Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Et merde... Funny Santa stuck in a chimney Christmas card

Et Merde...Père Noël coincé dans une cheminée, une carte de Noël marrante – funny French Christmas card, by Paperesse.

Now what would the Big Guy say if he got stuck in a chimney with no one to pull him out? Dang? Darn? Shucks? Or 'Oh, shit'? I opt for the later, which is what this card's sentiment means in French.

This stamp is a freebie I found a while back and I can't honestly tell you where I found it. I tried to find a link on the internet and I did find the stamp, but the sites where it appears don't look legitimate to me, so I hate to link back to them. I've noticed that a lot of freebies shared by talented artists on the internet get hijacked and appear on other sites with no link back to the originating artist. I do my best to avoid those kind of sites. If you by chance know the original artist for this cute digi please let me know.

I'm trying to come up with funny French Christmas cards for my French speaking friends, but inspiration is sorely lacking. I don't know why there are hardly any funny French Christmas cards out there. For anyone googling funny French Christmas cards maybe I'll get a few French hits with this: Père Noël coincé dans une cheminée, une idée pour une carte de Noël marrante.

Paper is Folia Motifblock Surfaces paper pad, which proves you don't have to use Christmas paper on a Christmas card. Embellishments are wooden snowflakes and rusty look dots. An interesting note on these snowflakes – I liked the back better than the front so I flipped them over, covered up that sticky bit with a dot and glued them down (you can see what the front looks like on this card).

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, Folia Motifblock Surfaces paper pad
Digital stamp – freebie
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – Die-Namics oval stax
Embellishments – ribbon, snowflakes, dots
Font – Annie BTN

I'm linking up with: The Merry Christmas Challenge #11 – ATG Christmas, Pause Dream Enjoy #11 – ATG, Inspiration Destination #146 – ATG, Sweet Stampin' Christmas March – ATG Christmas, and Addicted to Stamps #283 – Holiday.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Funny Easter card featuring Pretty Cute Stamps Bunny Conversation digital stamp

Funny Easter card with Pretty Cute Stamps Bunny Conversation digital stamp, by Paperesse.

Easter is now less than a month away! Can you believe it?! Do you have your all Easter cards made? No? Me neither.

This Pretty Cute Stamps Bunny Conversation digi just has me rolling. It's right up there with this Bite Me! Easter card. I'm sending it to my cousin back in the States. I know it'll crack him up, too.

Paper is digital – Tactile Studio Caroline digital paper pack. I cheated a bit with the paper. I cropped the digital papers and placed them I as I wanted to fit on one sheet before printing it out. I even gave the striped paper I used in the middle a bit of digital shadow, so that it looks like it's physically on top of the other two. Voila! Three digital sheets on one piece of paper. No cutting, less waste. Embellishments are CANDi dots.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, Tactile Studio Caroline digital paper pack
Digital stamp – Pretty Cute Stamps Bunny Conversation
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – No-brand Chinese die stitched rectangles
Embellishments – CANDi dots

I'm linking up with: Kreativeinkauf Challenge #60 – Easter, Do-Al(l) Creative #15 – Spring Easter, Colour Crazy Challenge Week 10 – ATG, Brown Sugar Challenge #276 – Spring or Easter, and My Time to Craft #366 – Easter/Spring.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Christmas card featuring QKR Stampede Anywhere South digital stamp

Christmas card featuring QKR Stampeded Anywhere South digital stamp, by Paperesse.

This little birdie is hitching a ride south – or faire du stop as it's called in French – somewhere warm for Christmas. I masked the QKR Stampede's Anywhere South digital stamp English sentiment and replaced it with a French one 'Un endroit chaud' (somewhere warm), as it will be going to a French speaker.

Paper is from Folia's Motifblock Christmas paper pad. Folia Paper is a German company and is easily found in Switzerland. I like these paper pads as they're very big 24cm x 34cm and most pads have two sheets of each design – one thin sheet of 80 g/m2 and a very sturdy one at 270 g/m2. Although, this particular Christmas pad only has the heavier 270 g/m2.

I kept the embellishments simple with a little ribbon and more of the felt brads I used on this Santa Selfie Christmas card. I'm really enjoying these brads. There are 20 assorted colors in a pack and were priced only €0.50 at my favorite outlet shop! I scooped up four packs; now I'm wishing I'd bought more. Of course, that I paid so little for them adds to my pleasure.

*Crafty Tip* To use brads as you would enamel dots or buttons, use a jewelry wire cutter to cut off the brad tines at their base, then use a little Aleene's Tacky Glue to glue them down.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, Folia Motifblock Christmas paper pad
Digital stamp – QKR Stampede's Anywhere South
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – Die-Namics circle stax
Embellishments – felt backless brads
Font – Annie BTN

I'm linking up with: QKR Stampede Challenge #285 – ATG, The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge # 24 – ATG Christmas, The Merry Christmas Challenge #10 – ATG Christmas, Creative Moments #138 – ATG, and Crafting by Designs March – ATG.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Handyman (homme à tout faire) birthday card

Masculine Birthday card featuring Digital Delights Handy Harry stamp, by Paperesse.

A friend of ours celebrated his birthday this week. He's quite the handyman. We call that an homme à tout faire in French (literal translation – a man to do all). I decided this Digital Delights Handy Harry stamp was perfect for him.

By the way, do you think this stamp is a mouse? Or a bear? I know the ears are big, but I think he's a bear; my husband thinks he's a mouse. If he were a mouse wouldn't he have a tail? Whatever he is, he's cute.

The paper is from Trim Craft's Man Made paper pad, a great pad for masculine cards (as on this Die-cut bicycle birthday card). It's technically retired, but still around if you look hard enough. Harry is surrounded by a starry no-brand Chinese die-cut. The gray stars are also part of the die-cut set. Embellishments are screw-head brads with the tines cut off.

Keeping in mind the French translation of handy man – homme à tout faire (a man to do all) – the inside sentiment ties it all together:

Pour un homme à tout faire...
Fais tout pour avoir le plus joyeux anniversaire !

That is to say...For a man to do all, Do all to have the happiest birthday! 

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, Trim Craft Man Made paper pad
Digital stamp – Digital Delights Handy Harry
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – no-brand Chinese star die-cut set
Embellishments – screw-head brads
Font – Candy Round BTN

I'm linking up with: Always Happy Birthday March – ATG Birthday option Use Patterned Paper, A Perfect Time to Craft #03 – ATG, A Bit More Time to Craft #63 – ATG, Crafter's Castle #3 – ATG option Your Favorite Technique (mine is coloring!), and 2 Crafty Critter Craziers #12 – ATG with a critter.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Christmas card featuring The Paper Shelter's Santa Selfie digital stamp

Christmas card featuring The Paper Shelter's Santa Selfie digital stamp, by Paperesse.

Santa and Rudolph are posing for a selfie in this Christmas card, featuring The Paper Shelter's Santa Selfie digistamp. I don't know if Rudolph looks too pleased about it though.

This card is destined for a French speaking recipient, hence the 'Souriez !' (Smile!) sentiment created with Sneakerhead BTN font. In case you're thinking I screwed up there and left a space before the '!', know that that is the correct way to punctuate an exclamation point in French.

Paper is Tactile Studio Merrily digital paper pack. I was glad to find this digital paper pack as it is similar in scheme to the delightful Carta Bella Christmas Delivery paper pad I recently purchased and am thoroughly enjoying, as seen on this Joy Christmas card. Have you noticed with traditional paper pads you go through the paper you like best first and then you're left with the rejects you don't care much for? With digital paper you can print as many of the ones you like as you want – as long as you have ink in your printer, that is. Embellishments are three black felt brads with the tines cut off.

Supply List
Paper – Tactile Studio Merrily digital paper pack
Digital stamp – The Paper Shelter Santa Selfie
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – Die-Namics Rectangle and Square stax
Embellishments – black felt backless brads
Font – Sneakerhead BTN

I'm linking up with: Sweet Stampin' Christmas 14/02 – ATG Christmas, Crafty Creations #361 – ATG, Inspiration Destination #145 – ATG, The Merry Christmas Challenge #9 – ATG Christmas, and Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #159 – All About Christmas.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Hang in there, Cousin! sloth Get Well card

Get Well card featuring 2 Cute Ink Sweet Sloth digital stamp, by Paperesse.

My cousin just had her second back surgery in as many years. I whipped up this get well card to let her know I'm thinking of her. Like the turtle card I sent her after her fist surgery, I think the image is eminently appropriate.

The digital stamp is Sweet Sloth from 2 Cute Ink.  The green leaf digital paper is a freebie from Pixel Scrapper – Janet Scott Pond Life Green Leaf.  The bark paper is from Tactile Studio's Splendor digital paper pack. Candy Round BTN font was used for the sentiment. A little jute ribbon and this button from my stash make perfect embellishments.

If you think that Toga polaroid die-cut surrounding the stamp looks like real wood – you're right! It is real wood. I found several sheets on sale at a decorative center a few years back. I like the look, but it's not easy to use. It's a bit brittle and has a tendency to crack. You can see where I used it on this Go Nuts! birthday card, too. The banner die-cut behind the button is part of  Polaroid die-cut set.

Supply List
Paper – kraft card base, Pixel Scrapper Janet Scott Pond Life Green Leaf, Tactile Studio Splendor
Digital stamp – 2 Cute Ink Sweet Sloth
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – Toga polaroid die-cut set
Embellishments – ribbon, button
Font – Candy Round BTN

I'm linking up with: Crafty Animals #11 – ATG with an animal, 2 Crafty Critter Crazies Feb. – ATG with a critter, Cut It Up! #142 – ATG with a die-cut, Creative Fingers #143 – ATG, and Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends #76 – ATG.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Baby Boy's 1st Birthday card idea

Baby Boy's 1st Birthday card, by Paperesse.

In the midst of last year's Christmas card making frenzy, a friend asked for a baby boy's first birthday card.

As always in emergency situations such as this . . . pre-colored digi topper to the rescue!!! This time from Cheryl Seslar's Bright Babies Birthday. I did take the liberty of adding the #1 to the balloon. Paper is from Tactile Studio Blueberry digital paper pack. Candy Round font was used to create the sentiment. Ribbons and buttons dress it up.

Sizzix's Baby Dresser die was used for the card base. I use this die a lot, just seldom in its true form (you can see variations on how I've used it HERE).

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, Tactile Studio Blueberry digital paper pack
Digital pre-colored topper – Cheryl Seslar Bright Babies Birthday
Dies – Sizzix Baby Dresser die, Die-namics rectangle and square stax
Embellishments – ribbon, buttons
Font – Candy Round BTN

I'm linking up with: Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #158 – Masculine, Inspiration Destination #144 – ATG, Creative Moments #137 – ATG, Crafty Creations #360 – ATG, and Craftaholics R Us #8 – ATG.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

It's time to get your Jingle on Christmas card

Christmas card featuring It's time to get your Jingle on From the Heart digital stamp, by Paperesse.

This card features From the Heart's Jingle Bell Birdbrain Chick digital stamp and sentiment. I enjoy From the Heart stamps; they are cute and humorous and touching, all at the same time – like this very French Mustache Birdbrain birthday card (one of my favorite digital stamps), or this VW Snowman Christmas card. These stamps always bring a smile to my face, as I'm sure they do my card recipients.

Recently, I was in the mood for some new stamps and visited the From the Heart website. It was there that I learned From the Heart's owner/designer, Faith Skrdla, passed away last summer. I know that her designs touched – and will continue to touch – a lot of cardmakers out there. I am saddened by her passing. My heart goes out to her family.

The Christmas patterned paper on this card is long retired (like the majority of my Christmas paper). The center die-cut is a new no-brand Chinese one, as is the circular border. I like the border, but am less pleased with the center one. I think there's too much space between the layers, which is why I filled in the red layer with a pearl marker.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, patterned paper
Digital stamp – From the Heart Jingle Bell Birdbrain Chick
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – No-brand Chinese center and border dies
Embellishments – pearl marker

I'm linking up with: Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #373 – ATG Christmas, Winter Wonderland 16/02/18 – ATG Christmas, 2 Crafty Critter Crazies #11 – ATG with a critter, Christmas Crafts All year Round Feb. – Use Mainly Red, and Christmas at Sweet Stampin' Feb. – ATG Christmas.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

I woolly love ewe so very much Valentine's Day card

I woolly love ewe so very much, Valentine's Day card, by Paperesse.

Happy Valentine's Day all! May you feel joy in the love of those dear to you. Valentine's day to me isn't a day just for couples, it's a day to tell everyone you care about you love them, and for those no longer here, to remember and be thankful for the love you shared and still have in your heart. I always gave my mother a Valentine's Day card and she always gave one to me. This year I sent Valentine's Day cards to my grandmother and my niece, in addition to this one – my hubby's card.

Just to be different, I decided to ditch the pink and red on his card this year. I suppose some would say it's more masculine.  But really, what's masculine and feminine? The older I get, the less I like those labels. Normally, my husband gets pink and red and likes it (like this one).

The digi stamp is Flossy, from Doctor Digi. I paired her up with a sentiment from Barbara Williams Punny Animal Sentiments One sheet. Paper is Tactile Studio digital from the Lacey, Newsprint, and Splattered paper packs. Embellishments are textured gray hearts (I knew I'd use these one day!) and metal dots.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, Tactile Studio Lacey, Newsporint, and Splattered digital paper packs
Digital stamps – Doctor Digi Flossy, Barbara Williams Punny Animal Sentiments One sheet
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – Die-namics circle stax
Embellishments – textured hearts, metal dots

I'm linking up with: Watercooler Wednesday #157 – All About Occasions, Little Red Wagon #433 – Love, Fab 'n' Funky #381 – Babies, Children, Men, Crafty Gals Corner #159 – Add a Heart, and Crafting by Designs 14/02 – Be My Valentine.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Fleece Navidad Christmas card

Humorous Christmas card featuring Fleece Navidad Whimsie Doodles digital stamp, by Paperesse.

It's easy to be in a Christmas-y mood here today. It's been cold and snowing. It's so calming, looking out the window and watching it fall. As long as I don't have to drive in it. That I don't like.

Today's card features a humorous digital stamp from Whimsie Doodles – Fleece Navidad. This is the second time I've used this stamp; you can see how it looks with softer coloring on this 2015 Christmas card. My paper isn't Christmas it's Lake District Sheep and Diagonal Plaid by Marisa Lerin, free at Pixel Scrapper. Embellishments are a little ribbon, a felt snowflake, and button – all nice and flat and easy to mail.

The cut circle die is another no-brand inexpensive Chinese one purchased on Amazon. You're probably going to be seeing quite a few of these lately as I had two Amazon gift certificates to spend after Christmas and that's pretty much what they went towards.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, Marisa Lerin Lake District digital paper
Digital stamp – Whimsie Doodles Fleece Navidad
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – no-brand Chinese cut circle die
Embellishments – ribbon, felt snowflake, button

I'm linking up with: Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas #372 – ATG Christmas, Jingle Belles 09/02 – A coloring We Will Go (any medium), C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #454 – Christmas Humorous, Addicted to Stamps and More #278 – Holiday, and The Merry Christmas Challenge #6 – ATG Christmas.
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