Monday, January 26, 2015

Beach Waves - Miss You

Today's card uses a 2012 design (not posted) that I created for a friend's beach wedding - with a different sentiment, of course.  A simple scene with soft colors of sand, sun, and ocean waves.  I hope it will remind a deployed hero of happy moments with a special someone. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Paper Source pool (light aqua - bottom wave), Papertrey Ink (PTI) fine linen (tan), Hawaiian shores (turquoise - middle wave), ocean tides (muted teal - top wave), aqua mist (pale aqua - sky), and lemon tart (pale yellow).
  • Dies are PTI XL rickrack border and flower fusion #9.
  • Sentiment "miss you today ** love you forever" is computer printed in dark tan ink using Chalkduster font, bold.  I like how it looks a bit like writing in wet sand.
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." (205)

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Peach and Cream with Button

Soft monochromatic colors with shades of peach and cream. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Paper Source papaya (muted medium orange), Papertrey Ink (PTI) rustic white, a floral print from PTI pretty pastels 8x8" pad, and the leaf print from PTI melon berry (light peach) pattern pack.  
  • In real life, the melon berry print is much lighter than the solid-color papaya - about halfway between the light pastel print and the papaya.  My computer doesn't do well with shades of peach and orange. 
  • Dies are Impression Obsessions buttons (5/8" button),  Elizabeth Craft thanks, and PTI photo finish strips (D).
  • Embroidery floss is DMC #754.
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." (412)

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Thanks with Banners and Stripes

Using some scraps of denim and gear print paper.  I like this layout and the two-toned stripes to set off my wide banners. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) orange zest (orange) and dark chocolate (brown), gear and denim prints from Echo Park "all about a boy" 6x6" paper pad, and stripes from PTI orange zest and fine linen (tan) pattern packs.
  • Die is the small star from PTI seeing stars.
  • Banners are notched with scissors.
  • Gear embellishment is cut from the patterned paper and covered with Glossy Accents.  I used an EK Success 3/8" circle punch.
  • Sentiment "thanks" is cut with Silhouette Cameo, same as this card.
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." (411)

Monday, January 19, 2015

Red, White and Blue Heart with Hugs

My red, white, and blue colors include polka dots, plaid, stars, stripes, and a big heart with "hugs."  It doesn't look too busy to me, but there's a lot packed in there.  I hope it will bring a smile to the sender and receiver.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) blueberry sky (medium blue), pure poppy (red), and the pure poppy polka dot and spring rain (light blue) gingham prints from PTI pattern packs.
  • Dies are PTI big hugs and My Favorite Things heart full of love (outer shape).
  • Embossing folder is Craft Concepts solid stars.
  • Twine is by We R Memory Keepers.
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." (410)

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Wreath Thanks - White, Yellow, Rust, and Aqua

This card started with the flowered paper, which contained everything else that I added - the colors, tiny dots, and leafy branches.  

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." (409)

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Candy Box Card - Pink, Red, and Cream

What more can I say?  It looks to me like a super-sweet candy box.  Sentimental, but "no sentiment."

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." (408)

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Blue Dotted Trees

Two cards with dotted trees.  I cut the large tree from medium and dark blue patterned paper, then interchanged the pieces.  I like both versions.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) spring rain (light blue sentiment banners), blueberry sky (medium blue), enchanted evening (dark blue), and the bitty dot print from PTI enchanted evening and blueberry sky pattern packs.
  • Dies are PTI mighty oak (A) and sketched shapes (wide and narrow long banners, which I trimmed shorter.)
  • Sentiment "Love you, miss you..." is computer printed with blue ink in Footlight MT Light font, bold with expanded character spacing.
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." (407)

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Shimmery Scarlet and Cream with Gray

Simple layout, elegant colors.  Embossed texture, metallic ribbon, and shimmery card stock.  Too bad the shimmer and shine don't show in my picture.  But in real life, it's lovely. 

Note: the light 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." (405)

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Bird with Hearts - Teal and Purple

A bit of whimsy and a lot of color contrast in today's card.  I started with the teal and aqua, then tried many different colors and patterns for the card base.  The purple stripe was just what it needed.  

Card details:
I created this card for a family anniversary.  And I made a few more 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." (401)

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Christmas Card 2014

A scene of the Holy Family with many angels for our 2014 Christmas card.  Our fifth year of using one of my Nativity drawings to print our cards.

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 2014 Advent calendar drawing (work in progress through Christmas Day), some links to the other five years of calendars, and more of my Advent-Christmas drawings as well. 

(400)

Friday, December 19, 2014

Blue Polka Dot Thanks

Taking a short break from the "love" theme.  The gradations of blue on today's card make a bit of an ombre look.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) spring rain (light blue), blueberry sky (medium blue), enchanted evening (dark blue), and the polka dot print from PTI enchanted evening and blueberry sky pattern packs.
  • Die is My Favorite Things many thanks.  I shortened the tail of the "s" to give more space for the stars.
  • Stars are from a 1/4" Fiskars star hand punch
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." (406)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Red and Yellow "Hello Love"

This tiny multicolor print provided my sentiment "hello love."  What else would it be with hearts and hellos all over the paper?  It makes a bright and cheerful card with my red and yellow 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." (403)

Monday, December 15, 2014

Red with Cream Hearts - Love

Another bright "love" card for my Operation Write Home box.  The cream card stock is shimmery, and very nice in real life, though it doesn't come across well in my picture.  

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) pure poppy (red), cream shimmer, and the damask print from PTI pure poppy pattern pack.
  • Dies are My Favorite Things double dot border and PTI limitless layers: 2-1/4" hearts (plain and scalloped hearts).  The cream diamonds are inner cutouts (scrap) from the border die. 
  • Sentiment "Love" is cut with the Silhouette Cameo.  I used PilGi font for the L and e, two ovals for the o, and Lucida Handwriting font for the v.  It took a bit of editing with the knife and offset tools, but the result was worthwhile. 
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." (404)

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Typewriters XO

The patterned paper with its typewriters inspired my colors and XO sentiment.  A happy and lively "love" card to bring a smile to someone's day.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) true black, hibiscus burst (pink), pure poppy (red),  the gingham and stripe prints from PTI fine linen (tan) pattern pack, and Pink Paislee pen pals 6 x 6" pad for the typewriter print. The typewriters say "xoxo," "with love," "hello," and "pen pals."  I was careful to cover up "pen pals" which didn't seem to fit my card theme.
  • Ribbon is 1/4" black and white gingham. 
  • Dies are PTI framed out #11 (inner heart shape) and polka dot parade alphabet (lower case).
  • I used the 1/4" Corner Chomper to round the corners on the pink and the striped tan card stock.
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." (402)

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Starry Blue Love Card

Lots of stars on this monochromatic blue card.  I used up some leftovers to make it, which seems to fit with Thanksgiving weekend. 

The "love" die cut is leftover from this card where I just needed the inner cutout shapes.  The starry printed paper is made with Copic markers and a stencil using this technique

Card details:
  • Card stock is Hero Arts cerulean (medium blue) and Papertrey Ink (PTI) rustic white and enchanted evening (dark blue).
  • Stencil is My Favorite Things stargaze.
  • Copic marker is B05.
  • Dies are PTI super star border and wonderful words: love.  The little star inside the heart is a cutout from the star 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." (399)