Thursday, February 28, 2013

Three Lilies Card (Lis Whiting)

Three Lillies Card
by Lis Whiting

Hi everyone!  Today I would like to share the simple card that I made using the colored image posted yesterday. I stamped the image (FranticStamper's Stained Glass Flower cling-mounted stamp) onto a white card base. I colored it with a mix of Sakura pens. All I needed to finish off the card was a pretty gold ribbon, which I wrapped around the card twice and tied in a bow. I chose not to add a sentiment, but if you wanted to, you could add a tag beneath the bow.

This card works for any occasion. Be sure to check out the other stained glass stamps in the FranticStamper line!

Thanks for stopping by!

Products Used:
  • FranticStamper stamps Flower Stained Glass cling mounted rubber stamp
  • Sakura Glaze Pens
  • Sakura Stardust Pens
  • Sakura Metallic Pens

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Flower Stained Glass Coloring Project (Lis Whiting)

Flower Stained Glass Coloring Project
by Lis Whiting

Hi everyone!

Today I want to share a coloring project with you using one of the FranticStamper stamps Flower Stained Glass. Its a very pretty stained glass look with three flowers and hearts...perfect for someone special on any special occasion!

I used Sakura Pens in Glaze, Stardust and Metallic. I also used a blue stardust pen to trace the border and inner lines that I did not color. Although it's fairly easy to shade and mix colors with these pens, I didn't do that this time because I really wanted it to simulate stained glass.


Products Used:
  • FranticStamper stamps Flower Stained Glass cling mounted rubber stamp
  • Sakura Glaze Pens
  • Sakura Stardust Pens
  • Sakura Metallic Pens

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Phenakistoscope Blizzard (Kathy Berger)

Phenakistoscope Blizzard
by Kathy Berger

Recently I saw a post on SplitCoastStampers for creating a card with a spinning mechanism controlled by pulling a string. The creator of the card called it a zoetrope card, but I thought it was more like a phenakistoscope. A zoetrope uses a cylinder with a strip of drawings to create the illusion of animation. A phenakistoscope uses a disc with slits to create that illusion, and since this card uses a disk, that will be my name for this card even though it, too, is a misnomer since there is no animation involved.

The zoetrope card used clear acetate sheets and a set of self-adhesive foam rings made by a particular home-party-based stamping company. I didn't have those items so I set out to create the card with items I did have and that are readily accessible. To replace their foam rings I opted for some craft foam and some strong adhesive. To replace the acetate sheets I opted for clear packaging tape.

First I cut a circle, about 1 1/4" in diameter, from craft foam that I had covered front and back with the strong adhesive tape. I also cut a medium circle (about 1 3/4" in diameter) and a large circle (about 2 1/4" in diameter) from card stock; the large circle was covered on one side with strong adhesive. Then I cut a large scallop circle (about 2 3/4" in diameter) from a double layer of card stock with strong adhesive between them. And lastly, I cut two small round tags for my pull tab, with strong adhesive on one.

I then put clear package tape on one side of the medium circle and on the non-adhesive side of the large circle.

It was then time to assemble the mechanism.

I adhered a piece of baker's twine (about 18" in length) to the craft foam, and then the craft foam to the scallop circle. The craft foam was then adhered to a card-stock circle a little larger than the foam circle.

I poked a hole in the center of both the stack and the large circle. The scallop circle mechanism was then attached to the remaining piece by putting a brad through the hole in center of each piece of the mechanism, and folding back the brad's legs. The mechanism was then affixed to a piece of card-stock, and then to the card. A tag was prepared to attach the pull end of the baker's twine.

In following Jennifer's plan to create holiday cards throughout the year, I decided to make my card a snowy blizzard of a card. My card base is white with snowflakes stamped in Memento Nautical Blue ink and then embossed with a Cuttlebug "Snowflakes" embossing folder. My disk was decorated with a larger snowflake on a small scalloped circle (I wanted to hide the brad's head), and finished off with sparkling blue gems. With this snowy fun card added to my collection, and a few more more every month, perhaps this year I will be ready for this holiday season when it arrives!

Here is a video that shows the steps I took to make the mechanism, and the finished card in motion.

Here is the sandwich stack details:

I hope you have enjoyed my snowy card. Until the next time!


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Monday, February 25, 2013

Altered Clear Tin (Sharon Jeffs)

Altered Clear Tin
by Sharon Jeffs

I recently bought a small set of small Alphabet stamps but had nothing to store them in until I saw this little clear tin!  Unfortunately, it looked terribly plain so I had to decorate it.

I began by cutting strips from the patterned paper that I punched a border along.  I used a metal die to cut out the main sections on the front of my card as well as the patterned paper topper on the lid.

I added a swivel clasp and metal flower to the top of my tin to ensure it was always easy to open it when in a hurry but I also couldn't help using it as an option to add a hanging embellishment as well.

The Tilda stamp with her toy Kangaroo was colored with Copic markers and a white gel marker was used to enhance her cheeks.

The only downfall of my tin being decorated now is that both of my girls want the tin and are quite happy to try and convince me to give it to them!

Friday, February 22, 2013

A Card for Dad (Jennifer Willis)

A Card for Dad
by Jennifer Willis

This 6" x 6" card was created using the wonderful dies from the Frantic Stamper's Precision Dies line. I used a mixture of the 1" dies to create the windows, including the Series #1 1" single square, Series #1 three staggered die, and the Series #3 1" quad size square. Once I had finished cutting the squares, I stamped the Time Pieces image from the Frantic Stamper's line of rubber stamps on a coordinating piece of card stock. To continue the vintage theme, and give the card visual variety, I cut images from the Graphic 45 paper line, A Ladies' Diary and positioned the images to show in the windows. To complete the card a variety of embellishments were randomly added.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Bo Bunny Inspiration (Kathy Berger)

by Kathy Berger

Yesterday FranticStamper was featured on the Bo Bunny Blog. We shared a sneak preview of the cards that were shared on that blog, and today we would like to share a little more. These are the four cards made by Kathy Berger for the Bo Bunny post. We hope you'll enjoy them.

Floral Fantasy

The circles of the Bo Bunny Bouquet paper of the Ambrosia Collection just screamed at me to make a flower of them. I used three different sizes of Spelllbinders scalloped circle Nestabilities dies to cut the layers. I then spritzed the circles with water with gold Pearl-ex, and crumpled the circles, reopening them gently and setting them aside to dry. Once partly dry, I stacked them, poked a hole in their centers and tied them together with a brad. I then pulled them up around the brad, and gently curled them back down. Once fully dry, the resulting flower has a ton of dimension and is fairly stiff.

I attached the finished flower to the corner of my card, which was made with a corner of the Ambrosia-Ambrosia paper that I fussy-cut and layered over the flip side of the Bouquet paper. The butterflies were punched from the Ambrosia paper and wrapped with embroidery floss to create their bodies.

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Fashion Magazine

The lovely pinks of the Isabella Collection were very feminine. Its pretty patterns made me think of fabrics and fashion, so I created this page from a fashion magazine to showcase some of what I thought were the prettiest patterns in the collection.

The dress was cut from the Becoming paper using the Princess Dress die. The magazine page was cut from the Isabella paper (which was also used to create the main card layer) using the labels 7 die. The chevron decoration was hand cut from the Delicate paper.

The buttons were attached with glue dots, but not before one of them was threaded with pink baker's twine.

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I Adore You

This card uses the Love Letters Collection from Bo Bunny and really takes advantage of how well the different papers coordinate. The hearts were cut from Keys and Puzzle, while the Pinking Circle was cut from Notes. Notes was used for the bottom layer, while the next layer was from Puzzle, but the flip side from what was used for the heart. The top layer was from Journal. All of the card was tied together with solid card-stock from American Crafts and a bow to match.

Products Used:
  • Bo Bunny Love Letters Collection
  • Martha Stewart Medium Heart Punch
  • Martha Stewart Medium Pinking Circle Punch
  • Ribbon Bow
  • Core'Dinations Adirondack Colors Card-stock


This very quick and simple card used a layer of Panache from the C'est La Vie collection with a small strip of paper from the Decoupage paper of the same collection, plus a saying from the Country Garden collection which I cut with a Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels 1 Die. This card took literally just a couple of minutes to make added onto my white 5"x7" card base.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Warehouse Wednesday: Bo Bunny Blog


Today FranticStamper is featured on the Bo Bunny Blog! Hop on over and check out a little about our store's history and present and see some wonderful cards from our design team members featuring Bo Bunny products.

Here is a one of the cards we're sharing:

Bo Bunny Blog

Monday, February 18, 2013

Rose Coloring Project (Lis Whiting)

Rose Coloring Project
by Lis Whiting

Hi everyone!  Today I wanted to share a coloring project I did using one of Fran's own rubber stamps and Distress Markers.  This coloring project is a bit unexpected because I used dark purple card stock.  Normally you would not think that the colors would show well, but they do!  It just goes to show you that you don't always have to use white card stock to color!

To make this beautiful rose:
  • I embossed the Rose stamp using Versa Mark and gold embossing powder
  • I colored the rose with two layers of color.
  • I allowed the color to stay on the gold embossing (I didn't wipe it off.) It helped give a pretty metallic color that added to the overall color of my rose.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope that you give coloring a try on some non-traditional card stock too!


Products used:
  • Ranger Distress Markers in Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint, Pine Needles, Worn Lipstick and Barn Door
  • Frantic Stamper Cling-mounted Rubber Stamp: Rose

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Sketch Sunday - February 2013

This is the sketch for the month of February. The design team members have made some cards using this sketch, and would like to share them with you today.

If you would like to share your take on the sketch, please leave us a link to your card in the comments.

Without further ado, here are our cards.

by Jennifer Willis

Jennifer used papers from the Graphic 45 A Ladies' Diary collection, the FranticStamper cling-mounted stamp, A Rose is for a Day, and the FranticStamper Precision die in the 1 inch base, Series 1 Triple square to create her lovely card.

Make A Wish
by Sharon Jeffs

Sharon used three different butterfly images from FranticStamper's line of cling mounted rubber stamps to create her lovely card: Butterfly 6409, Butterfly 6712, and Butterfly 6611.

Hugs and Kisses
by Kathy Berger

Kathy's windows were cut from a scrap of the same card-stock as the base with the fabulous and easy to use FranticStamper Series 1 Triple-square Die. The lacy trim was created with a Doily border punch from Martha Stewart, using the back side of the paper above it. The hearts and the XOX are stickers by K&Company.

by Lis Whiting

Lis chose to use patterned paper and vintage embellishments to create a pretty and romantic card. Once again, the fabulous FranticStamper Series 1 Triple-square Die was used to create the frame.

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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Getting an Early Start (Jennifer Willis)

Getting an Early Start
by Jennifer Willis

Today I would like to inspire you to get and early start on Christmas - in all honesty I start planning the day after Christmas for the next one. Otherwise, I would never get everything done in time. My card features an Inkadinkado clear stamp titled Cardinal Frame. It was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white card stock. I colored it with Copic markers - the bird was colored with R56, R59, beak Y35, berries with R17, leaves YG17, YG67, mat area BG96, swirls B00, and frame swirlsY28, YR24. I added sparkle to the swirled frame with gold Sakura glitter pen and the little flowers with a red glitter pen. Add a touch of gold washi tape, holly leaves and buttons for the fruit and you are on your way to a Merry Christmas!

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Friday, February 15, 2013

Queen's Chess (Linda Phinney)

Queen's Chess
by Linda Phinney

In this card the die-cut grid (made with a single pass using FranticStamper's six-up Precision Die) gives the illusion of the chess board, while providing a wonderful frame for the beautiful Tim Holtz Market District Composer tissue wrap. It is all finished off with FranticStamper's Chess Piece cling-mounted rubber stamped, stamped on red and white paper.

The color combination of black, white, and red gives this card a timeless appeal, making it perfect for just about any occasion, don't you agree?

Thursday, February 14, 2013

A CAS Valentine (Kathy Berger)

CAS Valentine
by Kathy Berger

Happy Valentine's Day! Today I would like to share a really quick, clean, and simple card. Rather than describe how I made it, I thought I would show you, since it really takes just a few minutes to make.

The main card is standard 5 1/2"x4 1/4". The layers are 5 1/4"x4" and 1"x4". The decorative score-lines on the large layer are at 1/8", all around the card.

Make up a bunch for the Valentines in your life!


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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Never-ending Love (Kathy Berger)

Never-ending Baby Card
by Kathy Berger

One of my cousins is having a baby boy! I made a baby blanket for him, and I needed a gift card to go with it, but I wanted the card to be special. I opted to make a Never-ending card, to symbolize the never-ending love and responsibility that goes with adding a child to a family.

The card measures 4" square and utilizes images from an unknown source along with a saying from Inkadinkado's Welcome Baby clear stamp set, and two Riley the Moose stamps, "Riley in the Moon" and "You're a Star" Riley. I also used the smallest star die from Spellbinders Stars Nestabilities.

The card is intended to be a keepsake, and has places for writing in vital information. But the card is also meant to be fun. The moons and every star in the card is painted with glow-in-the-dark glitter paint. Riley's antlers are flocked with Stampendous Caramel Latte flocking powder. I think those touches, along with the fact that the card is just FUN to play with because of its 4 faces and the fun way the card opens to each of those. The four faces are shown here:

In order to present my card, and to help protect it, I opted to add a belly-band, which is what is shown in the main photograph at the top of this post.

Making a Never-ending card is not difficult. For this one, I cut two 4" square pieces of light blue heavy card-stock. I then scored each of them at 1" from the left and right edges, and then turned them and cut them in half (at 2"), across the score lines. Realigning the rectangles of one of the squares with the central cut in the vertical direction, I used strong tape in the four corners, and affixed the other square on top of it, with the central cut in the horizontal direction. The mechanism is complete at this point, and works by simply folding on the score lines. All that is left is to decorate the card as desired.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Blue in a Toolbox (Sharon Jeffs)

Blue in a Toolbox
by Sharon Jeffs

From the moment I saw my beautiful Blue Russian sitting in this old Toolbox my Husband brought home, I wanted to scrapbook the page.  Its not very often he sits still enough to photograph so for him to stay put for a couple of shots was a dream! I decided to play on his colours a bit for my page. I chose first to convert my photo to black and white then create a page that was predominantly blue and white with a splash of colour to add some interest.

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