Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Red Flowers in Aqua Jar

Two bright red bouquets from one set of stamps and dies.  I drew some aqua lines (horizontal) for the jar and white stems for the leaves and flowers.   Because the dies left white around the stamped leaves and flowers, I included white borders on the jar label and the brown sentiment strip, to unify the look of the card.

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." (477)

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Hearts Print with Banner - Before and After

After
A card with some red, white, and blue Love for Operation Write Home's June banners challenge.  With our OWH August 1 deadline coming soon, I wanted to use up the rest of this hearts print and those sweet tiny words - "Be mine, Forever & always, You make me happy" and more.

So I adapted the layout from an earlier card (shown below) while using most of the same materials.  Both cards are nice, but I think the "after" card (above) is more vibrant with the wide red banner and lively embossing pattern.

Card details:
  • See this post for materials used on both cards.
  • The only new supplies on the "after" are - Added some red embroidery floss (DMC 347) and changed embossing folder to Sixxix retro cirque (retiring.)
  • On the "after" card, I forgot to edge the hearts print with B39 Copic marker like the "before"card.  It looks better with the edging (below.)
Before
Both cards were 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, June 25, 2015

Stars with Red, White, and Blue

A red, white, and blue "miss you" card with lots of stars, embossed and die cut.  For the Operation Write Home June challenge from Our Daily Bread Designs.  Many thanks to ODBD for supporting our deployed troops through these monthly challenges. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) classic kraft, stamper's select white, pure poppy (red), enchanted evening (dark blue), and the stripes print from PTI enchanted evening pattern pack.
  • Die is PTI seeing stars (medium size.)
  • The sentiment "miss you" is from PTI communique sentiments, stamped with PTI pure poppy ink cube
  • The "v" shapes on the star points are drawn with Signo Uni-Ball red gel impact pen.
  • Baker's twine is by We R Memory Keepers.
  • Embossing folders are Darice stars asst. [assorted] and the Paper Studio tiny stars, using the debossed side.
  • Corners on the blue square are rounded with Crop-a-Dile 1/2" corner chomper.
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." (479)

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Orange and Yellow Flowers with Kraft

Sweet flower shapes in orange and yellow on a strip of dark green.  Kraft and an aqua print add more contrast. 

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." (478)

Monday, June 22, 2015

Orange Gingham with Green and Turquoise

Just a simple card with bright and happy 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." (475)

Friday, June 19, 2015

Cream Heart with Pink Prints

Patterns and textures with cream and a variety of pinks.  In real life, all the colors work well together.

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." (474)

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Flowers on Green Twist

A trio of bright flowers, growing on the green twist design.  (Vines?  An ornate fence?  Nice either way.) 

A dark blue background adds depth.  I experimented with several diffferent background colors, and the blue looked the best by far. 

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." (473)

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Gold with Rust - Thank You

Strong colors with curves and lines.  The sentiment in a slanted font, offset on two lines, gives a sense of movement on the scallop-print paper, while the embossed stripes offer a stable foundation.  And that's how I see it.

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." (472)

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Blue Leaflets with Tan and Cream

Lovely and calm with blue leaflets (stamped and printed) and tan with cream abstract patterns. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) leaf and stripe prints from enchanted evening (dark blue) and fine linen (tan) pattern packs, and an abstract grid print from Pink Paislee portfolio 6x6" paper collection.
  • The sentiment "thinking of you" is from PTI keep it simple: thinking of you, stamped with PTI enchanted evening ink.  The leaflets are from PTI turning a new leaf, stamped with PTI blueberry sky (medium blue) ink.
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." (470)

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Purple Rickrack Hugs

Purple rickrack hugs.  The post title says it all.

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." (471)

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Brown Honeycomb with Aqua and Melon Prints

I like all the the patterns and colors together on this card.  The faint stamped dotted lines go well with the hand-lettered style sentiment stamp.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Stampin' Up soft suede (medium brown), Papertrey Ink (PTI) fine linen (light tan), and gingham and bitty dot prints from PTI aqua mist and melon berry pattern packs.
  • I used Copic marker E87 on the inner edge of the bitty dot strip.  Though it looks like I left a slight gap between the bitty dot and gingham strips, it's just a nice visual effect of the marker edging.  
  • Die is from My Favorite Things layered labels (retired).
  • Embossing folder is Darice honeycomb.
  • The sentiment "thinking of you" is from PTI keep it simple: thinking of you, stamped with PTI melon berry ink cube. The dotted lines are the outer two lines of the three journaling lines from PTI limitless layers: labels, stamped with PTI classic kraft ink cube
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." (466)

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Light Green with Blue and Yellow

My card began with the color scheme of the patterned paper.  I chose the shape of the sentiment strip to go with the hexagons.  And then three sets of stripes: vertical in the paper, horizontal and diagonal in the embossed details.  Very simple and serene.

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." (462)

Friday, May 29, 2015

Raspberry and Blue Floral with Yellow

A special birthday card with a floral print, raspberry lace, and lots of dots.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) spring rain (light blue), raspberry fizz, and harvest gold,  the bitty dots print from PTI blueberry sky (medium blue) pattern pack, and a floral print from Pink Paislee pen pals 6x6" pad.
  • Embossing folder is Cuttlebug swiss dots.  I embossed only the right side of the A2 card front. 
  • Dies are Memory Box charlotte lace (retired) and PTI wonderful words: birthday.  I cut the word twice and layered it for a "raspberry shadow" effect.
  • The sentiment "happy" is from PTI communique sentiments, stamped with Ranger picked raspberry mini distress ink pad.
(436)

Aqua and Teal Thanks

A card for Operation Write Home's May "embossing" challenge, sponsored by Our Daily Bread Designs (ODBD).  I used the debossed side of the aqua card stock for this simple layout.  My plaid embossing echoes the square pattern elements in the sentiment panel.   The pattern also has curves to go with the script "thanks" die cut.  Thanks again to ODBD for the ongoing support of OWH and our deployed troops!

Card details:
  • Card stock is Paper Source peacock (teal), Papertrey Ink (PTI) aqua mist, and a print from Echo Park "all about a boy" 6x6" pad.  In real life, the colors work well together.
  • I edged the print with BG49 Copic marker.
  • Embossing folder is Darice plaid.
  • Die is My Favorite Things many thanks.
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." (469)

Monday, May 25, 2015

Graduation Cards - Blue, White, and Gold


Celebrating two graduations in our family this week, with a pair of cards in blue, white, and gold.  I cut the cap and numbers in white, then blue, and swapped the pieces to inlay both cards.  The gold inlaid tassel and embossed texture add interest to these very simple designs.

Many thanks to Kay at Clever Someday for all her great electronic cutting tips and for sharing her free graduation cutting file!  Her file also includes "Class of" words, which I didn't use.


Card details:
  • Card stock is Neenah solar white and Paper Source curry (gold) and royal blue.
  • Silhouette Cameo cutting file is from Clever Someday, as discussed above. 
  • Embossing folders are Cuttlebug d'vine swirls (top card) and Darice stars asst [assorted] (bottom card).
  • Bottom corners are rounded with Crop-a-Dile 1/2" corner chomper. 
(467)