Stampers Delights December Sale! – Kawaii Here Comes Santa Claus

For the Stampers Delights December sale event, I’m sharing my card using the Kawaii Here Comes Santa Claus digital stamp.  Click here to shop the sale!  This digital image comes in jpeg and png formats, click below to buy it from the shop.

After you shop this fabulous sale, swing by the Stamper Delights Facebook Fan Group and join the Progressive Challenge.  Join each month to receive the monthly image for free!  Click below for details:

Linking to the following challenges:

Anything Goes

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Stampers Delights Progressive Challenge – December

Are you a member of the Stampers Delights Delights Facebook Fan Group?  Have you seen the Progressive Challenge?  Join each month to receive the monthly image for free!  This month is Anime Holiday Cheer.  She makes a very fun Christmas card, but we also have to remind ourselves next Thanksgiving to bring her out for Thanksgiving cards!  Click below for details:

I love to work with digital stamps, because you can resize them however you like.  They’re so versatile.  One day I might want to use the whole image, but sometimes I like to really zoom in and use part of it.

I wanted that turkey to take center stage.  It needed some stenciling to make it shine, so I got out my sunburst stencil and inked on some rays.

But I realized that wasn’t really the look I was going for.  I wanted the turkey itself to glow.  So I had to cut out my image and put it on a new piece of paper.  Then I stenciled the light emanating from the turkey.  I also coated the turkey in Nuvo Crystal Glaze to make it really mouthwatering.  Are your fat pants ready for Christmas?

Click here to find lots more inspiration on the Stampers Delights blog.

Linking to the following challenges:

Word Art Wednesday – Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Holidays/Christmas

CASology Clean and Simple Challenges – TYPE – Great typeface font on this sentiment (my type of sentiment too–funny!)

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Polar Bear Polar Bear – MIX Challenge #461

For today’s MIX Challenge, Polly has challenged us to make cards inspired by Eric Carle. My card is based on “Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?”

My kids have that one and “Brown Bear, Brown Bear.” I’ve never read the caterpillar one. Honestly, I chose this book because I was so excited to use my MFT Polar Bear Pals stamps.  They’ve been on my wish list for years, and I finally got them.  For some extra inspiration I checked out the MFT sketch challenge:

and this week’s MFT color challenge:

I was especially excited to actually have the Prestige cardstock in each of these colors.  I chose Eiffel Tower as my card base.  The other colors were approximated using Distress Ink and Copic Markers.  Three fun challenges to combine into one fun Christmas card.  

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Luna Moth – Watercolor Wednesday #77

It’s Watercolor Wednesday and this week Angie has us painting Luna Moths.  I was sure mine was going to be a disaster. I was so stressed out about painting this moth that I couldn’t begin to think of trying to draw a luna moth this morning, so I went to Google and found a coloring page.  I had the perfect sentiment that I bought a couple years ago from Polka Dot Orchard to go with the moth.  Isn’t it great?

I watched the video and it went so fast that I certainly couldn’t paint along with it, but I took one important thing away from it. As she was painting with white gouache, she said that people say using the white gouache with watercolor is cheating, but she doesn’t care as long as the painting comes out the way she wants. I took that advice and ran with it.  I always learn something on Watercolor Wednesday and this was the best lesson of all.  Here is my luna moth painted with watercolor markers, some white acrylic paint, and some white gel pen details added in to the wings.

I didn’t add nearly as many layers of color as the YouTube artist did, but I am actually very happy with my results.  I think I’ve found my lane on the Watercolor Highway.  This is another card that I’m going to have a hard time parting with.

I’m playing along with the following challenges today:

Anything Goes

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Stampers Delights November Release – Chibi Tumnus Fawn

Today I’m sharing the Stampers Delights Chibi November release.  You can find the entire September release here.  This card uses the Chibi – Tumnus Fawn digital stamp.  As always this digital image comes in jpeg and png formats AND, this is also available as a clear stamp!

I was so thrilled to see this fun image this month.  It’s Mr. Tumnus!  My favorite!  I printed out the digital version and cut it out with my ScanNCut.  How fun to make a Narnia themed Christmas card.  In my card it might be winter in Narnia, but it’s Christmas, so we know the White Witch’s spell has been lifted.  I used my Copics to color him up to look like the Mr. Tumnus from the recent movie.

I had made the background for a recent MIX challenge to mix some media together to add to the card.  I had decided to mix Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide reinker to my Nuvo Expanding Mousse.  But the mousse was Toasted Almond colored which didn’t mix well with the light blue and just got muddy, so the mousse on the white paper just didn’t work for that card.  I ended up using the mixed mousse on black for that card which you can see here.  This snowy background is perfect for Mr. Tumnus, but he needed one last thing–the Lamp Post.  How lucky that I have a lamp post die just waiting to be used for this card!

Are you a member of the Stampers Delights Facebook Fan Group?  Have you seen the Progressive Challenge too?  Join each month to receive the monthly image for free!  Click below for details:

Linking to the following challenges:

Anything Goes

Any Holiday Occasion

#579 – Just add two – Glimmer (Stickles) and Shimmer (mousse)

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Stampers Delights November Release – Anime

It’s release week at Stampers Delights and there are some wonderful images for you to check out this month!  This card is made using the Anime Secret Santa Stamp.  You can find the entire November release here.  As always this digital image comes in jpeg and png formats AND, this is also available as a clear stamp!

Isn’t she lovely?  I printed out the digital version and cut it out with my ScanNCut.  This pretty lady needed some of my prettiest designer paper.  I let the colors of the paper influence my Copic color selection.

Are you a member of the Stampers Delights Facebook Fan Group?  Have you joined the Progressive Challenge yet?  Join each month to receive the monthly image for free!  Click below for details:

Linking to the following challenges:

Anything Goes

Any Holiday Occasion

Challenge #168 Anything Goes

Click here to find lots more inspiration on the Stampers Delights blog.

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Best Seller – Inspiration Challenge #830

It’s Saturday and time for another Inspiration Challenge. Today’s inspiration site was a little bit overwhelming for me, so I went back to the thumbnails in challenge post and found this lovely canvas:

I was happy for the inspiration to use one of my wildflower fields stamps. I had a different one in my head, but this one was easier to get to. I loved the bright colors against the black background in my inspiration photo. The good thing about using this Waffle Flower Tender Blooms stamp is that it also has individual flowers to stamp, fussy cut, and pop up on the card. It adds just the perfect extra interest along with some Stickles.

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My Mug Collection – Teapot Tuesday #692

It’s Teapot Tuesday!  And since it’s the last Tuesday of the month, that means we’re sending our cards to each other!  Sandy gave us a very fun challenge she calls “A Reflection of Your Collection.”  I’m looking forward to seeing everyone else’s collection in the gallery.  I always enjoy learning about my teapotter friends interests with challenges like this. My card is based on my mug collection. I have a mug from everywhere I’ve ever been and also mugs from places my friends have been. It all started in middle school and high school when my best friend, Bridget, and I would buy each other mugs each time we went anywhere on vacation. I have a whole cabinet dedicated to my mug collection. My favorite one is the one from South Dakota, although I also really love my Statue of Liberty mug. I knew I had a Mt. Rushmore sticker in my collection, so I dug through my stickers to find some to decorate my mugs. Turns out I only needed this one. It was a big sticker for the top of a scrapbook page that said “United States” and had the trees, Mt. Rushmore, The Gateway Arch (I also have a mug from there), and the Statue of Liberty. They needed a flag tablecloth to rest on (I have one of those too!). I had so much fun making this card.  Here is my mug collection.  You should be able to spot my South Dakota, Statue of Liberty, and St. Louis mugs:

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Feline Spooky – Watercolor Wednesday Challenge #73

It’s Watercolor Wednesday and what a tough challenge we got today. It seemed like it was going to be wicked easy.  I thought I was going to have my card done in no time at all.  I watched the five minute video and quickly got to work.  I taped down my Fabriano Hot Press paper and painted my trees:

Oh dear.  I think I got a little carried away with the jigger-jagger-jigger-jagger on the left tree. But that’s OK.  It will look better once I dab on the leaves, right?  I started with copy paper, but that blobbed, so I switched to parchment paper.  It was better, but still not great.

I should just give up, right?  Toss out these ridiculous trees and call it day.  No way.  I’m not going to let the trees win.  I truly believe that you can fix anything with cute critters and puns.  It’s not such a bad tree after all.  It just a little love…and some trick or treaters.

I stamped these sweet Paperie Ink critters at a friend’s house and they were perfect for my scene.  I fussy cut them at the bus stop this morning.  Then I arranged them on the card and took a picture, so I could recreate it.

I thought that tree on the left was such a disaster, but it ended up being my favorite of the two cards.  Here is the other finished product:

The moral of the story is never give up and neve throw anything away.

I’m playing along with the following challenges today:

Anything Goes

Halloween/Spooky

Halloween/Spooky

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Holy Sheet! – Teapot Tuesday #690

It’s Teapot Tuesday.  I have the honor of hosting this week’s Tea Party for Ciara in Ohio who is recovering from a really bad car accident.  When I read Ciara’s story, it took me back to the night my father-in-law was in a similar accident.  They had many of the same injuries.  We didn’t think he was going to make it, but thanks to the miracle workers at Mass General Hospital and a lot of rehab and physical therapy, he did.  I pray that Ciara receives such excellent care on her road to recovery.  Ciara loves Halloween, so we are sending her some Halloween giggles in her favorite color combo – baby blue and black.  

On this card, I’ve used stamps from Instagram giveaways from two of our SCS friends! The Picket Fence Studios ghost background stamp came from Angie (ohmypaper!) and the Ink Road ghosts came from Stef (smilynstef). I embossed the background ghosts on baby blue paper and popped up the main ghosts on action wobbles.

This is my favorite Halloween sentiment.  I found my original font that I thought I had lost when I switched computers.  I made this font on calligraphr.com. You should try it.  It’s so fun to make your own font!

 If you’d like to use this on your cards just right click on the image and save it to your computer.  If you use it, I’d love to see it, so please tag me @cardsbyjennifrann and #thestampingactuary.

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