Monday, October 24, 2016

Free black cat digital stamp Halloween card

Free digital stamp black cat Halloween card, by Paperesse.

Purple just seems to work for Halloween. Don't know why; maybe because it's so close to black? Or that it's such a great contrast for orange? Hmm, whatever the reason I like it so much I decided to just skip the orange altogether on this Halloween card.

I used the same digistamp a couple of years back, on another Halloween card (purple paper there, too!), but this time I've decided the cat is in the shadows facing front – hence the added bubble eyes.

The free digi was picked up ages ago on Robins Artful Musings. Digital paper is Spooked from Tactile Design.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, Tactile Studio Spooked digital paper
Digital stamp – Robins Artful Musings freebie
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – Die-namics circle stax and photo corners
Embellishments – bubble eyes, felt flower, button, twine

I'm linking up with: Glitter 'N' Sparkle #211 – Purple and Black, The Paper Girls #114 – Halloween, Stamps & Fun = Creativity #287 – Autumn/Halloween, Make My Monday #33 – I Put a Spell on You, and Critters and Creatures Linky Party #8 – Anything Goes with a Critter.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

2 Cute Ink Spider Doodle Halloween card

The Spider Doodle digi-stamp from 2 Cute Ink's September club release is the focal point of this Halloween card.

Digital paper is Spooky, from Tactile studio. I'm using the heck out of this paper this year, you can see it on my Monster Pumpkin card, too. The added sentiment is free Dancing Script OT font.

I thought about sending this to my brother and his family, but as he's just getting over a bad spider bite, I decided he might not fully appreciate it. That and this is one heavy card,  I'd best give it to someone locally where postage is not required.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, Tactile Studio Spooky digital paper
Digital stamp – 2 Cute Ink Spider Doodle
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies –My Favorite Things Die-namics square stax
Embellishments – woodean leaves, buttons, twine
Font – Dancing Script OT

I'm linking up with: Crafting by Designs – Halloween, Crafty Gals Corner #94 – Be Fa-BOO-Lous, The Paper Shelter #269 – Halloween, Cute Card Thursday #448 – Halloween, and Perfectly Created Chaos #4 – Anything Goes.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Thank you card with free TLC digi-stamp for City Crafter #334

Thank you card with TLC Creations Thank You Collage digi, by Paperesse.

It's my pleasure to be a guest designer for today's City Crafter #334 sketch challenge.

The super cute thank you sentiment on this card is a freebie Thank you Collage digi from TLC Creations.

The paper is a surprisingly pretty unnamed pad I picked up in a bargain bin at the grocery store (yes, the grocery store, I couldn't believe it).  Here's the sketch:

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, bargain paper pad
Digital stamps – Thank You Collage TLC Creations
Dies –My Favorite Things Die-namics rectangle stax, Toga D'co flèches DCT 36
Embellishments – button, twine

I'm linking up with: Artistic Inspirations #165 – Anything Goes, Crafting from the Heart #132 – Anything Goes, and Craft Your Passion #334 – Always Anything Goes.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Halloween word art card – Witch you up to?

2 Cute Ink Witch Word Art digital stamp Halloween card, by Paperesse.

This card features the Witch Word Art digital stamp from 2 Cute Ink's September club release.

I added the '– you up to?' using free Buffet Script font.

Paper is Tactile Studio Tricks digital paper. Embellishments were kept to a minimum with a buckle slider and ribbon.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock,  Tactile Studio Tricks digital paper
Digital stamp – 2 Cute Ink Witch Word Art
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Embellishments – buckle slider, ribbon
Font – Buffet Script

I'm linking up with: Alphabet Challenge – Q for Quick & Simple, Dragons Lair Designs October – Boo!, Pattie's Creations #127 – Halloween or Autumn, Really Reasonable Ribbon #150 – Halloween Theme with Ribbon or Trim, and The Stamping Boutique – Halloween.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Treats are a-brewin' quick Halloween card with free digi-stamp

Quick Halloween card with free digi-stamp, by Paperesse.

This card uses  a great digi freebie I found quite a few years back on the blog Robin's Artful Musings.

The card base is another of the super practical kraft card blanks I mentioned with this nautical thank you card. The digital paper is Tactile Studio Pumpkin – perfect papers for Halloween – made with leftovers from another project (as seen on last year's free black cat digi Halloween card).

Embellishments were kept simple with three little buttons and thread.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, kraft card blank, Tactile Studio Pumpkin digital paper
Digital stamp – Robin's Artful Musings freebie
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Die – Die-namics circle stax
Embellishments – buttons and thread

I'm linking up with: Unicorn Challenge #14 – Pretty Pinks or Halloween, Tuesday Throwdown #315 – Halloween Inspirations, and Try it on Tuesday 11/10 – Scary and Spooky.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Purple monster pumpkin Halloween card

Purple 2 Cute Ink monster pumpkin Halloween card, by Paperesse.

This digi reminds me of the song The Purple People Eater ('one eyed, one horned, flying purple people eater' . . . remember that?). We had a Halloween album when I was a kid (yeah, vinyl) with all sorts of spooky songs and that was on it. I probably just really dated myself big time by mentioning that, didn't I.

So, moving right along . . . this 2 Cute Ink Monster Pumpkin stamp from the September club release, couldn't be any other color than purple.

He's paired up with Tactile Design Spooky digital paper. I used Toga's polaroid die to frame him. This is a great little die. It's all one piece and comes with the polaroid, a banner, heart, arrow and label. I use it often, as on this Christmas card (I don't know if Toga – a French company – is sold outside of Europe, though). The sentiment was generated with my new favorite font, Channel. If you're wondering how to get that fab curl at the end of 'Halloween', see this post's crafty tip.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock,  Tactile Design Spooky digital paper
Digital stamp – 2 Cute Ink Monster Pumpkin
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies and punch – Toga polaroid die
Embellishments – buttons, thread
Font – Channel (slanted)

I'm linking up with Crafty Creations #325 – Halloween, Double D Challenge – Pumpkin Time, and Little Red Wagon #362 – Purple, Orange & Green.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Halloween autumn card made with Sizzix Baby Dresser die

Here's my first fall card! The calendar may say it's autumn in September, but for me fall begins in October.

Sizzix baby dresser die used for Halloween card, by Paperesse.

The Sizzix Baby Dresser die makes a great side step card base for this Halloween/autumn card.

The image is a free Dearie Dolls Harvest Pumpkin digi. The sentiment is a freebie from TLC Creations.

The burlap bow on this card is an upcycled one from a candy box, which leads me to a *Crafty Tip* – don't throw away the bows on your candy and gift boxes, they work great on cards – i.e. this Easter card and the same burlap bow as above on this masculine card.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, Tactile Studio Pumpkin digital paper
Digital stamps – Dearie Dolls Harvest Pumpkin, TLC Creations digi sentiment
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – Die-namics circle, rectangle and square stax
Embellishments – wood tag, flowers, leaves, bow, button, twine

I'm linking up with: The Paper Players #315 – Halloween, Angie's Digital Stamps #2 – Anything Goes with Halloween Twist, Come and Get It challenge – Welcome Autumn, and Glitter 'n' Sparkle #208 – Fall/Autumn,

Monday, September 26, 2016

Quick nautical thank you card idea using Spellbinders InSpire Anchors Away die

*Crafty Tip* Usually, tips come at the end of my posts, but today I'm placing this one at the beginning: have kraft 5" (12.5cm) square card blanks on hand for quick, scrap paper friendly cardmaking. This one has scalloped edges, but others are plain, like the one I used on this Patriotic Eagle 4th of July card. I picked up a few packs of these in the $1 bin at Michael's my last visit to the States and I'm using the heck out of them. They're the perfect base to build a quick card on; their neutral color means they go with everything and their small size lets me use up my scraps.

This anchor thank you card is an example of that. The free Just Peachy France digital paper is left over from this soccer Father's Day card (and I print my digital papers at A5, so I'm being doubly thrifty here).

The Spellbinders InSpire Anchors Away die is the focal point, and since the card blank is small, it really fills up the space. I picked up the retired docrafts Papermania Confetti Thank You die cuts at my favorite discount shop a while back and never used them and actually, don't know that I will again. They don't show up as much as I'd like and I ended up cutting it down in size anyway, so there went the convenience factor.

*Update* For USA readers I'm sharing this tip my crafting buddy, Ginny, left in the comments about mailing square cards (we don't have this problem in France, it's by weight and thickness, not shape), she says:

'I have a tip for you and those using square cards. In the States, there is extra postage required for square cards. I use or make envelopes that are 1/2 in. longer [or more] so that it is officially a rectangle and I will cut cheap CS to exactly fit the envelope to hold it without getting floppy. It serves double purpose by protecting the embellishments too.'

Thanks, Ginny, an excellent idea!

Supply List
Paper – kraft card blank, cardstock, Just Peachy free digital France Soccer paper
Die – Spellbinders InSpire Anchors Away, Die-namics Oval and Circle STAX
Embellishments – pearls

I'm linking up with: Artistic Inspirations #164 – Anything Goes, Crafting From the Heart #129 – Always Anything Goes, Craft Your Passion #331 – Always Anything Goes, Love to Scrap #86 – Anything Goes, and Crafty Enjoyments #9 – Marine Theme.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

How to create a fast and simple wreath for your door and a crafty tip

My front door needed something new and bright for summer, i.e. a new wreath, but being the lazy crafter that I am (quick = good in my book) I didn't want to spend too much time making one.

I dug around in my stash to see what I could come up with. Two of these bare wire rings were purchased a while back at my favorite outlet shop for only €0.79 each – ah, the perfect base. I dug around some more and found several containers of felt flowers (also purchased on sale) languishing around unloved as they're a bit too big for my cards – great! – I didn't have to buy a thing.

I went to town layering and gluing the felt flowers to the ring, then added some button fronts.

I can't really say it was super quick as it took me a while to get the layering and flower placement right, but it was easy.

*Crafty Tip* Go through your flower stash, take a bunch of those flowers your're not using and make a wreath!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Tropical themed summer cards from Simply Cards & Papercraft #153

Card featuring free Kate Hadfield digistamp, SCP#153, by Paperesse.

Summer's almost over . . . sigh. Now that Simply Cards & Papercraft #153 has been published I can share with you some last summer 2016 cards – these four I created for that issue featuring wonderful free digi stamps from Kate Hadfield.

Card featuring free Kate Hadfield digistamp, SCP#153, by Paperesse.

Click HERE for the link to download these free digi stamps.

CCard featuring free Kate Hadfield digistamp, SCP#153, by Paperesse.

The digital paper pack is Katy Clemmans Tropical Twist. I used Tropicali Script BTN Bamboo font to create the sentiments.

CCard featuring free Kate Hadfield digistamp, SCP#153, by Paperesse.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, kraft cardstock,  Katy Clemmans Tropical Twist digital paper pack
Digital stamps – Kate Hadfield
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies –My Favorite Things Die-namics Fishtail Flags, circle, oval, and square stax, and scalloped circle die
Embellishments – ribbons, buttons, thread, pearls
Font – Tropicali Script BTN Bamboo

I'm linking up with: Alphabet Challenge Blog – 'O' is for Oval, Color Crazy Craft Challenge #22 – Anything Goes, and Jo's Scrap Shack Fun Day Friday Challenge #156 – Anything Goes.
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