Sunday, August 17, 2014

Cowboy Charm Bracelet (Lis Whiting)

Cowboy Charm Bracelet
by Lis Whiting

YEEHAA! (Sorry, I couldn't help myself!)

Today's project is a cute charm bracelet with icons that represent our cowboys - boots, hats and horse shoes!

These cute decorations were made using shrink plastic, Spectrum noir alcohol ink pens and Frantic Stamper Precision Dies, Cowboy Accessories- three die set (FRA-Die-09123).

I colored the dies with the alcohol ink pens; since this is alcohol ink, I didn't bother to sand the shrink plastic before I colored.

I had a little trouble shrinking my die cut pieces but I found that I needed to hold my heat gun over the individual die cut, 3-4 inches away, and heat the entire piece at once in order for it to turn out really well. (ed. Different brands of shrink plastic react differently and you may need to try different methods to find which works best for yours.)

Although I did use the alcohol ink pens before I heated my shrink plastic, I also used them for touch ups afterwards.

Once I finished the shrinking and coloring, I took some gold tone jump rings and used them to attach my charms to my bracelet. Note that I didn't punch any holes before shrinking; I just used the design features as my holes.

I really like the way the boots turned out.  The colors and the look of long wear really fit them!

I wanted something colorful on my bracelet so I chose to make the horseshoe blue.  The horseshoe didn't have any holes big enough to string a jump ring through so I wound some gold-tone wire around the horseshoe and created a loop to attach to my bracelet.

I hope you enjoyed my cowboy charm bracelet. Now go make one of your own!

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Matchbook gift card holder (Rachelle Green)

Matchbook gift card holder
by (Rachelle)

Start with a 4" x 11" piece of paper. Score 4 1/4" from one end and 1 1/2 from the other end. Fold as scored. With a standard punch, punch two holes 1 1/4" and 3/4" down from top on upper flap through all thicknesses. I use a template I made previously which speeds up an already fast process.

After folding matchbook, I used Simple Stories Homespun and Carta Bella "It's a Celebration" design paper. Add large eyelet into the punch holes. It holds the top of the matchbook secure which will also hold the lower portion of the matchbook in place. You can easily decorate the matchbook anyway you like.

I stamped the faces on the Helium Balloons (FRA-Die19-186) and then layered them together. I added the Tim Holtz Filmstrip Ribbon (ADV-TH-92028) as fun element. Last but not least I used the Happy Birthday Line (FRA-Die-09182). I use removable tape to adhere gift card or cash.

Try it. I'm sure you like it!

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Floral Sympathy (Kathy Berger)

Floral Sympathy
by Kathy Berger

A dear friend's mother passed away recently, and somewhat suddenly. I wanted to make a card that expressed my deep sympathy for her loss; I know no card can ease the pain of losing a parent, but I still wanted to let her know that I care.

I used an assortment of papers from DCWV on my simple center-step card base. The background papers set the stage for a floral spray made with Frantic Stamper Precision dies. The flowers were made with the Frantic Stamper Petite Layering Posies Precision Die. They were cut from patterned paper and lightly sponged around the petal edges with a pale pink ink. Next, they were spritzed with a bit of water and crumpled up from the center. When completely dry, they were partially opened and glued together at only their centers, layering two medium sized flowers on each of the larger ones.

When my flowers were complete I glued them to a base made with three of the leaves cut with the Petite Leaves die, the Open Spring Sprig die and the Solid Spring Sprig die.

Since the finished card is square and I had no square envelopes, I used my envelope punch board to create a matching envelope for the card. I think the envelope really added a nice touch to the finished card.

I hope this card brought my friend some small amount of solace. My thoughts are with her at this very difficult time...

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Thursday, August 07, 2014

Smile! (Jen Carter)

by Jen Carter

I can't tell you how excited I am to be posting today!  I am thrilled to be guest designing with the Frantic Stamper design team for several months. Yippee!! To say I'm in love with their exclusive dies just wouldn't quite sum up how much I adore the collection!

I was tickled pink when I first put my eyes on this card panel die! To create the background of this card I used Frantic Stamper's Alternating Diagonal Card Panel die. This die is wonderful!! Can you imagine the background designs you could create with this?  I'm dreaming of colors and patterns right now!

I am drawn to camera images, and camera dies are just icing on the cake! I love this little camera die that is included in the Frantic Stamper Instant Camera 3x4 Photo Card dies set. It is so adorable! I die cut the camera once in cream cardstock and then a second time in gold cardstock. It adds the classy details while still keeping the focus on the camera.;The smile die (isn't the size of this one perfect!) from the Frantic Stamper Diagonal Stripes 3x4 Photo Cardis also cut from gold cardstock.


To create the bokeh-like effect that you sometimes get with photography I punched several sizes of circles from vellum and added a few clear sequins.  I really like the end result!

Thank you so much for visiting today and for allowing me to share a part of the day with you!

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Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Welcome Our Guest Designer

For the next three months the Frantic Stamper Design Team will have a new member. Welcome to our Guest Designer, Jennifer Carter!

Here is a little about Jen in her own words.

    I am so excited to be guest designing with Frantic Stamper! My name is Jen Carter and I am a wife of 17 years to Dwight, and a mom to Mason who will be in 6th Grade this year and Sadie who is going into 1st Grade. My husband is the Lead Pastor at our church. I am very involved in our church as well and have led our Women's Ministries for quite a few years now (this coming year I'm taking a much needed break!) and also have been very active in our children's ministries in various ways. I love serving the Lord! I work part-time as a Secretary at our elementary school and I enjoy my job very much! I am so blessed to be able to work where I can see and be a part of my children's lives on a daily basis!

    I started scrapbooking in Junior High and then later in life transitioned into stamping and card making. It is such a joy for me to be able to spend time with my papers, inks, stamps & dies! I have a very Clean & Simple style to my work but find I also like to change things up from time to time! I am so inspired by Fran's line of precision dies and am very excited to be able to work with her and her team!

    My blog (if you'd like to visit):

Look for projects from Jen here and on the Frantic Stamper Facebook page through the end of October.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Hello Sunshine (Kathy Berger)

Hello Sunshine
by Kathy Berger

For part of the past month we have been staying at the home my husband inherited from his grandparents, trying to make a dent in the massive amount of stuff that accumulated there in the past century. For the past few years, though, I have been gradually ADDING to the accumulation, setting up a little craft space for myself in the laundry room. I have a die cutting machine, a paper cutter, a tape gun, some other tools, and a small assortment of papers that I was able to buy at the semi-local (about 30 minutes away) big box store. I really need to order some papers from Fran next time we will be there for a while!

Every year I travel with my basic stamping kit (what do you have in your kit? Sometime soon I should share what I carry in mine and how I carry it), some of my favorite adhesives, a small assortment of clear stamps, coloring tools, and usually tools that I plan to leave at the house. This year I was able to carry ALL of the Frantic Stamper Precision Dies (yes, I do have them ALL!) because this year I didn't have much to leave behind.

During some of my down-time I was able to sit down and make some cards. I made two sympathy cards (I lost a dear friend and another dear friend lost her mom), a baby card for a new mom, a couple of Thank You cards, and a couple other cards, including this one.

The color scheme on this was driven by the limited selection of papers I had available, and was WAY out of my comfort zone, but now that it is done, I kind of like it. The layout was driven by a challenge a friend sent. She had seen a photo in a magazine and challenged me to turn what was a vertical layout into a horizontal one. I hope I met her challenge with this card.

Most of the design elements on the card and the sentiment were made with Frantic Stamper dies. I honestly wouldn't have even tried to do the card without the dies; they made this busy layout simple to create.

The set of flag banners were created by folding over the ends of the flag trio and attaching them to the twine.

I made the sentiment stand out more by attaching my colorful one over a black one, just barely offset. The black is tied into the rest of the elements by the black faux stitching on the project.

One fun thing of note: I had no bakers' twine to use for the project so I created some of my own designer twine using some cotton twine I have in my kitchen (used for tying chicken legs, etc.) and some Copic Markers to make a fun and colorful twine to match the project.

I hope you have enjoyed my card!

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Happy Anniversary (Rozy Smith)

"Happy Anniversary"
by Rozy

For everyone celebrating a special day, here is a special Anniversary Card!

The base of this card is made using Grand Nestabilities Decorative Labels 1. Use all four layers and use dimensional dots to layer them. The layers are created by using Anna Griffin Soft Hues Metallic with Wild Rose Studio Bluebell papers. To really make the frame pop, cut out two of the largest dies, on the second one (white) trim only the outside edge and layer it over you predominant color, this really makes a difference.

There are a lot of handmade embellishments on this card. Use Sue Wilson Lattice Bow die to make your bow. Punched layered butterflies. The tulips, small birds & hummingbird are made with Frantic Stamper Dies listed below. After forming the tulips & birds use Diamond Glaze to cover and let dry. This gives them a shiny raised finish, beautiful when the light hits them. Using pearls, cabochon flowers and mulberry flowers, embellish as desired.

Because of the size and dimension of cards like this, try placing them in a shadow box. It will make a beautiful long-lasting, one of kind gift!

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Big Girl Boots (Rachelle Green)

(Big Girl Boots)
by (Rachelle)

My life is slowly getting back to normal and I'd like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers. I haven't done any coloring of images but rather am using ones that are already in my stash. As you all know I love matching dies and images with sentiments which bring an idea together for what I consider to be the perfect marriage of the three. Sometimes an idea goes together so perfectly that I'm totally impressed with my craftiness.

Starting with a Kraft cardstock base and using the Frantic Stamper Sunburst Panel, I cut the base and used gold cardstock to give the look of the sun in the background. The image is colored with Copic markers and highlighted with a white Gelly Roll pen while the pistol is highlight with a glitter pen. The image is perfectly appears to be riding side saddle on the Frantic Stamper Mustang die. The sentiment was cut with the Coved Labels die with the horseshoe and star cut with silver foil paper. Finally I tried to add another element with foam dots. I hope you enjoy this card as much as I do.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Thinking of You...a Three Layer Card (Lis Whiting)

Thinking of You...a Three Layer Card
by Lis Whiting

I got the idea for this card from a webisode called Simply Ann.  I liked the idea so much that I copied a couple of parts from it (the acetate and the window).  This card takes a little time to do but it's worth it.

I wanted to make a card for my sister who lives in New York State.  I wanted to do a travel theme because we live so far apart.

To start I decided on a 6 1/2 x 5 card base out of white cardstock. I measured some acetate and cut it with about 1/4 inch so that I could bend it back and attach to the back of my card later.  I love working with acetate. There is so much that I can do with it like making shaker boxes, stamped designs for overlays, tinting it with alcohol inks.

I started work with my main card by covering it with paper from Graphic 45's Come Away with Me collection. It fits perfectly with the travel theme. I covered my card and then used the photo card die to cut the center out. Then I glued this cut out to the inside of my card using the cut out as a guide.

I decorated each layer so that there was a surprise when you turned the page.

Layer One (the cover):

Layer Two:

Layer Three:

Close Up! (Aren't these little icon people fun?)

I love the flower and leaf dies! One die and several sizes of flowers and leaves! Grand!

I can think of so many uses for the light bulb!

I hope you enjoyed my three layer card!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

"Baby Boy" (Rozy Smith)

"Baby Boy"
by Rozy

Using Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities Oval 1 cut out three layers using colors of choice. The first layer in this arrangement uses Frantic Stamper Tumbling Blocks Panel, so make that panel first then use the Grand Nestability smallest frame to cut out for the centerpiece. Using pearls, dazzle dots and small white hearts decorate the layers, then use dimensional dots to adhere layers together.

Base paper is My Minds Eye Now & Then Wild & Free. Cut out desired size, this project uses an 8x8 Shadow Box.  Adhere the triple layer Oval set in position.

Die cut Stork with Baby Bundle & Baby Pram dies in color of choice. Then using markers and White Opal Pearlescent personalize Pram & Stork. The wheels and handle of the Pram are highlighted using Bronze Pearlescent. Let set overnight .

Use the Silhouette machine to cut out "Baby Boy" in blue & white with foil. Layer for dimension. Make a small banner for the word Joy!

Now the fun starts! Always position your items in place to see if you like it! When it is correct adhere, add flowers, metal embellishments and a Sue Wilson Filigree Bow. Attach the Stork to the bow with a hot glue gun so he looks like he is in mid flight! 

The Frantic Stamper Dies are getting better and better. Don't know how Kathy Berger does it but try them out you won't be disappointed!

Because a lot of the embellishments are hand created, make them all first and allow them to set up, then it is just a matter of placement and embellishing. Just a tip! Helps a lot when it is a detailed creation.

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