Thursday, December 13, 2018

Gold on Gold - Anniversary Card

It's difficult for me to capture shiny surfaces in my card images, but the lower right of this picture comes close.  The card, for a 50th wedding anniversary, is shiny gold foil over a sparkly gold background, with a shimmery white sentiment banner.  Really beautiful in real life, and I know the recipients will enjoy it.

Card details:

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Christmas Card 2018

This year, our Christmas card has a simple manger scene with the Holy Family and an angel.  The card has a wide white border and is computer-printed on Neenah card stock. 

Since 2010, we've used one of my annual Nativity drawings on our cards.  This one comes from my 2017 Advent calendar.  If you'd like to see past years' Christmas cards that I've drawn, click here, then scroll down.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Wreath with Purple Bow on Woodgrain

Our church is decorated with evergreens and purple trimmings for the Advent season - purple is a traditional color for Advent, and we'll change the trimmings to white for Christmas.  It always looks beautiful against the wood and stone walls.  And it was my inspiration for today's card with a dark green wreath, purple bow and stars, and a touch of tan wood grain texture.  I'll write notes inside these to send to our parish shut-ins.

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

Card details:
  • Card stock is Essentials by Ellen tan woodgrain and Papertrey Ink (PTI) pinefeather (dark green), amethyst allure (purple), and stamper's select white.
  • Dies are from My Favorite Things winter wreath (wreath and bow - retired).  Stars are punched with Fiskars mini star.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

String Frames - Black, White, and Kraft

Pierced layers and string frames make an interesting monochromatic layout.  The "hello" die cut is bold enough for a focal point inside the small kraft frame.  I enjoyed planning the arrangement of colors and textures for this card.

Card details:
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Tree with Blue Bird, on Blue

A cheerful little scene with a blue bird.  I like the two colors of green for the leaves.  My tree trunk and leaves are inlaid into the light blue background.

Card details:
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Green Wreath with Teal Leaf Print

An ornate green wreath accented with some teal dots.  The sentiment, from a different set, is a perfect fit in size and style. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) canyon clay (orangey brown) and stamper's select white.
  • Patterned paper is from PTI tropical teal pattern pack (tone-on-tone prints - retired).
  • Die is from PTI limitless layers: 2-1/2" circles.
  • The sentiment "sending sincere thanks" is from PTI thank you kindly (retired), stamped with PTI canyon clay ink cube.  
  • The images are from PTI think big favorites #19 (wreath - retired) and splits: thank you (dot cluster), stamped with PTI ripe avocado (green) and tropical teal ink cubes.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Large Gray Polka Dots with Burgundy

Burgundy, gray, and white make a bold monochromatic color scheme.  The large gray polka dots work well with the smaller burgundy dots.  I like the wide burgundy border behind the white sentiment label shape.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) scarlet jewel (burgundy) and stamper's select white.
  • Patterned papers are from PTI scarlet jewel pattern pack (tone-on-tone prints - retired) and stormy sea (gray) "+ white basics" patterned paper (retired).
  • Dies are PTI mat stack 4 (burgundy) and the larger of the two label shapes from my mother, my friend (white).
  • The sentiment "thanks for all that you do" is from PTI polka dot parade #6 (retired), stamped with PTI scarlet jewel and stormy sea ink cubes.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Red, White, and Blue with Kraft Polka Dots

Some leftover pieces of white and dark blue just happened to layer together, and then, of course, I had to design a card to use them.  Very simple and bold.  The grid pattern makes a perfect background for the large scale sentiment, and the large polka dot print and the 3-strand twine wrap add some energy.

Card details:
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Green Vines on Blue

Calm and peaceful colors - three blues and a dull green.  I like the curving vines with the sentiment's mixed fonts.

Card details:
For Operation: Quiet Comfort, I made a similar design with a "just a note" sentiment, also from PTI botanical silhouettes.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Lavender Branch on Gray

Texture and pattern add interest to my softly monochromatic card, posted for this week's Papertrey Ink (PTI) Make It Monday challenge to "create along with us."

I was inspired by the colors and layout of this card by Dawn McVey.  Thank you, PTI and Dawn, for all the beautiful card samples and ideas you've shared!

Card details:
  • Card stock is PTI soft stone (light gray) and lilac grace.
  • Patterned paper is from PTI winter wisteria (muted lavender) pattern pack (tone-on-tone prints - retired).
  • Embossing folder is The Paper Studio script (retired).
  • Dies are PTI branching out and noted: simply stitched vertical A2.
  • The sentiment "with sympathy" is from PTI communique sentiments (retiring), stamped with PTI soft stone and lilac grace ink cubes.  Layering the two inks makes a good match for my patterned paper color.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Red, White, and Blue on Gray - Two Cards

Two cards using some striped and dotted paper scraps.  I made a simple layout to work with my various sizes of patterned rectangles.

Card details:
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Green and Brown Stripes on Cream

The bold stripes made me think of a window valence, so I took that forward with a scalloped border and a strand of cream and gold twine.  The sentiment fonts echo the striped pattern with both curves and straight lines. 

I first tried a dark brown border and a green sentiment, but it looked off-balance.  After switching the colors, this version works much better! 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) ripe avocado (green) and rustic cream.
  • Patterned paper is from PTI turning a new leaf 8 x 8" pad (retired).  I edged the top and sides with Copic marker YG95 for more definition against the cream background.
  • Twine is gold shimmer stripe from The Twinery.
  • Die is My Favorite Things scallop ribbon border (retired).
  • The sentiment "with gratitude" is from PTI spring woods, stamped with PTI cocoa bean ink cube.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Tropical Leaf Print on Dark Green

My typical design would reverse the dark and light green colors, but I tried it this way first,  and I really like the lighter green glowing against the dark green card base.  The tropical leaf print works nicely with the rough twine and sentiment font.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) green parakeet (lighter green) and an unknown leather-textured dark green - a few sheets given to me by a cardmaking friend.  Patterned paper is Craft Smith jungalow - a gift from another cardmaking friend.  (Thank you, Judy and Vicki!)
  • Twine is PTI rustic jute button twine.
  • Die is PTI noted (hello).
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Green and Blue Stamped Pattern on Aqua

A simple pattern of "+" and "x" shapes, stamped in green and blue inks on aqua. 

In real life, the solid aqua card stock's color looks more like the striped aqua.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) enchanted evening (dark blue) and aqua mist.
  • Patterned paper is from PTI aqua mist pattern pack (tone-on-tone prints - retired).
  • The large center dots are from PTI confetti toss, and the other images and the sentiment "thank you" are from PTI textile impressions (retiring), stamped with PTI new leaf (green) and enchanted evening ink cubes.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Sunshine Banners on Dotted Turquoise

Layered banners with a wrap of embroidery floss.  Bright sunny colors and a sunshine sentiment.  I like the bright yellow peeking through the tiny star- and dot-shaped openings in the top banner layer. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) bright buttercup (yellow) and stamper's select white.
  • Patterned papers are a bitty dot print from PTI Hawaiian shores (tuquoise) pattern pack (tone-on-tone prints - retired) and an orange floral print from Craft Smith flower market 12 x 12" collection.
  • Embroidery floss is DMC #444.
  • Dies are PTI notched star banner set (I shortened the top banner a bit) and number the stars banner.
  • The sentiment "sending" is from PTI keep it simple: encouragement (retiring), and "sunshine" is from PTI what the doodle: sun, stamped with PTI tropical teal ink cube.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.