Saturday, January 14, 2017

Gold and Navy Stars with Kraft

Today's muted red, white, and blue colors work well with the kraft card base and touches of gold in the stars and sentiment.  I enjoyed adding the stamped stars to dress up the basic polka dot pattern.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) dark indigo (dark navy), Americana (muted red), classic kraft, and the polka dot print from PTI Americana "+ white basics" patterned paper.
  • The banner is notched with scissors.
  • The sentiment "thank you" is from PTI keep it simple: thank you, stamped with Versamark and gold heat embossed.  The stars are from Paper Smooches seeing stars, stamped with Tsukineko Delicata golden glitz ink and PTI dark indigo ink.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Yellow Flowers with Green Sun Rays

So bright and cheerful - this card just makes me happy!  I love the effect of the sun ray stamp that I used for the green stems.  And the yellow and orange flowers are lovely for the sunshine theme.

By clear heat-embossing my flowers, I didn't need to mask them when I stamped the stems.  I masked the bottom center of the sun ray stamp with a 1/2" punched paper circle, to create an open arch. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) bright buttercup (yellow), stamper's select white, and the bitty dot print from PTI new leaf (green) pattern pack.
  • The flowers are from PTI botanical silhouettes, stamped with PTI bright buttercup, orange zest (sponged onto the stamp with a finger dauber), and cocoa bean (brown) ink cubes, then restamped with Versamark and clear heat embossed. 
  • The sun rays are from PTI shine, and the sentiment "sending sunshine" is from PTI keep it simple: encouragement, both stamped with PTI new leaf ink cube.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Red, White, and Blue Starburst

A cheerful starburst print with some red accents and a white heat-embossed sentiment.

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

Card details:
  • Card stock is Ellen Hutson white linenPapertrey Ink (PTI) pure poppy (red), enchanted evening (dark blue), and a print from Doodlebug patriotic picnic 6x6" paper pad.  
  • I edged the print with Copic marker B39 to give more definition to the edge.
  • Twine is by WeR Memory Keepers.  To keep it in place, I used a small hole punch to notch the card front.
  • The sentiment "thank you" is from PTI keep it simple: thank you, stamped with Versamark and white heat embossing.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Turquoise Flowers with Navy

For this week's Papertrey Ink Make It Monday a la carte challenge, there's a choice of any 2016 Make It Monday challenge that we might have missed.  I chose Melissa's #256: spritzed stamps to create a watercolor effect with my stamped flowers. 

I enjoyed the technique, which I haven't tried before.  I like the effect of the soft shapes and crisp navy details, with some open circles to fill in the gaps in my arrangement. 

Card details:
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Thanks with Brown and Teal


Textures and patterns in teal and brown make a handsome card.   I like the visual mix of vertical, horizontal, and diagonal.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) cocoa bean (brown), tropical teal (dark turquoise), stamper's select white, and the stripes print from PTI ocean tides (muted teal) pattern pack
  • The brown card stock is embossed with the Dreamweaver faux cross-stitch stencil screen, as explained in this post.
  • The stencil is from PTI modern background collection.  After sponging the design, I shifted the stencil up and over, then sponged again lightly to fill in the pattern more.  I used the round Ranger ink blending tool with PTI tropical teal, Hawaiian shores (medium turquoise), and classic kraft ink cubes.
  • The sentiment "thanks" is cut with Silhouette Cameo using Brush Script Std font, welded.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Green With Blue Circle and Rectangle

Two colors of blue, two colors of green, and a bright white banner.  I love the mix of simple shapes - circle, rectangle, triangle/diamond.  In real life, the stamped sentiment stands out nicely on the white.

I always enjoy using my scraps.  For some reason, it's just fun for me to pick up a few elements and see how they might go together.  This card includes pieces left over from four different cards.  The only "new" addition is the medium green border strip. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Paper Source jadeite (medium green - discontinued) and Papertrey Ink (PTI) mint julep (light green), enchanted evening (dark blue), stamper's select white, and the damask print from PTI enchanted evening pattern pack
  • Embossing folder is Lifestyle Crafts diamonds and dots.
  • Die is PTI four square (circle).  
  • I notched one end of the banner with scissors, and used my Fiskars paper edgers (pinking) on the other end.
  • The sentiment "just a note" is from PTI keep it simple: just a note, stamped with PTI mint julep ink cube.  Stamping it several times (with the MISTI) gave me a deep color that works well for this card.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Friday, January 6, 2017

Pink and Yellow Grid with Pink Hello

Such a bright and happy card!  The sponged grid makes a lovely background for my pink hello, flowers, and butterfly.

And I was happy, too, using Jennifer McGuire's technique to secure my stencil and card stock with Press N Seal wrap on a cutting board!  It made the whole process better for me, and I loved being able to turn my cutting board and work from all sides of the card stock.  Thank you, Jennifer!

Card details:
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Blue Frame with Tan and Red

Tiny words, spotlighted with a frame and a bright white banner.  A wide red stripe adds emphasis to the frame element.

When I stamped the background words onto my tan pinked square, I used a paper scrap to mask the right edge.  My white stars are leftover cutouts from this card.

Card details:
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Blue Flowers - Diagonal

I struggled with my layout for this card, until I tried a diagonal placement.  Much better!  It's very nice with the dark blue frame and a few green threads for grounding.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) stamper's select white and the damask print from PTI enchanted evening (dark blue) pattern pack.
  • Embroidery floss is DMC #907.  I used three individual strands.
  • The floss is secured diagonally in notches, made with a McGill 1/16" hole punch.
  • The sentiment "thinking of you" and the flowers are from PTI botanical silhouettes, stamped with PTI blueberry sky (medium blue) and green parakeet ink cubes.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Tea Cup - Teal with Light Orange

An elegant tea cup on layers of teal, light orange, and cream.  The simple design is lovely in real life.

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

Card details:
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Green Garland with Purple Flowers - Two Cards

This leafy garland with flowers makes a lovely sympathy card.  The leaves are inlaid into the background, and I used the leftover cuts to make a second card, shown below.


Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) spring moss (light green), simply chartreuse (medium green), lilac grace (light purple), plum pudding (medium purple), and stamper's select white.
  • Dies are PTI garden garland and sketched shapes (wide long banner).
  • The sentiment "with sympathy" is from PTI keep it simple: sympathy, stamped with PTI simply chartreuse and green parakeet (brighter green) ink cubes (top card) or plum pudding and lilac grace (bottom card - in real life, the stamped color looks richer).
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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Sunshine with Teal Lattice

Bright and sunny, with a teal lattice and birds on a bright yellow background. 

Card details:
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Monday, December 26, 2016

Green and Blue with Dots and Stripes

A green and blue print provided my color scheme.  Against the stripes and dots, the bright white panel gives focus to the sentiment.  Unlike my slightly cropped image, the corner rounding is smooth at top and bottom.

Card details:
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Branches and Leaves on Cream

Fall colors
Two cards with branches and leaves on cream - one with fall colors (above) for an October anniversary, and another (below) with winter colors for a December anniversary. Both cards look beautiful in real life, and I couldn't pick a favorite between them.

Winter colors
Card details:
  • Fall card:  card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) rustic cream, dark chocolate (dark brown), plum pudding (purple),  and the polka dot and damask prints from PTI terra cotta tile (deep orangey red) and canyon clay (orangey brown) pattern packs
  • Winter card:  card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) rustic cream, cocoa bean (medium brown), saffron spice (gold),  and the polka dot and leaf prints from PTI scarlet jewel (burgundy) and plum pudding pattern packs.
Both cards: 
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Monday, December 19, 2016

Christmas Card 2016

The Holy Family with a yellow and gold background, for our 2016 Christmas card.  Our seventh year to use one of my Nativity drawings to print our cards.

The card has a wide white border and is computer-printed on Neenah card stock.  If you'd like to see my other Christmas card drawings, click here, then scroll down.   And here on my Mostly Markers drawing blog, you'll find my 2016 Advent calendar drawing (work in progress through Christmas Day) with a link to the other seven years of calendars, and more of my Advent-Christmas drawings as well. 
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