Thursday, February 16, 2017

Delightful Thursday at Digital Delights – From our Gnome to Yours card

From our Gnome to Yours card featuring Digital Delights Mr. Gnome value set and paper, design by Paperesse.

It's another Delightful Thursday at Digital Delights; click on over to see what projects other DT members are sharing today. My card features the Mr. Gnome value set – toadstools, gnome house, sentiment and Mr. Gnome himself all in one.

I colored the toadstools to mimic the colors of the Stripes and Spots Digital Delights paper pack background. Embellishments are minimal, a strip of crinkled paper ribbon and enamel dots.

I layered the different stamps of the value set to get this look. Layering digital stamps is an easy way to increase their value and to expand your creative capabilities. For the how-to on digital stamp layering, see my tutorial on PNG files and digital stamp layering. If you have any question, or run in to a snag, don't hesitate to drop me a line, I'll be glad to help if I can.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, Digital Delights Stripes and Spots paper pack
Digital Stamp – Digital Delights Mr. Gnome value set
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – La Cabina square stiching dies (Whitelotous in the USA)
Embellishments – crinkled paper ribbon strip, enamel dots

I'm linking up with: Crafting by Designs 15/02/17 – Polka Dots, Crafty Creations #335 – AG, Crafty Gals Corner #110 – Use Your Favorite Things (mine are my colored pencils, digital stamps and bright paper), Little Red Wagon #381 – Use the Things You love (mine would be my Caran d'Ache pencils, Digital Delights stamps and papers, and Eyelet Outlet enamel dots), and Fab 'n' Funky #338 – Bingo (yellow, ribbon, stitching).

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day! card idea with DigiStamp Boutique Alstair set stamp

Valentine's Day card featuring Digistamp Boutique Alstair set stamp & sentiment, design by Paperesse.

Happy Valentine's Day! Now, I know some folks don't care much for the pairing up part of Valentine's Day, and I get that. We're all independent, smart women (and men) who do not HAVE to have a guy or significant other around to make us feel better about ourselves. It's nice if we want one, sure, but we don't have to.

But, even if you don't care much for Valentine's Day, think about it this way – you gotta have the 14th to have the 15th, when all those tasty Valentine's Day chocolates are 50% off! YES! Consider the 14th a necessary evil in the fight for affordable chocolate.

This card was sent to my grandmother. I've used a stamp and sentiment from the Digistamp Boutique Alistair set. Paper is from the same bargain paper pad used on my two previous posts – Heart Birds Valentine and French Bread & Butter Valentine. This was a mailer going back to the States so embellishments were light; I used a border die-cut in lieu of ribbon, a heart sticker and accented all with pearls.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, patterned paper
Digital stamp – DigiStamp Boutique Alstair set
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Die – La Cabina rectagles, Xcut border dies
Embellishments – heart sticker, pearls

I'm linking up with: Cards in Envy 06/02/17 – Be My Valentine, Color Inspiration Monday Linkup #12 – AG, House of Cards February – Love Theme/Colors, Incy Wincy Designs 06/02/17 – Love, and Love to Scrap #94 – Who Loves You Baby.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

French Valentine's Day card idea with LC Designs Heart Birds digital stamp

French sentiment Valentine's Day card with LC Designs Heart Birds digital stamp, design by Paperesse.

I whipped up this Valentine's Day card for one of our friends to give to his partner. I made a card for her to give to him HERE. I think it's kind of funny that they're both going to open their cards on Valentine's Day and both cards are from me.

The LC Designs Heart Birds digital stamp is the focal point. Paper is more from the grocery store bargain bin Valentine's pad I mentioned in my last post – super inexpensive and very cute. It's a double sided paper in a heavy cardstock, too. Is it just me or do more papers lately seem lighter weight and no longer double sided? Could just be me. I don't get the selection you guys in the States and UK, do (which is why I've gone digital, for the most part).

A bright pink bow and button dresses it all up. Sentiment's been created with Gale Force BTN font. And I think the sentiment's pretty obvious, huh, no translation needed.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, patterned paper
Digital stamp – LC Designs Heart Birds
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Embellishments – ribbon, button, thread
Font – Gale Force BTN 

I'm linking up with: Crafty Friends #51 – AG, Allsorts Week 402 – Hearts and/or Flowers, Just Us Girls #380 – Hearts, Brown Sugar #237 – Rhinestones and/or Ribbon, and Creative Corner 03/02/17 – Perfectly Pink.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

French Valentine's Day card idea – with 2 Cute Ink French Bread and Butter digital stamp

French Valentine's Day card idea, featuring 2 Cute Ink's French Bread and Butter digital stamp, design by Paperesse.

Voila! . . . a Valentine's Day card I made for a friend to give to her partner. This 2 Cute Ink FrenchBread and Butter digital stamp is cute while still remaining sufficiently masculine, perfect for Valentine's Day – or for that matter an anniversary or just because (I like stamps that do double duty).

The sentiment is made with Comic Sans font (English translation = We are so well together). My paper is more of the bargain bin grocery store variety I talked about with this Gibson Bear birthday card. I debated whether to buy it or not, thinking I didn't really need it, but its affordable price was the deciding factor. And me oh my, am I glad I did! I've used it on three cards for this upcoming Valentine's Day.

Embellishments are simple with a little ribbon and pearls.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, patterned paper
Digital stamp – 2 Cute Ink FrenchBread and Butter
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Die – Die-namics rectangle
Embellishments – ribbon, pearls
Font – Comic Sans

I'm linking up with: Crafty Sentiments 07/02/17 – Anything Goes, Deep Ocean #148 – Hearts, Lemon Shortbread #34 – Anything Goes, Through the Craft Room Door 07/02/17 – Anything Goes, and Tuesday Throwdown #329 – Heart String.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

All Dressed Up Little Patch Puppy digital stamp thank you card

Thank you card with All Dressed Up Little Patch Puppy digital stamp, design by Paperesse.

This merci (thank you) card was made with the adorable Little Patch Puppy digital stamp from All Dressed Up and was presented to my neighbors, who recently invited us to dinner. As I explained with this Berry Sweet post, it seems like I'm always in need of thank you cards.

I dug into my stash and used patchwork paper from the long retired The Paper Studio Yarn & Thread Emporium paper pack (so retired I couldn't even find an online photo to link to). The sentiment was created with free Buffet script font.

Jan at Huh. So this is a blog has been stitching on her oh-so-pretty cards lately, which got me in the mood to do the same and I daresay, I think it goes very well with the over all patchwork theme.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, Paper Studio Yarn & Thread Emporium paper pack
Digital stamp – All Dressed Up Little Patch Puppy
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Die – Die-namics rectangle stax
Embellishments – buttons
Font – Buffet Script

I'm linking up with: Jo's Scrap Shack #174 – AG, Creative Fingers #124 – AG, Crafting With Friends #36 – AG, Color Crazy Challenge #5 – AG,  and Crazy 4 Challenges #371 – Animals.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Digital Delights by Louby Loo February release – Spiffy Mitzy

It's time for February new releases at Digital Delights by Louby Loo. My card for this month features the Spiffy Mitzy stamp set and coordinating Spiffy Birthday digital paper. Click on over to the Digital Delights blog to see what other lovely creations DT members have to share with you today.

I used my favorite Crafts-too Presscut step card die for the base and fussy cut around the stamp and sentiment after coloring. The embellishments echo the top hat, mustache and bow-tie elements in the stamp and digital paper.

I see this as a gender neutral stamp that could work well for anyone, but as with the Eye on You Mitzy stamp from last month's release, I've given it a more masculine tone.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, Digital Delights Spiffy Birthday paper pack
Digital Stamp – Digital Delights Spiffy Mitzy set
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – Crafts-too Presscut step card die
Embellishments and bows

I'm linking up with: Addicted to Stamps #227 – Makes your Mark & More, Crafting by Designs Feb. – Anything Goes, Crafty Creations #334 – Anything Goes, Inspiration Destination #121 – Anything Goes, and The Crafty Addicts #33 – Anything Goes.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Cheesy Mice on the Moon digital stamp anniversary card

This was my husband's card for our recent anniversary using a stamp from Di's Digital Stamps – Cheesy Mice on the Moon.

I thought this super cute image was very appropriate for my husband as he loves his cheese (he's truly French, no doubt about it). The only thing that would have made it even better is if the mice had been holding little glasses of red wine, but oh well . . . Di's has some very cute images for couples – like this Valentine's day card from last year.

Paper is from Tactile Studio's Sunshine digital paper pack. I created the sentiment with Tempus Sans ITC free font (English translation, 'The sweetest joy is the one one shares.').

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, Tactile Studio Sunshine digital paper pack
Digital stamp – Di's Digistamps Cheesy Mice on the Moon
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Die – Die-namics circle and rectangle stax
Embellishments – ribbon, buttons, thread
Font – Tempus Sans ITC

I'm linking up with: DigiDesigns Challenge 27/01 – All About Love, Come and Get It Challenge 29/01 – 3 or More Layers, Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends #50 – Anything Goes, The Corrosive Challenges #1 – Anything Goes, and Scrapper's Delights #62 – Anything Goes.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Same sex wedding digital stamp ideas

It's always good to be prepared and have stamps on hand for when you need them. I recently realized that if I needed a same sex wedding card, I was wholly unprepared. So I did a little shopping. Silly me, I thought these would be easy to find – uh, no. So to save you a little time (since maybe now I've reminded you you don't have any either) here are a few I've found – both for purchase and freebies – as well as links to where you can buy/download them (unfortunately, it seems to me there is a bit more available for the guys than the gals, but what else is new). Let's hope that more stamp designers will realize the growing market for same sex wedding stamps and that we'll have more to choose from in the future.

Mo's Digital Pencil Groom's Shoes – brilliant illustration and accompanying sentiment!

KPM Doodles Wedding Digital Stamps – this one's great for all kinds of weddings. For a same sex wedding I like that there are more than one type of bride/groom shown. Use two grooms or two brides and the wedding cake and there you go.

Miss Tina Wedding Doodles – again, all the elements you need for any kind of wedding.

Pixel Scrapper Wedding Words Kit #2 – sign up with Pixel Scrapper and you can get this fantastic sentiment kit for free.

Just Inklined Just Married Grooms – the perfect stamp for men!

Just Inklined Digital Stamp Bows – another great one for the guys.

Just Inklined Just Married Brides – the perfect stamp for women!

Digital Delights Toasting Bears – not a wedding card per say, but this would work very well for men.

Free Craft Downloads Same Sex Marriage Digi Stamps – some cute freebies for you.

Sliekje Digi Stamps – Angelique has quite a few free digital stamps that will work well for same sex weddings. In addition to the couples – Wedding, Engagement, Relationships stamps – she has several other cute images that would work splendidly, such as the cute love birds Spring Time stamps!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

A male golf lover's birthday step card

Male golf lovers birthday step card, by Paperesse.

This male golfer's birthday card for my cousin's husband uses a topper and sentiment from Anita's A4 Die-cut Toppers Golf sheet.

The grass look paper (how perfect is that for a golfer?!) is from Folia's Motivblock Strukturen (surfaces) pad.

The swirls on the side are made with Sizzix's Christmas Trims #3 die, that I have yet to actually use for Christmas. The base is my go-to Presscut Step Card die; I don't know what I did before I had this die – I love it (as with this Go Nuts! squirrel card – one of my all time favorites).

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, Anita's A4 Die-cut Toppers Golf sheet
Dies – Die-namics rectangle stax, Crafts-too Presscut Step Card die, Sizzix's Christmas Trims #3
Embellishments – buttons, twine bows

I'm linking up with: Incy Wincy Designs 16 Jan. to 7 Feb. – For the Men in Your Life, Crafty Sentiments – Dies, Dies and more Dies, Tuesday Throwdown #327 – Anything Goes, Ike's World #80 – Anything Goes/twist Use a Bow, Create and Makes #7 – Anything Goes.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Happy National Handwriting Day!

If you've been reading my blog for any length of time you might have read my yearly posts on National Handwriting Day (or seen the National Handwriting Day badge I keep permanently in the sidebar) pertaining to the importance of handwriting – and teaching it – in American society. Note that I say American society, as most other countries do still teach cursive or some form of joined handwriting (the only European exception I'm aware of is Finland). Here in France it is stringently taught and with a fountain pen, no less!

It isn't just my own opinion that cursive/joined handwriting remains a relevant skill worthy of teaching. Ongoing studies continue to show the importance of cursive/joined handwriting in improving brain development and motor skills in children, leading to enhanced writing composition and content, as well as knowledge retention and a host of other bonuses in academic achievement (aiding students with dyslexia and other learning disabilities, for example).

More of my thoughts on this important subject along with relevant supporting links are included with this past post Cursive Writing – It's important! 10 reasons to teach and use it. There was also a very interesting article in the New York Times this past summer, Why Handwriting Is Still Essential in the Keyboard Age, by  Perri Klass, M.D., which talks more about the benefit of handwriting for children with learning disabilities – definitely worth a read if you're as passionate about this subject as I am.

An interesting (and very entertaining) Ted Talk has been given on this subject by the artist and calligrapher, Jake Weidmann. His penmanship and artwork are truly stunning. Click HERE to see all relevant links and video.

And finally, feel free to use the badge I've created above to let others know about National Handwriting Day and to show your support for continuing to use and teach this most basic – yet oh so important – human motor skill.
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