Saturday, September 14, 2019

Rose Wreath with Burgundy Stripes

A special, sparkly card for a friend's accomplishment.  I rarely use gems on my cards, but they're perfect for the celebration.  My design was inspired by this card on the Ink to Paper (Papertrey Ink) blog - thanks, Melissa!

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) lavender moon (light red-violet), autumn rose (medium red-violet), and stamper's select white.
  • Patterned paper the narrow stripe print from PTI scarlet jewel (burgundy) bitty big pattern pack.
  • Embossing folder is Stampin' Up subtle.
  • Die is from PTI limitless layers: 2-1/2" circles.
  • The wreath is from PTI think big favorites #19 (retiring), the 4-petaled flower is from PTI out on a limb revised (retired), and the sentiment "celebrate you!" is from PTI heart-2-heart #5 (retired), stamped with PTI autumn rose and scarlet jewel inks
  • Gems are Memory Box 2 mm jewel stickers.
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Friday, September 13, 2019

Blue with Tag on Multicolored Stripes

The patterned paper's multicolored stripes set a good masculine color scheme for my card today.  After I stamped the sentiment on the tag, it needed something more, and the row of stars worked beautifully. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) blueberry sky (blue), dark chocolate (brown), and stamper's select white.
  • Patterned paper is from Pink & Main pumpkin spice 6 x 6" pad.
  • Embroidery floss is DMC #922.
  • The tag die is from PTI keep it simple frames.
  • The sentiment "thank you" is from PTI textile impressions (retiring), and the star border is from Paper Smooches seeing stars (retired), stamped with PTI blueberry sky and harvest gold (yellow) inks.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Textured Backgrounds with Two Print Strips


Using some leftover patterned paper, I made a small batch of cards with the same overall design - a textured background, two different print strips, and a cream or white banner with a sentiment matching the background.  Simple but handsome. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) ripe avocado (green), Hawaiian shores (turquoise), vintage cream, and stamper's select white.
  • Patterned paper is from PTI summer sunrise (yellow-orange) and dark chocolate (brown) pattern packs (tone-on-tone prints - retired).
  • Embossing folders are Sizzix chevrons (retired) and Cuttlebug d'vine swirls (retired).
  • Die is from PTI fabulous frames.
  • The sentiment "thank you" is from Pattern Happy mini greetings (retiring), and the sentiment "with thanks" is from PTI think big favorites #19 (retired), stamped with PTI ripe avocado and tropical teal inks.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Green Vines with Green Stripes

When I saw Jennifer McGuire's recent blog post on "reusable" stamping with craft foam ("DIY Stamps from Dies"), I knew I should try the technique.  This delicate vine die is one of my favorites, and it looked like it would work beautifully for a stamp.  To make it reusable, in line with Jennifer's ideas, I cut it from self-adhesive foam, which I then adhered to a piece of clear card stock.  I used removable Scotch tape to tape that to my MISTI lid, shimmed a scrap of white card stock to lift it closer to the very thin stamp, and started stamping a test piece. 

Since it was just meant for a test, I wasn't concerned about my stray ink.  But looking at it later on, I saw what a lovely watercolor-ish effect it made, stray ink marks and all.  So I added a small sentiment and layered it onto a card.  I'm very happy with the result, and I'll enjoy using my new reusable foam stamp!  Thank you, Jennifer, for all your great technique instructions and your inspiration!

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) ripe avocado (dark green) and stamper's select white.
  • Patterned paper is PTI spring moss (light green) pattern pack (tone-on-tone prints - retired).
  • The sentiment "hello" is from PTI tag-its #12 (retired), stamped with PTI ripe avocado ink
  • The vines are stamped with craft foam, cut with Memory Box floral vine die, using PTI simply chartreuse (medium green - for two vines) and ripe avocado (for one vine) inks.
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Monday, September 2, 2019

Balloon Trio on Yellow

For my trio of balloons, I stamped patterned circles in red, blue, and yellow-orange, then added clear epoxy dome stickers for some dimension and shine.  I like the swirly lines of the font with the balloon strings.  The embossed background adds more dimension, circles, and swirls. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) harvest gold (yellow) and stamper's select white.
  • Embossing folder is Sizzix retro cirque.
  • Die is from PTI noted: pinked A2 vertical.
  • The patterned circles are from PTI bits & buttons (retired), stamped with PTI pure poppy (red), summer sunrise (yellow-orange), and blueberry sky (blue) inks.
  • The shiny clear EK Success Sticko brand epoxy dome stickers (a bit over 1/2" across) have been in my embellishments drawer for 8 or 9 years.  I pulled them out because I read that some scrapbookers had problems with them yellowing badly.  Mine are still in perfect condition and needing to be used!  They are very mailable - flexible, and less than 1/16" thick - not like the more common "bottle cap" tops, which tend to be larger, thicker, more rigid, and more expensive. 
  • The balloon strings are from PTI everyday button bits (retired), and the sentiment "thank you" is from PTI thank you kindly (retired), stamped with PTI true black ink.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Sunday, September 1, 2019

Green Vine on Blue with Dark Blue

A delicate scrolling vine with a scripty sentiment.  The vine, flowers, and butterfly are from an old set - new to me - that was "destashed" by a stamping friend.  (Thank you, Jane!)  And the sentiment is from a recent set.  The old and new play well together.  Embossed background texture and some clear shiny accents (from an old tube of gloss gel) add depth and interest.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) spring rain (light blue) and enchanted evening (dark blue).
  • Embossing folder is Stampin' Up subtle.  I stamped first, then used the embossing folder.
  • The images are from PTI with sympathy (retired), and the sentiment "sending you my sincerest gratitude" is from PTI sentiment staples: sending you, stamped with PTI new leaf (green) and enchanted evening ink
  • The clear shiny accents are "pearls" of Viva Decor gloss gel pen, transparent (000).  The flower centers look a bit elongated in my picture, but in real life they are perfectly round domes.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Friday, August 30, 2019

Aqua and Brown Chevrons with Yellow-Orange Gingham

I started with the aqua and orangey brown colors, which went well with the yellow-orange gingham background.  Then I wanted a fourth color for an accent and first tried a darker brown (PTI dark chocolate), but it looked too heavy.  The lighter PTI cocoa bean was a better brown for this card.  I like the color combination and the mix of straight lines, angles, and curvy script. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) canyon clay (orangey brown), cocoa bean (brown), and aqua mist.  
  • Patterned paper is from PTI summer sunrise (yellow-orange) pattern pack (tone-on-tone prints - retired).
  • Dies are from PTI huge thanks (word and shadow) and diagonals (chevrons), which cuts six chevron shapes and is easy to reposition and chain cut for a longer set.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Thursday, August 29, 2019

Teal and Blue Double Frame with Stripes

Using the same notched frame and sentiment as my previous post, I added the set's outer frame on a pinked-edge white square.  To complete the design, I chose two similar color combinations for my stitched-detail horizontal band on a background stripe pattern - dark blue with turquoise stripes (above) and teal with medium blue stripes (below). 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) enchanted evening (dark blue - above), tropical teal (below), and stamper's select white.
  • Patterned papers are from PTI Hawaiian shores (turquoise - above) and blueberry sky (medium blue - below) pattern pack (tone-on-tone prints - retired).
  • Dies are from WPlus9 pinking squares and My Favorite Things vertical stitched strips (retired).
  • The sentiment "thank you so very much" and the frames are from PTI framed out #1 (retiring), stamped with PTI tropical teal and enchanted evening inks.

Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Monday, August 26, 2019

Red, White, and Blue with Kraft - Triple Window with Stars

Three windows cut in blue with stamped red frames.  I like the sentiment placed between the patterned stars.  The notched red frames look nice in the rounded window squares.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) blueberry sky (medium blue) and stamper's select white.
  • Patterned paper is from PTI classic kraft pattern pack (tone-on-tone prints - retired).
  • Die is PTI take three.  
  • I edged my white panel with Copic marker B21, to hide the outer edge of white beneath the blue layer.  
  • The sentiment "thank you so very much" and the frame are from PTI framed out #1 (retiring), and the stars are from PTI stars & stripes, stamped with PTI enchanted evening (dark blue) and pure poppy (red) ink.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Friday, August 23, 2019

Green Dots with Royal Blue

Some light green dots with an offset deeper green layer.  Rich royal blue for the background and sentiment, with a striped blue twine accent.  Super simple, and I like it!

Card details:
  • Card stock is Paper Source royal blue and Papertrey Ink (PTI) new leaf (green).
  • Patterned paper is from PTI mint julep (light green) "+ white basics" patterned paper (retired).
  • Twine is denim stripe from The Twinery.
  • Die is "hello" by Taylored Expressions.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Diagonal Dot Strips with Brown

A trio of dotted paper strips with a flowing script sentiment and flourish.  I like all the straight lines, dots, and curves together.  The blue-green dots on the flourish give it a vine-and-berries look, and also help to pull the colors together. 

Note: the gray border is background, not part of the card.  And I couldn't get the colors quite right on the screen - in real life, the top and bottom strips are more orange, and the middle strip is more blue, like the marker dots - but the overall effect is close. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) stamper's select white.
  • Patterned papers are melon berry (light orange), ocean tides (muted teal), and terra cotta tile (rusty red) prints from PTI 2009 bitty dot basics (retired).
  • The sentiment "thinking of you" is from Stampabilities card phrases, and the flourish is from PTI holiday photo finishers (retired), stamped with PTI dark chocolate (brown) ink
  • The blue-green dots on the flourish are done with Copic marker BG75.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Purple and Yellow Flowers on Yellow Stripe

A very bright and happy card!  I'm pleased with my arrangement of the different elements in size and color. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) new leaf (green) and stamper's select white.
  • Patterned paper is the narrow stripes print from PTI harvest gold (yellow) bitty big pattern pack.
  • The large flower and leaf cluster and the sentiment "sending you sunshine" are from PTI corner adorner: February, stamped with PTI new leaf, amethyst allure (purple), bright buttercup (yellow), and new leaf inks.  
  • The dotted green circle in the large flower's center is from PTI land that I love, stamped with PTI new leaf ink.
  • The small scattered flowers are from PTI floral fusion (no longer available) stamped with PTI bright buttercup ink, and their center dots are added with a Copic 0.3 lavender multiliner. 
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Two Leaf Prints on Green

Two leaf prints of cream and light green on light orange and deep rusty red.  I cut the prints with a stitched-edge die and placed them on a green stitched-edge card base.  The cream label shape and mixed-font sentiment add some curves, with some open space for the eye to rest. 

Card details:
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Monday, August 12, 2019

Leaf Print with Cream and Tan

A large square of distressed-look leaf print paper in muted greens, with tan twine and card base.  A cream and brown sentiment banner adds some crisp contrast. 

Card details:
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Saturday, August 10, 2019

Sunflowers on Golden Brown Plaid

Three bright sunflowers with a panel of dotted blue.  I like the golden brown flower centers - deep but not dark - and the plaid card base echoing the checkered stamp pattern.

Card details:
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Friday, August 9, 2019

Red, White, and Blue - Star Print with Light Gray

Another starry red, white, and blue card today.  I picked up colors from the star print with my light gray background, red sentiment, and blue pinked rectangle. 

Card details:
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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Red, White, and Blue Stars on Silver Shimmer

Lots of stars on this card - tiny embossed stars on the card base, tinier white stars on the patterned paper stripes, and a band of larger blue stars.  The shimmer card stock (silver, blue, and white) has a somewhat metallic look, especially with the embossed texture on the silver.

Card details:
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Saturday, August 3, 2019

Brown Stars on Kraft with Light Orange

A very simple design.  I started with some stars stamped in brown on kraft, then chose the sentiment, also stamped in brown.  At first, my card base was a flecked cream color (Papertrey Ink's rustic cream), which I liked, but then I tried this light orange and liked it even more. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) melon berry (light orange), dark chocolate (brown), and classic kraft.
  • Embossing folder is Stampin' Up subtle.
  • The sentiment "thanks for all you do" is from Fiskars so much thanks, and the stars are from Altenew tiny stars, stamped with PTI dark chocolate ink.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Two-Toned Green Stems with Burgundy and Yellow

I wanted to make a tall stamped panel with two-toned green stems.  It was easy to choose the narrow green border and light yellow damask card base.  But then I wrestled with the sentiment.  This "just a note" stamp was the perfect size and weight to place against the stems.  I tried it in green, dark gray, brown, dark blue, and more... they just didn't look right.  Then finally, I thought of burgundy.  Love it with some tiny berry clusters.  It's bright and rich enough to stand out, but with the berries, it seems to belong there.  I'm very happy with the final card! 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) new leaf (green) and stamper's select white.
  • Patterned paper is the damask print from PTI lemon tart (yellow) pattern pack (tone-on-tone prints - retired).
  • The stems are from PTI life (retired) and larger than life (retired), stamped with PTI green parakeet (lighter green) and new leaf (deeper green) inks.
  • The sentiment "just a note" is from Hero Arts many everyday messages, and the dot cluster is from PTI corner adorner: February, stamped with PTI scarlet jewel (burgundy) ink.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Sunday, July 28, 2019

Muted Green with Aqua Pinked Rectangle

The aqua pinked rectangle adds a bright and casual touch to the somber print colors.  I like the stitched borders on the card base and pinked rectangle. 

Card details:
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Friday, July 26, 2019

Aqua Heart with Turquoise

Simple and sincere.  I like the mix of fonts in the sentiment, and also the mix of patterns and shapes, for an interesting monochromatic card.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) aqua mist.
  • Patterned papers are the leaf print from PTI tropical teal pattern pack (tone-on-tone prints - retired) and the pale aqua grid print from PTI pretty pastels 8x8" paper pad.
  • Die is from My Favorite Things heart full of love (retired).
  • The sentiment "I love you always" is from two stamp sets: PTI penned elegance alphabet for "Love" and Stampabilities everyday expressions for "I" "you" and "always," stamped with PTI tropical teal ink.
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Saturday, July 20, 2019

Green and Cream Print with Tan

An oval label with an oval print - monochromatic with greens, cream, and tan.  I like the strip of green to brighten the tan label and draw attention to the "hello" focal word.  The script font adds some energy to my static, symmetrical design.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Paper Source spruce (dark green - seasonal color) and Papertrey Ink (PTI) new leaf (medium green), fine linen (tan), and vintage cream.
  • Patterned paper is from Basic Grey fiction (retired) 6 x 6" paper pad.
  • Dies are My Favorite Things layered labels (retired) and hello.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Stars and Stripes - Rustic Red, White, and Blue

A

B                                                      C

Three card designs from one 6 x 6" sheet of stars and stripes paper with a "painted wood" effect.  I like the rustic colors and textures with the simple sentiments on bright white.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) dark indigo (dark navy), Americana (rustic red), classic kraft, and stamper's select white.  
  • Patterned paper is from Pebbles Americana 6x6" paper pad.
  • Embossing folders are Craft Concepts solid stars and Cuttlebug candy cane stripe.
  • Die (card B) is PTI direct messages banner.
  • Card A's sentiment "thankful for you" is from Honey Bee grateful, stamped with PTI Americana, cocoa bean (brown), and dark indigo inks
  • Card B's sentiment "thank you" is from PTI keep it simple: thank you II, and the stars are from PTI military stars (retired), stamped with PTI cocoa bean and dark indigo inks.  
  • Card C's sentiment "thank you" is from Stampabilities card phrases, stamped with PTI dark indigo ink.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Monday, July 15, 2019

Red, Blue and Yellow Frames with White Star Banner

Bright, happy colors with crisp white.  The curved star banner and the casual sentiment font add a more lively touch to the nested frames with their many straight lines.  I cut the frame set from red, blue, and yellow card stock, then mixed the pieces for three similar cards.

Card details:
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Sunday, July 14, 2019

Red, White, and Blue - Diagonal Star Print with Tan and Brown

A                                                      B
Two cards from one sheet of printed paper.  If you imagine card B turned 90 degrees counter-clockwise, you can picture the original 6 x 6" design.  I cut the sheet in half, top to bottom, then trimmed off 1/2" from the red end of card A and from the blue end of card B.  To fill some of the large blank area of the biggest star, which looked too empty on card A, I added a blue star, punched from card B (the punched-out hole is covered by the sentiment label.)  I like the tan and brown elements that I added to soften the very dramatic colors and lines of the print. 

I'm happy with my finished cards, especially when I almost discarded the print as "too large scale" for card making!  

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) fine linen (tan) and cocoa bean (brown).
  • Patterned paper is the stripe print from PTI fine linen pattern pack (tone-on-tone prints - retired) and the diagonal star print from Bo Bunny firecracker 6 x 6" pad (retired).
  • Die is from My Favorite Things vertical stitched strips (retired).
  • Star is punched with EK Tools mini star.
  • The sentiment "thank you" is from Sunny Studio everyday greetings, stamped with PTI cocoa bean ink.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Saturday, July 13, 2019

Kraft Alphabet with Black, Brown, and White

Today's card was inspired by the black, brown, and white twine ... actually crochet thread, given to me by a friend (thank you, Judy!)  I chose an alphabet embossed background to go with my sentiment font.  The embossed texture on the black card stock adds a nice depth, though it's not as visible on my picture.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Neenah desert storm (kraft) and Papertrey Ink (PTI) dark chocolate (brown), true black, and stamper's select white.
  • Embossing folders are The Paper Studio typewriter alphabet and Stampin' Up subtle.
  • Twine is multicolor crochet thread (I used two strands).
  • The sentiment "thank you" is from PTI keep it simple: thank you, stamped with PTI true black ink.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Friday, July 12, 2019

Dotted Orange with Teal and White Scallops

Bright contrasting colors with dots and scallops.  I like the sun-shaped embellishment, which turns the card into a bit of a sunny landscape scene with a line of white clouds. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) orange zest and tropical teal.
  • Patterned paper is from PTI orange zest pattern pack (tone-on-tone prints - retired).
  • Dies are PTI edgers #3 and PTI ad sense (sun).  I used an EK Tools 3/16" circle punch for the teal center dot, which I inlaid into the sun shape.
  • The scallop-edged white strip is from Doodlebug paper frills, lily white, discontinued.
  • The sentiment "just a note to say hello" is from PTI banner sentiments (retired), stamped with PTI tropical teal ink.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Lavender Print with Green and Purple

These lavender, purple, and green colors are rich and elegant together.  I like the small purple flowers stamped with the sentiment - the same shape as the print's flowers.  The embossed background texture adds a lot to the card's overall look.

Card details:
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Saturday, July 6, 2019

Green Branches with Dark Blue

I would typically choose softer colors to make sympathy cards, but I'm glad I tried this mix of bright green with dark blue.  Serene and simple.  I like the touches of blue along the green stems. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) new leaf (green) and stamper's select white.
  • Patterned paper is from PTI enchanted evening (dark blue) pattern pack (tone-on-tone prints - retired).
  • The branches are from PTI turning a new leaf, and the sentiment "with sympathy" is from PTI communique sentiments (retired), stamped with PTI new leaf and enchanted evening inks.
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Friday, July 5, 2019

Floral Print with Rusty Red - Grateful

A floral print that I wouldn't have chosen - given to me by a friend - and I enjoyed using it with some deep rusty red and a touch of gray.  Thanks, Vicki, for stretching my color choices!  

Card details:
  • Card stock is Neenah solar white and Papertrey Ink (PTI) terra cotta tile (rusty red - a bit more orange in real life).
  • Patterned paper is from Craft Smith flower market 12 x 12" collection.
  • Die is from PTI counting my blessings.  The banner is cut with Silhouette Cameo.
  • The sentiment "for all that you do" is from PTI polka dot parade #6 (retired), stamped with PTI weathervane (gray) ink.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Thursday, July 4, 2019

Notebook Thank You - Red, White, and Blue

A whimsical notebook page with a serious Fourth of July sentiment - I'm very thankful for our country's freedoms and for the heroes who protect us.

I like the "hand drawn" style of the sentiment and doodle stamps for my notebook effect.  The angled red layers add to the picture of a just-written note. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Neenah solar white and Papertrey Ink (PTI) pure poppy (red).
  • Patterned papers are the polka dot print from PTI blueberry sky (medium blue) bitty big pattern pack and two of my computer-printed patterns - red, white, and blue stripes, and a light aqua grid for the notebook page, both printed on Neenah.  The notebook grid is barely visible in my image, but just right in real life.
  • Die is from PTI ink it in: notebook.
  • The flowers/leaves and the sentiment "thank you" are from Hero Arts everyday sayings, the triple dot is from PTI counting my blessings, and the squiggly line is from PTI pencilgrams, stamped with PTI enchanted evening (dark blue) and pure poppy inks
  • The flower centers are colored with Copic 0.3 red and cobalt (dark blue) multiliners.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Landscape on Blue Stripes

A lovely stamped scene with grasses in green and purple, and dry-brushed strips of blue and tan for the ground and sky.  It works well with the peaceful script sentiment. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) plum pudding (muted purple) and stamper's select white.
  • Patterned paper is from PTI blueberry sky (blue) pattern pack (tone-on-tone prints - retired).
  • The images and the sentiment "May peace fill your soul this day." are from PTI peaceful garden (retired), stamped with PTI new leaf (green) and amethyst allure (purple) inks
  • I masked the top and bottom of the white panel, then used a small brush (the larger one from a Perfect Pearls brush set) to add the tan and blue strips with PTI classic kraft and blueberry sky inks.  I was able to get a softer, smoother look for the sky, but I also like the rough, breezy effect on this example. 
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Monday, July 1, 2019

Black and White Gingham with Kraft and Red

Bold and simple.  I like the crisp sentiment and the strong colors.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) true black, pure poppy (red), and classic kraft.
  • Patterned paper is from Pink & Main beach bum 6 x 6" pad.
  • Die is from PTI fabulous frames.
  • The sentiment "thank you" is from PTI thank you kindly (retired), stamped with Versafine onyx black ink.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Sunday, June 30, 2019

Muted Teal Wreath with Gray

One of my favorite layouts - I call it "medallion band" - in monochromatic colors.  The new-to-me wreath stamp's pattern matches the printed leaf pattern on the band.  In real life, the sentiment contrasts a bit more with the wreath color. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) pinefeather (dark green), soft stone (light gray), and stamper's select white.
  • Patterned paper is from PTI ocean tides (muted teal) pattern pack (tone-on-tone prints - retired).
  • Dies are from PTI two toned (2" plain circle) and Spellbinders big scalloped circles large (2-1/2" scalloped circle).
  • The sentiment "thinking of you" is from PTI stuck on you, and the wreath is from PTI tag-its #12 (retired), stamped with PTI ocean tides and pinefeather inks.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Saturday, June 29, 2019

Diagonal Stripes on Green with Cream

A very simple layout, made interesting with bold colors, texture, and pattern.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) terra cotta tile (rusty red), dark chocolate (brown), prairie grass (muted green), and vintage cream.
  • Embossing folder is The Paper Studio woodgrain (retired).
  • Die is the large wide banner from PTI sketched shapes.
  • The striped background is The Stamp Market diagonal pinstripe, stamped with PTI canyon clay (orangey brown) ink.  The stamped color surprised me by matching the (much redder) terra cotta tile card stock, instead of the canyon clay card stock, when stamped onto prairie grass card stock.  Color layering is always an adventure!
  • The sentiment "just for you" is from Stampabilities card phrases, and the distressed star is from PTI military stars (retired), stamped with PTI dark chocolate and prairie grass ink, then restamped with Versamark and clear heat embossed.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Label with Green Vines

A peaceful monochromatic design, with curving vines to frame the script sentiment.  

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) spring moss (light green), ripe avocado (dark green), and rustic white.
  • Patterned paper is the damask print from PTI ripe avocado pattern pack (tone-on-tone prints - retired).
  • Embossing folder is Stampin' Up subtle.
  • Dies are from My Favorite Things layered labels (retired) and PTI rustic wreath.
  • The sentiment "with sympathy" is from PTI keep it simple: sympathy, stamped with PTI ripe avocado ink.
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Sunday, June 16, 2019

Bright Raspberry Floral with Green

Stamping this raspberry floral design brought some bright color to a gray rainy day.  I hope it will bring some cheer to the recipient, too!

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) raspberry fizz and stamper's select white.
  • Patterned paper is from PTI ripe avocado (green) pattern pack (tone-on-tone prints - retired).
  • Die is from PTI noted: simply stitched A2 vertical.  
  • The large flowers and leaves are from Altenew wings of hope, the flower centers are from PTI life (retired) and larger than life (retired), and the sentiment "thinking of you" is from PTI sentiment staples: thinking of you, stamped with PTI raspberry fizz and ripe avocado inks.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Friday, June 14, 2019

Red, White, and Blue Patterns with Starry Label

A patriotic color combination with a mix of straight lines and curves.  The bold sentiment, dots, and zigzag pattern are calmed by the label's starry light blue stamping and the light blue strip of card stock.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) spring rain (light blue) and stamper's select white (a bright white in real life).
  • Patterned paper is bitty dot print from PTI pure poppy (red) "+ white basics" patterned paper (retired) and zigzag print from Doodlebug patriotic picnic 6x6" paper pad.
  • Label die is from PTI fabulous frames.
  • The sentiment "thank you so much" is from PTI thank you kindly (retired), and the starry background is from PTI bitty background blocks II (retired), stamped with PTI pure poppy and spring rain ink.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Yellow Floral on Kraft with Brown and Cream

For a friend who loves antiques, a vintage style card with a floral design in yellow, her favorite color.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Neenah desert storm (kraft) and Papertrey Ink (PTI) cocoa bean (brown) and rustic cream.
  • Embossing folder is The Paper Studio script (retired).
  • Twine is gold Treasure Braid TR63.  To keep it from slipping, I notched the edges of the card stock with a 1/8" hole punch.
  • Dies are from PTI noted: simply stitched A2 vertical and noted: pinked A2 vertical
  • The sentiment "happy birthday" is from PTI keep it simple: birthday, and the image is from PTI in bloom, stamped with Memento rich cocoa (brown) ink.  
  • I colored the flower and leaves with Copic markers YG05, G14, G40, Y15, Y19, Y38, and YR15 and some very old Venus Spectracolor pencils in canary yellow and yellow-orange.
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Friday, May 31, 2019

Patchwork Print with Yellow Chevron Ribbon

Starting from the multicolored patchwork print, I chose a few colors and accents to build a bit of a quilting theme.  I like the strip of wide chevron ribbon and the faux stitching edge detail.  It's a cheerful, summery design that I'll send to our church shut-ins.

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Friday, May 3, 2019

Green Framed Leaves with Rusty Red

Some simple leaves and flowers in a 5-window frame.  I love the graceful curves and shapes with the strong frame lines.

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Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Monday, April 29, 2019

Red, White, and Blue Stripes with Circles

I made this simple layout in red, white, and blue to try a new striped stamp set.  The strong lines and circles work well together.

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Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Saturday, April 20, 2019

Pink Flowers with Green Rickrack

I've been on a break from card making for the last few weeks, so it felt good to finish a small batch of cards to write notes for our church shut-ins.  Lots of bright spring colors.  I like the rickrack die as a green hill for my trio of flowers. 

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Sunday, March 24, 2019

Blues with Orangey Brown Damask

Lots of swirls and curlicues today - a script embossing folder, a flowing script sentiment, and an ornate damask patterned paper.  Though I like the colors, the card overall might work better with a spring or summer palette.  Another day, maybe!

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) spring rain (light blue) and enchanted evening (dark blue).
  • Patterned paper is from PTI canyon clay (orangey brown) pattern pack (tone-on-tone prints - retired).
  • Embossing folder is The Paper Studio script (retired).
  • Die is PTI big basics: thinking of you.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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