Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A birthday card for a male golfer


This golfer birthday card was a special request from a friend a few weeks back.The central image comes from  Free Vintage Digital Stamps. I changed the coloring to sepia and sized it to fit before printing out on chamois cardstock. I used the font Rosewood STD Regular for the front sentiment.

I used to show the inside of the card and you might have noticed I'm not doing that anymore. Often, they're a request from a friend and the inside message is personalized, so I think it's best to keep it private, but I thought I'd show you with this one what I'm doing now. I've scaled back significantly on decoration as I found it didn't leave me or the person sending the card much room to write. Insides are now nice, but simple, normally just a small matching paper border at the bottom and my ever present paper matting.


Supply List
Paper—cardstock, Kesi'art Come Back
Image—Free Vintage Digital Stamps
Dies—Die-namics circles
Embellishments—pearls
Fonts—Rosewood STD Regular (front), Candy Round BTN (inside)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Summer slow-down...

Painted on a fish market door in St. Raphael, France.

I just wanted to post a little note here that you will probably be seeing less posts from me for the next few months, as well as receiving less comments from me on your own posts, just in case you're wondering what's up. I have an important project I'm working on that has to take priority right now, as well as some summer travel plans that will have me out and about, away from my computer and studio.

Happy Summer everyone!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Happy "Bird" day birthday card


I've had this Prima Marketing Summer Carnation 2 Tangerine flowers border in my stash for the longest time and never used it. I bent it to form a sort of frame for the Aladine maxi bird cage stamp and fussy cut original vintage bird from my own collection. I took the metal photo corners off and on, wanting to use them, but afraid to give them up (I can't seem to find them anymore) 'til I finally decided "What the heck?!" and glued them down; they were just too pretty on the card not to use.


I'm linking up with the following challenges:

Crafty Girls Challenges #22 Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday #329 Pretty Papers!
Delightful Challenges for 9 July Hot, Hot, Hot

Supply List
Paper—cardstock, Bo Bunny Country Garden Letters,
Image—vintage bird from my own ephemera collection
Stamps—Aladine maxi bird cage stamp, Happy Birthday stamp
Ink—Versafine black pigment ink
Punch—tag punch
Embellishments—Prima Marketing Summer Carnation 2 Tangerine flowers, twine, metal photo corners, ribbon

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Vintage look Christmas gift tags tutorial with Deep Red Stamps Holiday Tickets and Craft Hoarders Anonymous challenge #11


Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #11 is Tag, You're It. I decided this gift tag tutorial featuring Holiday Tickets by Deep Red Stamps is just the ticket (or should I say tag?). If you're new to masking this is a great little introduction on how to do stamp masking as well. The above is the "neutral" version of the tag and these below are a variation with color. Since I like to wrap my gifts in kraft paper these neutral ones will go perfect.


I bought several packs of these tags reduced to almost nothing (thinking ahead for Christmas), but noticed when I opened the packs several were not in good shape. Some had rust stains from the metal eyelets and were a bit rumpled, in other words perfect! This is the back of the tag.


Tutorial (please see end of tutorial for supply list).

Step 1—Distress the edges and backs of tags. Do several tags at once to save time. Age tags with spot or stain stamps.


Step 2—Stamp ticket image on post it note to create a mask. Fussy cut the ticket.


Step 3—Stamp ticket image on front of tag and speed dry with a heat gun.


Step 4—Cover the ticket image with mask you made in Step 2 and stamp a background stamp over the entire tag. Remove the mask. Do all the tags you want and speed dry with a heat gun.


Step 5—Stamp tag backs with "To" and "From" stamps.


Step 6—Stamp a ruler or other trim type stamp on kraft paper and fussy cut.


Step 7—Glue trim, flowers and pearls to tag fronts. Attach twine.


These tags also work great on wine bottles and flower bouquets.

Supply list

Paper—Small Office Supply Key Tags (mine measure 8.5 x 4cms), kraft paper
Stamps—Deep Red Stamps Tis the Season Tickets and Vintage Holiday TicketsAladine Maxi background Stamps: Music, Antique Dots, Text, Shabby Distress and Jacquard; Papermania Urban Stamps Trim Borders, round coffee stain stamp, "To" and "From" stamps
Ink—Versafine black pigment ink, Distress Inks: Old Paper, Barn Door and Broken China
Embellishments—wooden flowers, pearls, charms, adhesive ribbon, twine

Sunday, July 6, 2014

A Christmas card—can you believe it?


My crafty buddy, Rose, makes the cutest Christmas cards all year round. Each time I see one of her lovelies I sigh; I wait 'til the last minute—like December—then try and assembly line 20 cards or so. Honestly, Christmas cards are just not my thing. But, just to keep Rose company, I'm posting the one Christmas card I have made so far this year (I haven't asked Rose the number she's made, it would just depress me). I confess, this card was made for a magazine call and wasn't taken, still, it is a Christmas card, so I'm counting it. I used docrafts Winter Wonderland Stamp & Embossing pack. I love this look; stamp and color first, then emboss, and the form really stands out (unfortunately it does not stand out in the photo).

Material
Paper—cardstock, Folia Winter Scene
Stamp/embossing folder—docrafts Winter Wonderland Stamp & Embossing pack, IBS Trendy Circle Sentiments Hugs
Ink—Versacolor black
Color—Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Die—Die-namics circle
Embellishments—snowflake, 'snow' flake powder, ribbon, pearl

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th of July! Vintage look Independence Day card


Happy 4th of July to everyone in the USA and Americans everywhere! Whatever your plans are for today enjoy!

This is the third of three last minute cards I created and mailed to family States side for the 4th. You can see the first one here and the second one here. I took a free vintage postcard from Vintage Holiday Crafts and used it as my topper. The papers are also free and are from the Cottage Market's Patriotic digital paper pack. The buttons are favorites from my vintage hoard.

Material
Paper—cardstock, Cottage Market's Patriotic digital paper pack
Topper—Vintage Holiday Crafts vintage postcard
Embellishments—ribbon, buttons, thread

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Masculine Owl birthday card


Can an owl stamp work for a guy? I think so, with the right papers and coloring.  I used Crafter's Companion Rachelle Anne Miller Creative Studios Wise Words stamp set  as the focal point for this card, coloring it with Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils to match the masculine papers.

Material
Paper—cardstock, The Paper Studio Glasses, Staches & Ties
Stamps—Crafter's Companion Rachelle Anne Miller Creative Studios Wise Words
Ink—Versacolor black
Die—Toga banner
Embellishments—twine, button

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Vintage look combo 4th of July and Bastille Day card


This is the second of three 4th of July cards I whipped up in a hurry to send back to the States. You can see the first of the three here. This one is actually a combo card for the 4th of July and Bastille Day (the French national holiday on 14th July), which means it might be just half late—it might not make it for the 4th, but it should make it for the 14th.


I sent it to my cousin in Seattle who's a big Francophile (Seattle has some nice Bastille Day celebrations, too!). If you look closely you see it's Uncle Sam and the French symbol Marianne against a French flag—perfect! This is a freebie from Vintage Holiday Crafts. The paper is also free and is from Cottage Market's Patriotic digital paper pack.

Material
Paper—cardstock, Cottage Market's Patriotic digital paper pack
Topper—Vintage Holiday Crafts vintage postcard
Embellishments—ribbon, buttons, upcycled twine

Monday, June 30, 2014

Tilly Daydream decoupage birthday card


I needed to make a quick card today for our neighbor's little girl, Marie, who's turning 11. I decided on a decoupage topper, letters and papers from docrafts Papermania Tilly Daydream A4 Ultimate Die-cut & Paper Pack. Note the lack of buttons or bows—I just didn't have time to glue them down and let them dry.



Really, Tilly looks an awful lot like Marie—such a cutie! And as is always the case with 3D decoupage, the effect just doesn't show up well in a photograph...sigh. My birthday sentiment I placed inside the card and did on the computer.

Material
Paper—Papermania Tilly Daydream A4 Ultimate Die-cut & Paper Pack (TIL 169100), cardstock
Dies—Die-namics ovals and photo corners
Embellishments—PapermaniaTilly Daydream Rick Rac pink (TIL 367504), ribbon, pearls

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Vintage look 4th of July card


The 4th of July has a way of sneaking up on me. France's national holiday is the 14th, so there's nothing to remind me of it here. Last year I completely forgot and didn't send a single card to anyone. I was on track to repeat that again this year and realized just last night that the 4th of July is next week! It takes a good week to 10 days for a normal, fairly flat card to get back to the USA so if I wanted anything to arrive anywhere near the 4th I needed to get creating! I whipped out three cards last night in a hurry and popped them in the mail this morning.

This card is one of the three. I took a free vintage postcard from Vintage Holiday Crafts and used it as my topper. The papers are also free and are from Cottage Market's Patriotic digital paper pack. The buttons are favorites from my vintage hoard and the gold twine is upcycled from a chocolate box.

I'm linking up with:
DL.Art's Challenge #135 "Patriotic"
Dazzling Diva Challenge #31 "Red, White and Blue—Anything Goes"
City Crafter Challenge Week 217 "Red. White and Blue"
Scrap Creations "4th of July"
Twisted Tuesday #179 "Red, White and Blue with Stars"

Material
Paper—cardstock, Cottage Market's Patriotic digital paper pack
Topper—Vintage Holiday Crafts vintage postcard
Embellishments—ribbon, buttons, upcycled twine

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