Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Red and Yellow "Hello Love"

This tiny multicolor print provided my sentiment "hello love."  What else would it be with hearts and hellos all over the paper?  It makes a bright and cheerful card with my red and yellow colors.

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." (403)

Monday, December 15, 2014

Red with Cream Hearts - Love

Another bright "love" card for my Operation Write Home box.  The cream card stock is shimmery, and very nice in real life, though it doesn't come across well in my picture.  

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) pure poppy (red), cream shimmer, and the damask print from PTI pure poppy pattern pack.
  • Dies are My Favorite Things double dot border and PTI limitless layers: 2-1/4" hearts (plain and scalloped hearts).  The cream diamonds are inner cutouts (scrap) from the border die. 
  • Sentiment "Love" is cut with the Silhouette Cameo.  I used PilGi font for the L and e, two ovals for the o, and Lucida Handwriting font for the v.  It took a bit of editing with the knife and offset tools, but the result was worthwhile. 
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." (404)

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Typewriters XO

The patterned paper with its typewriters inspired my colors and XO sentiment.  A happy and lively "love" card to bring a smile to someone's day.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) true black, hibiscus burst (pink), pure poppy (red),  the gingham and stripe prints from PTI fine linen (tan) pattern pack, and Pink Paislee pen pals 6 x 6" pad for the typewriter print. The typewriters say "xoxo," "with love," "hello," and "pen pals."  I was careful to cover up "pen pals" which didn't seem to fit my card theme.
  • Ribbon is 1/4" black and white gingham. 
  • Dies are PTI framed out #11 (inner heart shape) and polka dot parade alphabet (lower case).
  • I used the 1/4" Corner Chomper to round the corners on the pink and the striped tan card stock.
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." (402)

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Starry Blue Love Card

Lots of stars on this monochromatic blue card.  I used up some leftovers to make it, which seems to fit with Thanksgiving weekend. 

The "love" die cut is leftover from this card where I just needed the inner cutout shapes.  The starry printed paper is made with Copic markers and a stencil using this technique

Card details:
  • Card stock is Hero Arts cerulean (medium blue) and Papertrey Ink (PTI) rustic white and enchanted evening (dark blue).
  • Stencil is My Favorite Things stargaze.
  • Copic marker is B05.
  • Dies are PTI super star border and wonderful words: love.  The little star inside the heart is a cutout from the star border. 
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." (399)

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Bright Green Thanks with Dots

For Thanksgiving Day, a large "Thanks" in non-Thanksgiving colors.  Maybe for the green beans and the salad? 

I'm very thankful today for family and friends.  Thankful too for our servicemen and women, deployed far away from home, and for Operation Write Home supporting them with handmade cards like mine.

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." (398)

Monday, November 24, 2014

Skyline Love - Blue with Silver and White

This will be one of my favorite cards ...  A silvery city scene with stars.  The silver notched border strip at the bottom could be a river bridge or embankment.   Serene and simple.

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." (397)

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Textured Thanks - Terra Cotta with Tan and Brown

A simple strong "thanks" with lots of embossed texture.

Card details:
  • Papertrey Ink (PTI) terra cotta tile (a deep rusty orange, less red than this image), fine linen (tan), and dark chocolate (brown).
  • Dies are My Favorite Things many thanks and retro squares border.  I cut the word twice (tan and brown) and offset the layers for a shadow effect. 
  • The word and squares are embossed with Stampin' Up square lattice embossing folder (retired).  The card base is embossed with PTI cover plate: twist die.
  • Embroidery floss is DMC #839, 3862, and 3047.
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." (396)

Friday, November 21, 2014

Love Heart - Red, White, and Gray

This card started with a scrap of ribbon and a new "love" die.  The red part was easy.  Then I tried several different combinations for the heart background and the card base.  I'm happy with the bold effect of the patterns and colors.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) pure poppy (red), a tiny dotted print from Pink Paislee pen pals 6 x 6" pad, and the polka dot print from PTI smokey shadow (dark gray) pattern pack.
  • Ribbon is 3/4" chevron twill by May Arts.  The red border is card stock, not ribbon. 
  • Die is My Favorite Things heart full of love set. 
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." (395)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Lavender Daisy Card with Yellow

I always enjoy coloring my 2009 daisy drawing for a card.  This time I lightly airbrushed everything with blue, then colored the flowers and leaves.  The blue disappears in the leaves but adds a nice extra touch to the flower petals. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Neenah solar white, Paper Source spruce (dark green - discontinued), Papertrey Ink (PTI) harvest gold (yellow), and the polka dot print from PTI lavender moon pattern pack.
  • Embossing folder is Sizzix retro cirque.
  • Copic markers are B14 for the airbrushing, G14 and RV52 for the base colors, with RV63 added on the petals and Y26 on the leaves and stems.  Flower centers are Y15 and Y26.  
  • I edged the polka dot strip with Copic G07 marker.
  • Sentiment "thanks" is cut with Cameo Silhouette.  The word is from Silhouette box and flower tags set. 
  • Daisy drawing was scanned and computer printed.
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." (394)

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Avocado and Gold - Two Thank You Cards


Two cards with mostly the same ingredients.  I made the top card first, one of several recent experiments with embroidery.  The bottom card started with my L-shaped scrap of gold.  I like them both.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Paper Source curry (gold), Papertrey Ink (PTI) ripe avocado (green), vintage cream (top card), and fine linen (tan - bottom card), and patterned paper from Basic Grey PB&J 6 x 6" pad.
  • On the bottom card, I edged the green sentiment strip with Copic marker YG97 to add contrast and definition. 
  •  Dies are PTI stitched rectangles for both cards.
  • Sentiment "thanks" (top card) is cut with Silhouette Cameo.  I added some colored pencil shading in a gold color (Venus 1437 sand - a very old pencil) to connect the cream sentiment better with the gold card stock. 
  • Sentiment "thank you so very much" (bottom card) is computer-printed with green ink using Herculanum font (all lower case, bold, expanded character spacing).
  • Embroidery floss (top card) is DMC ecru.
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." (391, 392)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Cross Stitched Love with Lace

More card embroidery to create a nostalgic lace-trimmed "love" card.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) autumn rose, scarlet jewel (burgundy), and the damask print from PTI autumn rose pattern pack.  In real life, the solid and printed rose colors are the same. 
  • Embroidery floss is DMC ecru (cream) and 902.
  • Lace is white crocheted lace from Hobby Lobby, colored lightly with Copic marker YR30 to match the cream floss - a very good match in real life.
  • Die is PTI strip stitch.
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." (393)

Monday, October 13, 2014

Embroidered Cards - Cross Stitch and Chevron Stitch

Two embroidered cards today - my first experiments using a new (to me) stitching die from Papertrey Ink (PTI).  The die makes a rectangle of small holes, perfect for a decorative panel of embroidery.  I'm thinking of so many different color and stitch combinations for this die.  Both cards have elements in common, so I'm posting them together.

Note: I backed each embroidered panel with a plain piece of the same color.  It looks nicer than having a different color show through the little holes, at least for these cards.  
Card details:
  • Left card: card stock is Paper Source plum (light purple),  PTI royal velvet (dark purple) and vintage cream.
    Right card: card stock is Ellen Hutson white linen, Paper Source cobalt (dark blue - discontinued), and PTI scarlet jewel (burgundy) and kraft.
  • Both cards: dies are PTI strip stitch and the curved banner from PTI bountiful banners.
  • Left card: embossing folder is Sizzix berry splash.
    Right card: embossing folder is Sizzix chevrons (retired).
  • Left card: embroidery floss is DMC ecru.
    Right card: embroidery floss is DMC 791 and 902.
    Both cards: I used 3 of the 6 strands of floss for my stitching.
  • Both cards: sentiment "Thank you!" is computer-printed in purple or burgundy ink with Copperplate font, all lower case. 
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." (389, 390)

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Denim Hello with Tan and Aqua

Some denim print paper with an aqua print and a few strands of cream jute twine.  It gives the card an old-fashioned, homey feeling. 

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." (388)

Monday, October 6, 2014

Love Prints on Blue with Red

Starting with the two lovey prints, a Love card was the only way to go.  I like the embossed sun rays and the tilted heart.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Paper Source lake (blue), Papertrey Ink (PTI) pure poppy (red), and two small prints from Pink Paislee pen pals 6x6" paper pack.
  • The heart print paper is edged with Copic marker B39 for better contrast on the blue card base.
  • Embossing folder is the sun ray folder from Lifestyle Crafts/ WeRMemoryKeepers stripe set.
  • Die is PTI wonderful words: love, including the cutout heart from the "o"
  • I used a 3/16" EK Success circle punch for the blue dot.
  • Embroidery floss is DMC #806.
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." (387)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Orange and Brown Truck

Due to a cross-country move, I wasn't able to make any cards for the past two months.  So I'm very happy to be back with a new card today.  The orange and brown fits the Operation Write Home mid-month challenge theme of fall colors.

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." (386)