Thursday, November 20, 2014

Cornucopia Thanksgiving card made made with a free digital stamp

This Thanksgiving card uses a free Cornucopia digital stamp from Dearie Dolls. This is another one I've tried to keep simple and flat for mailing. I shaped the sentiment to echo the shape of the horn.

Supply List
Paper—MME The Sweetest Thing paper pad
Stamp—Cornucopia Dearie Dolls digital stamp
Color—Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Die—Crafts-Too Labels 1
Embellishments—ribbon, button

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Quick Thanksgiving Fall Arrangement card with digital stamp

This is another no fuss, make-it-in-a-hurry, Thanksgiving card. I've used minimal embellishments for faster, easier, less expensive mailing. The Fall Arrangement digital stamp is from Sweet 'n Sassy. I used Alex Brush font and shaped it to frame the stamp.

I love embellishments, but rising postage costs are putting my cards on a diet; they're definitely slimming down. I'm curious as to how many card makers actually mail their cards. Do you mail yours? Are postal costs changing how you create?

Supply List
Paper—cardstock, Simply Cards & Papercraft digital patterned paper download
Digital stamp—Fall Arrangement Sweet 'n Sassy
Color—Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies—Die-namics ovals
Embellishments—pearls, ribbon
Font—Alex Brush

Friday, November 14, 2014

An early Christmas present...Papercraft Inspirations Christmas '14 issue

I've received an early Christmas present! My blog was chosen as blog of the month in the Christmas '14 issue of Papercraft Inspirations (out right now). I am so pleased to be featured in this issue. It's full of papery Christmas inspiration, page after page after page, with a free embossing card kit and digital downloads.

Quick Thanksgiving card with digital turkey stamp

For some reason, I had it in mind Thanksgiving was the 20th of November, not the 27th. I wanted to get some cards off in the mail and needed to make them quick or they'd be late (or so I thought). Actually, since postage to the States is never a sure thing, they might still be late, but at least I will have done my best.

I decided to use this Templeton Turkey digital stamp from Sweet 'n Sassy stamps as my focal point and keep everything else simple—for easier, faster, less expensive mailing. Lots of embellishments look great, but they're not what you'd call post office friendly. I used Yummy Lollipop font for my sentiment and shaped it around the stamp.

Supply List
Paper—cardstock, can't-tell-the-name-patterned paper
Digital stamp—Sweet 'n Sassy Templeton Turkey
Color—Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Embellishments—ribbon, pearls
Font—Yummy Lollipop

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Queen for the day birthday card

This birthday card is made with a black and white vintage image from my own ephemera collection, tinted on the computer. It was sent back to the States as a birthday card for my Grandmother. It was so heavy and the flower stuck up so high I had to send it in a box—not cheap. This is one reason my cards are getting flat-er. I actually mail them and if I put too much on them they're horribly expensive to send. This one is for my Grandmother, and since it's not every day one's grandmother turns 94, she is most definitely worth it.

The tag sentiment is my own created with Simple Snails ver. 4.0 font.

Supply List
Paper—cardstock, Jodie Lee Designs Fairy Bell Collection
Focal Image—vintage image from my collection
Die/Punch—Toga crown die, tag punch
Embellisments—ribbon, twine, flower, pearls
Font—Simple Snails ver. 4.0

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

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 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
Coloring—Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies—Die-namics ovals
Embellishments—ribbon, pearls
Font—Matisse ITC

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


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