Friday, December 19, 2014

Mailable vintage look Christmas cards

These four Christmas cards are for French speaking friends of my husband. I'm moving away from the vintage look myself, but my husband prefers a more 'traditional' Christmas card so I whipped these up just for him, at a weight and size for normal (less expensive) mailing. The focal images are from decoupage sheets by the German company Ernst Freihoff. I printed the sentiment directly onto vintage sheet music and tied some twine at the side for a decorative flair without bulk.

Supply List
Paper—Kraft cardstock, vintage sheet music
Focal image—Ernst Freihoff decoupage sheets

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Gingerbread Man Holiday card with free digital stamp

I needed a neutral holiday image for a New Year's greeting card and this free Ginger and Cup digital stamp from Whimsie Doodles was perfect. I added a Craft Artist digikit frame to highlight it. You're liable to see quite a lot of Whimsie Doodles images here in the coming months. They had a 50% off sale right after Thanksgiving and I stocked up. They have some very cute (and funny) images.

This was mailed internationally, so embellishments were kept to a minimum.

Supply List
Paper—cardstock, kraft cardstock, patterned paper from my stash
Stamp—Whimsie Doodles Ginger and Cup digital stamp
Color—Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Embellishments—button, twine

I'm linking up with: Whimsie Doodles latest challenge, Digi Chooseday week 50 challenge and Through the Craft Room Door week Dec. 16 - 23.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Mousie Joy Christmas card with free digital stamp

This cheerie Christmas card is made with the free Mousie Joy digital stamp from Dearie Dolls. I thought these little guys were just too cute.

This is another card on it's way to the USA, so embellishments are minimal.

Supply List
Paper—cardstock, patterned paper from my stash
Stamp—Dearie Dolls Mousie Joy digital stamp
Color—Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies—Die-namics rectangle stax
Embellishments—felt snowflake, button, twine

I'm linking up with Coffee, Chocolate & Cards challenge #80, Cut it Up challenge #60, Fun-Day Friday challenge #69, Pattie's Creations challenge #105, and Sister Act card challenge #87.

Friday, December 12, 2014

You're so cool Christmas card

This is yet another Christmas card made with complimentary card magazine goodies from my stash (alas, I can't remember which magazine). I fussy cut the bear and sentiment and layered up the card with matching papers. This one went in a box with other gifts so easy mailing was not as much of a consideration. I twisted two colors of twine and added a snowflake charm to give it a bit more pizzazz.

Supply List
Papers—cardstock, magazine papers
Topper—card magazine topper
Dies—Die-namics squares
Embellishments—twine, charm, pearls

I'm linking up with: Delightful Challenges, Little Miss Muffet challenge #100, Creative Moments challenge #57, The Crafter's Cafe challenge #94 and Little Red Wagon challenge #267

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Coffee Cozy Christmas card in nontraditional colors with free digital stamp

My last post's card was a bit more jazzy, but I'm back to simple with this one as it's going in the mail. The digital stamp is a freebie from Bird's cards. I paper pieced the mug and added a pearl. The papers and ribbons are oldies from my stash. These aren't your traditional Christmas colors, but I like the way it turned out.

Supply List
Paper—cardstock, stash papers
Stamp—Bird's cards
Dies—Die-namics circles
Embellishments—ribbon, pearl

I'm linking up with: Holly Jolly Christmas challenge, Party Time Tuesdays challenge #193, Die Cuttin' Divas challenge #195, Crafty Sentiments Designs Christmas challenge and Clear It Out challenge.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Who needs reindeer? It's a Harley Claus kind of Christmas

I was wanting to do a different kind of Christmas card—something not too cute—when I came across Dr. Digi's Harley Claus stamp; it so cracked me up I had to buy it.

I colored most of the stamp, then paper pieced his shirt and trousers. I added the sentiment using Candy Round BTN font.

Supply List
Paper—cardstock, Papermania Mistletoe Kisses
Stamp—Dr. Digi's Harley Claus
Color—Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Embellishments—ribbon, button, twine, gems
Font—Candy Round BTN

I'm linking up with: Crafts Galore Encore December challenge, The Ribbon Girl December card challenge, The Corrosive Challenge Blog #214, Robyn's Fetish Challenge Blog #241 and That Craft Place Christmas challenge.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Personalize your cards with your own "Made by..." digital stamp

The above is what recipients see on the back of my cards. This is how I add my own personal "Made by..." information. You can always order and buy a personalized stamp, but I like my digital one. It's easily changed at any time (you can even add an image if you like), and since I've centered it in the file, there's no pre-stamp "Am-I-lined-up?-don't want-to-ruin-my-card-blank" anxiety; when it prints it's right where I want it to be. Oh, and no stamping ink goof worries either.

It does take more time to set up initially, as you need one file for each card size you use, but after that you're good to go.

These instructions assume good working knowledge of digital imaging software. Consider them general instructions to inspire you and get you started. I can't give specific details as each image processing program is different; adapt these to whatever software you use (I use four different programs, I haven't found one yet that does everything just as I like).

1. Create a computer file with a digital canvas/base image the size of your card. I prefer using centimeters as my measurement size; they're more precise. For example, a 13.5 cm square card will be a canvas with a width 13.5 cm and a height of 27 cm. It will look something like this (white portion only):

2. Choose your font(s) and type face size and type your "Made by..." information. Your goal here is to create a space that is the width of your card back—in this case 13.5 cm—and make sure that your "Made by..." information is centered in that space. This is for a landscape card and is what you see at the bottom of the above image. Play with it until it looks like what you want.

3. For a portfolio 13.5 cm square card, make sure your ruler display is shown, if it is not already. Copy paste your "Made by..." info as you did in  #2 and turn it clockwise. Place it across the first 13.5 cm of the card (use the ruler as your guide). It should look like this:

4. Be sure and save your files in a .png format (or .psd in Photoshop). This will allow you to make changes to your text. I recommend naming your files the card size and whether it is landscape or portfolio so that you can find them easily—i.e. 13.5 cm landscape.

5. Put your card blank in your printer's manual feed and print. I have a Canon MG6150 printer. I place my card blank in the back manual feed, go to my printer options and personalize them for the card blank size I've inserted (this only takes a few seconds). You do need to know exactly how your printer prints. For example, mine reverses what I see on the print preview. If you don't know, experiment first with normal paper cut to your card's size till you understand how your printer works.

6. Think of printing several of your favorite card blank sizes at one time so there's always one on hand in a hurry.

Have fun creating your digital "Made by" stamp!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Owl Always Love You anniversary card

My husband and I recently celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary and this is the card I made for him. I decided to use this super cute free digital Mr. & Mrs. Owl stamp by Lilyboo from Cuddly Buddly as my focal point. This stamp demanded colorful paper and I had the perfect match—paper from Suzanne Carillo's Bisous Fun and Delight scrapbooking kits. What looks like a ribbon here is actually a strip cut from one of the papers. I created the sentiment with Birds of Paradise font.

Supply List
Paper—cardstock, Suzanne Carillo Bisous Fun and Delight paper
Stamp—free Mr. & Mrs. Owl stamp from Cuddly Buddly
Color—Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Font—Birds of Paradise

I'm linking up with QKR Stampede #116, Sister Act card challenge #86, and Inspiration Destination challenge #10.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Snowflake Christmas Card

As I mentioned in a previous post, I'm simplifying my Christmas cards this year; rising postage costs are forcing me to lighten up. This card is made with courtesy magazine die-cuts and papers from my stash. I used 3D foam pads to prop up the snowflakes and make them stand out. I printed the sentiment on the paper using Alex Brush font.

Supply List
Papers—cardstock, magazine papers
Die-cuts—magazine die-cuts
Font—Alex Brush

I'm linking up with Craft Hoarders Anonymous challenge #21, Christmas Card challenges #53, and AAA Cards challenge #29.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

A badge for upcoming National Handwriting Day January 2015

I don't normally observe this kind of holiday, but in this case I'm making an exception. There was a recent segment on French news that cursive handwriting was no longer being uniformly taught in American Schools. As cursive is rigorously taught in French schools (and with a fountain pen no less!) this was scandalous enough to the French they found it newsworthy. I was not aware of this. I went to the internet in search of information, hoping this was just a case of American bashing. Alas no, it is the truth; American Schools under Common Core State Standards Initiatives no longer require that cursive handwriting be taught. I was shocked. How could something so important, such a fundamental part of our identities and our ability to express ourselves, no longer be taught? Not even to have a signature? How can this be acceptable? I find this very sad.

I wanted to show my support for the upcoming National Handwriting Day in January 2015, but could not find a badge to proudly display on my blog, so...I have made one.

If you too support cursive handwriting and its continuing importance in our society feel free to copy this badge and place it on your blog, Facebook, etc. Just right click on the image and save it to your computer.


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