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.
It’s Teapot Tuesday! And since it’s the last Tuesday of the month, that means we’re sending our cards to each other! Sandy gave us a very fun challenge she calls “A Reflection of Your Collection.” I’m looking forward to seeing everyone else’s collection in the gallery. I always enjoy learning about my teapotter friends interests with challenges like this. My card is based on my mug collection. I have a mug from everywhere I’ve ever been and also mugs from places my friends have been. It all started in middle school and high school when my best friend, Bridget, and I would buy each other mugs each time we went anywhere on vacation. I have a whole cabinet dedicated to my mug collection. My favorite one is the one from South Dakota, although I also really love my Statue of Liberty mug. I knew I had a Mt. Rushmore sticker in my collection, so I dug through my stickers to find some to decorate my mugs. Turns out I only needed this one. It was a big sticker for the top of a scrapbook page that said “United States” and had the trees, Mt. Rushmore, The Gateway Arch (I also have a mug from there), and the Statue of Liberty. They needed a flag tablecloth to rest on (I have one of those too!). I had so much fun making this card. Here is my mug collection. You should be able to spot my South Dakota, Statue of Liberty, and St. Louis mugs:
It’s Teapot Tuesday. I have the honor of hosting this week’s Tea Party for Ciara in Ohio who is recovering from a really bad car accident. When I read Ciara’s story, it took me back to the night my father-in-law was in a similar accident. They had many of the same injuries. We didn’t think he was going to make it, but thanks to the miracle workers at Mass General Hospital and a lot of rehab and physical therapy, he did. I pray that Ciara receives such excellent care on her road to recovery. Ciara loves Halloween, so we are sending her some Halloween giggles in her favorite color combo – baby blue and black.
On this card, I’ve used stamps from Instagram giveaways from two of our SCS friends! The Picket Fence Studios ghost background stamp came from Angie (ohmypaper!) and the Ink Road ghosts came from Stef (smilynstef). I embossed the background ghosts on baby blue paper and popped up the main ghosts on action wobbles.
This is my favorite Halloween sentiment. I found my original font that I thought I had lost when I switched computers. I made this font on calligraphr.com. You should try it. It’s so fun to make your own font!
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.
It’s Teapot Tuesday. Today’s Tea Party is for Gracie’s 95 year old father-in-law who is isolated in his assisted living facility due to Covid restrictions. Rex loves the outdoors and used to have a farm, so I took the opportunity to use this farm/math joke that I found when I was looking for a different joke recently.
It’s made with Retro Board font. I can’t remember where I got it. 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.
But I was so focused on the farm and the joke that I forgot about Polly’s SMILE challenge. Oops! Sorry, Polly!
It’s Watercolor Wednesday! And those three words are not as scary as they were a year ago. I actually had a lot of fun with this particular challenge. Loose sketching and painting has always been my thing. I’ve always been the type to slap the paint on and hope for the best. The video tutorial linked in the challenge had us sketching out a lighthouse scene with Sharpie and then coloring with simple watercolor washes. I wanted to paint a Rhode Island lighthouse, because this card s going to this week’s Tea Party recipient, Tom, who is a former coworker of mine. One of my other coworkers asked if I would make a card for her to send, and I thought a Rhode Island lighthouse would be great to remind him how much support he has over here in Southern New England. Here is the reference photo that I used of Castle Hill Lighthouse in Newport, RI. It’s about an hour from my house.
As usual, I made two cards this morning, using my Spectrum Aqua markers scribbled on my Waffle Flower Crafts Water Media Mat. I cut both papers to small squares and taped them down to some scrap paper.
I’ve used two different papers for my watercolor today. I won several different kinds of Hahnemuhle paper from an Instagram giveaway hosted by Sandra at lifeimitatesdoodles. Go follow her page–her work is amazing! I took a photo of each painting on top of each paper pad, so I could look back for future reference.
The Bamboo paper has more of a hotpress texture to it. I like them both for different purposes, but today I found I had more luck with the Agave paper. Here is the card that I made with the Bamboo paper:
I’m entering these cards in the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes
It’s Teapot Tuesday and today’s Tea Party is for Jeanne in California. Jeanne is 85 years old and has been an avid stamper for many years. Sadly, her eyesight has deteriorated to the point where she can no longer see well enough to make cards. Because of this, she has begun to give away her extensive collection of stamps. We can sympathize and we are going to shower Jeanne with cards. Given that her eyesight is so poor, it’s suggested we incorporate dimension, textures and bright colors. Jeanne likes flowers, cats, traveling and reading. I went straight for my Cottage Cutz Garden Cat with Wagon. I think a die cut critter gives nice dimension. I also popped up the scalloped panel. To make the card more touchable I finally used my Fun Flock. And I love it. I need it in every color. I put it on the cat and the hedgehog. I also added some Stickles to the flower centers and Enamel Accents for their faces.
Today is also Color Challenge day. My substitutions are Seedless Preserves for Rich Razzleberry, Shabby Shutters for Pear Pizazz, and Shaded Lilac for Highland Heather. Karen challenge us to use flowers for dessert and I’ve got those too! That card was exhausting to make. So many fiddly bits. And I still have my second one waiting to be assembled! But now I’m off to buy more Fun Flock. I wish you could feel it through the computer screen:
Do you know someone that could use some well wishes, encouragement or all around warm fuzzies? Consider nominating them as a guest of honor (a.k.a. destination station) for an upcoming tea party. Send your request to jacqueline via PM or e-mail[email protected].Include SCS Teaparty Request in the subject line.
It’s Teapot Tuesday and today’s Tea Party is for Linda (Hotwheels). We’re sending some kind words and encouragement as we mark the second anniversary of her dear mother’s passing. Polly is our hostess and she has challenged us to make our cards with something that reminds us of our own mother. When I read that Linda and her mother liked tea, I knew I had to make a tea party card. I get my tea drinking habit from my mom. When I was growing up, she always had a cup of tea on the table while she sewed, and now so do I. Well, except I’m making cards instead of sewing. I wish I had picked up the sewing skills too.
This ended up being a combination of last week’s MIX Challenge to paper piece with mixed media backgrounds, because I was looking at these sweet Bo Bunny teacups and thinking they would look good paper-pieced. I had small strips of paper that I had used to soak up the watercolor from yesterday’s Technique Lovers Challenge.
I love the Fabriano Hot Press paper. The pad that I have right now is 11 x 14. I’m able to cut six card fronts out of each piece, and I’m left with two strips of 5.5 x 1.25. I always soak up the remaining ink of my workspace with a scrap of paper and yesterday I decided that I should use those strips. Lo and behold, those strips that I used to soak up the bird color made beautiful teacups. To make it a truly mixed media card, I added gold Wink of Stella to the rims of the teacups, colored the flowers with metallic markers and added Stickles to the petals and flower centers. Love that sparkle.
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!
It’s Teapot Tuesday! Today’s Tea Party is for mother and daughter, Dee and Carol in Wisconsin. Dee recently turned 99 and Carol is having serious health issues. We are sending them paper hugs at a time when they are not able to be together. Dee is a self taught artist and has had a tradition of painting her front picture window with a winter/Christmas theme every year since 1963. You HAVE to watch this video slideshow of all of her paintings throughout the years. It’s so fun to watch how her art evolves over the years and even more amazing when you think that she was well into her 90s by the time she was painting those last ones:
Our Teapot Tuesday challenge is to make black and white cards with a pop of color inspired by these fabulous holiday window displays. Watching the slideshow made me think of how my watercoloring has evolved over the last year with the Watercolor Wednesday challenge. So I was inspired to watercolor a black and white scene. You’ll recall from yesterday’s post that I have several Virtual Stamp Night cards left to make. Shelly’s challenge is to include a moon on our cards. So I went to Youtube looking for a tutorial of how to watercolor a moonlit scene. I used some masking fluid to mask the moon and stars and quickly watercolored the scene using Black Soot Distress Oxide ink and the Black Spectrum Aqua Marker.
Not a bad scene. Now for the pop of color. I stamped, cut, and colored some skating critters from Paperie Ink.
This arrangement looks good to me. So I die cut the background with my MFT Stitched Rectangle die, glued on the animals and trees with tape runner and foam squares. As usual, I finished my card with some Stickles for sparkle:
Since I always make two cards, I am all set for sending one to Dee and one to Carol. I hope they enjoy their cards and can see how Dee inspired them.
Do you know someone that could use some well wishes, encouragement or all around warm fuzzies? Consider nominating them as a guest of honor (a.k.a. destination station) for an upcoming tea party. Send your request to jacqueline via PM or e-mail [email protected]. Include SCS Teaparty Request in the subject line.