Friday, January 13, 2017

Lovely Lace (Karen Oliver)





Lovely Lace
by (Karen Oliver)


I love this die called Lacey Edger.  It was released on March 1, 2016  and is so elegant and pretty.  You can use this die to make a very quick and easy card.  It really can stand alone with very little else.  For my card I simply used white card and cut the lacey edge along the bottom and backed it in pink paper.  I stamped the sentiment which could be anything you like and added a strip of paper with a paper bow.  A couple of little sequins and its finished.  So easy yet so effective.  A must have die to add to any collection.


*** Materials for this project available at www.franticstamper.com.
 
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Friday, January 06, 2017

Mom's Card-2016 (Kathy Berger)



Mom's Card 2016




The time has come for me to share my mom's 2016 Christmas card. As you may or may not know, my card for mom is the first card I tackle when I start to make my Christmas cards. It is always the most challenging one to make, and the most unique.

This year I decided to jump on the chibi light band wagon and make a card with lights. I wanted to make the card a pop up, with back lighting for each of the main elements on the inside of the cards. And, of course, I wanted to use only Frantic Stamper Precision Dies!

I decided I wanted to make a village for my card, so I started off by die cutting several of the buildings and multiple trees from the FranticStamper "village" dies, using 110lb white cardstock.

I also die cut a few tree and hill edgers for the background.

Next I die cut Santa's Sleigh and his reindeer out of black cardstock, and punched a 1.25" circle out of pale yellow card stock.

It is far too complicated to fill in all of the tiny details of how I made the pop ups, and how I wired the chibi lights but I will give you a brief of a description of the steps I took.

Since the card is 5 1/2" x 7" I knew I could easily get away with about 2.5" of pop up elements without having to worry about anything extending too far. So, the four pop-up bases are each 1/2"x7" box mechanisms. I started with a 7"x2" strip of cardstock and scored it lengthwise at every .5". I used strong tape on the first and last of the four areas of the mechanism created by the scores. I aligned the two edges of the box piece with the fold of the card and closed the card to affix them in place. When the card was reopened, there was a 1/2" tall and 1/2" deep box across the base of the inside of the card. I glued the very bottom of the church to the center of the front of the box, very close to the top of the box. I then repeated the process with more 7"x 2" panels, creating boxes that become attached to the base of the card and to the box behind it, and adding buildings and evergreen trees to the boxes. I used a total of four box mechanisms. On the last box I attached a few trees and a hill cut with the stitched hill Edgers.

The wiring followed the Chibi directions for multiple lights on a circuit, with the positive and negative copper tape winding in parallel lines from the top right of the card inside down the inside of the card front, then meandering through the village. I covered the wiring with strips of 1/2" 80lb card stock with 1/8" holes punched at each light.

I created the snowy base with texture paste smeared onto the scene with a finger, and then sprinkled liberally with diamond dust.

The battery is housed in a pocket made from a rectangle of card stock folded over the battery. The copper tape connects to both inside sides of the folded rectangle. The battery itself sits on the negative lead but is surrounded by 3 layers of foam tape, ensuring that the connection to the positive side of the battery can only be made by pushing the top of the folded rectangle.

The blue layer was made by sponging blue inks onto white cardstock. It is attached with 3 layers of foam tape at the top, to align the top with the level of the tape around the battery housing. The panel was attached with glue tape at the bottom. The tree lines and snowy hills were attached with foam tape, building up to 3 layers of foam tape thickness, making the top and bottom of the card flush with each other. The moon was place over the battery to mark its position as well as to add another feature to the image. The stars were cut from white cardstock (covered with Tulip glow-in-the-dark paint) using the starfall  and the Northern Star dies and then were affixed randomly.

The last element I added to the inside of the box was the Script Merry Christmas, die cut from deep red cardstock.

The front of the card was made by layering a piece of glow-in-the-dark painted cardstock onto a dark blue piece of cardstock, and then layering on top of that a piece of cardstock that I sponged dark blue and die cut with the same star dies as used inside of the card. Finally, the Peace on Earth was diecut from white cardstock and added to the card front.

I hope you enjoyed the card. I know Mom did!
*** Materials for this project available at www.franticstamper.com.

Village Church

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Village School House

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Village Candy Shoppe

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Village Grocery Shoppe
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Village Book Shoppe

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Village Victorian

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Village Cottage

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Village Shrubs and Trees
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Hill With Pine Trees Edger

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Evergreen Forest Edger
 
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Stitched Scene Builder Edgers

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Santa's Sleigh

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Northern Star

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Starfall Background

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Script Merry Christmas

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Large Peace on Earth

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Thursday, January 05, 2017

Frantic Stamper 2017 Design Team Introductions

Returning to the 2017 team from our 2016 team are:

 
Jen Carter
 
Karen Oliver
 
Michelle Leone
 
Kia Gibson-Clapper
 
Kendra Sand
 
Monica Edwards






And now please welcome the new members of the 2017 Frantic Stamper Design Team.


Jeanette Cloyd

"I am delighted that as an adult I get to continue to embrace one of my favorite childhood activities - coloring - and now I’ve added stamps, designer papers, dies, embellishments, and more to my creative endeavors. In addition to this enjoyable hobby, I love traveling, writing, leading conferences, and hanging out with my husband and my three young adult children. I am so excited to be part of the 2017 Frantic Stampers Design Team and look forward to see what this year brings."


Mary Dimercurio Prasad

Mary Dimercurio Prasad is a professional photographer with interests in arts & paper crafting, board gaming, martial arts, and P90X. She created her blog, Awash with Color, to inspire others, share tips, and have fun! Mary is a Certified Copic Instructor at the highest level currently offered. She used to be a Class Instructor for Michaels (PaperEd: scrapbooking, card making, Copic coloring) and has been on several design teams. She is married to Ravindra Prasad, an anesthesiologist at the University of North Carolina.


Nancy Hill

"My name is Nancy Hill. I have been retired for the past two years and been creating cards and projects as my main hobby. I have seven grand children in the local area and have three successful sons and one daughter. I have a doctorate degree and a career as a teacher, professor and coordinator for infants and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities.

I have been blessed to be able to work with many fabulous stamp and die companies and challenge blogs. When talent and passion are blended together, magic is certain to happen. My goal as a scrapbooker and card maker is to continue learning new techniques and to grow as an artist. This hobby is my creative outlet and I take pride in every piece I create. I enjoy trying new products and techniques, experimenting and creating in different styles. I love the Frantic Stampers’ dies and stamps. "


Kate Dachovska

"My name is Kate Dachovska and I am from Czech Republic. I live with my family in lovely village. I love cardmaking, mixed media, scrapbooking and sewing. My big passion is colouring with Copics or watercolour markers. I cannot sit in front of TV with empty hands. My best crafty friend is Big shot."


Agnieszka Wolnicka-Pawlikk

"Hi! My name is Agnieszka, my nickname is chanya13 and I live in Poland. My husband and I have 4 cats and a dog. I have been scrapbooking for 3 years now and I’m totally crazy about this hobby! My favorite things to make are cards, ATC’S and notebooks but most of all, I love to make multilayer cards. I also like making exploding boxes and scrap book layouts.

I have my own style and I love to use flowers. I sometimes make my own, either from paper or I crochet them. I add butterflies, different media and lace of all kinds to my projects. I have a weakness for purple and pink and use them quite a lot. Promarkers are my favorite way to color images. Vintage and romantic styles are my favorites and I make a card almost every day. In my free time, I like gardening, rock climbing, hiking and traveling. I also love photography.

If you want to see my work, look here:
http://cardmakinghobby.blogspot.com/
or FB: https://www.facebook.com/cardmakinghobby/

Hugs, Agnieszka chanya13"



Lastly, please join us in welcoming the first Guest Designers with the 2017 Frantic Stamper Design Team. They will be with us through April.


Karen Letchworth

"Hello, friends of Frantic Stamper! My name is Karen Letchworth, and I'm happy and blessed to be a Guest Designer here at Frantic Stamper. I've been crafting in different ways since I was a very little girl. But nothing quite compares to my love for card-making; and since I love creating with fabulous die-cuts, Frantic Stamper is the place to get the best variety and selection....plus they carry SO many of all our other favorite products. I've been married to my Police Officer hubby, Darren, for over 31 years; and together we've had the privilege and blessing of raising three wonderful children (two married daughters with wonderful husbands, and our "baby boy" who is a Senior in High School this year). I'm a Northern girl who moved out to sunny Las Vegas in 1989, and we now call it our home. I look forward to getting to know you all, and I invite you to stop by my blog, My Cup Runneth Over, to say hello. I hope that my creations will inspire you to get LOTS of of new Frantic Stamper dies, and I look forward to seeing your creations as well. "


Pat Barton
 
I'm so thrilled to be a Guest Designer on the Frantic Stamper Design Team. I've been married to my wonderful husband Bill for 44 years, we have 3 grown children, and the most amazing granddaughter. We live on the central coast of California and are both retired and love to travel.

I have been stamping for 15+ years. I love all kinds of techniques and mediums. I will try any new technique once to see if I like it. I still like old standbys but love trying new things. I love all kinds of paper. I think that's why I like dies so much. I can use my paper stash in so many ways with dies "


Holly Brown
  "Holly Brown has been stamping for about 15 years and she loves to play with all kinds of dies, stamps, and coloring mediums. Whether it was coloring with crayons as a child, doing counted cross stitch, or playing the piano, Holly has always loved the creative arts. Nowadays you can find her covered with glitter or testing out a new technique. Check out her personal blog at Glitter, Stamps, and Ink. "

<--Holly asked us to share her avatar in lieu of her photo.


Vickie Yeakley
"Hi, I'm Vickie Yeakley and I'm excited to be joining Frantic Stamper as a guest designer. I live in Indiana with my very supportive husband. We are empty nesters but enjoy visits from our children and grands! I've been a crafter and cardmaker for several years and LOVE using dies to enhance my cards and projects. I especially enjoy learning new crafting techniques and look forward to sharing my creations using Frantic Stamper dies. "

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Frantic Stamper 2017 Design Team

Frantic Stamper is pleased to announce our 2017 Design Team!

Returning from our 2016 team are:
Jen Carter, Assistant Team Leader
Karen Oliver
Michelle Leone
Kia Gibson-Clapper
Kendra Sand
Monica Edwards
Lyyn Mangan (through the end of February)
Our new full-time members selected for 2017 are:
Agnieszka Wolnicka-Pawlikk (aka Chanya)
Nancy Hill
Kate Dachovska
Mary Prasad
Jeanette Cloyd
Our guest selections are as follows:

January 1-April 30
Patricia Barton
Karen Letchworth
Holly Brown
Vickie Yeakley
May 1-September 30
Chrissy Larson
Sarah Elliot
Kathi Rerek
Brenda Nakandakari
October 1-December 30
Marleen Gallagher
Birgit Norton
Naki
Keia L. Shipp-Smith
Alternates (in case any of the guests above can't fullfill her term; if not used as an alternate, will have a guest slot in the first part of 2018)
Tasha Jorgensen
Pam MacKay
We want to congratulate those who will join our team in the next year, and thank all of the applicants. We hope that those who were not selected this time will continue to follow Frantic Stamper on social media and will apply again on our next design team call. We had so many very talented people apply, and there was only so much room on the team. It was truly hard to choose! We hope you will help us to welcome the new and returning members of the World's Greatest Design Team!

Please join us, too, in thanking departing members Janine Tinklenberg, Alanna Moses, and Becky Carafa. We will miss them, but we thank them for all they have done for the team, and we wish them all the very best!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Winner of the Kokeshi Japanese Paper Doll Giveaway

We are happy to announce that the winner of our giveaway is Shari Hensley Garza with this comment



on Karen Oliver's post of the super cute paper clips with a variety of Kokeshi.



Congratulations, Shari! Please contact Fran with your address so we can get your die set on its way to you.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Visions of the East Die Release and Giveaway

Once again the Frantic Stamper Design Team has outdone itself, producing beautiful cards using Frantic Stamper's newest die and stamp release, Visions of the East. Please take a few minutes to view the release video. We think you will be as enthralled as we are!



In addition to announcing the release, we are happy to share that we are having a giveaway of a die we think will be extremely popular, our Kokeshi Japanese Doll. Be sure to play along before December 14!
 

Lastly, we want to remind you of our Design Team Call. The call closes on December 20.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Down on the Farm, November 2016

Welcome to the newest release of stamps and dies from Frantic Stamper! The World's Greatest Design Team has out together a video, on the Farm" to showcase the new barnyard products, available now for preorder, shipping on November 1st.



We hope you enjoyed our little show! Please click on over to our preorder page to place your order, and while you are there, be sure to check out all the other products on Frantic Stamper for all your papercrafting needs!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Winter Wonderland Die Release

We have a wonderful new release of 22 winter-themed dies and one clear stamp set available for preorder at www.franticstamper.com, shipping on October 3.

Please enjoy the video slideshow that Fran put together to introduce the dies and share some inspiration created by the world's greatest design team.



Don't forget to checkout these dies and stamps and all the other wonderful products carried by Frantic Stamper

Friday, August 26, 2016

Merry Christmas Die and Stamp Release (9/1/2016)


Today we are ready to share our upcoming HUGE release of Christmas and Holiday dies and clear stamps. They are available for preorder today at FranticStamper.com.

Check out the dies and stamps that are included in the release, along with wonderful samples made by the world's greatest design team, in this video.



We hope you have enjoyed seeing what we have available for you for the holiday season, and we hope to see you back here next month for our October die release video, as we continue forward with a monthly release schedule.

Monday, August 08, 2016

Foiled Seashell (Jen Carter)







Foiled Seashell
by Jen Carter


Frantic Stamper has recently released a whole set of dies with a beach theme.  You can check out all of the dies in that release here. For today's card I went with a sea theme, using several of these new products.  I die cut the seagulls with a die called Flying Gulls.

Jen Carter Scallop Shell Foiled Closeup


This new Scallop Shell has so much detail built into it!  I love that about the Frantic Stamper dies!

Scallop Shell

I used a new technique (to me).  I used some Heidi Swapp Reactive Mist Spray on a piece of ivory cardstock and ran that through my Minc Machine with gold foil.  I then die cut the shell from that paper.  I really like the look it gave the seashell!  I then attached it to my card with dimensionals.

Thanks for stopping by today!


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