Thursday, January 16, 2020

Deepest Sympathy

Deepest Sympathy
by Kathy Berger

Last week a dear friend lost her husband after a time in hospice, and I needed to make sympathy cards for her and her adult children with whom I am also close.

I don't know if you struggle as much as I do to make sympathy cards. Perhaps it is the fact that the reason for making them is always a sad one, but I seldom feel inspired when I need to make them. When I do stumble upon a design that works for me I like to document it so I can keep it in my back pocket for when I need to get one made and my muse is on vacation.

These cards will be joining my small repertoire of fall-back sympathy designs. It has several features that make it a keeper. It is easy to make, even in a hurry. It can be done in either landscape or portrait orientation. And it can be sent to a man or a woman.

To make it easier to make more in the future I created a reusable mask for the circle by covering a 4.25"x5.5" piece of text-weight paper with clear contact paper, front and back and punching a 2" diameter circle in it. I then taped the mask onto a piece of white cardstock and used blending brushes to add ink to the circle. I trimmed the piece down, layered it onto another piece of cardstock, and then to the card blank. I stamped my sentiment with the same ink I used to sponge the circle. Next, I added a single piece of die-cut foliage to the circle. Lastly, I glued on a few clusters of sequins in coordinationg colors.

Each card took less than 15 minutes to make, and still looks fabulous, don't you agree?

I hope you will give this design a try next time you need one of those hard-to-create cards! I know I will be using this basic layout again and again!


*** Materials for this project available at www.franticstamper.com.
 
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Monday, January 06, 2020

Santa Fe Door



Santa Fe Door
by Kathy Berger

Santa Fe New Mexico is one of my favorite places in the world. I love the smell of pinyon smoke on a cold night, the historic buildings on the plaza, and the fabulous food (especially the sopapillas with honey). I think my favorite thing about it, though, is the simple beauty of the adobe buildings with their colorful wooden doors. I have tried to capture that in my card for you today.

I sponged the front of a kraft card front with a variety of brown inks. I added a strip of slightly different shade of kraft paper on which I had lightly sponged some bricks using the Frantic Stamper Old Brick Wall Stencil. Next, I diecut the door from the Front Door Fun die set from turqoise card stock. I glued a white panel behind the door so it would show through the opened door. I stamped "aloe you" and "vera much" from the Stuck on You stamp set on the white panel, and then affixed the door to the card front. I diecut all of the Cacti and pots in the new Potted Cacti die set from white cardstock and colored them with Copic markers, and then affixed them to the card front. I created a door mat by gluing some jute twine to a small cardstock oval. Lastly, I added a Dream Catcher charm I have had in my stash forever to the card with a bit of clear adhesive.



I hope you will agree with me that this card feels like it came right off a Santa Fe post card. Be sure to check out the Frantic Stamper January 2020 release to see more great products, and the design team members blogs for more cards Southwestern, Mardi Gras, and St. Patrick's Day cards using those products. The links to the team members blogs are in their names, found to the right of this post.


*** Materials for this project available at www.franticstamper.com.
 
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Thursday, January 02, 2020

December 2019 Design Team Projects



Here are some of the fabulous projects created by our design team members with dies, stamps, and stencils from the December 2019 release from Frantic Stamper. Be sure to check our Facebook page for more, and visit our design team members blogs for more information about their cards. You can find their pages by clicking on their names in the list of team members to the right of this post.

Wednesday, January 01, 2020

A Year of Card Kit Advanced Projects



Advanced Card Kit Projects
by Kathy Berger


In 2019 Frantic Stamper introduced a year of Monthly Card Kits that included exclusive products and at least 7 projects with instructions. (Some are still available; visit this page to purchase.) Each month I created an advanced project with written instructions and videos of the projects being made. Now that the year has come to an end I would like to share my videos with you. Just click on the photo of the project you are interested in to be taken to the video on YouTube. Enjoy!

January's project is a push/pull card with a bonus slider with an envelope that holds a gift card. It slides up at the same time as the top slider of the push/pull card, but is in a layer of its own..





February's project is a birthday card with a 3-tiered cake cylindrical pop-up on the inside.



March's card is a 3-dimensional pop-up basket filled with Easter eggs.



April has three project videos to share. There is a trophy card to honer a #1 dad, a simple pop-up card for mom that a gift is attached to, and the gift itself (a macramé bracelet with paper beads).







May has a fun rolling bicycle project.



June has a sweet baby project for you with a little nursery complete with changing table and crib.



July features an interactive ocean scene in which, when a pull tab is pulled, the clouds move to the right while the ship moves to the left, and the lighthouse lights up. This uses inexpensive LED light, copper tape, and a watch battery that are NOT included in the kit, but which are easily sourced online.



August is a perfect time for some cool treats. Check out the push-pop that really pushes up like the real thing.



September is a great time to visit a farm. This project has a ton of dimension yet folds flat for mailing.



October's impossible card is a great way to share a recipe!



November is a time for making Christmas cards. this double-pocket card has a tag for a gift card and a cute candy cane ornament.



December has a fun pop-up winter card with snow and a snowman; it is easy to make, but sure doesn't look it!




I hope you will enjoy the projects and the videos. Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Happy Monkey Day



Monkey Day
by Kathy Berger

Today is a little known but fun holiday known as Monkey Day. Started somewhat as a joke by two artists, Casey Sorrow and Eric Millikin, this holiday is now celebrated world-wide by people including reknowned animal activist Jane Goodall. The day has become a day to celebrate primates, but also a day for just general monkey business.

For many years now a friend and I have exchanged Monkey Day cards. I want to share the card I sent to her this year, made entirely with Frantic Stamper dies. The card features a special but very simple interactive feature...the monkey swings back and forth on his vine!



I won't go into details of diecutting and decorating the card elements, but I did want to share how I made the vine and monkey swing from side to side. I punched a 1" circle from cardstock, and then punched a 1/4" circle in it, off center. Holding the circle so the 1/4" hole is closer to the top than the bottom, but centered left-right, I affixed the vine to the bottom of the circle. I attached an MFT Spin and Slide Disc near the top center of my card on which I had sponged clouds. I then put the hole in my circle mechanism over the Spin and Slide Disc, and then glued another punched circle to the top of the disc. All that was left to do was add my monkey to the vine, affix the tree top I created with a stitched cloud die to the card top with foam tape on its top and sides, and finally glue my tropical foliage, and my shaped posies to the card. If you dont have a Spin and Slide disc, a small button would work, but the hole size and circle size might need adjustment.

I hope you have enjoyed the card, and that you will have a very happy Monkey Day!


*** Materials for this project available at www.franticstamper.com.
 
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Wednesday, December 04, 2019

Cards from November 2019

Today I would like to share with you a little video to showcase some of the cards made by our design team members last month that they posted to Facebook. If you haven't visited our Facebook page, look for the link above. Please visit our members blogs to leave them comments on their beautiful work! Their links can be found to the right.


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