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!

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Ombre Glitter Card (Sharon Jeffs)

Ombre Glitter Card
by Sharon Jeffs

One of the things that I really look for when buying a die is whether or not it can be used for more than one type of project.  If I can't think of at least three ways I could use it then I won't get it.  The Fish Scales Card panel is a fantastic die with an infinite amount of different ways it can be used such as  the background for a mermaid or fish or dragon, multi-coloured inserts, layered over a print or used as a mask!

For my card I played around with different glitters to create an ombre effect that I really liked on a piece of blank card.  I used 'Glue and Seal' with distress Glitter and went layer by layer, making sure each layer was dry before adding the next one.

Once finished, I die cut the Fish Scales from a piece of black card and layered it over the ombre glitter panel.  This was super easy since this panel features a border around the die cut that is wide enough to add glue and stick the panel securely.

To finish off my card I die cut a Solid Paper bow from a scrap of metallic card stock then layered it over my panel to finish it off.

Originally I had planned to add a rhinestone to the centre of my bow but I kind of didn't think it was needed with so much glitz already on show!

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Simple Church in the Wildwood (Kathy Berger)

Simple Church in the Wildwood
by Kathy Berger

When designing this and some of the other panel dies I wanted to create something that would allow the person using it to create lovely detailed cards with very little effort...I wanted to let the dies do the work for you. That doesn't mean that you can't make a more complicated card, but I think that this card demonstrates that simple can be exquisite.

To make the card I used a Spellbinders die for the base. I had to cut it down and piece it to fit the 5"x7" card base, to which I had layered a 4 3/4"x 6 3/4" piece of amethyst cardstock. To make the focal piece I die cut the Frantic Stamper Winter Church in the Wildwood (FRA-Die-09285) twice, once out of white craft foam and again out of white card stock. I glued them together with Tombow Mono Adhesive, applied sparingly and spread out on the back of the card stock. I also use the Mono Adhesive to apply the piece to the card. All that was left to do was add the bow.

Using the craft foam makes popping this very detailed die cut off the background trivial! There is no need to struggle with piecing foam tape to try to support the die cut! No need to layer multiple die cuts to get depth. The die cuts the foam to perfectly match the card stock die cut. And the result is much more mail-friendly since there is nothing rigid! Just look at the depth the foam gives the image:

I hope you have enjoyed my card and my tip, and will give some of the detailed Frantic Stamper die panels a try!

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Friday, August 29, 2014

"You Light Up My Life" (Rozy Smith)

"You Light Up My Life"
by Rozy

Start with 5x7 Cream Colored Card Base. Trim with Cream Colored Washi Tape.

Adhere 5x7 decorative frame cut from Daisy Paper. Cut smaller frame using Spellbinders Card Creator Reflective Moments using DCWV Pastel Green Foil. Type "You Light Up My Life" on white cardstock and cut out with smaller coordinating frame. Distress edges with color of choice.

Using Light Bulb Die with filament, cut out two from DCWV Pastel gold foil, cut out two using Light Copper metal. Layer the edge from the copper metal on the foil, adhere filament.

Decorate edge of decorative frame with Sprinkles Dots, use Sprinkles Arrows on the upper right and lower left. Adhere your sentiment, light bulbs and apply embellishments.

These light bulbs are so fun! Will be using them on more projects!

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Distressed Background Silhouette Card (Sharon Jeffs)

Distressed Background Silhouette Card
by Sharon Jeffs

I love, love, love art effects at the moment.  I really like that every time you use the same effect, you get a different look!  Its fantastic!
So, this time I decided to film exactly how I created my background effect for this card and then onwards to finishing the card so ... sit back and enjoy!

Distressed Background Silhouette Card from Sharon Jeffs on Vimeo.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Mother and Child (Kathy Berger)

Mother and Child
by Kathy Berger

When I was growing up my mom worked outside the home, putting in 40 or more hours every week doing various factory worker jobs. Mom was so incredibly busy and had little time left after the cooking and cleaning, the laundry and ironing, and all the extras she had to do to take care of me and my three brothers. But she always found time to make me and each of my siblings feel special and loved.

When I was drawing the image for this die (based on a paper-cutting pattern), and later when designing this card, I reflected on how much Mom lifted me up, emotionally and spiritually, as I was growing up. She was always there for me, and most of my success in life is due to her providing that boost whenever I needed it.

This card is dedicated to Mom, who turned 87 today.

To make the card I cut the Mother and Child panel out of red card-stock, light blue card-stock, and white craft foam. I glued the light blue panel to the craft foam panel using Tombow MonoAdhesive. I reserved ONLY the hearts cut out from the red panel, and pieced them into the heart holes in the blue panel. I then glued the whole panel to a piece of coordinating floral card stock, which, in turn, I layered onto a slightly darker blue card-stock panel. I then affixed it all to an embossed white panel (Anna Griffin), to another darker blue panel, and finally to a white 5"x7" card. I finished the card off with a bow made from 3/4" wide red grosgrain ribbon.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Stacking Animals (Jen Carter)

Stacking Animals
by Jen Carter

I adore (ADORE) these baby animal dies!  This is the first of several cards that I'll be sharing using these dies.  The first thing I thought of when I started playing with these were that they would be so cute stacked, which of course required a tall card.  This card measures 8 x 4, so I cut my card base 8 x 8 to accommodate the fold. I chose some cute patterned paper for my animals and went to stacking!

Baby Animals Congrats Closeup 1.3

Do you see the base that the elephant is balancing precariously on?  That is a die that is included in the die set and it worked perfectly to ground these animals.  I thought it would be cute to add a little butterfly from the Petite Butterflies die set on the lion's tail!  For the ear of the elephant and the face of the lion I used dimensionals to pop them up a little.  There are eyes for the lion that can be die cut too but this time I used a little black pen to add eyes.

Baby Animals Congrats Closeup 1.4

The monkey seemed like he needed to be clowning around so I put him upside down as if he were swinging around.  I think he is so adorable! To make him seem more 3D I adhered the top portion of him (head) directly to the card front and then I used dimensionals to pop up his bottom stomach and legs.  It added a fun dimension to the animals!

Baby Animals Congrats Closeup 1.1

This die set is so fun!! There are so many possibilities, so many themes that they can be used with!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you enjoyed the card!

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wings of Paris Card (Sharon Jeffs)

Wings of Paris Card
by Sharon Jeffs

I absolutely adore creating distressed backgrounds and mixing different mediums together to get unique and different results.  I tend to cut a sheet of watercolour paper into smaller squares that I can experiment on and every once in awhile, I create something I adore!

This card began and an experiment.  I put a dollop of white, red and yellow acrylic paint onto a flat surface then rolled over it with a brayer.  I then brayered over a sheet of watercolour paper and spritzed it with water.  Once it was dry, I inked the edges and stamped one of my absolute favourite background stamps "Great Grandfathers Letter".

The butterfly is actually an imprint of the "Solid Butterfly" die that I carved to make my own matching stamp.  I stamped the butterfly using the same mix of paints that I'd created earlier with the brayer.

Finally I die cut an "Eiffel tower" from a scrap of card stock and covered with a layer of silver leafing and Distress ink (to tarnish and age the bright silver).

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Cowboy Charm Bracelet (Lis Whiting)

Cowboy Charm Bracelet
by Lis Whiting

YEEHAA! (Sorry, I couldn't help myself!)

Today's project is a cute charm bracelet with icons that represent our cowboys - boots, hats and horse shoes!

These cute decorations were made using shrink plastic, Spectrum noir alcohol ink pens and Frantic Stamper Precision Dies, Cowboy Accessories- three die set (FRA-Die-09123).

I colored the dies with the alcohol ink pens; since this is alcohol ink, I didn't bother to sand the shrink plastic before I colored.

I had a little trouble shrinking my die cut pieces but I found that I needed to hold my heat gun over the individual die cut, 3-4 inches away, and heat the entire piece at once in order for it to turn out really well. (ed. Different brands of shrink plastic react differently and you may need to try different methods to find which works best for yours.)

Although I did use the alcohol ink pens before I heated my shrink plastic, I also used them for touch ups afterwards.

Once I finished the shrinking and coloring, I took some gold tone jump rings and used them to attach my charms to my bracelet. Note that I didn't punch any holes before shrinking; I just used the design features as my holes.

I really like the way the boots turned out.  The colors and the look of long wear really fit them!

I wanted something colorful on my bracelet so I chose to make the horseshoe blue.  The horseshoe didn't have any holes big enough to string a jump ring through so I wound some gold-tone wire around the horseshoe and created a loop to attach to my bracelet.

I hope you enjoyed my cowboy charm bracelet. Now go make one of your own!

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Matchbook gift card holder (Rachelle Green)

Matchbook gift card holder
by (Rachelle)

Start with a 4" x 11" piece of paper. Score 4 1/4" from one end and 1 1/2 from the other end. Fold as scored. With a standard punch, punch two holes 1 1/4" and 3/4" down from top on upper flap through all thicknesses. I use a template I made previously which speeds up an already fast process.

After folding matchbook, I used Simple Stories Homespun and Carta Bella "It's a Celebration" design paper. Add large eyelet into the punch holes. It holds the top of the matchbook secure which will also hold the lower portion of the matchbook in place. You can easily decorate the matchbook anyway you like.

I stamped the faces on the Helium Balloons (FRA-Die19-186) and then layered them together. I added the Tim Holtz Filmstrip Ribbon (ADV-TH-92028) as fun element. Last but not least I used the Happy Birthday Line (FRA-Die-09182). I use removable tape to adhere gift card or cash.

Try it. I'm sure you like it!

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