Thursday, January 19, 2017

Delightful Thursday at Digital Delights – Luv U Teddy Valentine's Day card


It's Delightful Thursday at Digital Delights; click on over to see what projects other DT members have to share with you. My card today is an early start on Valentine's Day and may just be for my husband; I haven't decided yet.


I was very pleased with how this one turned out. I enlarged the Luv U Teddy stamp to better fit my Crafts-too Presscut step card die base and fussy cut it after coloring. This is one of my favorite dies and if you search the blog you'll see it used often on all sorts of cards (like this male nautical birthday card).


The paper is also Digital delights, the Love Hearts paper pack. I covered the center heart of the stamp with a glittery embellishment that unfortunately, doesn't show up in photographs as sparkly as it is.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, Digital Delights Love Hearts paper pack
Digital Stamp – Digital Delights Luv U Teddy
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – Crafts-too Presscut step card die
Embellishments – ribbon, pearls, glitter heart

I'm linking up with: Moo-Mania #131 – Love, Fab 'n' Funky #334 – Must use ribbon, Creative Moments #109 – Anything Goes w/optional twist Something New (this is a new stamp for me), Crafty Gals Corner #106 – Add a heart, and Crafty Creations #333 – Anything Goes.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Capricorn birthday card with Digital Delights Capricorn digital stamp


I've used Digital Delights Capricorn digital stamp, Capricorn sentiment and matching paper for this birthday card for my sister in-law.


Digital Delights was having a sale before Christmas and I snapped up the whole set of these. They will make excellent birthday cards for either a man or a woman.


Supply List
Paper – kraft cardstock, cardstock, Digital Delights Zodiac paper pack
Digital Stamps – Digital Delights Capricorn and Zodiac sentiments
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – Die-namics square and rectangle stax
Embellishments – ribbon, pearls

I'm linking up with: Digi Choosday Wk 3 – Anything Goes, Sunny Day crafting #32 – Anything Goes, Shopping our Stash #286 – Fantastic Beasts, Lemon Shortbread #33 – Anything Goes, and Crafty Sentiments 17/01 – Anything Goes.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Pumpkin Lovers Unite! framed free Pumpkin Everything digital stamp and how to make an easel from craft dies


I colored up this free Dearie Dolls Pumpkin Everything digital stamp, thinking I would use it on a card to send to my niece, who (like her aunt) loves everything pumpkin. I added the sentiment.


But, when I'd finished coloring it, I thought it was so cute on its own I didn't want to put it on a card; instead, I put it in a flat paper frame from my stash. I didn't want to add too much in the embellishment department, lest it detract from the image, so I added some double rowed pearl tape (which unfortunately, does not show up very well in this photo).


Now, how to display it? I found an image on Pinterest where someone had used craft dies to create an easel (click HERE to see a better image). Unfortunately, the follow through link is dead, but you can see from the photo how it was done and easily do the same. I did have to adjust the die up and down a bit before I found the right spot to allow it to stay up.

Supply List
Paper – paper frame
Digital stamp – Dearie Dolls Pumpkin Everything
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Embellishments – pearl tape

I'm linking up with: Inky Chicks #77 – Anything Goes, Everybody Art Challenge #394 – Everything Goes, Create and Makes #7 – Anything Goes, Inspiration Destination #119 – Anything Goes, and Creative Moments #109 – Anything Goes w/twist Something New (new technique for me in making this easel from die cuts).

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Digital Delights by Louby Loo January release – Eye on You Mitzy


It's time for January's new releases at Digital Delights by Louby Loo. My card features the Eye on You Mitzy stamp. Click on over to the Digital Delights blog to see what other lovely creations DT members have to share with you today.


I believe this stamp's original purpose is Valentine's Day, and it would work very well for that, but I see it as the perfect 'Just Because', or even 'Get Well' card.


Mitzy's a bit androgynous; might it be Mit-Z don't you think? I liked the idea of the later and went with masculine paper and coloring. It seemed rather a steampunk-ish image – what with the magnifying glass and all – so I chose the retired Papermania Chronology paper pack and Sizzix's Gear Head die set to help set the tone. I paper pieced the hat, clothing and shoes from the paper.

Notice how I placed the sentiment? A nice thing about Digital Delights is that Wendy gives you a white background removed PNG image and a JPG image, making it easy to layer a PNG image over another one. Have absolutely no idea what I'm talking about? See my tutorial on PNG files and layering digital stamps.

Supply List
Paper – kraft cardstock, cardstock, Papermania Chronology paper pack
Digital Stamp – Digital Delights Eye on You Mitzy
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – Die-namics rectangle stax, Sizzix's Gear Head die
Embellishments – ribbon

I'm linking up with: Little Red Wagon #375 – Something New, Crafting by Designs January – Anything Goes, Crafty Creations #332 – Anything Goes, Crafty Gals Corner #104 – Use Something New, and Inspiration Destination #119 – Anything Goes.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Happy New Year! and a Paperesse 2016 Retrospective

Happy New Year, everyone! Here's my annual January retrospective of favorite projects from each month of the previous year. I enjoy doing these. It's nice to revisit favorite projects and to see my style evolution. To see the original project and it's accompanying supply list simply click on the monthly link.

January


February



March


April


May


June


July


August


September


October


November


December


I'm linking up with Deep Ocean Challenge #145 Your own absolute No. 1 Card or Project 2016 (my September London photo album – maybe not my best, but it's my favorite).

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas! and a VW Snowman Christmas card


Merry Christmas to everyone observing the holiday today! Eat, drink, be merry and may you find a comfy space on the recliner to unfasten your pants and sleep it all off. This is my favorite Christmas card this year, so I saved it for today. The digital stamp is From the Hearts VW Snowman. It's such a cute image and I love all the different sentiments that go with it.


This went to the cousin in Seattle. He's always had a fondness for old VWs, so I thought this one very appropriate. You can see another old VW image I've used for him (a camper van) on this birthday card.


Paper is Trimcraft Winter Woodland.

Supply List
Paper – kraft cardstock, cardstock, Trimcraft Winter Woodland
Digital stamp – From the Heart VW Snowman
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies and punch – Die-namics rectangle and square stax
Embellishments – buttons, thread

I'm linking up with: 52 Christmas Card Throwdown December – Pick a Previous 2016 challenge (I've chosen theme #41 Snowman), Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas #313 – Use a Sentiment,  A Gem of a Challenge #184 – Anything Christmas Goes, DigiDesigns Challenge Blog 17/12/16 – Any Winter Holiday, and Perfectly Created Chaos #7 – Christmas Anything Goes.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Christmas cowboy card – Howdy Happy Holidays!


A nontraditional Christmas card for you today (I promise – no Victorian – and more my own personal style), featuring From the Heart's Snow Cowboy digital stamp. I really like how this one turned out; it's one of this Christmas's favorites.


The Toy Box digital paper is from Tactile Studio.


A wooden snowflake and festive greeting give a Christmas-y touch.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, Tactile Studio Toy Box digital paper
Digital Stamp and sentiment – From the Heart Snow Cowboy
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – Die-namics rectangle and square stax
Embellishments – wooden snowflake, button, thread

I'm linking up with: Star Stampz 22/12 – Christmas, Cards und More #174 – Christmas, Through the Purple Haze #115 – Anything Goes, Little Red Wagon #373 – Follow the Star, and Sweet Stampers #2 – Anything Goes.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Victorian Christmas card #7


And now we come to the last installment (I know you'll join me in saying, 'FINALLY!!!') in the Christmas Stash Stratagem 2016 with yet another card made from Papermania's Victorian Christmas A4 Ultimate Die-cut & Paper Pack.


As I've mentioned with previous cards, the paper pack is retired, but still available online if you hunt long enough for it. In fact, if you live in the Geneva, Switzerland area, you might try looking at one of the Centre Social Protestant second hand shops, as last week I donated the remaining pieces of the pack (which is still like new) and other unused mini-kits from the line. I'm Victorian–ed out. This line – as far as I'm concerned – is now truly retired.


The base is made with Crafts-too Presscut step card die (also used on #5 in the series). Just in case you missed previous installments here are the links for #1, #2, #3, #4, #5 and #6.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, Papermania Victorian Christmas A4 Ultimate Die-cute & Paper Pack
Dies – Crafts-too Presscut step card die
Embellishments – ribbon, twine, button, wooden snowflakes, wooden dots

I'm linking up with: A Snowflake's Promise #35 – Winter Theme, Cuttlebug Mania 20/12 – Christmas Project with every color except red & green (okay, so I have a little green here on the tree, but it's not predominate, right?), Shopping Our Stash #283 – Winter Wonderland, Sunny Day Crafting #28 – Anything Goes, and Through the Craftroom Door week of 20/12 – Anything Goes.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Victorian Christmas Card #6


. . . and now we arrive at #6 in the Christmas Stash Stratagem 2016 with another Christmas card made from materials in the retired Papermania Victorian Christmas A4 Ultimate Die-cute & Paper Pack (still available on the internet if you look around).


I liked how  #1 in the series turned out so much that I copied it for this card. If you're curious as to the others, you can see #2, #3, #4 and #5 by clicking on each number.


As I mentioned with #1, I've had these wooden Christmas tree embellishments forever and not used them, so now I've used two! Whoo hoo!!! I'm on a roll, two down, eighteen to go.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, Papermania Victorian Christmas A4 Ultimate Die-cute & Paper Pack, patterened paper
Embellishments – ribbon, twine, bells, small wooden Christmas tree

I'm linking up with: Angie's Digital Stamps #4 – Anything Goes option Christmas, 613 Ave. Create #192 – Anything Goes with optional twist Holiday Happiness, Weekly Christmas Card Challenges #2 – Christmas.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Delightful Thursday at Digital Delights – Surfin' Santa Christmas card


It's Delightful Thursday at Digital Delights; click on over to see what the other DT members are sharing with you today. I thought I'd take a departure from red and green and go with something a little bit different for this Christmas card featuring the Surfin Santa digital stamp. This is such a cute stamp. I'm sure Santa wouldn't mind taking a vacation from the North Pole and just chillin' on some tropical island somewhere, don't you think?


The Digital Delights paper used is Luau Time and the oh so appropriate sentiment is from the Christmas Sentiments Set.


I paper pieced Santa's swim trunks from the Luau paper. Embellishments are a velvet sticker ribbon and enamel dots.

Supply List
Paper – kraft card blank, cardstock, Digital Delights Luau Time paper pack
Digital Stamps – Digital Delights Surfin' Santa and Christmas Sentiments Set
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – Die-namics rectangle stax
Embellishments – velvet sticker ribbon, enamel dots

I'm linking up with: The Crafty Addicts #30 – Anything Goes/Christmas Colours, A Snowflake's Promise #35 – Winter Theme, Cuttlebug Mania 13/12 – Make Something with Santa, Retarte #92 – Anything Goes, and Creative Moments #108 – Anything Goes.
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