Monday, August 21, 2017

Red, White, and Blue with Yellow - Thanks

A few layers with straight lines and angled layers.  At first I was thinking of baker's twine for the top accent, but I liked it better with the narrow strip of red print instead.

Note: the gray is background, not part of the card.  And in real life, the dark blue is not as dark as my image.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) enchanted evening (dark blue), harvest gold (yellow), stamper's select white, and leaf and bitty dot prints from PTI pure poppy (red) pattern pack (retired).
  • Dies are from PTI double-ended banners and to the point edgers
  • Technique:  To line up the edger die, which has a narrow V-shape, I marked a pencil dot at the bottom center of my 5-1/2" wide card stock, then drew a short horizontal line at 1" up from the bottom on the left and right sides.  The marks made it easy to place the die evenly, and because all five dies have similar angles, the same measurement works for all.  And the marks fall on the scrap side of the die cut - no erasing needed.  I made multiples of this card, so to do all the marking quickly, I used a simple template: a 5-1/2 x 1" piece of card stock with a small notch in the bottom center.  I'll save the template with the dies for future use.  While I was at it, I also made a 4-1/4 x 3/4+" template for cutting across the short side of an A2.
  • The sentiment "thanks" is from PTI polka dot parade #6, stamped with PTI pure poppy ink cube.
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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Raspberry Frame with Black and White

Another card with black and white today.  I had some rectangle scraps of this black and white floral print - similar sizes, but not all the same.  So I designed this card's layout to showcase the print, but allow for varying heights and widths.

I'm happy with the results.  The bright frame makes a good focus, the turquoise and lavender add a less-bright colorful background, and the narrow vertical lines of black thread and card stock help to ground the arrangement while echoing the sentiment's lines.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) Hawaiian shores (turquoise), raspberry fizz (bright pink), true black, a polka dot print from PTI lavender moon pattern pack (retired), and a flowered print from PTI black & white basics 8x8" patterned paper (retired).
  • Embroidery floss is DMC #310. 
  • Dies are Elizabeth Craft hello and PTI monthly moments: slide frame.
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Friday, August 18, 2017

Black and White Stripes with Hello

I use many different color combinations on my cards, but not much black or white.  For this card, the bold striped paper nudged me toward a strong color scheme with a modern look, and black and white as a key element.  I like it all - the colors, the printed and embossed stripes, and the offset layers of the word and the rectangles.  The diagonal script sentiment helps to break up the blocky layout.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) bright buttercup (yellow), canyon clay (orangey brown), true black, stamper's select white, and a striped print from PTI black & white basics 8x8" patterned paper (retired).
  • Embossing folder is Stampin' Up stripes (retired).
  • Die is Savvy Stamps hello, layered for a shadow effect.  I trimmed off part of the "h" and "o" tails to fit my space.
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Circles and Dots Prints - Blue and Gray with Green

A green frame adds some bright energy to the muted blues and grays.  I like the criss-cross layout, too.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) new leaf (green), blueberry sky (blue), stamper's select white, a circles print from PTI argyle socks 8x8" patterned paper (retired), and bitty dots print from PTI smokey shadow (dark gray) pattern pack (retired).
  • Die is from PTI sketched shapes.
  • The sentiment "thinking of you" is from Hero Arts everyday sayings, stamped with PTI blueberry sky ink cube.
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Monday, August 14, 2017

Light Orange Gingham with Navy and White

Plenty of contrast with rectangles, dots, and curves in a strong color scheme. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Paper Source papaya (light orange), Papertrey Ink (PTI) dark indigo (navy) and stamper's select white, and gingham and bitty dot prints from PTI melon berry (light orange) pattern pack (retired).
  • Dies are PTI stitched rectangles and ways to say: hello.  I shortened the tail of my "o" to fit the gingham rectangle.
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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Bamboo with Leaf Print - Sympathy

With a few stamped bamboo panels left over from this card,  I made some peaceful sympathy cards.  I like the soft colors and the pierced stitching detail. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Neenah solar white, Papertrey Ink (PTI) ocean tides (muted teal), and the leaf print from PTI spring moss (light green) pattern pack (retired).
  • Die is from PTI stitched rectangles.
  • The sentiment "deepest sympathy" is from Stampabilities card phrases, stamped with PTI ocean tides and Hawaiian shores (medium turquoise) ink cubes.  Stamped onto the green print, the ocean tides ink looked too dull.  Stamping again (with the MISTI) with the brighter Hawaiian shores ink gave me a better result in this case. 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Stencil Samples Chart


As my stencil collection grew - even with just a dozen so far - it was getting harder to remember all the designs.  Also, when I use a stencil, I like to include its brand and name in my blog post, so I had saved the packaging.  It was confusing to flip through it all to find what I wanted.

That's why I made myself a Stencil Samples chart to show me what I have.  It has twelve 2-inch squares, printed on Neenah solar white card stock.  It's cut off at about 6 inches tall, to be stored with my stencils in a cut-down page protector in the (also cut down) stencil file folder in one of my plastic drawers.

My samples were all quickly stenciled - nothing precise or artistic - masked with a 2-inch circle "window" (easier than masking off each square) and using the same color ink.  I added a few notes as reminders on getting my best results with the different stencils.  There's an extra blank chart ready to go (stored back-to-back with my first chart in the page protector) for future stencil purchases.  And I was happy to discard all the packaging, excepting a few clear sleeves for the more delicate stencils. 

This little chart has been a great help for me.  If you'd like to try it, you can easily draw a grid for yourself, or create a table in your word processor to print.  Or, for a different approach, see this post by Lydia (Understand Blue) or this video by Jennifer McGuire.  The best idea is the one that works well for you, of course!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Dots and Stars - Yellow and Wine Red with Teal

Sometimes with a strong print like the wine red and yellow stars, I like to add another bold contrast to the mix.  Though it's not my typical color combination, the patterns and colors work well together.

Card details:
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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Red Panel with White Stars on Blue

Using some white stars leftover from yesterday's card.  I chain cut my star panel from red card stock, inlaid stars in ten of the openings for an arrow shape, and added a white word.  I like the crisp contrast of the red and white on the dotted dark blue.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) pure poppy (red), stamper's select white, and bitty dot print from PTI enchanted evening (dark blue) pattern pack (retired).
  • Die is My Favorite Things stitched star grid, cut twice with one row overlapped.
  • The "thanks" word is cut with Silhouette Cameo, similar to this card.  I kept the same height, but compressed the width.  Love the flexibility to adjust as needed. 
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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Yellow and Blue Stars with Dotted Red

A bright and cheerful card in red, white, and blue with yellow.  This die cuts a grid of sixteen stars.  My yellow stars are inlaid into the openings, while the blue stars are the background layer showing through.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) blueberry sky (blue), harvest gold ( yellow), stamper's select white, and bitty dot print from PTI pure poppy (red) pattern pack (retired).
  • Die is My Favorite Things stitched star grid.
  • The banner is notched with scissors.
  • The sentiment "thank you" is from PTI keep it simple: thank you, stamped with PTI pure poppy ink cube.
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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Multi Heart Card

Many hearts in multi colors.  Shimmery in real life.  Perfect for the occasion.  It needed some planning to space and align the hearts, and some patience to stamp the individual letters and stars, but the result was worth the effort.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) shimmer card stock in raspberry (pink), leaf (green), sun (yellow), sea (turquoise), sky (medium blue), blue (light blue), and sapphire (dark blue).
  • Hearts are cut with PTI heart-2-heart #11 die.
  • The "happy anniversary" letters are from PTI simple alphabet, and the stars are from PTI land that I love, stamped in black.  My mistake was using pigment ink, which dried much too slowly and tended to smear on my shimmer hearts.  Next time I'd use PTI ink (a dye ink) which has worked well for me stamping on this shimmer card stock. 
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Monday, July 31, 2017

Star Print with Tag

Almost red, white, and blue, but the tag is cream in real life, not white like my image.  The golden brown card base works beautifully with the star print's background. 

Card details:
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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Tan Stripe with Star

Lots of details, texture, and patterns.  I like the layered star medallion with its faux ribbon band. 

Card details:
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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Blue Leaf Print with Blue

Two blue cards featuring a soft blue leaf print.  In my image for the sympathy card, below, the colors look mismatched, but they coordinate beautifully in real life. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) enchanted evening (dark blue), blueberry sky (medium blue - above), sky shimmer (medium blue - below), stamper's select white, and Kaisercraft indigo skies windswept 12 x 12" print.
  • Embossing folder (below) is Lifestyle Crafts diamonds and dots.
  • The patterned paper (both cards) and the blueberry sky card stock (above) are embossed with the Dreamweaver faux cross-stitch stencil screen, as explained in this post.  On the card below, however, I embossed the back side of my paper, which made a canvas-like texture on the front, instead of the crisp design you see in the card above.
  • Die is from PTI double-ended banners.
  • The sentiments "thinking of you" and "with sympathy" are from PTI keep it simple: thinking of you and keep it simple: sympathy, stamped with PTI enchanted evening ink cube.
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Friday, July 28, 2017

Teal with Turquoise on Green Polka Dots

Lots of contrast in colors, shapes, and textures in today's simple card.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) Hawaiian shores (turquoise), tropical teal, stamper's select white, and polka dot print from PTI simply chartreuse (green) pattern pack (retired).
  • Embossing folder is Stampin' Up square lattice (retired).
  • Dies are from PTI my mother, my friend.
  • The sentiment "thank you so much" is from PTI floral fusion (no longer available), stamped with PTI tropical teal ink cube.
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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Circle Print with Embossed Dots

A muted red, white, and blue with lots of circles and dots.  The layered rectangles and diagonally placed square provide some contrast. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Paper Source lake (medium blue), Stampin' Up (SU) soft sky (light blue), Papertrey Ink (PTI) fine linen (tan) and terra cotta tile (orangey red), and a circles print from Bo Bunny firecracker 6 x 6" pad.
  • I used Copic marker B14 to edge my tan and circle print pieces.
  • Embossing folder is Darice dot point.
  • The sentiment "thank you" is from PTI thank you kindly, stamped with PTI terra cotta tile ink cube.
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Jar of Flowers - Purple and Green

Today's card is a mix of drawing, stamping, and Copic coloring.  Over the years, I've made quite a few cards with my flower drawings, but this is my first experiment of adding stamps to the mix.

I drew the stems, the flower and leaf outlines, and the dotted line for the table top.  I stamped the mason jar and sentiment in black, the solid flower shapes in purple, and the leaf cluster in a soft green. Then I used my Copic markers to color the stems, the yellow-green leaf details, the table, the jar, and the yellow and dark purple flower centers.  

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) amethyst allure (purple), green parakeet (bright yellow-green), and stamper's select white.
  • The sentiment "for you" is from PTI friendship jar flowers, and the jar is PTI just the jar: pint, stamped with PTI true black ink cube.  
  • The solid flower and leaf stamps are from PTI gathered garden, stamped with PTI amethyst allure and vintage jadeite (soft green) ink cubes.  
  • I used a black 0.2 Copic multiliner for my drawing.  I scanned my line drawing only (without any stamping or coloring) for computer printing. 
  • Copic markers are custom color B2000, E33, YG23, YG05, Y15, and V17.
  • As a last step before assembling the card, I embossed the white card stock from the back with a Dreamweaver faux cross-stitch stencil screen, as explained in this post.  By embossing on the back, it leaves a nice texture on the front, instead of a sharp criss-cross pattern.  In my image, the texture is mostly seen in the colored areas, but in real life, it shows up well on the white areas, too. 
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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Yellow and Orange Diagonal Stripes with Teal

A few bright diagonal stripes create today's sunshine theme.  A 2-part sentiment and a layered sun shape form a visual triangle to focus the card. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) lemon tart (light yellow), orange zest, summer sunrise (yellow-orange), tropical teal, and bitty dot prints from PTI orange zest, harvest gold (medium yellow), and summer sunrise pattern packs (retired).
  • Dies are PTI flower fusion #9 (large orange shape), ad sense (medium yellow-orange shape), and star gazer (small orange shape).
  • The sentiment "sending you sunshine" is from PTI hello sunshine, stamped with PTI orange zest ink cubes.
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Friday, July 14, 2017

Navy Hello with Branches on Light Green

A simple layout with simple colors.  Almost monochromatic, with the dark purplish navy color playing as a neutral.  I like the graceful lines of the branches and "hello" word with the narrow dark mat and the dragonfly accent.  The uneven light green stripes make a serene background for the scene. 

Card details:
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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Teal and White Stars on Text Background

For the Papertrey Ink "Create Along with Us" July challenge, I chose the first project in this post by Nichole Heady as my starting point.  As she explained it, "Stamp any kind of text or sentiments and then add a bold clear embossed image on top.  Follow this with sponging with the same ink color you used for stamped text."

I like the results on my card today, and I'll try this technique again sometime.  Thank you, Nichole, for your inspiration!

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) tropical teal, stamper's select white, and a striped print from PTI pure poppy (red) "+ white basics" patterned paper (retired).
  • Dies are PTI seeing stars (medium and small sizes) and stitched rectangles.
  • The sentiment "thank you" is from PTI fill in the blank, stamped with PTI tropical teal and pure poppy ink cubes
  • The stamped stars are all from PTI military stars (retired).  I used the backs of three stamps for my large stars, which are stamped with Versamark, then clear heat embossed.  The small star under the red sentiment is stamped with PTI Hawaiian shores (medium turquoise) ink cube.
  • After heat embossing my three large stars, I added a turquoise background with PTI Hawaiian Shores ink cube, using an e.l.f total face brush to apply the ink.
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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Orange and Yellow Stripes with Circles

Happy and bright, with summery prints and a layered sun circle.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Neenah solar white, Papertrey Ink (PTI) orange zest, harvest gold (yellow),  the leaf print from PTI harvest gold pattern pack (retired), and a striped paper that I created using PowerPoint. 
  • Dies are PTI sketched shapes (white banner), PTI hello sunshine (orange 1-1/4" circle), WeRMemoryKeepers nesting circles (yellow 1" circle), and Avery Elle icon fill in the blank (asterisk).  
  • I used an old 1/4" hole punch for the yellow center dot.  
  • The orange banner is notched with scissors, and then I slightly rounded the banner tips with scalloped scissors.
  • The sentiment "sending you sunshine" is from PTI hello sunshine, stamped with PTI orange zest ink cube
  • Technique: For this card, the sentiment needed a bolder font, so I stamped it using the MISTI, then shifted my banner just a tiny bit to the right, and stamped again.  
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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Red, White, and Blue Circle on White Angles

Another red, white, and blue medallion card today.  I like the contrast of bold circles against the white angles - triangles or chevrons - and deep blue dotted background.

Card details:
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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Red and Blue Rays on Light Blue

Today's card looks like a prize ribbon, with a layered medallion and rays of red and blue.  The sentiment circle is grounded by a horizontal blue strip and a strand of baker's twine. 

Card details:
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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Red and Yellow Sunshine

A simple layout with bold colors and many bright suns!  I'm glad I tried stamping my sun ray circles in red.  With the strong yellow orange accents, it makes a vivid pattern on the light yellow background. 

Card details:
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Monday, July 3, 2017

Pink Bouquet with Yellow Bow

Bright pink flowers accented with a flowing yellow bow.  In the background, blocks of color repeat the bouquet's pink, green, and yellow inks.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Ellen Hutson white linen, Papertrey Ink (PTI) limeade ice (green) and berry sorbet (pink), and the bitty dot print from PTI summer sunrise (yellow-orange) pattern pack (retired).
  • Die is PTI pinking shears border.
  • The flowers and leaves (and the "knot" of the bow) are from PTI friendship jar flowers, stamped with PTI limeade ice, berry sorbet, terra cotta tile (deep rusty red), and summer sunrise ink cubes.  
  • The bow is from PTI tinsel & tags sprigs (retired), stamped with PTI summer sunrise ink cube
  • The sentiment "just a note" is from PTI keep it simple: just a note, stamped with PTI terra cotta tile ink cubes.
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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Purple and Teal with Splotches

A diagonal block of splotchy pattern, layered with bold teal and purple colors.  I enjoyed experimenting with a few shapes from this new-to-me stamp set. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Ellen Hutson white linen, Papertrey Ink (PTI) amethyst allure (medium purple), royal velvet (dark purple), and the bitty dot print from PTI tropical teal pattern pack (retired).
  • Twine is orchid (light purple) stripe from The Twinery.
  • The "hello" die is PTI noted.
  • Punch is EK Success comic asterisk.
  • The dashed lines are from PTI plaid builder, stamped with PTI royal velvet ink cube.  The splotches and circles are from PTI grunge me, stamped with PTI tropical teal, Hawaiian shores (medium turquoise), and amethyst allure ink cubes.
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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Tan with Orangey Brown - Hello

Two tan-on-tan words make a background for my layered "hello" die cuts.  A gingham border echoes the criss-cross pattern of the stamped words.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) fine linen (tan), cocoa bean (brown), canyon clay (orangey brown), and gingham print from PTI canyon clay pattern pack (retired).
  • Die is PTI wonderful words: hello
  • The sentiments "just a note to say" and "hello" are from PTI wonderful words: hello, stamped with PTI cocoa bean and fine linen ink cubes.
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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Gray Thanks on Gray, with Green Vines

Such a simple card, gray-on-gray with green.  It's one of my favorites!  Softly serene, yet with a bold message.  From this card's leftover pieces (dotted word and plain background), I made a second card that's just as nice.

It's a CASE of a beautiful card I received from a fellow card maker.  Hers had a white "thanks" inlaid in a white background, with a sentiment line stamped beneath the die cut word, and lovely bright stamped flowers with delicate green foliage.  Thank you, Ann, for your sweet note and your inspiration!

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) soft stone (light gray) and the bitty dot print from PTI soft stone pattern pack (retired).
  • Die is from My Favorite Things many thanks (retired).  The word is inlaid into the background.   
  • Technique:  To be sure of getting a smooth, well-stamped image across my die cut lines, I stamped an A2 of both the plain and the patterned card stock, before die cutting, using the MISTI for exact placement.  Then I laid the two A2's together (the lighter weight patterned piece on top, with the MISTI corners aligned) and die cut them both at once.  This worked very well for me.  It might have been okay to die cut and inlay first, then stamp, but I didn't want to take a chance on it.
  • The vine leaves are from PTI turning a new leaf, and the sentiment "very much" is from PTI wonderful words: thank you, stamped with PTI green parakeet ink cube.
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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Muted Red, White, and Blue with Brown Stars

A very "country" looking card with muted colors, roughly textured stripes, and Western star circles.   Diagonal stars and words help to balance the strong horizontal lines.  I like the brush-stroke style of the sentiment with the brown and white patterned paper. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) Americana (muted red), ocean tides (muted teal), dark chocolate (brown), and a print from Pebbles Americana 6x6" paper pad.
  • The patterned paper is edged with Copic marker E29.
  • Embossing folder is Sizzix Tim Holtz stripes.
  • Dies are from My Favorite Things western star border duo (retired).
  • The sentiment "thank you" is from PTI keep it simple: thank you II, stamped with PTI Americana ink cube.
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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Yellow Flowers with Gingham, Ribbon, and Doily

For a friend's birthday, I made a card with her favorite color.  Yellow flowers, ribbon, gingham, and dots, with a dotted vellum doily and a dainty bow.  She enjoys my drawings, so I colored one for the center. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Neenah solar white for the flowers, Papertrey Ink (PTI) bright buttercup (deep yellow), gingham print from PTI lemon tart (light yellow) pattern pack (retired), bitty dot print from PTI sheer basics vellum (retired), and bitty dot print from PTI bright buttercup "+ white basics" patterned paper (retired). 
  • The flower drawing is the same as this card, which has links to other cards using this drawing.  It's computer printed, then colored with Copic markers Y11,15,19,38, YR09,24,27, YG05, G14, E11,44, B21,24, V04, and W5.
  • Dies are WeRMemoryKeepers nesting circles (1-3/4" and 2") and PTI Parisian lace doily.
  • Ribbon is 3/8" satin.  
  • Technique: Over the years, I've tried a few different ways to seal my ribbon ends, and none have worked very well for me.  This time, I tried a small amount of Ranger multi medium matte, which I thin a bit with water and use with a Quilled Creations precision tip bottle top as my favorite liquid glue.  I squeezed out a thin line of it onto my nonstick craft mat, then lightly dipped/dabbed the ends of my ribbon.  It dried clear, clean, and almost invisible.  Very quick and easy.  This will be my ribbon sealing technique from now on. 
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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Bamboo with Green, Teal, and Aqua

A green, teal, and aqua card in two variations.  See below for the second one.  I'm making 36 for the use of our community senior center, so I needed an easy layout to cut, stamp, and assemble.

The bamboo is stamped on a pale aqua grid that I created and printed with my computer.  The grid adds a lovely subtle texture and a suggestion of sky.  I like both cards very much! 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Neenah solar white, Papertrey Ink (PTI) tropical teal, spring moss (light green - above), aqua mist (below), and bitty dot prints from PTI aqua mist (above) and spring moss (below) pattern packs (retired).  
  • My homemade patterned paper is a Word table, with rows and columns set to approx. 3/16" and an uneven dashed aqua line for the grid lines.  It's a bit darker in real life, but not much.
  • The sentiment "just because" is from PTI keep it simple: just because, stamped with PTI tropical teal ink cube.  
  • The bamboo is from PTI peaceful garden (retired), stamped with PTI spring moss and tropical teal ink cubes.  After stamping the bamboo in green, I added some teal ink to my stamp with a sponge dauber and restamped it, using the MISTI
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Dark Green with Kraft and Rusty Red - Frame Hello

For the Papertrey Ink "Create Along with Us" June challenge, I chose the 3rd project in this post by Lizzie Jones as my starting point.  Many of my ingredients came from Lizzie's card ...  a busy patterned paper background, a die cut frame and word, a diagonal "2nd line" sentiment, and a color scheme with green, brown, and rusty red. 

Sponging cream ink onto the patterned paper inside my frame allowed the "hello" to stand out well on the dark pattern, and then I also sponged some cream and rusty red onto the kraft frame and eyelet border.

This card is far from my usual style, but I think I like it!  Thanks, Lizzie, for inspiring me to try something very different today!

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Orange and Yellow Sunshine Circles with Blue

Bright colors and an off-center layout bring energy to today's card, with yellow circles shading to orange, a light blue chevron pattern, a two-tone blue sentiment, and an orange card base. 

In real life it's crisper looking, and the sentiment stands out more, but at least in my picture, the orange looks orange!  It's always a challenge for me to get a good image with orange colors.

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Blue Stars on Blue with Red

A blue-on-blue starry panel, accented with a red frame, and a simple white banner with red sentiment.  I like the textured card base with the somewhat textured look of the stamped stars. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) spring rain (light blue), pure poppy (red), enchanted evening (dark blue), and stamper's select white.
  • The dark blue card stock is embossed with the Dreamweaver faux cross-stitch stencil screen, as explained in this post.
  • Die is from PTI bountiful banners.
  • The stars are from PTI military stars (retired), stamped with PTI blueberry sky (medium blue) ink cube. The sentiment "thank you" is from PTI keep it simple: thank you II, stamped with PTI pure poppy ink cube.
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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Yellow Sunshine Medallion with Light Blue

A bright yellow sunshiny medallion, with swirly-textured light blue for a sky background.  I like this combination, especially with the very pale yellow card stock for the medallion and sentiment.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Green Herringbone with Turquoise

Shades of green in herringbone, chevron, and dot patterns.  Plenty of texture with linen card stock, twill ribbon, embossed faux stitching lines, and a die cut herringbone screen.  Monochromatic except for a turquoise panel behind the herringbone, bringing focus to the sentiment label.  I really like this card!
 
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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Tag with Red, White, and Blue Twine Bow

I'm always happy when I manage to make a card with a tag on it!  Though I like the idea of a tag, my feeling that it should be tied onto something, like a real tag, somehow gets in the way when I'm creating.  But I do enjoy using twine and embroidery floss, and I'll remind myself to include tags more often.

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Yellow Butterfly with Green on Striped Vellum

Something bright!  I do enjoy making sunshine-themed cards.  A band of striped vellum softens part of the background, letting the eye rest on the butterfly focal point. 

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Turquoise and Teal Angles with Navy

Strong monochromatic colors and crisp angles make a bold effect.  Some teal pieces are inlaid into the navy frame, over a turquoise card base.  With my leftover teal frame and navy cutouts, I made a second card, which is also very handsome.

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  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) dark indigo (navy), tropical teal, Hawaiian shores (turquoise), and stamper's select white.  
  • Dies are PTI cover plate: angles and double-ended banners.
  • The sentiment "thank you" is from PTI keep it simple: thank you, stamped with PTI ocean tides (muted teal) ink cube.  Typically I'd use one of my card stock colors for the sentiment, but on my table was a banner already stamped with the muted teal, and it worked better than the other colors.  Love those happy accidents in card making!
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Monday, May 29, 2017

Red, White, and Blue Pattern Strips on White

A few strips of patterned paper and a stamped sentiment.  Very simple but effective with the diagonal placement.  Note: the gray border is background, not part of the card.

On this Memorial Day, I'm thinking of the service men and women who gave their lives for us.  I'm very thankful for their sacrifice to protect our country and our freedoms.

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Green Vines on Tan with Brown

A dotted kraft banner accents the simple tan panel, stamped with vines and a sentiment.  I like this variety of brown colors combined with the graceful green shapes.

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Blue Sun Rays and Red Stripes with Yellow

Nothing subtle about this card.  Bright and bold patterns, shapes, and colors make a strong statement.

When I tried using solid red instead of red stripes, it didn't work as well.  Sometimes busier is better!

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Green Floral on Cream with Teal

Graceful flowers, leaves, and sentiment stamped on cream and matted on teal, with a fringed diagonal knot of embroidery floss.  Lovely in real life, with a monochromatic look as the green and teal flow together. 

Note: There's no greenish tint on the cream near the embroidery floss, but I couldn't avoid it on my picture.

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  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) vintage cream and the bitty dot print from PTI tropical teal pattern pack (retired).
  • Embroidery floss is DMC 907.  I notched the cream card stock with a McGill 1/8" circle punch to keep the floss in place.
  • The images and sentiment "just a note" are from PTI botanical silhouettes, stamped with PTI green parakeet and tropical teal ink cubes.
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Monday, May 22, 2017

Turquoise Flowers with Crimped Aqua

After I stamped my flower panel and matted it on green, I chose an aqua card front, then wondered what more to do with it.  A friend suggested crimping the middle section.  I love the effect!  As much as I use my embossing folders, I just don't think of the paper crimper.  This beautifully simple card might remind me to pull out my crimper more often.

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  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) aqua mist, ripe avocado (green), and stamper's select white.
  • The card front is embossed across the middle with Fiskars paper crimper.
  • The flowers and leaves are from PTI floral fusion (no longer available), with the smallest flower's center from PTI communique sentiments (one of the dots), and the sentiment "sending smiles" is from Hero Arts many everyday messages, stamped with PTI Hawaiian shores (turquoise) and ripe avocado ink cubes.
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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Red, White, and Blue Stripes with Ovals and Stars

Today's simple card includes embossed stars, layered ovals, and printed stripes in red, white, and blue.  Several years ago, I created the striped paper using PowerPoint.  I like the bold red and white ovals, contrasting with the finer detail of the script sentiment, narrow stripe lines, and repeating stars.  
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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Green and Brown Dots with Leaves

A few offset layers and accents in green, brown, and cream, with a touch of gold in the twine.  I love the soft collage effect of these patterns, shapes, and colors together.  The plain cream banner gives a focus for my "hello" sentiment. 

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  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) vintage cream, simply chartreuse (medium green), dark chocolate (brown), damask print from spring moss (light green) pattern pack (retired), script print from Dearest Jane (retired), and dotted print from "turning a new leaf" 8 x 8" pad (retired). 
  • Twine is gold shimmer from The Twinery.
  • Dies are PTI garden garland (partial cut), PTI fabulous frames, and Elizabeth Craft hello (retired).
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