Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Digital Delights Eggy Chorlton Eggstra special Easter card

Eggstra special Digital Delights' Eggy Chorlton Easter step card, design by Paperesse.

I'm glad Easter's late this year; it give me more time to 'hop' to it and get some cards made. Given that most of my family is back in the States, I have to allow for mailing time, too.

I teamed up Digital Delights Eggy Chorlton digital stamp with a sentiment from the Easter sentiments set. My paper is Folia Motivblock Garten.

Sizzix's Baby Dresser die is the base; can't say I use this for baby cards much, but it makes a great step card. You can see where I used it for this Halloween card and Christmas card. The paper bow die is from Toga.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, Folia Motivblock Garten
Digital Stamp – Digital Delights Eggy Chorlton and Easter sentiments set
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – Sizzix's Baby Dresser die, Toga bow die, La Cabina label die
Embellishments – buttons, thread

I'm linking up with: Pile It On #128 – Humor/Puns, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #54 – AG, Come and Get It Challenges 19/03/17 – AG, Addicted to Stamps #144 – Easter, and Artistic Inspirations #175 – AG.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Delightful Thursday at Digital Delights – Peggy Legz set birthday card

It's another Delightful Thursday at Digital Delights; click on over to see what projects other DT members are sharing today. My card features the Peggy Legz set.

I colored this one up for a swimming friend's birthday and went with her physical appearance for the stamp – red hair and green eyes. I sprinkled a few freckles on the cheeks, too. Paper is grocery store bargain bin type.

More of my new La Cabina (?) dies (as I mentioned on this coffee bean card) are putting in an appearance – the wave border dies and the stitched rectangles surrounding the sentiment. I've had this felt grass ribbon(s) a while now and this is the first time I've used the darker green (I used the lighter green on this Easter card from 2013). This proves thinking – but I might use this someday – and holding on to things you haven't used in years can pay off. Is it good to prove that point though? I don't know; could be it makes it that much harder to weed out the things you probably won't ever get around to using. Alas, for me, there's a whole heck of a lot more of the later than the former.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, patterned paper
Digital Stamp – Digital Delights Peggy Legz set
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – La Cabina rectangle and wave border stitching dies
Embellishments – enamel dots

I'm linking up with: The Sisterhood of Crafters 08/03/17 – Celebrating Women, Inspiration Destination #124 – AG, Crafty Creations #337 – AG, Creative Knockouts #185 – Border Time, and Craft Rocket #35 – Make it Feminine.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Digital Delights Chompers digital stamp 'Some bunny special' Easter card

Digital Delights Chompers digital stamp Easter card, design by Paperesse.

I've got an Easter card for you today, featuring Digital Delights Chompers digital stamp and Easter sentiment.

This one's going to my great-aunt. I hope she reads and understands the sentiment on the side; I doubt it. In case she misses the bunny/Easter aspect of it, too, I went with an extra large type face inside wishing her a happy Easter. This is one of the nice things about digital stamps – you can size them up or down – and about making your own cards – you can choose a really BIG font size to make inside greetings more legible. Some of my relatives are getting up there in years and although they haven't said, I think they appreciate that.

The patterned paper is by . . . I have no idea. I think it was given as a magazine freebie ages back, but I can't be sure. This is the first I've ever used any of it. Enamel dots are scattered around for a bit of bling.

Supply List
Paper – kraft cardstock, cardstock, patterned paper
Digital Stamps – Digital Delights Chompers and Easter sentiments set
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – La Cabina squares and lace border
Embellishments – enamel dots

I'm linking up with: As You Like It 09/03 – Your favorite stamp brand (and why?) = I don't think I can honestly say only one, but definitely 'one of' is Digital Delights by Louby Loo; I like the bold, simple lines of her stamps that are cute, without being 'too' cutsey, Aud Sentiments #175 – Spring or Easter sentiment, C.R.A.F.T. #406 – Easter/Spring, Through the Purple Haze #120 – AG, and Crafty Girls Creations #34 – AG.

Monday, March 6, 2017

3D decoupage docrafts Me to You birthday pack teddy bear card

This birthday card for my cousin uses a 3D decoupage topper from docrafts A4 Decoupage Me to You Birthday pack (by the way, docrafts spells their name with a small d not a capital D, so, no, I haven't made a typo).

You can see where – in the spirit of frugalness – I used an image from this same pack for a new baby card. I like to use images, dies, papers, etc. for other than what they're intended; it makes me feel so thrifty (whether I actually am or not is debatable).

The topper, paper and sentiment are from the same pack. Like most of my decoupage packs, this one is retired, but still available on the internet.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, docrafts A4 Decoupage Me to You Birthday pack
Dies – Die-namics circle stax
Embelishments – buttons, thread

I'm linking up with: Dare to be Artzy March – Lots of Layers, UnstampaBelles Challenges #66 – Use a punctuation point somewhere, Dream Valley #151 – Lots of Layers, Crafting From the Heart #149 – AG, and Artistic Inspirations #174 – AG.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Digital Delights by Louby Loo March release – Easter Mary set

Egg shaped Easter card featuring Digital Delights Easter Mary stamp set, design by Paperesse.

It's time for March new releases at Digital Delights by Louby Loo. My card for this month features the Easter Mary stamp set and Spring Fling digital paper. Click on over to the Digital Delights blog to see what other lovely creations DT members have to share with you today.

I used Xcut's large egg die to create a card base from kraft cardstock and then used the dies again to cut the patterned paper for the front. This is my go to Easter die, as seen on this 2015 Easter card.

The greenery die at the bottom of the card is another La Cabina recent acquisition, a line of very affordable cutting dies I mentioned with this Coffee Bean card.

Supply List
Paper – kraft cardstock, Digital Delights Spring Fling paper pack
Digital Stamp – Easter Mary set
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – Xcut Egg dies, La Cabina greenery die
Embellishments – enamel dots

I'm linking up with: Addicted to Stamps & More #231 – AG, Crafty Creations #336 – AG, Creative Moments #112 – AG, Inspiration Destination #123 – AG, and Double D Challenge 01/03 – Think Spring Mood Board (as shown below).

Monday, February 27, 2017

Pisces birthday card idea with Digital Delights Pisces stamp and paper

Pisces birthday card with Digital Delights Pisces stamps and paper, design by Paperesse.

I've used Digital Delights Pisces digital stamp, Pisces sentiment and matching Pisces paper for this birthday card for a male friend. These stamps work well for guys or gals; I used the same set up for this Capricorn card for my sister in-law.

I did keep the colors sober, for a bit more masculine look, but really what is a masculine look anymore? I see quite a few gentleman walking around in colorful clothing.

A few enamel dots are scattered around for texture. You might have noticed I've been using rather a lot of these lately. They're my new 'go to' embellishment. I like the fact that they give a bit of color and texture, but are relatively flat. Since most of my cards are mailed, it's nice if they fit flat in the envelope with no protruding bits that could offend the mail sorting machine gods. There's a direct correlation between mounting postage prices and my card crafting style. Compare today's post with this everything-but-the-kitchen-sink vintage look card from 2013. Quite a change, huh?

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, Digital Delights Zodiac paper pack
Digital Stamps – Digital Delights Pisces and Zodiac sentiments
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – La Cabina stitched circle dies
Embellishments – enamel dots, ribbon

I'm linking up with: Glitter 'N' Sparkle #228 – AG, Come and Get It 26/02 – It's in the Male, Scrapbook Stamp Society #111 – AG, Pammie's Inky Pinkies #1709 – AAG, and Crafting From the Heart #148 – AG.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Coffee Lover Male Just Because digital stamp card idea – and where to find affordable cutting dies

This is a Just Because card that could work for a guy or a gal, don't you think? It's not always easy to come up with Just Because for guys. I really love this DigiStamp Boutique Coffee Tea Chocolate set; it's got lots of images and super sentiments suitable for just about anyone and any occasion (like this tea lover card, another made with the same set). But, unfortunately, it's retired so I've got no link to give you where to buy it. Boo hoo. However, to make up for that check out the super cute FREE Coffee Shop digital Coffee paper pack, perfect with any coffee stamps lingering around in your stash. While you're on Rita's site, have a look around, she has several beautifully designed freebies.

I liked the paper so much I decided to forgo coloring the stamp and paper pieced it, making for a super quick, but super cute, card. The paper and image give such impact it didn't need much embellishment, still I sprinkled on a few enamel dots for a touch of texture and a kind of coffee beanish look.

The stitched circular cutting die is from a very affordable line I've discovered on Amazon and eBay. It won't surprise you to learn they're from China, right? I didn't think so. They sell under the brand name La Cabina on Amazon France, but I've noticed are sold under various and sundry names on Amazon USA/UK and eBay. This set of eight circular stack dies was only €5.89 including shipping (prices are less in the USA). I tried out a few just to see, not expecting much, but have been pleasantly surprised; they cut very, very well. Their customer service is good, too (at least for these I bought through Amazon). I had a problem with one of my orders, sent a message and they got back to me the same day with a solution. I used the rectangle set on this recent Valentine's Day card.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, Coffee Shop digital Coffee paper pack
Digital stamp – DigiStamp Boutique Coffee Tea Chocolate set
Die – La Cabina stitched squares
Embellishments – enamel dots

I'm linking up with: Watercooler Wednesday #107 – Masculine AG, Creative Knockouts #182 – Funny Card, Moving Along with the Times #39 – For a Man, Star Stampz Challenge 16/02 – Two or more patterned papers, and Through the Purple Haze #119 – Male Colors.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Plain wooden napkin ring upcycle with Décopatch paper

I prefer using cloth napkins in our home and since they needn't be changed at every meal (unless you're just a very messy eater), I like having personalized napkin rings so that each person uses his own.

My niece recently visited us and I wanted her to have her own napkin holder. Like her aunt, she has an unusual name – Chyna – that isn't easy to find on ready made personalized items, especially in France.

So, Crafty Auntie made her one. And of course it couldn't be plain, it had to be artistic!

I took a simple thrift store wooden napkin ring, painted it white, and then applied Décopatch paper from my stash. Décopatch (a French company) is a craft product/technique that is very popular here. It's a very, very thin, flexible type of surprisingly strong paper that you can adhere to just about anything. It really is an amazing product and I'm always surprised to not easily find it in the States. I did a search for Décopatch in the USA and it's imported by a company called ExaClair USA, a list is provided where it can be purchased in the USA on their website..  It's definitely worth a bit of effort to find.

You can see where I used it on a styrofoam base for this vintage look heart and these earrings and brooch (how-tos are provided with each post).

Here is the before:

And here are the afters, with Décopatch paper, sticker letters and decorative pearls/gems:

Wooden napkin ring upcycle with Décopatch paper, by Paperesse.

I'm linking up with: Artistic Inspirations #173 – AAG, We Love 2 Create #4 – Anything Creative, My Time to Craft #339 – Anything but a Card, Altered Eclectics Feb. – AAG (no cards/ATC), and Delicious Doodles Feb. – Anything but a Card.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Delightful Thursday at Digital Delights – From our Gnome to Yours card

From our Gnome to Yours card featuring Digital Delights Mr. Gnome value set and paper, design by Paperesse.

It's another Delightful Thursday at Digital Delights; click on over to see what projects other DT members are sharing today. My card features the Mr. Gnome value set – toadstools, gnome house, sentiment and Mr. Gnome himself all in one.

I colored the toadstools to mimic the colors of the Stripes and Spots Digital Delights paper pack background. Embellishments are minimal, a strip of crinkled paper ribbon and enamel dots.

I layered the different stamps of the value set to get this look. Layering digital stamps is an easy way to increase their value and to expand your creative capabilities. For the how-to on digital stamp layering, see my tutorial on PNG files and digital stamp layering. If you have any question, or run in to a snag, don't hesitate to drop me a line, I'll be glad to help if I can.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, Digital Delights Stripes and Spots paper pack
Digital Stamp – Digital Delights Mr. Gnome value set
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – La Cabina square stiching dies (Whitelotous in the USA)
Embellishments – crinkled paper ribbon strip, enamel dots

I'm linking up with: Crafting by Designs 15/02/17 – Polka Dots, Crafty Creations #335 – AG, Crafty Gals Corner #110 – Use Your Favorite Things (mine are my colored pencils, digital stamps and bright paper), Little Red Wagon #381 – Use the Things You love (mine would be my Caran d'Ache pencils, Digital Delights stamps and papers, and Eyelet Outlet enamel dots), and Fab 'n' Funky #338 – Bingo (yellow, ribbon, stitching).

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day! card idea with DigiStamp Boutique Alstair set stamp

Valentine's Day card featuring Digistamp Boutique Alstair set stamp & sentiment, design by Paperesse.

Happy Valentine's Day! Now, I know some folks don't care much for the pairing up part of Valentine's Day, and I get that. We're all independent, smart women (and men) who do not HAVE to have a guy or significant other around to make us feel better about ourselves. It's nice if we want one, sure, but we don't have to.

But, even if you don't care much for Valentine's Day, think about it this way – you gotta have the 14th to have the 15th, when all those tasty Valentine's Day chocolates are 50% off! YES! Consider the 14th a necessary evil in the fight for affordable chocolate.

This card was sent to my grandmother. I've used a stamp and sentiment from the Digistamp Boutique Alistair set. Paper is from the same bargain paper pad used on my two previous posts – Heart Birds Valentine and French Bread & Butter Valentine. This was a mailer going back to the States so embellishments were light; I used a border die-cut in lieu of ribbon, a heart sticker and accented all with pearls.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, patterned paper
Digital stamp – DigiStamp Boutique Alstair set
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Die – La Cabina rectagles, Xcut border dies
Embellishments – heart sticker, pearls

I'm linking up with: Cards in Envy 06/02/17 – Be My Valentine, Color Inspiration Monday Linkup #12 – AG, House of Cards February – Love Theme/Colors, Incy Wincy Designs 06/02/17 – Love, and Love to Scrap #94 – Who Loves You Baby.
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