dots are a nice temporary solution, and it enables you to pull the panels out fairly easily, write your personal message, remove the release paper from the double sided tape and glue the panels back where they belong. It’s a great way to not have to write inside a bulky card.

I had to decorate the back, too. I just had to. Same basic layout on the back. Not as heavily embellished as the front, also not as bare as the insides. I stamped a birthday sentiment from Norsk Stempelblad AS using the same color ink as the sentiment strips on the front, and added a few blue roses to finish the card.

With cards this thick, they don’t fit in regular envelopes, so I usually make simple envelope boxes to match. This one is 1″ high, and it actually could have been a little higher, it was a little bulgy when the card went in. I diecut the blue patterned paper with a Simon Says Stamp label die and added pink diecut letters from Scrapmagasinet to spell the name of the birthday girl. I did two layers so the name wouldn’t get completely lost with that busy background.

Monster Sized {Hobbykunst}

This is my second post today, if you’re looking for my Mo Manning entry, you’ll find it here.

I’ve been following Kathy Racoosin’s 30 day coloring challenge on Instagram this past month, and these monsters were the first ones I colored up, all the way back on day 1. I wasn’t sure if I was going to participate, the previous 30 day coloring challenge ran from March 1, that short of a break seemed too short for me, but I decided to go for it anyway. I’m glad I did, but I need a break from all the coloring now!

This card was a bit of an evolution. You might even call it remotely controlled cardmaking. I’ve been coloring so much lately, but not made a lot of cards, so I was really unsure of what to do when I sat down to create this. Lisabeth Vefall came to my rescue, and via Instagram messages “we” created this card together. She found this cute little card that Christine Comploj had made, and despite the sketches I’d done, I really wanted to give that design a go. Hers is a baby card, and so cute, right?

I love Christine’s style and follow her on Instagram. You should, too! 😉

The first decision was to diecut those monsters from My Favorite Things. I usually like fussy cutting, but Liz decided that diecutting was the way to go with this one. She pretty much ran the show, I just did as she asked. I made my little frame and decided where it needed to go before going in with orange and yellow inks on the cardbase.

I had four monsters, so Liz urged me to put the last one on an ink blended circle on the inside. I asked her if she wanted paint splatters on the inside too, before I removed my circle mask. She wanted water splatters, so I added water splatters. I had a great time being remote controlled by her!

The sentiment (by Mathia Design) was a story in an of itself. By the time I got that far, I was super tired, so I struggled to decide where to put it. My “remote control” had also run out of batteries at that point, so I needed to sleep on it. This morning, it was a lot easier to decide. I added a few enamel dots close to the frame, and that finishes off my card. Or our card, I should say, I probably wouldn’t have gotten this done if it weren’t for Liz helping out!

All about pink {Hobbykunst}

I’m back with a happy, bright birthday card.

I love every image Stacey Yacula designs. This little penguin, from the Sending Sweet Celebration Wishes stamp set from My Favorite Things, is no exception. I stamped him in Extreme Black ink from My Favorite Things onto X-Press It blending card and colored him in with Copics.

I created a polaroid frame by diecutting the polaroid shaker frame die from My Favorite Things five times from white cardstock and stacked them together. I stamped a sentiment from the stamp set on the top frame using Doll Pink ink from Simon Says Stamp. The color matches the pink cardstock I used pretty nicely.

I wanted a little bit of interest to my background and diecut a piece of Raspberry Fizz cardstock from Papertrey Ink with the Itsy Bitsy Polka Dot Backdrop die from Lawn Fawn. The pink matches the color of the sentiment, and the polka dots match the polka dots on his hat, I love little details like this.

I glued my polaroid frame in the center of the card and added a few strategically placed vellum clouds. Because they hang off the edge of the frame, they break up the rigid rectangular look a little bit.

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??

Nisseklem fra meg til deg {Mo’s Dream Team}

Hei og hopp! I dag har jeg en enkel pakkelapp å vise frem, med herlige Baby Angel Castiel fra Mo Manning i fokus.

Jeg fargela motivet med Copics, stanset det ut til en stor tag og maskerte motivet før jeg brukte en stensil og embossingpaste til å lage snøfnugg rundt. Nisseklem fra meg til deg er to sammensatte tekster fra Norsk Stempelblad AS, stemplet med Papertrey Ink Scarlet Jewel blekk. Jeg festet en liten bit rødt bånd i hullet på tagen – enkelt og greit.

Juleklem fra meg til deg {Ett trykk}

Hei og hopp. I oktobernummeret av Ett trykk hadde vi en artikkel der vi skulle ta ett mønsterark som vi skulle bruke til å lage fire julekort. For meg var det viktig å bruke et mønsterark jeg syns var fint på begge sider, og jeg syns arket som heter Frost fra Joyous Winterdays-kolleksjonen til Maja Design var midt i blinken. Ikke visste jeg at Astrid og Elsi hadde brukt det samme arket til sine kort. Med alle julearkene som finnes der ute er det godt gjort at vi er tre stykker som har valgt det samme arket. Kanskje vi alle er like glad i blå jul?

Dette kortet er mitt første kort til artikkelen. Jeg valgte å lage alle kortene mine i A2-format. Jeg skjærte ned et panel så jeg fikk en 1/4″ kant rundt hele panelet, og brukte en stensil og embossingpaste for å få snøfnuggeffekten på bakgrunnen. Jeg stanset ut en vimpel av mønsterarket med en die fra Papertrey Ink og limte på.

På en bit blå Maja-kartong stemplet jeg to tekststempler fra Norsk Stempelblad AS med VersaMark og embosset med superdetaljert embossingpulver fra Ranger. Jeg brukte det samme embossingpulveret til å få snøfnugget, som er en chipboard fra Snip Art, hvit. Jeg embosset snøfnugget i flere lag så jeg skulle få et jevnt, skinnende, hvitt lag på toppen. Til slutt limte jeg på en diamant fra Kort & Godt i midten av snøfnugget.