Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Sunflowers with Gingham

Just a simple layout with cheerful colors and interesting circle layers.  I used masking to stamp my sunflower image in three colors.

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Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Papertrey April Blog Hop Challenge: Circles and Arcs

For this month's Papertrey Ink blog hop.  The inspiration piece was intriguing, but also very challenging for me, with its wide range of colors, overlapping circles, lines, and arcs.

I chose to layer some pierced circles with a sort of ombre-striped swoosh, on a background embossed with circles and arcs.  The "hello" sentiment reinforces the focal point and echoes the italic font of the original.  Thank you, PTI, for the inspiration!

Card details:
  • Card stock is Neenah desert storm (light-colored kraft), Paper Source strawberry (a light red - the lower wide stripe of the swoosh), and Papertrey Ink (PTI) berry sorbet (medium orangey pink - the upper wide stripe of the swoosh), sweet blush (pale pink), scarlet jewel (deep burgundy), canyon clay (orangey brown), ripe avocado (green), and rustic cream.  
  • Note: My picture makes the berry sorbet color look blue-toned.  In real life, it's orange-toned, giving it much more contrast with the strawberry color. 
  • Dies are PTI stitched circles, PTI rainbow stripes, and Elizabeth Craft hello.  My rainbow stripes die set is still wired together, so it cuts the narrow stripes for me.
  • Embossing folder is Sizzix retro cirque.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Leaves with Butterfly - Sympathy

Simple design and soft colors, perfect for a sympathy card.  

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Stitched Banner with Fence and Clouds

A simple and happy scene with bright stitched banners.  I did my banners first, and then it was fun to create a setting for them.  The stitching was easy, thanks to the "holes only" dies in this set. 

In my picture, the white fence and "hello" seem flat, but in real life, they have nice dimension.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) spring rain (light blue), new leaf (green), bright buttercup (yellow), orange zest, pure poppy (red), and stamper's select white. 
  • Dies are PTI picket fence, heart-2-heart #6 (clouds), hoopla: stitched banners, and Elizabeth Craft hello.
  • Thread is white DMC #5 perle cotton.  I did a running stitch from right to left, and then left to right to fill in the gaps.  Backstitching would be smoother, but I like the uneven look for this card.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.

Bouquet in Jar

Just playing with a new stamp set, I was happy to get a nice result on my first try.  This colorful card will go in a "sunshine box" for a very ill member of our community's senior center.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) berry sorbet (in real life, an orangey pink - not red like my picture!) and stamper's select white.
  • Texture is embossed with Dreamweaver faux cross-stitch stencil screen, as explained in this post.  I embossed all of the white panel, but in my picture, you can only see it in the bouquet area.
  • Die is PTI flower fusion #9.  The white panel corners are rounded with Crop-a-Dile 1/2" corner chomper.
  • Ribbon is 5/8" sheer-and-satin white.
  • The sentiment "for you" is from PTI friendship jar flowers, stamped with PTI amethyst allure (purple) ink cube, and the edges are lightly sponged with aqua mist, amethyst allure, and berry sorbet inks.
  •  The bouquet is also from PTI friendship jar flowers, stamped with PTI amethyst allure, berry sorbet, limeade ice (yellow green), spring moss (light green), classic kraft, summer sunrise (yellow orange), harvest gold (yellow), and melon berry (light orange) inks.  
  • The jar is from PTI just the jar: pint, stamped with PTI aqua mist ink.  I used Copic markers BG70 and BG000 to add some light coloring for the water.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Thanks with Starry Print

A starry print in muted colors, with a bold die-cut sentiment.   The gold stars are shiny foil, very nice in the pattern mix.  In real life, my gray panel matches the teal-gray stars, not the light gray stars. 

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Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Yellow Polka Dots with Starbursts

A very bright card for a family birthday, with red, orange, green, teal, and purple starbursts on a large-scale yellow polka dot print.  A red "happy" die cut adds to the celebration.

Card details:
  • Papertrey Ink (PTI) pure poppy (red) and the polka dot print from PTI bright buttercup (yellow) "+ white basics" patterned paper.
  • Die is PTI tipped tops.
  • The starbursts are from PTI funky florals, stamped with PTI pure poppy, new leaf (green), orange zest, plum pudding (purple), and tropical teal ink cubes.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Cardinal on Blue Wreath

A bright red cardinal and sentiment, set on a variety of blue shapes and patterns.

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Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Medallion with Yellow, Green, and Purple

A simple layout with nice detail and texture.  I love these strong colors with the contrast of black and white.

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Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.

Blue Stars on Gray with Red

Two earlier cards, here and here, gave me lots of leftover stars, which I inlaid in a gray cover plate diecut.  (I discarded my leftover gray stars - else, as my husband pointed out, it would never end - and the gray stars didn't inspire me anyway.)  Crisp red and white accents liven up the monochromatic starry background.

Card details:
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Blue Jay on Dark Green with White

Almost monochromatic.  I like the white lines bordering and framing the blue jay against the dark green background. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) stamper's select white, the stripes print from PTI pinefeather (dark green) pattern pack, and an unknown leather-textured dark green (a few sheets given to me by a cardmaking friend). 
  • Dies are PTI winter woods and double-ended banner.
  • The sentiment "thinking of you" is from PTI fillable frames #2, stamped with PTI pinefeather ink cube.  The bird is from PTI winter woods, stamped with PTI blueberry sky (blue) and smokey shadow (dark gray).
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Tag Trio with Stars and Swirls

It's not easy for me to use tags on my cards.  I'm not sure why, but it just doesn't come easily to me.  After much effort and many scraps on my work table, I'm happy with this design.  I like how the stitching dots make a framework to hang my trio of tags.  Also I sponged the tag and banner edges with brown, something I rarely do.  So it's an unusual card for me, and I like it.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) enchanted evening (dark blue), pure poppy (red), fine linen (tan), stamper's select white, and the stripe and bitty dot prints from PTI blueberry sky (medium blue) pattern pack.
  • Embroidery floss is DMC ecru (cream).  I used 3 of the 6 strands.
  • Dies are PTI tiny tags, stitched rectangles (4th largest shape), and sketched shapes (short wide banner).
  • The sentiment "thankful for you" is from Fiskars so much thanks, stamped with PTI pure poppy ink cube.  The stamped stripes, stars, and swirls are from Paper Smooches seeing stars, PTI turning a new leaf (small vine), and PTI bitty background blocks II (stripes), stamped with PTI spring rain (light blue) and pure poppy. 
  • Edges are sponged with PTI classic kraft ink.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Bright Flowers with Gray and White

For this week's Papertrey Ink "make it Monday" challenge to use a color isolation technique, I stamped a soft neutral background and accented it with a bright bouquet.  Thank you, Ashley, for your tutorial and inspiration!

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Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Stars on Aqua, Yellow, and Orange Background

Papertrey Ink's cover plate: stars works beautifully with a multicolored background.  This card has a dark blue cover plate, layered over a bright background of lightning-burst zigzag patterned paper. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) enchanted evening (dark blue) and a print from Echo Park "all about a boy" 6x6" pad.  The sentiment and tiny stars are cut from the orange area of the print. 
  • Dies are PTI cover plate: stars, PTI super star border (tiny cutouts from open star border), and Elizabeth Craft thank you.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Orange Prints with Copper and White Shimmer

Shimmery copper and white card stock makes a handsome card with the orange print panels.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) dark chocolate (dark brown), copper and white shimmer, and two orange prints from Echo Park "all about a boy" 6x6" pad.
  • Dies are Elizabeth Craft thanks and the inner cutout stars from My Favorite Things western star border (retired).
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.