Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Paperesse Dress—layering for an Indian Summer October

I'm trying to branch out a bit here on the blog and share some of the other ways I create and what inspires me. Clothing is one very important way I express myself. I don't spend enormous amounts of money on clothes; I favor thrift stores and outlet shops (the thrill of the chase!!! the jacket I'm wearing here was €6, the scarf €2). I don't buy fashion magazines or follow trends. I know what works on me and I normally stick to variations of that.

This wiggle dress I bought at H&M several years back is one of my favorites. I'd go so far as to say it's THE perfect dress for a curvy figure. It hugs your assets, but its pleating and draping are super flattering. I have the same dress in black. I wear these dresses all year round. In summer as they are and in fall and winter under jackets and cardigans with tights and boots.

We've been having some warm weather here, but it is October and in the shade it can be cool. I layered on a light jacket and scarf, but stuck with bare legs and some bling sandals.

I'm linking up with Visible Monday #141 on this post.

So...how did I do this time? I think the posing was better and less dear in the headlights than the last one, don't you?

Monday, October 20, 2014

Carouge, Switzerland Saturday market day

Saturday was a beautiful day here. We decided to go to the Carouge Saturday market in Geneva. Carouge is my favorite Geneva neighborhood. In addition to the market it has lots of little boutiques (my favorite hat shop among them), art galleries and restaurants.

It's small as markets go, but it has wonderful vendors and is prettily located under the trees in the neighborhood center.

This market's focus is food, with a fine selection of fruits and vegetables.

Mushrooms are in season now. I stood near this stand and just breathed in the odor. I love wild mushrooms. We bought a selection and had them for dinner Sunday night.

There's a feast for the eyes as well as the palate; these flowers were stunning.

Say cheese! You can't be in a Swiss market and NOT have cheese.

Pumpkins come sliced so you needn't buy the whole thing.

Some displays are so pretty, you can't bear to disturb them.

Cheese, sausage, bread...everything you need for a picnic is right here.

We're starting to get American varieties of squash now; when I first moved here you never saw them.

There are numerous apple orchards on the outskirts of Geneva; this juice is fresh pressed.

They clean up quick; by 16:00 (4:00 p.m.) you can't even tell the market was there!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Beeswax thrift shop cabinet makeover

This is a makeover I did a while back and have been meaning to share with you. I took a small thrift store cabinet that was structurally sound, but not very pretty. I painted it in cream acrylic paint and then used beeswax to adhere my original vintage images. These are from a 1920's French fashion magazine. When you use beeswax with paper this old it just seems to all melt together; the paper acquires a translucent quality that I really like (for more on working with beeswax see my tutorial here). I cut off the backs of upholstery tacks and glued those to the front.

Here is the before.

Supply List
Paper—vintage images from my collection
Embellishments—upholstery tacks
Miscellaneous—acrylic paint, beeswax

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Upcycling shop bags into easy gift bags

Some stores give you the nicest paper bags; I always save the ones that are plain or with a store design so small it's easily covered up. Those are the ones that make excellent gift bags. This one uses the same papers and matches the card in my last post. It held the gift I gave to my friend.

Supply List
Paper—upcycled shop bag, Marianne Design Pretty Papers Bloc, cardstock
Dies—Artemio squares
Embellishments—butterfly, button, ribbon, twine

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Gate fold decoupage tea cup birthday card

I justify my paper crafting magazine subscriptions by the outstanding complementary goodies that come along with them, like these pretty Marianne papers and decoupage die-cuts from Cardmaking & Papercraft magazine used on this birthday card for a friend.

I chose Honey Script font for the sentiment and die cut a square to hold the 3D decoupage tea cup. The little butterfly embellishment matched perfectly.

Supply List
Paper—Marianne Design Pretty Papers Bloc, cardstock
Dies—Die-namics photo corners and squares
Embellishments—butterfly, ribbon
Fonts—Honey Script

Friday, October 3, 2014

A Provence art retreat and a Foot (soccer) masculine 3D decoupage birthday card

I'm off to a week long art retreat in Provence tomorrow. So...even though I had wanted to get some posts done and scheduled for next week, alas I haven't. I guess my return to regular posting will just have to wait a bit.

Still, just to tide you over, here's a card I whipped up for my husband's birthday this year.

I used docrafts Papermania For Him A5 decoupage card kit as the base. My husband is a BIG, big fan of foot (soccer) so this was the perfect card for him. I added the sentiment to the front and die cut the footballs from left over bits of paper (tip—look at the snippets left over in these kits, I always find myself using them in some way). Red twine gives it some color, without looking girly.

Supply List
Paper—Papermania For Him A5 Decoupage Card Kit (PMA 166112), cardstock
Dies—Die-namics circles

Wednesday, October 1, 2014


I find I'm in a real color mood of late. I want COLOR!!! This rose was the star of my kitchen table for a good week. She opened so beautifully and the color was breathtaking. Isn't Mother Nature amazing?!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Bright and colorful Positano mini with Bisous papers and chipboard shapes

I wanted to make a mini of our Positano vacation as a birthday gift for the hubs. I decided it just HAD to be bright and colorful—like Positano itself. Bisous dazzling multicolored papers and adhesive backed chipboard shapes were exactly what I had in mind. These papers and shapes by Suzanne Carillo are fab, fab, fab (kind of like the lady herself, be sure and check out her style blog).

I used Stamperia mini-album blanks, going over each page with Distress Stain Picket Fence to give the pages a washed look. I used square dies to cut the patterned and solid papers. I like handwriting on my albums—to me that gives them a personal touch—so I took advantage of Susanne's designs, planning my cuts to use spaces provided on the papers for writing.

The adhesive backed shapes made embellishing the album quick and easy—no glue needed! I added some pearls here and there, and tied some flashy ribbon to the ring binders.

Eyelets and an elastic band (my favorite mini closure) keep it all secure.

Supply List
Paper—Bisous scrapbooking kit papers: promise, fun, delight, Stamperia mini-album blanks
Embellishments—Bisous chipboard shapes: yum!, rainbow, shabby, ribbon, pearls, eyelets
Dies—Artemio square dies
Misc—Distress Stain Picket Fence, metal ring binders, elastic

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Ring out the bells in Simply Cards & Papercraft issue 128

Bonjour mes craftie amies! Just home from our last vacation of the summer, we've returned to Fall. Driving back to Geneva from the south of France, I noticed leaves starting to turn and there's definitely a chilly bite to the air.

I had a wonderful surprise waiting for me in my mailbox—issue 128 of Simply Cards & Papercraft magazine. I was commissioned to design two cards for this issue using bells and was tickled pink to see one of my cards on the cover (upper right hand corner)! The feature Top tips & tricks using bells begins on page 40. This is a magazine I subscribe to myself; it is always chock full of inspiring designs and useful techniques and this issue is no exception. Not only is it bursting at the seams with Christmas crafting ideas, it has a great free Spellbinders stamp set and embossing folder included! This is the issue for anyone whose Christmas crafting mojo needs a little jump start (that's including me—I can't wait to ink up these stamps!).

Thursday, September 18, 2014

How to make a big, quick and easy, birthday lapel button pin

I found these big 2.5" Tree House Studio lapel button forms at Hobby Lobby during a trip back to the States. You can use them for all sorts of occasions. They're fun and super easy to put together. I use a die to cut out my circle image, place it right side up in the front part, then snap in the back—easy peasy.

I worked up my design on the computer with a digital image and Fluffy Slacks BTN font. This is a birthday gift for a friend.

Supply List
Button form—Tree House Studio Design-a-Button 2.5"
Image—Daisy Trail Digikit Poptastics
Font—Fluffy Slacks BTN


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