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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Iconic Christmas Elves – Waffle Flower July Monthly Challenge

I was so thrilled to be invited as a guest designer for Waffle Flower’s Christmas in July Challenge.  The theme for this week is Iconic Christmas.  I hope you’ll join us for a chance to win some goodies!

What’s more iconic than the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer TV Special?  It’s my favorite! I’ve colored up my Cookie Time stamp set to look like Hermey and Santa’s other elves.
My A2 Grid Panel Die made it really easy to create a fun scene full of happily baking elves.  There are endless possibilities for this Grid Panel Die.  It’s one of my very favorites!
The Cozy Holiday Sentiments will also be a go-to for my Christmas cards.  It’s such a fun font.
I really hope you’ll join us for this fun challenge.  One winner will win a $50 gift certificate for Waffle Flower Crafts and two honorable mention winners will win $25 gift certificates.  But that’s not all–three lucky winners will win $15 gift certificates! There are three easy ways to enter:

I’m also entering into the BYSH Cardmakers: Christmas in July Hop It’s always good to get that Christmas card stash built early.
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“The T-Shirt Making Actuary”

I bought my Brother ScanNCut specifically to cut my stamped images out for me.  I hate fussy cutting.  I mean I really, really hate it.  When I was in Kindergarten I was the best student in the class at cutting out shapes with scissors, but I never really improved.  So when I learned that there was a machine that would cut out my stamped images for me, I had to have it.  And I love the thing.  I use it pretty much every day.  About a year in, I realized that people also use this machine to cut vinyl for t-shirts.  That sounded pretty fun.  We had a birthday party to go to this afternoon, so I whipped up this 4th of July t-shirt as a gift.  And an extra for my boy.  Is he the cutest little t-shirt model you’ve ever seen?

I also needed some onesies for a baby gift for a coworker.  He and his wife had a baby boy about a month ago.  Yes, I know, I’m late to the party.  But I think these are worth the wait.  I made my go-to “Future Actuary” and “I {Calculate} Math” but I added in a fun “Rhodes Scholar” for little baby Rhodes.  How could I resist?

I designed all of these patterns myself in the Brother CanvasWorkspace software. I’m happy to share any of them with friends, so just contact me if you’d like the cut file for your use.

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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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Glow in the Dark Stars – Inspiration Challenge #814

Saturday means Inspiration Challenge.  I found this picture that I had the perfect stamp for!

The only thing I really had to think about was how to do the sky. I decided I wanted it to glow in the dark. You can pretty much sell me anything if it glows in the dark, so I had to have this Lawn Fawn EP. Unfortunately, I don’t have success with it as embossing powder. I decided today to just treat it like glitter. I’m happy to report that it worked quite well and glows beautifully.

The background is made with Elizabeth Craft Designs double sided adhesive tape on a piece of cardstock. It allowed both the glow in the dark embossing powder  and the Glitter Ritz microfine glitter to perfectly stick.

The fox is colored with E18, E08, E99, E21, and E51.  The bird is B05 and B24.  The grass is YG13, YG25, and YG17.

It doesn’t get much better than this.  Sparkly, glittery fabulousness in the light and glow in the dark.

This will be my last post for at least a week.  We’re going to take a week long family vacation down the Cape.  I’m excited, but I sure will miss my craft room!

This fits into these challenges:

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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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Friendships Grow – Chibi July Release

Today we’re celebrating the  Stampers Delights  July release of Chibi-Friendships Grow.  As always this digital image comes in jpeg and png formats but this stamp set is also available as a clear stamp!  I love it! You can find the July release here.

I cut the stamp out using my ScanNCut and really enjoyed coloring her with my Copics.  Skin: R20, E11, E02, E00 | Hair: YR20, Y21, YR23 | Dress: R22, R20

I wanted a sunny card, so I used the flower image as a sun behind her, masked it, and applied yellow and gold Paper Glaze through a radial stencil.  She’s watering her field of patterned paper flowers and surrounded by shiny gold sequins.

A reminder to join the Stampers Delights Facebook Fan Group, so you can jump in the Progressive Challenge.   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 Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes

 

Click here to find lots more inspiration on the Stampers Delights blog.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Cute As a Bug – Kawaii July Release

It’s my second month with the  Stampers Delights  Design Team as a Guest Designer!  And I have even more cuteness to share.  You can find the July release here.  This card uses the Kawaii Cute As a Bug digital stamp.  As always this digital image comes in jpeg and png formats but, hey, this little cutie is also available as a clear stamp!

I decided I really wanted to paper piece this scene, so I printed out four copies.  I grabbed some simple patterned paper in red, yellow, and green.  The green for her head and dress felt like it needed something else, so I put a piece of packing tape over it to give it some shine.  I did the same thing with her watering can.

Her skin is colored with Copic E11, E02, and E00 and her hair is colored with C5, BV08, and C9.  I used a stitched rectangle die and used a postal stamp lightly in the corner to give this a postcard feel.  Then of course I needed to add glitter and glossy accents.  Look at the shimmer and shine!

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

Tennis Tess sure is fun!  I have some tennis players in my life that will love her!

Linking to the following challenges:

Word Art Wednesday – Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp – Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes

Stay tuned for more from Stampers Delights this week. Click here to find lots more inspiration on the Stampers Delights blog.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Many Mermaids – Inspiration Challenge #812

I had fun with my boys making mermaid cards for this week’s Inspiration Challenge.  I wanted to combine the challenge with Nichole’s mermaid VSN challenge. Desmond chose this surf board for our inspiration.

The mosaic design made me think of the splotchy look of a wrinkle free distress background. So we got to work making a light blue and a dark blue. I liked Desmond’s background better than mine.

For my card, I die cut an oval frame as an approximation to the surfboard shape and popped my mermaid up in front. Raleigh left his background plain with solid blue cardstock and some glittery accents.

I love it when my boys craft with me.

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