Baseball Spinner – Virtual Stamp Night

I missed out on most of VSN because of Desmond’s baseball games. But you know what?  I wouldn’t have it any other way.  And with a lot of baseball games comes a lot of baseball friends. That’s why I like to have baseball birthday cards on hand for all the birthday parties. Combining baseball with a circle spinner card means this bunny is hitting foul ball after foul ball. I’ve seen some kids do that this year! LOL.

I made this card for my Virtual Stamp Night Challenge.  It was also inspired by my kids.  The theme of this VSN was Summer Festivals.  Don’t we all love summer festivals? But who loves summer festivals more than kids? One of the highlights of the year in our town is the Lakeside Festival held every Memorial Day Weekend. We brought our boys this year and they spent hours riding the rides with their friends. Rides that made me sick just looking at them. So. Much. Spinning.

Here is a video of Raleigh’s favorite ride.  Anybody wonder why I chose the Circle Spinner Card Tutorial for my challenge?

I’ve also combined my challenge with Chris’s CC900 (CC82) Color Challenge. Fun colors for a boy card and her dessert is “something that moves.” That ball sure does move. This is my first circle spinner card I’ve ever made and I’m shocked at how well it works. I usually screw up these interactive cards and they don’t move smoothly.

And what good is a baseball birthday card without a baseball joke? Here is the inside of my card:

The sentiment uses my very own font that I created on calligraphr.com.  If you’d like to use this on your cards just right click on the image above and save it to your computer.  If you use it, I’d love to see it, so please tag me @cardsbyjennifrann and #thestampingactuary.

Also, I know you love this bunny baseball player, right?  Here he is.  And he comes with a lot of fun sentiments.  Click below to visit the shop.

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Best Things in Life – Featured Stamper Challenge #802

This week’s Featured Stamper is mschoener! Maggie is such a delight and I really enjoyed browsing her gallery. I landed on this card because I loved the sentiment.

I’ve also combined with Barbara’s CC900 (CC845) Color Challenge colors with metallic for dessert. The metallic convinced me to foil my sentiment–it doesn’t take much. I finally jumped on the foiling bandwagon and I’m really enjoying the ride. I created the sentiment on my computer, printed it out with my brand new Brother laser printer and foiled it in gold.

I don’t have that sentiment stamp, so I had to create it myself.  If you’d like to use this on your cards just right click on the image below and save it to your computer.  If you use it, I’d love to see it, so please tag me @cardsbyjennifrann and #thestampingactuary.

This funny cat was on my to-do list. There is a fish bowl for him to be looking at, but I went with a cupcake to match the sentiment. I’ve colored this chunky cat to match my friend, Liz’s cat. It’s heading her way for her birthday. I realized after I took the picture that I forgot to add the Stickles sprinkles on the cupcake.

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Satisfactory – Clean and Simple Challenge #695

It’s been a very very busy couple of weeks for me.  Two different baseball teams and the end of the school year have me so busy that I keep forgetting to post my cards.  I also didn’t have time to fully participate in the June VSN.  Here is my card for Brenda’s “Workers” VSN Challenge.  Father’s Day always puts me in the mood for dad jokes and I thought this was a good one for the worker theme. I used this Paper Smooches stamp to make factory and I arranged the clouds to look like smoke coming from the factory. Quick and easy!

If you’d like this dad joke as much as I do and you want to use it on your cards just right click on the image below 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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Celebrate! – The Cat’s Pajamas June Release

It’s June! Let’s celebrate!  This month’s TCP release is so much fun!  When I saw the Vintage Summer Digis I knew I wanted to try foiling them with my new laser printer.  It was my birthday gift to myself.  I tried a few different variations to get comfortable with my new toy.

It printed beautifully on the X-Press It paper and foiled really well with my laminator.  I foiled the negative on a sheet of toner paper to get the inverse design.  As you can see the one that I printed on black didn’t come out great, but I refuse to ever throw anything away.  It made a fun rustic background for the Aim High bunny.

I added in some clouds from the What a Blast digi to make sure he really seemed to be soaring high with that firecracker.  The other two main foiled images were made into tags which I attached to some fireworks DP and finished with die cut bows and some Stickles on the edges.

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First Father’s Day – Free For All Challenge #642

It’s Friday and time for a Free For All Challenge.  Today, Shirley has challenged us to make Father’s Day or masculine cards. I needed to make a first Father’s Day card, so today was the day. The father in question has twins–a boy and a girl. So this Cat’s Pajamas stamp was PERFECT! Then I went looking for ideas for a first Father’s Day card and came up with this fun dad joke.

It took me a while to come up with the perfect font for my sentiment, and I finally chose Raleigh’s font. We made this font using Raleigh’s handwriting on calligraphr.com.

If you’d like to use this on your cards just right click on the image above 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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Nine Patch for Technique Lovers Challenge #900

I’ve combined today’s TLC with last week’s TLC which I didn’t get a chance to do. I couldn’t not play along with challenge #900! This is a sympathy card for a coworker who just lost her sister. I thought a quilt look would be comforting and this Unity sentiment says everything. This silhouetted wildflower adds a nice touch.

I like to make two of each card, so I’m not so sad to part with the first one.

This one turned out quite a bit different from the first. I cut a different number of squares for the original patchwork on this panel and made it into a birthday card. I held this patchwork quilt on top of a bunch of different patterned papers and none of them were quite right until I got to this lovely pink weathered wood pattern. It’s perfect! I think it absolutely made the card.

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Mustache Mania – TCP May Release

I mustache for a moment of your time.  I’m still having fun with this month’s TCP release and getting ready for Father’s Day!  When I saw the Hipster Cutables SVGs, I got an idea in my head for a shaker card.   They remind me of those magnetic mustache toys where you use the magnet wand to move the iron shavings and change the guy’s hair, mustache, and/or beard.  I don’t have iron shavings, but ground coffee gave me the look I wanted!  I arranged the four mustaches in Canvas Workspace, and then framed them with the postage stamp from the Four Seasons Stamps Cutable SVGs.  I wanted the sentiment to say “Thanks, Dad” but I didn’t have that, so I made it with a “Thanks” from Wheel Love and spelled out “DAD” using Baby Doll Alphabet.

The inside sentiment was made using Tired Panda font which I had downloaded as a freebie from The Hungry JPEG.  If you’d like to use this on your cards just right click on the image below and save it to your computer.  If you use it, I’d love to see it, so please tag me @cardsbyjennifrann and #thestampingactuary.

Here’s the best part of this card–I had mustaches left over to make two more cards!  I took the four mustaches that I cut out of blue paper and colored them with a black Sharpie.  Then I popped them up with some fun sentiments.

I hope you grabbed the Black/White Spring Digi Papers, because those plaids and checks are perfect for masculine cards, aren’t they?

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Stampers Delights MerMay – Week 3

All this month Stampers Delights is celebrating Mer-May!  You can find all the fabulous Stampers Delights mermaid images here.  This card uses the Chibi – Marina Mermaid digital stamp.

Isn’t she so fabulous?  And I think all mermaids need a fishy friend.  She was so fun to color with my Copic markers.

I had a foiled background in my drawer that was covered with reddish pink fish.  I could have sponged blue water, but I decided to go with a completely unconventional pink ocean.  And since I had a pink ocean, that freed me up to do a blue mermaid and fish.  It’s so fun to play with magical creatures and imagine extraordinary worlds for them.  

Don’t you love the sparkle of the Wink of Stella on her tail?  I also added Stickles to her top and Nuvo Crystal Glaze to make her eyes really shine.  I hope you have a mermazing day.

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 Challenge – Anything Goes

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – Always Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Layer It Up

Simon Says Monday Challenge – Add Texture

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Baby Tag – Clean and Simple Challenge #690

It’s Monday and this week I’m hosting the Clean and Simple Challenge. My first baby turned 9 last week and we’ve been celebrating his birthday all month.  I also thought it would be fun to follow Mother’s Day with a celebration of all things baby. Let’s see baby cards, baby animals, baby humans…anything baby on your cards. I hope you’ll join us! My card was really quite CAS until I cut it into a tag and went looking for some cute baby DP to put behind it.  It was a tough choice and I think I chose the least CAS option.  Ooops.  Do you think I made the right choice?

And then I reached for an extra piece of ribbon for my bow. Sometimes I just can’t help myself.

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Making Waves – TCP May Release

I’m waving hello to May with this month’s TCP release.  I’ve had so much fun with the Make Waves SVGs. As soon as I saw the set, I couldn’t wait to cut out that cute seagull and have him bobbing on the waves.  And after I cut out the seagull and waves, I noticed I had a fabulous stencil left over:

Well, I was also excited to use the Fun in the Sun Digi and I went ahead and spread some Paper Glaze through my freshly cut stencil.  That fun wavy background was just right for this cool cat to float and enjoy her margarita.  I guess ocean scenes always get me thinking of portholes which put me in the mood for some round cards.  I decided to make this into a get well card with one of my favorite retired TCP sentiments.

For my gull card, instead of a porthole, I used the life preserver to frame the seagull.  I cut each piece with my Brother ScanNCut out of Neenah Solar White and sponged on all the colors with Distress Oxide, shading each piece a bit just by using the brush that I usually use for black or gray ink.  I popped up just the top of the bird and let the bottom of the bird rest more in the water.  And of course, I needed to add some glitter to the waves.

Frankly, I love to make seagull cards, because I can use one of my favorite birthday sentiments.  29 again?

The sentiment uses my very own font that I created on calligraphr.com.  If you’d like to use this on your cards just right click on the image above 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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