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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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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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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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Wants and Needs – Clean and Simple Challenge #673

I’m hosting this week’s CAS Challenge and we’re starting off the new year with some healthy habits–well we’re trying at least. These fun Waffle Flower hippos have their exercise routine down, but they can’t seem to lay off the junk food.

I created this sentiment with the Tired Panda font duo (Caps and Script) that I downloaded from The Hungry JPEG.


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.

Linking to the following challenges:

Anything Goes

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Not My Cup of Tea – Clean and Simple Challenge #672

Lisa is hosting this week’s CAS challenge and she wants us to feature our favorite drinks. Tea has always been my favorite. I’ve been drinking it since I was a kid–several cups a day. So I went searching the internet for a fun tea joke and found this one.

This is made with my very own font that I designed using calligraphr.com.  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.

Linking to the following challenges:

Anything Goes

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Bad Ass – Clean and Simple Challenge #659

This week’s Clean and Simple Challenge is Polka Dots.  I chose to make my polka dots with Nuvo Glimmer Paste and a polka dot stencil. I think it makes a very fun background for This funny Unity stamp.

I’m also playing along in the AAA Cards Clean And Simple Challenges Game #200:

The theme is celebrate.  To make the donkey more festive, I masked him and stamped a party hat on him. I cut him out with my ScanNCut and grounded him with the MFT Grounding Elements die. And to really put it over the top, he needed googly eyes.

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Wiener Take All – Clean and Simple Challenge #647

If you like them and use them please tag me, so I can see! Meanwhile, I hope you’ll play along with this week’s CAS Challenge.

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Unicorn Star – Clean and Simple Challenge #645

Today is Clean and Simple Challenge day!  This week’s theme is “You’re a Star”.  I checked my to do list for an image to use.  My crafty resolution in 2019 was to actually go through my stamps, both physical and digital, and use them all.  The easiest way for me to do that was to work my way through my Evernote database from the beginning.  I started my Evernote database in August 2017.  I’m up to August 2019 right now.  I’ve used at least one stamp from every stamp set in my catalog for that time period.  If you’re curious what my Evernote database looks like here is a snapshot:

I have 3,924 items in my Evernote catalog. I catalog my stencils and dies as well.  I’m able to track where everything is stored and tag all my stamps with keywords for easy searching.  I’m proud of myself for sticking with my 2019 crafty resolution for so long.  It really does make it so easy to decide what to make.  I would otherwise be stumped for a star challenge because of too many options.  The point of my story is that I’m excited to have hit the Craftin Desert Divas section of my Evernote.  Craftin Desert Divas closed up shop in August, 2019 and I bought a ton of stamps from the closeout sale.  Obviously, I’ve already used many of the stamps, but some of them have fallen through the cracks.  I’m looking forward to showing them some love in the near future.

Now that I’ve told you all about Evernote, let me tell you why I don’t like it anymore.  The desktop version is fine, so I don’t have any problems searching my catalog on my laptop, or uploading new digital stamps.  But the mobile app has become nearly unusable.  It’s slow to open, slow to search, and slow to open notes.  I just timed myself to open the app, search “unicorn”, find the stamp and click on it to look at it.  It took a full minute with all the lag.  That’s why I’m making the switch to the Color My Life app.

It’s going to take some time to switch over, but I’m working on it a few stamps at a time. What I love about the Color My Life app is that there are so many stamp companies already loaded into their database.  I can just scan the barcode on the back of many of my stamp sets and have most of the information fill in for me.  All that’s left for me to do is add the place it’s stored and my keywords.  The keyword search is so easy, and much quicker than the Evernote app.  What took me over a minute in Evernote takes me under ten seconds in Color My Life.  I can filter my products to see only stamps or dies or stencils, etc. and I can also filter on manufacturer or storage location.  The search function brings up suggestions, so if I type in “fish” it brings up all my tags with “fish”–like jellyfish, pufferfish, it’s o-fish-al, fish you were here, fishing, fishbowl, birthday fishes… My only complaint so far, is that there is no desktop version–although they say it will be a future enhancement.   Even as just the app, it’s well worth the $1.49/month.

Now back to my card.  I printed the unicorn on cardstock and then on copy paper, so I could cut a mask.  I also die cut a star from some thin cardstock to use as a stencil.  Sponged some Mustard Seed through my star stencil, had some fun coloring with my Copics, and of course added Stickles as the finishing touch.

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Poppy Mail – Clean and Simple Challenge #639

For this week’s Clean and Simple Challenge I used my newest stamp set.  I was the lucky winner of an Instagram Giveaway from Erin Lee Creative.  A stamp shop that is new to me.  I just LOVE my new stamps!

I love poppies and I think these are gorgeous. I thought this stamp was perfect for the Diagonal challenge with the diagonal lines on the envelope.  I colored and die cut the flowers and arranged them diagonally on the card with some diagonal score lines.

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