Saturday, May 28, 2016

Red, White, and Blue Thanks with Gold Banner

Lots of red, white, and blue on my card today, perfect for Memorial Day weekend.  I'm very thankful for all our heroes who have protected our freedom and sacrificed to keep us safe.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Paper Source royal blue, Papertrey Ink (PTI) gold shimmer and stamper's select white, and two prints from Doodlebug patriotic picnic 6x6" paper pad. 
  • Embossing folder is Paper Studio tiny stars.
  • Dies are from PTI sketched shapes (long wide banner, cut shorter) and My Favorite Things layered labels (retired).
  • Label is edged with Copic marker R24. 
  • The sentiment "thanks" is from Fiskars so much thanks, with two circles (the upper case letter O) from PTI simple alphabet, stamped with Memento tuxedo black ink.
  • Sentiment and circles are colored (lighter at top) with Copic markers R24, R29, B24, and FB2.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Friday, May 27, 2016

Beach Waves - Before and After

My card, above, is the "after" version of an earlier scene, shown below.  Originally, my scene with beach, waves, and sun seemed to call for a landscape (horizontal) orientation.  But I wanted a bigger sun, and so I tried today's portrait (vertical) idea. 

It works so much better!  Less crowded, more expansive looking.  I like the layered sun and the white birds.  I'm very glad I tried something different with my design.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Paper Source pool (bottom wave), Papertrey Ink (PTI) aqua mist (sky), fine linen (beach), Hawaiian shores (middle wave), ocean tides (top wave), harvest gold (inner sun), summer sunrise (outer sun), and stamper's select white (birds).
  • Dies are Memory Box flying birds (on left), Impression Obsession sm. bird set (on right), and PTI XL rickrack border, heart-2-heart #6, and snowflake flurries.
  • The sentiment " *** thinking of you *** " is computer-printed in dark tan ink using Chalkduster font, bold. 
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.

Below is my "before" version, posted here.  (It was created for Operation Write Home.)  Both cards have the same colors, except for the sun, which is PTI lemon tart in the "before" card.

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Pastel Flowers and Lace

Flowers and polka dots with lace and lacy diamonds.  A soft and sweet card for a family birthday.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Stampin' Up soft sky (blue), Papertrey Ink (PTI) sweet blush (pink), spring moss (light green), and lemon tart (yellow), and polka dot print from PTI fine linen (tan) pattern pack.
  • Embossing folder is Lifestyle Crafts diamonds and dots. 
  • Lace is white 3/8" crochet trim, tinted by sponging lightly with PTI fine linen ink cube
  • Dies are from PTI color pop florals kit.
  • The edges of the flowers and leaves are sponged with PTI orange zest ink cubes, and the details are stamped with PTI orange zest, simply chartreuse (medium green), and summer sunrise (yellow) ink cubes, using stencils and stamps from PTI color pop florals kit. 
  • The two "happy" words are spelled with letters from PTI simple alphabet, stamped with PTI orange zest ink cube.
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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Blue Flowers and Stripes with Green

Soft and pretty flowers with blues and greens.  I like the contrast of the blue scalloped border and light blue stripes.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) mint julep (light green), blueberry sky (medium blue), stamper's select white, and the stripes print from PTI spring rain (light blue) pattern pack.
  • The green panel is edged with Copic marker G14. 
  • Dies are from PTI edgers #3 and bountiful banners.
  • The flowers and leaves are sponged with PTI vintage jadeite (medium green), blueberry sky, and Hawaiian shores (turquoise) ink cubes, and the details are stamped with PTI terra cotta tile (deep rusty red), tropical teal, and summer sunrise (yellow) ink cubes, using stencils and stamps from PTI color pop florals kit. 
  • The sentiment "thinking of you" is from PTI keep it simple: thinking of you, curved slightly and stamped with PTI vintage jadeite and blueberry sky ink cubes.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Monday, May 23, 2016

Pink and Purple Flowers

A bright and cheerful note card.  I sponged and stamped the floral pattern, then used the same colors for my card base, border, and sentiment.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) berry sorbet (deep pink), stamper's select white, leaf print from PTI plum pudding (purple) pattern pack, and light gray background print from PTI color pop florals kit.
  • Die is PTI pinking shears border.  
  • The banner is notched with scissors.
  • The flowers and leaves are sponged with PTI sweet blush (pale pink), winter wisteria (pale purple), and mint julep (pale green) ink cubes, and the details are stamped with PTI berry sorbet, canyon clay (orangey brown), new leaf (bright green), and amethyst allure (deep purple) ink cubes, using stencils and stamps from PTI color pop florals kit.
  • The sentiment "thinking of you" is from Stampabilities card phrases, stamped with PTI new leaf ink cube.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Leafy Greens with Cream

My first try with a new stamp set.  I will enjoy working with it.  This time I wanted to use a leftover card base, which set my color scheme for the image and sentiment.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) spring moss (light green), ripe avocado (dark green), vintage cream, and the bitty dot print from PTI simply chartreuse (medium green) pattern pack.
  • The sentiment "thinking of you" is from PTI keep it simple: thinking of you, stamped with PTI simply chartreuse ink cube
  • The leafy frame is from PTI splits: thank you, stamped with Memento tuxedo black ink, and colored with Copic markers YG03, 21, 23, 91, and 95.  
  • The cream shape is cut with scissors.
  • The outer card corners are rounded with Crop-a-Dile 1/4" corner chomper.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Friday, May 20, 2016

Brown Stenciled Blocks with Mug

Brown and tan colors with a touch of gold.  I used the stencil to emboss the background and then add color with sponging.  The die cut asterisk works well as an accent for the mug, and I used a Copic marker to add the dark brown details. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Neenah solar white and Papertrey Ink (PTI) canyon clay (orange-brown), dark chocolate (brown), fine linen (tan), and luxe gold. 
  • Stencil is from PTI modern background collection.  See this post for my embossing sandwich and warnings.  I used PTI dark chocolate, canyon clay, and classic kraft ink cubes for my sponging.   
  • Note:  when the card stock is embossed first before sponging, the raised areas help to hold the stencil in place, and also a soft touch is needed to glide the inky sponge over the surface without getting too dark. 
  • Dies are PTI warm happiness (mug) and the asterisk from block alphabet numbers.  I layered a partial die cut under the top half of the mug to keep it raised up above the sentiment strip.
  • Mug details are drawn with Copic 0.3 brown multiliner and colored with E29 marker.
  • The sentiment "sending a warm hello" is computer printed with orange-brown ink and a brown outline, using Hobo Std font 
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Turquoise Star with Red and Kraft

A framed star on wood grain background, with an accent strip of red circles.  Nice textures and contrast.  In real life, the "thank you" sentiment is easier to read.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Pink and Green Flower Print Hello

Just a simple note card with a pink and green flower print.  I filled the openings in the "h" and "o" with the light pink of the card base.

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Purple Stripes with Butterflies

Stripes in a frame with butterflies and a script hello.  The diagonal word breaks up the blocky look.  I like the centered straight lines mixed with the off-center curves. 

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Sponged Sun with Blue Accents

Something very different for me - a sponged sun filling almost all of my card front.  It's for Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday challenge for ink blending through diecut masks.  I cut a single triangle in the middle of an A2 piece of vellum, then used it to sponge and blend the rays in three colors of yellow ink.  The pinked circle was also sponged and blended.

It was interesting to try this technique as I'm still a beginner at sponging and blending.  I like the bold yellow sun shape with the accents in blue. 

Card details:
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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Black and White Circles with Teal and Red

I like the crisp contrasts of black and white with deep teal and red, and the circles both embossed and printed.   The offset red panel makes a nice layout.

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Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Monday, May 9, 2016

Floral Print in Red Frame with Yellow

A bright setting for a bright floral print.  I like the drama of it.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Burgundy with Aqua Print

A super simple layout.  The colors and interesting patterned paper make it work.

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Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Lavender Pink Sunflower

A soft, sweet card with delicate details in the prints, the lacy border, and the flower.  The colors match beautifully in real life.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) lavender moon (light pink-purple), bitty dot print from PTI autumn rose (medium rose) pattern pack, and a tiny lavender moon print from PTI guide lines 6x6" paper pad.
  • Die is Memory Box charlotte lace (retired).
  • The sentiment "thank you" is from PTI communique sentiments, stamped with PTI scarlet jewel (burgundy) ink cube. The flower is from PTI simple sunflower, stamped with PTI autumn rose and scarlet jewel inks.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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