Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Free Festive Holday Papers Gift

Hi folks,

This week I wrapped up the Victorian angels with stationery sets and cracker boxes, and started on a set of scenic cards.  When thinking of what to blog about today, other than just my new products, of course, I decided that I would share with you the most recent sources of my inspiration.

The first is the beautiful card that I stumbled upon white looking for the scallop edged template that I shared with you last week.


It didn't lead to the creation of free standing cut out wedding wobblers, though.  Instead I created many layered and colorful Christmas rocking wobblers :).

The inspiration for my new collection: Ornament Shaped Christmas Scenes actually came from a Victorian greeting card that features one:

As you will see, I, again, did not replicate the card (as I sometime do) but, instead, used it as a catalyst to create my own version of glass encased winter scenery. 

Sometimes, as creatives, we get stuck for ideas and searching for inspiration can be a great way to get unstuck.  There are others, as well, like going for a walk or listening to music.  An artist friend of mine posted an interesting bid for inspiration on Facbook the other day, too: she asked her friends to give her random prompts.

For those of us who make a living with our creations, or even those who just want to make something special to let another know they care, generating ideas in a stagnant mind can sometimes be a challenge.  So, find your inspiration where ever you can and,if you come up with some interesting sources, please share :)!

Now, on with the show!

First, I just wanted to mention that I still have a dozen Christmas card making kits for 30% off this week; so, if you'd like to snag a few cheap beauties, now would be the time :).  Second, here are a few of the stationery sets I added to finish out the Victorian angels collection:

https://www.craftsuprint.com/card-making/kits/stationery-sets/vintage-angel-magic-a6-stationery-kit.cfm https://www.craftsuprint.com/card-making/kits/stationery-sets/vintage-cute-angel-a5-stationery-set.cfm

And, finally, a sample of the new collection.  The blue and bunny scenes are in available in 4 different styles: ornament shaped, qua-trefoil shaped, wobble and standard square or rectangle cards but, the church scene is only available in 3.  I didn't think it worked too well as a wobbler. 

https://www.craftsuprint.com/card-making/kits/christmas-scenes/vintage-christmas-scene-decoupage-ornament-shaped-card-making-kit.cfm https://www.craftsuprint.com/card-making/kits/christmas-scenes/vintage-christmas-scene-decoupage-8x8-card-making-kit.cfm
https://www.craftsuprint.com/card-making/mini-kits/mini-kits-christmas-shaped/vintage-bunnies-christmas-scene-decoupage-ornament-shaped-card-making-kit.cfm https://www.craftsuprint.com/card-making/kits/christmas-scenes/vintage-christmas-scene-decoupage-wobble-card-making-kit.cfm
https://www.craftsuprint.com/card-making/kits/christmas-scenes/vintage-religious-christmas-scene-decoupage-ornament-shaped-card-making-kit.cfm https://www.craftsuprint.com/card-making/mini-kits/mini-kits-christmas-shaped/vintage-religious-christmas-scene-decoupage-a5-card-making-kit.cfm

There will, of course, be stationery sets and cracker boxes available soon, but I think I may whip of a few more cards, first.  The ornaments, themselves, will also be available as a designer resource pack when I wrap the collection up, as will a fabulous set of Christmas papers, three of which are your gift for putting up with me today :).

Here's hoping you stay inspired :)!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

How to Give Newly Made Cards a Vintage Feel

Hi folks,

Just a quick post to let you know about this week's special offers and a great tutorial I found for how to give your cards a Vintage look.  Vintage, Victorian, Shabby Chic, whichever romantic style you prefer, the techniques shown in this video can help you make bring your imaginings to life.  And, well, as creatives, we love nothing more than to have what we create turn out just as we had imagined it :).  So, without further ado:

And, of course, here is the link to this week's special offers.  Just another random assortment of Christmas card making kits with a set of 5x7 card inserts thrown in for fun.


I hope you find the tutorial helpful and maybe even use one of my kits in creating your next Vintage greeting card :)!

Friday, October 27, 2017

Free Magical Winter Papers & Template

Hi folks,

It's time for Friday's update and on time this week, too :)!  I seem to have become enamored of cards in shapes other than rectangle or square because, in addition to the qua-trefoil shaped beauties that I've been whipping up, I decided to add a scallop edge rocker.  So, for a little while, at least, all of my new cards will be available in both versions.

One of the things I love most about these wobble cards is that I didn't have to create a template for them! hahahahahaha  Seriously, there are already a ton of free ones available online; so, I just used one of those. It's the one, below, and you can get it for yourself by either downloading it from here or by visiting BeaOriginal:

Here are the pictures of the rocker cards that I made using it:

https://www.craftsuprint.com/card-making/mini-kits/mini-christmas-traditional/vintage-angel-magic-decoupage-wobble-card-kit.cfm https://www.craftsuprint.com/card-making/mini-kits/mini-christmas-traditional/vintage-cute-angel-decoupage-wobble-card-kit.cfm

Today's freebie is a set of three backgrounds that I also used to create the cards.  I would have included one from the first card, but the hidden parts aren't really usable; so, here you go :):

Next Tuesday I will be adding the stationery kits and other miscellaneous bits, as well as a new card or few.  If the new cards aren't also Victorian angels, then expect to see bumper kits, too :)!

Happy Card Making,

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Free Printable Bookmarks Set of 3

Hi folks,

I'm a bit pressed for time today; so, this will just be a quick post to give you your free gift and let you know about today's update.  You may or may not recall the colorful qua-trefoil shaped card kits that I created last week using Victorian angel greeting cards.  Well, this weekend I spent a bit more time playing with those wonderful colors and created another set of cards with matching cracker boxes and stationery sets.

https://www.craftsuprint.com/card-making/mini-kits/mini-kits-christmas/vintage-holiday-angel-decoupage-wobble-card-making-kit.cfm https://www.craftsuprint.com/card-making/mini-kits/mini-kits-christmas/vintage-christmas-angel-decoupage-wobble-card-making-kit.cfm

There are, of course, quick cards from both of the kits, as well; so, stop on by to have a look!

Victorian angels are what have my creative juices flowing, right now; so, there will be three more angel themed beauties next week to help flesh out the collection.  I'm not sure, yet, if I will do a full 9 like I did with the red & black art deco printables but, I'll be sure to let you know :).

Today's freebie is a set of three Christmas bookmarks.  Just a fun, random assortment that you can print out as gifts for your favorite readers :).  The bookmarks are 2.5x7" but, if you have a graphics program, you can make the smaller, if you'd like:

Happy Crafting Amigos :)!

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Fuchsias, Fuchsias, Fuchsias!


Hi folks,
In creating cards I use a lot of other people's artwork.  Mainly for one of three reasons:
1. It's in the public domain, so I can.
2. They're much better at digitally creating that sort of thing than I am and sell their wonderful creations as "designer resources" just for folks like me :).
3. I'm lazy. hahahahahahaha  Seriously, though.  I have digitally painted my own flowers, bows, angels and what-nots and it takes hours - for each what-not.  Add that on to the 4-8 hours that I spend designing a single card front and we're talking days to create a final image.  In the world of designing for dollars, that just doesn't make cents.  (See what I did there :)?)


That being said, one of my all-time favorite modern image creators is Jaguarwoman, and her digitally painted fuchsias are just one of her gorgeous creations.  If you visit CraftsUPrint and search for "Fuchsias," then sort by "Total Sales," you will see that many people agree.  Jaguarwoman's work is used by a lot of designers there - which is why I don't use it very often :).  Have I mentioned that I have a thing for being unique?

In fact, uniqueness is what inspired today's post.  My CUP newsletter featured a decoupage card topper made using those fabulous flowers in a truly beautiful way: with yellow.  And, I just fell in LOVE with the color play between the fuchsias and butterflies

Another fast favorite is one that I found when I went to retrieve the link for Hillary Hallas' card: The Fuchsia on Lace & Blue Brocade - Card Front with Pyramage by Valerie Dawes that features a vintage image from Dover Publications - a popular source for vintage and public domain artwork.  It's not a free source, though, and you do need to read the descriptions carefully to make sure that the artwork you are buying is copyright free.  Some of the collections are just compendiums that were compiled to celebrate a particular artist, such as that for Erte.

Finding free fuchsias clipart can be a bit of a challenge.  In a quick search, I was only able to find one of any quality with the majority of hits being for fuchsia colored flowers that were definitely not fuchsias. hahahahahahha


If you prefer the designs that stay true to Jaguarwoman's own color themes, then Anne Lever is your go-to gal, and Marijke Kok would be the designer to see for the use of Moonbeam's romantic renditions of Jaguarwoman's work.  She, too, tends to remain true to the artist's interpretation.


Now, on with the sale :)!  I've discounted another batch of Christmas card making kits by 30%.  This week's selection is all about the silhouette: Santas, snowmen and Christmas trees filled with colorful winter scenes that you can use to create either shaped or flat cards.


Enjoy :)!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Free Art Deco Patterns & Color Palettes

Hi folks,

As you'll see, if this week's update says anything, it's that I needed a break from working with red & black! hahahahaha  I started by whipping up a half dozen Art Deco paper packs using three different patterns in two color palettes: Art Deco period colors and Art Deco Christmas colors.  As part of my initial image search for greeting cards and other usable artwork from The Golden Era, I included period colors in order to add a touch of authenticity to my products and found these Art Deco color palettes, below:

I may whip up a few more sets using the lighter colors later on.  In the meantime, you're welcome to save them for yourself to use in your own creations :).  I found some great patterns, too, and tiled them up.  They're transparent png's and you can use them, too, if you'd like:

I love the papers that I created with them:

https://www.craftsuprint.com/designer-resources/backgrounds/background-kits/art-deco-arches-christmas-paper-pack.cfm https://www.craftsuprint.com/designer-resources/backgrounds/background-kits/art-deco-arches-paper-pack.cfm

https://www.craftsuprint.com/designer-resources/backgrounds/background-kits/art-deco-fans-christmas-paper-pack.cfm https://www.craftsuprint.com/designer-resources/backgrounds/background-kits/art-deco-fans-paper-pack.cfm

https://www.craftsuprint.com/designer-resources/backgrounds/background-kits/art-deco-christmas-fleurs-paper-pack.cfm https://www.craftsuprint.com/designer-resources/backgrounds/background-kits/art-deco-fleurs-paper-pack.cfm

So, there you go, a peek into my creative process and a few of the tools I used, to boot :)! 

Those papers are not all I created over the past few days, though.  While immersing myself in a rainbow of color, I also whipped up a few more qua-trefoil shaped vintage Christmas cards: A sweet set of angels from the Victorian era, two of which include a fun new sentiment, "Happy Christmas Birthday!"  The colors just made me think that they'd make great birthday cards for little girls and angel lovers who were born on Christmas day.

https://www.craftsuprint.com/card-making/mini-kits/mini-kits-christmas/vinate-holiday-angel-decoupage-qua-trefoil-shaped-card-kit.cfm https://www.craftsuprint.com/card-making/mini-kits/mini-kits-christmas/vintage-pink-angel-decoupage-qua-trefoil-shaped-card-kit.cfm

Next week I will be adding more cards using this same style along with scallop edged rockers, aka wobble cards.  I have already created the wobbles for these images (look closely at the centerpieces ;)), I just didn't have time to turn them into kits, yet; so, you're going to have to wait a bit for them.  The stationery sets, cracker boxes and other goodies will be ready by Tuesday, too; so, keep your eyes peeled for another huge update. hahahahahahah

Until then, happy crafting :)!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Free Art Deco Moroccan Papers

Hi folks,

This week's update was huge and by "huge," I mean massive! hahahahahaha  Not only did I create three more red & black Art Deco card making kits, I also got the promised bumper kit of cards added plus a cracker box bumper kit.  In addition to that, I uploaded individual quick cards for each of the 9 red & black Art Deco card making kits, a new set of 3 bookmarks and a complete set of 9, an A4 letter writing paper set, nine A6 stationery kits with gift boxes, 3 new regular stationery sets, a new Art Deco Moroccan Paper pack, 3 quick card & cracker box sets, 9 individual cracker box sheets. a new set of 3 cracker boxes and a set of nine A7 journaling card inserts.  Whew!  This officially wraps up my Red & Black Art Deco Collection :). 

These are the new card making kits.  Click on the images to see them in my shop:

 https://www.craftsuprint.com/card-making/mini-kits/mini-kits-christmas/red-black-art-deco-christmas-carriage-ride-decoupage-shaped-card-making-mini-kit.cfm https://www.craftsuprint.com/card-making/mini-kits/mini-kits-christmas/red-black-art-deco-christmas-horse-carriage-decoupage-shaped-card-making-mini-kit.cfm
I still want to make a couple of more paper packs but, after that, I'm not sure, yet, what I'm going to create next.  I do know that it will definitely not be red and black, though! hahahahahaha  I might go back to romantic, shabby chic, Victorian type stuff or I might not :).  After all that work, I'm too tired to think about it, right now. hahahahahahah

Speaking of papers, your free gift for this week is a set of papers from the Art Deco Moroccan Paper Pack.  I will be using the same palette that I used for the full set when I create the others.  It is an Art Deco color palette that includes the three Christmas colors, below, that were pulled from period greeting cards.

Enjoy!  And, remember, if you use it in one of your creations, I would love to see what you make :).

Happy Crafting,

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Free Art Deco Papers

Hi folks,
As you can see, Friday's update is a bit late, this week :).  My graphics program upgrade didn't work out too well; so, I've gone back to "old faithful."  By the time I gave up on trying to get it to function, I had to work my creative fingers off to get everything done.  Yes, I'm more than a little stubborn but, done I did! hahahahahaah

I added another collection three Red & Black Art Deco products to my shop: card making kits, stationery sets, bookmarks and cracker boxes, with an Art Deco Fan Paper Pack made using a palette of period colors.  The deer and gentleman carolers images are recreations that I made myself and the dogs is just an edited picture with a few parts replaced with updated details.  I included a thumbnail of the originals in the preview images so that you can see the changes for your self.  The previews below are linked to their product pages:

 https://www.craftsuprint.com/card-making/mini-kits/mini-kits-christmas/red-black-art-deco-christmas-deer-decoupage-shaped-card-making-mini-kit.cfm https://www.craftsuprint.com/card-making/mini-kits/mini-kits-christmas/red-black-art-deco-christmas-dogs-decoupage-shaped-card-making-mini-kit.cfm
https://www.craftsuprint.com/card-making/kits/stationery-sets/red-black-art-deco-christmas-gents-stationery-set.cfm https://www.craftsuprint.com/card-making/kits/stationery-sets/red-black-art-deco-christmas-deer-stationery-set.cfm
https://www.craftsuprint.com/card-making/mini-kits/mini-kits-boxes-and-bags/red-black-art-deco-christmas-trees-decoupage-cracker-boxes.cfm https://www.craftsuprint.com/card-making/mini-kits/mini-kits-boxes-and-bags/art-deco-fans-paper-pack.cfm

I think I'm going to create one more collection like this (unless I find that I've burned out hahahahahaha), with another paper pack or two, and then work on putting together some bumper kits for you.  In the meantime, I created three Art Deco backgrounds for you to play with.  As usual, they are all high quality 300dpi 12x12 jpg images.  Enjoy :).

Whether I create another collection or not, there will definitely be a set of A4 stationery papers and A7 journaling card inserts added to my shop on Tuesday.  How many sheets will be in it: 6 or 9, is all that has yet to be determined. hahahahaha  The bumper kits and cracker boxes with quick card sets will also be available; so, keep your eyes peeled for more of the goodies you love :)!

See you then,