Friday, July 22, 2016

Watermelon greeting card – You're one in a melon – and what is an ASCII code crafty tip


I haven't figured out what this card is for yet. It could work for a thank you, a birthday, congrats . . . you name it! Alors, multi-purpose – my favorite kind of card.


The Watermelon Slice digi is a freebie from Whimsie Doodles and the papers are freebies, too, Fruit Salad courtesy of Papercraft Essentials magazine.


A little wooden watermelon slice serves as embellishment (I knew I'd use these some day!). The sentiment is created with the gorgeous free Channel font (I used the Slanted 2 type).

*Crafty Tip* Want to know how to get that pretty swirl shown on the end of melon? Before you download a font, check to see if there is a character table that looks something like this one (from the Channel font link above), shown on the download site:


If the character table has some extra elements you'd like to use later – like that très belle swirl on the end of Melon or the è I just typed – you will need a code from this table. To have these codes readily available bookmark or print out the table.

See the first swirl circled in blue? Extra elements – like this swirl – require that you use an ASCII code (American Standard Code for Information Interchange) to use that character/element. You'll probably have to magnify this image to see it, but there's a light grey ASCII code in the upper left corner. To get that swirl at the end of your word – after you've downloaded and installed your font – choose this font, then type your word, then hold down the ALT key and simultaneously type 0123 on the numeric keypad. Voila! There's your swirl.

Just a bit more on ASCII codes – I have an ASCII code table printed out and laying right by my computer; I use it all the time. I type on a Suisse keyboard, but it is set to English in my computer. Since I often write in French, I need certain accents that require an ASCII code for me to use with the English setting (back to that è again). Or I use things like the Euro sign (€ = ALT 0128) or the British Sterling sign (£ = ALT 156) . . . or here's a good one for artists, the copyright sign (© = ALT 0169). Click HERE to see a complete table of ASCII codes.

*Note – this tip applies to Windows users, I do not know if it is the same for Mac users.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, kraft cardstock, Papercraft Essentials Fruit Salad digital paper
Digital stamp – Whimsie Doodles free Watermelon Slice
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – Die-namics rectangle and jumbo fishtail banner stax
Embellishments – watermelon slice, pearls
Font – Channel Slanted 2 font

I'm linking up with: Little Red Wagon #351 – I'm Hungry!, Aud Sentiments #160 – Anything Goes + a sentiment, Digital Delights #11 – Anything Goes, DL Arts #184 – Summer Foods, and Star Stampz Challenge – Summer Treats.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Bonne Fête Nationale à toutes et à tous ! Happy Bastille Day card with free Opal Manor digital stamp

15/07/16 Update – It is with a heavy heart that I add this post addendum. I published this post before the tragic events yesterday evening in Nice. It was only this morning upon waking, that we learned what had happened. Unfortunately, this Bastille Day 2016, has turned out to be anything but a happy one.


Liberté, égalité, fraternité – nous ne sommes pas battus !

Happy Bastille Day card with free Opal Manor digital stamp, by Paperesse.

Bonne Fête Nationale ! Happy Bastille Day!

Bonne Fête Nationale ! Happy Bastille Day! Wouldn't you know the only card I made for our French national holiday is in English and was mailed to the States?! Phfffff . . . shame on me. Quelle honte !


This card went to my Francophile cousin in Seattle. From what he tells me, there are quite a few French living in Seattle and some very big Bastille day celebrations in the area, so I suppose it's not wholly inappropriate for him to receive this card. One year I found the perfect vintage image – Uncle Sam and Marianne arm in arm – but this year I decided on a Bastille Day card instead of the 4th, just to keep him guessing.


The image is a free fireworks digital stamp from Opal Manor and the paper is the Liberty digital paper pack from Tactile Studio. I don't know why, but this paper seems so French to me. You can see where I've used it before on this French themed very Gallic birthday greeting card.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, kraft cardstock, Tactile Studio Liberty digital paper pack
Digital stamp – Opal Manor fireworks
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – Die-namics circle and rectangle stax, Sizzix banner die
Embellishments – buttons, twine, pearls, ribbon
Font – Bell Gothic Std Light

I'm linking up with: Creative Moments #97 – Anything Goes w/option Ribbon or Bows, Fab 'n' Funky #313 – Add a sentiment, Moo-Mania 13 July – Anything Goes, Scrap Creations challenge – Red, White and Blue, and Retarte #81 – Anything Goes.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Masculine nautical birthday step card


This masculine birthday step card contains a die cut Sailing topper from docrafts.


The digital nautical themed paper is from Sonya DehartCalifornian FB font was used for the sentiment.


A little burlap and an anchor charm dress it up.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, Sonya Dehart Nautical digital paper pack
Topper – docrafts Sailing
Die – Crafts-too Step Card die
Embellishments – burlap, charm
Font – Californian FB

I'm linking up with: 613 Avenue Create #184 – Anything Goes, Dragonfly Dreams July – Anything Goes, Great Impressions July – Anything Goes, Great Impressions July – Anything Goes, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #37 – Anything Goes,  One Stitch at a Time #266 – Anything Goes with Elements of Nature, and Robyn's Fetish #324 – Anything with Water.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Patriotic Eagle digital stamp 4th of July card – Happy 4th of July!

4th of July card with Patriotic Eagle 2 Cute Ink digital stamp, by Paperesse.

Happy 4th of July to everyone celebrating in the States today! Of course, it's not a holiday here in France, but I still always try to do something special to mark the day.


This is the last in the trio of 4th of July cards I made using 2 Cute Ink digital stamps. I used the Owl Sparklers stamp on the first one, and the 4th of July Crab on the second. I must admit that this card, using the Patriotic Eagle, is my favorite, which is why I saved it for today.


As with the other two cards, I used the same sentiment design – Bell Gothic Std Light font and a free Pixel Scrapper frame – and the same paper – Independence digital paper pack from Tactile Studio.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, kraft card blank, Tactile Studio Independence digital paper pack
Digital stamp – 2 Cute Ink Patriotic Eagle
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – Die-namics circle and square stax, Nellie's Star dies
Embellishments – button, thread
Font – Bell Gothic Std Light

I'm linking up with: Artistic Inspirations #160 – Anything Goes, Coloring in Scrapland #13 – Anything Goes, The Paper Girls #107 – Be Patriotic, Crafting From the Heart #119 – Anything Goes, and Dream Valley Challenges #135 – The Colors of Your Flag (USA – this card isn't totally red white and blue, but does have the flag and red, white and blue, so I hope that counts).

Friday, July 1, 2016

TUTORIAL – How can I change the 'Date taken' (Date created) date for a digital photo in Windows 10 and Adobe Bridge?

You're working on a digital scrapbooking project for your European vacation (or in my case USA trip) and want to organize your photos by date, when you realize you forgot to change the date/time in your camera and due to the time difference the date is wrong. Or maybe you let your camera battery run completely down since your last vacation and forgot to update the date/time when you charged it. Grrrr . . . how to change the date to the correct one?

Since it's really very simple to correct, but not so simple to find instructions on how to do, I thought I'd share this little tutorial with you:

1) Find the photo(s) whose date you want to correct in Windows 10 File Explorer. See the screen below and the photo file DATE CHANGE PHOTO with a date of 18-Dec-15.  I organize and look at all my photos in Adobe Bridge, but I couldn't find a way to change the date in my ancient CS4 version of Bridge. However, changing the date in Windows also changes it in Bridge. Any Bridge experts out there who know how to do this from Bridge, please feel free to share the expertise. 

A tutorial – how to change your photo's 'Date Taken' (Date Created) date in Windows 10

2) Right click on the file whose date you want to change and select Properties (the last in the list). A box pops up (screen capture below). This can be a little confusing so let me explain. In this box in the fourth section you see a Created: date (as well as Modified: and Accessed: dates). This is NOT the date the picture was taken, but rather the date it was uploaded into your computer. Ignore this date. Right click on the 'Details' tab.

This is especially confusing to Bridge users like me who 'Sort by Date created' in Bridge, where there it is the date the photo was taken.


3) At this screen look at the third section under Origin and you'll see Date taken (image below). This is the date you want to change. 


4) Hover over this date and a change box will appear. Click in the box and simply change the date being sure not to alter the date style shown, or you can change by clicking on the small box to the right and a calendar will appear. Click the Apply box in the bottom right corner.


5) The new, corrected date you've entered will now appear as the Date taken in your system (screen below) and as your Date Created in Bridge. Don't ask me why I chose 27-Oct-2014 as the change date, I have no idea.


Thursday, June 30, 2016

4th of July digital stamp card with 2 Cute Ink 4th of July Crab digital stamp

4th of July card with 2 Cute Ink 4th of July Crab digital stamp, by Paperesse.

Here's another 4th of July card for you and like my last Owl Sparklers card, it's created with a 2 Cute Ink stamp – the 4th of July Crab.


Paper is left over from the aforementioned Owl Sparklers card and it's Tactile Studio's Independence digital paper pack.


Bell Gothic Std Light was used for the sentiment font, encircled by a free digital frame from Pixel Scrapper. To save time, I copy pasted several of these to fit and print on a 10cm x 15cm  (4" x 6") piece of white drawing paper so they were readily available to cut out and use on more than one card.

*Crafty Tip* This is probably obvious, but if you're new to card making you might not have thought of it yet – look at the cut out pieces remaining from your die-cuts for possible use elsewhere. The little yellow stars surrounding the crab on this card were the cut out pieces from the yellow trim die.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, kraft card blank, Tactile Studio Independence digital paper pack
Digital stamp – 2 Cute Ink 4th of July Crab
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – Die-namics circle and square stax, Sissix Christmas Trims #3 die, Nellie's Star dies
Embellishments – button, thread
Font – Bell Gothic Std Light

I'm linking up with: Digital Delights Monthly #11 – Anything Goes, Crafty Girls Creations #22 – Always Anything Goes, Crafty Creations #318 – Anything Goes, Creative Moments #96 – Anything Goes, and DoubleClickSkittles Challenge – Stars and Stripes.

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.
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