Saturday, September 14, 2019

Rose Wreath with Burgundy Stripes

A special, sparkly card for a friend's accomplishment.  I rarely use gems on my cards, but they're perfect for the celebration.  My design was inspired by this card on the Ink to Paper (Papertrey Ink) blog - thanks, Melissa!

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) lavender moon (light red-violet), autumn rose (medium red-violet), and stamper's select white.
  • Patterned paper the narrow stripe print from PTI scarlet jewel (burgundy) bitty big pattern pack.
  • Embossing folder is Stampin' Up subtle.
  • Die is from PTI limitless layers: 2-1/2" circles.
  • The wreath is from PTI think big favorites #19 (retiring), the 4-petaled flower is from PTI out on a limb revised (retired), and the sentiment "celebrate you!" is from PTI heart-2-heart #5 (retired), stamped with PTI autumn rose and scarlet jewel inks
  • Gems are Memory Box 2 mm jewel stickers.
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Friday, September 13, 2019

Blue with Tag on Multicolored Stripes

The patterned paper's multicolored stripes set a good masculine color scheme for my card today.  After I stamped the sentiment on the tag, it needed something more, and the row of stars worked beautifully. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) blueberry sky (blue), dark chocolate (brown), and stamper's select white.
  • Patterned paper is from Pink & Main pumpkin spice 6 x 6" pad.
  • Embroidery floss is DMC #922.
  • The tag die is from PTI keep it simple frames.
  • The sentiment "thank you" is from PTI textile impressions (retiring), and the star border is from Paper Smooches seeing stars (retired), stamped with PTI blueberry sky and harvest gold (yellow) inks.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Textured Backgrounds with Two Print Strips


Using some leftover patterned paper, I made a small batch of cards with the same overall design - a textured background, two different print strips, and a cream or white banner with a sentiment matching the background.  Simple but handsome. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) ripe avocado (green), Hawaiian shores (turquoise), vintage cream, and stamper's select white.
  • Patterned paper is from PTI summer sunrise (yellow-orange) and dark chocolate (brown) pattern packs (tone-on-tone prints - retired).
  • Embossing folders are Sizzix chevrons (retired) and Cuttlebug d'vine swirls (retired).
  • Die is from PTI fabulous frames.
  • The sentiment "thank you" is from Pattern Happy mini greetings (retiring), and the sentiment "with thanks" is from PTI think big favorites #19 (retired), stamped with PTI ripe avocado and tropical teal inks.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Green Vines with Green Stripes

When I saw Jennifer McGuire's recent blog post on "reusable" stamping with craft foam ("DIY Stamps from Dies"), I knew I should try the technique.  This delicate vine die is one of my favorites, and it looked like it would work beautifully for a stamp.  To make it reusable, in line with Jennifer's ideas, I cut it from self-adhesive foam, which I then adhered to a piece of clear card stock.  I used removable Scotch tape to tape that to my MISTI lid, shimmed a scrap of white card stock to lift it closer to the very thin stamp, and started stamping a test piece. 

Since it was just meant for a test, I wasn't concerned about my stray ink.  But looking at it later on, I saw what a lovely watercolor-ish effect it made, stray ink marks and all.  So I added a small sentiment and layered it onto a card.  I'm very happy with the result, and I'll enjoy using my new reusable foam stamp!  Thank you, Jennifer, for all your great technique instructions and your inspiration!

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) ripe avocado (dark green) and stamper's select white.
  • Patterned paper is PTI spring moss (light green) pattern pack (tone-on-tone prints - retired).
  • The sentiment "hello" is from PTI tag-its #12 (retired), stamped with PTI ripe avocado ink
  • The vines are stamped with craft foam, cut with Memory Box floral vine die, using PTI simply chartreuse (medium green - for two vines) and ripe avocado (for one vine) inks.
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Monday, September 2, 2019

Balloon Trio on Yellow

For my trio of balloons, I stamped patterned circles in red, blue, and yellow-orange, then added clear epoxy dome stickers for some dimension and shine.  I like the swirly lines of the font with the balloon strings.  The embossed background adds more dimension, circles, and swirls. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) harvest gold (yellow) and stamper's select white.
  • Embossing folder is Sizzix retro cirque.
  • Die is from PTI noted: pinked A2 vertical.
  • The patterned circles are from PTI bits & buttons (retired), stamped with PTI pure poppy (red), summer sunrise (yellow-orange), and blueberry sky (blue) inks.
  • The shiny clear EK Success Sticko brand epoxy dome stickers (a bit over 1/2" across) have been in my embellishments drawer for 8 or 9 years.  I pulled them out because I read that some scrapbookers had problems with them yellowing badly.  Mine are still in perfect condition and needing to be used!  They are very mailable - flexible, and less than 1/16" thick - not like the more common "bottle cap" tops, which tend to be larger, thicker, more rigid, and more expensive. 
  • The balloon strings are from PTI everyday button bits (retired), and the sentiment "thank you" is from PTI thank you kindly (retired), stamped with PTI true black ink.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Sunday, September 1, 2019

Green Vine on Blue with Dark Blue

A delicate scrolling vine with a scripty sentiment.  The vine, flowers, and butterfly are from an old set - new to me - that was "destashed" by a stamping friend.  (Thank you, Jane!)  And the sentiment is from a recent set.  The old and new play well together.  Embossed background texture and some clear shiny accents (from an old tube of gloss gel) add depth and interest.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) spring rain (light blue) and enchanted evening (dark blue).
  • Embossing folder is Stampin' Up subtle.  I stamped first, then used the embossing folder.
  • The images are from PTI with sympathy (retired), and the sentiment "sending you my sincerest gratitude" is from PTI sentiment staples: sending you, stamped with PTI new leaf (green) and enchanted evening ink
  • The clear shiny accents are "pearls" of Viva Decor gloss gel pen, transparent (000).  The flower centers look a bit elongated in my picture, but in real life they are perfectly round domes.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Friday, August 30, 2019

Aqua and Brown Chevrons with Yellow-Orange Gingham

I started with the aqua and orangey brown colors, which went well with the yellow-orange gingham background.  Then I wanted a fourth color for an accent and first tried a darker brown (PTI dark chocolate), but it looked too heavy.  The lighter PTI cocoa bean was a better brown for this card.  I like the color combination and the mix of straight lines, angles, and curvy script. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) canyon clay (orangey brown), cocoa bean (brown), and aqua mist.  
  • Patterned paper is from PTI summer sunrise (yellow-orange) pattern pack (tone-on-tone prints - retired).
  • Dies are from PTI huge thanks (word and shadow) and diagonals (chevrons), which cuts six chevron shapes and is easy to reposition and chain cut for a longer set.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Thursday, August 29, 2019

Teal and Blue Double Frame with Stripes

Using the same notched frame and sentiment as my previous post, I added the set's outer frame on a pinked-edge white square.  To complete the design, I chose two similar color combinations for my stitched-detail horizontal band on a background stripe pattern - dark blue with turquoise stripes (above) and teal with medium blue stripes (below). 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) enchanted evening (dark blue - above), tropical teal (below), and stamper's select white.
  • Patterned papers are from PTI Hawaiian shores (turquoise - above) and blueberry sky (medium blue - below) pattern pack (tone-on-tone prints - retired).
  • Dies are from WPlus9 pinking squares and My Favorite Things vertical stitched strips (retired).
  • The sentiment "thank you so very much" and the frames are from PTI framed out #1 (retiring), stamped with PTI tropical teal and enchanted evening inks.

Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Monday, August 26, 2019

Red, White, and Blue with Kraft - Triple Window with Stars

Three windows cut in blue with stamped red frames.  I like the sentiment placed between the patterned stars.  The notched red frames look nice in the rounded window squares.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) blueberry sky (medium blue) and stamper's select white.
  • Patterned paper is from PTI classic kraft pattern pack (tone-on-tone prints - retired).
  • Die is PTI take three.  
  • I edged my white panel with Copic marker B21, to hide the outer edge of white beneath the blue layer.  
  • The sentiment "thank you so very much" and the frame are from PTI framed out #1 (retiring), and the stars are from PTI stars & stripes, stamped with PTI enchanted evening (dark blue) and pure poppy (red) ink.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Friday, August 23, 2019

Green Dots with Royal Blue

Some light green dots with an offset deeper green layer.  Rich royal blue for the background and sentiment, with a striped blue twine accent.  Super simple, and I like it!

Card details:
  • Card stock is Paper Source royal blue and Papertrey Ink (PTI) new leaf (green).
  • Patterned paper is from PTI mint julep (light green) "+ white basics" patterned paper (retired).
  • Twine is denim stripe from The Twinery.
  • Die is "hello" by Taylored Expressions.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Diagonal Dot Strips with Brown

A trio of dotted paper strips with a flowing script sentiment and flourish.  I like all the straight lines, dots, and curves together.  The blue-green dots on the flourish give it a vine-and-berries look, and also help to pull the colors together. 

Note: the gray border is background, not part of the card.  And I couldn't get the colors quite right on the screen - in real life, the top and bottom strips are more orange, and the middle strip is more blue, like the marker dots - but the overall effect is close. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) stamper's select white.
  • Patterned papers are melon berry (light orange), ocean tides (muted teal), and terra cotta tile (rusty red) prints from PTI 2009 bitty dot basics (retired).
  • The sentiment "thinking of you" is from Stampabilities card phrases, and the flourish is from PTI holiday photo finishers (retired), stamped with PTI dark chocolate (brown) ink
  • The blue-green dots on the flourish are done with Copic marker BG75.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Purple and Yellow Flowers on Yellow Stripe

A very bright and happy card!  I'm pleased with my arrangement of the different elements in size and color. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) new leaf (green) and stamper's select white.
  • Patterned paper is the narrow stripes print from PTI harvest gold (yellow) bitty big pattern pack.
  • The large flower and leaf cluster and the sentiment "sending you sunshine" are from PTI corner adorner: February, stamped with PTI new leaf, amethyst allure (purple), bright buttercup (yellow), and new leaf inks.  
  • The dotted green circle in the large flower's center is from PTI land that I love, stamped with PTI new leaf ink.
  • The small scattered flowers are from PTI floral fusion (no longer available) stamped with PTI bright buttercup ink, and their center dots are added with a Copic 0.3 lavender multiliner. 
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Two Leaf Prints on Green

Two leaf prints of cream and light green on light orange and deep rusty red.  I cut the prints with a stitched-edge die and placed them on a green stitched-edge card base.  The cream label shape and mixed-font sentiment add some curves, with some open space for the eye to rest. 

Card details:
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Monday, August 12, 2019

Leaf Print with Cream and Tan

A large square of distressed-look leaf print paper in muted greens, with tan twine and card base.  A cream and brown sentiment banner adds some crisp contrast. 

Card details:
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Saturday, August 10, 2019

Sunflowers on Golden Brown Plaid

Three bright sunflowers with a panel of dotted blue.  I like the golden brown flower centers - deep but not dark - and the plaid card base echoing the checkered stamp pattern.

Card details:
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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