Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Circles with Aqua and Rust

A simple design with some details that I really like - the 2 different rust-colored borders, the embossed and printed circles, the dark edging on the patterned paper, and a touch of embroidery floss.  I'm glad I placed the banner a bit left of the circle-patterned paper's edge; it adds to the illusion that the dark marker edging is a narrow layer.  

Card details:
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.

Turquoise, Aqua, and Gray Stars

This week's Papertrey Ink Make It Monday challenge is to "create along with us," choosing a February release project created by the PTI design team for inspiration.

My card started from Amy's lovely butterfly card.  I thought her color scheme - nearly monochromatic - and variety of patterns would work well in a starry design.  Thanks, Amy, for a beautiful project to inspire me!

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) stormy sea (medium gray), mint julep (light green), tropical teal (deep turquoise), and several prints from PTI pattern packs: aqua mist (pale aqua) bitty dot, Hawaiian shores (medium turquoise) damask, tropical teal gingham, and smokey shadow (dark gray) leaf.
  • Silver ribbon (3/8") came from PTI but is no longer available.
  • Dies are PTI cover plate: stars and photo finish strips.  The stars are inlaid into the stormy sea background.
  • The sentiment "thinking of you" is from PTI keep it simple: thinking of you, stamped with PTI tropical teal ink cube
  • The two tiny stars were punched with a 1/4" Fiskars hand punch.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Blue and Green Confetti with Green Eyelet Lace

Today's card is for a Papertrey Ink 9th Anniversary Celebration grab and craft challenge.  Using a kitchen timer, I took five minutes to gather a "grab bag" of supplies.  (See photo below.)  To meet the challenge, I needed to make a card with all of the supplies, and no others.

I chose a confetti stamp (new to me) for my background.  It made me think of the bubble-patterned sentiment stamp.  Then the eyelet lace die seemed to go well with the confetti circles.  Six colors of ink and four of card stock, with some metallic gold thread tossed in for fun.

Then "all I needed to do" was design a card.  This is not the way I normally work!  Normally, I would be going back and forth, choosing and changing elements as I go along.  The thread was the hardest for me to use.  Without the challenge, I would have skipped it, but I like the sparkly touch it adds.  My little dark green and dark blue stars look very similar, even in real life, so I didn't really need both colors.  The stamped confetti background was fun to make.  All in all, I'm happy with the card, and I'm glad I gave this challenge a try.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) rustic white, blueberry sky (medium blue), vintage jadeite (light green), and new leaf (medium green).
  • Metallic thread is "or" (gold) by DMC.
  • Die is PTI eyelet lace.
  • The sentiment "thank you" is from PTI wonderful words: thank you, stamped with PTI blueberry sky ink cube
  • The background pattern is PTI confetti toss, stamped with PTI spring rain (light blue), blueberry sky, enchanted evening (dark blue), vintage jadeite, new leaf, and pinefeather (dark green) ink cubes.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Multicolor Tweed Patchwork

Today's challenge for the Papertrey Ink 9th Anniversary celebration is to use a favorite piece of clothing as inspiration.  My multicolored cotton jacket, below, has been in my wardrobe for years, and I really enjoy wearing it.  It goes with everything, fits me beautifully, and gets many compliments.

I thought it would be fun to create a card with bright tweedy patchwork and colorful thread slubs.  My jacket looks great with khaki pants, so I chose kraft for my card base.  I was happily surprised with the finished card.  I like it a lot.  And it makes me smile, just like the jacket does!

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) classic kraft, tropical teal, fine linen (tan), lemon tart (yellow), melon berry (light orange), and aqua mist.
  • Embroidery floss is DMC #721, 3281, and 3804.
  • I stamped my tweedy squares with the stripes and banners from PTI bitty background blocks II, using PTI raspberry fizz (pink), orange zest, and tropical teal ink cubes.
  • The sentiment "hello" is from PTI polka dot parade #2, stamped with PTI tropical teal ink cube.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.

Brown Branch on Kraft

It's the Papertrey Ink (PTI) 9th Anniversary celebration with ten days of challenges on Nichole's Capture the Moment blog.  PTI is, by far, my favorite source for papers, dies, inks, and stamps for my card making.  Classic designs, great quality, and beautiful inspiration.

My card is for the Feb. 5 challenge with Design Team Favorites color inspiration.  It's Danielle's color scheme of Dark Chocolate, Classic Kraft, Melon Berry, Scarlet Jewel and Summer Sunrise.   I love the rich deep colors with the bright starry accents.  

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) dark chocolate (brown), classic kraft, summer sunrise (yellow), melon berry (light orange - less pink than my image), scarlet jewel (burgundy), and the stripes print from PTI scarlet jewel pattern pack.
  • Dies are PTI tipped tops (smallest size), branching out, and star gazer (button shapes).  The buttonholes are covered with little stars that I punched with a Fiskars hand punch.
  • I inlaid the kraft shape into the stripes, making a flat surface for the branch.
  • The sentiment "hello" is from PTI winter woods, stamped with PTI scarlet jewel ink cube.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Red Diagonal Stripes with Blue Stars

The red and white diagonal striped paper took center stage for this design.  I like the narrow gold stripe (shiny in real life) and diagonal stamped sentiment. 

Card details:
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Blue Stars with Ombre Stripes

A chain of blue stars on ombre stripes.  I tried several different background colors before choosing this light kraft.  

Card details:
  • Card stock is Neenah desert storm (light kraft), Papertrey Ink (PTI) scarlet jewel (burgundy), enchanted evening (dark blue), and the scarlet jewel print from PTI ombre stripes A2 patterned paper.
  • Dies are PTI super star borders and Elizabeth Craft hello.  The small stars with the "hello" are leftovers from the star border die. 
  • Top and bottom right corners are rounded with Crop-a-Dile 1/2" corner chomper.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Star on Blue Houndstooth

Strong red and gold lines and shapes, contrasting with a quiet blue houndstooth print and gray chevron texture.  Intense and a bit dramatic.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Paper Source curry (gold), Papertrey Ink (PTI) pure poppy (red) and stormy sea (gray), and houndstooth print from Simple Stories so rad 6x6" pad.
  • Embossing folder is Sizzix chevrons (retired).
  • Die is My Favorite Things stacking stars.  I inlaid a 1/4" red dot, punched with my very old office supply hand punch.
  • The sentiment "thanks" is cut with the Silhouette Cameo, using my design from this card.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Blue Jay with Leafy Branch

A cheerful card with a bright blue jay.  I enjoy watching blue jays outside, though they certainly don't play well with the other birds.

Card details:
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Green Leaflet on Green

A bright green card with embossed and die cut leaflets.

Card details:
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Stripes and Arrows - Hello

A blue striped background and multicolor arrows.  There's an energy that I like in the color contrasts, patterns, and diagonal layout.

In real life, the striped background is more blue.  It's a challenge for me to capture the deep rusty orange color, which often looks too red on screen.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) terra cotta tile (rusty orange), smokey shadow (dark gray),   stripes from PTI blueberry sky (medium blue) pattern pack, and arrow print from Pink Paislee pen pals 6 x 6" pad. 
  • Die is Savvy Stamps hello.
  • The banner is notched with scissors.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Thanks with Teal and Kraft

Simple and bold "thanks" with starry texture and a bit of plaid.

This is my first card design for Operation: Quiet Comfort.  As explained on their web site, "Operation Quiet Comfort exists solely for the purpose of honoring and comforting America’s military men and women who become sick and injured while serving in harm’s way.  We also provide support to those who care for them.  We collect, package and ship supplies for U.S. Military men and women receiving care at medical facilities abroad."  The packages also include cards with messages of support and encouragement ...  "thinking of you, patriotic, thank you, cheerful cards." 

Now that Operation Write Home has ended, I'm excited to start supporting our heroes far from home with Operation: Quiet Comfort. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) tropical teal and kraft, and the gingham print from PTI aqua mist pattern pack.
  • Die is My Favorite Things many thanks.
  • Embossing folder is Darice stars asst (assorted).
  • Twine is by We R Memory Keepers.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Rust Birds on Sky

Three rusty-red birds on a background of blue sky and tan trees.  The damask print has the effect of a bark pattern.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) terra cotta tile (deep rust), blueberry sky (medium blue), and the damask print from PTI fine linen (tan) pattern pack.
  • Embossing folder is Darice dot point.
  • Dies are PTI cover plate: winter woods, Impession Obsession (IO) birds, and IO sm. bird set.
  • I added some detail to the birds with Copic black multiliner and E15 marker.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Shimmer Gold, Cream, and Scarlet

Lovely shimmery colors for a family anniversary celebration.  I like the embossed textures and the mix of heart, star, and flower shapes.

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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Christmas Card 2015

Our 2015 Christmas card shows Mary, Joseph, and the baby Jesus in the Bethlehem stable, with an angel, a donkey, and a sheep.  For six years now, we've been using one of my Nativity drawings to print our cards.  This drawing is from my 2014 Advent calendar.   The sentiment inside is "Wishing you all the joy of Christmas!" 

The card has a wide white border and is computer-printed on Neenah card stock.  If you'd like to see my other Christmas card drawings, click here, then scroll down.   And here on my Mostly Markers drawing blog, you'll find my 2015 Advent calendar drawing (work in progress through Christmas Day), some links to six more years of my calendars, and more of my Advent-Christmas drawings as well.  Wishing the season's blessings to all my readers ...