Saturday, June 25, 2016

An owl 4th of July digital stamp card idea


The 4th of July's coming up and I actually got some cards made and sent off early this year. I hate to admit it, but since it's not a holiday in France, I sometimes (gasp!) forget about it.


Anywhoo, this card uses the Owl Sparklers digital stamp from 2 Cute Ink as it's focal point. This image works for more than just the 4th of July, as you can see on this New Year's card.


Bell Gothic Std Light was used for the sentiment font, encircled by a free digital frame from Pixel Scrapper. The Independence digital paper pack from Tactile Studio fits the theme perfectly.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, kraft card blank, Tactile Studio Independence digital paper pack
Digital stamp – 2CuteInk Owl Sparklers
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – Die-namics circle stax
Embellishments – star stickers
Font – Bell Gothic Std Light

I'm linking up with: Morgan's Artworld #13 – Use Patterned Paper,  Scrap Creations Challenge – Red, White and Blue, Brown Sugar #204 – Anything Goes, Crafting with Friends #23 – Anything Goes, and Southern Girls Challenge – Anything Goes.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Free digital stamps and Simply Cards & Papercraft issue #151


This month's Simply Cards & Papercraft #151 contains four cards I designed using Clearly Besotted digital stamps (the center top card is one of them). You don't have to have the magazine to download the stamps, just click on the magazine link above and scroll down to download. These free stamps are super cute and are so fun to create with. If you can't find SCP locally (it can be hard to find in the USA), digital issues are available at Pocket Mags.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Frilly vintage look pink & black Paris birthday card and what to do with leftover flower wires

Vintage look Paris birthday card made with Sizzix French Flight stamp & die set, by Paperesse.

I've used the Sizzix French Flight stamp and die set to create this vintage look birthday card for my niece. It's one of the rare 'traditional' rubber stamp projects I've done recently (you can see the same set in action on this Paris thank you card). 


Of course, it was too thick and fragile to send in a flat envelope. It's rare I make cards anymore I can't send in a flat envelope and each time I do and have to pay the postage for a box, I remember why that is.


The sentiment comes from one of Cuddly Buddly's greeting sheets (love these! so quick and easy), this time it's Kim's Twelve Round Greetings Mixed 2

*Crafty Tip* Don't trash those cut, green wire, flower stems! Simply wrap around a toothpick and use as embellishments (you can see them peeping out in the detail photo above).


Supply List
Paper – cardstock, Authentique Latest & Greatest (retired) paper pad
Rubber stamp – Sizzix Framelits French Flight 
Ink – Versacolor Ultimate Pigment Ink black
Dies – Sizzix Framelits die set French Flight 659884, Spellbinders Shapeabilites Foliage die, Artemio Lace #6 die, Die-namics Oval and Circle STAX
Embellishments – flowers, pearls, ribbon 

I'm linking up with: Chocolate, Coffee & Cards #111 – Use a Die Cut, Crafting with Friends #23 – Anything Goes, Morgan's Art World #12 – Happy Birthday, Polka Doodles Week 24 – Use a Die Cut, and Crafty Girls Creations #21 – Always Anything Goes.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Cute kitten 'Hi' card featuring Di's Digistamps Kitty in a Teacup digital stamp


I'm on a roll with Di's Digistamps; my last two posts have featured Di's super cute images (see last week's Kick Off Ted card). You're probably going to be seeing a lot more as Di's having a Bargain Basement $1 stamp sale right now and you know I stocked up. The What's New section has some real charmers, too, and this Kitty in a Teacup stamp is one of those.


I'm linking up this card with Di's Digidesign Challenge this week, which is your favorite color combination. Hmm . . . that's a tough one for me. I really don't have a favorite color combo, mine is more color theme, and that would be BRIGHT! I like bright colors and papers. This has been a change in process for me; when I first began this blog I was in a vintage, neutral color phase, like this Hey Doll card from 2012. Since then my cards have gotten brighter and brighter.


My paper is DCWV Citrus Matstack.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock,  DCWV Citrus Matstack.
Digital stamp – Di's Digi Stamp Kitten in a Teacup
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Die – Die-namics oval stax and Fishtail Flags stax, Spellbinders Shapeabilities Phase Set One
Embellishments – felt flowers, buttons, thread

I'm also linking up with: Fab 'n' Funky #308 – Favorite Colour Combo (again, mine is 'bright'), Inspiration Destination #89 – Always Anything Goes, The Crafty Addicts #17 – Anything Goes/Summertime, Deep Ocean Challenge #130 – Our Furry/Feathered Friends, and Show Us Your Pussy Cats #7 – Furrything Goes.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Foot (Soccer) Father's Day card 'Allez les Bleus' with free foot (soccer) digital paper

Allez Les Bleus foot (soccer) Father's Day card featuring Di's Digi Stamps Kick Off Ted stamp, by Paperesse.

Most Americans probably aren't aware of this, but the Euro Cup 2016 starts in France on the 10th of June. For European foot fans – or soccer if you're in the States – this is a BIG deal, as foot is without a doubt the most popular sport in Europe.


My father in-law loves foot, so in honor of Euro Cup and his lifelong passion for the game, I've created this Father's Day card with a foot theme, using Di's Digi Stamps Kick Off Ted as the focal image. Di's has some very cute (without being 'cutsey') imagery for male cards, like these masculine birthday cards featuring Gibson Bear and Gentleman Ted.


I found the free digital France Soccer paper created for the last World Cup from Just Peachy. Several countries are represented with free digital paper packs; here are links for England and the USA. I also saw Spain, Germany, Mexico, and Brazil, among others. If you're looking for some brightly colored free digital paper packs they're worth checking out (and the USA one would work perfectly for the 4th of July!). Allez les Bleus is our chant to encourage our French Team and was included with the paper pack. The #1 Papa sentiment was created using Bruce Old Style BT font with a free circular frame from Pixel Scrapper (an excellent source for free imagery, by the way).

My inside sentiment says, 'We'll see how the Bleus do, but for you there's no doubt, the best papa is you!' (howbeit in French, mais oui).

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, Just Peachy free digital France Soccer paper
Digital stamp – Di's Digi Stamp Kick Off Ted
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Die – Die-namics circle stax
Embellishments – ribbon

I'm linking up with: Di's Digi Designs Challenge – For the Boys, 4 Crafty Chicks #301 – Masculine, Aud Sentiments #156 – Anything Goes + a sentiment, Crafty Ribbons #154 – Masculine/Transport, Cute Card Thursday #428 – Father's Day, Scrap Creations – Father's Day/Masculine, and DL Art Thankful Thursday #181 – Boys and/or Men.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

A strawberry thank you card with free digital strawberry stamp


French neighbors and friends tend to be a generous lot. You invite folks to dinner and they all come bearing gifts – wine, flowers, chocolates – or if you're ill, they might show up on your doorstep with flowers or a plant. Which means a supply of ready made thank you cards like this one, is nice to have on hand. I make the fronts and leave the insides blank so I can personalize them later.


This card uses a free Opal Manor strawberries digital stamp as its focal image. The Berry Sweet digital paper is from Tactile Studio.


The sentiment is from Cuddly Buddly Barbara Anne Williams Sweet Summer Sentiments digital sentiment sheet. I have the whole collection of these, they're so versatile (here's another one on this cute little bunny card).

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, Tactile Studio Berry Sweet digital paper pack
Digital stamp – free Opal Manor Strawberries
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Die – Die-namics circle stax and square stax

I've used the sketch from #90 Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 as the basis for my design:


I'm linking up with: A Beautiful Mess #3 – Anything Goes, Crafting with Friends #21 – Anything Goes, Just Add Ink #313 – Add something with a 'B' (in my case it's berries), and Jo's Scrap Shack #140 – Anything Goes.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Masculine French themed card with Wonderstrange Three Mimes free digital stamp


I wanted a masculine French themed birthday card for a young family friend who is majoring in French back in the States. Trying to find something French-ish, but masculine wasn't easy, but I think this Three Mimes free digital stamp from Wonderstrange is the perfect fit.


The paper is from the Blair digital paper pack by Tactile Studio. This card has lots of layers so it's heavy all by itself, which means extra embellishments were kept to a minimum – just a little burlap ribbon and enamel dots.


The sentiment was created with Chiller font.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, Tactile Studio Blair digital paper pack
Digital stamp – Wonderstrange Three Mimes free digital stamp
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Embellishments – burlap ribbon, enamel dots

I'm linking up with: Allsorts #364 – Happy Birthday, Di's Digi Designs – For the Boys, Creative Card Crew #113 – Masculine, Scrap Creations – Father's Day or Masculine, and Always Playing with Paper #74 – Masculine with photo theme.


Thursday, May 19, 2016

Free digital birthday stamps and Simply Cards & Papercraft issue #150



I have four cards appearing in this month's Simply Cards & Papercraft #150 – on newsstands today – using 2 Cute Ink digital stamps (the center top circle card is one of them). You don't have to have the magazine to download your stamps, just click on the magazine link above and scroll down to download! These free stamps are super cute and are so fun to create with. This issue is jam packed with creative goodness and limitless inspiration – be sure and check it out! If you can't find SCP locally (it can be hard to find in the USA), don't fret, digital issues are available at Pocket Mags.

Monday, May 16, 2016

'Hello Kitty-ish' cat lover graduation card

Cat lover graduation card with $ Graphics Depot digital image by Paperesse.

This card for my niece's university graduation uses an image from the Pretty Kitty – School collection from $1 Graphics Depot. If you're not familiar with $1 Graphics Depot, do check it out. There is an awesome selection of pre-colored graphics that are – true to name – only $1! A great site when you need to whip up something in a hurry.


To give the image more depth, I did a little 3D layering with the kitty's cap and diploma. The paper is Tactile Studio Schoolyard digital paper pack.


The sentiment was created with Crazy Girlz Blond BTN font.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, Tactile Studio Schoolyard digital paper pack
Digital image – $1 Graphics Depot Pretty Kitty – School collection
Die – Die-namics circle stax
Embellishments – ribbon

I'm linking up with: Stempelgarten #49 – Animals, Alphabet Challenge – F for Furry Friends, QKR Stampede #191 – Graduation cards, and Show Us Your Pussy Cats #6 – Furry Friends.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Get Well card with free digital stamp from Bird's Cards

Get Well card with free digital stamp from Bird's Cards, by Paperesse.

This Get Well card's free turtle digital stamp from Bird's Cards is the perfect image to use on a card for someone recovering from back surgery, don't you think?! My cousin (the recipient and who is indeed recovering from said type of surgery) loved it; she said the turtle on its back was so appropriate and made her smile.


This is the first official outing for the Spellbinders corner dies I treated myself to at Christmas. I have some plain MFT Die-namics photo corners dies that I use all the time, as on this masculine card, but I wanted something a bit more frilly for 'girly' cards.


A word about this stamp – it's a GIF file and in order for me to size it as I wanted, I needed to convert it to a JPG file. It didn't take enlarging well and I needed to sharpen it a bit. It still has just a teeny weeny bit of fuzziness to the letters, something to keep in mind if you grab it for yourself.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, patterned paper
Digital stamp – Bird's Cards Back On Your Feet free digital stamp
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Die – Die-namics circle stax, Spellbinders corner dies
Embellishments – ribbon, button, twine

I'm linking up with: 613 Ave. Create #172 – Always Anything Goes, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #32 – Anything Goes, The Ribbon Girls Challenge (17 April) – Anything Goes with ribbon, Dragonfly Dreams April – Spring is in the Air, and Cupcake Inspirations #356 color challenge (below).


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