Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween! card with free digital stamp and paper


Happy Halloween everyone! May you have lots of treats and no tricks. I always enjoyed Halloween in the States, but as it's not a holiday traditionally celebrated here in France, I really won't be observing it today. If you're curious as to what IS celebrated in France at Halloween, please see this post. I whipped up this Halloween card with a free digital stamp from Robin's Artful Musings and paper from Free Vintage Digital Stamps. I decided to take a break from orange and black and brightened things up a bit with some lime green and purple.




Supply List
Paper—cardstock, Free Vintage Digital Stamps purple Halloween
Digistamp—Robin's Artful Musings
Dies—Kesi'Art doily, Die-namics circles
Embellishments—ribbon, button, twine

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Paperesse Dress—the Esther Williams influence

When I was a kid I was fascinated by Esther Williams. Esther wasn't your typical golden age Hollywood starlet; she didn't just stand around looking pretty. By golly, Esther actually DID something, she was an athlete, she swam, and oh did she ever look strong and graceful and yes—beautiful—doing it...and always with something stunning in her hair or on her head.


Inspiration pops up in unexpected ways and I think it was Esther Williams' doing that made me reach for this hat in Zabo, my favorite hat designer's Geneva Carouge boutique. Zabo is a one woman operation. She designs and makes all the hats herself. I slipped this one on and knew it was coming home with me.


Autumnal weather has finally arrived, which means I can pull out the sweaters now. This sweater is a new purchase from my local grocery story (yep, you read that right). We have a large supermarket chain called Le Clerc and they sell some surprisingly chic things. The waxed cotton jeans were a prior year Le Clerc purchase.


I love the full sleeves. In colder weather I'll be able to wear a heavier turtleneck underneath it. I liked the sweater so much and the price was so reasonable (€17), I also bought it in black.


The boots are by Semler a German shoe company and are super, super, super comfortable for walking.

I'm linking this post up with The Pleated Poppy what I wore and My Girlish Whims Your Whims Wednesday #186.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Here Kitty, Kitty...kitty witch Halloween card made with free digital stamps and papers


I wanted to make a Halloween card for my mother. Okay, that's easy enough, except for one problem...I don't have ANY Halloween paper, stamps or embellishments. Maybe, I'm exaggerating just a tad. I think I have a sheet of Tim Holtz dark-can't-really-even-see-the-pattern Halloween paper stuck somewhere, and I think there's a sheet of stickers in a box somewhere else, but other than that nada. Internet to the rescue! There are some talented and generous souls out there who offer up their creative goodies for free (bless them).


The kitty witch stamp on this card is a free digital stamp from Dearie Dolls Digi Stamps. There are so many lovely and humorous freebies on this site your only problem will be choosing. I placed the kitty witch against another free digi stamp—the spider and web—from Rubber Stamping.about.com. Both of the papers I printed and used—the orange stripe and orange print—are from Free Vintage Digital Stamps. I created my sentiment with Matisse ITC font.

I colored the image with Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils.

I'm linking this card up with Cute Card Thursday challenge 344 and Sentimental Sundays challenge 229.

Supply List
Paper—cardstock, Free Vintage Digital Stamps papers
Stamps—Kitty Witch Dearie Dolls Digi Stamps, Web & Spider Rubber Stamping.about.com
Coloring—Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies—Die-namics ovals
Embellishments—ribbon, pearls
Font—Matisse ITC

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Paperesse Dress—layering for an Indian Summer October

I'm trying to branch out a bit here on the blog and share some of the other ways I create and what inspires me. Clothing is one very important way I express myself. I don't spend enormous amounts of money on clothes; I favor thrift stores and outlet shops (the thrill of the chase!!! the jacket I'm wearing here was €6, the scarf €2). I don't buy fashion magazines or follow trends. I know what works on me and I normally stick to variations of that.


This wiggle dress I bought at H&M several years back is one of my favorites. I'd go so far as to say it's THE perfect dress for a curvy figure. It hugs your assets, but its pleating and draping are super flattering. I have the same dress in black. I wear these dresses all year round. In summer as they are and in fall and winter under jackets and cardigans with tights and boots.

We've been having some warm weather here, but it is October and in the shade it can be cool. I layered on a light jacket and scarf, but stuck with bare legs and some bling sandals.


I'm linking up with Visible Monday #141 on this post.


So...how did I do this time? I think the posing was better and less dear in the headlights than the last one, don't you?

Monday, October 20, 2014

Carouge, Switzerland Saturday market day

Saturday was a beautiful day here. We decided to go to the Carouge Saturday market in Geneva. Carouge is my favorite Geneva neighborhood. In addition to the market it has lots of little boutiques (my favorite hat shop among them), art galleries and restaurants.

It's small as markets go, but it has wonderful vendors and is prettily located under the trees in the neighborhood center.


This market's focus is food, with a fine selection of fruits and vegetables.


Mushrooms are in season now. I stood near this stand and just breathed in the odor. I love wild mushrooms. We bought a selection and had them for dinner Sunday night.


There's a feast for the eyes as well as the palate; these flowers were stunning.


Say cheese! You can't be in a Swiss market and NOT have cheese.


Pumpkins come sliced so you needn't buy the whole thing.


Some displays are so pretty, you can't bear to disturb them.


Cheese, sausage, bread...everything you need for a picnic is right here.


We're starting to get American varieties of squash now; when I first moved here you never saw them.


There are numerous apple orchards on the outskirts of Geneva; this juice is fresh pressed.


They clean up quick; by 16:00 (4:00 p.m.) you can't even tell the market was there!


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Beeswax thrift shop cabinet makeover


This is a makeover I did a while back and have been meaning to share with you. I took a small thrift store cabinet that was structurally sound, but not very pretty. I painted it in cream acrylic paint and then used beeswax to adhere my original vintage images. These are from a 1920's French fashion magazine. When you use beeswax with paper this old it just seems to all melt together; the paper acquires a translucent quality that I really like (for more on working with beeswax see my tutorial here). I cut off the backs of upholstery tacks and glued those to the front.

Here is the before.



Supply List
Paper—vintage images from my collection
Embellishments—upholstery tacks
Miscellaneous—acrylic paint, beeswax

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Upcycling shop bags into easy gift bags


Some stores give you the nicest paper bags; I always save the ones that are plain or with a store design so small it's easily covered up. Those are the ones that make excellent gift bags. This one uses the same papers and matches the card in my last post. It held the gift I gave to my friend.


Supply List
Paper—upcycled shop bag, Marianne Design Pretty Papers Bloc, cardstock
Dies—Artemio squares
Embellishments—butterfly, button, ribbon, twine

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Gate fold decoupage tea cup birthday card


I justify my paper crafting magazine subscriptions by the outstanding complementary goodies that come along with them, like these pretty Marianne papers and decoupage die-cuts from Cardmaking & Papercraft magazine used on this birthday card for a friend.


I chose Honey Script font for the sentiment and die cut a square to hold the 3D decoupage tea cup. The little butterfly embellishment matched perfectly.

Supply List
Paper—Marianne Design Pretty Papers Bloc, cardstock
Dies—Die-namics photo corners and squares
Embellishments—butterfly, ribbon
Fonts—Honey Script

Friday, October 3, 2014

A Provence art retreat and a Foot (soccer) masculine 3D decoupage birthday card

I'm off to a week long art retreat in Provence tomorrow. So...even though I had wanted to get some posts done and scheduled for next week, alas I haven't. I guess my return to regular posting will just have to wait a bit.

Still, just to tide you over, here's a card I whipped up for my husband's birthday this year.


I used docrafts Papermania For Him A5 decoupage card kit as the base. My husband is a BIG, big fan of foot (soccer) so this was the perfect card for him. I added the sentiment to the front and die cut the footballs from left over bits of paper (tip—look at the snippets left over in these kits, I always find myself using them in some way). Red twine gives it some color, without looking girly.

Supply List
Paper—Papermania For Him A5 Decoupage Card Kit (PMA 166112), cardstock
Dies—Die-namics circles
Embellishments—twine

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Color...GIVE ME COLOR!


I find I'm in a real color mood of late. I want COLOR!!! This rose was the star of my kitchen table for a good week. She opened so beautifully and the color was breathtaking. Isn't Mother Nature amazing?!

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