Monday, November 24, 2014

Skyline Love - Blue with Silver and White

This will be one of my favorite cards ...  A silvery city scene with stars.  The silver notched border strip at the bottom could be a river bridge or embankment.   Serene and simple.

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." (397)

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Textured Thanks - Terra Cotta with Tan and Brown

A simple strong "thanks" with lots of embossed texture.

Card details:
  • Papertrey Ink (PTI) terra cotta tile (a deep rusty orange, less red than this image), fine linen (tan), and dark chocolate (brown).
  • Dies are My Favorite Things many thanks and retro squares border.  I cut the word twice (tan and brown) and offset the layers for a shadow effect. 
  • The word and squares are embossed with Stampin' Up square lattice embossing folder (retired).  The card base is embossed with PTI cover plate: twist die.
  • Embroidery floss is DMC #839, 3862, and 3047.
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." (396)

Friday, November 21, 2014

Love Heart - Red, White, and Gray

This card started with a scrap of ribbon and a new "love" die.  The red part was easy.  Then I tried several different combinations for the heart background and the card base.  I'm happy with the bold effect of the patterns and colors.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) pure poppy (red), a tiny dotted print from Pink Paislee pen pals 6 x 6" pad, and the polka dot print from PTI smokey shadow (dark gray) pattern pack.
  • Ribbon is 3/4" chevron twill by May Arts.  The red border is card stock, not ribbon. 
  • Die is My Favorite Things heart full of love set. 
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." (395)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Lavender Daisy Card with Yellow

I always enjoy coloring my 2009 daisy drawing for a card.  This time I lightly airbrushed everything with blue, then colored the flowers and leaves.  The blue disappears in the leaves but adds a nice extra touch to the flower petals. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Neenah solar white, Paper Source spruce (dark green - discontinued), Papertrey Ink (PTI) harvest gold (yellow), and the polka dot print from PTI lavender moon pattern pack.
  • Embossing folder is Sizzix retro cirque.
  • Copic markers are B14 for the airbrushing, G14 and RV52 for the base colors, with RV63 added on the petals and Y26 on the leaves and stems.  Flower centers are Y15 and Y26.  
  • I edged the polka dot strip with Copic G07 marker.
  • Sentiment "thanks" is cut with Cameo Silhouette.  The word is from Silhouette box and flower tags set. 
  • Daisy drawing was scanned and computer printed.
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." (394)

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Avocado and Gold - Two Thank You Cards


Two cards with mostly the same ingredients.  I made the top card first, one of several recent experiments with embroidery.  The bottom card started with my L-shaped scrap of gold.  I like them both.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Paper Source curry (gold), Papertrey Ink (PTI) ripe avocado (green), vintage cream (top card), and fine linen (tan - bottom card), and patterned paper from Basic Grey PB&J 6 x 6" pad.
  • On the bottom card, I edged the green sentiment strip with Copic marker YG97 to add contrast and definition. 
  •  Dies are PTI stitched rectangles for both cards.
  • Sentiment "thanks" (top card) is cut with Silhouette Cameo.  I added some colored pencil shading in a gold color (Venus 1437 sand - a very old pencil) to connect the cream sentiment better with the gold card stock. 
  • Sentiment "thank you so very much" (bottom card) is computer-printed with green ink using Herculanum font (all lower case, bold, expanded character spacing).
  • Embroidery floss (top card) is DMC ecru.
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." (391, 392)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Cross Stitched Love with Lace

More card embroidery to create a nostalgic lace-trimmed "love" card.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) autumn rose, scarlet jewel (burgundy), and the damask print from PTI autumn rose pattern pack.  In real life, the solid and printed rose colors are the same. 
  • Embroidery floss is DMC ecru (cream) and 902.
  • Lace is white crocheted lace from Hobby Lobby, colored lightly with Copic marker YR30 to match the cream floss - a very good match in real life.
  • Die is PTI strip stitch.
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." (393)

Monday, October 13, 2014

Embroidered Cards - Cross Stitch and Chevron Stitch

Two embroidered cards today - my first experiments using a new (to me) stitching die from Papertrey Ink (PTI).  The die makes a rectangle of small holes, perfect for a decorative panel of embroidery.  I'm thinking of so many different color and stitch combinations for this die.  Both cards have elements in common, so I'm posting them together.

Note: I backed each embroidered panel with a plain piece of the same color.  It looks nicer than having a different color show through the little holes, at least for these cards.  
Card details:
  • Left card: card stock is Paper Source plum (light purple),  PTI royal velvet (dark purple) and vintage cream.
    Right card: card stock is Ellen Hutson white linen, Paper Source cobalt (dark blue - discontinued), and PTI scarlet jewel (burgundy) and kraft.
  • Both cards: dies are PTI strip stitch and the curved banner from PTI bountiful banners.
  • Left card: embossing folder is Sizzix berry splash.
    Right card: embossing folder is Sizzix chevrons (retired).
  • Left card: embroidery floss is DMC ecru.
    Right card: embroidery floss is DMC 791 and 902.
    Both cards: I used 3 of the 6 strands of floss for my stitching.
  • Both cards: sentiment "Thank you!" is computer-printed in purple or burgundy ink with Copperplate font, all lower case. 
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." (389, 390)

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Denim Hello with Tan and Aqua

Some denim print paper with an aqua print and a few strands of cream jute twine.  It gives the card an old-fashioned, homey feeling. 

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." (388)

Monday, October 6, 2014

Love Prints on Blue with Red

Starting with the two lovey prints, a Love card was the only way to go.  I like the embossed sun rays and the tilted heart.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Paper Source lake (blue), Papertrey Ink (PTI) pure poppy (red), and two small prints from Pink Paislee pen pals 6x6" paper pack.
  • The heart print paper is edged with Copic marker B39 for better contrast on the blue card base.
  • Embossing folder is the sun ray folder from Lifestyle Crafts/ WeRMemoryKeepers stripe set.
  • Die is PTI wonderful words: love, including the cutout heart from the "o"
  • I used a 3/16" EK Success circle punch for the blue dot.
  • Embroidery floss is DMC #806.
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." (387)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Orange and Brown Truck

Due to a cross-country move, I wasn't able to make any cards for the past two months.  So I'm very happy to be back with a new card today.  The orange and brown fits the Operation Write Home mid-month challenge theme of fall 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." (386)

Monday, July 14, 2014

Red Hearts with Tiny Prints Paper

Tiny prints with a "love letters" theme.  Perfect for a bold heart focal point and a "love you, miss you" sentiment.

The card didn't look right until I added the embroidery floss accent.  Interesting how one subtle detail can make such a difference. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) pure poppy (red), spring rain (light blue), and enchanted evening (dark blue), and two prints from Pink Paislee pen pals 6x6" pad.
  • Dies are PTI framed out #11, My Favorite Things stax heart (smallest heart in set), and PTI sketched shapes (wide long banner).
  • Embroidery floss is Finca 8400.
  • Sentiment is computer-printed in dark gray ink using Copperplate font.  The hearts are "alt-9" in Zapf Dingbats font, printed in red ink.
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." (381)

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Tropical Colors with Hearts

My card design started with the two vertical pattern strips, which gave me this happy tropical color scheme.  I like it a lot! 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Paper Source blossom (pink),  Papertrey Ink (PTI) Hawaiian shores (turquoise), ripe avocado (green), damask print from PTI lemon tart (light yellow) pattern pack, and two multicolor patterns from Basic Grey 6x6" PB&J (retiring) paper pad.
  • Hearts are edged with Copic marker RV13.  Vertical pattern strips are edged with YG97.  Edging with marker is a nice way to create some definition and contrast, without needing to add a layer of card stock.
  • Dies are PTI one liners and heart border.
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." (382)

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Green Doily with Aqua and Cream

Today's card was inspired by Dawn's challenge on the Papertrey Ink forum, to make something inspired by this lovely photo on Pinterest.  I chose the photo's aqua, green, and cream for my colors, and those intricate china patterns reminded me of doilies and lace.  Thanks, Dawn, for a fun challenge!

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) aqua mist, ocean tides (muted teal), new leaf (green), vintage cream, and the bitty dots print from PTI ocean tides pattern pack.
  • Dies are PTI wonderful words: thank you, Parisian lace doily, and loop de loop.  Note: the "thank you" is cut from ocean tides, though my monitor makes it look a bit like the green.
  • Embroidery floss is DMC ecru (cream) and 703 (green), tied in a square knot. 
  • The vintage cream panel is edged with Copic marker BG72. 
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." (385)

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Hello with Gingham and Banner

For today's color challenge - cantaloupe and pistachio - on the Operation Write Home Stars and Stamps blog.  To go with the soft and summery color theme, I chose a white sentiment, shadowed in cantaloupe, and a strip of white banners with cantaloupe and pistachio dots. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Ellen Hutson white linen, Paper Source mint (light green) and coral (light orange), and the gingham print from PTI melon berry (light orange) pattern pack.
  • Dies are PTI wonderful words: hello and My Favorite Things party banner.
  • Colored dots on the banner are punched with a 1/4" hole punch.   
  • The angled green layer is cut with my paper trimmer.
  • Embossing folder is Cuttlebug Swiss dots.
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." (384)

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Multi Colored Chevron Thanks

A simple design that I struggled with.  On my first try, I used a larger label shape and a larger sentiment, and it was ... OK. 

This one is much better, and sometime maybe I'll see what it needs to be fabulous. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) aqua mist, orange zest, simply chartreuse, enchanted evening (dark blue), and rustic white.   The multicolor chevron print is from Echo Park "all about a boy" 6x6" paper pad.
  • Embossing folder is Sizzix chevrons (retiring).
  • Dies are Elizabeth Craft thanks, PTI eyelet lace, and PTI photo finish strips (in addition to the oval-center die for the white strip, I used the wider straight die for the orange strip, which has a nice embossed border line that's hard to see in my image.)
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." (383)