Saturday, November 29, 2014

Vintage look Santa mailable Christmas card

To save on postage costs this year, I'm trying to keep my Christmas cards simple enough to fit in a normal envelope. As you can imagine, mailing back to the States is very expensive. I've also decided to not buy any more Christmas papers or embellishments this year; I want to make do with what I have, which, when I got to looking at my stash, is quite a lot. This card is made with a topper and papers courtesy of one of my card making magazines (now, if I could only remember which one?).

Supply List
Paper—cardstock, magazine papers
Topper—magazine topper
Dies/punch—Die-namics circle, Artemio scalloped circle, Fiskars border punch
Embellishments—ribbon, gems

I'm linking up today with Sister Act Card Challenge #85.

Friday, November 28, 2014

...let the Christmas crafting begin!!!

Since yesterday wasn't Thanksgiving here in France, I didn't hear the Christmas shopping starting gun go off and don't feel that urge to go out. Instead, I'm at home working on some projects and I want to put the Christmas tree up today or not? I'm feeling lazy and leaning towards not.

I'm proud of myself in that I have started my Christmas cards before December 1st this year. They're not done of course, but I've started. Which is better than earlier years where I've waited 'til the last minute. Confession...Christmas cards are my least favorite to make.

I was surfing around yesterday, saw this Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #246, and knew it would be perfect for this large 6" square docrafts Christmas stamp. The snowflake on this card comes from a candy box a few years back. Inedible Christmas goodie box leftovers are great sources for future year embellishments—bows, ribbons, bells and snowflakes—I save them all.
Supply List
Paper—cardstock, MME Lush Red Damask
Stamp—docrafts Papermania Urban Home for Christmas (PMA 907153)
Ink—Colorbox red pigment
Embellishments—snowflake, button, twine, ribbon

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving! and a Pilgrim KittiesThanksgiving card

Happy Thanksgiving! It's a normal, quiet kind of day here in France, but I'll be thinking of everyone back in the States; enjoy the holiday.

This card is made with a free Pilgrim Kitties digital stamp from Dearie Dolls. I shaped the sentiment to encircle the stamp.

Supply List
Paper—cardstock, Toga Romance 3
Stamp—Dearie Dolls Pilgrim Kitties free digital stamp
Color—Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies—Die-namics circles, Artemio scalloped circle
Embellishments—ribbon, twine, button
Fonts—Trout Kings BTN

I'm linking up with: Craft-Dee Bowz November challengeThe Cutie Pie challenge #81My Craft Spot challenge #159Digi Sketch November 24 challenge, Addicted to Stamps challenge #123

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Chocolate fashion (literally) at the Salon du Chocolat Lyon, France

My husband and I made a recent visit to to Lyon that coincided with the Salon du Chocolat. There is a Salon du Chocolat in Paris earlier in October/November and this one in Lyon a week later. I've been to the one in Paris which is much bigger, but this one in Lyon is certainly big enough and worth every calorie of the ticket price. Everyone wants to give you a free sample—chocolate lover heaven.

Chocolate has literally been fashioned into everything here...including dresses. There is a fashion show and the models wear dresses created with real, edible chocolate. You can watch a video of the Paris chocolate fashion show here. Chocolate style continues in dressy pumps or casual chocoverse. There are even chocolate lipsticks and chocolate handbags to put them in. These red chocolate kisses are far removed from the silver wrapped ones I grew up with.

There were chocolate pencils (I loved these!), chocolate sculptures, chocolate smartphones, chocolate sausages and chocolate petanque balls that looked so real you were more inclined to toss them than eat them. Not to mention the flowers, there were all sorts of those almost (almost) too pretty to eat. Even chocolate cigars—safe for you lungs, but not your waistline.

These chocolate CDs were tasty and easy to mail. The chocolate birthday cake (the Salon was celebrating 20 years of existence) was about 4 feet high. I loved the sculpted tree and elephant. There was a sign near the elephant saying it was made with solid chocolate and weighed 77 kilos (about 169 pounds). There were all sorts of flavors; some were rather exotic. These chocolate chestnuts looked like the real thing, with no need to peel. The chocolate credit card in the bottom right corner was so cute I had to buy one.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Decoupage Fall basket birthday card

This card is made with a 3D decoupage sheet from Mirelle Crafts. I love the way decoupage cards look in real life, but capturing that same look in a photograph is nigh unto impossible; you just can't see the depth (sigh).

I liked the sunflowers and melon image, and although it's not technically an autumn image, it felt like fall to me so I decided that it was and went with it, accentuating the image colors with golden papers, buttons and ribbons.

Supply List
Paper—cardstock, Artemio Inspiration Atmosphère, Bella Blvd #213 Sparkles & Lace Banana
Topper—Mirelle decoupage sheet
Stamp—Inspired by Stamping All Year Wishes II Happy Birthday
Dies—Die-namics ovals
Embellishments—ribbon, buttons, twine

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Cornucopia Thanksgiving card made made with a free digital stamp

This Thanksgiving card uses a free Cornucopia digital stamp from Dearie Dolls. This is another one I've tried to keep simple and flat for mailing. I shaped the sentiment to echo the shape of the horn.

Supply List
Paper—MME The Sweetest Thing paper pad
Stamp—Cornucopia Dearie Dolls digital stamp
Color—Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Die—Crafts-Too Labels 1
Embellishments—ribbon, button

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Quick Thanksgiving Fall Arrangement card with digital stamp

This is another no fuss, make-it-in-a-hurry, Thanksgiving card. I've used minimal embellishments for faster, easier, less expensive mailing. The Fall Arrangement digital stamp is from Sweet 'n Sassy. I used Alex Brush font and shaped it to frame the stamp.

I love embellishments, but rising postage costs are putting my cards on a diet; they're definitely slimming down. I'm curious as to how many card makers actually mail their cards. Do you mail yours? Are postal costs changing how you create?

Supply List
Paper—cardstock, Simply Cards & Papercraft digital patterned paper download
Digital stamp—Fall Arrangement Sweet 'n Sassy
Color—Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies—Die-namics ovals
Embellishments—pearls, ribbon
Font—Alex Brush

Friday, November 14, 2014

An early Christmas present...Papercraft Inspirations Christmas '14 issue

I've received an early Christmas present! My blog was chosen as blog of the month in the Christmas '14 issue of Papercraft Inspirations (out right now). I am so pleased to be featured in this issue. It's full of papery Christmas inspiration, page after page after page, with a free embossing card kit and digital downloads.

Quick Thanksgiving card with digital turkey stamp

For some reason, I had it in mind Thanksgiving was the 20th of November, not the 27th. I wanted to get some cards off in the mail and needed to make them quick or they'd be late (or so I thought). Actually, since postage to the States is never a sure thing, they might still be late, but at least I will have done my best.

I decided to use this Templeton Turkey digital stamp from Sweet 'n Sassy stamps as my focal point and keep everything else simple—for easier, faster, less expensive mailing. Lots of embellishments look great, but they're not what you'd call post office friendly. I used Yummy Lollipop font for my sentiment and shaped it around the stamp.

Supply List
Paper—cardstock, can't-tell-the-name-patterned paper
Digital stamp—Sweet 'n Sassy Templeton Turkey
Color—Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Embellishments—ribbon, pearls
Font—Yummy Lollipop

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Queen for the day birthday card

This birthday card is made with a black and white vintage image from my own ephemera collection, tinted on the computer. It was sent back to the States as a birthday card for my Grandmother. It was so heavy and the flower stuck up so high I had to send it in a box—not cheap. This is one reason my cards are getting flat-er. I actually mail them and if I put too much on them they're horribly expensive to send. This one is for my Grandmother, and since it's not every day one's grandmother turns 94, she is most definitely worth it.

The tag sentiment is my own created with Simple Snails ver. 4.0 font.

Supply List
Paper—cardstock, Jodie Lee Designs Fairy Bell Collection
Focal Image—vintage image from my collection
Die/Punch—Toga crown die, tag punch
Embellisments—ribbon, twine, flower, pearls
Font—Simple Snails ver. 4.0


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