Sunday, April 13, 2014

Red-Orange Daisies with Yellow and Green

My 2009 daisy drawing with some bright red-orange colors.  Lots of dots on this card, including the ground, which is dots of brown and green marker. 

You can click on the image for a better view of the Copic coloring.   And click on the daisy drawing label, below or in the labels list on the right, for more cards that I've made with this drawing.  It's been fun for me to color and use in different ways.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Neenah solar white for the flowers and Papertrey Ink (PTI) harvest gold (yellow), terra cotta tile (rust), and the polka dots print from PTI new leaf (green) pattern pack.
  • Twine is The Twinery mandarin.
  • Embossing folder is Cuttlebug Swiss dots.
  • Copic markers are custom color YYR2000, R02, R08, R35, YR07, Y38, E33, E37, G43, G46, and YG05.
  • My 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." (367)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Floral Print with White Bow

Another card today with multicolored patterned paper... not my usual.  I cut four rectangles of the lovely floral print and made this same card in different color combinations.  

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) ocean tides (muted teal), simply chartreuse (yellow-green) and the polka dots print from PTI melon berry (light orange) pattern pack.  Floral print is from PB&J 6x6" by Basic Grey.  
  • Bow is DMC white Perle cotton #5.
  • Embossing folder is Lifestyle Crafts diamonds and 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." (365)

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Spinners and Stripes

The patterned paper with game spinners inspired my card's theme and colors.  The spinner print and stripes work well together.  I like the finishing touches of the brown arrow and the clear spinner centers that I added.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) dark chocolate (brown), rustic cream, and the stripes print from PTI canyon clay (muted orange) pattern pack.  And the game spinner print from All About a Boy 6 x 6" pad by Echo Park.  
  • Clear spinner centers are "pearls" of Viva Decor gloss gel pen, transparent (000).  It looks milky at first, but dries very clear.  (Click on the image to enlarge and see the centers better.)
  • Banner notch is cut by hand.
  • Die is arrow from PTI sketched shapes.
  • Sentiment "You make my heart spin" is computer-printed in brown ink with American Typewriter font (expanded 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." (364)

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Tree on Cream with Brown

My card today is honoring Suzanne, an Operation Write Home card maker who passed away recently.  It's a CASE of her lovely tree card, the 4th card posted here on the OWH blog. Wishing peace and comfort to Suzanne's family and friends. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Neenah solar white for the tree and Papertrey Ink (PTI) rustic cream, dark chocolate (brown), and ripe avocado (green).
  • Die is Elizabeth Craft love
  • Silhouette cutting file is chunky tree background, which I stretched to be taller and narrower.
  • Copic markers to color the tree are E43, E44, YG95, and YG21. 
  • Ground line is drawn with Copic 0.3 brown multiliner.
  • Embroidery floss is DMC #3782.
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." (363)

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Yellow Chevrons with Teal

Some chevrons and stars today.  I like the off-center banner with a starry edge strip.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Paper Source peacock (teal), Papertrey Ink (PTI) harvest gold (yellow), and two prints from Pink Paislee "portfolio" 6x6 collection - a chevron print and an edge cut from another print.
  • Embroidery floss is DMC 744.
  • Embossing folder is Sizzix chevron.  I turned the A2 card stock sideways and ran it through twice.  The teal panel hides the "seam."  The embossing is really the same on the left and right sides, though in the picture it looks a bit different. 
  • Banner notch is cut by hand.
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." (362)

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Green Banners with Leaves

Plenty of green for St. Patrick's Day weekend!  I meant to make a green "thank you" version of this card, but our very old printer was having one of its bad days, and it wouldn't print my green sentiment.  I substituted the die-cut leaves and "hello," which work well.

And after a few more printer problems, we bought a new printer, which also works well now.  So "all's well that ends well" including my 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." (212)

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Stencil Stars - Red, White, and Blue

Though I've used stencils on my cards a few times, mostly with airbrushing, this is my first paint-and-stencil experiment.  I like the brush-marked texture of the white stars.  My card base embossing (also done with the stencil) is less deep than an embossing folder, but it's still good, and nice to have the same stars for the background.

It makes a cheerful red-white-and-blue card for the March "thank you" challenge, sponsored by Our Daily Bread Designs (thank you, ODBD!) to benefit Operation Write Home.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Neenah solar white and Papertrey Ink (PTI) pure poppy (red), blueberry sky (medium blue), and enchanted evening (dark blue).
  • Stencil is My Favorite Things stargaze for the white stars and the card base embossing.
  • The white paint is an inexpensive white craft acrylic, applied with a 1/2" Martha Stewart stencil brush.
  • Dies for the sentiment "thanks" are PTI polka dot parade alphabet (lower case).  I notched the white banner with scissors.
  • Red baker's twine is 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." (361)

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Teal with Brown and Cream Wreath

For today's Operation Write Home "teal or turquoise" color challenge.   My card started with the beautiful new Tropical Teal card stock color from Papertrey Ink.  It's more of a green color than my other teal, the also-beautiful Paper Source peacock.

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." (360)

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Diagonal Gray with Cream on Blue

Yesterday's card left me with some patterned edge strips, cut from the overall gray pattern.  Nice light blue/cream diagonal stripes with a washi-like rectangle in black/cream.  It prompted my color scheme and diagonal theme of today's card.

To the patterned edge strips, I added a cream sentiment strip, strands of cream/silver twine, two strips of gray dotted print, and a chevron-embossed blue card base.  The twine bisects the pattern strip for an interesting look.  A very nice masculine card for my Operation Write Home box.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Paper Source lake (blue), Papertrey Ink (PTI) rustic cream, and the bitty dots print from PTI smokey shadow (gray) pattern pack.
  • Embossing folder is Sizzix chevrons.
  • Twine is The Twinery platinum shimmer.
  • Sentiment "Thinking of you across the miles" is computer printed in gray ink with American Typewriter font.
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." (359)

Friday, February 21, 2014

Gray Pattern with Burgundy

A handsome card with a gray pattern (slightly gray-green in my image and also in real life), accented with burgundy and bright white. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) soft stone (pale gray), scarlet jewel (burgundy), and a print from Pink Paislee "portfolio" 6x6 collection.
  • Dies are My Favorite Things scallop ribbon border and Elizabeth Craft thanks.
  • The white eyelet strip is from Doodlebug Design paper frills - lily white. 
  • The upper right and lower right corners 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." (358)

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Pink Lace with Dots

Finishing up my "scrap" focus.  This card started with a leftover die cut of pink lace and a strip of turquoise.  I like the pastel effect and all those various dots, with a striped accent of twine. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI)soft stone (gray), sweet blush (pink), and Hawaiian shores (turquoise).
  • Twine is Caribbean from The Twinery.
  • Embossing folder is Cuttlebug Swiss dots.
  • Dies are WPlus9 scalloped border, Memory Box charlotte lace (retired), and PTI stitching lines (for the line of pierced dots to the left of the twine).
  • Tiny pink dots on the scallops are Ranger liquid pearls - petal pink.
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." (354)

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Bright Flowers with Aqua and Gray

Bright and simple, using some scraps for the banner and flower shapes. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) limeade ice (green), Hawaiian shores (turquoise), aqua mist (light aqua), raspberry fizz (pink), vintage cream, and the leaf print from PTI smokey shadow (gray) pattern pack.
  • Embossing folder is Darice honeycomb.
  • I notched the banner with scissors.
  • The flowers are cut with a variety of dies.  If you'd like more info, please let me know via a comment, and I'll add the die names to my post. 
  • Flower centers are dotted with Copic 0.3 pink multiliner.
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." (355)

Monday, February 17, 2014

Purple with Lavender Print

A luxurious look of fabrics and applique.  I like the mix of textures, colors, and patterns in this purple with lavender 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." (353)

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Brown Script with Blue and Cream

Three strips and two dots of blue to brighten my cream and brown color scheme.  The script lettering and jute twine give this card an antique feeling. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) vintage cream, dark chocolate (brown), blueberry sky (blue), and the script print from PTI Dearest Jane.  
  • Dies are PTI my mother, my friend small label and the inner shape from PTI framed out #7
  • Blue dots are punched with an old 1/4" hole punch. 
  • Twine is PTI rustic cream button twine
  • Sentiment "Hello" is computer-printed with brown ink in Edwardian Script ITC font, expanded spacing, with the "H" in a larger font size.
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." (350)

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Pink Butterflies with Doily

A sugary pink card for the day after Valentine's.  Damask, doily, butterflies, faux stitching - it doesn't get much sweeter in my crafting world. 

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." (356)