Saturday, January 20, 2018

Gold Circles with Brown and Gray

A handsome masculine card with circles and squares in rich brown and gold colors.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) dark chocolate (dark brown) and honey nut (golden brown). 
  • Patterned paper is from PTI three piece suit A2 paper collection (retired).
  • The brown card stock is embossed with the Dreamweaver faux cross-stitch stencil screen, as explained in this post.
  • Dies are My Favorite Things double dot border (retired) and PTI direct messages banner.
  • The sentiment "thank you" is from PTI keep it simple: thank you II, stamped with PTI dark chocolate ink cube.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Friday, January 12, 2018

Circles on Stripes - Red, White, and Blue

Dotted circles on stripes for an interesting background.  A wide white panel makes a resting place for the eye.  The circle motif continues in the sentiment stamp.

Card details:
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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Gray-Green Leaves with Burgundy on White

A very simple, serene card.  The deep rich burgundy is beautiful with the gray-green leaves on white.

Card details:
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Sunday, January 7, 2018

Teacup and Snowflake - Blue and White

I made a batch of these wintry blue and white cards to send with warm wishes to our church shut-ins.  The heart-embellished teacup and snowflake give a cozy feeling against the sky patterned background.  I don't often use ribbon on my cards, but here it makes a good resting place for the teacup. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Neenah solar white and Papertrey Ink (PTI) blueberry sky (medium blue).
  • Patterned papers are the leaf and bitty dot prints from PTI spring rain (light blue) and enchanted evening (dark blue) pattern packs (tone-on-tone prints - retired).
  • Ribbon is 3/8" white sheer-and-satin.
  • Dies are PTI fancy flakes, teacup, and heart-to-heart #11.  The blue star is inlaid in the white snowflake's center.
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Friday, January 5, 2018

Brown Hexagons with Yellow and Cream

Lots of hexagons - embossed, die cut, and stenciled.  I like the warm brown and yellow colors with the cream sentiment shape.

Card details:
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Black and White Prints on Green

Diagonal prints and embossed zigzags with a bright white sentiment.  The black "thanks" shadow layer isn't obvious in the picture, but it really helps the white word stand out clearly on the busy patterns.

Card details:
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Purple Butterfly with Blue Frame

It's difficult making a sympathy card when it's needed, so I always try to keep a few on hand.  I like this butterfly's elegant curves with the frame's straight lines and the soft plaid background.  

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) plum pudding (purple) and blueberry sky (medium blue).
  • Patterned paper is the large plaid print from PTI spring rain (light blue) bitty big pattern pack.
  • Dies are from PTI infinity frames and life is beautiful.
  • The sentiment "with sympathy" is from PTI fillable frames #2 (retired), stamped with PTI blueberry sky ink cube.
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Monday, January 1, 2018

Cardinal with Snowflakes on Blue

For a family anniversary, I made this wintry card with a cardinal and a trio of snowflakes.  I like the contrast of deep red against the blue and white background.  The shimmery card stock looks lovely in real life.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) shimmer card stock in scarlet (red), sky (medium blue), sapphire (dark blue), and white.
  • Dies are PTI winter woods and fancy flakes.
  • The sentiment "Love" is cut with the Silhouette Cameo.  See this card for details.
  • The cardinal's details are stamped with PTI winter woods using Versafine onyx black ink, then clear heat embossed.
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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Gratitude Bookmark


The last day of 2017 seems perfect for posting the "gratitude" themed bookmark I made for a friend.  I'm thankful for all my blessings in 2017, including her friendship.  And I was blessed by another friend's gift of the "counting my blessings" stamps and dies that I used for this project.  (Thank you, Sandy!)  I know that in 2018, too, I'll continue to find blessings and joy each day.

The bookmark is double-sided, with each side monochromatic - one side bright and the other softly subdued.  To reduce bulk and keep it flexible, I used more patterned papers than heavy weight card stock.  The two sides are adhered back to back with scor-tape.  To protect the banner tips, I rounded them slightly with scalloped scissors.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) stamper's select white.
  • Patterned papers are raspberry fizz (bright pink) damask print and ocean tides (muted teal) bitty dot print from PTI pattern packs (tone-on-tone prints - retired) and a pale aqua print from PTI pretty pastels (8x8" pad - retired).
  • Dies are Impression Obsession thankful, PTI counting my blessings (blessed), and the solid die from PTI notched star banner.  I inlaid the "blessed" word. 
  • The sentiment "today because ..." is from PTI counting my blessings, stamped with Hero Arts unicorn white pigment ink pad, then heat embossed with white.  The sentiment "beyond measure" is from the same set, stamped with PTI ocean tides ink cube
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Saturday, December 30, 2017

Sunburst Stencil with Teal Dots

A bright and sunny card with some deep teal for contrast.  I like the curving script of the sentiment across the angled sun rays.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) tropical teal.
  • Patterned paper is the polka dot print from PTI tropical teal pattern pack (tone-on-tone prints - retired) and my homemade patterned grid paper, as described here.  In real life, though the aqua grid is pale, it's much more visible than in the picture.
  • The wide and narrow ray stencils are PTI sunburst, sponged with PTI harvest gold (medium yellow) and summer sunrise (deep yellow-orange) ink cubes, using the round Ranger ink blending tool to apply the ink.  
  • For the center circle, sponged with PTI summer sunrise ink, I made a stencil with PTI clear cardstock and an EK Success 1" circle punch.  I'll keep it with my two sunburst stencils to use again. 
  • I edged the sunburst panel with Copic marker Y19.
  • Die is PTI big basics: sunshine.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Cardinal on Birch with Blue Dots

A bright cardinal on a birch tree trunk, with blue dotted sky for a simple scene.  The narrow red border strip helps to unify the design.  I'll enjoy using this birch pattern in different color combinations, but for my first time stamping with it, I stayed with natural colors.

I'm taking a bit of a card-making break in December, enjoying the season and also working on my annual Advent calendar.  It's posted here, with updates (at least weekly) as I complete my daily drawings.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) pure poppy (red) and vintage cream.
  • Patterned paper is the polka dot print from PTI blueberry sky (blue) pattern pack (tone-on-tone prints - retired).
  • Dies are My Favorite Things many thanks (retired) and PTI winter woods.
  • The cardinal details are stamped with PTI winter woods, using PTI dark chocolate (dark brown) ink cube.  
  • The birch pattern is stamped with PTI background basics: birch, using PTI cocoa bean (medium brown) ink cube.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Monday, December 11, 2017

Christmas Card 2017

Our Christmas card this year has an oval manger scene with the Holy Family, angels, shepherds, animals, and a border of vines and flowers, with the words "Silent Night - Holy Night" above and below the oval.  The card has a wide white border and is computer-printed on Neenah card stock. 

Since 2010, we've used one of my annual Nativity drawings to print our cards.  This one is from my 2016 Advent calendar.  If you'd like to see past years' Christmas cards that I've drawn, click here, then scroll down.

And here on my Mostly Markers drawing blog, you'll find my 2017 Advent calendar drawing (work in progress through Christmas Day) with a link to the other eight years of calendars, and more of my Advent-Christmas drawings as well. 

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Scene with Fence, Trees, and Cat - Before and After

My sweet scene today revisits this "before" card, one of my favorites from four years ago.  My "after" design is a bit simpler and uses some patterned papers instead of the Copic marker details. 

Usually when I revise a card, I prefer the newer version.  But in this case, I like them both.  The "before" has a more painterly, cozy feeling, and today's "after" is more crisp and graphic in style.  

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) pure poppy (red), aqua mist, cocoa bean (medium brown), summer sunrise (yellow-orange), and rustic cream.
  • Patterned papers are the bitty dot, leaf, and stripe prints from PTI ripe avocado (green), summer sunrise, and classic kraft pattern packs (tone-on-tone prints - retired).
  • Dies are PTI picket fence, PTI ad sense (sun), PTI polka dot parade #6, PTI star gazer (tiny sun shape on bow), Impression Obsession cat set, My Favorite Things fresh cut grass, and WPlus9 pretty patches: tree (retired).
  • Punch is Martha Stewart bow.
  • The cat's eyes are tiny dots of brown Micron pen.
  • The sentiment "thinking of you" is from PTI keep it simple: thinking of you, stamped with PTI cocoa bean ink cube.
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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Green Mugs with Red - Just Because

Bright red, green, and white in a simple design.  I made a few dozen of these for our local senior center, and in December, another volunteer will write cheerful notes to enclose with meals for some of our shut-ins.  I like the warm feeling of the mug on the red print "tablecloth."

Note: the gray borders are background, not part of the cards.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Paper Source spruce (solid green - mug on top card - discontinued), My Favorite Things red hot (solid red - leaf sprigs on both bottom cards), and Papertrey Ink (PTI) stamper's select white.
  • Patterned paper is pure poppy (red) damask print (horizontal strip on all cards), pure poppy bitty dot print (leaf sprig on top card), and pinefeather (dark green) bitty dot print (mug on bottom left card) from PTI pattern packs (tone-on-tone prints - retired); and pinefeather small plaid print (mug on bottom right card) from PTI bitty big pattern pack.
  • Leaf sprigs are cut with PTI heart-2-heart #12 dies.
  • Mugs are cut with Silhouette Cameo, using a shape from this design.  I stretched it vertically and enlarged it to fit my layout.
  • The sentiment "just because" is from PTI keep it simple: just because, stamped with PTI pinefeather ink cube.  For the top card, I stamped first with PTI new leaf (bright green) ink, layering the two ink colors (stamping twice with the MISTI) to match the solid green mug.
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Friday, November 24, 2017

Red Flower Print with Yellow Gingham

Bright and cheerful.  The flower print provided my color scheme, and I used a simplified layout from last week's two square print cards.  

Card details:
  • Card stock is Paper Source peacock (teal) and Papertrey Ink (PTI) stamper's select white.
  • Patterned paper is the gingham print from PTI summer sunrise (yellow-orange) pattern pack (tone-on-tone prints - retired) and a flower print from Basic Grey PB&J 6x6" pad (retired).
  • Die is from PTI double-ended banners.
  • The sentiment "thank you" is from PTI keep it simple: thank you, stamped with PTI orange zest and pure poppy (red) ink cubes.  Layering the two ink colors (stamping twice with the MISTI) makes a nice red-orange match for the floral print. 
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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