Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Masculine birthday card featuring Scribbles Brr Bday Chef digital stamp

Penguin chef birthday card, featuring Scribbles Brr Bday Chef digital stamp, by Paperesse.

I like to have birthday cards on hand so that if I've forgotten someone and need one right away (or I'm not feeling crafty) I'm covered. This card is one of those. I designed it as a masculine card, but now that I look at it, I figure it will work for either a man or a woman.


The digi is Scribbles Brr Bday Chef. The sentiment was created with Smarty Pants font. Patterned paper is of the off brand discount store type (like the majority of what I have). I paper pieced the towel and bow tie. Red and black seem to be my go-to color scheme for chef images (like this other male birthday card – Chef with Cake). The red and white reminds me of table cloths and Italian restaurants. I don't know why. These could be French chefs, in which case that wouldn't apply, but hey, it works so I go with it.


Embellishments are...embellishment is...a simple pearl on the bow tie. I didn't think this one needed much.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock,  patterned digital paper
Digital stamp – Scribbles Brr Bday Chef
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – Die-namics oval and rectangle stax
Embellishment – pearl
Font – Smarty Pants

I'm linking up with: Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog #73 – It's Birthday Time Again!, Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #204 – Masculine Anything Goes, A Bit More Time to Craft #84 – ATG, The Male Room #102 – ATG option Beverages, and Crafty Creations #382 – ATG.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Pickle Christmas card

Christmas card, featuring Drawn by Krista's Christmas Pickle digital stamp, by Paperesse.

I'm continuing last year's quest for unusual, humorous Christmas cards. This one features an image from Drawn by Krista – Christmas Pickle. It's in the same vein as my Gluten Free Santa card.


Isn't the sentiment (created with Candy Round BTN font) just too hilarious? It cracks me up. It's so clever I wish I could take credit for it, but alas, no, I've seen it on several sites. I'd give recognition to whoever the smarty pants was that came up with it if I could, but I don't know who to attribute it to. I'll just be honest and admit it wasn't me.


Paper and paper ribbon (yep, that's digital, too) are from my scraps folder. You might recognize them from this 2017 Christmas card. Embellishments are a wooden snowflake and button.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock,  patterned digital paper
Digital stamp – Drawn by Krista Christmas Pickle
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – Die-namics rectangle stax
Embellishments – wooden snowflake, button
Font – Candy Round BTN

I'm linking up with: Winter Wonderfland 04/01/19 – It's Snow Time, Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog #6 – ATCG, The 12 Months of Christmas #59 – ATCG + option: Anything but a rectangle, ABC Christmas Challenge 02/01/19 – A for Anything Christmas, B for Berries, Addicted to Stamps and More #323 – Holiday, Christmas at Sweet Stampin' January – ATCG, Cute N' Crafty Christmas #4 – ATCG, and Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #203 – All About Occasions.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Pup masculine birthday card

Masculine birthday card featuring Party Patch digital stamp from Di's Digi Stamps, by Paperesse.

This birthday card for a male friend of ours features the Party Patch digital stamp from Di's Digi Stamps. I added the birthday sentiment with Euphoria Script font.


I used some recycled bits from my scrap bin for the paper. This was some of the leftovers from the four birthday cards I made in 2016 for the #150 Issue of Simply Cards & Papercraft magazine. It was a great paper pack from the now defunct Tactile Studio. Such a shame; she had some great papers.


I used my Toga polaroid die (DCG 509) to frame the image and added a strip of crinkled paper ribbon and a few buttons for embellishment. This is one of my favorite dies. It seems like every card I use it on turns out great (like this Bobblehead Christmas Santa card) . Search the blog for 'polaroid' and you'll see what I mean.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock,  patterned digital paper
Digital stamp – Di's Digi Stamps Party Patch
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – Toga polaroid die (DCG 509)
Embellishments – buttons
Font – Euphoria Script

I'm linking up with: The Paper Players #423 – Crazy About Critters, Lil' Patch of Crafty Criends #97 – AATG, International Art & Soul #49 – Cats and/or Dogs, Pile it On! #150 – Land Animals (+ one other challenge theme), and Crafting with Friends #77 – ATG.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Happy New Year! Paperesse's 2018 Retrospective

Happy New Year, everyone! I hope 2019 is starting off well and you've all recovered from any New Year's Eve overindulgence.

It's that time of year again, time for Paperesse's annual January retrospective of favorite posted projects from each month of the previous year. If you'd like more info on each month's pick (supply list, etc.), just click on the monthly link. I enjoy doing these. I like looking back over the year's creative output, and it's always interesting to observe how my style has changed from year to year.

If you're still sitting around with the waistband of your pants unbuttoned, too sluggish to do much of anything else, you can see previous yearly retrospectives here: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017.

January


February


March


April


May


June


July


August


September


October


November


December


Monday, December 24, 2018

Joyeux Noël ! Merry Christmas!

Geneva, Switzerland, Christmas Market, 23/12/18

À tous ceux qui observent la fête, je profite de l'occasion pour vous souhaiter, ainsi qu'à votre famille, un très Joyeux Noël !

To everyone observing the holiday I want to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 21, 2018

Do people still roast chestnuts on an open fire? What roasted chestnuts are like in France and Europe

A chestnut stand in Vienna, Austria.

We're all familiar with the Christmas classic The Christmas Song and its beginning verse, 'Chestnuts roasting on an open fire...', and although that song has made roasting chestnuts synonymous with Christmas, it's something Americans do less and less of. It's hard to believe today, but at one time nearly half of all trees in America's east coast forests were American Chestnut trees. Unfortunately, blight struck in the early 1900's and by the 40's almost all American Chestnut trees were wiped out. Which might explain why it's not so popular in the States anymore and roasted chestnut vendors are few and far between. As a lover of all things chestnut, I'm happy to say that is not the case in France and throughout Europe – roasted chestnuts are just about everywhere this time of year.

Spiny chestnut hulls and shelled roasted inner nut (photo courtesy of  U. Leone 'Ulleo', Pixabay).

Chestnuts are called châtaigne in France, or marron. It can be a bit confusing which is which and you'll see châtaigne and marron used interchangeably, but they are technically not the same thing. Both are different varieties of the châtaignier tree. The châtaigne is grown on the wild version of the tree. It normally has three or more small nuts in each spiny hull (which is called a bogue – see photo above). The marron version is grown on the cultivated châtaignier tree and has only one big round nut in the bogue. When you're talking roasted chestnuts, it's the marron version you're more likely to be eating.

Hulled chestnuts for sale.


We love chestnuts in France and grow them in many areas; the most famous being from the Ardèche département. We use them in a variety of ways all year round – soups, cakes, spreads, liqueurs, etc. – and they are especially popular at Christmas as marrons glacés, a decadent candied style, but for the sake of this post I'm focusing on their roasted form. Just about any European city in the winter will have roasted chestnut stands stuck here and there (follow your nose, they smell wonderful!) and they are staples in Christmas markets across the continent.

Whole chestnuts are sold in the produce section of supermarkets and in open markets as well, making roasting your chestnuts at home with a poêle à marrons  (chestnut roasting pan) or its electric equivalent quite easy. I'm lazy though and prefer to buy mine.

A market vendor's chestnut roaster.

We were in Vienna, Austria recently, and this stand was in a market there, although it could have been anywhere in Europe. I couldn't resist and bought a cornet de marrons chauds (hot roasted chestnuts in a paper cone).

A cone of hot roasted chestnuts.

The main spiny hull has been taken off to roast them, but there's a thin skin you need to remove. Peel that off, pop in your mouth, and enjoy! As an added bonus, they make nice hand warmers on a cold day.

Peel and enjoy!

Often, you'll see individuals selling them on the street, roasting them over metal containers, like this one I photographed in Paris, although I personally don't buy from these.

A chestnut street vendor.

Now, maybe next time you hear The Christmas Song, you'll think of roasted chestnuts European style!

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Merry Chrisssmasss card featuring QKR Stampede's Happy Snake digital stamp

Merry Chrisssmasss card featuring QKR Stampede's Happy Snake digital stamp, by Paperesse.

Voici! The latest installment in my continuing quest for unusual, out of the ordinary Christmas digis – this Merry Chrisssmasss card featuring an ear-muff wearing Happy Snake from QKR Stampede.


I decided to frame him in this no-brand die I've had a while now and never used. Paper is from the Christmas freebie pack I received with Simply Cards & Papercraft, issue 181. The sentiment was created with Pea Elizabeth Ashley font.


These blue snowflake embellishments are originally unpainted (you can see what they look like in their natural state on this Warming Up Christmas card). They take paint very well. Just brush on a thin coat of acrylic paint and in under an hour they're completely dry. I dressed them up with some snow-like dots.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, SCP paper
Digital stamp – QKR Stampede Happy Snake
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – no-brand die
Embellishments – painted wooden snowflakes, glittery dots
Font – Pea Elizabeth Ashley

I'm linking up with: QKR Stampede Challenge #326 – ATG, Sweet Stampin' Christmas Dec. – ATG Christmas, Little Red Wagon #477 – Christmas, Double D Challenges 19/12/18 – Let It Snow, and Cute n' Crafty Christmas #2 – Christmas/Winter.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Unicorn digital stamp birthday card

Unicorn digital stamp birthday card, by Paperesse.

This is a birthday card I whipped up for a friend who has a thing for unicorns. The digi stamp is a freebie


Normally, I like to give links for free stamps, but trust me, you don't want to see what popped up  when I tried to find this one. Apparently, the former website's blog address is no longer devoted to the mild mannered world of scrapbooking (and that's putting it nicely). I was so shocked by what I saw I immediately erased all history and cookies in the browser. I read an article once that said if you want to delete your blog it's actually a good idea you don't, that you just make it private and leave it inactive; the argument being the name can be taken over by unscrupulous sites. Uh, yeah, this experience proved that hypothesis right.


The paper is a discounted off brand (like the majority of papers I buy). Embellishments are little wooden flowers and mousse dots. I bought a big bag of these bright stickers – flowers and dots – at a decorating shop. They're supposed to be for kids, but I'm really enjoying them (as on this Santa Claws card).

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, patterned paper
Digital stamp – freebie
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – Die-namics square stax
Embellishments – flowers, mousse dots
Font – Annie BTN

I'm linking up with: Colour Crazy Challenge Week 49 – ATG with coloring, Creative Fingers #155 – ATG, Polkadoodles Craft Challenge Wk 49 – ATG, Aud Sentiments Challenge #218 – ATG + sentiment, Crafting with an Attitude #46 – ATG, Cute Card Thursday #559 – ATG, and Creations in Pink #4 – ATG mainly pink.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Happy Winter Anniversary card

Winter anniversary card featuring QKR Stampede's Snowman couple digital stamp, by Paperesse.

This is my husband's anniversary card this year and as with previous years, I've chosen an image you'd normally use for Christmas – QKR Stampde's Snowman Couple digital stamp. This is something to keep in mind for winter occasion cards; you can make your holiday digis do double duty (i.e. this Deer Duo anniversary card) by switching out your Christmas sentiment for a non-Christmas one!


Paper is from the freebie paper pack given with Simply Cards & Papercraft, issue 181. Mr. Santa sports a paper pieced hat and gloves. Sentiment font is Bickley Script.


Embellisments are a fussy cut paper border from the paper pack, a snowflake and red button.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, SCP paper
Digital stamp – QKR Stampede Snowman couple
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – Die-namics square stax
Embellishments – paper border, wooden snowflake, button
Font – Bickley Script

I'm linking up with: QKR Stampede #324 – ATG, Dare 2B Artzy December – Winter, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #95 – ATG, A Bit More Time to Craft #81 – ATG, and Crafts Galore Encore #58 – Anything Goes.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Happy Birdie Day golf masculine birthday card

Happy Birdie Day masculine golf themed birthday card, featuring Di's Digistamps Fore You stamp, by Paperesse.

Di's Digistamps Fore You digital stamp stars front and center on this masculine birthday card.


The patterned paper is digital.  I created the golf ball sentiment with Arizona font.


Embellishments are CANDi dots and some grass felt ribbon. I've had this ribbon for a few years now and don't have much occasion to use it, but any time I do it looks great (like this Make a Splash birthday card).

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, digital papers
Digital stamp – Di's Digistamps Fore You
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – Die-namics square stax
Embellishments – CANDi dots
Font – Arizona

I'm linking up with: Di's Digi Challenge 16/11/18 – Include a Sentiment, A Gem of a Challenge #232 – ATG, Colour Crazy Challenge Week 47 – ATG Colouring, WWC#197 – Masculine ATG, and Seize the Birthday #155 – ATG Birthday.
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