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

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 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



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

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Fishing With Dad, April 15, 2016 Release

We think you are going to love the new "Fishing With Dad" die and clear stamp release, coming in plenty of time for you to create the perfect card for Father's Day! Our design team members have made a bunch of gorgeous samples to showcase each of the dies in the release, and Kathy has put together a slideshow to share those cards with you.

We hope you will love this release as much as we do; masculine cards are often tough for us to make, but we think this release makes creating the perfect masculine card for a fishing loving dad much easier!

Be sure to visit to see these dies (and all the other wonderful products we carry).

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Mom's Retro Kitchen Die & Clear Stamp Release

We think you are going to love the new "Mom's Retro Kitchen" release! Our design team has really stepped up to provide you with simply fabulous samples using the new dies, and Fran has put together a slideshow to share them with you.

We hope you will love this release as much as we do!

Be sure to visit to see these dies (and all the other wonderful products we carry).

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Embossing with a Die (Jen Carter)

So sorry to be late in posting our monthly Christmas Card. Sometimes life just gets in the way. Lol. Please enjoy Jen's card and wonderful technique...

Embossing with a Die
by Jen Carter

Welcome!  Today I have two cards to share and a video tutorial on how I completed the cards. I used an every day, non-holiday die and am using it to create holiday cards.

I started my aqua panel by cutting the frame with an Elementals #1die. I then used the USA Map die to cut the negative from the inside of the frame. This frame was popped up with dimensionals. I stamped four different sizes of snowflakes from the Round Christmas Vignettes stamp set with an Iridescent Sparkle embossing powder. I love the little shine it added to the card.

Jen Carter Merry Christmas USA Closeup 1

I explain in the video below how to emboss the inside of the map instead of cutting it out.  It is really quite easy using an embossing mat and your die cutting machine.  To create the banner I used one of the Wavy Banners dies and embossed the sentiment from Triangle Trees on it.  I spread the banner out on my card rather than tucking it under like I normally would.

Hopefully the video explained my process well!

Jen Carter Sending Happy Thoughts USA 1

This is the "fall" version of the Christmas card above, that I put together on the video.  I basically did the same thing as I did on the first card.  *On a side note, I have to add how much I like this patterned paper! We are in the process of painting our house navy blue with white trim and a yellow door!  I love the little blue house on this paper!

Jen Carter Sending Happy Thoughts USA Closeup

The sentiment on this card comes from the Scribble Flowers #1 stamp set. 

*** Materials for this project available at

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Bunny Barrettes (Jen Carter)

Bunny Barrettes
by Jen Carter

Hello everyone!  I wanted to share some projects I made using Spring/Easter dies from Frantic Stamper and some felt.  For today's felt projects I'm going to share three different barrettes I made for my daughter and I'll show you pictures of her modeling them too!

The picture above shows all three barrettes that I'm going to share in more detail below.  You can see that on two of them I stitched the felt pieces together with a sewing machine (you could use needle & thread too) and the other one I used hot glue on.

Jen Carter Felt Bunny Hair Barrettes Pink Bobby Pin

For this one I used the Large Marshmallow Bunny die and a large bobby pin that has a circle on the back to attach your project onto. To attach the felt bunny I hot glued it to the circle but you could also hide the circle inside the bobby pin and sew.

I used a small piece of black felt between the pink layers so that it would show the eyes and nose.  I also used the sewing machine to add the yellow ears.  To attach the flower sequin I used a French Knot.

Jen Carter Sadie Pink Bunny

This is my sweet daughter modeling it (on a very windy day).

Jen Carter Felt Bunny Hair Barrettes Bunny Back Bunny 2

Next up is the same die Large Marshmallow Bunny but I used it as the back of the bunny.  I cut a hole with my crop-a-dile to attach the brad (which turned as I was sewing and I didn't realize it, it was straight when I started). I sewed past where the brad went and then inserted it and continued sewing.  To attach the barrette I used thread and a needle to stitch it on to the backside.

Jen Carter Sadie Bunny Button

And again my daughter modeling.

Jen Carter Felt Bunny Hair Barrettes Bunny Back Large Gray

And last I used the Bunny Back die and instead of sewing it I used hot glue to put her together. I cut off the whiskers on the back layer of the bunny so that they lined up properly.  I used the face from the Large Marshmallow Bunny die and it fit perfectly.  I also hot glued the flower sequin to her head.

Jen Carter Sadie Bunny Large

And again the cutest little girl.  I may be slightly biased! :)

Thanks for joining me today.  I hope you feel inspired! 

*** Materials for this project available at


Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Peeking Bunnies (Karen Oliver)

Peeking Bunnies
by Karen Oliver

This card features the Peeking Bunny Square Die set of three adorable little bunnies. They separate so you can use all three or each individually.  I double cut them to add the gingham accents and used a fine marker to add the whiskers.  I then cut a coloured square to put behind each bunny for some dimension and colour.  The border is cut with one of my favourite dies, the Stitched Scene Builder.  Final touches: Celebrate stamp from the Celebration clear stamp set and some sequins.

This is such a sweet die set you just have to love it.

*** Materials for this project available at