Friday, January 19, 2018

Jalapeño Pepper Christmas card

It's Friday and I'm in a festive mood – all ready for another Christmas card, this time with a Southwestern theme. The merry jalapeño pepper is a digi from the now defunct Meljen's Designs.

Such a pity, she had some really cute (and funny!) stamps, like the one on this 'No butts about it you're the cat's meow' birthday card. Tactile Studio's Cinco digital paper pack stays true to the Southwestern theme.

What do you think about the little bows? Aren't they cute? This is a new no-brand Chinese die I bought with a Amazon Christmas gift certificate. There are three bows in the pack and this one is the largest at about 2.5cm (1 inch in American). I'm beginning to get a rather good collection of these inexpensive dies and I daresay, they cut very well. Silver metal dots dress up the bows.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, Tactile Studio Cinco digital paper pack
Digital stamp – Meljen's Designs Holiday Chili Pepper
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – Die-namics fishtail banner dies, no-brand Chinese bows
Embellishments – silver metal dots

I'm linking up with: Christmas at Sweet Stampin' January 2018 – ATG Christmas, The Merry Christmas Challenge #3 – ATG Christmas, Christmas Crafts All Year Round January 2018 –Christmas/Thank You, The Twelve Months of Christmas Link Up #37 – ATG Christmas, and The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #22 – ATG Christmas.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Masculine Get Well Lazy Laptop Cat card

Masculine Get Well card featuring free Sliekje Lazy Laptop Cat digi, by Paperesse.

I needed a get well card for a friend of my husband's who was ill a while back. Do you know it's down right difficult to find a suitable get well digi for a man? I finally settled on this Lazy Laptop Cat from Sliekje's free digital stamps. Sliekje has some great animal digis (check out the Panda on this Valentine's Day card).

Normally, you wouldn't associate a 'kitty' with a guy, but this is a gender neutral kitty. That laptop on his tummy makes this good for anyone and as the recipient was laid up for a while, I thought it eminently appropriate.

To keep the masculine vibe going, I used a gray and blue color scheme. Ribbon and enamel dots dress it up just a bit, not too much. The sentiment ('Get well soon' in French), was created with Dancing Script font.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, patterened paper
Digital stamp – Sliekje Lazy Laptop Cat
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – Die-namics rectangle stax
Font – Dancing Script

I'm linking up with: Little Red Wagon #428 – Boy oh Boy, Crafting from the Heart #190 – ATG, and Pammie's Inky Pinkies Challenges #1802 – ATG.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Joy Christmas card featuring 2 Cute Ink Warm Winter Wishes digital stamp

Christmas card featuring 2 Cute Ink Warm Winter Wishes digital stamp, by Paperesse.

Welcome to a festive kind of Friday with this Joy Christmas card featuring 2 Cute Ink's Warm Winter Wishes digital stamp. It's a super cute stamp, but I'm wondering if these snowmen have a death wish. Snowmen should definitely NOT press, incline or dive into steaming cups of hot chocolate (is that what the one on the handle's doing? or is he warming himself? same difference). In Snowman land, hot beverages are best avoided.

Yes, I'm overthinking it. You've got to suspend belief with digital stamps. In stamp land pigs grill (vegetarian pigs!), teddy bears having drinking problems, and donkeys wear thong underwear, all for the express purpose of making our loved ones smile.

Isn't this new paper pretty? I rarely buy real paper packs anymore, and rarer still ones that aren't on sale, but I found this Echo Park Carta Bella Christmas Delivery 6x6 paper pad as I was urgently surfing Amazon, desperately trying to spend a Christmas gift certificate (I succeeded). It was so pretty I couldn't resist. The letter stickers go so well with the paper you'd think they came together, but no, I picked these up at the grocery store right before Christmas.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, Echo Park Carta Bella Christmas Delivery 6x6 paper pad
Digital stamp – 2 Cute Ink Warm Winter Wishes
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – Die-namics square stax
Embellishments – letter stickers

I'm linking up with: Deep Ocean Challenge Blog #172 – Something New, 4 Crafty Chicks #385 – No Winter Blues (No Blue), C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #450 – Christmas, Cute Card Thursday #512 – Something New, and The Merry Christmas Challenge #2 – ATG Christmas.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Masculine Happy Birthday Chef card

Masculine Happy Birthday card featuring free pre-colored digital stamp from Dearie Dolls, by Paperesse.

I needed to whip a birthday card in a hurry for a male friend of ours and as is my modus operandi in such situations, I used a pre-colored digi image. This one is a freebie from Dearie Dolls – Chef with Cake.

These pre-colored images are great if you're pressed for time, or simply don't like to color. Almost all my 2017 Christmas cards were just this type (such as this card featuring another freebie – Dearie Dolls Santa and Mrs. Swim).

Patterned papers are leftovers from my scrap file. Embellishments are ribbon and pearls. The sentiment was created with Galeforce BTN font.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, scrap paper
Digital stamps – Dearie Dolls Chef with Cake
Dies – Die-namics rectangle stax
Embellishments – ribbon, pearls
Font – Galeforce BTN

I'm linking up with: Artistic Inspirations #192 – ATG, Crafting from the Heart #189 – ATG, and Dream Valley Challenge #170 – ATG.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Celebrating the 12th day of Christmas with a Hangin' with my Gnomies card

Hangin' with my Gnomies Holiday card, by Paperesse.

Did you know that today – 5 January – is the official end to the twelve days of Christmas? That being the case, I think this holiday card featuring Whimsie Doodles' Hangin' with my Gnomies digital stamp is apropos, don't you? If you like funny stamps, give Whimsie Doodles a peak, they have some good ones (as seen on this 2015 Christmas Underwear card).

When you think about it, for millennia Christmastide was celebrated over a period of twelve days; in the long course of Christianity, it's only recently that we no longer go the full Christmas gambit. I like the holiday season, don't get me wrong, but I sure as heck wouldn't want to be celebrating every day for twelve days sans interruption. My waistline couldn't take it.

Card making though, has no calories. In fact, I'm pretty sure I've burned some calories making this card – all that coloring, cutting, and gluing. Oh, and my die-cutting machine, it's a manual one so turning that crank took effort, right? Tell me I'm right.

The Twelfth Night digital paper on this card is Marmalade from Tactile Studio. Simple buttons dress it up.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, Tactile Studio Marmalade
Digital stamp – Whimsie Doodles Gnomies
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – Die-namics Square stax
Embellishments – buttons

I'm linking up with: Little Red Wagon #425 – Winter Wonderland, Jingle Bells – Look What Santa Brought Me (this Marmalade digital paper was purchased as a gift to myself back in December 2014? 2015? during Tactile Studio's Christmas sale; this card is its first appearance), and Craft Rocket Challenges #44 – Winter.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year! and a Paperesse 2017 Retrospective

Happy New Year! 2018 here we come.

It's time for Paperesse's annual January retrospective of favorite projects from each month of the previous year. To see the original project and it's accompanying supply list simply click on the monthly link.

If you're so hung over from last night you don't feel like doing anything else, you can see previous yearly retrospectives here: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016.













I'm linking up with Deep Ocean Challenge #171  – Fave Card/Project 2017 (if I had to choose one, it would be the Paris mini-album from September).

Monday, December 25, 2017

Joyeux Noël – Merry Christmas!

De moi à vous... Joyeux Noël à tous ceux qui le célèbrent aujourd'hui ! Puisse cette journée être remplie de gratitude et de joie et que les joyeux souvenirs de Noël passés vous réchauffent le coeur.

From my home to yours... Merry Christmas to everyone celebrating today! May today be a day filled with gratitude and joy and may happy memories of Christmas past warm your heart.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Card Advent Calendar #24 – Santa Claus is Coming to Town card

Christmas card featuring digital topper from Cheryl Seslar Santa Claus is Coming to Town set, by Paperesse.

And here we are at Christmas Eve. Has this year gone by quick or what?! Today's #24 and final Christmas Advent card uses a pre-colored digital topper from Cheryl Seslar's Santa Claus is Coming to Town set. I purchased this set on sale at Digi Web Studio, but it appears to now be retired on their site. It is, however, still available on sale at Whimsy Doodle Graphics.

This is one of my Christmas 2017 card favorites. I realize some of mine this year were far from it, but I actually prefer a more muted color scheme for Christmas (as with #6, another fav).

The paper is an off brand pack picked up at the grocery store. At only around €4.00, this paper turned out to be a very pleasant surprise. It's heavy, double sided and clearly printed. It's one of those types of paper that seems to make everything you use it with look good, know what I mean? Like this one from last year. The sentiment is my own creation.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, patterned paper
Digital pre-colored topper – Cheryl Seslar Santa Claus is Coming to Town
Dies –  Die-namics circle stax
Embellishments – ribbon, backless brad, snowflake

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Christmas Card Advent Calendar #23 – Santa and the Mrs. Swim card

Today's #23 card features a free pre-colored digital topper from Dearie Dolls – Santa and the Mrs. Swim. I love this cute and funny image.

Patterned paper is a magazine freebie from long, long ago in a distant galaxy. . . oh wait, no, I'm getting confused. One of our local TV channels has been running all the Star War movies this last week. They seem to be everywhere; I can't get away from them. In the stores, it's Star Wars toys and everything else for Christmas, the Post Office has Star Wars stamps, etc. Then on our evening news they showed a collector with all the Star Wars paraphernalia going back to the very first. And this was an old guy, not a youngster (I say that, he was probably about my age – yikes!). Enough already. Personally, I prefer the very first one, and after that they all went down hill, to the point that with the last one I didn't even bother. Ditto with the current one. Now how did I get off on that? Oh well, back to the card . . .

I used one of my cheapy-but-cut-good-don't-know-the-name-of-made-in-China-bought-on-eBay banner dies to frame the image. A bit of glittery ribbon and a polka dot star serve as embellishments. The sentiment is my own creation.

Hopefully your Christmas stress is winding down and you're all ready to enjoy the next couple of days, but just in case you need it . . . may the force be with you.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, patterned paper
Digital stamps – Dearie Dolls Santa and the Mrs. Swim
Dies – Banner die, Die-namics circle stax
Embellishments – star, ribbon

Friday, December 22, 2017

Christmas Card Advent Calendar #22 – Christmas Tree card

Christmas Trees card, by Paperesse.

Today's #22 card uses dies from the same company X (whose name is...) described with my #19 card. Although you can't see it, please note there is an actual edge to this card. This is why I don't use white card bases. White on white in a light box just doesn't show up.

I cut the trees from white cardstock, put green cardstock behind, and then rearranged the diecut trees on the front.

The sentiment was printed on the white cardstock (Channel Slanted 2 font) before I did the diecuts. If you'd like to know how to get that pretty swirl at the end of my sentiment, see my ASCII code crafty tip. I added some green pearls to dress it up and a little matching ribbon.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock
Dies – Christmas tree dies
Embellishments – pearls, ribbon
Font – Channel Slanted 2
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