Monday, April 18, 2016

Get Well card with free digital stamp from Bird's Cards

Get Well card with free digital stamp from Bird's Cards, by Paperesse.

This Get Well card's free turtle digital stamp from Bird's Cards is the perfect image to use on a card for someone recovering from back surgery, don't you think?! My cousin (the recipient and who is indeed recovering from said type of surgery) loved it; she said the turtle on its back was so appropriate and made her smile.


This is the first official outing for the Spellbinders corner dies I treated myself to at Christmas. I have some plain MFT Die-namics photo corners dies that I use all the time, as on this masculine card, but I wanted something a bit more frilly for 'girly' cards.


A word about this stamp – it's a GIF file and in order for me to size it as I wanted, I needed to convert it to a JPG file. It didn't take enlarging well and I needed to sharpen it a bit. It still has just a teeny weeny bit of fuzziness to the letters, something to keep in mind if you grab it for yourself.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, patterned paper
Digital stamp – Bird's Cards Back On Your Feet free digital stamp
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Die – Die-namics circle stax, Spellbinders corner dies
Embellishments – ribbon, button, twine

I'm linking up with: 613 Ave. Create #172 – Always Anything Goes, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #32 – Anything Goes, The Ribbon Girls Challenge (17 April) – Anything Goes with ribbon, Dragonfly Dreams April – Spring is in the Air, and Cupcake Inspirations #356 color challenge (below).


Sunday, April 10, 2016

Birthday tag featuring Robert Jackson Vintage Hats 2 digital stamp

Birthday tag with Robert Jackson Vintage Hats 2 digital stamp, design by Paperesse.

The focal image on this tag going to my great-aunt for her birthday, is Robert Jackson's Vintage Hats 2 digital stamp If you're a hat lover (and I am!) be sure and check out his 'Just Hats' section. He's designed an amazing selection of hat digital stamps.


For the sentiment I've used Kim's Digi Stamps Round Greetings Mixed digital stamp from Cuddly Buddly. The tag paper is from BasicGrey's Stella Ruby #768 tag sheet (retired, but still available on the net).


I wanted to add some frilly embellishments to the tag, but keep it relatively light so I could afford to mail it. Several different dies gave me the look I wanted, without too much weight. My cards have lightened up over the years, but my tags still seem to like frills, like this vintage tag from last year.

*Crafty Tip* Re-think your holiday dies, could be they'd work for more than just the Holidays! The flowers on this card are from Sizzix Winter Elements die strip, but they don't look 'Christmasy' at all.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, BasicGrey's Stella Ruby #768 tag sheet
Digital stamp – Robert Jackson Vintage Hats 2
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Die/punch – Fiskars border punch, Sizzix Winter Elements die strip and Scribbles die #3, Toga Feuille sur Tige (leaves), Die-namics circle stax, Artemio butterfly (retired)
Embellishments – pearls, twine

I'm linking up with: Come and Get It Challenge – Bright Colors, Stamping Sensations April – One For the Girls, Corrosive Challenge #4 April – Girls, Ladies, Women, Quick Quotes #62 – Tag it!, and Robyn's Fetish #311 – Add a Sentiment.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Digital stamp masculine birthday card idea

Di's Digistamps Gentleman Ted digital stamp stars on this masculine birthday card, by Paperesse.

This card was for my Father-in-law's recent birthday. Di's Digistamps Gentleman Ted digi serves as the card's focal image (if you like this stamp, it's on sale right now for just $1.00).


For my paper, I've used Little Llama Shoppe's Gentlemen Only digital paper pack. I created my sentiment using a circle frame from Pixel Scrapper (one of my favorite sources of free digital imagery) and free Annie BTN font.


Embellishments were kept to a minimum, but I went all out on layers. This is one heavy card. It was hand delivered though, so I didn't worry about it.

I like Di's Ted stamps for guy cards. She has some very cute ones. Like the Gibson Bear image I used on another recent birthday card for my cousin.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, Little Llama Shoppe's Gentlemen Only digital paper pack
Digital stamp – Di's Digistamps Gentleman Ted
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Die – Die-namics circle and oval stax
Embellishments – ribbon, metal studs
Font – Annie BTN

I'm linking up with: Brown Sugar #192 – Anything Goes, Morgan's Art World #7 – For the Men, The Stamping Boutique – Masculine challenge, Seize the Birthday – Anything Goes Birthday, and Shopping Our Stash #245 – Something for the Big or Biggest Boy.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Joyeuses Pâques – French Happy Easter card – and how to save ink, paper, and money with digital paper printing

Joyeuses Pâques (Happy Easter in French) card with 2 Cute Ink digital stamp, by Paperesse.

Joyeuses Pâques – Happy Easter – to everyone observing the holiday today! 2 Cute Ink's Easter Friends digistamp stars front and center on this card for a French speaking friend.


I added the sentiment using free Crazy Girlz Blond BTN font. Around the stamp is Joy! Crafts willow frame diecut with the raised embossed areas inked in black to emphasize the design.


The paper is Tactile Studio's Chasing Dreams digital paperpack.

 *Crafty Tip* Save money on printer ink and cut down on paper waste by pre-sizing and joining your digital paper choices before printing. I very rarely print my digital papers on a full size sheet of paper. My paper sizes run anywhere from 10 x 15cm to A5 (the largest size I habitually use). Not only are you using less ink and paper (thus saving money!) you can also size down the overall design of the paper so that you see more of the paper pattern on the card. Just create a file in your image processing software that corresponds to the paper size you want to print, join your papers, cut your paper to that size and print. On this card, the two papers on the background were joined on the computer. This Panda Valentine's Day card is another example of  joining the digital papers before printing.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, Tactile Studio Chasing Dreams digital paperpack
Digital stamp – 2 Cute Ink Easter Friends
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Die – Joy! Crafts Willow frame die
Embellishments – twine, flowers, buttons

I'm linking up with: A Beautiful Mess #1 – Always Anything Goes, Brown Sugar #191 – Easter, Cut It Up #192 – Happy Easter (Bunny)!,  QKR Stampede #184 – Easter Cards, and A Gem of a Challenge #165 – Easter.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Suspension Easter card and heads up on a great digital paper sale!

Easter card made with Crafts-Too Presscut oval swing card die, by Paperesse.

This card is made with the Crafts-Too Presscut oval swing card die. Instead of using the oval centerpiece that comes with the die set, I used X-Cut's egg die.


The Bunny in Egg digistamp is a former freebie from Gerda Steiner. Unfortunately, I don't see it available any longer on her website, but she does have some other very nice freebies scattered among her other digital stamps. The paper is Tactile Studio Kathleen digital paper pack. As I was grabbing the link for Tactile Studio I noticed that today (20/03/16) all digital products, including paper packs, are on sale for only $0.40!!! When you consider that most packs normally have nine to twelve designs in a pack that's a super good buy indeed. I couldn't resist, I picked up 14 packs for only $5.60. I don't know how long this sale will last, so if you're interested you might want to pop on over and check it out. *Note – that must have been a short lived sale, I checked again today, 21/03/16 and it appears to be over.


You can see where I've used the same die for this New Year's card and another view of the card. I like this die and it makes an impressive card in 'real life', but it's darn hard to photograph.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, Tactile Studio Kathleen digital paper pack
Digital Stamp – Gerda Steiner Bunny in Egg
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – Crafts-Too Presscut Oval Swing Card die, Xcut Egg Nesting dies
Embellishments – flowers, buttons

I'm linking up with: Addicted to Stamps #122 – Any Shape, Dragonfly Journeys #49 – Hippity Hoppity, Allsorts Week 355 – Easter, Crafting with Dragonflies #53 – Easter Cards, and Sweet Stampin' – Easter. 

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Why write? Penmanship for the 21st Century – Jake Weidmann on the importance of handwriting


If you are a regular visitor to Paperesse, you might have noticed I feel very strongly about the importance of cursive handwriting in our society (this post pretty much sums up my thoughts on the subject). One of my crafting buddies, Ginny, at Rubbermad, knows this and sent me a link to the Ted talk by the artist and calligrapher, Jake Weidmann. It was a pleasure for me to hear someone so eloquently express what I believe so deeply. It's a very interesting talk and the examples shown of his art incorporating lettering are breathtaking. If you feel strongly that cursive handwriting is a valuable skill that deserves to be taught in our schools, I urge you to watch this video. You will not be bored, believe me.

And a big 'Merci beaucoup!' once more to Ginny, for bringing this to my attention.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Special Easter Whimsie Doodles digital stamp Easter card idea and the best glue for paper piecing

Special Easter Whimsie Doodles digital stamp Easter card, by Paperesse.

Whimsie Doodles Special Easter digital stamp is the focal image for this Easter card (you can see another cute Whimsie Doodles free Easter stamp on this card).


Instead of coloring the image, I decided to paper piece it, using digital papers from Snap Click Supply Company Corina Gardner's Jellybean Hop digital paper pack.

*Crafty Tip* I hardily recommend Yes! Stikflat glue for paper piecing. It doesn't dry immediately so you've got a few seconds to slide your paper around to fit. It dries clear, it does NOT buckle and comes in a big economical tub – what's not to like?!  I apply it with a brush. If you haven't ever tried it, do! You'll be convinced.


This was the first outing for the banner die from Sizzix's Thinlits Arrows, Banners, Chevrons & Clouds die set I treated myself to at Christmas. I have some individial banner dies I can create a banner with, but I liked that this one was all one piece (I just paper pieced the individual banner pieces). As the name implies, in addition to the banner die there are several others in the set – arrows, chevrons and clouds – making it a good, versatile buy.

I used the sketch from the new Paper Play Sketches challenge #003, as the basis for my card design.


Supply List
Paper – cardstock, Snap Click Supply Company Corina Gardner's Jellybean Hop digital paper pack
Digital stamp – Whimsie Doodles Special Easter
Die – Sizzix Thinlits Arrows, Banners, Chevrons & Clouds die set
Embellishments – buttons, twine

I'm linking up with: Allsorts Challenge week 354 – Spring is in the Air, My Sheri Crafts Challenge #177 – Spring Fever, Creative Corner Challenges 11 March – Hoppy Easter, and  Digitally Sweet Challenge #148 – Spring is in the Air,

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Easter Bunny Basket card idea with 2 Cute Ink digital stamp

Easter card with 2 Cute Ink Easter Bunny Basket digital stamp, design by Paperesse.

The focal image on this card is another one of 2 Cute Ink's March club stamps – the Easter Bunny Basket digi (you can see another one of the March stamps here).


The paper is from a long ago magazine freebie pack, as is the little green bow (this just proves sometimes it does pay to hang on to these things).


The sentiment is die cut from a Cuddly Buddly Barbara Anne Williams Punny Animal Sentiments Two sentiment sheet. I've been using these circle sentiment sheets a lot lately; I used the same sentiment on this Easter card for my mother.

I've used the sketch from Sketchy Colors #267 as the base for my card design.


Supply List
Paper – cardstock, patterned paper
Digital stamp – 2 Cute Ink Easter Bunny Basket
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Die – Die-namics oval and circle stax
Embellishments – ribbon, bow, sequins

I'm linking up with: Creative Moments #88 – Anything Goes with sentiment on front twist, Stamping Royalty #320 – Use Sequins, Crafty Sentiments – Easter challenge, and Deep Ocean Challenge #124 – Easter.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Easter Egg Hunt Easter card with 2 Cute Ink digital stamp


Working on some Easter cards and just received my March 2 Cute Ink Digi Club stamps – just in the nick of time! I'm a bit short on Easter digital stamps and these are some cute ones.


I've used the Easter Egg Hunt digi for this card going to my brother and his family. The sentiment is die cut from a Cuddly Buddly print out sheet – Kim's Twelve Round Greetings Mixed. As you know, I have no problem making my own sentiment, and I like doing that, but these print out sheets are super easy and they give such a nice dressy look (like this recent Easter card post).


The Nouvelle digital paper pack is from Tactile Studio. I've used this week's Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 as the base for my design.


Supply List
Paper – cardstock, Tactile Studio Nouvelle digital paper pack
Digital stamp – 2 Cute Ink Easter Egg Hunt
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Die – Die-namics circle and oval stax, Spellbinders Foliage
Embellishments – wooden flowers, pearls

I'm linking up with: A Gem of a Challenge #164 – Spring, Hiding in My Craft Room #241 – Spring Colors, Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge #120 – Anything Goes w/twist Touch of Spring, and Critters & Creatures Linky Party 2 March – Anything Goes with a Critter or Creature.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

'Daffodil Delivery' digistamp Easter card

Di's Digistamps Daffodil Delivery Easter card, design by Paperesse.

This Easter card for my mother features the Daffodil Delivery digistamp from Di's Digistamps. I like Di's Digistamps and I've been on a real roll lately using her designs (like this Valentine's Day card and this masculine birthday card).


The patterned paper is a retired Claire Fontaine paper pack I've had forever. The sentiment is die cut from a Cuddly Buddly Barbara Anne Williams Punny Animal Sentiments Two sentiment sheet.


I don't think this pretty digi needs much embellishment so I've kept those to a minimum with just a little ribbon and some bows (a gift from my crafty friend FannyMerci, Fanny).

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, patterned paper
Digital stamp – Di's Digi Stamps Daffodil Delivery
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Die – Artemio scalloped circle die, Die-namics circle stax
Embellishments – ribbon, bows

I'm linking up with: Di's Digi Designs Challenge blog – Use Two or More Dies, The Pencil Case #14 – New Blooms, 4 Crafty Chicks #288 – Easter, Aud Sentiments #150 – Easter or Spring, and Time Out Challenges #51 – Easter and/or Spring.
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