Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Swiss Miss Cup of Tea Birthday card – Tu es notre tasse de thé !

Switzerland Cup of Tea birthday card, by Paperesse.

I created this Swiss Miss cup of tea birthday card for a Swiss friend of ours, who just happens to be a devoted tea drinker – a perfect fit! The pre-colored digi is from Cheryl Seslar's It's a Small World digi set; Canada, USA, UK, Germany, and Finland are also included.


I created the sentiment 'Tu est notre tasse de thé !' (You are our cup of tea) with Channel font. This is such a pretty font. It has some lovely flourishes, which you can see and find out how to make with this One in a Melon greeting card.


The paper is oh-so-Swiss and comes from the URSUS Alpenchic paper pad. I dressed it all up with the inexpensive no-brand circular border die I seem to be using a lot of lately and some enamel dots.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, URSUS Alpenchic paper pad
Digital stamp – Cheryl Seslar's It's a Small World Switzerland pre-colored digi
Dies – Die-namics circle stax, no-brand circular border die
Embellishments – enamel dots
Font – Channel

I'm linking up with: Crafty Creations #367 – ATG, Crafty Gals Corner #166 – ATG, Creative Moments #143 – ATG, Inspiration Destination #151 – ATG, and The Crafty Addicts #48 – ATG.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Carte de Noël escargot – Christmas Snail card

<i>Carte de Noël escargot</i> – Christmas Snail card, featuring QKR Stampede Santa Snail digital stamp, by Paperesse.

My quest for humorous Christmas card greetings in French continues. Today's attempt features QKR Stampede's Santa Snail digital stamp. I thought this was very appropriate for a Christmas card as we're very particular about our snails over here, and though we eat them all year round, they are a favorite at Christmas, especially with a garlic and parsley butter sauce – delicious! But back to the card...


My sentiment, which I created with Candy Round BTN font translates in English to, 'Quick! Soon it's Christmas!'. You get it right? A slowwwwww moving snail saying 'Quick!'? However, when I showed it to my husband, I had to explain my reasoning a bit, which kind of irked me because I thought I was being oh so clever. Phffff...


Patterned paper is Bo Bunny Silver & Gold paper pack. I received this pack as a magazine freebie long ago and even though I've made a few cards with it already (like this Light Bulb Christmas card) I still have quite a bit left; I feel so thrifty every time I use it. Embellishment is a simple wooden star on a banner die-cut.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, ribbed paper, Bo Bunny Silver & Gold paper pack
Digital stamp – QKR Santa Snail
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – Die-Namics square stax and banner die, no-brand stitched postage stamp die
Embellishment – wooden star
Font – Candy Round BTN

I'm linking up with: QKR Stampede #295 – ATG, Addicted to Stamps and More #292 – Make Your Mark, Sweet Stampin' Christmas May – ATG Christmas, Craftaholics R Us #20 – ATG, and The Merry Christmas Challenge #20 – ATG Christmas.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Hap-BEE Mother's Day! bee card

Hap-BEE Mother's Day! card, featuring Whimsie Doodles Pollen for You digital stamp,  by Paperesse.

Happy Mother's Day to Moms everywhere!


This BEE-utiful Mother's Day card for my grandmother features the now defunct Whimsie Doodle's Pollen for You digital stamp. I created the sentiment with Smarty Pants BTN font.


The papers on this card are magazine freebies I received long ago from Creative Cardmaking (no longer in publication). I was sorry to see that magazine go, they had such great gifts. This wasn't just a few sheets, but a true pack of papers and die-cuts. I've still got quite a lot of it left, even though I've already used it on two other cards: this Bee Turtle birthday card and this Honey Bee birthday card.  Embellishments are simple mat enamel dots.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, freebie magazine patterned paper
Digital stamp – Whimsie Doodles Pollen for You
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – Die-Namics circle stax
Embellishment – matt enamel dots
Font – Smarty Pants BTN

I'm linking up with: Simply Papercraft #57 – ATG, FFC#233 – ATG, Daring Cardmakers 11/05/18 – Busy Bees, Crafting With Friends #67 – ATG, and Colour Crazy Challenge Week 19 – ATG.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Just for You card featuring Di's Digi Stamps Squisshy Kitty digital stamp

Just for You card featuring Di's Digi Stamps Squisshy Kitty stamp, by Paperesse.

This 'Just for You' card going to my aunt features Di's Digi Stamps Squisshy Kitty digital stamp. It's a super cute stamp (and I noticed as I was getting the link that it's now on sale for $1.00), but honestly, I think I might have named it something else. Referring to a kitty as squishy (even with an extra s in the spelling) brings all kind of unpleasant associations to mind.


This card illustrates the difference paper texture brings to your coloring experience. I have three packs of drawing paper I bought on sale a while back, but I don't enjoy using them due to the textured uneven finish I get when coloring on them. Compare this image with the one I used on this Easter card (featuring another great Di's Digi Stamps digi) and the difference paper makes is obvious. I can blend 'til I'm blue in the face and unless I use an additional oil (which I don't like to do) I still will get this rough appearance. I think I need to just set guilt aside for not using them, find some other use for the paper, and go on down the road.


The sentiment is from Barbara Ann Williams Garden Vignettes Round Sentiments sheet. The paper is from my stash and I have no idea of its origin. Embellishments are a few tiny pearls used to dress up the border die-cut.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, patterned paper
Digital stamps – Di's Digi Stamps Squisshy Kitty, Barbara Ann Williams Garden Vignettes Round Sentiments sheet
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – Die-Namics circle stax, Artemio border die lace #6
Embellishments – pearls

I'm linking up with: Di's Digi Challenge 04/05/18 – For Mom or a Special Lady, 2 Crafter Critter Crazies #14 – ATG with a critter, Show Us Your Pussies Cats Only Challenge #30 – Furrything Goes, Colour Crazy Challenge Week 18 – ATG, and Addicted to tamps and More #291 – ATG.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Hybrid altered inexpensive mini-album

Hybrid altered mini-album, by Paperesse.
Mini-album front

I haven't seen one of my aunts in quite a few years. I was talking to her recently on the phone when she reminded me of that fact. She doesn't live near my closest family members so trying to work in a visit to see her when I'm back in the States is problematic.

Inside cover and intro page

She's not real computer savvy – no Skype or email – so the only way she can associate a current face with my voice is through a photo. I promised to send her some. Although, I daresay it isn't without some trepidation that I do so. When I said quite a few years, I mean a really longgggggggg time, so in her mind I look a whole lot younger than I do now. Poor thing, she's likely to get a shock. Dang! I kind of hate to burst her bubble.

Photos on the right, description on the left

I could have just sent her some photos in an envelope, but I wanted to give her something nice to see them in. And, too, if I'm going to all the trouble to print photos out, I want to protect them. I decided on one of my favorite type albums – a hybrid, altered inexpensive mini (I paid €0.79 for this one). By hybrid, I mean a blend of digital design with real, tactile printed papers and even ribbon. Since all our photos anymore are digital, I guess you could argue that any photo album is a hybrid. I like this technique so much I've even done a tutorial on it – How to alter an inexpensive plastic photo album into a one of a kind mini you'll be proud to give as a gift. Click on the link for step by step instructions. This is a great mini if you're mailing it; it's lightweight and flat.

Mini-album back

The paper I've used is retired Tactile Studio Snapshot overlays and free Keep Calm and Take Photos image. I used different paper for the inside front and back covers and made an intro page. If I have only a few photos, I like to accompany each photo with date/place information on the opposite page. A ribbon classes it up and ties it all together.

Here's what the before looks like:


I'm linking up with: Mini-album Makers Challenge May and Simply Create Too #138 – Anything But a Card.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Santa Claws crab Christmas step card

Santa Claws Christmas step card, by Paperesse.

Another Christmas card for you today featuring 2 Cute Ink's Santa Claws digital stamp.


Paper is Tactile Studio Primary digital paper pack. I've discovered that I enjoy using normal, everyday paper for holiday cards. It gives a certain freshness to the cards I like (another example of which is this Hangin' With my Gnomies Christmas card). I had in fact cut the Crafts-too Presscut step card die base and these papers to use on another birthday card, but I didn't like the look. I put them aside to use with something else and voila...something else turned out to be this card.


With the bright primary colors I didn't think much embellishment was needed so I kept it simple and added just a few mousse dots to tie it all together. The sentiment was created with Candy Round BTN font.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, Tactile Studio Primary digital paper pack,
Digital stamp – 2 Cute Ink Santa Claws
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – Crafts-too Presscut step card die, Die-namics rectangle stax
Embellishments – mousse dots
Font – Candy Round BTN

I'm linking up with: The Merry Christmas Challenge #18 – ATG Christmas, Christmas Crafts All Year Round May – ATG Christmas, Crafting by Designs May – ATG, ABC Christmas Challenge May – 'K' for Keep it Simple, and The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #28 – ATG Christmas.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Owl Birthday card

'Owl the best on your special day' Birthday card, by Paperesse.

This card features a Pink Gem Ollie on Branch digistamp freebie download from Simply Cards & Papercraft magazine issue 159.


Paper is Tactile studio Hoot Hoot digital paper pack. Embellishments are wooden flowers, buttons and a side owl charm tied on with twine. I have a small box of these owl charms; I was glad to finally use one. Tying a charm on the side with twine is my favorite ways to use them, as on this Under the Weather get well card.


My punny sentiment was created with Bradley Hand ITC font.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, Tactile studio Hoot Hoot digital paper pack
Digital stamp – SCP Pink Gem Ollie on Branch digistamp freebie
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – Die-Namics square stax
Embellishment – wooden flowers, buttons, twine, charm
Font – Bradley Hand ITC

I'm linking up with: Simply Papercraft #57 – ATG, Colour Crazy Challenge Week 17 – ATG, and Crafter's Castle #4 – ATG.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Christmas card featuring QKR Stampede Need More Elves digital stamp

Not Elvis, Elves! Christmas card featuring QKR Stampede Need More Elves digistamp, by Paperesse.

This QKR Stampede Need More Elves digistamp Santa's bottom line isn't doing so well. Poor guy – his uniform has seen better days, he's got some serious staffing issues and whoever's on the other end of the line has a hearing problem. I admit this sentiment cracked me up.


I'm finding OKR Stampede has some very cute humorous stamps for Christmas, like the one on this hitch-hiking bird headed anywhere warm card.


Paper is Tactile Studio Tartan digital paper pack. Embellishments are a die-cut snowflake and button.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, Tactile Studio Tartan digital paper pack
Digital stamp – QKR Stampede Need More Elves
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – Die-Namics rectangle stax and photo corners, no-brand Chinese snowflake die
Embellishment – button

I'm linking up with: Shopping Our Stash #351 – Mythical & Magical (I think Santa Claus could be considered both), Lemon Shortbread #66 – ATG, Tuesday Throwdown #389 – ATG, Creates and Makes Challenge #21 – ATG, and QKR Stampede #292 – ATG.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

New Baby Boy – Bienvenue au nouveau né – card

Bienvenue au nouveau né – Welcome newborn – baby boy card, featuring Dearie Dolls free Baby Boy Mousie digital stamp, by Paperesse.

Dearie Dolls Baby Boy Mousie free digital stamp takes pride of place on this new baby boy card. I created the sentiment (Welcome newborn) with Amelie font. What a great name for a font! I adore this name. It reminds me of the film Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain (English title Amélie), one of my favorite movies of all time. Such a great, quirky French film with a fantastic musical score. If you've never seen it I highly recommend it. Please, just watch it with the subtitles though, it'd be horrible to cover up Audrey Tautou's charming voice.


So, back to the card...Dearie Dolls has quite a few of these cute Mousie stamps; all offered free by Mary Ellen, the illustrator. You can find them for any season or holiday, like this Mousie Joy Christmas card. The Boy paper is from Tactile Studio's Adorable digital paper pack. The dotted paper is...who knows?


The stitched circle die is another of my inexpensive no-brand Chinese dies; as is the banner die, a recent acquisition with which I confess to being most pleased.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, polka dot paper, Tactile Studio Adorable digital paper pack,
Digital stamp – Dearie Dolls Free Baby Boy Mousie
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – No-brand Chinese dies stitched circles and banner
Embellishments – buttons
Font – Amelie

I'm linking up with: Colour Crazy Challenge Week 16 – ATG, Crafting With Friends #65 – ATG, Creative Fingers #145 – ATG, Cut It Up! #146 – Bugs and Critters, and FFC #230 – ATG.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

A sans gluten – gluten free – masculine Christmas card

A sans gluten (gluten free) Christmas card, by Paperesse.

As I've mentioned on a few posts now, I'm trying to come up with humorous French sentiment Christmas cards, hence this latest addition. If you're wondering what this cookie munching Santa's saying it's, 'I hope this is gluten free.' I wish I were clever enough to have come up with this idea myself, but no, it's inspired by this gluten free Santa Christmas card by the Canadian artist Michelle Houde, as seen in her Etsy boutique. If you're in the market for some hilarious pre-made cards, check her out, she has some great designs.


The Santa is a freebie coloring page, shrunk down to digital stamp size. Sentiment font is Tekton Pro. Paper is Tactile Studio Sock Monkey (great for a masculine Christmas card).


Embellishments are this recently acquired no-brand Chinese snowflake banner die and pearls. I'm getting my money's worth with this die. You can see it in action on this Snow Time bear card, too. The only bad thing about it is that it's not very long, so in order for it to attain the length I'd like I'm cutting it in two and then covering up the missing space with the focal point stamp.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, Tactile Studio Sock Monkey
Digital stamps – Santa Eating Cookies and Milk Christmas coloring page
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – Die-namics rectangle stax, no-brand Chinese snowflake banner
Embellishment – pearls
Font – Tekton Pro

I'm linking up with: The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #27 – ATG Christmas, WWC #166 – ATG Masculine, Addicted to Stamps and More #288 – Holiday, Craftaholics R Us #16 – ATG, and The Merry Christmas Challenge #16 – ATG Christmas.
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