Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Green Floral on Cream with Teal

Graceful flowers, leaves, and sentiment stamped on cream and matted on teal, with a fringed diagonal knot of embroidery floss.  Lovely in real life, with a monochromatic look as the green and teal flow together. 

Note: There's no greenish tint on the cream near the embroidery floss, but I couldn't avoid it on my picture.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) vintage cream and the bitty dot print from PTI tropical teal pattern pack (retired).
  • Embroidery floss is DMC 907.  I notched the cream card stock with a McGill 1/8" circle punch to keep the floss in place.
  • The images and sentiment "just a note" are from PTI botanical silhouettes, stamped with PTI green parakeet and tropical teal ink cubes.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Monday, May 22, 2017

Turquoise Flowers with Crimped Aqua

After I stamped my flower panel and matted it on green, I chose an aqua card front, then wondered what more to do with it.  A friend suggested crimping the middle section.  I love the effect!  As much as I use my embossing folders, I just don't think of the paper crimper.  This beautifully simple card might remind me to pull out my crimper more often.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) aqua mist, ripe avocado (green), and stamper's select white.
  • The card front is embossed across the middle with Fiskars paper crimper.
  • The flowers and leaves are from PTI floral fusion (no longer available), with the smallest flower's center from PTI communique sentiments (one of the dots), and the sentiment "sending smiles" is from Hero Arts many everyday messages, stamped with PTI Hawaiian shores (turquoise) and ripe avocado ink cubes.
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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Red, White, and Blue Stripes with Ovals and Stars

Today's simple card includes embossed stars, layered ovals, and printed stripes in red, white, and blue.  Several years ago, I created the striped paper using PowerPoint.  I like the bold red and white ovals, contrasting with the finer detail of the script sentiment, narrow stripe lines, and repeating stars.  
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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Green and Brown Dots with Leaves

A few offset layers and accents in green, brown, and cream, with a touch of gold in the twine.  I love the soft collage effect of these patterns, shapes, and colors together.  The plain cream banner gives a focus for my "hello" sentiment. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) vintage cream, simply chartreuse (medium green), dark chocolate (brown), damask print from spring moss (light green) pattern pack (retired), script print from Dearest Jane (retired), and dotted print from "turning a new leaf" 8 x 8" pad (retired). 
  • Twine is gold shimmer from The Twinery.
  • Dies are PTI garden garland (partial cut), PTI fabulous frames, and Elizabeth Craft hello (retired).
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Bright Multi Stripes with Blue Label

Simple and bright!  Long ago, I created this multi-striped paper (using PowerPoint) for a summer-themed card.  Today's card started with a leftover piece.  I love the stripey colors against the bright green dotted background.

For my sentiment label, I showed a friend my ideas of color combinations, and she suggested this one instead.  I like it the best by far.  (Thanks, Sheryl!) 

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Diamonds - Rusty Red, Tan, and Navy

Although it's nearly monochromatic (counting the navy as a neutral), this card has a bold design and color scheme.  I like the repeating diamonds and diagonals of the harlequin die cut, the tan patterned paper, and the diagonal-striped twine. 

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Twist Pattern with Vine - Green and Cream

Two shades of green with cream.  Rich texture and crisp details.  I like the repeating twist pattern with the twisting lines of the sentiment and vine.  For an earlier version, with hearts and shades of pink, see this card.

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Red, White, and Blue Chevrons on Kraft

Bright red, white, and blue chevron stripes with a script "thank you" die cut.  Simple and bold. 

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Lacy Oval with Leaflets - Green, White, and Muted Teal

One of my favorite simple card layouts is something I call "medallion band."  Just a sentiment medallion in any shape, on a wide or narrow band of card stock, plain or patterned.  I've made many variations over the years.

Today it's a lacy oval on a wide piece of patterned paper.  I love the monochromatic look of the muted teal print with the light and dark greens.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Paper Source sage (light green), Papertrey Ink (PTI) pinefeather (dark green), stamper's select white, and the ocean tides (muted teal) print from PTI "in bloom" 8 x 8" patterned paper (retired).
  • Die is from PTI limitless layers: 2-1/4" ovals.
  • The sentiment "just a note" is from PTI winter woods, with leaflets from PTI tinsel & tags sprigs (retired), stamped with PTI pinefeather ink cube.
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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Sunshine Vine with Blue Scalloped Mat

Bright sunshiny flowers on a sky blue panel with a sunny yellow print background.  Perfect for our gray rainy weather today.  The flowers and butterfly draw attention to the sentiment oval, with the vine's diagonal placement adding some energy and movement. 

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Red, White, and Blue Quilt on Light Blue

A quilt block with a blocky "thank you" sentiment.  The patterns and solid colors work well together for a handsome card.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Neenah desert storm (light kraft), Papertrey Ink (PTI) spring rain (light blue), enchanted evening (dark blue), stamper's select white, and the leaf, gingham, and bitty dot prints from PTI pure poppy (red), enchanted evening, and blueberry sky (medium blue) pattern packs (retired).
  • Dies are PTI star gazer (star in center of block) and county fair quilt block.
  • The sentiment "thank you" is from Fiskars so much thanks, stamped with PTI enchanted evening ink cube.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Monday, April 24, 2017

Blue and White Woodgrain with Kraft and Stars

A blue and white pattern on kraft, with several diagonal elements: sentiment, stars, and twine.  Nice and simple to try out my new woodgrain stencil. 

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Floral Sprigs on Purple Stripes with Green

A colorful floral card.  The pine sprigs (from a Christmas set) looked like feathery blooms to me, so I stamped them in pinks and purples.  I like the graceful flow of the sentiment with the sprig clusters.  My two-toned stamping was easily done with the help of the MISTI.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) rustic white, new leaf (medium green), and stripes from PTI plum pudding (purple) pattern pack (retired).
  • The sentiment "thank you" is from PTI keep it simple: thank you, stamped with PTI raspberry fizz (pink) and scarlet jewel (burgundy) ink cubes.  
  • The sprigs are from PTI tinsel & tags sprigs (retired), stamped with PTI amethyst allure (purple), new leaf, limeade ice (yellow-green), raspberry fizz, and scarlet jewel ink cubes.
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Friday, April 14, 2017

Stripes and Rickrack - Red, White, and Blue with Kraft

My card today is for Papertrey Ink's monthly Create Along with Us challenge.  I chose Nichole Heady's colorful striped design, the second card posted here.  Instead of a gap in the striped panel, I covered my seam with a white rickrack die cut.  Though I made several changes, it's easy to see the origins of my card!  Thank you, Nichole, for your inspiration! 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) dark indigo (navy), classic kraft, pure poppy (red), blueberry sky (medium blue), and stamper's select white.
  • Twine is by WeRMemoryKeepers.
  • Dies are PTI wonderful words: hello and XL rickrack border.
  • Top and bottom right corners are rounded with Crop-a-Dile 1/2" corner chomper.  The rounding is smooth in real life, not cropped like my image. 
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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Scene with Tree and Fence

A cheerful summery card with a leafy tree and white fence.  I enjoyed creating my scene with all its details.  The brown and white elements, forming visual triangles, help to keep the eye moving and bring attention to the "hello" sentiment.

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