Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Paris vintage look concertina card


This Paris vintage look Oh La La concertina card is a downloaded kit from Scrapbookingmad at Instant Card Making Downloads. Such a pretty, feminine design; it reminds me of the corset card kit I used on this birthday card.

Instant Card Making Downloads has a wide selection of downloadable kits, 3D decoupage sheets, etc. Their every day prices are very reasonable and their sale prices are great! This download was only £0.75 (apx. €0.91, $1.00).


Like all card kits I use, I dressed this one up and gave it my own personal touch. I printed out one sheet three times to cut and create a 3D effect on the back card base where the Eiffel Tower is. I prettied up the card's overall look with flowers, bows, vintage buttons, pearls and charms and  die cut clock hands to use on the clock face to make them stand out. Upcycled flower wires were curled and added to the flowers for a wee hint of color (see my flower wire upcycle crafty tip for how-to's).


It isn't difficult to make one of these cards, but it does take a little time to cut out the pieces and compile. The back of the upright base has space to write your sentiment and there's even a matching envelope you can make, as long as you don't have many embellishments. My embellishments made it too thick for the envelope. There's a video tutorial link below the kit to show you how it's done.

Supply List
Paper – Scrapbookingmad Oh La La concertina card kit
Die – Momenta clock cutting die
Embellishments – flowers, bows, vintage buttons, pearls, charms

I'm linking up with: Crafting by Designs September – Anything Goes, Crafty Gals Corner #87 – Anything Goes, The Crafty Addicts #23 – Use lace or pearls, City Crafter Challenge #327 – Birthday Wishes, and Sunny Day Crafting #12 – Always Anything Goes.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Happy Bird-Day vintage look birthday card

Sizzix For the Record stamp and die set Happy Bird-Day card, by Paperesse.

I bought this Sizzix For the Record stamp and matching die set a few months back and decided it was time to actually use it. I'm so used to digital it feels weird to actually ink-up rubber.


It's in the same genre as the Sizzix French Flight set I used on this Paris birthday card and thank you card and like the Paris birthday card, I used the same paper from the retired Authentique Latest & Greatest paper pad.


I didn't go all old school though – the sentiment is a digital one from Barbara Anne Williams Punny Animal Sentiments One printable sentiments sheet.

Supply List
Paper – kraft cardstock, Authentique Latest & Greatest (retired) paper pad
Rubber stamp – Sizzix Framelits For the Record
Ink – Versacolor Ultimate Pigment Ink black
Dies – Sizzix Framelits die set For the Record,
Embellishments – pearls, button, twine, decorative paper strip

I'm linking up with: Little Red Wagon #356 – Happy Birthday, 4 Crafty Chicks #313 – Let's Get Sentimental, Craft Rocket Challenges #22 – Things With Wings, Die-Cuttin' Divas #280 – Birthday, and Sunny Day Crafting #11 – Always Anything Goes.

Monday, August 22, 2016

HUGE digital paper pack sale – digital paper packs for only $0.99!!!


Are you in the market for some new digital paper packs? If so, you might be interested to know that TACtile Studio is having a sale on digital paper packs for only $0.99 through September 16th – that's 75% off the regular $3.99 price. It's an even better buy when you consider that each pack contains at least 9 or 12 designs; some have even more! I use these papers a lot. Like the above pack – Absinthe – that I've used on this cute turtle card and this fairy thank you card. And just so you know, I'm not receiving a thing from TACtile Studio for letting you know about this sale. In fact,  as a courtesy I've emailed TACtile Studio in the past that cards I've designed using TACtile Studio paper are appearing in such & such magazine and never heard a word back – go figure. Oh well, the papers really are nice and there is an outstanding selection. At $0.99 a pack you can't beat the price!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Simply Cards & Papercraft #151 cards featuring free digital stamps from Clearly Besotted


These four cards I created for Simply Cards & Papercraft #151 feature wonderful free digi stamps and sentiments from Clearly Besotted. What makes these freebies even nicer is that Clearly Besotted doesn't normally do digital stamps, so it's a real treat to have these.


Click HERE to download your free digi stamps and sentiments.


The digital paper pack is Medford by Tactile Studio.


Supply List
Paper – cardstock, kraft cardstock, Tactile Studio Meford digital paper pack
Digital stamps and sentiments – Clearly Besotted freebies
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – Die-namics circle, square, rectangle and oval stax, Xcut Square Parenthesis, Nellie's Straight Star die
Embellishments – ribbons, buttons, twine, thread, pearls

I'm linking up with: Little Red Wagon #355 – Surf's Up!, The Sisterhood of Crafters – Close to Nature,  and Inspiration Destination #99 – Anything Goes.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

What's Geneva, Switzerland like in the summer?

Geneva, Switzerland's Pont du Mont Blanc and famous water jet in the background (see the rainbow in the spray?).
The Pont du Mont Blanc and Geneva's famous water jet in the background (see the rainbow in the spray?).

Sometimes we take the places we live and our surroundings for granted; we're so used to seeing them, that we don't see them. I was reminded of this recently when my husband and I spent a sunny, summer day out and about in Geneva.

Geneva, Switzerland's Place du Molard and its tower, built in 1591.
Place du Molard and its tower, built in 1591.

Geneva is a town you don't hear much about. Sure we have tourists, but not like Paris, or London, or Rome. Most people if asked would probably know that the United Nations has its European headquarters here, that they're famous for their watches, bankers, chocolates and cheese, but beyond that probably not much.

Sidewalk cafés on the Place du Molard, Geneva, Switzerland.
One of several restaurants in and around Place du Molard.

Most folks don't realize that Geneva is a French speaking Swiss city (French being one of four official Swiss languages, the other three are German, Italian and Romansh). Nor do they know that Geneva was an important city during the protestant reformation and that Jean (John) Calvin lived and died here.

It's up hill to Geneva's old town – rue de la Fontaine.

Geneva for all its international and historical importance, is a quiet town. Its old town and town center are easily walkable and if you get tired there's always a sidewalk cafe to slip into for a cool glass of Suisse rosé. It's the perfect place for us to while away a pretty summer day – or even an autumn one – right here at home.

Geneva's Place de la Madeleine.
Place de la Madeleine and more outside dining.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Free digital stamps and Simply Cards & Papercraft issue #153


This month's Simply Cards & Papercraft #153 contains four cards I designed using Kate Hadfield digital stamps (the cover top right card is one of them) and Katy Clemmans Tropical Twist digital paper. 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.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Quick bicycle birthday card using Spellbinder's InSpire Bicycle die


This bicycle birthday card for my young cousin was whipped up in probably all of ten minutes.


I used Spellbinder's InSpire Bicycle die on paper from Trimcraft's Man Made paper pad.


The oval sentiment is from one of Cuddly Buddly's sentiment sheets – Kim's Twelve Oval Greetings.

Supply List
Paper – kraft card blank, cardstock, Trimcraft's Man Made paper pad
Dies – Die-namics Oval STAX, Spellbinder's InSpire Bicycle die
Embellishments – pearls

I'm linking up with: Paper Creator #50 – Keep It Simple, Great Impressions August – Anything Goes, and 613 Avenue Create – Anything Goes.

Monday, August 1, 2016

A very sad post

I lost my wonderful, loving mother, Thursday, the 28th of July. I'm not posting a picture of her, or anything like that, as she was a very private person and I know she wouldn't like that. Her loss is felt deeply. We have to go on when we loose someone we love, I know that, but it's hard to imagine my world without her physical presence in it.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Simply Cards & Papercraft #150 birthday cards featuring free digital images from 2 Cute Ink


These are the cards I created for Simply Cards & Papercraft #150 using four super cute free digital stamps from 2 Cute Ink.


Click HERE to download these free digis.


The paper is the Birthday digital paper pack from Tactile Studio.


Supply List
Paper – cardstock, Birthday digital paper pack from Tactile Studio
Digital stamps – 2 Cute Ink freebies, 2 Cute Ink February Fun Sentiments
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – Die-namics circle, oval and square stax
Embellishments – twine, buttons, ribbons, thread

I'm linking up with: Crafty Gals Corner #82 – Anything Goes, Creative Moments #98 – Anything Goes, Inspiration Destination #96 – Always Anything Goes, The Crafty Addicts #20 – Anything Goes/Friends, and Crafty Sentiments Designs – Animals challenge.

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.
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