Sunday, May 24, 2015

Flowers in Black with Copic Colors

Something different for me today - flower clusters, stamped in black, with Copic coloring around the flowers and sentiment.  The pink and black card base adds a touch of modern, but still a romantic feeling overall.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) soft stone (pale gray), berry sorbet (pink), and the bitty dots print from PTI true black pattern pack.
  • The sentiment "Love You Forever" is from PTI think big favorites #11 and the flowers are from PTI mini blooms.  All stamped with Memento tuxedo black ink. 
  • Copic marker colors are R32 (Love You and rose buds), R35 (Forever and large open roses), Y19 (flower centers and dot flowers), BG45 (tiny flowers), YG05 (fern leaves), and G46 (3-lobe leaves).  I softened the edges a bit with "0" colorless blender.  
  • The gray panel corners and bottom card front corners are rounded with Crop-a-Dile 1/4" corner chomper.
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." (468)

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Red, White, and Blue Love, for Operation Write Home Blog Hop

Today I have two things to share: a simple card and an important message.  First, the message.  Operation Write Home, a charity that has supported heroes with handmade cards since 2007, will be closing later this year.  All cards need to be sent in by August 1st!  So, along with many other bloggers on our Memorial Day weekend hop, I’m helping to get the word out!

My card has a mix of curves and straight lines, lots of Red White and Blue, and a shiny accent heart.  The white oval makes a strong focal point with the Love word.

For the past five years, I've loved creating handmade cards for our deployed service men and women to write home on. A big thank you goes to Operation Write Home for making it possible for many of us crafters to express our gratitude to our heroes in this heartfelt way.  Please click HERE to see everyone's blog hop postings!


Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) pure poppy (red), enchanted evening (dark blue), stamper's select white, and a striped print from Pink Paislee pen pals 6x6" paper pad.
  • Note: the gray is background, not part of the card.
  • Embossing folder is Darice diagonal stripe on the red panel. It looks nice in real life, but it's not so easy to see in the picture.
  • Dies are PTI limitless layers: 2-1/4" ovals and Impression Obsession love.
  • Bottom corners are rounded with Crop-a-Dile 1/2" corner chomper.
  • The small red heart is inlaid into the Love die cut, and covered with Glossy Accents.
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." (464)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Brown Dotted Trees


A color change for an earlier design, a pair of cards in blue.  I like the same design with these browns too.

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." (407)

Monday, May 18, 2015

Multicolor Congrats Flower

A happy card for a friend completing her master's degree.  A flower with "congrats" petals and a butterfly.

Card details:
  • Card stock is My Favorite Things lemon drop (yellow), Paper Source grape (purple), and Papertrey Ink (PTI) spring moss (light green), new leaf (deep green), dark chocolate (brown), tropical teal, hibiscus burst (medium pink), Hawaiian shores (turquoise), orange zest, and raspberry fizz (deep pink).
  • Dies are PTI wonderful words: congrats, ad sense (yellow flower shape), and flower fusion stem.  Brown flower center is an old 1/4" hole punch.
  • Butterfly is an EK Success punch.  I snipped an extra brown layer for the body and antennae.
  • I used glossy accents for the flower center, leaf veins, and butterfly to add some shine and dimension. 
  • Embossing folder is Sizzix retro cirque (retiring).
(463)

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Bright Thank You with Chevrons and Stars

Bright colors with strong shapes and patterns.  It certainly sends a clear message!

Card details:
  • Card stock is Paper Source peacock (teal), Papertrey Ink (PTI) harvest gold (yellow), pure poppy (red), and vintage cream, and a multicolored chevron print from Echo Park "all about a boy" 6x6" paper pad.
  • The sentiment "thank you" is from PTI keep it simple: thank you, stamped with PTI pure poppy ink cube
  • The banners are notched by hand. 
  • The trio of small stars is punched with Fiskars 1/4" hand punch.
  • Embossing folder is Darice stars asst. [assorted] 
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." (460)

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Burgundy Love Heart with Blue

A variety of patterns add visual texture to my muted red, white, and blue color scheme.  The background heart is printed with lots of "love" words and phrases to reinforce the big script word.

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." (461)

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Grassy Landscape with Sun

A beautiful landscape, created with stamps and Copic markers.  I enjoyed using them together to make the landscape.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) stamper's select white, classic kraft, orange zest, and ocean tides (muted teal).
  • Die is Poppystamps lattice edge.
  • Embossing folder is Tim Holtz stripes (retiring).
  • The sentiment "miss you" is from PTI peaceful garden, stamped with PTI dark chocolate (brown) ink cube
  • Stamps for the scene are from PTI peaceful garden (two tall grass and leaflet stamps) and boy basics: simple circles (for the sun), using PTI ink cubes in harvest gold (yellow), orange zest, new leaf (bright green), and ripe avocado (dark yellow-green). 
  • The scene's background is (top to bottom) Copic marker BG53 airbrushed, E43 airbrushed, and E43 rough line with chisel tip.  For the sky, the BG 53 is airbrushed all the way across, from the top of the green grass to the top of the sun (which I masked with a 1" punched circle), though in the image it looks incomplete.
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." (459)

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Blue, White, and Gold Stars on Red

A starry and bright card.  I like the stars twisting a bit, rather than layering evenly.  The embossed background adds a starburst effect. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) pure poppy (red), stamper's select white, enchanted evening (dark blue), and sun shimmer (yellow-gold).
  • Dies are PTI seeing stars (three sizes) and photo finish strips.
  • The red dot is inlaid into the gold.  I used an old 1/4" hole punch to cut it. 
  • Embossing folder is the sun ray folder from Lifestyle Crafts/ WeRMemoryKeepers stripe set.
  • The sentiment "thank you" is from PTI keep it simple: thank you, stamped with PTI enchanted evening 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." (458)

Friday, May 8, 2015

Pink Flowers with Vines

A vine with three sweet flowers, climbing on a garden trellis.  The "love" sentiment is tucked under a leafy branch.

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." (457)

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Orange and Teal Chevrons on Aqua Honeycomb

Bold and energetic with a mix of patterns.  The dark brown Copic marker edging adds definition, as well as an extra touch of brown to tie the colors together.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Paper Source pool (aqua), Papertrey Ink (PTI) dark chocolate (brown), and several papers from Echo Park "all about a boy" 6x6" pad.
  • Embossing folder is Darice honeycomb.  I used the debossed side of the card stock.
  • Die is My Favorite Things many thanks.
  • Orange, chevron, and aqua prints are edged with Copic marker E29.
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." (456)

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Leafy Branch with Variegated Greens

Really a lovely card with varied shades of green.  I die cut the leaves, colored them roughly (dabbing/ swiping in patches) with Copic markers, and then laid them back into the negative cut.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Neenah baronial ivory (very pale yellow), Papertrey Ink (PTI) pinefeather (dark green), and a print from the Authentique free bird 6x6" collection. 
  • Dies are Elizabeth Craft thanks and Savvy Stamps tall branches with leaves.
  • Copic colors are BG93, YG95, G46, and YG21. 
  • The bottom corners of the card base and all corners of the leaf panel are rounded with 1/4" corner chomper.
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." (455)

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Green Vines with Tan - Missing You

Leafy vines frame a large sentiment banner.  It has a monochromatic feeling, with tan as the neutral. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) ripe avocado (green), fine linen (tan), and the stripes print from PTI fine linen pattern pack.
  • Stamps are from PTI turning a new leaf with coordinating dies.  I used PTI ripe avocado ink.
  • Banner is notched with scissors.
  • Sentiment "Missing You" is cut with Silhouette Cameo, using my file from this card.  The fine linen positive cut is inlaid into a ripe avocado negative cut.  I'll use the other "opposite" pieces for a different card sometime.
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." (454)

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Cream with Rust and Green

Interwoven layers of texture and pattern with straight lines and curves.  It has a depth and richness that holds my eye.

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

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) terra cotta tile (a rusty color - not as red as my image), rustic cream, and polka dot and damask prints from PTI fine linen (tan) and ripe avocado (green) pattern packs.
  • Dies are PTI my mother, my friend (part of the vine) and double-ended banners.
  • Corner rounder is 1/4" corner chomper by Crop-a-Dile. 
  • Embossing folders are Stampin' Up square lattice (placed diagonally) (retired) and The Paper Studio script (retired).
  • The sentiment "miss you" is from Stampabilities everyday expressions, stamped with PTI ripe avocado 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." (452)

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Red Apple with Stripes and Green

Such a happy card with all the different stripes and a bright red apple.  It makes me smile! and I hope it will do the same for a deployed hero and a loved one back home. 

When I was working on the design, I found that adding the narrow green strip under "hello" had a big impact to ground the focal point and give definition to the multicolor stripes.  

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." (453)

Monday, April 13, 2015

Leafy Branch - Teal and Clay

I do like this card!  Curves in the branch with leafy print and a script sentiment, straight lines of striped paper with a teal edge and a line of tiny holes.  The clay background color contrasts well with the teal and aqua.

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." (450)