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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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Making Waves – TCP May Release

I’m waving hello to May with this month’s TCP release.  I’ve had so much fun with the Make Waves SVGs. As soon as I saw the set, I couldn’t wait to cut out that cute seagull and have him bobbing on the waves.  And after I cut out the seagull and waves, I noticed I had a fabulous stencil left over:

Well, I was also excited to use the Fun in the Sun Digi and I went ahead and spread some Paper Glaze through my freshly cut stencil.  That fun wavy background was just right for this cool cat to float and enjoy her margarita.  I guess ocean scenes always get me thinking of portholes which put me in the mood for some round cards.  I decided to make this into a get well card with one of my favorite retired TCP sentiments.

For my gull card, instead of a porthole, I used the life preserver to frame the seagull.  I cut each piece with my Brother ScanNCut out of Neenah Solar White and sponged on all the colors with Distress Oxide, shading each piece a bit just by using the brush that I usually use for black or gray ink.  I popped up just the top of the bird and let the bottom of the bird rest more in the water.  And of course, I needed to add some glitter to the waves.

Frankly, I love to make seagull cards, because I can use one of my favorite birthday sentiments.  29 again?

The sentiment uses my very own font that I created on calligraphr.com.  If you’d like to use this on your cards just right click on the image above 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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Nuts About TCP! – April Release

It’s the last day of April and we’re all getting excited for the TCP May release, but I am still nuts about this April release.  I can never resist some cute woodland creatures, so I just had to make a card with the Into the Woods Digi Stamps.  I love the skunk in this set, too, but I wanted to feature the squirrel and his acorns on this one.  And I wanted to feature a lot of acorns.  I love digital stamps because it was so much easy to make a pile of acorns for this card–no masking!  I felt the background needed a pattern, but not too bold a pattern and the Black & White Spring Digi Papers had just the right pattern.  I love the black and white digi paper because my printer doesn’t love color.  Frankly, though, I still love color–but you can print this black and white paper on any color cardstock.  It’s so versatile!

I was originally going to use the cute “Nuts! I forgot!” sentiment from this digital stamp set, but decided to shake things up with a different sentiment.

I was so thrilled with the look of the digital paper printed on the aqua cardstock, that I had to add some to the inside of my card too.  The color complements the color of the acorn so well.

I hope you like this silly card and 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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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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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!  

Here are the products I used today:

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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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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.

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My Mug Collection – Teapot Tuesday #692

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:

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More Sugar! – Free For All Challenge #605

Today’s Free for All  Challenge is Halloween cards with monsters. I just bought this stamp from The Cat’s Pajamas clearance sale, so I was excited to use it. This is pretty much a one layer card until I added the sentiment banner. I stamped the zombie and masked a moon around him. Sponged the night sky and the ground. Splattered water and some white paint. Then I colored the zombie and drew in the ground and a bit of a shadow line. As usual, I got my Tim Holtz Grunge stencil out for the craters of the moon. To finish off the edges, I rubbed them with Nuvo mousse.

I saw this zombie joke on Facebook recently, and I thought it would be fun for the inside.  It was certainly fun to design using Courtside and Showcard Gothic fonts.  Here is the PNG if you would also like to use it:

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.

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Good Things Come in Pairs – Technique Lovers Challenge #858

It’s Monday and that means it’s time to Try a New Technique!   Sabrina has challenged us to try the Burst Through technique.  I love a fun and easy technique and that’s what we’ve got for a challenge today! I was glad that I watched Dina’s video for the tips about curling the paper with a quilling tool. I don’t have a quilling tool, but my tweezers worked great.

I thought this technique would be fun for another Expecting Twins card. This is what happens when a friend has a big life event. I have to make cards not just from me, but from everyone else as well. I’m certainly not complaining about this. It’s very good to be needed. These two mischievous twin bunnies are bursting through the paper with my own computer generated sentiment.  You can right click and save the PNG file to your own computer here:

It’s done using the Bumble Bee font that I got for free at fontbundles.net.

This is going to the great-grandparents, so the inside says “You put the GREAT in great-grandparents.” Here is that sentiment as a PNG file.  You can right click and save this to your own computer as well.

This one is made using the Baby Crab font that I downloaded from The Hungry JPEG.

Babies are such a great reason to celebrate and twin babies are an extra good reason to make cards!  Let me know if you like my computer generated sentiments and if you do use them, please tag me with #thestampingactuary

I’m also entering this card into the following challenges:

ANYTHING GOES

ANYTHING GOES

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