Saturday, May 30, 2015

Skyline Scenes (Jen Carter)

Jen Carter FS Skyline 1

Skyline Scenes
by Jen Carter

Today I have a card to share using a new die that I really like!  I don't know what it is about houses, buildings and skyline stamps & dies but I really like using them on cards and when I see them they draw me in! When I saw the new San Francisco Cityscape die (available May 1st) from Frantic Stamper I knew I wanted to use it right away!

For this card I first cut a square out of my card front to make a window.  I then die cut three cuts of the San Francisco Cityscape die in different colors of black & gray.  I lined each of the cityscape pieces up so that they overlapped and trimmed off the tops of a few of the buildings so that they would look a little different from each other.  I then adhered the Sunburst Card Panel Die behind those three pieces.  

Jen Carter FS Skyline Closeup 1

I popped the entire card front up with dimensionals and layered some gold metallic dotted paper behind the entire piece piece for extra interest.  The combination of the sun with the dots reminds me of sun spots.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Have a great day!

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Friday, May 29, 2015

With Sympathy (Lynn Mangan)

With Sympathy
by Lynn Mangan

I am frequently in need of sympathy cards and always love to have a few extra on hand. It feels very hard to create them on demand when you have to have one versus having at the ready when the time comes. I love this big sentiment sympathy die as it let's the card message do the talking.  For sympathy cards, I also like to keep the colors fairly muted.  A stamped border of flowers was added and I stamped off quite a bit to mute the colors a bit more.

Hope this card inspires you for those times when you need to express your sorrow for the loss of a loved one.

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FRA-DIE-09359 - Large with Sympathy

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Frantic Stamper Brand Clear Stamps

Did you know that Frantic Stamper has a new line of clear stamps? These stamps are designed by our die designer and are intended to coordinate with our die line, but are perfect on their own as well!

We will be bringing you new sets approximately every two to three months. Here are the sets from our first release, designed and timed to go with our March and April 2015 die releases.

Arched Banners
and Greetings
Wavy Banners
and Greetings
Handmade Quilts
Dressed to Grill
How Sweet It Is
Snips and Snails

Coming by early June...9 more sets!

These new sets will compliment the dies released in May and to be released in June.

All sets are 4"x6" and are made of the highest quality, non-yellowing polymer. Our clear stamps are proudly manufactured in the USA.

Be sure to be on the look-out for the new die and stamp releases...coming early June!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Red, White and Blue Happy Holidays (Ann Greenspan)

In keeping with our new tradition of posting holiday/Christmas cards on the 25th of each month we would like to share a card today. This card is in USA's patriotic colors of red, white, and blue; these are well suited for today's celebration of Memorial Day, a time we commemorate the ultimate sacrifice made by Patriots throughout our history, in wars foreign and domestic. We honor our war dead who gave all for our country every day, but especially today. We wish you all a special day today.

Red, White and Blue Happy Holidays
by Ann Greenspan

Red, white and blue aren't just for Fourth of July or Memorial Day seems to be getting popular to use these colors on winter/holiday cards recently.

The background paper with the birch trees and cardinals is from my stash of old papers I recently came across, but I could have easily used birch tree and cardinal dies to make this card.

I used one of the Frantic Stamper Scallop Borders dies to cut the edge of the card. This die cuts through both card layers at once and leaves a stitched and embossed edge as well.  I used the middle of the three dies shown here:

I also used the Frantic Stamper Happy Holidays die for the front of the card.  This die cuts both words connected together so there is no trouble getting it straight when adhering it to your card.  Once the card front was assembled, I attached some rhinestones around the snowflake and added white gel pen to the bottom snowflake.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Happy Birthday to You (Jeni Allen )

Happy Birthday to You
by Jeni Allen

I started the card by smooshing some distress inks onto my craft mat and then misting it with some water. I laid my watercolor paper into the ink and loved the result as it dried!! I stamped my greeting on the bottom of the panel. I cut my Hot Air Balloon from some double sided foam adhesive sheets, then again out of white cardstock. I took the release paper off the front of the balloon and added a transparency, then cut my transparency with scissors and attached the white cardstock to the front of the transparency. I turned the image over and added my glitter, just using a rolled up piece of paper to direct the glitter, so it didn't go everywhere! I VERY slowly pulled off the release paper from the back of the balloon and then took my water colored background and laid it on top of the balloon--so I didn't need to worry about spilling the glitter!

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Just Keep Swimming (Rachelle Green)

Just Keep Swimming
by Rachelle Green

Once again a project came out just as I envisioned it. I always have miscellaneous "water" paper in my stash. I started with a 4" x 5 1/4" background. I used the same paper along with Frantic Stamper Stitched Scene Builder Edgers and foam squares to add dimension to the "water." After cutting out the fish with the Angel Fish set of 2 dies, I traced the dies onto some iridescent adhesive paper from my stash, glued the two layers together and then attached to the water. Using the Ocean Floor Icons die set and small amounts of my favorite foil and Kraft cardstock I cut and attached them to further complete the scene. Finally I added iridescent sequins as air bubbles, bling for the eyes and the sentiment to finish off my underwater scene.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Sweet Rosette (Ann Greenspan)

Sweet Rosette
by Ann Greenspan

I have several female relatives with birthdays coming up soon and very few cards that I could use for these occasions, so I decided it was time to make some spring looking birthday cards.  I also haven't made a rosette in a long time; I love rosettes so much and how they look on a card or hanging on a wall.

The rosette was made using the Frantic Stamper Scalloped Border Trio as the fancy edge.  I simply cut the scalloped border with all the holes in it on a strip of paper that was 2" x 10" long.  I had to cut the border twice in order to have it cover the entire 10" of paper but that was easy enough to do.  Just line up the first scallop on the die with the last scallop that was cut so that it fits right into the cut.

Once the edge of the strip was completely die cut, I placed it on my scoring board and scored every 1/4".

Then I assembled the rosette, fan folding the score lines every other way and adhering it together at the ends.

To top the rosette, I simply punched out a 1.5" pinking circle with white paper then a 1.25" scallop on the mint paper.  I layered on a flower made using the Frantic Stamper Petite Layering Posies and put some of the Frantic Stamper Petite Leaves on for extra detail.

The final step was to die cut the Frantic Stamper Sweet die and adhere it using a glue pen.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Congrats (Jeni Allen)

by Jeni Allen

Hello there!! Do you have any graduates in your life this school year? I have a perfect idea for a card for you to make!! I was so excited to see this awesome Star Border Die! Isn't is a good one!? I cut it a few times out of some colored cardstock, and attached them to my card front. Then I layered it onto some black cardstock and then to my card base.

I wanted a little something, but not too much, and I wanted to keep this a masculine card, so I pulled out my Congrats die, and cut it out of fun foam! It was a self adhesive sheet of foam, and it cut just fine, with a metal shim under my cutting plates. I LOVE the dimension that the foam brings to this card!! Here's a close up of the great dimension from the fun foam!

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Thanks (Lynn Mangan)

by Lynn Mangan

I think there is a certain elegance to white on white cards.  The detail on the Quatrefoil Card Panel is absolutely perfect for the white on white trend.  Since this is a pretty intricate die, I used a double sided adhesive on the card stock before I die cut it.  It made adhering it to the card base super easy.

When I popped out the negative pieces of the die cuts, they were perfect to add a few little flowers.  I used distress inks to ink up the flowers and the leaves.  The leaves were made by cutting the small negative pieces in half.  The flowers were finished up with a few enamel elements.

The final touch was to stamp the sentiment on the wavy banners.  This will quickly go to a co-worker for doing a fantastic job.

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Saturday, May 09, 2015

Sweet Baby (Jen Carter)

Jen Carter Frantic Stamper Sweet Star Card Panel

Sweet Baby
by Jen Carter

When I started this card I had a baby theme in mind but it could be used for other occasions as well. I used the Star Card Panel die to cut my gray background.  I cut the panel twice more using soft pink and yellow cardstocks as well. I then chose to poke out some of the gray stars randomly and then inserted the yellow and pink stars in their place. I used tape on the back to secure everything in place.

Jen Carter Frantic Stamper Sweet Star Card Panel Closeup

I added the Sweet Word Die in a light gray to the cardfront.  I then used two of  the stars from the pink & yellow panel to create a popped up die to hang from the top of my card.  I love hanging things from my cards!  I popped the entire card front up with dimensionals.

Super simple! Thanks for visiting!

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