Monday, September 17, 2018

Happy Fall card featuring Found It digital stamp from Di's Digi Stamps

Happy Fall card featuring Found It digital stamp from Di's Digi Stamps, by Paperesse.

According to the calendar autumn officially starts this Sunday (even if our current summer weather says otherwise). So to start the Fall ball rolling...here's a Happy Fall card. This will be more than just fall, my inside sentiment will also mention Halloween and depending on whom I'm sending it to, may also include Thanksgiving. I prefer images for autumn in general, rather than the 'spooky' ones for Halloween. The featured digital stamp is Found It from Di's Digi Stamps (a bargain at just $1.00). Digital paper is defunct Tactile Studio.


Squirrels are such busy little things this time of year; they're fun to watch and their imagery is perfect for autumn. I say that, they're good for birthday cards, too. Like this Go Nuts birthday step card – one of my all time favorites.


Such a pretty image didn't need much embellishment (plus, I wanted to keep it flat and easy to mail), but a few CANDi dots in opposing corners dress it up a bit. I added the sentiment to the acorn with Smarty Pants BTN font.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, patterned paper
Digital stamp – Found It Di's Digi Stamps
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – Die-namics rectangle stax
Embellishments – CANDi dots
Font – Smarty Pants BTN

I'm linking up with: Di's Digi Challenge – Happy Fall Y'all, Always Fun Challenge #76 – Fall Colors, Cards in Envy – Feels Like Fall, Crafty Cardmakers #218 – Autumn Colours, and Make My Monday #80 – Autumn/Fall Colours.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Christmas card featuring QKR Stampede Santa in Chimney digital stamp

Christmas card featuring QKR Stampede Santa in Chimney digital stamp, by Paperesse.

Poor Santa, you just can not go around eating milk and cookies all the time with impunity. As this QKR Stampede Santa in Chimney stamp shows, sliding down that chimney is getting harder and harder for him to do. Which is why he's saying, 'That's it! No more milk and cookies after the new year.'


This is my second stuck-in-the-chimney Santa card this year. You can see my French version here.


The Christmas paper is more of my recent discount haul mentioned on my Beary Happy Summer post. I bought two graphic packs with bright colors and then this Christmas one. I created the sentiment with a speech bubble and Mister Sirloin BTN Rare font. Embellishments are glued felt brads with the tines cut off.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, patterned paper
Digital stamp – QKR Stampede Santa in Chimney
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – Die-namics square stax
Embellishments – felt brads with tines removed
Font – Mister Sirloin BTN Rare

I'm linking up with: QKR Stampede Challenge #312 – ATG, CHNC #402 – ATG Christmas, Winter Wonderland 31/08 – Christmas Joy, Happy Little Stampers – September Christmas Challenge, Merry Little Christmas Challenge – ATG Christmas, The 12 Months of Christmas #45 – ATG Christmas, and The Merry Christmas Challenge 15/08 – 14/09 – ATG Christmas.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Dragonfly freebie birthday card

Dragonfly birthday card featuring SCP #171 digital stamp and sentiment freebie, by Paperesse.

This dragonfly birthday card for my aunt features two freebies from Simply Cards and Papercraft magazine issue 171 – the dragon fly digital stamp and sentiment (one of several provided). Click on the link to download.


Paper is more of my recent Aldi score, as mentioned in my Popsicle Congrats card post.


A felt flower serves as simple embellishment.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock,  Max Bringmann KG Charming MotivKarton pad
Digital stamp and sentiment – Simply Cards and Papercraft freebies
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – Die-namics square stax
Embellishment – felt flower

I'm linking up with: Seize the Birthday 30/08 – ATG Birthday/opt. Rainbow toppings, Crafting by Designs September – ATG, The Paper Shelter #352 – Make it Bloom, The Crafty Addicts #52 – ATG/opt. Back to School, and WWC 186 – ATG Feminine.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Christmas cards using Nitwit Collections All is Calm free digikit from Simply Cards & Papercraft #181

Today's post features four cards I created for September's Simply Cards & Papercraft issue #181 (available for purchase on newsstands now) using Nitwit Collections All is Calm free digikit. Click HERE to download. Except for the basic cardstock used, all papers and images are from the kit. The kit's large variety of images and papers will give you endless options for quick, easily mailed Christmas cards.

Christmas Bells card featuring free Nitwit All is Calm digikit from Simply Cards & Papercraft magazine issue #181, by Paperesse.
For this circular Christmas Bells card, I digitally manipulated and layered elements from the kit, using my digital image processing application's shadow tool to give the images depth. The sentiment was mounted on 3D foam tape to make it stand out.


Ribbons and pearls top off  this Joy at Christmas card.


3D foam tape highlights the circular sentiment and snowflake button on this Peace on Earth card. Doesn't the tag look like it's separate from the background paper? Using the shadow tool with your digital images gives the impression of layers without the bulk.

I digitally manipulated several individual images in the kit to create this Merry Christmas card, adjusting sizes, layering and adding shadows. The church, trees, snow banks, street lamps, sentiment, background paper and buttons are all separate items on a single layer. The buttons really prove how realistic the shadow tool can make your images look. At first glance you'd swear those were real buttons, wouldn't you?


In addition to the free downloadable digikit, issue #181 is packed with freebie goodness! There is an awesome paper pack (can't wait to get creating with that one), traditional stamp kit and cute as a button pickup cutting die!!! There's a video (HERE) showing the freebies. Simply Cards & Papercraft is easily found on newsstands across the UK and at  Barnes and Noble, Jo-Ann’s, Michael's, Books-a-Million and AC Moore stores in the US. In Canada you can find it at Indigo Chapters.

I'm linking up with: Little Red Wagon #461 – Old or New Trends (it would be 'new' with this one), Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #185 – ATG, Jingle Belles 24/08 – Shape-up for the Holidays, Winter Wonderland 31/08 – Christmas Joy, and The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #35 – ATG.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Happy Summer card featuring Sliekje Digi Stamps wading pool mice freebie

Happy Summer card featuring Sliekje Digi Stamps wading pool mice freebie, by Paperesse.

Summer's winding down. The kiddies are back in school or shortly will be (next Monday the 3rd of September for France), but technically it's still summer, so in that vein here's the last of my Happy Summer cards this year. This one features another Sliekje Digi Stamps freebie – wading pool mice (click on the link there to download). Look's like they're having a grand 'ole time, eh?


The paper is more from the discount store pads I used on my other summer cards – Sunning MouseParasol Cat and Sunning Bear cards.


Embellishments are flat, light and easy to mail – a wooden flower and enamel dot. The sentiment was created with Mister Sirloin BTN Rare font.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, patterned paper
Digital stamp – Sliekje's Digi Stamps freebie
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – Die-namics square stax
Font – Mister Sirloin BTN Rare

I'm linking up with: Crafty Friends #91 – Animals/Birds, The Corrosive Challenge #8 – ATG, Scrapbook Stamp Society #148 – ATG, PIP #1834 – ATG, and Cute N Crafty #8 – ATG.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Female Graffiti Artist birthday card

Female graffiti artist birthday card featuring Oddball Art Big Eye Aya Tags the Wall digi, by Paperesse.

Oddball Art's Big Eye Girl Aya Tags the Wall digital stamp is the focal point to this graffiti themed birthday card.

I have mixed feelings about graffiti. I know it's illegal. One doesn't have the right to deface private property and I sure wouldn't like it if someone came and painted graffiti all over my apartment building's walls (although they did tag one of our outbuildings). And yet...I do admit to a certain reluctant admiration for an exceptional display of creativity and execution, some examples of which I documented in this Paris street art blog post.


But back to the card...this is one of the rare cards where the paper (more of my recent Aldi haul) inspired the stamp, and not the other way around. I almost didn't buy this Graffiti pack  as I wasn't sure how I'd use it, but its bright colors and urban edge won me over. A search for just the right digi ensued, result being this perfect Oddball Art image. The sentiment I created with Teen Scene Graffiti font. Matt enamel dots serve as simple embellishment.


Supply List
Paper – cardstock, Max Bringmann KG (also sold as Folia) Graffiti MotivKarton pad
Digital stamp – Oddball Art Big Eye Girl Aya Tags the Wall
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – Die-namics rectangle stax
Embellishments – matt enamel dots
Font – Teen Scene Graffiti

I'm linking up with: Oddball Art Challenge August – ATG/optional 'Lost Souls of Innocent Dolls', TTCRD 21 August – ATG, Creative Moments #151 – ATG, Crafty Creations #373 – ATG, and Addicted to Stamps #306 – ATG.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Merry Cact-mas! Christmas card featuring QKR Stampede's Christmas Cactus digital stamp

Merry Cact-mas! Christmas card featuring QKR Stampede Christmas Cactus digital stamp, by Paperesse.

If you're a Paperesse follower, you might have noticed I've gotten an earlier start to my Christmas cards this year. In so doing I've felt free to take my time – to think outside the box – and have found I enjoy creating Christmas cards using nontraditional images and/or paper.


This Cactus card featuring QKR Stampede Christmas Cactus digital stamp is a case in point (as is this Santa Claws Crab step card). The stamp isn't quite what you'd associate with Christmas and the paper is not Christmas at all, but more of my recent Aldi grocery store find I've been using quite a bit of lately (i.e. my recent Popsicle card).


I used some no-brand inexpensive die-cuts mounted on foam pads for embellishment. I created the sentiment with Mister Sirloin BTN font.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, Max Bringmann KG City Flair MotivKarton pad
Digital stamp – QKR Stampede Christmas Cactus digital stamp
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – Die-namics rectangle stax, no-brand Christmas ornaments
Font – Mister Sirloin BTN Rare

I'm linking up with: The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #34 – ATG Christmas, The Merry Christmas Challenge Aug 15 - 14 Sept. – ATG Christmas, The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up #44 Aug. – ATG Christmas, Merry Little Christmas Challenge #1 – ATG Christmas, Sweet Stampin' Christmas Aug. – ATG Christmas,  CRAFT Challenge #479 – Christmas, and QKR Stampede #309 – ATG.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Happy Summer circular card featuring Sliekje's Digi Stamps parasol cat freebie


I decided to go with a different shape for this Happy Summer card...a circle. I haven't done one of these in a while. The digi is another freebie from Sliekje's Digi Stamps (click on the link there to snag it for yourself). I can so relate to this cat. Lying on a beach somewhere under a parasol, snoozing, is one of summer's best experiences. Although I would predicate that by saying somewhere in late summer after all the crowds have gone home; French beaches are packed in July and August.


Paper is more of my recent off brand discount store haul. It's turning out to be perfect for summer cards, as on this Sunning Bear summer card.


The circular sentiment is from  Barbara Anne Williams digital stamp Sweet Summer Sentiments sheet. Embellishments are a mousse flower sticker and enamel dot.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, patterned paper
Digital stamp and sentiment – Sliekje's Digi Stamps freebie, Barbara Anne Williams digital stamp Sweet Summer Sentiments sheet
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – Die-namics circle stax, Artemio extra large circle dies
Embellishments – mousse flower sticker, enamel dot

I'm linking up with: Always Fun Challenges #71 – Going Round in Circles, Dream Valley Challenges #184 – Animals, Pammie's Inky Pinkies Challenges #1832 – ATG, Double Trouble Challenge #7 – The Dog Days of Summer, and Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends #87 – ATG.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Masculine birthday card featuring Di's Digistamps Let's Eat Ted's Cake digital stamp

Masculine birthday card featuring Di's Digistamps Let's Eat Ted's Cake digi, by Paperesse.

This birthday card for my father in-law features Di's Digistamps Let's Eat Ted's Cake.


Di's seems to be my go-to brand for my father in-law's cards; like this Foot (soccer) Father's Day card or last year's Gentleman Ted birthday card.


I've raided my stash for this card; paper is a no name brand I picked up quite some time back from the grocery store sale bin and embellishments are simple buttons I've had a while. The sentiment was created with Yu Gothic Light font.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, patterned paper
Digital stamps – Di's Digi Stamps Let's Eat Ted's Cake
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – Die-namics square stax
Embellishments – buttons
Font – Yu Gothic Light font

I'm linking up with: Di's Digi Challenge 27/07/18 – Use stash items, Back to Basics #9 – Use a digital image, Crafty Creations #372 – ATG, Creative Moments #150 – ATG option Cats, and The Male Room #91 – Male themed Birthday project.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Happy Summer card with Sliekje's Digi Stamps sunning mouse free digital stamp

Happy Summer card featuring Sliekje free sunning mouse digital stamp, by Paperesse.

Another card for my Happy Summer series, this time featuring Sliekje's Digi Stamps free sunning mouse digital stamp. Sliekje has created some very cute free digis she graciously shares with the world. If you search my blog by her name you'll see where I've benefited often from her largess (like this super cute Panda Valentine Day's card).


Paper is more of those off brand pads I mentioned with my recent Beary Happy Summer post. I'm enjoying the bight colors and bold patterns, perfect for summer.


Embellishments are...zip. Well, unless you count the border die. The image is so cute and the paper so pretty I didn't think it needed anything else. The circular sentiment is from Barbara Anne Williams digital stamp Sweet Summer Sentiments sheet.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, patterned paper
Digital stamp and sentiment – Sliekje's Digi Stamps freebie, Barbara Anne Williams digital stamp Sweet Summer Sentiments sheet
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – Die-namics circle stax, no brand border die

I'm linking up with: Sunny Day Crafting 15/07 – 14/08/18 – ATG with an animal, Animal Friends Challenge #65 – Mouse, A Bit More Time to Craft #73 – ATG, 2 Crafty Critter Craziers #17 – ATG with a critter, and Colour Crazy Challenge Week 31 – ATG with coloring.
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