Monday, March 27, 2017

Aqua with Teal and Navy Stenciling

An embossed pattern, stenciled in navy and teal, with the same deep colors as background layers.  I like how the dotted sentiment replays the navy and teal colors on bright white.   

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) dark indigo (navy), tropical teal, aqua mist, and stamper's select white.
  • The aqua card stock is embossed with a stencil from PTI modern background collection.  See this post for the technique and warnings.  
  • After embossing, I stenciled the design with PTI tropical teal and dark indigo ink cubes using an e.l.f total face brush to apply the ink.
  • I edged the aqua card stock with Copic marker B39.
  • Die is from PTI keep it simple frames.
  • The sentiment "thanks" is from PTI polka dot parade #6, stamped with PTI tropical teal and dark indigo ink cubes.  I stamped first with tropical teal, then smudged the stamp with dark indigo and restamped, using the MISTI.
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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Silver Chevron Thanks with Green Dotted Banner

Shiny silver chevrons and "thanks" with bright greens and a strand of silver twine.  My photo captures some of the shine, though the green colors are nicer in real life.

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

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Pattern Blocks with Yellow and Teal

Simple blocks of pattern, with a bold color scheme.  I like the embossed sun rays bringing more focus to the sentiment. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) canyon clay (orangey brown), harvest gold (yellow), and tropical teal.
  • Embossing folder is the sun ray folder from Lifestyle Crafts/ WeRMemoryKeepers stripe set (may be retired.)
  • Die is Elizabeth Craft hello.
  • The pattern blocks are from PTI bitty background blocks II (retiring), stamped with PTI canyon clay ink cube.
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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Repeating Squares with White

A colorful pattern of twelve die cut squares with crisp white.  I like the notched banner in the middle with the plain white borders above and below.  A deeper purple background and sentiment help to ground the bright squares. 

My card is for yesterday's challenge on Nichole Heady's Capture the Moment blog, to "create a new project that incorporates multiples of a single shape, stamped or die-cut."  Thank you, Nichole, for inspiring my card! 

Card details:
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Friday, March 10, 2017

Multi Stripes with Button


Rich autumn colors with rough stripes and textured twine for a handsome masculine card.  The striped paper was given to me, so I was glad to find some good colors in my card stock collection to use with it. 

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Sentiment Background - Red, White, and Blue

The idea for my "thank you" sentiment background came from Jennifer McGuire's post (thank you, Jennifer!) and although it took time to choose my stamps and arrange them, the stamping was easy to do, thanks to the MISTI.

I like the bright red and white sentiment "with gratitude" that reinforces the background theme while contrasting in style and color.  The white accent strip along the blue panel helps it stand out against the busy polka dots. 

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Sunshine Circle Scene with Dog

When I bought this dog die awhile ago, I had an idea for using it, which didn't look right when I tried it.  Then I thought of setting the dog in a circle with a grassy border and a sunshine sentiment.  I love how this little scene worked out!  The stitching holes give the circle some nice detail with my polka dot background.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Dark Brown Brocade with Green

Earlier today, I posted a pastel card with a shimmery taupe brocade patterned paper.  When I made it, I was wishing I had the brocade paper in different colors, so I tried sponging it with brown ink. 

It was a lovely success!  The pearly shimmer pattern resisted the ink, and the taupe base paper took the ink very nicely.  Sometime I'll try the technique again with different colors.    

In real life, my bright green word stands out beautifully against the dark brown brocade.  

Card details:
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Pale Blue with Taupe Brocade

With lots of soft shimmer, this card has so much more eye appeal in real life!  My only matte element is the dark brown border.  The taupe paper is beautifully patterned with a shimmery, pearly white brocade, which unfortunately my picture doesn't capture well. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) dark chocolate (brown), blue shimmer (pale blue), sea shimmer (medium blue), white shimmer, and Paper Source "brocade taupe" pattern (retired).
  • Embossing folder is Lifestyle Crafts diamonds and dots.
  • Dies are Poppy Stamps meadow leaf (retired) and Impression Obsession butterfly set.
  • The sentiment "deepest sympathy" is from Stampabilities card phrases, stamped with PTI dark chocolate ink cube.
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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Quilt Block on Blue with Layered Banner

Rich deep colors with crisp bright white.  Such a simple design and it looks great.  The little 8-pointed star shape adds a perfect accent at the center of the quilt block.
  
Card details:
  • Card stock is Paper Source lake (medium blue), Papertrey Ink (PTI) classic kraft, terra cotta tile (orangey red), saffron spice (gold), dark indigo (navy), stamper's select white, and the stripes print from PTI classic kraft pattern pack.
  • The medium blue card stock is embossed with the Dreamweaver faux cross-stitch stencil screen, as explained in this post.
  • Dies are PTI county fair quilt block, star gazer (8-pointed star), and banner style.
  • The sentiment "just a note" is from PTI winter woods, curved on the acrylic block and stamped with PTI dark indigo ink cube.
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Friday, February 24, 2017

White Sprigs - Two Cards

Two lovely monochromatic cards with the same arrangement of white sprigs, stamped on kraft or muted teal.  Simple and serene.
 
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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Silver with Copper and Plaid

A very handsome card - shimmery silver and copper, with a gray grid print and a gray and brown plaid.  The individual elements are plain, even drab, but together they make a striking effect.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) copper and silver shimmer, a grid print from PTI argyle socks 8 x 8" pad, and a plaid from PTI three piece suit A2 paper collection.
  • Die is Impression Obsession thankful.
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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Bird and Floral Branch on Stripes

When I was stamping the bird and branch for the shimmery birthday card posted here, I made some extras for a different design.  The first card was lovely, and this one is too, in its own way.  It has more of a modern feel with a blue striped sky and a blocky outline sentiment font.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) spring rain (light blue), stamper's select white, and the stripes print from PTI blueberry sky (medium blue) pattern pack.
  • Dies are PTI spring woods.
  • The sentiment "hello" is from PTI colorful words, stamped with PTI cocoa bean (dark brown) ink cube. The bird and branch, from PTI spring woods, are stamped with PTI canyon clay (orangey brown), cocoa bean, classic kraft (light brown), lavender moon (pink-purple), and simply chartreuse (green) ink cubes.
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Monday, February 20, 2017

Yellow Bouquet on Lacy White with Blue

I made this card for today's challenge on Nichole Heady's blog Capture the Moment.  We were asked to use one of the featured PTI stamp sets from 2016, or to draw inspiration from any of the projects she highlighted.  I don't have those sets, so I chose a card by Amy Sheffer to work from.  It's this one, the 5th "tulip time" example in Nichole's post today.  

The elements on my card all come from Amy's design.  A lacy white die cut on a light blue background - a bouquet of yellow flowers - a twine bow - and a white sentiment on a narrow banner.  It's very sunny and cheerful!  Thank you, Amy and Nichole, for your inspiration!

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) blue shimmer, new leaf (green), and stamper's select white.
  • Twine is buttercream (yellow) stripe from The Twinery.
  • Dies are cover plate: twist and sketched shapes (long narrow banner).  I cut the flowers and leaves with scissors.
  • The sentiment "sending sunshine" is from PTI what the doodle: sun, stamped with Versamark and white heat embossed.  Flowers and leaves are from PTI life and larger than life, stamped with PTI harvest gold (yellow), summer sunrise (yellow-orange), orange zest, vintage jadeite (light green), new leaf (medium green), and Hawaiian shores (turquoise) ink cubes.
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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Yellow and White Star with Red Stripes and Blue Circles

For today's challenge on Nichole Heady's blog Capture the Moment, we were asked to use one of the featured PTI stamp sets from 2015, or to draw inspiration from any of the projects she highlighted.  I don't have those sets, so I chose one of the projects to work from.  It's this card by Ashley Cannon Newell, the 3rd "you've been framed: hexagon" example in Nichole's post today.

While yesterday's card was a close CASE of its inspiration, today's is a distant cousin of Ashley's design.  But I can see a resemblance.  As prompted by Ashley's card, I layered a dark cover plate over a light yellow print, then added some bright vertical stripes and a bold sentiment on white in a yellow frame.  Though my end result is very different from the original, I never would have made my card without that starting point.  Thank you, Ashley and Nichole, for inspiring my card today! 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) enchanted evening (dark blue), summer sunrise (yellow-orange), pure poppy (red), stamper's select white, a yellow swirl print from PTI pretty pastels 8x8" paper pad, and the narrow stripes print from PTI pure poppy "+ white basics" patterned paper.
  • Dies are cover plate: circles, wonderful words: thank you, and seeing stars.  I popped out the circles from the cover plate die cut, but left the little diamond and triangle shapes in place.  The white star is inlaid into the yellow star, making a flat surface to adhere the "thank you" die cut. 
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