Friday, May 27, 2016

Spring Is In The Air (Kendra Sand)




Spring Is In The Air
by Kendra Sand



Today I am featuring the Gardening Tools Set of dies by Frantic Stamper.

As I had mentioned in my intro about myself when I joined the team, my other passion (besides card making) is flowers!! I love gardening! My full-time job is actually with a family owned landscaping company, so I was pretty excited to get this die set.

Here's a photo of my in-process work on creating this card:



I die cut the Gardening Tools three times, each time on a different color of cardstock (Grey, Brown, Green). I did nothing to the grey layer, but altered the other two colors slightly!

Here's a look:



I only cut the actual tool part off of the brown die cut pieces. And for the green die cut pieces, I had to cut a little off the bottom and some of the top, so I would just have the portion you would hold.

Here's a look at the tools assembled:



Aren't they fun?!?!  I sure think so!!

Here's a close-up of my finished card:



I can't wait to get my gardening tools out of storage and dig in the dirt for the season!!


*** Materials for this project available at www.franticstamper.com.
 
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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Fishing at Sunrise (Ted Mattos)





Fishing at Sunrise
by Ted Mattos


I tried my hand at blending with some Distressed Inks from Tim Holtz. I had to create two panels (one with the red tones, and one with the blue tones) and simply cut them in half to meet at the center of the card. My hope was to make it appear as if there was a pond or lake there! :)

I then just added the Fishing Card panel on top (cut out of black paper).

No sentiment, so I could use it for any occasion when a masculine card is needed! :)

*** Materials for this project available at www.franticstamper.com.
 
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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Super Hero Zap!Bam! Pow! (Karen Oliver)


Super Hero Zap!Bam! Pow!

by Karen Oliver


How fun is this die set?  Perfect for any kind of card for any person.  These are part of the recent "Your'e my Super Hero" Release.  I chose colours that would be perfect for a boy or a girl.  I cut the backing clouds in black and popped the words up with foam to give dimension.  Using a sentiment stamp from the superhero stamp set I stamped along the edge a few times to make a strip and choosing matching colours added a strip of paper down the side.

I can see loads of uses for these dies, really fun sentiments to have in any collection.

*** Materials for this project available at www.franticstamper.com.
 
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June 1, 2016 Die Release...Retro Cool


We have another new video to share our upcoming die release with you. This series is Retro-cool, and we hope you will love them as much as we do! The dies are available for Pre-Order now here at the Frantic Stamper store.

We hope you will enjoy the video and the release!




Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Superhero Birthday (Jen Carter)




Superhero Birthday
by Jen Carter



Frantic Stamper just released a new Super Hero themed set of dies & stamps!  I have been so excited for this release for several months now and really went overboard creating with these products because they are just SO FUN!  Today I am sharing one card with you and a video as well.  I also hope to have another video showcasing more of the release at a later time.

Jen Carter Super Hero Washi Skyline


So this card...FUN to put together!  This features a couple of new dies & an older one as well but the focus is that adorable super girl!  That is from a new die set called Super Hero Kid.  Oh the fun that you can have with this set!  There are SO MANY choices on how to dress the super hero, what sex to make him/her, what hair style to use, what masks to wear, etc.  So. Fun.


And can you just imagine the fun that your kids/grandkids will have mixing and matching with these pieces?  I also made a magnetic fridge set with this die that I'll share at another time.


Jen Carter Super Hero Washi Skyline Closeup 2


To make the spotlight for the super hero I used an older die called Corner Sun Rays Quilt Panel.  I used the circle to fit in the corner of the patterned paper and one of the stitched sun rays for the beam. It was the perfect size!

Jen Carter Super Hero Washi Skyline Closeup

This skyline is another fairly new die that I am very excited about as well, called Cityscape.  I die cut it twice, once in white and then a second time in vellum and I used washi tapes to highlight some of the buildings.  I have a video to share with you that shows how to easily create the washi tape buildings.





Thank you for joining us today!

Have a great day!


*** Materials for this project available at www.franticstamper.com.
 
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Monday, May 02, 2016

Altering Dies (Kendra Sand)




Altering Dies

by Kendra

So I am in love with many of Frantic Stampers Dies!  And like many when I get them am SUPER excited to dive in and use them that sometimes I forget to sit back and first think "outside" the box!

When I was posting my tag using the Handmade with Love die a light bulb when off in my head!!

First, here is the tag I had created:



A beautiful tag to add to a handmade gift! The font of the handmade and love, I absolutely love!

But what if I wasn't giving a handmade gift but still wanted to use this die?

Well I decided to die cut the Handmade with Love die and alter it a little bit!  I carefully cut the "Love" away from the rest of the words so that I could create this beauty:



You would have never guessed the word Love was attached to other words!

I LOVE it!

This die can be used in so many other ways!



Another die I have altered a lot lately, is the fun Fishing Pole die.

Here's a look at the entire die:
Frantic Stamper Precision Die - Fishing Pole

Super fun die!  But keep in mind you don't always have to use the entire die. Look at what I did with this card:



I wanted to feature the awesome Fancy Fish die on this card!  What an amazing die!! I cut the die to make it look as though the fish was chasing the line!



Oh so fun!  I hope I have inspired you to sit back and look at your dies a little differently!!  Alter them a little!  Create new die cuts!!

Have a happy day!


*** Materials for this project available at www.franticstamper.com.
 
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Friday, April 29, 2016

May 1 Die Release - Independence Day


We have another new video to share our upcoming die release with you. The dies are available for Pre-Order now here at the Frantic Stamper store.

We hope you will enjoy the video and the release!



Monday, April 25, 2016

Joy Globe (Jeni Allen)


Only 8 months left until Christmas! We hope you have gotten a good start on your holiday cards by playing along when we post our cards on the 25th of each month. And what better way to do that than using Frantic Stamper's very own Christmas and Holiday dies!

Today we share a card from Jeni Allen. We hope you will enjoy it!




Joy Globe
by Jeni Allen


I love snow globes!! When I got this globe out I knew I had to make a shaker of some sort!! I used the beautiful Snow Globe Triangle Tree dies and cut them from some beautiful green hues...I just love these colors!! I also cut the snow globe out a few times, one of them being on some adhesive foam so I could easily add the window sheet and sequins. I love the dimension that comes with foam tape....love it!! I pulled out my twine and made a big fluffy "pom-pom-like" bow to attach my sentiment. I used the awesome joy sentiment from the stamps that match the Triangle Trees.


*** Materials for this project available at www.franticstamper.com.


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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Welcome DT Members


Because of an injury to team leader Kathy Berger, we decided to ask a few of our guests from early in the year to stay on with us to make managing the team easier on Kathy. Kendra Sand has agreed to stay on as a full-time team member until the end of the year. Becky Carafa will be joining us as a full-time team member through August, and then will stay on as a guest until the end of the year. Ted Mattos will stay on with us for another month or so. We GREATLY appreciate their help in making Kathy's load a little easier.

Jeni Allen will be leaving the team soon. In trying to get her family settled after a major move, she found she just didn't have time to commit to the team any more. We have loved having Jeni with us, and we will miss her when she is gone. Her work for us was fabulous, and she was always an upbeat and fun person to work with.

Please join us in wishing Ted and Jeni well, and thank them for their wonderful projects, as they slowly transition off of the team.

When thinking about a person to bring onboard to help fill the gap being left behind by Ted and Jeni's departures, Kathy immediately went to an online friend whose work Kathy has admired for a long time. Kathy and she have exchanged patterns and ideas for several years, and Kathy is THRILLED to be able to say that she has accepted our invitation to join the team through the end of the year. Please welcome Janine Tinklenberg, aka JanTink, to the Frantic Stamper Design Team. Here is a little about Janine her own words. We think you will soon see why Kathy considered landing Janine as part of the team a bit of a coup!




Jan Tinklenberg is a happily married mother of three children who has been playing with paper as long as she can remember. Jan knew from an early age that she wanted to be an artist and discovered a passion for paper sculpture in high school. She started college, only to find that paper arts were not considered "serious art" so she changed her emphasis to watercolor instead. After having her first child, Jan discovered stamping when she was going to MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), and it was then that a true obsession was born. Since then, Jan spent 13 years as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, dropping out in 2015, and she has been a member of a number of design teams including Splitcoaststampers original Dirty Dozen and their Creative Crew, as well as Flourishes LLC and Kitchen Sink Stamps, among others. Jan has been published in Paper Crafts Magazine's special Stamp It issues, has been featured in Stampin' Success magazine, and has designs published in two Annie's Attic books, Interactive Cards 1 and 2. Jan is currently serving a term as a Tombow Brand Ambassador. Besides papercrafts, Jan loves to knit, plays the organ at the Episcopal church she attends, and is a medical transcriptionist.


When Kathy fell she had just started trying to get her last guest from the previous Guest Designer call set up to join the team. Unfortunately the broken elbow made typing impossible so we had to postpone her joining the team. But now Kathy's elbow is on the mend (only 6 more weeks of restricted lifting) and we are able to welcome Monica Edwards to the team. Here is a bit about Monica in her own words.




My name is Monica Edwards and I am the mother two plus my big pup named Roscoe. I live in Sunny Florida home of the once infamous shuttle where I used to work. I love all things craft related and I have since I was 10 yrs old. My goal is to inspire other to create and step outside of their comfort zone. I hope to learn and grow here at the Frantic Stamper during my stay as a guest.


We are very excited to see the beautiful things our newest team members will be making for us. Please give them a warm welcome!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

(kich-uhn) - noun (Karen Oliver)





(kich-uhn) - noun

by Karen Oliver


I just love these little pots and pans.  They are part of the Frantic Stamper's "Mom's Kitchen" release.  How fun are these???

I couldn't decide on a sentiment for this card so I googled the dictionary meaning for Kitchen and found this great definition that I had to use as my sentiment.

For my pots and pans I die cut them twice, once in plain card stock and once in the design paper.  Using sharp pointed scissors I removed the inside part of the pots and pans from the design paper and glued this onto the card stock pieces.  Its a bit more work but I think the effect is worth it and adds dimension to the die cuts.  The lids of the pots are a separate little die so I placed these in front. The pots, pans and sentiment are all popped up on foam.

To finish my card I added a piece of the paper I used to make the pots and pans along the top, with a strip of lace and a button tied with twine. 

Such a fun die set to use.


*** Materials for this project available at www.franticstamper.com.
 
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