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Alcohol – Sketch Challenge #886

It’s Wednesday which means it’s time for the Sketch Challenge. This was a fun and easy sketch to use up some scraps. I chose to combine it with Lisa’s VSN Challenge to use dogs on our cards. I love this cute dog die from The Cat’s Pajamas. He was good to use on a funny card. You can find the whole saying below if you want to save it for yourself:

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.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Calendar Easel Cards for Teachers

This is the second Christmas that I’ve made Calendar Easel cards for teachers for Christmas.  They are so fun and easy to make, and I hope that the teachers enjoy them.  This year I made ten of them starting with this one for MIX463:

I actually made two different ones of this design.  This one will go to the music teacher.  The other one has a sun drawn on the paper and “You color my world” as the sentiment.  It will go to the art teacher.

Next, I made this one for IC836.  This one will go to the library teacher:

Next, I designed one with Desmond’s teacher in mind.  He told me he wanted flowers on hers.  I thought this fox delivering flowers would be perfect.  I made this one for DEC21VSNI

I love that City Blocks Background embossed in white.  Raleigh’s teacher loves camping, so I made this camping card for her:

This last design will go to our school secretary who takes such good care of us.  I made this one today using today’s Sketch Challenge.

I’m so excited to send my boys to school tomorrow with all these fun calendars to hand out!

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Stampers Delights October Release – A Gift 4U Girl

October is here and it’s time for a new release at Stampers Delights!  Today I’m sharing the Stampers Delights Chibi October release.  You can find the entire October release here.  This card uses the Chibi – A Gift 4U Girl digital stamp.  As always this digital image comes in jpeg and png formats AND, this is also available as a clear stamp!

I printed out the digital version and cut it out with my ScanNCut.  She was so fun to color up with my Copic markers.  After I colored her dress red, I decided that her red dress would look really good with some Tiffany blue gift boxes.  I often like to go back into the old Sketch Challenges here at SCS for a little extra inspiration.  For this card, I used Sketch Challenge #242:

It’s a great sketch to use up my scraps of patterned paper, so I dug through my drawer of scraps and found some fun papers that coordinated well with my coloring.  She needed a little bit of extra sparkle and texture, so I added in some fun iridescent sequins.

I just love the way those sequins catch the light!

Are you a member of the Stampers Delights Facebook Fan Group?  Have you joined the Progressive Challenge yet?  Join each month to receive the monthly image for free!  Click below for details:

Linking to the following challenges:

Word Art Wednesday – Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – Touchy/Feely

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes

Click here to find lots more inspiration on the Stampers Delights blog.

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Recycled Anniversary Remake – Sketch Challenge #873

It’s Wednesday and time for another Sketch Challenge.  This was a nice simple one.  Perfect for remaking this anniversary card that I really liked.

This had been an anniversary card that my Gram had sent to my aunt and uncle.  I really loved the inside verse, so I die cut it and put it on the outside.  I die cut the rest of the card and arranged it on the outside too, and embellished with some glitter and metallic cardstock and an arrow paper clip.  For today’s card I recreated the sentiment using Papyrus font.  I know font snobs snub their nose at Papyrus, but I wanted a basic font and I think it actually worked well here.

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

Anything Goes


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Coffee Lovers Hop – Sketch Challenge #846

It’s Wednesday and that means it’s Sketch Challenge day.  It’s a slimline sketch today, which was a fun change.

I noticed it was time for the 2021 Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and wanted to play along.

But I have a confession to make.  I don’t like coffee.  I’m a tea drinker all day long.  I’m grateful for this Coffee Lovers Hop to remind me that everyone else loves coffee, so I still need to make coffee cards.  I’m also glad for an excuse to use this fun Stampers Delights digital stamp.  Stampers Delights has a Progressive Challenge in their Facebook Fan Group where if you play along each month, they will send you the next month’s image free.  This was the challenge image for February.  She’s fun to color:

Skin: E15, E11, E00 | Hair: YR31, E43, E44 | Eyes: Spectrum Noir EB3, EB4

The sentiment is a favorite of mine from Riley and Company.  I went digging through my drawer of backgrounds and miscellaneous stuff and pulled out some pages that I rescued from a very damaged kids book.  The map strip that I used here is from a map of dragon migration.  HA!  There were other pages that had coffee circles on them and they inspired this Distress Oxide sponged/stenciled background:

I always love this Tim Holtz “Grunge” stencil.  First I sponged Antique Linen around the edges, then I sponged Ground Espresso through the stencil, and splattered with water.

Put it all together with a scrap of gold metallic paper and a strip of coffee mug washi tape.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

My First Blog Post – Sketch Challenge #845

Hello, and welcome to my blog!  I’m so glad you stopped by to get a glimpse of how I spend my mornings.  I mentioned in the “About Me” section of this blog that I think cardmaking is like my high school art class.  But instead of walking into the art room and finding out “what’s the assignment today?” I head over to Splitcoaststampers to find out “what’s the challenge today?”

Well, today is Wednesday so that means it’s Sketch Challenge day.  Here’s the sketch:

I love this sketch for the adorable Colorado Craft Company image that I wanted to use today.  It’s “All Weather Friends” illustrated by Anita Jeram.  I can’t get enough of her adorable critters.

I started by coloring up the bunny with my Copic Markers (W1, W3, W5) and my favorite Spectrum Noir Marker CR2 for rosy cheeks and pink noses.  But I didn’t know what color I should color the umbrella until I went digging for some designer paper.  I landed on this pretty navy paper with little white vertical dots that reminded me of rain.  That’s how I decided that the umbrella needed to be bright orange and yellow (YR07, Y38, Y17, Y08).

The other thing I love about this sketch is the buckle element.  That means I can go digging through my box of treasures to find just the right thing to add to my card.  Don’t tell me you don’t have a box of treasures waiting to add to your cards.

See that little bag of buckles?  They are left over from my sister’s shoe clips business and they are perfect for this card! Once I had my buckle, the card was very simple to assemble with my trusty MFT Die-namics stitched squares die for the image and some nice golden yellow ribbon threaded through that sparkly buckle.  But wait, one last finishing touch.  A bit more sparkle and shine.  I added Wink of Stella to the umbrella and Nuvo Crystal Glaze to the raindrops and puddles.  Look at that shine:

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