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)

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

City Skyline - Browns with Aqua

As my husband said, it's a panorama with fog and a cloudy sky.  There's a touch of mystery, maybe even melancholy, in my city skyline scene.  I like it with the "missing you" sentiment.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Hero Arts layering paper - earth - mocha (brown), aqua mist (light aqua) polka dot and ocean tides (muted teal) bitty dots from PTI pattern packs, and a plaid print from Pink Paislee portfolio 6x6" paper collection.
  • Dies are My Favorite Things skyline border and PTI stitching lines (2nd longest die - for the horizontal line of holes below the buildings.)
  • The sentiment "missing you" is from PTI fillable frames #2, stamped with PTI aqua mist 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." (451)

Monday, April 6, 2015

Hello with Stars - Yellow, Gold, and Green

A nice variety of gold and yellow patterns and textures - printed paper, chevron-weave ribbon, and starry embossing - set off with dark green.  I like how all the different elements go together.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Paper Source curry (gold), Papertrey Ink (PTI) lemon tart (light yellow), pinefeather (dark green), and a yellow print from Echo Park "all about a boy" 6x6" pad.
  • Dies are PTI framed out #10 (inner oval) and Elizabeth Craft hello.
  • Ribbon is unknown - probably by May Arts.
  • Green stars are punched with 1/4" Fiskars 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." (449)

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Pink and White Flower Hello with Green

A pink and flowery card, with bright white and green for contrast.  I like the crisp look of the white accents with the dark pink.

For Operation Write Home, I try not to make too many floral and feminine cards, which they get a lot of.  Sometimes though, it just feels like I need to create one.  For a gender-neutral card with this layout, click here

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) stamper's select white, limeade ice (green), hibiscus burst (deep pink), and the leaf print from PTI sweet blush (light pink) pattern pack.
  • The diagonal white flower strip is a precut Doodlebug paper frill in lily white (retired).   It's layered on a plain strip of PTI hibiscus burst.
  • I edged the top and bottom edges of the leaf print paper with Copic marker RV32.
  • Dies are PTI wonderful words: hello, heart-2-heart #12 (leaflet), and heart-2-heart #7 (the smaller of the two flower dies).
  • Flower center is a 1/4" circle from a very old office-supply 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." (448)

Friday, April 3, 2015

Red Lattice with Blues


Some monochromatic blues with bright red for contrast.  In real life, the blues go nicely together.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Paper Source pool (aqua), Papertrey Ink (PTI) pure poppy (red) and enchanted evening (dark blue), a stripes print from PTI enchanted evening pattern pack, and a print from Echo Park "all about a boy" 6x6" pad.
  • Die is Poppystamps lattice edge.
  • Banners are notched with scissors.
  • The "thanks" word is cut with Silhouette Cameo, the 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." (446)

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Hello with Gingham and Calico Swatches

Something different for me - gingham and calico print swatches with dotted accents.  A cozy "country" feeling.  I like it.

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." (445)

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Turquoise Hearts with Red and White

Red and white accents draw attention to the "love" sentiment.  The dotted ocean tides color (muted turquoise) recedes into the background while the brighter colors come forward.

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." (443)

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Harlequin Greens with Turquoise

A trio of green and turquoise colors, layered with black and white, form a dramatic harlequin pattern. 

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

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) true black, stamper's select white, limeade ice (top green), Hawaiian shores (turquoise), and new leaf (bottom green).
  • Die is My Favorite Things harlequin, which is now retired.  
  • I used my Silhouette Cameo to create the large black layer that backs the harlequin strips.
  • The sentiment "thank you" is from Stampabilities card phrases, stamped with Versafine onyx black ink.
  • Twine is charcoal stripe from The Twinery.
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."  (444)

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Red Geraniums with Green

For a friend's birthday.  Very simple and beautiful, with luminous colors.  It's my 2009 geranium drawing with a green and red mat.  I tried a few ideas for a sentiment on the card front, but decided to place it inside instead.

 Card details:
  • Card stock is Neenah solar white, Paper Source spruce (deep green), and the bitty dot print from Papertrey Ink pure poppy (red) pattern pack.
  • I scanned my original line drawing before coloring, so I can computer-print it on Neenah and color in different ways.  To see more card examples, click here and scroll down.  
  • Today's card is colored like my original, posted here with a list of the Copic marker colors I used. 
While I was coloring, I made an extra 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."  (435)

Burgundy Heart with Aqua on Rose

The aqua lace and oval glow against a rose and burgundy backdrop.  I challenged myself to try this color scheme and to use a small oval piece from my leftovers.  I like the contrast of the bold scale background (large stripes and polka dots) with the more delicate details of the heart-shaped focal point. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) rustic cream, autumn rose, scarlet jewel (burgundy), aqua mist, and the polka dot and bitty dot prints from PTI scarlet jewel pattern pack.
  • Dies are PTI limitless layers: 2-1/4" hearts and framed out #8 (the small inner oval).  If I hadn't been using leftovers, I would have cut my oval with framed out #10 die (like the stamp set I used) but #8 has a very similar size and shape.
  • The top of the cream banner is notched with the heart die, to fit the V curve, and the bottom is notched with scissors.
  • Embossing folder is Lifestyle Crafts stripe.
  • The sentiment "missing you today" is from PTI framed out #10, stamped with PTI scarlet jewel 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." (442)

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Two Diagonal Stars with Gingham - Brown and Green

A pair of cards with the same elements...  Tan and green ginghams, a diagonal strip of stars, cream twine striped with gold, a brown card base, and a diagonal sentiment strip.  With the cream, I get a "neutrals" feeling from the tan and brown colors, so I'll call these cards monochromatic.

Card details:
  • Card stock is  Papertrey Ink (PTI) fine linen (tan - left card), spring moss (light green - right card), dark chocolate (brown), gingham print from PTI fine linen and simply chartreuse (medium green) pattern packs, and book print from PTI dearest Jane paper.
  • Twine is gold shimmer by The Twinery.  I used a hole punch to make a shallow notch for the twine on each side, to keep it from slipping.
  • Die is PTI super star border.  I used a Copic brown 0.3 multiliner to doodle a line on the left card's stars, along with some Copic E43 marker edging.
  • The sentiment "Thinking of you" is computer printed in green ink with brown text line using Wide Latin font, expanded character spacing.  The sentiment strips are edged with Copic E29 marker.
 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." (441)

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Yellow, Orange, and Rust Comet with Stars

Earlier this week, I posted a card with curved stripes in red, orange, and yellow.  Today's card uses the outer scrap pieces left over from cutting those orange and yellow stripes.  Laid together, the scraps made me think of a cape, a flying banner, or a comet's tail.  So I added some stars and a sunny nucleus to make a bold, bright comet.

Not astronomically correct, but it carries the "hugs" message across the miles.  And I love using up my scraps.

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." (440)

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Oval with Red, Orange, and Yellow Stripes

I find ovals challenging to use with my cards, tending to look formal and a bit too static for my eye.  But this card has movement with its bold and bright curving stripes.  The polka dot strip grounds my oval to make a strong focal point.  These shapes work well together, and I'll try the layout again sometime, maybe with bright green and turquoise colors. 

Note: the 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." (439)

Monday, March 16, 2015

Red, White, and Blue - Stars with Gingham

A simple layout and color scheme, with lots of detail in the gingham, sheer starry vellum layer, and diagonal striped embossing and circle stamp.  The sentiment makes a strong focal point with bold white ink on red, and "using a sentiment as the main focus" is our theme for Our Daily Bread Designs (ODBD) March challenge for Operation Write Home. 

This will be one of my Any Hero cards to write a note of appreciation to our deployed heroes.  Thank you, ODBD, for continuing to support our troops each month with these challenges!

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." (438)