Octopi – Free For All Challenge #650

Today’s Free for All Challenge is funny animals! Yes please! I had this dad joke just waiting for a card.

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.

HA! I love it! I’ve also combined this with the loose watercolor MIX challenge. I stamped the 3 octopi (?) and loosely watercolored them. Then I dug out this fun gelli print out of my background drawer and printed out the first part of the joke for the outside. It was a quick and easy card to make before we left for the beach this morning.

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Daily Challenge Guest Designer!

I’ve been invited to be a guest designer on the Color Challenge team for the month of August!  It’s always so fun to be a part of such a talented team!
This week Barbara had chosen Coastal Cabana, Polished Punk, and Basic Black.

I’ve combined my card with this week’s Technique Lover’s Challenge and made my faux handmade paper by daubing white and the closest thing I had to Coastal Cabana on black cardstock. The instructions said to also daub metallic but I opted for a simple gold rub around the edges. Barbara’s choice of birds for dessert had me looking for a stamp with a bird and flower. I bought this sweet Stampendous Cling Cherry Bird stamp at a clearance sale recently and knew these colors were perfect for it!

But, wait, that’s not all.  I was also invited to be a guest designer on the Sketch Challenge team for the next six months!  I had so much fun the last time I was on this team, I stayed on for a whole year!

A friend of mine asked me to make an 80th birthday card for someone who loves to sew. I didn’t have room on the front of this card for an “80”, but it says “Happy 80th birthday” inside. On the outside, I chose this adorable Penny Black Sew Nice stamp and a quilted look to the background.  I bought this at the same clearance sale as the Cherry Bird.  That was a good day. And isn’t this PTI sentiment just wonderful and perfect for this card?

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Bless Your Hearth – TCP July Release

I know we’re all excited for the August release soon, but I am still having fun with the fun Christmas in July release!  How is you Christmas card stash coming along?  I’ve made some decent progress this month.  I was particularly excited to make a card with the fun Bless Your Hearth digital stamps.  And this week’s Sketch Challenge inspired me to also use the Holiday Toppers SVGs.

I use Microsoft Word to print out my digital stamps and when I inserted the two stamps into my Word document, I decided to also bring in the Holiday Toppers file to see how it would all work out and see how well it worked for the sketch.

It’s exciting to see how closely the card comes out compared to the original plan.  This one worked out just right.  I tried something a little different on this card.  I normally cut my images out with a border.  But I used my ScanNCut to cut these penguins without a border.  Then I added a border and cut again on plain black cardstock.  I offset it a bit behind the image as a shadow.  Something about the glow of a fireplace inspired me to have a shadow.

I added a few finishing touches of Stickles for sparkle, Nuvo glaze for the glass of milk, and some sparkly rhinestone snowflake stickers.  Feels pretty festive to me!

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A Tearful Card – Clean and Simple Challenge #699

Today’s Clean and Simple Challenge is fresh produce. My card actually uses an onion that has been in my fridge for a while, so it wasn’t exactly freshly picked. Fortunately, I didn’t form too much of an emotional bond with it and was willing to sacrifice it to make this card. I feel a little bad about it, but I take solace in the knowledge that the onion will live on in this fabulous background. I also stamped a few extra backgrounds because I thought the onion stamp looked so cool.

I had this cute TCP chef bunny that came with a little knife and an empty tray and knew he was perfect for this card. I drew the onions onto the tray with a gel pen. They looked pretty weird until I colored them in and brought them to life.

Isn’t this sentiment fun?  I made it using the Arten font that you can download for free from fontbundles.net.  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.

Linking to the following challenges:

Word Art Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Make Your Own Background

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Wise Doctor – Free For All Challenge #647

Yesterday, for the Free for All Challenge, Jeanne challenged us to make blue cards. I had this guy on my to do list and thought he would look good in blue. Then I dug through my background drawer and found this background that had been made by stamping with big bubble wrap and water. I had seen this funny doctor joke somewhere and wanted to use it on a get well card. Once I had it printed out, I had the idea to ink up my embossing folder that looks like illegible script and stamp that onto the background. I love the way it came out.

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.

This wasn’t the only get well card that I made yesterday.  A friend asked me for a card for her friend that broke his leg.  I suggested this design and told her that I have a ton of old road maps.  She asked for Scranton, PA on the card.  I’m so excited about this map that I had.  It’s from 1973.

Linking to the following challenges:

Word Art Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Make Your Own Background

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Christmas in July – The Cat’s Pajamas July Release

Season’s tweetings!  Are you ready for a little bit of Christmas in July?  It’s never too early to start on your Christmas card stash.  Actually, I think I’m a little late!  This month’s TCP release has everything you need to catch up on those Christmas cards.  I just love the Winter Elements SVGs.  I mean, seriously, how cute is this sweet cardinal?  Add in the Holiday Toppers and Holiday Sayings and I could play for days.

I’m excited because I tried something new on this card.  I have a friend that uses heat transfer vinyl (HTV) on her cards often.  I’ll admit to thinking that was crazy until I realized I have a lot of small bits of vinyl left over from other projects that would be perfect to use on a card.

What do you think? Look how good that sentiment looks.  The hardest part was remembering to mirror the file so it would cut properly.  All the other bits are cut out of paper and embellished with Stickles and Nuvo Glaze.  I dare you to add some HTV on your cards!  And let me know how it goes!

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Stampers Delights July Spotlight – Week 2

Where my boy moms at?  How many of you have lived the baseball life?  This is my first summer of All-Star baseball, but I can tell it won’t be my last.  This week, my boy and his team played in the State Tournament.  Obviously, I had to make him a “good luck” card.  Lucky for me, I found the perfect image at Stampers Delights.  This card uses the adorable Chibi – Baseball 2 digital stamp.

I printed it out with my kid’s number and team name on the jersey and colored with my Copics.

He told him coach on the first day of practice that he could call him “Wheels”, so they all do.  We told him with a nickname like Wheels he better run fast!

Our ball field was designed to be a miniature Fenway Park, so I used this reference photo to draw in and color the background.

I finished off the card with last week’s Sketch #913.  I die cut a circle and made it into a baseball and drew in the lines for the sketch with a Sharpie.

Are you a member of the Stampers Delights Facebook Fan Group?  The Progressive Challenge is on hiatus right now, but there is a major sale going on instead!  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 Monday Challenge – Make Your Own Background

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No Work – Clean and Simple Challenge #698

This Monday I am hosting the Clean and Simple Challenge and we’re on vacation.  I don’t have any vacation time planned this month, but a whole lot of my coworkers are taking vacation time. In honor of the lazy month of July, my challenge is to not work.

I have friends that give me cute bits that they’ve pulled off of old cards because they know I would like to use them. I have a whole drawer full and today it was time to finally use this fun popsicle. I found a cute strip of DP that had just the right matching colors. I did die cut the entire panel and stamped the sentiment, but otherwise no work!

I had so much fun not working that I made two samples!

How could I possibly choose between the cute popsicle  and these sweet bees and flowers? They both came out of my drawer of random goodies that I can’t throw away. I knew they’d be so fun on a card. I just grabbed a cute piece of flowered DP and stamped a fun sentiment onto a die cut circle. Quick, easy, and very very little work!

Linking to the following challenges:

Anything Goes

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Stampers Delights July Spotlight – Week 1

I went pretty clean and simple for my latest Stampers Delights creation.  This card uses the Kawaii Chocolate Bar digital stamp.

It comes with and without the cute face.  I decided to replace the face with a sentiment.  This chocolate bar was just begging to be paper-pieced. I printerd out the wrapper on some red designer paper and then I had to print out the back of the wrapper for the third layer.  I colored the chocolate with my Spectrum Noir Markers and added some highlights with white gel pen.

I wanted an overload of chocolate on my card and I knew I had this chocolate chip designer paper somewhere in my stash.  I’ve had this paper for probably 15 years.  I knew I was saving it for something and today was the day to use it!  It feels good to have finally found it a good home.  You know the feeling, right?

Are you a member of the Stampers Delights Facebook Fan Group?  The Progressive Challenge is on hiatus right now, but there is a major sale going on instead!  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 – Anything Goes

Simon Says Monday Challenge – Red, White and/or Blue

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Summer is for Teachers – The Cat’s Pajamas June Release

Hey there, Foxy Friend, happy summer!  I am still having fun with this month’s TCP release and finishing up teacher thank yous!  My kids go to school wicked late into June, but Monday is finally their last day.  The Silly Animals and Gnome Sighting SVGs made it very easy to produce several of these cards at once.  Our schools mascot is the fox, so our teachers are really going to love this sweet guy!  I used my Brother ScanNCut to cut all the pieces of the fox from white cardstock and sponged them with Tea Dye and Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide ink.  Then, to add a little extra interest, I used black Enamel Accents for his nose instead of paper.  I cut four of the tree frames from the Gnome Sighting set using brown and green cardstock.  The sky background is simply a swirl background stamped with Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide ink.

The perfect finishing touches of this card were a great sentiment from the Vintage Summer digital stamps and some Stickles to add some shine to the leaves.  My kids are so thrilled with these cards and can’t wait to give them to their teachers!

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