More Sugar! – Free For All Challenge #605

Today’s Free for All  Challenge is Halloween cards with monsters. I just bought this stamp from The Cat’s Pajamas clearance sale, so I was excited to use it. This is pretty much a one layer card until I added the sentiment banner. I stamped the zombie and masked a moon around him. Sponged the night sky and the ground. Splattered water and some white paint. Then I colored the zombie and drew in the ground and a bit of a shadow line. As usual, I got my Tim Holtz Grunge stencil out for the craters of the moon. To finish off the edges, I rubbed them with Nuvo mousse.

I saw this zombie joke on Facebook recently, and I thought it would be fun for the inside.  It was certainly fun to design using Courtside and Showcard Gothic fonts.  Here is the PNG if you would also like to use it:

If you’d like to use it 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.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Dust! – Technique Challenge #865

Monday is my favorite day because it means it’s time for the Technique Lovers Challenge. Lyn is our hostess this week and she has challenged us to try Dina’s Double Water Stencil Technique.  It’s so fun.

This is my kind of Technique Challenge. Two fun backgrounds for the price of one. And I love the way they both came out. I decided I wanted to use this mouse digi from Craftin Desert Divas, so I grabbed a polka dotted stencil for a cheesy feel to the background. I used my Fabriano Hot Press paper for the technique, because I know I can always count on that paper where water is involved.  I sponged it with Mustard Seed, Wild Honey and Tea Dye DOX inks.

For the sentiment I used Birdy font that I had downloaded free from Fontbundles.net.  I created it in Microsoft Word and saved it as a PNG file for future use.  If you’d like to use it 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.

I’m playing along with the following challenges today:

Anything Goes

Lots of Layers

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Woof Means Happy Birthday – Inspiration Challenge #824

It’s Saturday and that means it’s time for the Inspiration Challenge.  As usual, I shopped the sale section of the Inspiration site. I found this skirt that inspired me to use horizontal stripes of DP.

I was going to look for paper that was the same pattern but three different colors until I remembered that I still have some cards left over from Kendra’s Card Challenge and this one was perfect. I need to use them up so I can make my next batch. I love having these card bases all ready to go–just add critters. Here is a cute dog that I just bought recently from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  As always, I made two cards, so I used two of the card bases I had.

We only have until the end of September to enter Kendra’s Card Challenge #3, so we better get going.  Speaking of challenges, I’m also entering:

Anything Goes 

Lots of Layers

 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

 

May the Forties by with you – Color Challenge #861

Tuesday’s Color Challenge hosted by Karen Barber was looking for Cajun Craze, Pool Party, and Mossy Meadow.

I approximated those colors by using Distress Oxide inks in Fired Brick, Tumbled Glass, and Peeled Paint.  I needed a birthday card for our friend who just turned 40.  He’s a big guy–almost like wookiee sized.  Everybody calls him Chewie.  So I needed a Star Wars card.  It might be hard to see the colors in my background, but I do love the look of Distress Oxides on black paper.

I sponged a sort of aurora look on the black and then splattered stars across the sky with white acrylic paint.  The Chewie and Han Solo bear digi stamps are so cute, aren’t they?  I got them as a prize from 2 Cute Ink.  Then I was left with the question of how to make this card a 40th birthday card.  So I did some googling and found the perfect sentiment:

I created the sentiment in Microsoft Word and saved it as a PNG file for future use.  If you’d like to use it 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.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Stampers Delights September Release – Chibi Angel Globe

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

I printed out the digital version and cut it out with my ScanNCut.  She’s very versatile.  I know she would have made an awesome Christmas card, but I couldn’t resist making a new baby girl card.  I colored her up with my Copics and then watercolored the inside of the snowglobe with Kitsch Flamingo Distress Oxide.

I stamped the repeated “Little Angel” all over a piece of pink DSP and popped the snowglobe up on foam squares.  I think my favorite part of this stamp is the different sentiments that are included to put on the little plaque on the base of the globe.

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:

Word Art Wednesday – Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – Glimmer and Sparkle

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Stamp It in STAMPtember

Click here to find lots more inspiration on the Stampers Delights blog.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Stampers Delights September Release – Sweet Angel

It’s September, and that means it’s time for a new release from Stampers Delights.  You can find the entire September release here.  This card uses the Anime – Sweet Angel digital stamp.  I enjoy using digital stamps because they are fun to resize and play around with, but if you prefer clear stamps you’re in luck–as always this is also available as a clear stamp!

I wanted to be able to really focus on that beautiful far away look in her eyes, so I zoomed and cropped the image.  Those beautiful eyes are colored with B12 and B24.  Her hair is done with YR31, YR20, and YR23 and her skin is colored with E93, E53, E21, and E51.  For her dress I used B60 and B63.  I did a light watercolor wash background using Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide ink.

I love this sentiment “Feathers remind us that angels are near” so I took that feather theme and ran with it.  I colored those gorgeous wings with Wink of Stella. If you look closely at the background, you can see the shaving cream technique  background that I also used to mop up some ink.  I like the depth of the two different techniques on one background.  Then I stamped feathers all over it in Versafine Clair Medieval Blue ink.  It’s such a deep, rich blue and it covered the technique background perfectly.

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:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – Glimmer and Sparkle

Word Art Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – Always Anything Goes

Stay tuned for more from Stampers Delights this week. Click here to find lots more inspiration on the Stampers Delights blog.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Blueberry Still-Life – Watercolor Wednesday #66

It’s Watercolor Wednesday We’re learning to paint blueberries.  So I went to the fridge and grabbed a handful of bluberries and tossed them on my desk.

Then I painted them. It was fun. It’s not my best watercolor work, but I think they look like blueberries at least. You know I’m not one for fine details.

The more I tried to go in with shadows, the more blobby they seemed to become, so I quit while I was ahead. Then I ate the blueberries.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Castle Hill Lighthouse – Watercolor Wednesday #65

It’s Watercolor Wednesday!  And those three words are not as scary as they were a year ago.  I actually had a lot of fun with this particular challenge.  Loose sketching and painting has always been my thing.  I’ve always been the type to slap the paint on and hope for the best.  The video tutorial linked in the challenge had us sketching out a lighthouse scene with Sharpie and then coloring with simple watercolor washes.  I wanted to paint a Rhode Island lighthouse, because this card s going to this week’s Tea Party recipient, Tom, who is a former coworker of mine.  One of my other coworkers asked if I would make a card for her to send, and I thought a Rhode Island lighthouse would be great to remind him how much support he has over here in Southern New England.  Here is the reference photo that I used of Castle Hill Lighthouse in Newport, RI.  It’s about an hour from my house.  

As usual, I made two cards this morning, using my Spectrum Aqua markers scribbled on my Waffle Flower Crafts Water Media Mat.  I cut both papers to small squares and taped them down to some scrap paper.

I’ve used two different papers for my watercolor today.  I won several different kinds of Hahnemuhle paper from an Instagram giveaway hosted by Sandra at lifeimitatesdoodles.  Go follow her page–her work is amazing! I took a photo of each painting on top of each paper pad, so I could look back for future reference.

The Bamboo paper has more of a hotpress texture to it.  I like them both for different purposes, but today I found I had more luck with the Agave paper.  Here is the card that I made with the Bamboo paper:

I’m entering these cards in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes

Word Art Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Dare to Get Dirty 2021

I’m a little late in posting about Dare to Get Dirty although there is still time to play.  I think there are 50 challenges in all, so you can definitely find some challenges that suit you.  They were all published over the last week, but we still have one more full week to finish our cards and post to the gallery.  Did I mention there are prizes?  What are you waiting for?

You must be a Fan Club member to play along – Click here for the details on how to join!

Let’s talk a bit about my challenge, which you can find here if you are already a fan club member.  I can’t give you the details of my challenge here, but I can tell you all about how I made my card.  It started with a base of my favorite scraps.  The scraps that I use to mop up the ink after I watercolor.  I have a stack right next to me on my table at all times.  They are incredibly versatile.

I use them for backgrounds, for die cuts, all kinds of things.  This time I chose blues and browns for an ocean background and ocean floor.  With this funky background and those fabulous Verve flowers, I chose these Rubbernecker fish that have so much character.

This card was so much fun to make and the challenge gallery is very fun to browse through.  My favorite thing about DTGD Challenges, and all challenges really, is that they often inspire me to make something that I never would have thought of without the challenge prompt.  I’ve been busy lately!  Here are the rest of my Dare to Get Dirty cards so far….

I hope I can finish them all this week and I hope I’ll see you in the gallery!

Stampers Delights August Release – Too Cute to Spook

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

I printed out the digital version with some leaves and cut them out with my ScanNCut.  She was very fun to color with my Copics.

To keep the falling leave theme going, I applied some Nuvo Expanding Mousse in a couple of different colors to kraft paper through my favorite leaf motif stencil from STAMPlorations.  I don’t like when summer comes to an end, but autumn sure is a beautiful season isn’t it?

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:

Word Art Wednesday – Anything Goes

STAMPlorations Never Ending Anything Goes Challenge

Stay tuned for more from Stampers Delights this week. Click here to find lots more inspiration on the Stampers Delights blog.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!