Monday, December 31, 2018

White and Kraft Frame with Red, White, and Blue

A bright heart print in a white and kraft frame.  The diagonal layout adds to the cheerful effect.

I started with just the white frame, then noticed a kraft frame (from the same die set) in my scraps, left over from another project.  It added the perfect extra touch of kraft color and an interesting curved shape to go with my sentiment font.  Always fun when that happens! 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) blueberry sky (blue), classic kraft, and stamper's select white.
  • Patterned paper is from PTI classic kraft pattern pack (tone-on-tone prints - retired) and Doodlebug patriotic picnic 6x6" paper pad.
  • Dies are from PTI fabulous frames.
  • The sentiment "thanks" is from PTI enclosed: apple, stamped with PTI classic kraft ink cube.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Sunday, December 30, 2018

Gray with Cream Banner and Green

A simple layout in monochromatic colors.  The variety of curves and angles make it interesting.

Card details:
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Saturday, December 29, 2018

Red, White, and Blue with Stars - Thankful

A new sentiment stamp and a very old star border.  On the angled die cut, it looks a bit like a theater marquee.  I enjoyed playing with my design and I'm happy with the results.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) enchanted evening (dark blue) and stamper's select white.
  • Patterned paper is from PTI pure poppy (red) pattern pack (tone-on-tone prints - retired).
  • Dies are from PTI tipped tops - small and medium size.
  • The sentiment "thankful for you" is from Honey Bee grateful, and the star border is from PTI let freedom ring (retired), stamped with PTI pure poppy and enchanted evening ink cubes.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Friday, December 28, 2018

Red Flowers on Yellow with Dark Green

A folk art look with red flowers on bright yellow.  I punched small holes in the red die cuts for my flower centers.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) bright buttercup (yellow), pure poppy (red), pinefeather (dark green), and stamper's select white.
  • Patterned paper is from PTI pinefeather bitty big pattern pack.
  • Dies are from PTI polka dot parade #2 (largest flower die), heart-2-heart #12, and photo finish strips
  • Flower centers are punched with McGill 1/8" round punch.
  • The sentiment "just a note to say hello" is from PTI banner sentiments (retired), stamped with PTI pure poppy ink cube.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Sunday, December 23, 2018

Brown with Teal and Green on Green Polka Dots

A cheerful mix with some stamping, some patterned paper, and some Copic coloring.  A playful, retro kind of vibe.  The brown and rustic red colors work to ground the bright teal and green.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) Americana (rustic red) and stamper's select white.
  • Patterned paper is the large dot print from PTI green parakeet bitty big pattern pack.
  • The brown and rustic red stamping is from PTI splits: just a note, stamped with Memento rich cocoa (brown) dye ink for the images and PTI Americana ink cube for the sentiment "just a note." 
  • I added the teal and green coloring with Copic markers BG57 and YG03.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Saturday, December 22, 2018

Cardinal with Green Rays

It was fun creating my winter scene for today's card.  I used three sets of corner sun rays, with two of them stamped in green to make foliage.  I like the color contrast of the bright yellow and red with the dark blue and greens.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) bright buttercup (yellow) and stamper's select white.
  • Patterned paper is from PTI enchanted evening (dark blue) pattern pack (tone-on-tone prints - retired).
  • Die is from PTI winter woods.
  • The sentiment "sending you sunshine" is from PTI corner adorner: February, the bird is from winter woods, the yellow and green rays are from corner adorner: November, and the red berries are from tinsel & tags sprigs (retired).  They are stamped with PTI enchanted evening, pure poppy (red), true black, bright buttercup, new leaf (green), and pinefeather (dark green) ink cubes.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Friday, December 21, 2018

Yellow Bird and Sun on Lavender

A little scene with a bird perched on a white banner.  Though the sky is a wintry lavender, there's some aqua blue where the sun is shining.  That's my story, anyway  ;-)  and I do like the colors together.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Neenah solar white and Papertrey Ink (PTI) winter wisteria (lavender) and summer sunrise (yellow-orange).
  • Patterned paper is from PTI aqua mist pattern pack (tone-on-tone prints - retired).
  • Dies are PTI heart-2-heart #9 (bird) and the large flower center from simple sunflower
  • The banner is cut with Silhouette Cameo.  I edged the bottom with Copic marker Y19.
  • The sentiment "just a note" is from PTI keep it simple: just a note, and the bird's eye is the smallest circle from confetti toss, stamped with PTI ocean tides (muted teal) ink cube.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Gold on Gold - Anniversary Card

It's difficult for me to capture shiny surfaces in my card images, but the lower right of this picture comes close.  The card, for a 50th wedding anniversary, is shiny gold foil over a sparkly gold background, with a shimmery white sentiment banner.  Really beautiful in real life, and I know the recipients will enjoy it.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Christmas Card 2018

This year, our Christmas card has a simple manger scene with the Holy Family and an angel.  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 on our cards.  This one comes from my 2017 Advent calendar.  If you'd like to see past years' Christmas cards that I've drawn, click here, then scroll down.
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Saturday, December 8, 2018

Wreath with Purple Bow on Woodgrain


Our church is decorated with evergreens and purple trimmings for the Advent season - purple is a traditional color for Advent, and we'll change the trimmings to white for Christmas.  It always looks beautiful against the wood and stone walls.  And it was my inspiration for today's card with a dark green wreath, purple bow and stars, and a touch of tan wood grain texture.  I'll write notes inside these to send to our parish shut-ins.

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

Card details:
  • Card stock is Essentials by Ellen tan woodgrain and Papertrey Ink (PTI) pinefeather (dark green), amethyst allure (purple), and stamper's select white.
  • Dies are from My Favorite Things winter wreath (wreath and bow - retired).  Stars are punched with Fiskars mini star.
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Saturday, December 1, 2018

String Frames - Black, White, and Kraft

Pierced layers and string frames make an interesting monochromatic layout.  The "hello" die cut is bold enough for a focal point inside the small kraft frame.  I enjoyed planning the arrangement of colors and textures for this card.

Card details:
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Friday, November 23, 2018

Tree with Blue Bird, on Blue

A cheerful little scene with a blue bird.  I like the two colors of green for the leaves.  My tree trunk and leaves are inlaid into the light blue background.

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Thursday, November 22, 2018

Green Wreath with Teal Leaf Print

An ornate green wreath accented with some teal dots.  The sentiment, from a different set, is a perfect fit in size and style. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) canyon clay (orangey brown) and stamper's select white.
  • Patterned paper is from PTI tropical teal pattern pack (tone-on-tone prints - retired).
  • Die is from PTI limitless layers: 2-1/2" circles.
  • The sentiment "sending sincere thanks" is from PTI thank you kindly (retired), stamped with PTI canyon clay ink cube.  
  • The images are from PTI think big favorites #19 (wreath - retired) and splits: thank you (dot cluster), stamped with PTI ripe avocado (green) and tropical teal ink cubes.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Large Gray Polka Dots with Burgundy

Burgundy, gray, and white make a bold monochromatic color scheme.  The large gray polka dots work well with the smaller burgundy dots.  I like the wide burgundy border behind the white sentiment label shape.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) scarlet jewel (burgundy) and stamper's select white.
  • Patterned papers are from PTI scarlet jewel pattern pack (tone-on-tone prints - retired) and stormy sea (gray) "+ white basics" patterned paper (retired).
  • Dies are PTI mat stack 4 (burgundy) and the larger of the two label shapes from my mother, my friend (white).
  • The sentiment "thanks for all that you do" is from PTI polka dot parade #6 (retired), stamped with PTI scarlet jewel and stormy sea ink cubes.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Monday, November 19, 2018

Red, White, and Blue with Kraft Polka Dots

Some leftover pieces of white and dark blue just happened to layer together, and then, of course, I had to design a card to use them.  Very simple and bold.  The grid pattern makes a perfect background for the large scale sentiment, and the large polka dot print and the 3-strand twine wrap add some energy.

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Sunday, November 18, 2018

Green Vines on Blue

Calm and peaceful colors - three blues and a dull green.  I like the curving vines with the sentiment's mixed fonts.

Card details:
For Operation: Quiet Comfort, I made a similar design with a "just a note" sentiment, also from PTI botanical silhouettes.
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Saturday, November 17, 2018

Lavender Branch on Gray

Texture and pattern add interest to my softly monochromatic card, posted for this week's Papertrey Ink (PTI) Make It Monday challenge to "create along with us."

I was inspired by the colors and layout of this card by Dawn McVey.  Thank you, PTI and Dawn, for all the beautiful card samples and ideas you've shared!

Card details:
  • Card stock is PTI soft stone (light gray) and lilac grace.
  • Patterned paper is from PTI winter wisteria (muted lavender) pattern pack (tone-on-tone prints - retired).
  • Embossing folder is The Paper Studio script (retired).
  • Dies are PTI branching out and noted: simply stitched vertical A2.
  • The sentiment "with sympathy" is from PTI communique sentiments (retiring), stamped with PTI soft stone and lilac grace ink cubes.  Layering the two inks makes a good match for my patterned paper color.
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Saturday, November 10, 2018

Red, White, and Blue on Gray - Two Cards

Two cards using some striped and dotted paper scraps.  I made a simple layout to work with my various sizes of patterned rectangles.

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Friday, November 9, 2018

Green and Brown Stripes on Cream

The bold stripes made me think of a window valence, so I took that forward with a scalloped border and a strand of cream and gold twine.  The sentiment fonts echo the striped pattern with both curves and straight lines. 

I first tried a dark brown border and a green sentiment, but it looked off-balance.  After switching the colors, this version works much better! 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) ripe avocado (green) and rustic cream.
  • Patterned paper is from PTI turning a new leaf 8 x 8" pad (retired).  I edged the top and sides with Copic marker YG95 for more definition against the cream background.
  • Twine is gold shimmer stripe from The Twinery.
  • Die is My Favorite Things scallop ribbon border (retired).
  • The sentiment "with gratitude" is from PTI spring woods, stamped with PTI cocoa bean ink cube.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Tropical Leaf Print on Dark Green

My typical design would reverse the dark and light green colors, but I tried it this way first,  and I really like the lighter green glowing against the dark green card base.  The tropical leaf print works nicely with the rough twine and sentiment font.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) green parakeet (lighter green) and an unknown leather-textured dark green - a few sheets given to me by a cardmaking friend.  Patterned paper is Craft Smith jungalow - a gift from another cardmaking friend.  (Thank you, Judy and Vicki!)
  • Twine is PTI rustic jute button twine.
  • Die is PTI noted (hello).
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Green and Blue Stamped Pattern on Aqua

A simple pattern of "+" and "x" shapes, stamped in green and blue inks on aqua. 

In real life, the solid aqua card stock's color looks more like the striped aqua.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) enchanted evening (dark blue) and aqua mist.
  • Patterned paper is from PTI aqua mist pattern pack (tone-on-tone prints - retired).
  • The large center dots are from PTI confetti toss, and the other images and the sentiment "thank you" are from PTI textile impressions (retiring), stamped with PTI new leaf (green) and enchanted evening ink cubes.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Saturday, November 3, 2018

Sunshine Banners on Dotted Turquoise

Layered banners with a wrap of embroidery floss.  Bright sunny colors and a sunshine sentiment.  I like the bright yellow peeking through the tiny star- and dot-shaped openings in the top banner layer. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) bright buttercup (yellow) and stamper's select white.
  • Patterned papers are a bitty dot print from PTI Hawaiian shores (tuquoise) pattern pack (tone-on-tone prints - retired) and an orange floral print from Craft Smith flower market 12 x 12" collection.
  • Embroidery floss is DMC #444.
  • Dies are PTI notched star banner set (I shortened the top banner a bit) and number the stars banner.
  • The sentiment "sending" is from PTI keep it simple: encouragement (retiring), and "sunshine" is from PTI what the doodle: sun, stamped with PTI tropical teal ink cube.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Blue and Gold Stars with Kraft, White, and Brown

My card is based on this week's fall to layout #95 on the Palmtrees and Pogosticks blog.  I turned the sketch sideways to fit my large star better.  The mix of dark and light values follows the sketch, and I included a patterned star "ribbon" element, a large layered embellishment, and a scallop-y border piece.  It was good fun on a rainy day!  Thank you, Natasha, for sharing your weekly layouts to inspire me!

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Monday, October 29, 2018

Red, White, and Blue Patches with Button

Layers of red, white, and blue with a knotted button.  I started with the light blue rectangle, left over from this card, then added some patterns and texture.  I like the patchwork effect!

Card details:
  • Card stock is My Favorite Things (MFT) red hot and Papertrey Ink (PTI) spring rain (light blue) and stamper's select white.
  • Patterned papers are from PTI enchanted evening (dark blue) and pure poppy (red) pattern packs (tone-on-tone prints - retired).
  • Twine is PTI enchanted evening baker's twine.
  • Dies are from PTI sketched shapes (long wide banner), MFT vertical stitched strips (to edge the light blue), and Impression Obsession buttons.  I layered two button die cuts together to add some weight.
  • The sentiment "thanks" is from PTI polka dot parade #6 (retired), stamped with PTI enchanted evening ink cube.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Sunday, October 28, 2018

Aqua and Green Dots on Muted Teal with Leafy Branches

Two card designs with the same elements.  I like the bright leafy branches on the dotted background pattern.

On my first card, above, the branch placement hides the right end of the banner. 

Card details:
"Thinking of you" card created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.

The second design is below:

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Saturday, October 27, 2018

Navy "Grateful" with Multicolored Star Print

A strong and simple statement in dark navy on shimmery light gold.  A small panel of multicolored stars anchors the "grateful" word and adds some bright movement.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Gray Pattern Frame with Lime Green and Turquoise

Dark gray patterns with bright lime green and turquoise - almost a theater marquee effect.  I like it a lot!  I made this for last week's Papertrey Ink (PTI) "make it Monday" challenge to use patterned frames ... and then was too slow to enter it.  But I'm still thankful to PTI and Heather for inspiring me to try the idea! 

    Card details:
    • Card stock is PTI Hawaiian shores (turquoise) and limeade ice.
    • Patterned papers are from PTI smokey shadow (dark gray) pattern pack (tone-on-tone prints - retired). 
    • Dies are PTI infinity frames and huge thanks.  I cut the frames from polka dots and stripes, then mixed up the pieces. 
    • The sentiment "ever so much" is from PTI thank you kindly (retired), and the star border is from Paper Smooches seeing stars, stamped with PTI smokey shadow ink cube.
    Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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    Tuesday, October 16, 2018

    Butterfly - Yellow and Cream with Blue

    Lots of energy in these layers of curves.  I like the cream and yellow contrast against the blues.

    Note: in real life, the sentiment banner is the same cream color as the butterfly. 

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    Saturday, October 13, 2018

    Green Branches with Dark Blue

    For this week's challenge (fall to layout #92) on the Palmtrees and Pogosticks blog, I didn't need a square card, so I adjusted the layout to work with A2 dimensions for my simple design.

    I like the glowing green colors, anchored by the dark blue, as well as the mix of curves, dots, and straight lines.  And what I call "medallion band"  - a sentiment shape on a horizontal or vertical strip of ribbon or card stock - is one of my favorite classic layouts to use.  So, thank you to Natasha for inspiring my card! 

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    Friday, October 12, 2018

    Red, White, and Blue - Floral and Stripes

    Quite a busy design with a two-color card base and diagonal sections of floral and stripes.  A simple white sentiment calms it down a bit.  The white star helps balance the weight of the sentiment, but it looked "too plain" until I stamped a smaller blue star on it. 

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    Thursday, October 11, 2018

    Wreath on Plaid - Dark Green and White with Muted Teal

    A simple two-layered wreath on plaid.  I like the monochromatic colors.  The sentiment and banner curves echo the wreath, for a nice contrast with the squares of the plaid. 

    Card details:
    • Card stock is Neenah solar white and an unknown leather-textured dark green - a few sheets given to me by a cardmaking friend.
    • Patterned paper is from PTI ocean tides (muted teal) bitty big pattern pack.  To my eye, it's somewhat greener than the ocean tides card stock and perfect layered with a dark green. 
    • Dies are PTI rustic wreath and bountiful banners.  To weave my white wreath in with the green, I snipped it at the lower right.
    • The sentiment "thinking of you" is from PTI keep it simple: thinking of you, slightly curved on the MISTI lid and stamped with PTI pinefeather (dark green) ink cube.
    Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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    Wednesday, October 10, 2018

    Diamond Print with Stripes

    An offbeat mix of colors and patterns - diamonds, bubbles, and stripes in lavender, pink, navy, and orange/orangey brown - makes a bold and graphic card for a family anniversary. 

    Card details:
    • Card stock is Paper Source cobalt (navy - retired) and Papertrey Ink (PTI) canyon clay (orangey brown) and stamper's select white.
    • The striped paper is from PTI lavender moon pattern pack (tone-on-tone prints - retired), and the papers with bubbles and diamonds are from Reverse Confetti paper bliss 6 x6" pad.
    • Dies are PTI direct messages banner and My Favorite Things harlequin (retired).
    • The sentiment "congratulations" is from PTI confetti toss, stamped with PTI canyon clay ink cube.
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    Saturday, October 6, 2018

    Cardinal on Green Scallops with Red and Yellow

    My second card today also features a cardinal, for this week's challenge (fall to layout #91) on the Palm Trees & Pogosticks blog.  I flipped the sketch left-to-right so my bird could face toward the sentiment.  Thanks, Natasha!  I enjoyed using your inspiration, including the green and red colors with black accents. 

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    Cardinal Tag on Blue Stripes

    A card with a tag, for this week's Papertrey Ink "make it Monday" challenge to incorporate packaging dies (including tags) into our cards.  I'm getting more comfortable designing with tags on my cards ... for some reason, it just doesn't come naturally to me, though it's really so simple.  The bird is bright and cheerful, with a bit of green grass for a setting, and some red and green elements above and below.  Thanks, Lizzie, for your challenge and inspiration!

    Card details:
    • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) pure poppy (red), ripe avocado (green), and stamper's select white.
    • Patterned paper is from PTI blueberry sky (blue) pattern pack (tone-on-tone prints - retired).
    • Twine is by We R Memory Keepers.
    • Dies are PTI tag sale #6 (tag and reinforcement), PTI winter woods, and My Favorite Things fresh cut grass.
    • The sentiment "just a note" is from PTI splits: just a note, the double line is from PTI fill in the blank (retired), and the cardinal detail is from PTI winter woods, stamped with PTI ripe avocado, pure poppy, and true black ink cubes.
    Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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    Wednesday, October 3, 2018

    Light Orange Leaf Print with Green

    A soft and serene overall effect, with a nice mix of textures, pattern, and color.  

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    Tuesday, October 2, 2018

    Navy Star Print on Gray

    A monochromatic feeling - navy and gray with small accents of red and yellow.  The bright sentiment in a whimsical font helps to lighten the somber tone.  

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    Wednesday, September 26, 2018

    Floral Dot Print with Aqua, Teal, and Cream

    I had two small pieces of this floral dot print, so I separated them on a larger teal rectangle, with a sentiment banner placed in the gap.  The result looks interesting, and the scale works well on my aqua card base.  It's fun for me to see what I can do with my scraps.

    I'll use this layout again, even without scraps.  Four cards can be made with a 6 x 6" print, cut into four 3 x 3" squares, then each square cut at 1". 

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    Tuesday, September 25, 2018

    Leaf and Text Prints - Green with Brown and Cream

    Two versions of the same card.  I like them both.  Since the leaf print has some green color, along with the brown and cream, I added green stripes to the brown and cream text print.  It's a nice detail that helps unify the card. 

    Card details:
    • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) dark chocolate (brown), spring moss (light green), and simply chartreuse (medium green).
    • Patterned papers are a script text print from PTI dearest Jane (retired) and a petite-scale print from PTI green tea leaves 8x8" pad (retiring).
    • Die is from PTI turning a new leaf.
    • The double stripe on the text print is from PTI plaid builder, and the sentiment "hello" is from Hero Arts many everyday messages, stamped with PTI spring moss and dark chocolate ink cubes.
    Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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    Friday, September 21, 2018

    Autumn Leaves on Sponged Rectangle

    A lovely autumn collage of leaves and tall grass against a luminous red-orange-yellow sky, balanced by the weight of a stacked sentiment. 

    Note:  My white card stock is bright white, not cream, but the other colors are true to life.  And the gray border is background, not part of the card.

    Card details:
    • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) stamper's select white.
    • My stencil material is Yupo paper, cut with a backing of Xyron repositionable adhesive, using the rounded rectangle from PTI two toned die collection. 
    • The rectangle is stenciled with PTI Americana (rustic red), orange zest, and summer sunrise (yellow-orange) ink cubes, using e.l.f total face brushes to apply the ink. 
    • The sentiment "just because" is from Stampabilities everyday expressions, stamped with PTI ripe avocado (green) ink cube
    • The tall grass image is from PTI peaceful garden (retired), and the other leaf images are from PTI leave it be (retired), stamped with PTI ripe avocado and terra cotta tile (rusty red) ink cubes.
    Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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    Thursday, September 20, 2018

    Stenciled Stars - Blue and Teal

    A nice flow of stenciled color from blue to teal to turquoise.  The fluid script of the "thanks" word makes a nice contrast with the straight lines and angles of the panel rectangles, striped twine, and grid of stars.  

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    Monday, September 10, 2018

    Sunshine Flower - Bright Yellow with Navy

    Bright, bright yellow, with a flowery print and some crisp navy for contrast.  

    Card details:
    • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) bright buttercup (yellow) and dark indigo (navy).
    • Patterned paper is from Basic Grey PB&J 6x6" pad (retired), edged with Copic B39 marker.
    • Dies are PTI sunshine, WPlus9 folk art florals (retired), and My Favorite Things layered rose
    • The flower center is punched with an old 1/4" hole punch.
    • The sentiment "sending" is from PTI keep it simple: encouragement (retiring), stamped with PTI dark indigo ink cube.
    Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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    Saturday, September 8, 2018

    Blue Dots and Stars with Circle Frame

    Light orange, rusty red, and blue colors with a circle frame and stars.  It's my take on last Sunday's sketch (fall to layout #87) from the Palmtrees and Pogosticks blog.  Thanks, Natasha!  I enjoyed playing with the sketch!

    Card details:
    • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) melon berry (light orange), terra cotta tile (rusty red), and enchanted evening (blue).
    • Patterned paper is from PTI comic strip A2 paper pack (retired).
    • Dies are from PTI four square, super star borders, and noted: simply stitched A2 vertical.  
    • The sentiment "with gratitude" is from PTI never enough: thanks, stamped with PTI fine linen (tan) and terra cotta tile ink cubes.  My first stamping with fine linen ink toned down the underlying melon berry color, and then restamping with terra cotta tile ink gave me a good match (very good in real life) for the terra cotta tile card stock frame.
    Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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    Blue Flower Print Banner on Tan

    A simple layout with a wide flower print banner and another banner for the sentiment.  Contrast and focus are added with dark edging on the long vertical sides of the print banner and a small dark rectangle under the sentiment banner.

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    Sunday, September 2, 2018

    Purple Flowers on Sponged Rectangle

    This card was fun to create - a technique I will use again!  First I die cut a rectangle to make a mask for my white panel and sponged inside it with teal and green inks.  Then I finished the panel with flowers and sentiment stamped in dark green and purple, accented my flowers with dots of white, and mounted it on a striped purple card front.  I love how the colors glow.  

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    Saturday, September 1, 2018

    Leaf Stencil - Green on Green

    Soft green colors and textures with dark green accents.  I like the mix of different greens together.

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    Wednesday, August 29, 2018

    Red, White, and Blue Stripes on Red Dots

    Just a few layered pieces ... offset rectangles, stripes on dots, and a wide banner.  Normally I don't mix white with cream, but I happened to have a cream banner that I tried for size, and I really liked how it looked with the red, white, and blue stripes.

    Card details:
    • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) dark indigo (dark navy) and vintage cream.
    • Patterned papers are a bitty dot print from PTI pure poppy (red) pattern pack (tone-on-tone prints - retired) and a stripe print from Pebbles Americana 6x6" paper pad.
    • Die is from PTI sketched shapes.
    • The sentiment "thinking of you" is from PTI keep it simple: thinking of you, and the star is from PTI military stars (retired), stamped with PTI terra cotta tile (rusty red) and blueberry sky (blue) ink cubes.
    Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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