Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Muted Red, White, and Blue with Star Print

A very simple layout featuring a starry print and a striped sentiment font.  

Card details:

  • Card stock is Stampin' Up soft sky (light blue) and Papertrey Ink (PTI) dark indigo (dark navy).
  • Patterned paper is from Echo Park America 6 x 6" pad.
  • The sentiment "thank you" is from PTI thank you kindly (retired), stamped with PTI dark indigo ink.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Two Birds on Wreath

Two birds stamped in similar color combinations.  I like the light green and tan against the deeper blue background.  I could have put a sentiment somewhere, but the layout didn't need one.

Card details:

Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Saturday, January 30, 2021

Leaf Ribbon on Light Orange

I enjoyed using some leaf ribbon on this birthday card for a card-making friend.  I know she'll enjoy the colors and textures.

Note: The light orange card base is less pink in real life.

Card details:

  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) melon berry (light orange), terra cotta tile (rusty red), green parakeet (lighter green), and new leaf (deeper green).
  • Embossing folder is Stampin' Up subtle.
  • My ribbon came from a visit to Britex Fabrics in San Francisco, a huge selection of fabrics and notions, and nearly 70 years of history. 
  • Dies are from Memory Box fancy blossoms (retired) and PTI birthday trio
  • The flower's center is punched with a very old 1/4" hole punch.
  • The sentiment "wishes" is from PTI sentiment staples: warmest wishes, stamped with PTI terra cotta tile ink.
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Sunday, January 10, 2021

Wreath on Yellow with Bird

After I made my earlier wreath card, I tried it with brighter greens for the wreaths, the same greens shown above.  Then I had pieces of two yellowish greens (shown on the earlier card) and today's two brighter greens, left over from the inside of the large wreath die.  So I used the set's small wreath die to make another wreath card with my green leftovers, with the inner portion inlaid into the wreath shape.  Above is one of the color combinations I tried.  I like the little bird on the little wreath with the big sentiment! 

Card details:

  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) lemon tart (light yellow), bright buttercup (bright yellow), mint julep (light green), new leaf (medium green), and blueberry sky (medium blue). 
  • Patterned paper is  from PTI blueberry sky pattern pack (tone-on-tone prints - retired). 
  • Dies are from PTI/ Ink to Paper xo heart frames, Impression Obsession birds, and Birch Press sugar script thanks
  • The bird's eye is a dot of black Micron pen.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Friday, January 1, 2021

Green Wreath with Purple Band

Trying a new wreath die.  I like the flow of the leafy layers with the more formal look of the sentiment and dark purple card stock band.  

Card details:

  • Card stock is Paper Source violet (light purple - retired) and Papertrey Ink (PTI) simply chartreuse (medium green), ripe avocado (dark green), and royal velvet (dark purple). 
  • Die is from PTI/ Ink to Paper xo heart frames.
  • The sentiment "thank you ever so much" is from PTI thank you kindly (retired), stamped with PTI amethyst allure (medium purple) ink, with a touch of royal velvet.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Thursday, December 31, 2020

Muted Teal Print with Gold and Cream

Texture and pattern of muted teal with gold and cream accents.  

Card details:

  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) ocean tides (muted teal) and saffron spice (gold).
  • Patterned paper is from PTI green tea leaves 8x8" pad (retiring). 
  • Twine is gold shimmer from The Twinery.
  • The sentiment "with heartfelt sympathy" is from Sunny Studio everyday greetings, stamped with PTI pinefeather (dark green) ink.
I also made some with a "thank you" sentiment for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Tan Stripes with Rustic Red

Another simple layout today.  Diagonal stripes, stars, and sentiment on a woodgrain-textured card base.  Almost monochromatic with tan, brown, and rustic red.

Card details:

  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) Americana (rustic red) and dark chocolate (brown).
  • Patterned paper is Pink & Main pumpkin spice 6 x 6" pad (retired).
  • Embossing folder is The Paper Studio woodgrain (retired).
  • Die is from PTI super star borders.
  • The sentiment "thank you" is from PTI think big favorites #18, stamped with PTI dark chocolate ink.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Sunday, December 27, 2020

Muted Red, White, and Blue Stripes with Tan

A very simple note card with a starry stripe in muted red, white, and blue on a tan card base.  The large sentiment adds some curves and flourishes to the straight lines of the patterned paper.

Card details:

  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) fine linen (tan).
  • Patterned paper is from Pink & Main beach bum 6 x 6" pad.
  • The sentiment "thank you" is from PTI big & bold wishes (retired), stamped with PTI dark indigo (dark navy) ink.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Saturday, December 26, 2020

Red Dotted Teapot on Lace Border

A red dotted teapot on a white lace border.  I like the kitchen decor suggested by the bright yellow stripes and textured turquoise green.  The teapot's shape is accented with red marker coloring on the spout, lid, and base.  I'll use this card to send "warmest wishes" to our church shut-ins.  

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

Card details:

  • Card stock is Neenah solar white and Paper Source jade (turquoise green).
  • Patterned paper is from PTI bright buttercup (yellow) and pure poppy (red) "+ white basics" patterned paper (retired).
  • Embossing folder is Stampin' Up subtle.
  • Dies are Papertrey Ink (PTI) tea for two (retired) and Memory Box charlotte lace (retired). 
  • I used Copic marker R29 to add some solid color to the teapot. 
  • The sentiment "warmest wishes" is from PTI sentiment staples: warmest wishes, stamped with PTI pure poppy ink.
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Christmas Card 2020


This year's card is a Nativity scene with shepherds and an angel.  It's computer-printed on Neenah solar white card stock.

Since 2010, I've used one of my annual Nativity drawings for the card fronts, with a greeting inside "Wishing you all the joy of Christmas."  To see past years' Christmas cards that I've drawn, click here, then scroll down.

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Sunday, November 22, 2020

Sunshine with Birds - Orange and Turquoise

Some sunny colors for today's card!  I like the small bird accents.  A bit of whimsy comes from the diagonal panel placement.

Card details:

  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) Hawaiian shores (turquoise), harvest gold (yellow), and orange zest.
  • Patterned papers are a gingham from PTI Hawaiian shores pattern pack (tone-on-tone prints - retired) and a mottled orange print from Craft Smith flower market 12 x 12" collection.
  • Dies are from PTI big basics: sunshine and heart-2-heart #9 (retiring).
  • The birds' eyes are dots of Copic black 0.3 multiliner.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Stars with Purple, Orange, and Green

I've enjoyed using a Halloween color scheme for some non-Halloween cards.  On this one, I chose a few bright colors from the star pattern.  I like the curved script font with the straight lines of the stars, stripes, and orange border.  The white "thanks" stands out well in its green and purple setting.

Card details:

  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) orange zest, new leaf (green), and stamper's select white.
  • Patterned papers are a striped print from PTI plum pudding (purple) pattern pack (tone-on-tone prints - retired) and a star print from Pink & Main not too spooky (retired) 6 x 6" paper pad.
  • Dies are from PTI huge thanks.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Friday, November 13, 2020

Red, White, and Blue Stripes with Star Circle

Textures and patterns give energy to the simple layout in red, white, and blue on kraft.

Card details:

  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) pure poppy (red), enchanted evening (dark blue), classic kraft, and stamper's select white.
  • I made the striped paper in PowerPoint and computer-printed it on Neenah solar white.
  • Dies are PTI cover plate: angles (for the embossed kraft card base), PTI limitless layers: 1-3/4" circles (plain and pinked circles - retired), PTI seeing stars (retired), and Birch Press sugar script thanks.
  • The starry pattern and layered circle image are from PTI military stars (retiring), stamped with PTI pure poppy and enchanted evening inks.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Leaf Frame - Green with Purple

I added some leaves to the leaf frame to make a wreath.  Small punched dots on the inner corners make a nice accent.  The green and purple colors are reversed for the version below. 


Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) vintage jadeite (lighter green), new leaf (deeper green), lilac grace (lighter purple), and amethyst allure (deeper purple).
  • The dots are punched with a very old 1/4" hole punch.
  • Dies are Altenew leaf frame cover, My Favorite Things (MFT) grande greenery - solid, and MFT hello.
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Monday, November 9, 2020

Embossed Stars - Blue and Tan with Red

For the blue embossed stars, I tried a technique from Jennifer McGuire's blog, brayering a dark blue ink onto my embossing folder.  It worked fine, and I'm glad I tried it, but like most inky techniques for me, it was probably a one-time experiment.  Thank you, Jennifer, for all your information and inspiration!

I like the tan background with the same embossed stars, this time uninked.  A red border and crisp red sentiment add some energy. 

Card details:

  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) blueberry sky (medium blue), pure poppy (red), and fine linen (tan).
  • Embossing folder is Darice stars asst (assorted). 
  • I used PTI enchanted evening (dark blue) ink on the embossing folder. 
  • The word "thanks" is cut with Silhouette Cameo, using Hobo Std font, same as this card.   
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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