Saturday, April 29, 2017

New baby card made with Sizzix's Baby Dresser die

I've used this Sizzix's Baby Dresser die set as a base for a Halloween card and a Christmas card, but not yet as it was originally intended – for a new baby – until this card. A friend asked for a new baby card, but didn't know the sex of the baby.

I decided the time was right to finally use this die as it was intended. I went with gender neutral colors (whatever that means, I'm a girl and I'm not too fond of pink) and kept the inside sentiment neutral, too.

The die's design packaging was my inspiration and I pretty much followed its suggestions to create the card. The paper is from my stash and I have no idea of its origin.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock,  patterned paper
Dies – Sizzix Baby Dresser die
Embellishments – bow, pearls, hanger clip

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Happy Earth Day! card with free digital Earth day stamp

Happy Earth Day card, by Paperesse.

I've never made a Earth Day card before, but felt compelled to do one this year. It's more important than ever, to speak out in support of Mother Earth and taking care of our planet. From global warming that affects us all, to local issues like clean drinking water from our taps, protecting our planet's environment must be a priority – for us today and for tomorrow's future generations.

 After all, it's not like we can move anywhere else.

Environmental activist organizations need not just our moral support, but financial support as well, so in honor of the day, and to put my money where my mouth is, I've just made a donation to Earth Justice.

The paper and image on this stamp come from an old, lonnnnngggggg retired ATD Going Places paper pack. So long retired, in fact, I couldn't find any internet image to share with you. You can see where I used another die-cut from the pack on this Scooter get well card, exactly three years ago today. The sentiment is actually part of a very cute free Earth Day digital stamp from Jane's Doodles. I decided to keep the sentiment, but use my own earth image. Some crinkled paper ribbon and pearls are simple embellishments. Here's the stamp in it's entirety; click on this link – Jane's Doodles – to save the stamp for yourself and to see her terms of usage.

Remember . . . love your Mother; Happy Earth Day!

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, ATD Going Places paper pack
Digital Stamp – freebie from Jane's Doodles
Dies – La Cabina stitched circle dies
Embellishments – crinkled paper ribbon, pearls

I'm linking up with: Morgan's Art World #8 – AG, Jo's Scrap Shack FFC #185 – AG, Creative Fingers #128 – AG, Colour Crazy #16 – AG, and Crafty Fingers #56 – AG.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Delightful Thursday at Digital Delights – Ice Cream Parlor Accessories card

Ice Cream birthday card with Digital Delights Ice Cream Parlor Accessories digital stamps, by Paperesse.

It's another Delightful Thursday at Digital Delights; click on over to see what projects DT members have to share with you today. My card features a stamp from the Ice Cream Parlor Accessories set and super cute sentiment from the Ice Cream sentiment set.

We've had some especially pretty spring weather, which has put me in a summer mood and what's more summer-ish than ice cream?! Hence this card. Actually, this is a birthday card for my cousin, but I saved that greeting for the inside.

The matching paper is also Digital Delights – Summer Time Fun digital paper pack. As with all my mailed cards anymore, I've kept the design relatively flat (although the photo makes it looks like more, the sentiment is propped up with only 2mm foam pads) and light, with sprinkled enamel dots – a simple, easy to mail embellishment.

Supply List
Paper – kraft cardstock, cardstock, Digital Delights Summer Time Fun digital paper pack
Digital Stamp – Digital Delights Ice Cream Parlor Accessories and Ice Cream sentiments sets
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – Die-namics rectangle and square staxs
Embellishments – enamel dots

I'm linking up with: Try it on Tuesdays – Add a Quote, Ike's World #86 – AG, The Crafty Addicts #35 – AG/Add a sentiment, Cards in Envy – Pretty Pastels, and Creative Moments #116 – AG/Spring has Sprung.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter card with Di's Digistamps Bunny stamp and how to shade a white bunny rabbit with colored pencils

Di's Digi Stamps Bunny image Easter card, design by Paperesse.

Happy Easter to everyone celebrating today! One thing about the holiday being later this year, it gave me more time to make cards.

I've saved this card – my favorite, I admit – 'til last. This Di's Digi Stamps Bunny image is so cute (and for just $1.00, too!!!). I like Di's images; if you search the blog for Di's Digi Stamps you can see where I've used her bears, bunnies and mice often, as on this soccer Father's day card, or this Cheesy Mice anniversary card. They're cute, without being cutesy.

The sentiment is die cut from a Cuddly Buddly Barbara Anne Williams Punny Animal Sentiments Two sentiment sheet (love these, they give such a nice touch). The floral paper is a freebie from Flow magazine and the bottom check print is from Joy! Crafts Summer Lovin' paper bloc. Embellishments are simple (thus light, thus cheaper to mail) with a little crinkled paper ribbon, La Cabina lace border die cut and a sprinkling of enamel dots.

*Crafty Tip* How to shade a white bunny rabbit with colored pencils – you can find excellent shading guides all over the internet for skin tones, but not white bunny tones so I thought I'd do one for you. You could always leave your bunny white, with no color at all, but let's say you're considering a more realistic bunny look (and I'm assuming you are or you wouldn't be reading this), in which case you need to add a bit of shading.

Most of your white bunny will still be white and uncolored, it's important to keep that in mind. The very FIRST thing you want to do, that you always want to do when shading, is determine where your light source is coming from (see my coloring tutorial for more about that).  I tend to like my light coming from the upper right corner. Pencil in a little sun up out of the image area to remind you.

Ask yourself where would the light hit this image? Consider physical features, like round cheeks and the shadow under a neck, that sort of thing. Basic white shading will use three colors: a very pale silver gray, a medium gray, and a darker gray. Begin shading with the lightest silver gray coming in a bit farther into the image, next use the medium gray, but not so far in, and finally the darkest gray near the very edges of your shadow, blending between layers. A light hand is called for here, unless your bunny is sitting in full sun or has a very bright light over his head. If you go too dark, try lightening it up with a pure white pencil. Pure white can be very good for blending, but you have to be careful. Too many pencil layers can give a shiny build up.

Consider drawing a few circles and practice shading with those. The scan below shows the Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 colors I use:

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, Flow magazine freebie, Joy! Crafts Summer Lovin' paper bloc
Digital stamp – Di's Digi Stamps Bunny, Barbara Anne Williams Punny Animal Sentiments Two
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Die – Die-namics circle stax, La Cabina lace border die
Embellishments – paper ribbon, enamel dots

I'm linking up with: Di's Digi Designs Challenge – Spring and/or Easter, Crafting with Dragonflies #78 – Easter, Crafty Calendar Challenge April – April Showers or Spring, Crafty Friends #55 – Animals or Birds, and Inkspirational #132 – Spring.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Upcycled egg carton with free Papercraft Inspirations issue #150 Easter printables

I've been seeing quite a few upcycled egg cartons on Pinterest and wanted to try my crafty hand at one, only I didn't have a lot of time this week for coloring any digital stamps and was looking for a quick solution. I decided to use the free Easter digital printables from Papercraft Inspirations issue #150.

Carefully removing the paper label from the carton, I used it as a template, cutting my printed paper to fit. I fussy cut the bunny, butterfly and tag, but used La Cabina stitched circle dies for the main image and Toga's bow tie die in lieu of ribbon.

For the inside of the carton, I used a digital image, more of the paper, and filled it up with chocolate Easter eggs.This is a gift for some French speaking friends, so I do believe I'm going to have to explain that inside 'Hoppy' sentiment, lest they think I've misspelled it.

And here's the egg carton's 'before' photo:

Supply List
Paper – Papercraft Inspirations #150 free digital paper and images, cardstock
Dies – La Cabina stitched circle and greenery border dies, Toga bow tie, Die-namics rectangle stax
Embellishments – button, twine

I'm linking up with: Unstampabelles #67 – To 'die' for, Craft for the Craic April – Easter anything but a card, Everybody Art Challenge #400 – Anything but a card, Connie Can Crop #57 – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Kitty Bee Design's Aloha Friday #92 – Easter.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Digital Delights by Louby Loo April release – Moo-chas Gracias card

It's time for April new releases at Digital Delights by Louby Loo. My card for this month is a circular thank you card, featuring the Cow Jumped Over the Moon stamp and Moo-chas Gracias sentiment from the Ice Cream sentiments set. Click on over to the Digital Delights blog to see what other lovely creations DT members have to share with you today.

I thought this super cute cow worked great on her own, so I easily masked the moon (it's separate from the cow), framed the sentiment and centered it on the cow. Digital paper is Toy Box and Country Girl from Tactile Studio. The Toy Box paper works great with western themes, as on this Christmas Cowboy card.

Embellishments were kept simple with red and black buttons.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, Tactile Studio Toy Box and Country Girl
Digital Stamps –Cow Jumped Over the Moon, Ice Cream sentiments set
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – Artemio circle dies
Embellishments – buttons, thread

Monday, April 3, 2017

Shirt digistamp masculine birthday card with French sentiment

Digital Delights Shirt stamp birthday card, design by Paperesse.

I'm doing my first Hostess Monday gig on the Digital Delights blog, using this Digital Delights Shirt digital stamp to whip up a quick birthday card for my father-in-law. How fortunate to have the new Touch of France sentiment set for the Joyeux Anniversaire digi on the front (Happy Birthday in French), as my father-in-law does not speak English.

The stamp was sized large and printed out on three different A5 papers. I fussy cut it to fit a 14.5 cm square card base. The collar, pockets and tie were adhered with 1mm double-sided mousse tap for a 3d effect. This is the second male clothing card I've made for my father-in-law; I used a docrafts Suitable decopage kit for his 2015 card. He liked that one, so I'm sure he'll like this one, too.

'What do you think?' I asked my husband, handing him the card. 'It's for your father's birthday.'

He gave it a quick once over. 'Nice,'

'Nice? That's it?' Hardly an effusive response there.

'Nice card,' he said, giving it back. 'Horrid tie.'

'Yes, but it looks like one your father would wear.'

'That's true,' he said, brightening. 'He'll love it!'

Sometimes I have to explain these things to him.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, patterned paper
Digital Stamp – Digital Delights Shirt and Touch of France stamps
Dies – Die-Namics rectangle stax
Embellishments – buttons, thread

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Crafting by Designs Guest Designer Easter Challenge and fussy cutting animal whiskers

Digital Delights Bugs of Love stamp Easter card, design by Paperesse.

It's a pleasure for me to be guest designing for today's Crafting by Designs challenge blog's Easter challenge. Click on over to see what lovely creations the design team has to share with you today and better still . . . join us by linking up!

My card uses the Bugs of Love Bunny set (stamp and sentiment) from Digital Delights by Louby Loo. I fussy cut Mr. Bunny and put him front and center over the sentiment. This is such a cute image, he'd work equally well for Valentine's Day. My paper is DCWV Citrus Cardstock Matstack, picked up on my last visit back to the States. Once again, as on this Easter Mary card, Xcut's large egg die cut on kraft cardstock and covered with a another cut on turquoise card serves as my base.

Embellishments are simple ribbons and sparkly sequins, making for a light weight, flat and therefore less expensive mailing.

*Crafty Tip* – Want to know how to easily fussy cut animal whiskers? You can't. But, I do have a solution for when you cut them off – add them back with 1mm elastic beading cord, as I've done here. Simply cut to size and glue with a little Aleene's Tacky Glue (or another clear dry adhesive). This also works for butterfly and insect antenna.

Supply List
Paper – kraft cardstock, turquoise cardstock, DCWV Citrus Cardstock Matstack
Digital Stamp – Digital Delights Bugs of Love Bunny set
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – Xcut Egg dies, La Cabina rectangle dies
Embellishments – ribbon, sequins

I'm linking up with: Cards un More #181 – Easter, Create and Makes #10 – AG/Springtime twist, Die Cutting Divas #310 – AG, Fairytale Challenge #165 – Cards with animals, and Tuesday Throwdown #336 – Sparkles.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Digital Delights Eggy Chorlton Eggstra special Easter card

Eggstra special Digital Delights' Eggy Chorlton Easter step card, design by Paperesse.

I'm glad Easter's late this year; it give me more time to 'hop' to it and get some cards made. Given that most of my family is back in the States, I have to allow for mailing time, too.

I teamed up Digital Delights Eggy Chorlton digital stamp with a sentiment from the Easter sentiments set. My paper is Folia Motivblock Garten.

Sizzix's Baby Dresser die is the base; can't say I use this for baby cards much, but it makes a great step card. You can see where I used it for this Halloween card and Christmas card. The paper bow die is from Toga.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, Folia Motivblock Garten
Digital Stamp – Digital Delights Eggy Chorlton and Easter sentiments set
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – Sizzix's Baby Dresser die, Toga bow die, La Cabina label die
Embellishments – buttons, thread

I'm linking up with: Pile It On #128 – Humor/Puns, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #54 – AG, Come and Get It Challenges 19/03/17 – AG, Addicted to Stamps #144 – Easter, and Artistic Inspirations #175 – AG.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Delightful Thursday at Digital Delights – Peggy Legz set birthday card

It's another Delightful Thursday at Digital Delights; click on over to see what projects other DT members are sharing today. My card features the Peggy Legz set.

I colored this one up for a swimming friend's birthday and went with her physical appearance for the stamp – red hair and green eyes. I sprinkled a few freckles on the cheeks, too. Paper is grocery store bargain bin type.

More of my new La Cabina (?) dies (as I mentioned on this coffee bean card) are putting in an appearance – the wave border dies and the stitched rectangles surrounding the sentiment. I've had this felt grass ribbon(s) a while now and this is the first time I've used the darker green (I used the lighter green on this Easter card from 2013). This proves thinking – but I might use this someday – and holding on to things you haven't used in years can pay off. Is it good to prove that point though? I don't know; could be it makes it that much harder to weed out the things you probably won't ever get around to using. Alas, for me, there's a whole heck of a lot more of the later than the former.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, patterned paper
Digital Stamp – Digital Delights Peggy Legz set
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – La Cabina rectangle and wave border stitching dies
Embellishments – enamel dots

I'm linking up with: The Sisterhood of Crafters 08/03/17 – Celebrating Women, Inspiration Destination #124 – AG, Crafty Creations #337 – AG, Creative Knockouts #185 – Border Time, and Craft Rocket #35 – Make it Feminine.
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