Monday, July 10, 2017

Mermaid Card (Kathy Berger)

Undersea Fantasy
by Kathy Berger

When I was a child my family would spend a lot of time on the coast of New Brunswick, Canada. One our favorite passtimes while there was walking miles along a nearly deserted beach, laughing, playing games, and drawing pictures in the sand. One afternoon we walked and drew silly pictures, and we had such a wonderful time that it is permanently etched in my mind, and remembering the day never fails to bring a smile to my face and joy to my heart.

The subject of our drawing that day was the undersea fantasy creature the mermaid. We started off drawing just a mermaid sitting on a rock, much like the one on this card, but before long the silliness kicked into high gear! My brother added a small submarine to the first drawing, much like the submarine from this current release, but he added a bulging eyeball to the periscope. My mom then drew a clothes-line with mermaid tails in a variety of sizes pinned out to dry. Next came a pregnant mermaid knitting a tiny tail. Somewhere along the line there was a mermaid sitting on a toilet with her tail down around its base, like a pair of pants for a human. and the silliness lasted for hours. on our return trip down the beach we encountered another family walking along...or rather running along from drawing to drawing, laughing at our crazy doodles.

I made this card for my mom, who suffered a stroke last year, which has triggered an accelerating dementia. I know it is probably too much to hope for, but I pray that the card triggers the memory of that day, and the joy it brought us over the years as we remenisced together.

I hope that the card and the story behind its creation have given you a bit of happiness, too.

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A Flight Without Limits (Jeanette Cloyd)

A Flight Without Limits
by Jeanette

Sometimes dies are just meant to be paired with one another. That's what I immediately thought about two of the dies in the Dads and Grads release - the Sky's the Limit die and the Soaring Paper Plane dies.

With graduations approaching, new jobs/careers to be launched, and many other reasons to encourage someone to dream big dreams, these dies are certain to be a huge success.

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Sunday, July 02, 2017

July 2017 Release Video and Under the Sea Bookmarks (Karen Oliver)

Have you seen the new release video from Frantic Stamper yet? This month the release is all about an Undersea Fantasy, complete with mermaids and sunken treasure. Just sit back, relax, and enjoy a journey to this undersea world with our fabulous design team...

Here to share an idea using the background stamps from this and previous releases is Karen Oliver. We hope you will enjoy her fun post!

Under the Sea Bookmarks
by Karen Oliver

Have you seen the awesome Frantic Stamper 6 x 6 Background stamps. They are foam backed with cling mount, deep etched, rubber stamps and they are fantastic.  There are so many uses for these stamps other than creating your own wonderful backgrounds.  My Mum loves to colour so I have stamped some onto card for her to colour.  They are the perfect size for her to put on a lap tray to sit in front of the TV.

I work at a local primary school and needed an activity for the children to do as an end of term treat.  I stamped up some card using the background stamps and cut book marks for them to colour.  Each one is just slightly different due to the cutting which makes them more individualised.  They are going to absolutely love them.

Here's a picture of some of the stamped ones, ready to colour.  These use Wave Tangle, Under the Sea, and Flower Garden.  There are many more than these so pop to the store to take a look.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Stamping with Water and Distress Oxide Inks (Jen Carter)

Stamping with Water and Distress Oxide Inks

by Jen Carter I have a video to share a fun technique using a 6"x6" rubber background stamp from our new Summer Fun release, Sun Rays (FRA-BG-B011), Distress Oxide inks, and water. I hope you will enjoy!

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Saturday, June 03, 2017

June 2017 Stamp and Die Release, Fun Times

it is time for another release video! This month we have a slightly nostalgic look at fun times at the carnival, circus, and amusement parks of old. We hope you will enjoy the release which includes 25 dies, 2 sets of clear stamps, and 6 of our new 6"x6" red rubber background stamps.

Join in the fun and get your "Fun Times" stamps and dies, available now at

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Plaid Maker Background Stamps (Karen Oliver

Plaid Maker Background Stamps
by Karen Oliver

Bear with me as this is my first step by step post...ever.  Fran has recently added some amazing background stamps to the Frantic Stamper family and they really are so very versatile.  

Today I am sharing some ideas using the Plaid Maker.  It consists of 7 separate stamps that can be used in limitless combinations to create your own plaid backgrounds.  I am showing some basic stamping tips and at the end there are some card samples showing some of the results you can achieve.

Its a little photo heavy so sit back with your favourite beverage and enjoy.

I used a stamp press to get the best results and I chose 3 bright colours just for the purpose of this demonstration.  You could use a long acrylic block or your favourite stamping technique to get the same results.  Here are my supplies ready to go.  I placed a piece of paper under my card to prevent ink getting onto my stamp press.

Now turn the piece of card around and repeat the process until you have formed a grid pattern.  If you have a large stamp press you probably won't need to turn your card. Depending on how fussy you want to be you could also use a spacer, made from scrap cardstock, to make sure your gaps are even.  Obviously I didn't, but that's ok too.

Repeat the above process with the next colour in this case green and I chose another stamp to go in between the pink.

This is what we have so far using horizontal and vertical stamping, you could still keep going and add another stamp in-between.

You can also stamp diagonally to create a different pattern using the exact same process as above.  This time I chose purple and another stamp. Stamp across the pattern one way then turn the card and stamp the other to form a diagonal grid.

Hopefully you can see the horizontal, vertical and diagonal stamping lines.  I only used three colours and 3 stamps in these samples but you really are only limited by your imagination.

There are loads and loads of variations and colour combinations that allow you to custom make your own background papers.  You can use the stamps to simply stamp stripes onto a solid coloured background to add some interest.  You can use them to stamp an edge or border around your project. They can also be used to stamp a line.  Truly the uses for this set is limitless.

Here are a few card samples to give you some more ideas.  The first card used 3 colours and stamps in a more open pattern.  Card number two I used 1 colour and 2 stamps and in the third card I used 1 stamp in several colours on the diagonal.

Thanks so much for sitting through this and I hope I have inspired you to add this wonderful stamp set to your collection. I'm sure its one you would use over and over again.

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Monday, May 01, 2017

May 2017 News

Today is release day! Please enjoy this month's video of Life's Moments...

Not only is today release day, but it is also the day we need to say so long to the first four guests for 2017: Pat Barton, Karen Letchworth, Vickie Yeakley, and Holly Brown. We want to thank them all for their contributions to the team for the past four months. We hope they enjoyed their time with the team, and that they will comsider coming back for another guest visit sometime in the future. You will still see some projects from these gals on our Facebook page for the remainder of the month, using the products from today's release, but they will not be creating new projects. Their departure, though, means that we have four new guests joining us! I am going to let them introduce themselves. 

Hi, my name is Sarah Elliott and I’m addicted to stamps and dies! Coming to you from London, Ontario (Canada), I have been crafting since I was a little girl and found my true passion with paper crafting, although it is my part time guilty pleasure as I work full time and am kept busy with my husband and two wonderful kids. I always find time to sneak in a card or two. I am really looking forward to joining Frantic Stamper as a guest designer and can’t wait to share my creations.

I'm Chrissy and I'm a former officer in the U.S. Air Force. My husband was also in the Air Force and often teases that I'm CINC (Commander In Chief) of the household because I keep things running and everyone takes their orders from me. He has no idea how right he is! I have three boys ages 13, 10, and 7. I homeschool the youngest two while the oldest is finishing up his first year in public school. Needless to say, they keep me busy. We live on an acreage in Iowa were we grow soybeans and corn as well as raise 25 egg laying chickens. My solace in the day is my craft space and card making is how I unwind. Little did I know when my mother introduced me to making cards in high school just how big a part of my life it would become. I remember teasing her about her obsession with stamps and paper and now I'm 100x worse than she ever was. I'm a tech geek so I often times find ways to use my computer in my crafting. I'm super excited to be guesting with the Frantic Stamper Design Team and I over the moon to show off their amazing products. Can't wait to craft with you all.

My name is Kathi Rerek and I live in New Jersey. I've been papercrafting since June 27, 2000.

My style is eclectic, ranging from edgy to cute. My work features clean lines with the focus on a colored stamped image. I also love to use die-cuts and have been experimenting with mixed media! I mostly create cards and tags, but have been moving into home decor, art journaling, and other formats.

I believe that laughter makes life easier, so sometimes my sense of humor creeps into my projects.

Hi all, I’m Brenda Nakandakari.. I live in Hawaii with my husband. We have 2 gown children, one working here and the other working in Iowa. I have enjoyed crafting of all sorts most of my life. I’ve been a dedicated paper crafter for many years now and love trying new techniques. I am thrilled to be guest designing along side the very talented Frantic Stamper DT.

Please make our new guests welcome.

Thursday, April 06, 2017

April 2017 Die and Stamps

Hello! We would like to share with you a new video introducing our latest stamp and die release, Dads & Grads. We hope you will enjoy the video and the release!

The Dads & Grads dies and stamps are available today at Frantic Stamper.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

hello (Karen Oliver)

by Karen Oliver

Dies are so versatile and can be used to create subtle backgrounds by using the embossing method suitable for your die cutting machine.

On this card I used the Peeking Cats die from the January Pet Love release.  I drew very light grids in pencil on my white card stock so I could line the dies up as perfectly as possible.  Using my Cuttlebug I embossed them each 3 times to form my background.

I used the Chevron Edger #1 to cut the corner from the card to add a little interest and placed a piece of coloured paper underneath.  Finishing off with the hello die cut in the same coloured paper.  The hello is also cut out in foam so it sits up off the background.

I love this effect and its a wonderful way to stretch your dies.

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