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).

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Birthday tag featuring Robert Jackson Vintage Hats 2 digital stamp

Birthday tag with Robert Jackson Vintage Hats 2 digital stamp, design by Paperesse.

The focal image on this tag going to my great-aunt for her birthday, is Robert Jackson's Vintage Hats 2 digital stamp If you're a hat lover (and I am!) be sure and check out his 'Just Hats' section. He's designed an amazing selection of hat digital stamps.

For the sentiment I've used Kim's Digi Stamps Round Greetings Mixed digital stamp from Cuddly Buddly. The tag paper is from BasicGrey's Stella Ruby #768 tag sheet (retired, but still available on the net).

I wanted to add some frilly embellishments to the tag, but keep it relatively light so I could afford to mail it. Several different dies gave me the look I wanted, without too much weight. My cards have lightened up over the years, but my tags still seem to like frills, like this vintage tag from last year.

*Crafty Tip* Re-think your holiday dies, could be they'd work for more than just the Holidays! The flowers on this card are from Sizzix Winter Elements die strip, but they don't look 'Christmasy' at all.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, BasicGrey's Stella Ruby #768 tag sheet
Digital stamp – Robert Jackson Vintage Hats 2
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Die/punch – Fiskars border punch, Sizzix Winter Elements die strip and Scribbles die #3, Toga Feuille sur Tige (leaves), Die-namics circle stax, Artemio butterfly (retired)
Embellishments – pearls, twine

I'm linking up with: Come and Get It Challenge – Bright Colors, Stamping Sensations April – One For the Girls, Corrosive Challenge #4 April – Girls, Ladies, Women, Quick Quotes #62 – Tag it!, and Robyn's Fetish #311 – Add a Sentiment.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Digital stamp masculine birthday card idea

Di's Digistamps Gentleman Ted digital stamp stars on this masculine birthday card, by Paperesse.

This card was for my Father-in-law's recent birthday. Di's Digistamps Gentleman Ted digi serves as the card's focal image (if you like this stamp, it's on sale right now for just $1.00).

For my paper, I've used Little Llama Shoppe's Gentlemen Only digital paper pack. I created my sentiment using a circle frame from Pixel Scrapper (one of my favorite sources of free digital imagery) and free Annie BTN font.

Embellishments were kept to a minimum, but I went all out on layers. This is one heavy card. It was hand delivered though, so I didn't worry about it.

I like Di's Ted stamps for guy cards. She has some very cute ones. Like the Gibson Bear image I used on another recent birthday card for my cousin.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, Little Llama Shoppe's Gentlemen Only digital paper pack
Digital stamp – Di's Digistamps Gentleman Ted
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Die – Die-namics circle and oval stax
Embellishments – ribbon, metal studs
Font – Annie BTN

I'm linking up with: Brown Sugar #192 – Anything Goes, Morgan's Art World #7 – For the Men, The Stamping Boutique – Masculine challenge, Seize the Birthday – Anything Goes Birthday, and Shopping Our Stash #245 – Something for the Big or Biggest Boy.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Joyeuses Pâques – French Happy Easter card – and how to save ink, paper, and money with digital paper printing

Joyeuses Pâques (Happy Easter in French) card with 2 Cute Ink digital stamp, by Paperesse.

Joyeuses Pâques – Happy Easter – to everyone observing the holiday today! 2 Cute Ink's Easter Friends digistamp stars front and center on this card for a French speaking friend.

I added the sentiment using free Crazy Girlz Blond BTN font. Around the stamp is Joy! Crafts willow frame diecut with the raised embossed areas inked in black to emphasize the design.

The paper is Tactile Studio's Chasing Dreams digital paperpack.

 *Crafty Tip* Save money on printer ink and cut down on paper waste by pre-sizing and joining your digital paper choices before printing. I very rarely print my digital papers on a full size sheet of paper. My paper sizes run anywhere from 10 x 15cm to A5 (the largest size I habitually use). Not only are you using less ink and paper (thus saving money!) you can also size down the overall design of the paper so that you see more of the paper pattern on the card. Just create a file in your image processing software that corresponds to the paper size you want to print, join your papers, cut your paper to that size and print. On this card, the two papers on the background were joined on the computer. This Panda Valentine's Day card is another example of  joining the digital papers before printing.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, Tactile Studio Chasing Dreams digital paperpack
Digital stamp – 2 Cute Ink Easter Friends
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Die – Joy! Crafts Willow frame die
Embellishments – twine, flowers, buttons

I'm linking up with: A Beautiful Mess #1 – Always Anything Goes, Brown Sugar #191 – Easter, Cut It Up #192 – Happy Easter (Bunny)!,  QKR Stampede #184 – Easter Cards, and A Gem of a Challenge #165 – Easter.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Suspension Easter card and heads up on a great digital paper sale!

Easter card made with Crafts-Too Presscut oval swing card die, by Paperesse.

This card is made with the Crafts-Too Presscut oval swing card die. Instead of using the oval centerpiece that comes with the die set, I used X-Cut's egg die.

The Bunny in Egg digistamp is a former freebie from Gerda Steiner. Unfortunately, I don't see it available any longer on her website, but she does have some other very nice freebies scattered among her other digital stamps. The paper is Tactile Studio Kathleen digital paper pack. As I was grabbing the link for Tactile Studio I noticed that today (20/03/16) all digital products, including paper packs, are on sale for only $0.40!!! When you consider that most packs normally have nine to twelve designs in a pack that's a super good buy indeed. I couldn't resist, I picked up 14 packs for only $5.60. I don't know how long this sale will last, so if you're interested you might want to pop on over and check it out. *Note – that must have been a short lived sale, I checked again today, 21/03/16 and it appears to be over.

You can see where I've used the same die for this New Year's card and another view of the card. I like this die and it makes an impressive card in 'real life', but it's darn hard to photograph.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, Tactile Studio Kathleen digital paper pack
Digital Stamp – Gerda Steiner Bunny in Egg
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – Crafts-Too Presscut Oval Swing Card die, Xcut Egg Nesting dies
Embellishments – flowers, buttons

I'm linking up with: Addicted to Stamps #122 – Any Shape, Dragonfly Journeys #49 – Hippity Hoppity, Allsorts Week 355 – Easter, Crafting with Dragonflies #53 – Easter Cards, and Sweet Stampin' – Easter. 

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Why write? Penmanship for the 21st Century – Jake Weidmann on the importance of handwriting

If you are a regular visitor to Paperesse, you might have noticed I feel very strongly about the importance of cursive handwriting in our society (this post pretty much sums up my thoughts on the subject). One of my crafting buddies, Ginny, at Rubbermad, knows this and sent me a link to the Ted talk by the artist and calligrapher, Jake Weidmann. It was a pleasure for me to hear someone so eloquently express what I believe so deeply. It's a very interesting talk and the examples shown of his art incorporating lettering are breathtaking. If you feel strongly that cursive handwriting is a valuable skill that deserves to be taught in our schools, I urge you to watch this video. You will not be bored, believe me.

And a big 'Merci beaucoup!' once more to Ginny, for bringing this to my attention.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Special Easter Whimsie Doodles digital stamp Easter card idea and the best glue for paper piecing

Special Easter Whimsie Doodles digital stamp Easter card, by Paperesse.

Whimsie Doodles Special Easter digital stamp is the focal image for this Easter card (you can see another cute Whimsie Doodles free Easter stamp on this card).

Instead of coloring the image, I decided to paper piece it, using digital papers from Snap Click Supply Company Corina Gardner's Jellybean Hop digital paper pack.

*Crafty Tip* I hardily recommend Yes! Stikflat glue for paper piecing. It doesn't dry immediately so you've got a few seconds to slide your paper around to fit. It dries clear, it does NOT buckle and comes in a big economical tub – what's not to like?!  I apply it with a brush. If you haven't ever tried it, do! You'll be convinced.

This was the first outing for the banner die from Sizzix's Thinlits Arrows, Banners, Chevrons & Clouds die set I treated myself to at Christmas. I have some individial banner dies I can create a banner with, but I liked that this one was all one piece (I just paper pieced the individual banner pieces). As the name implies, in addition to the banner die there are several others in the set – arrows, chevrons and clouds – making it a good, versatile buy.

I used the sketch from the new Paper Play Sketches challenge #003, as the basis for my card design.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, Snap Click Supply Company Corina Gardner's Jellybean Hop digital paper pack
Digital stamp – Whimsie Doodles Special Easter
Die – Sizzix Thinlits Arrows, Banners, Chevrons & Clouds die set
Embellishments – buttons, twine

I'm linking up with: Allsorts Challenge week 354 – Spring is in the Air, My Sheri Crafts Challenge #177 – Spring Fever, Creative Corner Challenges 11 March – Hoppy Easter, and  Digitally Sweet Challenge #148 – Spring is in the Air,
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