Monthly Archives: April 2022

Nuts About TCP! – April Release

It’s the last day of April and we’re all getting excited for the TCP May release, but I am still nuts about this April release.  I can never resist some cute woodland creatures, so I just had to make a card with the Into the Woods Digi Stamps.  I love the skunk in this set, too, but I wanted to feature the squirrel and his acorns on this one.  And I wanted to feature a lot of acorns.  I love digital stamps because it was so much easy to make a pile of acorns for this card–no masking!  I felt the background needed a pattern, but not too bold a pattern and the Black & White Spring Digi Papers had just the right pattern.  I love the black and white digi paper because my printer doesn’t love color.  Frankly, though, I still love color–but you can print this black and white paper on any color cardstock.  It’s so versatile!

I was originally going to use the cute “Nuts! I forgot!” sentiment from this digital stamp set, but decided to shake things up with a different sentiment.

I was so thrilled with the look of the digital paper printed on the aqua cardstock, that I had to add some to the inside of my card too.  The color complements the color of the acorn so well.

I hope you like this silly card and 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.

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Kid’s Meal – Clean and Simple Challenge #687

Happy Monday!  It’s time for another Clean and Simple Challenge.  This week Lisa has challenged us to show the inside of our CAS cards. I found this to be a tough challenge, but I’m looking forward to seeing the insides of everyone’s cards. This retired FSJ burger has been on my to do list and I decided what better way to showcase the inside of my card than with a good punchline. I used my very own handwritten font for the sentiment.  Making your own font is so easy at calligraphr.com.   I highly recommend it.  I printed the sentiment on Fabriano Hot Press watercolor paper and stamped the burger above it.  Then I did a very quick watercolor with my Spectrum Aqua markers.

As always I’m sharing the sentiment here if you’d like to use it.  Just right click on the images 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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Where the Heart Is – Free For All Challenge #635

It’s Friday and that means it’s time for a Free 4 All Challenge.  Jeanne has challenged us to make pink backgrounds today. I needed another card for my coworker who just bought a new condo, so I chose this sweet MFT background stamp for my pink background. I sponged Spun Sugar all over the white cardstock and then stenciled hearts to match my sentiment. I computer generated the sentiment because somehow I do not have a stamp that says “Home is where the heart is.” And I always finish off that sentiment with “even if you can’t remember which box you packed it in.”  I think it is so appropriate for someone who just moved to a new place.

As always I’m sharing the sentiment here if you’d like to use it.  Just right click on the images 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 challenge:

Anything Goes

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Happy Admin Day! – April 27, 2022

Next Wednesday is Administrative Professionals Day and I needed two cards for it.  I decided to use both today’s Sketch Challenge and today’s Watercolor Wednesday Challenge to make my cards.  When I saw the sketch, I started thinking of what I could scatter across my card.

And since I needed an Admin Day card, I started thinking of office supplies. I thought paper clips would be fun and thought maybe I could scatter paper clips across the gelli plate and pull a print. So you can see the paper clips scattered across the colorful layer of gel print. But I thought it needed more than that one layer, so I spread on some black paint and threw down six circles to mask so the paper clips would show through in the circles.  As usual when I take out the gelli plate, I got carried away with experiments and multiple prints.  While I waited for my gel prints to dry, I started on my watercolor.  So much art on so little desk.

Look at that gel print with all the dots.  I can’t wait to use that one!  For the WCW challenge, I enjoyed loosely watercoloring, splattering, sprinkling salt and watching it dry.

My favorite part was of course the big reveal of peeling off the tape.  I chose a silhouette stamp instead of doodling and went with “It’s your day” for the sentiment.  It says “Happy Admin Day” on the inside.

I finished off my Sketch Challenge card by stamping some invoices from a PTI stamp set. I kept the paper clip theme by adding a pretty gold paper clip to secure my “Thanks for keeping us together” sentiment onto the gel print. The sentiment is computer generated using “Tired Panda” font and as always I’m sharing it here if you’d like to use it.  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 challenge:

Anything Goes

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I Like the Way You Roll – The Cat’s Pajamas April Release

Hey there! It’s April and I’m rolling in with some cards I’ve made with the fun designs from The Cat’s Pajamas latest release.  I had some ideas for using the Wheel Love digi stamp and the Summer Borders SVGs.  I kept it clean and simple with this first card where I used the SVG files to cut a stencil and sponge a scene.  First I printed the digi, masked it and sponged the road, bushes, and clouds behind him.  I colored him with Copics and to keep it a one layer card, but add a bit of interest to the edges, I doodled a border.  The sentiment comes from a retired clear stamp set.

This fun bunny riding down the road had me thinking of a meme that I had seen recently.  Do you ever see a funny meme online and decide that you have to make it into a card?  I do it all the time.  My next card uses the SVGs to cut the shapes to build my scene.  I also used my Brother ScanNCut to cut the bunny.

I printed the first part of my sentiment on the blue sky paper and layered on the green grass and bushes and the gray road.  After I colored the bunny with Copics and popped him up on the scene, I realized that I couldn’t leave the middle of the bicycle wheels white.  So I found just the right color markers to match the grass and the road.  The paper that I used for the road had a shimmer to it, so I added Wink of Stella to the road behind the bicycle wheels.  Then I drew in some lines with white gel pen to give the illusion of movement.  So what’s the punchline?

Do you love it as much as I do?  You know how much I love a good pun.

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.

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Seas the Day – Clean and Simple Challenge #685

I am hosting this week’s Clean and Simple Challenge and we’re commemorating the 110th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic with boats or nautical cards.  I had this cute Cat Ships Captain digi from Craftin Desert Divas waiting on my to do list.  Craftin Desert Divas closed in 2019 and I bought a ton of stamps and digis.  Two and a half years later, I’m still trying to get around to using them all.  To keep this card CAS, I just printed the digi kind of small and masked it to sponge a bit of Broken China sky behind him.

The sentiment is created using Amastery Hand font duo that I downloaded from fontbundles.net.  Sometimes I get a little stumped as to how to finish off my CAS cards.  I didn’t want it to just be a one layer card, but should I matte it on colored paper on a white card base?  Just die cut and put on a colored card base?  I can never decided.  That’s when the store bought printed card bases the I’ve picked up from The Christmas Tree Shop come in handy.  I found two card bases that I liked with the cat image.  I was pretty excited about the star background for my card inspired by The Titanic which was operated by the White Star Line.  But I really like the way the gingham looks.  The color coordinates so well with the cat, don’t you think?  Which one do you like better?

As always, I’m happy to share my computer generated sentiment.  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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Stampers Delights April Release – Chibi Meg

Today I’m sharing the Stampers Delights Chibi April release.  You can find the entire April release here.  This card uses the Chibi – Meg digital stamp.

Isn’t she so sweet?  I knew I had the perfect succulent stencil for a background for this cutie.  I did some masking on the stencil to get different colors on the insides and outsides of the leaves.  The background came out so big that there wasn’t much more that I had to do other than cut and color Meg and pop her up on the card.  I did cut the card a little bit smaller than the envelope, so she could hang off the edge for a little added interest.

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Stampers Delights April Release – Kawaii Cactus Bundle

It’s April, and that means it’s time for a new release from Stampers Delights.  You can find the entire April release here.  This card uses a fun cactus from the Cactus Bundle digital stamp.

These cactuses have so much personality and they come with such fun puns!  I needed an encouraging card and I thought the “You Are Looking Sharp” was the perfect sentiment for what I needed.

I wanted to have two cactuses encouraging each other–a fun cactus high five.  I know there are many choices of cactus, but I wanted to show how easy it is with a digital stamp to mirror the stamp for two cactuses.  These two cool cactuses don’t mind a prickly high five.

I colored them with Spectrum Noir and Copic Markers and masked them to sponge some sunshine behind them.  Then I added Nuvo Crystal Glaze to the sunglasses and rocks to bring them to life.  If you look closely, you’ll notice that this close up shot doesn’t have the “action lines” around their high five.  I realized after I took this photo that I needed to draw those lines in.  I don’t know about you, but I spot a lot of things that my cards need once I look at them through the camera lens.

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Check out my previous post to see what I did with that fun cactus.

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Word Art Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – Always Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes

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Stampers Delights Progressive Challenge – April

It’s April 1st, and it’s time for another Stampers Delights Progressive Challenge–no foolin’.  Head on over to the Stampers Delights Delights Facebook Fan Group and check it out!  Join each month to receive the monthly image for free!  This month is a Cactus Sample with an incredibly fun pun!  Click below for details:

I love a good pun and as much as I wanted to use it on my card, it will have to wait until next time.  I needed a different kind of encouraging card, so I used a cactus sentiment that I already had in my stash. Because my sentiment talks about stars, I went for a starry night sky.  The last time I used my blue glittery acrylic paint, I cleaned off my brayer on a piece of cardstock.  So I started with that as a base.  I sponged Distress Oxides all over it and then did some Wrinkle Free Distress Technique to add some more color and more texture.  I splattered some white paint, but wasn’t happy with those stars, so I added some more stars using white Enamel Accents.  But it still needed some more sparkle, so I added more stars with Stickles.  Here’s a close up shot of the sparkle:

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 – Anything Goes

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