Thursday, March 31, 2016

Butterfly Branch - Aqua with Green

A simple note card with soft colors.  The plaid and stripes make a nice contrast with the curves of the branch, butterflies, and bow.

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Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Scored Kraft with Stars

Red, white, and blue with kraft and yellow.  The card base is scored, thanks to Papertrey Ink's "make it Monday" challenge to use score lines.  Thank you to Laurie and PTI for the tutorial and examples!  I was aiming for CAS with this card, and it's maybe "too CAS."  I may adjust it as I make a few more, but I'll be sure to use the scoring ideas again. 

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Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.

Flowery Branch on Gold Ledger Paper

Another family birthday card.  I love the graceful branch and sentiment with the square lines of the gold ledger paper.  Early in my career, I worked with this type of accounting paper (though typically it was pale green or cream) so it's fun now to use it as art.

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Cork Print with Orange

The cork print included a corner with a squiggly arrow and multicolored stars.  Perfect to accent a die cut "happy birthday."  I added an orange base and a line of stitching holes (backed with teal for contrast), along with some tiny gold stars.  For a family birthday.

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Saturday, March 26, 2016

Leafy Green on Cream

While I was working on this card posted earlier today, I stamped and embossed a second leafy panel. This one is stamped with green ink, then with Versamark, and heat embossed (clear).  It's a simple card design with some nice texture from the inlaid die cut and the twine.

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Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.

Leafy Green with Teal

For this week's Papertrey Ink "make it Monday" challenge:  ink blending over heat embossing.  Just doing heat embossing is a stretch for me, and then adding ink blending?  Not in my comfort zone.  But I kept going with it.  I'm glad I finished the card, though I can't really say I enjoyed the process.  I'll try it again sometime though.  And I did put white embossing powder on my shopping list!

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Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Papertrey March Blog Hop Challenge: Gray with Bright Flowers and Embroidery Floss

This month's Papertrey Ink blog hop is inspired by the beautiful work of Izziyana Suhaimi, an artist who combines drawings and embroidery on paper.  The challenge photos show soft and smudgy gray backgrounds with gray figures and bright embroidered flowers.

For my card, I tried to create some of the feeling in the inspiration examples.  I used an uneven gray stenciled background, soft green vellum and shimmery silver leaves, bright flowers, and embroidery floss details.  

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) soft stone (light gray), harvest gold (yellow), summer sunrise (yellow-orange), tropical teal, berry sorbet (deep pink), melon berry (light orange), silver shimmer, and the bitty dot print from PTI sheer basics patterned vellum.  In real life, the berry sorbet and melon berry colors are more orangey.   
  • I colored the vellum on the back with Copic marker G24 for a green tint.
  • Stencil is from PTI modern background collection, airbrushed unevenly with Copic marker T3.
  • Dies are PTI turning a new leaf (vellum leaves), branching out (silver leaves), star gazer (button flower centers), stitching lines, and pencil blooms.  I added an extra hole to the shorter stitching line to get an even number for my design.
  • Embroidery floss is DMC #3818 (dark green), 954 (light green), 3705 (pink), 943 (teal), and 744 (yellow) using all six strands.  I left my tails on top and separated the threads.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Chevron Print Thanks with Stripes

Just a simple thanks with two prints and some knotted twine. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is My Favorite Things tropical teal, Stampin' Up soft sky, stripe print from Papertrey Ink (PTI) simply chartreuse (green) pattern pack, and chevron print from Echo Park "all about a boy" 6x6" pad.
  • The chevron print is edged with Copic BG57 marker. 
  • Die is MFT many thanks.
  • Twine is orange zest stripe from PTI.  To hold my twine in place diagonally, I made small notches on each side with a McGill 1/8" hole punch
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Kraft Hello and Stars on Stenciled Background

The current Papertrey Ink (PTI) "create along with us" challenge is to make something inspired by one of the design team's creations for the PTI March release.  I chose Heather's March 11 balloon card (below).

I'm happy with my card.  It's very different for me, and it shows a lot of her card's influence - the colors (yes, that's really orange, not red, on my card!), the layout, the line of fiber, the kraft/wood die-cut words and stars, and especially the multicolored sketchy-looking panel behind the sentiment.  Thanks, Heather, for the inspiration and all your beautiful cards that you share with us!

Heather's card from Pine is Here blog
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Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Bright Sunflowers on Green Stripes

A bright trio of sunflowers for this week's Papertrey Ink sponged stamping challenge on Make It Monday.   I love the depth and variation of color in this technique.  Since my sunflowers aren't just the traditional yellow, I gave them some nontraditional vines for their leaves.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) vintage cream, orange zest, and the stripes print from PTI simply chartreuse (medium green) pattern pack.
  • The sentiment "hello" is from PTI communique sentiments, the flowers are from PTI simple sunflowers, and the leaves are from PTI turning a new leaf (small vine).  
  • I sponged and stamped with PTI ink cubes in bright buttercup (yellow), pure poppy (red), orange zest, terra cotta tile (deep rusty orange), summer sunrise (yellow-orange), simply chartreuse, new leaf (deep green), classic kraft, and dark chocolate (brown) colors.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Yellow Stripe Stars with Red, White, and Blue

The wide diagonal stripes make an interesting yellow and white variation for the stars.  (There's an A2 piece of stripes layered behind the blue star cuts.)  I like the curved banner and the touches of red.

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Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Pink Notched Flowers on Yellow Stripes

Bright colors and a simple design.  I've been using more yellow on my cards recently.  Maybe I'm ready for spring to arrive with some bright sunny days.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) sweet blush (light pink), new leaf (green), and the stripe print from PTI lemon tart (light yellow) pattern pack.
  • Flowers are stamped with PTI funky florals ( 2012 limited edition) using PTI berry sorbet (medium pink - more of an orangey pink color in real life) and terra cotta tile (deep rusty orange) ink cubes
  • Dies are PTI heart-2-heart #12 and notched flowers.
  • Green centers are punched with EK Success 3/16" circle punch.
  • The sentiment "so grateful" is cut with Silhouette Cameo.  I used Illustration Ink's scrap calligraphy font, welded it, then offset a bit to thicken the letters, and closed up some of the inner spaces.  To make a full-length stroke on the beginning of "so," I typed "sso" and used the Silhouette software's eraser tool to remove the first letter.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Big Blue Star with Yellow and Red

Some red, white, and blue with a bright burst of yellow.  I like the big blue star and tiny punched dot to focus on the sentiment, along with the dramatic scale of the diagonal stripes.

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Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Red Bird on Yellow Dots

This card just makes me smile!  My very simple scene has a bright red cardinal, perched on a strip of red against a solid yellow tree or cloud, with a polka-dot yellow sky in the background. 

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Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.