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.

Card details:
  • 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.

Card details:
  • 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.

Card details:
  • 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. 

Card details:
  • 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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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Bright Multi Stripes with Blue Label

Simple and bright!  Long ago, I created this multi-striped paper (using PowerPoint) for a summer-themed card.  Today's card started with a leftover piece.  I love the stripey colors against the bright green dotted background.

For my sentiment label, I showed a friend my ideas of color combinations, and she suggested this one instead.  I like it the best by far.  (Thanks, Sheryl!) 

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Diamonds - Rusty Red, Tan, and Navy

Although it's nearly monochromatic (counting the navy as a neutral), this card has a bold design and color scheme.  I like the repeating diamonds and diagonals of the harlequin die cut, the tan patterned paper, and the diagonal-striped twine. 

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Twist Pattern with Vine - Green and Cream

Two shades of green with cream.  Rich texture and crisp details.  I like the repeating twist pattern with the twisting lines of the sentiment and vine.  For an earlier version, with hearts and shades of pink, see this card.

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Red, White, and Blue Chevrons on Kraft

Bright red, white, and blue chevron stripes with a script "thank you" die cut.  Simple and bold. 

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Lacy Oval with Leaflets - Green, White, and Muted Teal

One of my favorite simple card layouts is something I call "medallion band."  Just a sentiment medallion in any shape, on a wide or narrow band of card stock, plain or patterned.  I've made many variations over the years.

Today it's a lacy oval on a wide piece of patterned paper.  I love the monochromatic look of the muted teal print with the light and dark greens.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Paper Source sage (light green), Papertrey Ink (PTI) pinefeather (dark green), stamper's select white, and the ocean tides (muted teal) print from PTI "in bloom" 8 x 8" patterned paper (retired).
  • Die is from PTI limitless layers: 2-1/4" ovals.
  • The sentiment "just a note" is from PTI winter woods, with leaflets from PTI tinsel & tags sprigs (retired), stamped with PTI pinefeather ink cube.
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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Sunshine Vine with Blue Scalloped Mat

Bright sunshiny flowers on a sky blue panel with a sunny yellow print background.  Perfect for our gray rainy weather today.  The flowers and butterfly draw attention to the sentiment oval, with the vine's diagonal placement adding some energy and movement. 

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Red, White, and Blue Quilt on Light Blue

A quilt block with a blocky "thank you" sentiment.  The patterns and solid colors work well together for a handsome card.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Neenah desert storm (light kraft), Papertrey Ink (PTI) spring rain (light blue), enchanted evening (dark blue), stamper's select white, and the leaf, gingham, and bitty dot prints from PTI pure poppy (red), enchanted evening, and blueberry sky (medium blue) pattern packs (retired).
  • Dies are PTI star gazer (star in center of block) and county fair quilt block.
  • The sentiment "thank you" is from Fiskars so much thanks, stamped with PTI enchanted evening ink cube.
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Monday, April 24, 2017

Blue and White Woodgrain with Kraft and Stars

A blue and white pattern on kraft, with several diagonal elements: sentiment, stars, and twine.  Nice and simple to try out my new woodgrain stencil. 

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Floral Sprigs on Purple Stripes with Green

A colorful floral card.  The pine sprigs (from a Christmas set) looked like feathery blooms to me, so I stamped them in pinks and purples.  I like the graceful flow of the sentiment with the sprig clusters.  My two-toned stamping was easily done with the help of the MISTI.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) rustic white, new leaf (medium green), and stripes from PTI plum pudding (purple) pattern pack (retired).
  • The sentiment "thank you" is from PTI keep it simple: thank you, stamped with PTI raspberry fizz (pink) and scarlet jewel (burgundy) ink cubes.  
  • The sprigs are from PTI tinsel & tags sprigs (retired), stamped with PTI amethyst allure (purple), new leaf, limeade ice (yellow-green), raspberry fizz, and scarlet jewel ink cubes.
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Friday, April 14, 2017

Stripes and Rickrack - Red, White, and Blue with Kraft

My card today is for Papertrey Ink's monthly Create Along with Us challenge.  I chose Nichole Heady's colorful striped design, the second card posted here.  Instead of a gap in the striped panel, I covered my seam with a white rickrack die cut.  Though I made several changes, it's easy to see the origins of my card!  Thank you, Nichole, for your inspiration! 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) dark indigo (navy), classic kraft, pure poppy (red), blueberry sky (medium blue), and stamper's select white.
  • Twine is by WeRMemoryKeepers.
  • Dies are PTI wonderful words: hello and XL rickrack border.
  • Top and bottom right corners are rounded with Crop-a-Dile 1/2" corner chomper.  The rounding is smooth in real life, not cropped like my image. 
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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Scene with Tree and Fence

A cheerful summery card with a leafy tree and white fence.  I enjoyed creating my scene with all its details.  The brown and white elements, forming visual triangles, help to keep the eye moving and bring attention to the "hello" sentiment.

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Speckled Chevrons - Purple and Blue with Teal

A simple layout with an interesting background and a multicolored sentiment.

After stenciling the blue and purple chevrons, I added some speckles of teal ink.  My past experiments with other techniques for ink spatters were not successful, but this time I used Vicki Finger's technique, as described in this post on her Twinkling Paper Studio blog.  It worked beautifully for me, and I'm really happy with the results.

Thank you, Vicki, for sharing the secrets of your lovely speckled backgrounds!

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Frames and Banner with Stars and Chevrons

Red, white, and blue in a cheerfully eccentric layout.  I like the bright energy of the red frames and banner with the busy star and chevron prints.  The plain kraft background gives my eye a bit of a resting place.

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Green Leaf Print on Cream with Brown

Simple and elegant with two patterned papers.  The colors work well together.   Stripes of embroidery floss pick up the tan background pattern, and a diagonal script word softens the formal wallpaper look. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) dark chocolate (brown), prairie grass (muted green), stripe print from PTI fine linen (tan) pattern pack (retired), and leaf print from PTI turning a new leaf 8 x 8" pad (retired).
  • Embroidery floss is DMC #839.
  • Die is PTI big basics: thanks.
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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Sunflowers on Yellow with Aqua Dots

With a few leftover pieces of yellow card stock from my project posted yesterday, I decided to stamp some sunflower cards in my usual A2 size.  And I made a curved sentiment for this week's Make It Monday challenge on Nichole Heady's Capture the Moment blog, curving a sentiment that would normally be straight.  Thank you, Ashley and Nichole, for inspiring me to use this technique today!

Note: the orange ink looks less red in real life.

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Mini Flat Sunshine Cards

I just completed a set of 120 mini (2-3/4 x 4-1/4") flat "sunshine" themed cards for our senior center. The cards are little thank-you notes to go into box lunches for the United Way Day of Caring volunteers who will be doing community service projects around town.

Three different designs, all very simple for me to make in quantity.  I like the bright and sunny colors and images, and I enjoyed creating something for this event.

Note: the sunflower and suns are orange, like the patterned paper strip - not red like my image! 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) harvest gold (medium yellow), bright buttercup (bright yellow), and the bitty dot print from PTI orange zest pattern pack (retired). 
  • The upper left corner of the sunflower card is rounded with Crop-a-Dile 1/2" corner chomper.
  • The sentiments are computer printed in black and orange on white 1 x 2-5/8" mailing labels - "Thank you for bringing sunshine into the lives of others!"  The fonts are Lucida Handwriting (sunflower card), Tekton Pro (partial sun card), and Harrington (full sun card), all with expanded character spacing.  
  • The sunflower is from PTI simple sunflower, and the sun is from PTI what the doodle: sun, both stamped with PTI orange zest ink cube, plus PTI olive twist (dull green) ink for the sunflower centers.  
  • In the centers of the full suns, I added a 3/4" solid circle from PTI bits & buttons, using PTI bright buttercup ink on the harvest gold cards or PTI summer sunrise  (yellow-orange) ink on the bright buttercup cards.
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Monday, March 27, 2017

Aqua with Teal and Navy Stenciling

An embossed pattern, stenciled in navy and teal, with the same deep colors as background layers.  I like how the dotted sentiment replays the navy and teal colors on bright white.   

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) dark indigo (navy), tropical teal, aqua mist, and stamper's select white.
  • The aqua card stock is embossed with a stencil from PTI modern background collection.  See this post for the technique and warnings.  
  • After embossing, I stenciled the design with PTI tropical teal and dark indigo ink cubes using an e.l.f total face brush to apply the ink.
  • I edged the aqua card stock with Copic marker B39.
  • Die is from PTI keep it simple frames.
  • The sentiment "thanks" is from PTI polka dot parade #6, stamped with PTI tropical teal and dark indigo ink cubes.  I stamped first with tropical teal, then smudged the stamp with dark indigo and restamped, using the MISTI.
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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Silver Chevron Thanks with Green Dotted Banner

Shiny silver chevrons and "thanks" with bright greens and a strand of silver twine.  My photo captures some of the shine, though the green colors are nicer in real life.

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

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Pattern Blocks with Yellow and Teal

Simple blocks of pattern, with a bold color scheme.  I like the embossed sun rays bringing more focus to the sentiment. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) canyon clay (orangey brown), harvest gold (yellow), and tropical teal.
  • Embossing folder is the sun ray folder from Lifestyle Crafts/ WeRMemoryKeepers stripe set (may be retired.)
  • Die is Elizabeth Craft hello.
  • The pattern blocks are from PTI bitty background blocks II (retiring), stamped with PTI canyon clay ink cube.
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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Repeating Squares with White

A colorful pattern of twelve die cut squares with crisp white.  I like the notched banner in the middle with the plain white borders above and below.  A deeper purple background and sentiment help to ground the bright squares. 

My card is for yesterday's challenge on Nichole Heady's Capture the Moment blog, to "create a new project that incorporates multiples of a single shape, stamped or die-cut."  Thank you, Nichole, for inspiring my card! 

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Multi Stripes with Button


Rich autumn colors with rough stripes and textured twine for a handsome masculine card.  The striped paper was given to me, so I was glad to find some good colors in my card stock collection to use with it. 

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Sentiment Background - Red, White, and Blue

The idea for my "thank you" sentiment background came from Jennifer McGuire's post (thank you, Jennifer!) and although it took time to choose my stamps and arrange them, the stamping was easy to do, thanks to the MISTI.

I like the bright red and white sentiment "with gratitude" that reinforces the background theme while contrasting in style and color.  The white accent strip along the blue panel helps it stand out against the busy polka dots. 

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Sunshine Circle Scene with Dog

When I bought this dog die awhile ago, I had an idea for using it, which didn't look right when I tried it.  Then I thought of setting the dog in a circle with a grassy border and a sunshine sentiment.  I love how this little scene worked out!  The stitching holes give the circle some nice detail with my polka dot background.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Dark Brown Brocade with Green

Earlier today, I posted a pastel card with a shimmery taupe brocade patterned paper.  When I made it, I was wishing I had the brocade paper in different colors, so I tried sponging it with brown ink. 

It was a lovely success!  The pearly shimmer pattern resisted the ink, and the taupe base paper took the ink very nicely.  Sometime I'll try the technique again with different colors.    

In real life, my bright green word stands out beautifully against the dark brown brocade.  

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Pale Blue with Taupe Brocade

With lots of soft shimmer, this card has so much more eye appeal in real life!  My only matte element is the dark brown border.  The taupe paper is beautifully patterned with a shimmery, pearly white brocade, which unfortunately my picture doesn't capture well. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) dark chocolate (brown), blue shimmer (pale blue), sea shimmer (medium blue), white shimmer, and Paper Source "brocade taupe" pattern (retired).
  • Embossing folder is Lifestyle Crafts diamonds and dots.
  • Dies are Poppy Stamps meadow leaf (retired) and Impression Obsession butterfly set.
  • The sentiment "deepest sympathy" is from Stampabilities card phrases, stamped with PTI dark chocolate ink cube.
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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Quilt Block on Blue with Layered Banner

Rich deep colors with crisp bright white.  Such a simple design and it looks great.  The little 8-pointed star shape adds a perfect accent at the center of the quilt block.
  
Card details:
  • Card stock is Paper Source lake (medium blue), Papertrey Ink (PTI) classic kraft, terra cotta tile (orangey red), saffron spice (gold), dark indigo (navy), stamper's select white, and the stripes print from PTI classic kraft pattern pack.
  • The medium blue card stock is embossed with the Dreamweaver faux cross-stitch stencil screen, as explained in this post.
  • Dies are PTI county fair quilt block, star gazer (8-pointed star), and banner style.
  • The sentiment "just a note" is from PTI winter woods, curved on the acrylic block and stamped with PTI dark indigo ink cube.
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Friday, February 24, 2017

White Sprigs - Two Cards

Two lovely monochromatic cards with the same arrangement of white sprigs, stamped on kraft or muted teal.  Simple and serene.
 
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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Silver with Copper and Plaid

A very handsome card - shimmery silver and copper, with a gray grid print and a gray and brown plaid.  The individual elements are plain, even drab, but together they make a striking effect.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) copper and silver shimmer, a grid print from PTI argyle socks 8 x 8" pad, and a plaid from PTI three piece suit A2 paper collection.
  • Die is Impression Obsession thankful.
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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Bird and Floral Branch on Stripes

When I was stamping the bird and branch for the shimmery birthday card posted here, I made some extras for a different design.  The first card was lovely, and this one is too, in its own way.  It has more of a modern feel with a blue striped sky and a blocky outline sentiment font.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) spring rain (light blue), stamper's select white, and the stripes print from PTI blueberry sky (medium blue) pattern pack.
  • Dies are PTI spring woods.
  • The sentiment "hello" is from PTI colorful words, stamped with PTI cocoa bean (dark brown) ink cube. The bird and branch, from PTI spring woods, are stamped with PTI canyon clay (orangey brown), cocoa bean, classic kraft (light brown), lavender moon (pink-purple), and simply chartreuse (green) ink cubes.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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