Monthly Archives: October 2022

Penguins of October – TCP Release

I couldn’t let October pass without playing with the fun penguins from The Cats Pajamas October release!  My first card features the Happy Pumpkin Day digital stamp.  I made this card for this week’s Ways to Use It Challenge to use buttons. That challenge gave me just right idea to put my project over the top.  I little (but giant for the penguin) button on his scarf.  Doesn’t he looks so stylish?  I don’t know about you, but fall means plaid to me, and I had an idea to print out the buffalo check pattern from the Black & White Spring Digi Papers.  I never knew I needed digital paper until these came out.  I love the printer-friendly black and white and I love adding a little something to them.  This time, I used my Copic markers to make a colorful fall plaid.  You know a Jen card is never finished without a little bit of sparkle.  I couldn’t find a place to add Stickles to this one, so I went with Wink of Stella on the jack o’lantern face, the scarf, and the small pumpkin.

For my second card, I wanted to play with the Gobble It Up Digistamps.  This time, I checked the Free for All Challenge for inspiration–use dies.  I did use some retired dies on my card, but to go with the cutting theme, I chose to try out the Triple Side Step Cutable.

What a fun and easy to use cut file.  I love that it not only cuts the card base, but also cuts the matting pieces!  It was so easy, I made two!  I used my ScanNCut to cut two bases, then I cut the other pieces with two different papers, so I could mix and match.  I stuck with the same marker color palette, because turquoise just looks so good with orange.  You’ll notice I also couldn’t stop the plaid–adding some simple lines to give the tablecloth some character.  The sparkle on this card ended up on the leaves.

I hope you like what I’ve done with these fall penguins and I hope you’ll get a chance to play along with them too!

Here are the products that I used today:

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Stampers Delights October Spotlight

Well, friends, it’s October already.  Time for Halloween!  My kids remind me of that nearly every day.  I’m sharing two Stampers Delights cards today.  We are spotlighting Fall/Halloween images this month.  This card uses the Kawaii – Scary Cake Frankie digital stamp.

So fun!  I really enjoyed coloring this image with my Copics and chose to simply feature it on a clean and simple card with a bit of stenciling behind it.

My second card features another sweet Kawaii image – Flying Witch digital stamp.  Isn’t she so fun?

I noticed that she had striped leggings on so I decided that those must be ruby slippers and colored her up to look like the witch that Dorothy’s house fell on.

The background of this card is a mixture of random bits from my backgrounds drawer.  Honestly, these bits are years in the making.  The main panel is a shaving cream background done with black reinker.  One day I was experimenting with making my own texture paste and added some of that to that shaving cream background through a fun stencil.  I thought it would make a cool Halloween background and I sponged some purple ink on the edges.  Then I found this die cut circle that had been splattered with white paint and thought that would give kind of a cool moon vibe.  I may have gotten a bit carried away with the Stickles in the end.  I can’t really help myself.

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 Monday Challenge – Halloween/Spooky

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Here I Am – Ways to Use It Challenge #918

For this week’s Ways to Use It Challenge, Polly challenged us to be inspired by a fairy tale. “Fairy tale” is a keyword that I use in my Color My Life stamps database, so that was easy. But I didn’t want a princess because I needed a card for my boss for Boss’s Day. Although, I have a new boss as of next week. This is one last card from the team before we break up. The entire sentiment is “Every once in a while someone amazing comes into your life.  And here we are.  You’re welcome.”

As is my usual routine, I made a second card.  But the second one said this:

As always, if you’d like to use this on your cards just right click on the images above and save it to your computer.  If you use it, I’d love to see it, so please tag me @cardsbyjennifrann and #thestampingactuary.

I started with the frog prince and felt like pairing him with a fun background from my background drawer. So then I had the card almost all finished with the background stuck down and the sentiment popped up and couldn’t figure out how to ground the frog. That’s when I turned and saw these two leafy branches left over from my last card. I tucked them in behind him and voila! I love it when a plan comes together.

Linking to the following challenges:

Anything Goes

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MWAHH! – TCP October Release

It’s October and time for a new release from The Cat’s Pajamas!  And this release includes one of my all-time favorite Halloween sets.  I was so happy to use the Mwahh Digital Stamp set for my card this month.  And what a great way to showcase such a fun image, but this Slimline Diorama card featured in yesterday’s Technique Lovers Challenge.  Fortunately, it was a really easy fold to do, as I am notoriously fun-fold-challenged.  And the bats from the Witch Please Digistamp/SVG were the perfect cute embellishment for the card.

You know this digital stamp set is a fun duo of vampire and zombie.  Here is a card that I made last year which featured the zombie image:

You’ll notice they both have my favorite moon technique which is sponging ink through a splatter stencil to look like the craters.  Check out last year’s blog post to find the fun inside sentiment of that card.

Here are the products that I used today:

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