Sunday, October 19, 2014

Merry Christmas, Deer Ones (Kathy Berger)




Merry Christmas, Deer Ones
by Kathy Berger


I am getting a more serious start on my Holiday cards and wanted to make a special one for a special aunt. I was inspired by a card by Pam Sim (pam-simcrafts.blogspot.com) and wanted to make a similar card.

With the exception of the lacy border die by Spellbinders, this card uses only Frantic Stamper dies, starting with the Horizontal Birch Panel. I tucked the kraft doe and buck into the woods, and then affixed the panel and the deer to a white glitter background (which appears a little pink because of the way the early morning light was reflecting).

That glittery panel was mounted to a lacy border, and then to a green panel, a bit of Christmas print with a gross-grain bow tied around it, another lacy border, and finally the card itself, which was made out of 120 lb. card-stock.

I finished the card off with a green script Merry Christmas and some green sprigs of holly with red berries and a couple of small cardinals.

I hope you have enjoyed my card. I had a wonderful time making it, creating a simple wintery scene for Christmas.


*** Materials for this project available at www.franticstamper.com.
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Another Guest Designer (Amy Kolling)


The Frantic Stamper Design Team is thrilled to have Amy Kolling joining us as a guest designer for 3 months, starting November 1st. We love her work and hope you will like it as much as we do!

Amy Kolling


Here is a little about Amy, in her own words.

    Hello!  My name is Amy Kolling.  I'm so excited to be joining the Frantic Stamper Design Team for the next few months as a guest!  Just a little about myself.......I am married (for 18 years now!), have 2 kiddos, and am a full time dialysis RN.  I got started stamping way back when I was silly enough to "ask" to see a Stampin' Up catalogue.  Oh did I only know where that decision would take me over the years!  I became a demonstrator for a home based stamp company and while I enjoyed teaching at my workshops, I enjoyed the blogging side of crafting more.  I slowly began my online presence by entering challenges and buying stamps from my favorite companies.  Now, I am enjoying being on several Design Teams and making friends all over the world through my crafting.  Some of my favorite things about cardmaking:  LOVE my dies (just ask my friends), CAS cards with a little "extra", and best of all, getting to meet lots of my online crafty friends!  You can join me over on my blog:  Stamp-N-Paradise.

We hope you will make Amy welcome!


Autumn Thanks Card (Ann Greenspan)





Autumn Thanks Card
by Ann Greenspan


My brother asked me to make some seasonal thank you cards that he could use to hand out to staff at the hospital he works at.  I wanted to make some masculine looking ones as well as the typical ones I make with flowers on them.  When I got the Large Thanks Frantic Stamper die (FRA-Die-09196) I knew it would look great on a card all by itself.

It seems like diagonals are very popular on cards these days, so I cut the Thanks die out of a rectangular piece of orange cardstock,  making sure it was centered all around.  I then adhered that orange rectangle to a brown diagonal strip that fit the card and let the brown show through where the die had been cut out.  I had plans to use the orange Thanks that had been cut out on another card.

After I adhered the diagonal to the card front, I then used a ruler and the thin end of a Brushed Corduroy Distress Marker to add a faux stitched look.

I was able to use the orange Thanks die cut on a second card which is below:





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

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Not Too Scary Bats & Ghost Card (Ann Greenspan)



Not  Too Scary Bats & Ghost Card
by Ann Greenspan


I have several young nieces and nephews and wanted to make a Halloween card for them that wasn't too over-the-board scary.  Using an inked blue and purple background with the gray hopefully gives the card a less scary feeling.

I used the Frantic Stamper Precision Die called Bats & Ghost (FRA-Die-09232) and the word BOO is from the Frantic Stamper Precision Die set called Scary Words, Set of 4 (FRA-Die-09234).  The ghosts are raised up slightly off the card using some foam dots.



*** Materials for this project are available at www.franticstamper.com.Frantic Stamper Products Used:

Thursday, October 09, 2014

DT Announcement and Home Sweet Home (Rozy Smith)


First, the DT news... I am sad to tell you that Rozy will be on hiatus from the team for an unknown period of time due to family health issues. We are sorry that she won't be with us, and wish her and her family all the best. We hope she will be able to rejoin us sometime soon.

Now on to one of her fabulous projects...



"Home Sweet Home"
by Rozy



We all like quick and simple so here is a cute little card using the Beehive Card Panel.

Die cut several colors of foil using the Beehive Card Panel. Using an A2 card run it through your Xyron machine placing adhesive face side up. Lay the centered panel over the top. Use the inserts from other colors to form the flowers, after these are all placed sprinkle the card with micro fine clear glitter and brush off.

Layer the A2 card on top of a black A7 card base. Make a tag that saying "Home Sweet Home" and place on the card . Using bee embellishments decorate as desired. Use Kaiser Craft Sparklets for the flower centers. Tie brown and yellow jute across the top of the card and tie in a bow.

Be sure to try this die, you won't be sorry. It is very versatile and easy to work with. Kathy is doing a fantastic job designing these dies. We are all having a blast with them!



* Materials for this project are available at www.franticstamper.com.Frantic Stamper Products Used:

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

A Midnight Dreary (Lis Whiting)




A Midnight Dreary
by Lis Whiting


This is a very easy card to make and SO beautiful because of the die I used. I love birches and the Frantic Stamper Horizontal Birch Panel die is wonderful! It is 3.75"x5" so it will nearly cover an A2 card (it leaves a perfect border!)


To make my card, I first cut the birch panel out of plain white card stock, then used Versa Mark and silver embossing powder to change my birches to silver. I reheated (melted) parts of the embossing and added some blue regular and chunky glitter to it, causing the glitter to stick to the melted powder. (I envisioned a full moonlit night and the birches would be silver in the moonlight and also give off this blueish light...spooky, yes?)




After I added glue to the back of my trees, I placed a moon cut from white shimmer paper behind the trees. I glued my trees to a black mat and again to a silver glossy mat to finish my card.

I have several ideas to share for variations on this card:
  • instead of a moon, use a skull out of red glitter
  • cut out a bat to lay on top of the trees with a Happy Halloween greeting in red or white
  • take an alcohol pen and color one tree to stand out from the group
  • add an owl to one of the branches

This die will also be perfect for Christmas; add snow at the base or on some of the branches. There are so many ways to use this birches die.  I hope you will give the die a try!


*** Materials for this project are available at www.franticstamper.com.
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Friday, October 03, 2014

Fall Candy Corn (Jen Carter)





Fall Candy Corn
by Jen Carter



Hey everyone! I hope you had a nice weekend!  As you know Fall is almost here and with Fall comes some traditional Fall foods, activities and decorations.  One of the things I've been seeing plenty of lately is candy corn.  I'm not a huge fan of candy corn but my family is!

The card I am sharing today started as an idea I had when I was playing with a die from Frantic Stamper.  I was using the Diagonal Stripe 3x4 Photo Card die for a fun project (that I'll share soon) and all of a sudden it reminded me of candy corn.  The stripes and the balance of the die is perfect for mimicking this popular fall food! So after playing with it some more, this is the that card came from that idea.



I started by using the Diagonal Striped die to cut some thin chipboard.  I used a piece that wouldn't cut all the way through with the sandwich I created and this created a nice base that I could paper piece the rest of the pieces on top of and it also provided a nice guide for placement.  I next used the die to cut a piece of yellow (and later added yellow glitter cardstock), orange & white cardstocks.  I cut each piece apart in sections and then adhered them to my chipboard base. This created a nice candy corn look for the card.



I added a vellum banner for the sentiment and gave it a little dimension by not adhering the left side down but letting it sort of "bubble" up.  I also added some twine and a few pieces of white cardstock stripes to finish the card off and give it some visual interest while still keeping it simple.

Thank you so much for stopping by today!  I hope you enjoyed today's card!  I'm curious...do YOU like candy corn?

 :)

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*** Materials for this project are available at www.franticstamper.com.
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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Two Design Team Announcements



I am pleased to make two Design Team announcements today. First, Jen Carter has agreed to stay on as a full-time Design Team member. Her Guest Designer stint was due to expire at the end of this month, so we are thrilled we won't be losing her!

I am also happy to announce that we have a new Guest Designer! Ann Greenspan has agreed to post with us through the first of the new year. You can see some of Ann's work at her blog, Ann Greenspan's Crafts.

Please give her a rousing welcome! But first, here is a little bit about Ann...in her own words.

Ann Marie Greenspan


I come from a very close family of 9, born in upstate New York near Lake George. My family is the driving force behind my getting into scrapbooking. I had a lot of photos that my father took of us when we were growing up, and I wanted to organize those photos into albums. But then I thought scrapbooks might be nicer so I made scrapbooks for each of my 6 brothers and sisters and all 13 of my nieces and nephews at the time.

When the scrapbooks were done, I got into making cards. I started off with just a few punches, then dies, then stamps. After my pre-school teaching days were over, I taught card making classes at various craft stores. Now I make cards that I can donate to local charities where I live in Maryland with my husband and two dogs.

My motto when making cards is to keep them simple yet elegant so others who see them will be able to recreate them easily themselves.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Dangling Bones (Kathy Berger)





Dangling Bones
by Kathy Berger


I recently spent a couple of days with Fran at Hero Arts as guests of the wonderful owners. There we got to make cards designed and taught by some of the industry's best designers, including none other than Jennifer McGuire. One of the cards we made was a suspension card for Christmas (I will be sharing Jennifer's cards with you in a post after the first of October), and it sparked this idea for a Halloween card. Thank you Hero Arts for hosting this fabulous educational event, and Thank You, Fran, for taking me with you! I loved it and came home feeling inspired!

On to that inspiration...

First I die cut the hole in my card front and top layer (held together with a touch of washi) with a Spellbinders rectangle die. I set the card aside and worked on the front panel. I clear embossed it using the Frantic Stamper Cling Rubber Stamp, Fleur de Lys Background (FRA-CLG-4711), and then spritzed it with gold perfect pearls in water and set it aside to dry.

Next I cut two of my skeletons using the Frantic Stamper Precision Die, Dem Bones Skeleton (FRA-Die-09237) using heavy card-stock.
I glued the two sets of bones for the extremities together to give them more strength, then using a needle and thread, I pierced them and stitched them together with a single stitch per pair, and knotted the thread well. I put a small dot of glue on the knots in the thread to ensure they wouldn't come undone.

I put a piece of strong tape from top to bottom, centered on one of the torsos and placed a strong piece of thread on the tape. I then added glue to the rest of the torso and affixed the other torso to the first, sandwiching the thread between them. When finished, I stitched the arms and legs into place.

I used foam tape along the inside and outside edges of my top layer of the card and a small piece of the strong tape to attach my Dangling Bones by his central thread to the card panel, inside the diecut hole. I then attached the panel to the card front, taking care to align the holes.



A bow made with the Frantic Stamper Precision DIe, Large Swirl Paper Bow (FRA-Die-09243) and spritzed with the gold mist (Perfect Pearls in water) finished off the card front.

Next I masked off the inside of the card and HEAVILLY spritzed the right inside of the card with the gold mist. and let it dry (okay... I am impatient so I did help it along with my heat gun!)

The finishing touch on the inside of the card was a plain black saying cut with the Frantic Stamper Precision Die, Large Trick or Treat (FRA-Die-09235).



I hope you have enjoyed today's card. This one was a labor of love...and well worth the effort!


*** Materials for this project available at www.franticstamper.com.Frantic Stamper Products Used:

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Peace on Earth (Rachelle Green)




Peace on Earth
by Rachelle Green



Not only is this my version of a Clean & Simple card, it's also my first Christmas card of the year. This is a first for me because I'm always down to the wire when it comes to making Christmas cards. Maybe I'm starting a new tradition? We'll see.

As always when I receive my Frantic Stamper dies I'm like a kid on Christmas morning. I rip into the packaging and then the creative juice shift into overdrive. When I saw the Three Wise men Silhouette die I knew I wanted to try Clean & Simple. I knew I had stamps in my stash that would the die would be the perfect complement to.

Selecting the papers were now problem at all. I used a corner punch a couple of stamps and voila! It took a couple of tries to get the placement right and when doing Clean & Simple there is not much opportunity to to hide mistakes! I used the new "Peace" die cut in silver foil paper to be eye catching. As I was trying to keep embellishments of a minimum, I sprayed the entire card with a blast of glitter spritz.



I like the way it turned out so much I might use it as the cards I send out for the season. Finally, I'd like to say that as usual I am super impressed at the accuracy at when the Frantic Stamper dies cut. I have never had a bad cut as I have had with other dies. If you have not tried Frantic Stamper dies you are missing a treat. With the assortment continually growing you are sure to find something you'd like!


*** Materials for this project are available at www.franticstamper.com.Frantic Stamper Products Used: