Friday, April 18, 2014

Christmoose and More (Kathy Berger)





Christmoose and More
by Kathy Berger


I know. I know. It is spring, and almost Easter, and you don't want to see any more snow. BUT I am making Christmas cards throughout the year and sharing them each month, somewhere around the 25th (I know I am a week early, but just wait...there is a great reason!). This month I used a fabulous new die (if I do say so myself, since I designed the die!) from Frantic Stamper to create a quick and easy card, and I just had to share it today.

The reason for having to share it now, you ask? Why, because the die I used to make it is being released today!

First let me share how I made this card, then I will tell you a lot more about this release.

I prepared a standard card base, then to that I affixed a 3.75"x5" panel of navy blue card stock to which I had glued two white pieces cut to make snowy hills. I traced the top edge of those hills with a bit of clear Wink of Stella to give them some glittery sheen.

I then cut a piece of craft foam with the new Moose in the Forest die (FRA-Die-09161) from Frantic Stamper, and cut an identical one from white card stock. I glued the two of them together, and then glued them to my card over my navy panel. I added a few tiny snow flakes and a bow, and the card was done.

So why is a moose in the forest being released today? Because this moose is versatile! We think he is PERFECT for masculine cards, and Father's Day is just around the corner! Here is an example of another use for this moose; a card made by cutting the die out of black card stock and gluing it to a Kraft card. A little bit of jute twine for a bow finishes the card off; a masculine card in mere minutes!



We think you would LOVE this die! I know I sure do! So much so that the Christmoose card is going to be one I make a lot of for this year's holiday season.


What else is being released today? Well, we have some more dies for those masculine cards. To pair with the moose in the forest we have a bear in the woods:



The masculine dies don't end there, though. For the guys we also have some transportation-related dies







an electric guitar



and some golf.




We realize, though, that Mother's Day is also on the way, so we just had to include some dies for Mom, too. Here are some lovely butterflies that she is sure to love.









And here is some foliage






to go with a lovely rose.






But we didn't leave the kids (or the kids-at-heart) out of this release, either! Here we have some great pieces for you to put together to make the back yard of your kids' dreams. There is a beautiful tree trunk



and some clouds that can also double as foliage for the tree,



but what back yard would be complete without a swing set?



This month's release also features some nifty journaling cards for you to use to scrapbook all about your family.









And there are some more terrific "full-panel" dies (besides the moose and bear) for your scrapbook pages or cards.









And to go with that Chevron full-panel there are some accent pieces and border/edger dies.





Be sure to hop on over to www.frantic stamper.com to place your order now!

-Kathy


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Friday, April 11, 2014

Southwest Cross (Rozy Smith)





"Southwest Cross"
by Rozy


Die cut the Southwest Panel in silver foil, copper foil, teal foil and red foil paper.

Form the cross using Copper Foil, insert inlays. Fill other openings with teal, silver & red placement of your choice.

 Layer completed panel on Teal cardstock base. Apply finished framed work to the front of Flip Book mini album. Embellish as desired.

Decorate the inside pages to go with the theme of your choice.




The Southwest Panel is one of the most versatile to work with. Give it a try, you will be amazed at what appears as you study the diagram.



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

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Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Party! (Kathy Berger)




Party!
by Kathy Berger

I have a friend who likes to celebrate her birthday with a lot of gusto (I am just the opposite; my birthday is pretty much just another day to me). This card is inspired by one of her celebrations, which had plenty of music, streamers, and friends sipping appletinis while sharing stories of our best times with her.

The record on the front of the card is a Phenakistoscope mechanism; it spins when you pull the little record tab! Here is a link on how to make a phenakistoscope, in case you missed it before. This one was made in the same way, but on a smaller scale.

Those of you who are old enough will remember the little yellow adapters which allowed 45RPM records to be played on a regular turn table. I made mine with a punched circle and tab-shaped slot and eighth-inch circle hand-held punches.

The party is really festive with its banner decoration, made using a piece of twine and five colorful fish-tail flags cut with a Frantic Stamper die. Making the banner even more festive, though, are a few streamers created with quilling papers and a quilling tool (which are BRAND NEW products available at Frantic Stamper!). Aren't they fun?

The music is really going for this party, not just in the record, but in the embossed background, and the musical score emanating from the record...and carrying over to the inside of the card.



Finishing off the card is perhaps tipsy Martini Riley on a record of his own, mounted to the card with a wobble spring.

I hope you've enjoyed my little card party. I surely enjoyed the real one that inspired it!


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

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Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Easter Bonnet (Lis Whiting)




Easter Bonnet
by Lis Whiting


I love to use old pictures in my artwork. I came across this picture of a little girl in a bonnet and it reminded me of when I was a little girl at Easter.  Mom always got us a new dress to wear when we visited grandma on Easter Sunday.

I used the Heartfelt Creations Paper Pad for my background paper on an ivory card base.



I also used Prima flowers.  They have these packets of flowers in different sizes and leaves too!  it made it very easy to create my bouquet.  I did use some additional flowers and pieces but not much!  I cut out the frame in burgundy suede paper and used the same Frantic Stamper die to cut out my picture.  I like using photo corners because they lend themselves to that old fashioned feeling.  I added a white pearl butterfly pin as a last touch (did you spot it?).  Have fun creating your own Easter cards this year!


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

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Faux Vintage Glass Card (Sharon Jeffs)




Faux Vintage Glass Card
by Sharon Jeffs


I haven't played around with my embossing powders in forever, sadly they've been tucked up in a drawer where I forgot all about them.  I was recently cleaning and rediscovered my little stash and decided to make a card using a Faux Vintage glass effect.

Rather than trying to explain all the steps I used to create this panel, I made a video of the process.  I chose to make mine using the largest die cut shape from the Frantic Stamper Coved Labels set.



To assemble the card I used a variety of die cut shapes from the Spellbinder range and finished off my card with a Vintage Dressform, cut using another of the awesome dies available at Frantic Stamper.



Thursday, March 27, 2014

Steam Card (Lis Whiting)



SteamCard
by Lis Whiting


I love the Steampunk style!  It's a marriage of Victoriana and Industrial, and every time I see something Steampunk, I find some object to reminisce about.  I hadn't made anything steampunk in a while and decided I wanted to make a couple of cards. 

I wanted to use a burlap background because I think it lends itself to the masculine feel I was aiming for, and I used gears cut in my new favorite card, holographic ripple! 





I wanted to use a few colors because I planned on stacking the gears and felt different colors would make each layer stand out more.  I added the pearls as a homage to Victoriana and then some eclectic metal elements scattered around as eye candy!




Materials for this project available at www.franticstamper.com

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Tyler's 15th Birthday (Rozy Smith)





Tyler's "15th" Birthday
by Rozy



Wanted to show everyone that you can use the new dies on masculine scrapbooking. My grandson Tyler turned 15 in December. Wow, can't believe I have been scrapbooking his journey for 15 years, doesn't seem possible! From that tiny newborn to a Black Belt in Chun Kuk Do, what an adventure.

No need to explain scrapbooking procedures so will explain products used in this project.

Used DCWV Gold Paper & Heart Gears, Cartoon Special Bubbles and Long Stem Rose Dies. Cut as many as desired for placement on layout.

Pictures and frames were cut using oval shaped Coluzzle, then layered as desired.

Kaiser Craft Art of Life & Violet Crush paper packs were used for base paper, film strip on side of paper, domino "15" die and "Do Your Best" saying.

Frame items, insert Theresa Collins Stationery Noted Brads through Heart Gears and attach. Behind the film strip place clear transparencies with design of choice.

Have fun!


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Pretty in Pink Card (Sharon Jeffs)



Pretty in Pink Card
by Sharon Jeffs


When I first saw the Sunburst die I immediately wanted to create a card with a focus of something the rays directing the eye straight to a specific item on the card. I really love pink at the moment so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to combine my love of pink with this die and create a card!

After cutting the Sunburst panel (FRA-Die-09141) I coated random rays with a thin coat of glitter then attached it to the front of my card. I also cut out a panel using one of the new Coved Label dies (FRA-Die-09128) and stamped the surface of it with the Cahiers stamp (FRA-CLG-3812) also from the Frantic Stamper range before surrounding it with pretty springtime flowers to go with my pink theme.