Sunday, April 20, 2014

Daisey & Dandelion "Pickles & Onion" Birthday Elephant Card

A friend asked for a card for her niece who's turning two. I chose this cute little elephant from Daisey & Dandelion "Pickles & Onion" sticker set. I think the parent's will appreciate it. At this age, it's really not for the child.

I think this little elephant, in her chef's hat (and yes, to me it's a she) is adorable, holding the birthday cake. And it goes perfect with the button paper.

Although I deviated somewhat from the base, I used the current April #1 sketch challenge at House of Cards as my inspiration. I turned the sketch, the square ended up a rectangle and I added a bow and button. It's to be Cute/Funny or Shabby/Vintage, obviously, mine's Cute/Funny.

Paper—cardstock, Paper Studio Yarn & Thread Emporium,
Stickers—Daisey & Dandelion Pickles & Onion sticker set
Embellishments—ribbon, button, twine, pearls

Happy Easter! and three vintage look Easter cards

I used the Easter paper from Tim Holtz Idea-ology Seasonal Paper stash to make three Easter cards for a friend. I didn't have much time to spend on them, so I decided to make all three in the same design, changing just the central image—assembly line card making.

I upcycled ridged paper from an old packing box to use for the tags.

The sheet music is vintage.

The font I used on the tags and inside the card is 1942 Typewriter font. I love its vintage look.

Happy Easter to you!

Paper—cardstock, upcycled box cardboard, Tim Holtz Idea-ology Seasonal Paper Stash, Paper Studio Antiquity paper pack
Dies/punch—Artemio large tag, Kesi-Art doiley, small tag punch
Embellishments—vintage button, twine, crinkle ribbon, burlap, Tim Holtz Journaling Tickets
Font—1942 Typewriter

Saturday, April 19, 2014

What can you do with an old ice cream cup? Upcycle it for Easter!

Ice cream cups are one of my favorite things to upcycle. Their small size means not much paper or embellishments are needed and they're quick to do. Plus, since they're food grade quality, I have no qualms about putting candy in them. You can see another ice cream cup upcycle here.

Ta-duh! Better, don't you think?! I found a package of these little nest and chicks for almost nothing last week and snapped them right up; I knew one would fit perfect on the lid. This Easter ribbon was 75% off, isn't it darling! I created the sentiment on my computer, printed it out and punched a tag.

I glued paper to the back of the egg die-cuts before adding them to the nest. I wanted the back to look as pretty as the front. I used a pearl marker on the flower ribbon and the butterfly on the back.

The chicks are so soft to the touch.

Ah, yes...chocolate...the best part is inside!

I'm linking up this little upcycle do with the Cottage Market's Junkin' Joe Friday.

Paper—Paper Touch yellow paper pack
Dies/Punches—Die-namics circles, Artemio scalloped circle, butterfly die, tag punch
Embellishments—chick nest, ribbon, button

Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday Vintage Freebie—Waiter and Female Customer—Pasta Ad

This week's Friday Vintage Freebie comes from a 1920's French fashion newspaper. It's taken from an ad for pasta. The paper is dark with age and very brittle. Although I did touch up some—straightening the image, extending the waiter's jacket coat, filling in a spot or two—for the most part I've left its sepia like coloring and spotty background.

This is the ad in its full crooked glory if you're curious. The text says too much meat isn't good for your health, and encourages Madame to replace it often with pasta, which is healthy and easily digestible, going on to say it's also nourishing, flavorful and economical.

Please note these images are for your personal use only. If you use the images and post your project on the internet, please link back to me. I'd love to see your creations. I hope you'll email me a photo of your work or post a link to it in the comment section of this post. Just right click on the images and save them to your computer.

Bon weekend and happy crafting!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Quick last minute Easter card

For some reason last Thursday I thought Easter was still two weeks away and not this weekend coming up. Luckily a friend asked for Easter cards from me and reminded me of the date. Oh my! I realized I needed to get my Easter cards in the mail tout de suite or they'd be late! I allow a good two weeks before the date when I'm mailing back to the States.

I had two done I wanted to send but hadn't yet made one for my Grandmother. I wanted to get them in the mail right away so I quickly whipped up this little card for her (and it is little, only 10 cm—or 4"—square). I eliminated ink drying time by using the computer to generate the sentiment.

Paper—cardstock, Cosmos Cricket Honey Pie Die-cuts, Paper Touch Scrap Dots
Dies—Die-namics photo corner
Embellishments—twine, pearl

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Cardz 4 Guyz Challenge #14 "The Sky's the Limit"—Vintage Airplane Birthday card

This week's challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz is "The Sky's the Limit". I decided to use an airplane image from an old book in my ephemera collection titled J. Staub Livre d'Images, a book for children published in 1923. I scanned the image, corrected it and cropped it to size.

The two map corners also hail from my own ephemera. This time an old Atlas de Géographie dated 1885. As with the plane image, I scanned the map, corrected and cropped to fit.

Both my outside and inside sentiments I did on the computer with Combat Ready BTN font.

Click on over and see what the other fab designers have for you this week at Cardz 4 Guyz. Better still, come join us and play along!

Paper—cardstock, Paper Touch Scrap Dots, my vintage ephemera
Topper—from my own collection
Dies—Die-namics circles and Artemio Scalloped circle
Embellishments—pearls, ribbon
Font—Combat Ready BTN

Monday, April 14, 2014

Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #5—Pick a Stamp, Any Stamp!—and a French Frog

I'm pleased as punch to be a guest designer this month for the new Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge blog. The current challenge #5  is to Pick a Stamp, Any Stamp! Whether you're a cardmaker, a scrapbooker, or art journaler...whatever your crafty cravings lean towards, I'm sure there's a stamp somewhere in your stash—be it wood mounted, clear, cling rubber, or digital—so grab a stamp and play along! The stamp needs to be the focal point of your project, and you can certainly use more than one, but you must have at least one stamped item.

As for me...oh, where to begin?! I have so many. I decided on this little cutie from Docrafts Sunshine Meadows Country Companions Frog. I colored him in with Caran D'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils and added sentiments from my computer.

We French are sometimes pejoratively referred to as "Frogs", so keeping that in mind you can see the humor in this card. This card was sent to my cousin who got a good laugh out of it.

Come join in the fun! There's a truly impressive prize up for grabs, this Hampton tote!

Tote ONLY—product is NOT included.

Paper—cardstock, Stacy Claire Boyd Stripes
Stamp—Docrafts Crafty Companions Sunshine Meadows Frog
Ink—Versacolor pigment ink black
Embellishments—twine, charm, pearls
Font—Crazy Girlz Blond BTN

Saturday, April 12, 2014

What does a French gourmet meal really look like?

Last weekend my husband and I celebrated my father-in-law's birthday with lunch at La Renaissance, a cuisine gastronomique restaurant in Rive de Gier, France. I thought you might enjoy seeing what a true French gourmet meal is like. Here are each of the courses in the menu I took:

#1 the amuse-bouche—a tiny starter dish (this was maybe three bites) that's just a little something to tease your taste buds. Pretty isn't it? The three little dots remind me of my cards.

#2 the entrée—aka appetizer. Just an aside here, but why do Americans use entrée for the main dish when entrée means the entrance into something? Just to confuse everyone I suppose. Anyway, here's mine. This was a brochette of curried scallops with a carrot mousse.

#3 the main dish—fish—Dorade Royale braised with olive oil, served with a light sauce and a few veggies.

#4 the cheese cart—served right before the dessert.

#5 what I chose—goat and sheep cheeses with a bit of jam and you get a glimpse of the wine, a good Bordeaux.

#6 dessert—is this a work of art or what?! It was apple on a cake like bottom with chocolate sides and a little scoop of sorbet on top.

#7 mignardises—these little cakes and sweets come after dessert with your coffee. My husband and father-in-law attacked them—no sense of aesthetics these guys—before I had a chance to take the picture, originally they were arranged in rows, all nice and pretty, with three of each thing (one for each of us).

There you go, a true French gourmet meal!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Vintage Easter Postcard—Friday Vintage Freebie

This week's Friday Vintage Freebie is an Easter postcard from my collection that I used on this Easter card earlier this week. It makes a quick topper for any last minute Easter cards.

Please note this image is for your personal use only. If you use the image and post your project on the internet, please link back to me. I'd love to see your creations. I hope you'll email me a photo of your work or post a link to it in the comment section of this post. Just right click on the image and save it to your computer.

Bon weekend and happy crafting!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Vintage bunny and Papermania Parisienne Blue papers

I love this Papermania Parisienne Blue paper pack I picked up recently; the papers are stunning. Granted, they might not be the type of paper you would normally associate with Easter, but I couldn't resist breaking them in.

The bunny image is from an old book I have called Les Animaux Vivants. There's no publication date for this edition, but I'd say probably the 1920's from the look of it. I scanned this little guy, added the sentiment and printed him out on vintage look paper. By the way, that's not a button sitting pretty there on the ribbon, but an earring. I've used its mate on this card here (also blue and white).

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Cute Card Thursday Challenge #316—Easter
DL.Art Thankful Thursday #130—Easter
Moving Along With the Times—Easter/Spring

Paper—cardstock, Papermania Parisienne Blue paper pack, Mahé Bleu Nuit
Topper—my vintage image
Embellishments—ribbon, earring
Font—French Script MT
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