Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Leaves on Text - Aqua, Teal, and Green

Green leaves with teal accents, stamped on a soft aqua text background.  I like this one a lot.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Turquoise and Orange with Black and White


Another card with black and white.  The diagonal sentiment and turquoise panel break up the blocky lines of the background plaid.  

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) orange zest, Hawaiian shores (turquoise), and true black. 
  • Patterned papers are gingham from PTI orange zest pattern pack (tone-on-tone prints - retired) and another gingham (two sizes) from PTI true black bitty big pattern pack.  In real life, the orange gingham matches the solid orange color.
  • Dies are PTI wonderful words: hello and tipped tops (medium).
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Friday, October 13, 2017

Red and Yellow Star Banner on Black and White Print

I love to play with color and try different combinations on my cards, and so I need to remind myself sometimes to use black and white.  It has a clean, crisp impact that I do enjoy.  The bright red and yellow star banner makes a less-busy background for the sentiment banner, which fits nicely in the starry space. 

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Quilt on Tan with Blue

I enjoyed using these patterned paper colors to select the colors for my quilt block.  The embossed textures in the tan background and the sentiment strip add to the overall quilted effect. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) blueberry sky (blue), fine linen (tan), honey nut (golden brown), summer sunrise (yellow-orange), pure poppy (red), and stamper's select white.
  • Patterned paper is from Pink Paislee pen pals 6 x 6" pad.
  • Dies are PTI county fair quilt block (no longer available) and photo finish strips.  The tan card stock is embossed with the PTI infinity frames die.
  • I used an old 1/4" hole punch for the center dot.
  • The sentiment "thanks" is from PTI limitless layers: labels (retired), stamped with PTI enchanted evening (dark blue) ink cube.
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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Yellow Bird and Flowers on Green Leaves

A bright yellow bird perched on a white banner.  The green leaves are accented with yellow flowers.  It's a very cheerful card! 

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Light Green and Rustic Red Vines with Brown Trees

A woodsy scene with vines and tree trunks.  I like the light brown polka dot paper as a partial backdrop, with some of the green visible through the trees on each side.

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Corrugated on Turquoise with Brown and Cream

Today's card was my first attempt using the corrugated card stock that I bought long ago.  It was this pumpkin post by Melissa Phillips that nudged me to get it off the shelf and to try sponging it with some ink - thank you, Melissa, for your inspiration!

I'm really happy with my results.  The turquoise sponged on the corrugated panel ties it into the turquoise background, which is also echoed in the sentiment label's stamped splotches.  The heavily embossed brown card stock and the rough twine add even more texture.   A very nice masculine card!

Card details:
  • Card stock is 12 x 12" E-flute (8 per inch) kraft corrugated (no longer available where I bought it) and Papertrey Ink (PTI) Hawaiian shores (turquoise), cocoa bean (brown), and rustic cream.
  • Embossing folder is Stampin' Up square lattice (retired).
  • Sponging was done with PTI Hawaiian shores ink cube, using the round Ranger ink blending tool to apply the ink. 
  • Twine is PTI rustic cream button twine.
  • Die is from Spellbinders labels eight.
  • The sentiment "thank you" is from PTI keep it simple: thank you II, and the dot cluster is from PTI gathered garden, stamped with PTI cocoa bean ink cube.  The splotch stamp is from PTI grunge me, stamped with PTI Hawaiian shores ink cube.
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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Wreath with Green Stripes and Purple


A delicate green wreath with purple berries.  The scallops and stripes work nicely to ground the white circle.  In addition to the sympathy card (above) on light purple, I made a "thanks" version (below) on light yellow.  I like both color combinations.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) amethyst allure (medium purple), lilac grace (light purple - top card), lemon tart (light yellow - bottom card), and stamper's select white.
  • Patterned paper is the stripe print from PTI mint julep (light green) "+ white basics" patterned paper (retired).
  • Embossing folder (top card) is Cuttlebug d'vine swirls.
  • Dies are from PTI limitless layers: 2-1/2" circles.
  • The wreath is from PTI think big favorites #19, stamped with vintage jadeite (medium green) ink cube.  On the bottom card, I added some color to the wreath's center with PTI lemon tart ink cube, using an e.l.f total face brush to apply the ink.
  • The sentiment "with sympathy" (top card) is from PTI communique sentiments.  The sentiment "thanks for all you've done" (bottom card) and the dot clusters (both cards) are from PTI gathered garden.  All were stamped with PTI amethyst allure ink cube.
The "thanks" card was created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Lavender Gingham with Flowers and Leaves

I love the country quilt applique feeling of today's card.  The curving flower branch works beautifully with straight lines of the gingham and the card layout. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) prairie grass (light green), olive twist (dark green), autumn rose, lavender moon (light pink-purple), and stamper's select white.
  • Patterned papers are the gingham and bitty dot prints from PTI lavender moon and scarlet jewel (burgundy) pattern packs (tone-on-tone prints - retired).
  • Dies are PTI turning a new leaf, wonderful words: thank you (inlaid into the white), heart-2-heart #7, and flower fusion #3.
  • I used an old 1/4" punch to cut the flower centers.
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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Gold and Red Brocade on Green

The shimmery gold and red brocade pattern makes an interesting mix with the rustic striped texture and dotted "thanks" word.  I've enjoyed trying different sponged ink colors to alter this brocade paper, which holds more ink in the background and less in the pearly pattern areas.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) ripe avocado (green) and dark chocolate (brown).
  • Patterned paper is the bitty dot print from PTI ripe avocado pattern pack (tone-on-tone prints - retired) and Paper Source "brocade taupe" pattern (retired).
  • To change the color of my shimmery brocade patterned paper from its original taupe, I used a round Ranger ink blending tool with PTI honey nut (golden brown) and terra cotta tile (rusty red) ink cubes.  See this post for a card with the original taupe color.
  • Embossing folder is Sizzix Tim Holtz stripes
  • Die is from My Favorite Things many thanks (retired).
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Friday, September 29, 2017

Red Poppies on White

Lovely flowers with a simple sentiment.  Just one layer.  It didn't need more. 

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

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) stamper's select white.
  • The images and the sentiment "thinking of you" are from PTI botanical silhouettes (no longer available), stamped with PTI pure poppy (red), green parakeet, and smokey shadow (dark gray) ink cubes.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Red and Yellow Hello with Prints

This cheerful card features a red and yellow hello on a bright chevron print and muted teal dots.  With some light gray and dark navy to tone things down a bit, it's a very nice combination.  And it was fun to use all five of the chevron print's colors. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) soft stone (light gray), dark indigo (dark navy), pure poppy (red), and bright buttercup (yellow).
  • Patterned paper is the bitty dot print from PTI ocean tides (muted teal) pattern pack (tone-on-tone prints - retired) and a multicolor chevron print from Bo Bunny firecracker 6 x 6" pad.
  • Dies are PTI noted (hello) and keep it simple frames (the stitched tag die, minus the angled hole end).
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Monday, September 25, 2017

Sponged Leaves on Blue

There's a beautiful glow from the ink colors, softly sponged on light yellow card stock.  Love these die cut leaves on their blue background.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) lemon tart (light yellow), blueberry sky (medium blue), and spring rain (light blue).
  • Patterned paper is the stripes print from PTI simply chartreuse (green) pattern pack (tone-on-tone prints - retired).
  • The yellow card stock is sponged with PTI simply chartreuse, Americana (rustic red), and canyon clay (orangey brown) ink cubes, using the round Ranger ink blending tool to apply the ink.  I sponged diagonal areas of color, leaving some plain light yellow between, before die cutting the leaves.  
  • Dies are from PTI mix & mat: pinked edge.
  • The sentiment "thinking of you" is from Hero Arts everyday sayings, stamped with PTI simply chartreuse ink cube.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Orangey Brown Stripes with Green - Three Layouts

I was experimenting with my layout for this card, and I ended up with three ways that I like a lot.  The version above is my favorite; the other two are at the end of the post.

They all use the same materials, and in each one, the strong lines of the stripes are softened by the curving branch with the dark brown "hello" word as a focal point. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) green parakeet and dark chocolate (brown).
  • Patterned paper is the polka dot or leaf print from PTI dark chocolate pattern pack (tone-on-tone prints - retired) and the stripes print from PTI canyon clay (orangey brown) bitty big pattern pack.
  • Dies are PTI branching out and wonderful words: hello.
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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Orangey Brown Stripes with Yellow Sunflower

Stripes, dots, and not-my-usual color combination for today's cheerful sunflower card.  I like all of it together!  

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Blue Stripes with Tan

A simple card with an interesting criss-cross layout.  I like the mix of colors and patterns with a bit of stitching texture.

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Red, White, and Blue Stripes with Gray Chevrons

The stripes (dotted with tiny stars) and the gray chevron texture work well with the oval label shapes.  I like the outline sentiment colored with bright red and blue.

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Saturday, September 2, 2017

Brown with Tan Stamped Panel

I enjoyed stamping a multicolor design on my tan panel.  It makes a handsome card with the crisp white banner.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) cocoa bean (brown), terra cotta tile (rusty red), fine linen (tan), and stamper's select white.
  • Die is from PTI sketched shapes.  I shortened the banner by about 1/2 inch.
  • The sentiment "thank you" is from PTI keep it simple: thank you, stamped with PTI cocoa bean ink cube.  The triangles, chevrons, dots, and zigzag are from PTI textile impressions, stamped with PTI cocoa bean, terra cotta tile, blueberry sky (medium blue), and enchanted evening (dark blue) ink cubes.
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Friday, September 1, 2017

Pink Chevron Thank You

A mix of pinks and chevrons.  My colors in the picture look mismatched, but in real life they look nice together. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is My Favorite Things pink lemonade, Paper Source strawberry (medium pink - retired), Papertrey Ink (PTI) stamper's select white, and chevron print from Avery Elle everyday collection 6x6" paper pad.
  • Embossing folder is The Paper Studio chevron.
  • The white and medium pink card stock panels are embossed with the Dreamweaver faux cross-stitch stencil screen, as explained in this post.  I embossed the back side of my card stock, giving me a canvas-like texture on the front instead of a crisp design.
  • The sentiment "thank you!" and its border are computer printed.  The font is Hobo Std, with character spacing adjusted.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Turquoise and Silver - Dots, Stars, and Circle


This card began with a piece of silver foil patterned paper: the gray dots and circle outline are a bright shiny silver in real life.  I added some stenciled stars, a circle layer of turquoise dotted paper, and a die cut "hello" in a less-shiny silver with some soft turquoise sponging on the bottom.  Overall it's a very silvery and lively result! 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) luxe silver, a bitty dot print from PTI Hawaiian shores (turquoise) pattern pack (retired), and a dotted circle frame print from PTI silver luxe foil A2 size patterned paper collection (retired).
  • Stencil is My Favorite Things stargaze (retired), sponged with PTI tropical teal ink cube, using the round Ranger ink blending tool to apply the ink.  The bottom of the "hello" die cut is also lightly sponged with the same ink. 
  • Dies are PTI wonderful words: hello and WeRMemoryKeepers nesting circles.
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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Orange Branch on Orangey Brown Stripes

Very simple and effective.  This leafy branch is one of my favorite dies, with its graceful lines and A2-friendly size.  The sentiment rectangle makes a good base for it.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) dark chocolate (brown), stamper's select white, and stripes print from PTI canyon clay (orangey brown) pattern pack (retired).
  • Dies are PTI branching out and double-ended banners.  I trimmed off a leaf on the lower right and shortened the stem at the brown rectangle.
  • The sentiment "thank you" is from PTI keep it simple: thank you, stamped with PTI canyon clay ink cube.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Monday, August 28, 2017

Green Print with Green - Thanks

Just a very simple layout in monochromatic greens.  Monochromatic but not monotonous, thanks to the mix of curves and straight lines, the textured card base, and the alternating bands of light and dark green. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) ripe avocado (dark green), spring moss (light green), and a print from PTI in bloom 8x8" paper pad (retired).
  • The dark green card stock is embossed with the Dreamweaver faux cross-stitch stencil screen, as explained in this post.
  • Die is Elizabeth Craft thanks.
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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Stencil Dots - Blue and Green with Leaves

Another card with stencil dots.  Like yesterday's card, it was inspired by Dawn's "stencil strips" examples.  I love the green leaves and sentiment with the green and blue dots.  Such a simple design, and very effective. 

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

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) new leaf (green) and stamper's select white. 
  • Stencil is mini Swiss dot 6x6" (TCW 246S) by The Crafter's Workshop, sponged with PTI blueberry sky (blue) and new leaf ink cubes, using the round Ranger ink blending tool to apply the ink.  I used 1" post-it tape to mask the top of the stencil and adhere it to my white card while sponging. 
  • Dies are WPlus9 folk art florals (leaves - retired) and Elizabeth Craft thank you.
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Saturday, August 26, 2017

Stencil Dots - Orange and Raspberry


A cheerful note card with orange and raspberry colors, stamped and stenciled on white.  I like the vivid energy of the colors in this diagonal layout.  My card was inspired by this post by Dawn McVey and her "stencil strips" examples.  Thank you, Dawn, for all the beautiful ideas and techniques you share!

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

Card details:
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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.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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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.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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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.
The thinking of you card (above) was created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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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.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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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.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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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. 
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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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.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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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:
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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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.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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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.  
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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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:
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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