Monthly Archives: May 2022

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.

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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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At Least You Don’t Have Ugly Kids – MIX Challenge #484

Today Angie has challenged us to use pets in the Free For All Challenge. And Janelle has challenged us to make MOMumental cards in the MIX Challenge. Searching my stamp catalog for “Mother’s Day” and “dog” resulted in the perfect stamp for my mother-in-law for Mother’s Day. She was just helping me fold laundry last night while we watched Jeopardy. This fun image needed a funny sentiment, so I went with the classic “No matter what life throws at you…at least you don’t have ugly children.” Her two boys are very handsome.

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.

To qualify for the MIX challenge, I went digging through my background drawer. It was a tough decision, but I thought this marbly background went well with laundry.  I’m always glad I have my phone handy when I’m trying to choose backgrounds.  I took pictures of so many options before I chose the one I did.

What do you think?  Did I make the right choice?  You know I always make two cards, but I only needed one Mother’s Day card.  For my other card I went with this gelli print that I thought had a bubbly/wallpaper look.

I love an excuse to use my favorite Riley and Company sentiment:

Good times in the craft room this morning.

Linking to the following challenges:

Anything Goes

Feminine

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Stampers Delights – MerMay Week 1

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 – Mermaid Delphin digital stamp.

I just love her and her fishy friend–and the punny sentiment!  For a proper underwater scene, I printed her on blue cardstock.  Every so often I enjoy the adventure of coloring on paper that isn’t white.

I ended up with pretty much a one layer card, but I kept layering one more colors and media.  The second layer made all the difference–stenciled water.  My go to ink for stenciling is usually Distress Oxides, but I knew that ink would cover the cute sentiment too much, so I opted for Bahama Blue Memento Ink.

Now it’s definitely a fun underwater scene isn’t it?  But still needs just a bit more–some metallic marker and white gel pen highlights and details.

To finish my card, I die cut and glued to a nice clean white card base and finished off with some sequins where bubbles might be.

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 – Anything Goes

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Stampers Delights Progressive Challenge – May

It’s May 1st, and it’s time for another Stampers Delights Progressive Challenge.  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 Kawaii Seahorse with so many fun possibilities!  Click below for details:

I was in the mood for glitter when I sat down to make my card.  OK, I know, when am I not in the mood for glitter?  But I REALLY felt like using glitter.  So I got out my micro glitter and made a fun ocean background for this guy.  I find these glitter backgrounds to be so fun to make.  It’s all about the order of your masks.  First I cut a seaweed shaped mask and put that down, then I added a circle stencil and applied the darker blue glitter.  After I took off the circle stencil, I added the lighter blue glitter.  Here’s a photo from just before I took off the seaweed mask on the second card:

It’s like magic.  After I made my background, I started thinking about what color I wanted for my seahorse.  I almost didn’t color him at all, but decided an orange seahorse would really pop.  If you know me, you know I have a thing for googly eyes. I think they make everything better.  So I got my googly eyes out and started playing.  Often, when I can’t decide which size I want, I take pictures of each option, so I can see them together.

It was a tough choice and I don’t think there was a wrong answer here, but what do you think? Do you think I made the right decision?  Speaking of decisions.  My next decision also required a side by side comparison.  How to arrange the sentiment:

But, you know what?  I realized that I was making two cards and I could use both arrangements of the sentiment.  I do prefer the one on the right, though.

Here’s a close-up of all that sparkle:

OOOH! I love it!  Can’t wait to see what you do with this fun image. Make sure you join in–you’ve got all month!

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

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – Wild and Wonderful

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