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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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Dust! – Technique Challenge #865

Monday is my favorite day because it means it’s time for the Technique Lovers Challenge. Lyn is our hostess this week and she has challenged us to try Dina’s Double Water Stencil Technique.  It’s so fun.

This is my kind of Technique Challenge. Two fun backgrounds for the price of one. And I love the way they both came out. I decided I wanted to use this mouse digi from Craftin Desert Divas, so I grabbed a polka dotted stencil for a cheesy feel to the background. I used my Fabriano Hot Press paper for the technique, because I know I can always count on that paper where water is involved.  I sponged it with Mustard Seed, Wild Honey and Tea Dye DOX inks.

For the sentiment I used Birdy font that I had downloaded free from Fontbundles.net.  I created it in Microsoft Word and saved it as a PNG file for future use.  If you’d like to use it 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.

I’m playing along with the following challenges today:

Anything Goes

Lots of Layers

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Happy Panda – Ways to Use It Challenge #852

Thursday means it’s time for the Ways to Use It Challenge.  Cathy’s challenge today is “Some Like it Hot”. I decided to go with hot coffee, because this sweet panda was on my to do list. I swear I’ve used him before, but I cannot find any evidence of that. I still have a stack of cards from “Kendra’s Card Challenge #2”–a great card challenge to use six 6×6 papers to create 14 cards. I made the cards as bases to add critters to gradually.

I chose this one because it has the warmest color background. This is the beginning of a sentiment from Crackerbox & Suzy that says “Money may not buy happiness, but I’d rather cry in a Jaguar than on the bus”. I changed it to say this:

I almost always make two of each card.  As long as I’m making one card, I might as well make two.  That way I can really build up my stash.  For my second card, I had a card base that had a coffee theme on the background.

I also love this sentiment stamp from Crackerbox & Suzy.  Here’s the inside:

I generally have a tough time coloring pandas.  Coloring any animal with black on it’s face is hard.  I think I found a great color combo for this one.  I used BV23, BV25, and BV29.  It produced a black enough feel with a light enough color to not lose his facial features. His cheeks are R20 and R22, dishes are SN GT1 and GT2, coffee and frosting are SN EB5, EB6, and EB7, donut is E31 and E35, shading on white is C0 and C1.

This card is also for the following challenges:

Fun & Quirky

Anything Goes

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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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Virtual Stamp Night! – JUN21VSNC – Narnia

It’s Virtual Stamp Night!  And time for my VSN Challenge.  The theme for this VSN is Fantasy Worlds and I’m looking for cards that represent my favorite Fantasy World – Narnia. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader was always my favorite book in the series. I told myself I was going to choose a different book, because I’ve already made a Dawn Treader inspired card for a Teapot Tuesday challenge years ago (that card was just nautical). Alas, I couldn’t talk myself out of the Dawn Treader, so here is The Dawn Treader as a pirate ship. It’s a card for a coworker that just had a baby boy. I thought this “Adventure Awaits” sentiment was perfect for what they have in store for them. Lots of exciting adventures.
I didn’t want my ship to be a pirate ship, but I was too lazy to change the Jolly Roger flag. I also wanted a mouse on the ship and now that I look at it I realize I could have added a mouse (duh), but it’s fine. Reepicheep the mouse was my favorite character in the book. I die cut glittery water and glitter islands. In this scene The Dawn Treader is sailing away from The Lone Islands into uncharted territory. Adventure awaits!

I made two of these cards at the same time, as I usually do. Set my stopwatch for the one hour time limit and finished them with about 25 seconds to spare. You should have seen me fumbling with the paper of the action wobbles trying to get the ship stuck down in time. LOL!

Come on and play along! Don’t worry if you’ve never read the Chronicles of Narnia–there’s plenty of inspiration in just the titles of the books!

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New Kitchen – Teapot Tuesday #662

It’s Teapot Tuesday! And this week we are sending our cards to each other.  Denise has informed us that today is “Grass is Always Browner on the Other Side of the Fence Day.” She says today is for taking stock in things you do have, and acknowledging that, hey, the grass is pretty green on your side of the fence.  I’m very fortunate that, figuratively (and actually literally) the grass is very green on my side of the fence.  I based my card on the freshest, greenest thing in my life right now–my freshly remodeled kitchen.  I finally moved back in on Saturday.  And I love it so much.  We started in January and lived like this for a little while:

So for my card, I decided to build my kitchen.  I have a set of digital stamps that I purchased from Craftin Desert Divas before the shop closed down.  It has all the pieces I needed to build my kitchen.

I built my card scene from this angle.  Refrigerator, cabinet, sink/window, oven/microwave.  I printed it on Neenah Exact Index and used a ruler to draw in the tile backsplash and floor tiles too.  Then I colored with Spectrum Noir and Copic Markers.

I added some Stickles to the counters on my card because my new counters have a bit of sparkle to them.  But I felt like my card needed something else besides just the kitchen scene, so I looked through my digital stamps for something else fun and found this file that I got as a freebie from Designbundles.net.  You can still download it for free if you click through the link.

So, what do you think of my new kitchen?  I feel like I’m living in a completely different house!

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Virtual Stamp Night!

This past weekend was Virtual Stamp Night! One of my favorite weekends of the year.  The theme was Parks & Recreation which resulted in a lot of fun cards.  I spent two hours each night on Zoom meetings with my dear SCS friends.  Chatting with them always puts me in a good mood!

There was Lisa’s Zoo Animals challenge:

My dad has a T-shirt that says “Every zoo is a petting zoo if you’re brave enough.” I chuckle every time I see him wearing it.  I also chuckle every time I put it on a card.

Then there was Sonja’s Marble Technique challenge:

I got out my Wow! embossing powders and tried the Embossed Marble Background tutorial.

Kelly challenged us to “Trail off the Page”:

And Rebekah’s Swing Challenge:

The swings were always my favorite thing at the playground.

Rita wanted to see flower silhouettes on our cards:

Misti’s challenge was to use some form of transportation on our cards:

I’ve never gone out on a canoe at the park, but we do take our boat out from the boat ramp at the park regularly in the summer.  The trick is–you have to time the tide or you’ll get stranded.  I just love this Avery Elle Camp Wanna-Stamp stamp set!

Melody’s challenge had to do with slides:

Why did they cross the playground? To get to the other slide!  My kids cross the playground often to get to the other slide.

Lee gave us a fun sketch:

This card focused more on the “recreation” part of Parks & Recreation.

And I hosted a “Sports at the Park” challenge:

That’s what my kids said is the most fun thing to do at the park.  Play sports.  Just this month, they have played both baseball and basketball with friends at the park.  This little bear is playing baseball at the park.  But I think he has a black eye.  “I wondered why the ball was getting bigger…then it hit me.”

And I still have six more VSN Challenges to finish.  Stay tuned!

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