Sunday, March 1, 2015

Raspberry and Burgundy Hearts with Green

I challenged myself to work with this color combination ... then realized I made it harder by choosing hearts for my theme.  Somehow green hearts don't work for me!  So I used the green for the background and a small circle accent.  

My card has some very traditional elements - the damask and dotted prints, scalloped and layered pink hearts, and an old-fashioned "love" font - with the green adding a bit of a modern twist. 

In real life, the raspberry colors are the same between the dotted and solid colors.

Card details:
Created for Operation Write Home, "supporting our nation's armed forces by sending blank handmade greeting cards to write home on, as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them." (429)

Friday, February 27, 2015

Typewriter Hello - Gray with Pink and Navy

The cheerful "hello" typewriter came from the edge of a 6x6" patterned paper.  It was fun to build my card around the gray with pink and navy flowers and a typewriter theme. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is My Favorite Things cotton candy (medium pink), Paper Source night (dark navy),  Papertrey Ink (PTI) raspberry fizz (deep pink),  and the leaf print from PTI soft stone pattern pack.  The  patterned typewriter paper is from Pink Paislee pen pals. 
  • The embossing folder is Paper Studio typewriter alphabet.
  • Dies are PTI heart-2-heart #7 (large flower - navy) and polka dot parade #6 (large flower - raspberry.)
  • Embroidery floss is DMC #930 and #3024.
  • The banner is notched with scissors.
Created for Operation Write Home, "supporting our nation's armed forces by sending blank handmade greeting cards to write home on, as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them." (428)

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Bamboo with Green Gingham

Serene and simple.  The gingham paper was not what I planned to use, but it caught my eye as I tried different backgrounds for the bamboo image.  I like it a lot.
Edited February 25, 2015 to add a brighter version (below) for a family birthday. 

Card details:
  • Card above: Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) fine linen (tan), dark chocolate (brown), and the gingham and bitty dot prints from PTI ripe avocado (yellow-green) and fine linen pattern packs.
  • Card below: Patterned paper is stripe and polka dot from PTI fine linen and new leaf (bright green) pattern packs.
  • The bamboo and sentiments "miss you" (above) and "Happy Birthday!" (below) are from PTI peaceful garden, stamped with PTI classic kraft, new leaf, ripe avocado, and dark chocolate ink
  • The gingham (above) and stripe (below) paper is edged with Copic E29 marker.
Created for Operation Write Home, "supporting our nation's armed forces by sending blank handmade greeting cards to write home on, as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them."  (431)

Monday, February 23, 2015

Typewriter Embossing with Red and White - Before and After

"After" with blue
For today's card, I used one of my older designs, but with blue instead of kraft.  It's fun to remake my cards sometimes.  Usually I prefer the new version, but this time I like them both.  See below for the original card.

Card details:
  • Click here for the original card post with all the supply details.  The only change is blue vs. kraft.  
  • In place of the kraft color, the blues are Paper Source lake and the bitty dot print from Papertrey Ink blueberry sky pattern pack.
Created for Operation Write Home, "supporting our nation's armed forces by sending blank handmade greeting cards to write home on, as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them." (309)

"Before" with kraft

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Birthday Fireworks

It looks like fireworks to me, with the patterned paper and the "rocket" arrows.   This card was for a recent family birthday. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) tropical teal, pure poppy (red), summer sunrise (yellow),  the bitty dot print from PTI summer sunrise pattern pack, and a multi-color zigzag print from Echo Park "all about a boy" 6 x 6" paper pad.
  • Dies are PTI get to the point and wonderful words: birthday.  I layered two colors of the birthday die cut, and I added a 1/8" strip of teal to the arrows. 
  • The sentiment "Happy" is from PTI communique sentiments, stamped with PTI pure poppy ink cube
  • The little yellow and teal stars are punched with Fiskars 1/4" hand punch.  Under the teal stars, there's a little flower from PTI framed out #10, stamped with pure poppy.  I thought it looked too floral for my overall design, so I added the stars, and now the flowers look like extra rays for the stars.
(417)

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Thanks with Dots, Oval, and Chevrons

A mix of basic shapes to give an energy that offsets this card's subdued color scheme.  Polka dots, tiny pierced and printed dots, rectangles, chevrons, and an oval.  The dark green and cream oval and chevrons provide focus.

Note: the gray is background, not part of the card.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) rustic cream, canyon clay (rusty orange), pinefeather (dark green),  and the polka dot print from PTI classic kraft pattern pack.
  • The sentiment "thank you" is cut with the Silhouette Cameo, same as on this card.
  • Dies are PTI diagonals, framed out #10, and stitched rectangle (4th largest).  I put a green rectangle behind the stitched rectangle die cut.
  • I inlaid the cream V shapes, which made it easier to adhere the green die cut.  It has Scor tape under all of it, instead of individually adhering each green V shape. 
  • The green dots in the oval are computer printed using Courier font.  This is easy to do in PowerPoint, but takes some juggling to make it look nice.  My note says "Dots are Courier 18 pt centered in text box, then using Quick Styles & Effects to curve; adjusted less flat; Used format text 3-D Z rotation to make ends line up." I did the top line of the dots first, and then when it was good, I copied and rotated it to get a mirror image below.
Created for Operation Write Home, "supporting our nation's armed forces by sending blank handmade greeting cards to write home on, as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them." (418)

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Valentine Matchbox with Booklet Greeting

Matchbox with heart on outside top, "love" on inside bottom, and booklet with heart cover and ribbon band closure. 

For my husband on Valentine's Day, a handmade matchbox with a tiny booklet inside. 

Many thanks to Susan Raihala for this matchbox idea and for the tutorial on her Simplicity blog!  On my version, I added some patterned paper, to decorate the outside top and line the inside bottom.  (The lining is very flat, but in my photo, a shadow makes it look wrinkled.)

My booklet is about 1-1/8" square.  It's stapled on the spine (one standard-size staple) with one folded sheet inside.  In other words, two pieces of card stock, scored and folded, for a total of eight pages including the cover.  I rounded the outer corners of the cover, but not the inner pages, which are sized a bit smaller than the cover.  The ribbon band, made with a small square of Scor Tape, keeps the booklet closed inside the box.

Note: I found that the item inside (such as my booklet) needs to be somewhat 3-D if it's not attached.  Very flat/thin items can easily slide out of the closed matchbox if it's tilted.  Maybe if my box were more perfectly constructed?  Just something to consider if you decide to try this!

Details:
(427)

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Blue Ombre Doily - Miss You

A sentimental "miss you" card for today's Papertrey Ink anniversary challenge to create a blue ombre card.  My three blues flow nicely together with the soft gray. 

Card details:
Created for Operation Write Home, "supporting our nation's armed forces by sending blank handmade greeting cards to write home on, as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them." (426)

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Gold with Black and White Shimmer

For today's Papertrey Ink anniversary challenge to use nothing but metallics and neutrals.  In real life, this card has a lot of shimmer and shine.  My picture captures the bold contrasts and textures, while it unfortunately misses most of the shimmer. 

My metallics are gold metallic thread, gold shimmer card stock, and gold ribbon.  My black and white neutrals are also shimmer.  I like all the textures of sunburst embossing, pierced panel, grosgrain ribbon, and stitching.  It's a handsome card, but I found it "challenging!" not to add more color.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) gold, white, and onyx (black) shimmer card stock
  • Dies are Spellbinder 3-1/2" circle and PTI strip stitch and wonderful words: love.  I used 3 layers of card stock on the word, so it's very dimensional.
  • Embossing folder is Lifestyle Crafts stripe.
  • Thread is by DMC.
  • Ribbon is 5/8" grograin, leftover from a gift box.
Created for Operation Write Home, "supporting our nation's armed forces by sending blank handmade greeting cards to write home on, as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them." (425)

Monday, February 9, 2015

Triple Thank You on Yellow

Another day, another PTI anniversary challenge!  I've kept up with all the challenges so far, and it's been a great way to stretch and try some new things.  Moving slowly through my learning curve as a novice stamper, I decided to try a large stamp in three colors on my card today.  Definitely a challenge for me to get everything lined up and stamped correctly! 

This stamp set was still in the package, perfect for the challenge theme to use "a stamp set from your collection that hasn't seen ink."

The card is simple, but I like the colors, and the "thank you" message is loud and clear.  The dotted paper works well with the dotted lettering of the stamp.

 Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) lemon tart (light yellow), vintage cream, and the bitty dot print from PTI ripe avocado (green), pure poppy (red), and enchanted evening (dark blue)  pattern packs.
  • The sentiment "thank you very much for everything" is from PTI wonderful words: thank you, stamped with PTI blueberry sky (medium blue), pure poppy, and ripe avocado ink cubes
  • The arrow die is from PTI sketched shapes.
Created for Operation Write Home, "supporting our nation's armed forces by sending blank handmade greeting cards to write home on, as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them." (424)

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Flower Bouquet with Yellow and Red

My card today is for the Papertrey Ink anniversary challenge to create a bouquet using more than one floral stamp set.  In my case, there was an additional challenge - no floral stamp sets!  Although I've been making cards for years, I'm just starting to dip my toes into the waters of stamping.  I have only a handful of inks and stamp sets, all of them sentiments with a few extra elements included.

But I thought I'd still give it a try and see what I might come up with.  Yes, it's a bouquet of flowers!  In a vase!  And I needed bits from four different PTI stamp sets to put it together.  Though I didn't have any floral stamp sets to work with, I think my card fits with the spirit of this challenge. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) harvest gold (yellow), pure poppy (red), ripe avocado, stamper's select white, and the polka dot print from PTI harvest gold pattern pack.
  • The bouquet is made with PTI stamps and inks as follows:
  • Water is colored with Copic marker BG000, blue flower centers with Y13, and leaves with G43 and YG91.
  • I fussy cut the bouquet to eliminate a few stray ink smudges.  
  • Dies are PTI double-ended banner and fillable frames #8.
  • The sentiment "thinking of you" is from PTI fillable frames #2, stamped with PTI bueberry sky (medium blue) ink cube
Created for Operation Write Home, "supporting our nation's armed forces by sending blank handmade greeting cards to write home on, as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them." (423)

Red and Aqua - Gift Bag with Tag

Not a card!  My papercrafting is almost always cards to send to our family and friends, or blank cards for Operation Write Home (for our deployed troops to write home on.)   But yesterday's Papertrey Ink anniversary challenge was to make a tag with a matching gift bag, and I thought a "love" themed set would be sweet for Valentine's Day.

The tag is simple, with three rows of hearts.  The kraft gift bag (about 5" wide) is much busier, with a bright variety of die-cut streamers on the red and aqua panel.  My tag and gift bag share a color scheme, patterned hearts, and red "love" words.  I'm happy with their "similar but not the same" look.  Thanks again, PTI, for nudging me out of my comfort zone! 

Card details:
(422)

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Diagonal Stripes - Red, White, and Blue

A very bold impact with stripes and stars in red, white, blue, and kraft.  I made this card for Papertrey Ink's 200th Make It Monday challenge: layering Cover Plate die cuts with a small offset. 

Such a simple idea, but I wouldn't have thought of it!  And I really like the effect.  Thanks, PTI, for the inspiration! 

Card details:
Created for Operation Write Home, "supporting our nation's armed forces by sending blank handmade greeting cards to write home on, as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them." (421)

Friday, February 6, 2015

Inspired by Maile - White with Yellow, Orange, and Red

Today's Papertrey Ink anniversary challenge is to make a card inspired by Maile Belles.  She's a wonderful designer and card maker, so there's a lot to be inspired by!  I chose to work with the upper left card in the group of Maile's 8 favorites, and to use some elements that are not my norm:
  • A white cover plate over ombre colors
  • A short sentiment placed on two different-length strips
  • A black ribbon accent
It was fun to try something new, and I like the result.  Thanks, Maile, for all your beautiful inspiration!

Note, the gray is background - not part of the card.

Card details:
Created for Operation Write Home, "supporting our nation's armed forces by sending blank handmade greeting cards to write home on, as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them." (420)

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Circle and Rectangle - Dots and Stripes

It's the beginning of a 10-day anniversary celebration for Papertrey Ink (PTI), my favorite source for card making supplies and inspiration.  My card is for today's PTI challenge posted here.  I'm using the sixth color recipe (sweet blush, melon berry, aqua mist, fine linen, and classic kraft) with the first sketch (a circular element and rectangular element with a sentiment banner) - a fun way to try something new.  Happy 8th Anniversary to PTI!

Card details:
Created for Operation Write Home, "supporting our nation's armed forces by sending blank handmade greeting cards to write home on, as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them." (419)