Sunday, February 7, 2016

A one layer card for 613 Avenue Create #162 – This Bud's for You

One layer card using Digital Delights Monkey Love digital stamp, by Paperesse.

I'm so pleased to be guest designing this month with the lovely (and oh so talented!) ladies at the 613 Avenue Create challenge blog. This week's challenge #162 is Anything Goes with the optional twist of one layer; I've used the twist.

Heidi, at 2CuteInk, recently did a post where she colored her stamps on kraft paper with white; I was so impressed, what a great way to create a simple – yet impressive – look quickly and easily, no shading required. I decided to color Digital Delights Monkey Love stamp (on sale right now for just $1.00!) using her method and was very pleased with the result. A little metallic twine tied to the side keeps embellishments minimal. My sentiment I created with free Edwardian Script ITC font.

Another big plus for this type card design – it's light, for affordable mailing. My cards just keep getting lighter and lighter. If you compare this vintage look birthday card from 2013, to last year's 2015 Tropical Santa Christmas card, you can see the progression.

Supply List
Paper – Kraft cardstock
Digital stamp – Digital Delights Monkey Love
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Embellishments – twine
Font – Edwardian Script ITC

Friday, February 5, 2016

3D Pyramid Heart Valentine's Day card

3D heart pyramid Valentine's Day card with Joy! Crafts topper, by Papersse

I was in a decoupage 3D phase a year or so back and built up my stash with quite a few topper image sheets. Then I moved on to other creative pursuits and my decoupage stash shifted to the bottom of my craft drawers, where, quite frankly, I forgot about them (can you relate? I'm sure you can).

I was doing a clean-out around Christmas and came across them again. The stash has been sorted and they're more visible now to remind me to use them. The paper on this card is another stash item I haven't used in a while.

The topper on this Valentine's Day card for my grandmother is a 3D pyramid sheet from Joy! Crafts. You can see where I used similar toppers from Joy! Crafts on Valentine's Day cards here and here last year.

I like using things from my stash, it makes me feel like I've done a good deed.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, The Sweetest Thing MME 12 x 12 paper pad (retired)
Topper – Joy! Crafts 3D pyramid 6013/0815
Embellishments – heart paper doiley, ribbon, button, twine

I'm linking up with the following challenges: Craft Rocket #8 – Valentine/Love, Brown Sugar #184 – Valentine/Love, Creative Corner – Happy Valentine's Day/Love, Polkadoodles Week 5 – Love and Romance, Simply Create Too #102 – Love or Valentine's

Sunday, January 31, 2016

A Valentine's day card with a fish? Nothing 'Fishy' about it!

A 'Fishy' Valentine's day card with Lovely Fish Digital Delights digistamp, by Paperesse.

This is another 'non-traditional' Valentine going to my Aunt back in the States. I saw this Lovely Fish stamp from Digital Delights and as I tend to like stamps that are somewhat out of the ordinary, this one got my attention. Oh, and did I mention it's on sale right now? And for only $1.00? Now how could I resist that?!

For the background, I used three different papers from Tactile Studio's Swoon digital paper pack and arranged them in a quilt block pattern background. My sentiment font is free Curlz MT. The inside sentiment of the card ties in the front with '. . . just wishing you a Happy Valentine's Day!' and a personal message.

As of January 1, 2016, we've had yet another postage increase here in France. Price is determined by weight and thickness with, of course, International postage costing the most. I can't really go over 3cm in thickness or it's too expensive to send, plus now the weights are calculated differently and anything over 100gr is very, very expensive. So . . . my cards that were already lightening up, will most likely be getting even lighter.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, Tactile Studio Swoon digital paper pack
Digital stamp – Digital Delights Lovely Fish
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – Die-namics square stax
Embellishments – button, wooden heart, twine
Font – Curlz MT

I'm linking up with: Digital Delights Monthly Challenge #6 – Anything Goes with a stamp, Let's Color Linky Party 3 – Anything Goes with something colored optional theme hearts, My Time to Craft #314 – Love is All Around, Sweet Stampin' Challenge – Valentines, and The Pencil Case Wk 3 – L= Love/Romance.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Panda Bear Valentine's Day card with free digital stamp and papers

Panda Valentine's day card made with free digistamp and papers, by Paperesse.

Sometimes I start a card or project, not really expecting a lot, and am pleasantly surprised by the end result. This simple little card is just such a project. I saw this free Panda Stamp from Sliekje digi stamps on her blog ages ago, but didn't really know how I'd use it. If you're not familiar with Sliekje's blog, do check it out; she has some very cute stamps (you can see where I've used one of her chicks on this Easter card last year). I punched a little heart, cut a bit around Panda's left paw, and tucked the heart underneath so it would appear he's holding it.

Last week I received the free Panda Love mini-kit from Pixel Scrapper in my inbox (sign up for the newsletter to receive free mini-kit emails!) and knew I had the paper to go with the stamp. I used Fluffy Slacks BTN free font for my front sentiment and tied in the Valentine's sentiment with a personalized message inside. This isn't a 'romantic' Valentine, but rather a 'thinking of you' type for a family member back in the States.

This week's Saturday Sketch #396 was the final touch and everything dropped into place – stamp, papers and design.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, free Pixel Scrapper Panda Love mini-kit
Digital stamp – Free Sliekje Panda
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Punch – heart
Font – Fluffy Slacks BTN

I'm linking up with: Allsorts Challenge Blog #347 – Valentine's Day, 613 Avenue Create #160 – Anything Goes, Crafting When We Can #111 – Celebrating Any Occasion, and Craft Rocket Challenges #7 – Clean and Simple.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Fairy Breeze digital stamp Merci (Thank you) card & Scrapbook Stamp Society blog guest designer

Please scroll down for National Handwriting Day post.

Merci card with Besties Fairy Breeze digital stamp, Tactile Studio Absinthe digital paper pack, design and coloring by Paperesse.

Today, I have the pleasure of being a guest designer for the Scrapbook Stamp Society blog. I'm using the Besties Fairy Breeze digistamp, which I won in a previous challenge, as my focal image. This 'Merci' card was given to my neighbor to thank her for a very sweet Christmas gift.

This lovely image made me think of ripples on a pond, so I decided on a green color scheme. The digital papers are from the Tactile Studio Absinthe Digital Paper Pack. This paper pack is just so suitable to water type themes. You can see the same paper set used on my turtle 'This Bud's For You' card.

My sentiment is created with Edwardian Script free font.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, Tactile Studio Absinthe digital paper pack
Digital stamp – My Besties Fairy Breeze
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – Toga Feuille sur Tige, Die-namics rectangle stax
Embellishments – flowers, buttons, twine, pearls
Font – Edwardian Script

I'm linking up with: Little Red Wagon #325 – Fairy Nice, Crafting With Friends #12 – Anything Goes, Creative Fingers #101 – Anything Goes, Simply Papercraft #21 – Anything Goes, and  Stempelsonne #158 – Anything Goes with stamp as the focus.

Happy National Handwriting Day 2016! 10 Reasons to Teach and Use It

Even though I'm afraid I didn't get a card made for this year's National Handwriting Day (and John Hancock's birthday, by the way), I wanted to mark the occasion with a post. Handwriting, and our ability to write in some sort of script, is something I feel very strongly about. I simply cannot understand why the American educational system is so quick to abandon teaching this fundamental skill that human beings have spent millennia perfecting. My post from last year, 10 Reasons to Teach and Use It, states in depth my feelings on the subject and why I believe cursive handwriting (or some sort of linked handwriting) should continue to be taught in American schools. I hope you'll click on over and give it a read!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Non-traditional Valentine's Day card in orange and black

Non-traditional Valentine's Day card, using Sweet 'n' Sassy digital stamp, design by Paperesse.

I like Valentine's Day and not just for the chocolate, although that is a point in its favor. Valentine's Day to me is a way to show those we love we care about them, not just our sweethearts and husbands. This card is going to my cousin back in the States. It's a combination Valentine's Day/Thank You card, as inside I've thanked him again for his Christmas gifts and wished him a Happy Valentine's Day.

This is the nicest thing about a home made card – you can personalize it as you wish. I doubt seriously I'd have found a Valentine's Day/Thank You card in the shops.

This isn't a romantic Valentine's Day card – I didn't want anything too mushy – so I chose these non-traditional colors and focal digistamp, paper piecing the stamp instead of coloring it. I did add an orange heart and orange heart ribbon though, for a little Valentine's touch. Instead of using the sentiment that came with the stamp, I instead rounded my own sentiment using Candy Round BTN font along a curving text path in CraftArtist, as I've done on this Tropical Santa and Penguin cards (the Penguin card has more info on how to do this).

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, Tactile Studio Ashley digital paper pack
Digital stamp – Sweet 'n' Sassy Orange You Sweet 
Dies – Die-namics circle stax, Artemio scallopped circle die
Embellishments – wooden heart, button, twine, ribbon
Font – Candy Round BTN

I'm linking up with: 2 Creative Chicks #6 – Anything Goes, Sisters of Craft January – Anything Goes, Bastel-Traum #37 – Valentine, Your Scrapbook Place January – Anything Goes, and Crafting with Friends #12 – Anything Goes.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Paris Eiffel Tower vintage look card

Sizzix French Flight die & stamp set with blend of vintage and new papers, by Paperesse.

I picked up this new Sizzix Framelits die/stamp set, French Flight, at a booth at Les Automnales, Geneva's annual autumn fair in November. I was so excited to see a booth selling scrapbooking supplies I felt it my duty – a sign of crafting solidarity if you will – to buy something. Yes, Madame Digital Devotee actually inked up traditional rubber stamps for this project (GASP!). It's been so long I'm surprised I remembered how.

This is a thank you card (the sentiment's inside) that was sent to my brother and his family back in the States. I went all out in embellishing it, yet the embellishments are relatively flat and lightweight, so it didn't cost a small fortune to mail. The paper is a mix of vintage – a 1951 Paris transit guide and stamp book – and new chamois paper (see Crafty Tip below).

I was very pleased with this set. The stamps and dies work beautifully together and I'm sure this is one of the rare rubber stamp sets I'll be inking up again soon.

*Crafty Tip* Blank vintage paper can be hard to find and when you do, working with it can be tricky. Some vintage papers are more porous, making a cleanly stamped image difficult to achieve. Edges can be crumbly, making it worrisome to run through your printer. If you want the look of vintage paper without actually using vintage paper choose a chamois paper to work with. All of the stamped images on this card – the Eiffel Tower, the butterflies, the fleur de lys, the Paris sign – were stamped on new chamois paper that blends so perfectly with the vintage papers you can't really tell which is which. You can see another example of where I've used chamois paper for a vintage look on this male golfer card.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, chamois paper, vintage Paris transit guide, vintage stamp book
Rubber stamp – Sizzix Framelits French Flight 659884
Ink – Versacolor Ultimate Pigment Ink black
Dies – Sizzix Framelits die set French Flight 659884, Toga Film Strip DCT 19, Nellies MFD 027 corners, Memory Box Cherry Blossom flowers 98316,
Embellishments – vintage doily, pearls, watch charm, watch face, bow tie

I'm linking up with: Crafty Calendar Jan. – Something New, Crafty Friends #22 –  Use Something New, 613 Ave. Create #157 – Anything Goes, Brown Sugar #180 – Anything Goes, Creative Fingers #100 – Always Anything Goes and We Love Vintage #61 – Anything Vintage.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

2015 Paperesse retrospective

Each new year I like to create a retrospective post selecting a favorite from each month of the previous year. Looking back over 2015, it would seem my taste is eclectic, ranging from vintage to a 'cleaner' modern look. I suppose one connective thread might be coloring. It is my favorite crafty thing to do and I tend to like most those cards that include it. Oh, and digital; all stamps used on the cards chosen for this retrospective are digistamps (as are most of the papers for that matter). I can't hardly be bothered to ink up rubber anymore.

If you would like to know more about a project, the month link will take you back to the original post.













Monday, January 4, 2016

Simply Cards & Papercraft #145 – crafting with an after Christmas budget

Is your after Christmas crafting budget feeling the pinch? Would you like to start card making, but just can't afford much as an initial investment? The January 2016 issue of Simply Cards & Papercraft  #145 is out now and I've got five cards appearing on pages 80–82 under Budget-busting cards showing you how to create 5 stunning cards – using the Kathleen Digi Set from Crafts and Me – for under £5, no die cutting machines or other complicated materials required (note to American readers – Budget-busting in British English means just the opposite of what it does in American English, i.e. it's a good thing, not a bad thing). One of the cards is on the cover, bottom left.

In addition to cover to cover inspiration, the free champagne glass die that comes with it is great! I can think of lots of ways to use this beauty.