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.

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 – 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:

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Linking to the following challenges:

Word Art Wednesday – Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes

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Covid Waterfall – Featured Stamper #790

It’s Sunday, which means it’s time for a new Featured Stamper.  Today’s Featured Stamper is Cindy H. who has such a fun gallery. I enjoyed browsing her gallery, but came back to this very recent card.

That dog in a cone was perfect for a card that a friend asked me to make. I got a text on Friday that said “Can you make me a card that says sorry you have Covid, and feel like sh–, and it’s your birthday, and you have a splint on your wrist.” I wanted all of that on the front of the card, but I couldn’t decide what to put on the inside until I saw Cindy’s card and remembered this fun stamp. So I finished with “one the bright side…you don’t need a cone.” It occurred to me as I was listing all the things that I had to put on the front of the card, that it was the perfect number of things for a waterfall card. I’ve made a couple of waterfall cards with my Lawn Fawn die recently. The die makes them so easy, and people just get so excited about these interactive cards.


This weekend was Virtual Stamp Night.  I was too busy to play in the VSN proper, but I’m happy to play some catch-up and enjoy all the fun challenges.  This is for Susan’s Text Challenge. I’m so glad it’s VSN, the one hour time limit makes me focus so much better. I set my timer for this card, which was pretty quick because of the die and because I just grabbed a pre-printed card base. The text background stamp was perfect for a bit more interest and a quick doodled border. 47 minutes.

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Follow the Bunny – The Cat’s Pajamas March Release

What’s up, crafty peeps?  I’ve joined The Cat’s Pajamas Design Team and I couldn’t be more excited about it!!! I’ve always loved The Cat’s Pajamas designs, so when Alma decided to go all digital and sold her stock of stamps and dies on clearance I bought nearly all of them.  I’m happy to report that all of the digital stamps and cutting files are just as much fun, if not more, than the clear stamps and dies that we all know and love. 

I’ve combined old and new with this first card, using the Rabbit & Wreath Digi/SVG and the Grassy Patches SVG.  First, I created a green, blue, and brown background using Distress Oxides, a gelli plate, and some background stamps.  I thought that would give my cut outs a little more character than just using colored paper or sponging ink on white cardstock.  The reason I went dark brown for my bunny was so I could use one of my all-time favorite Easter sentiments–a retired TCP sentiment–“Follow the bunny, he has the chocolate.”  But have you seen the “What’s invisible and smells like carrots?” sentiment in the Happy Easter Digi?  That’s a fun one, too.

I had plenty of green background, so I found myself with some extra grassy patches–a perfect setting for this card:

Hmmm…this might be my new favorite Easter sentiment.  This card uses the Sugar, Sugar Digi and the Easter eggs from the Easter Eggs in Basket Cutable SVG. I thought that some foiled eggs would certainly look like small sugar-coated packages.  I arranged all the Easter eggs in Canvas Workspace to cut myself a stencil using my Brother ScanNCut.  Then I applied deco foil Transfer Gel through the stencil.  After it dried I ran it through my laminator with the Rainbow Shattered Glass deco foil.  I also used my ScanNCut to cut the bunny in the basket.  I colored him up with Copics and put Nuvo Crystal Glaze on the nose and eggs, and Stickles on the bow.  

I have a thing about the leftover foil.  Every time I foil something, the leftover looks so appealing.  That led me straight to this next card:

I applied the leftover foil to a deco foil Toner Sheet.  I knew I saved the cut out Easter eggs for a reason when I cut the stencil.  I colored all the eggs with my Spectrum Noir Markers and popped them up on the foiled background, shifting them all a bit, so that the black would give them a bit of a shadow.  I finished it by popping up the Happy Easter from the Happy Easter Digi.  And just like that, all my Easter cards are done.  Thanks to these very inspiring products!  

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Sharon’s Swan Float – Teapot Tuesday #712

It’s Teapot Tuesday and our cards are heading to Sharon in Massachusetts. She has been struggling with a lot of injuries and surgeries, and her friend thought she could use some Teapotter cheer. Pat is our hostess and gave us a very fun challenge to use stitching on our cards.  We’re told that Sharon loves swans, so I decided to make a scene of Sharon relaxing on a swan float. I masked, stamped, and colored the scene using today’s Color Challenge colors. They  were pretty perfect for the image.

Speaking of the Color Challenge–I was honored today to find that my color challenge card from last week was chosen as the favorite from CC886!  It was also made for a Teapot Tuesday and was mailed off to New York last week.

The clouds are a flower paper piercing template that my neighbor gave me.

I used white DMC embroidery floss to stitch the clouds, added the sentiment banner with leftover thread wrapped around and finished off with gel pen and Stickles.

Linking to the following challenges:

Anything Goes

Feminine

Bit O’ Green

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Stampers Delights March Release – Chibi Tea Cup Cuties

Today I’m sharing the Stampers Delights Chibi March release.  You can find the entire February release here.  This card uses the Chibi – Tea Cup Cuties Bunny Girl digital stamp.

Isn’t she so cute?  Look at that fabulous hair!  I couldn’t wait to color it!

I decided to go blonde with Y21, YR23, and Y28. I wanted to give her a fun, glittery background that wouldn’t distract too much and let her shine.  So I got out my gelli plate and had some fun with Distress Oxide ink and glitter acrylic paint.

First, I covered the gelli plate in Kitsch Flamingo Distress Oxide and printed the pattern from one of my embossing folders.  Then I did the same with glitter paint and another embossing folder.  I ended up with multiple backgrounds to save for later.

Here’s a close up shot, so you can see the glitter in the background and the Stickles on her bows.  I also added Wink of Stella to her hair.

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Stampers Delights March Release – Kawaii Carrots

It’s March, and that means it’s time for a new release from Stampers Delights.  You can find the entire March release here.  This card uses the Kawaii Carrots digital stamp.  

I love all the carrots in this set and was so excited to use them to make my own designer paper.  That’s always fun to do with digital stamps, don’t you think?

Now that I had my DIY designer paper, I decided to use the technique that was showcased in a recent Technique Lover’s Challenge. It’s a pretty easy fun fold.  The only kind I like to do.  I did print out my rabbit a little bit too big to fit in the circle.  Oops!

But it gives it character, right?  Here is the inside of the card:

It’s pretty neat how it opens up in layers.

 

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Oh my gosh! Isn’t she the cutest!  I can hardly stand it.

Linking to the following challenges:

Word Art Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – Always Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Add a Die Cut

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