Monday, June 29, 2015

Musical Thanks (Lynn Mangan, Guest Designer)

Musical Thanks
by Lynn Mangan

As the end of the school year approaches, it's the perfect time to work on thank you notes for the coaches and teachers that support our kids. Last week, my two oldest had their show choir banquet.  We collected money for gifts for them and we wanted two musical cards to go with them.  I was thrilled to have these perfect musical dies!

For the first card, I used the Musical Score die.  It was perfect to pair up with orange and black card stock:  our school colors. The second card I went a bit more grunge with the Rock Guitar die.

Don't you love when you can make cards with a specific person in mind?  It makes the cards all the more special!

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Gift Tag Tree (Rozy Smith)

Gift Tag Tree
by Rozy

I started with a pint size jar, spray painted it with Krylon Watermelon spray paint. Next, I gathered tree branches, some artificial and some dead (for a more realistic look), attached pink flower stems and white daisy stems using floral tape. I glued a piece of dry floral foam in the bottom of the jar for support of the branches, then made floral picks out of white and pink sheer netting to fill in around the top of the jar. I glued a piece of ribbon around the lip of the jar and then made a matching bow. I made bows out of various pastel ribbons and glued them to the tree, adding a butterfly and a Baby Girl Tag. My tree was completed.

I made the gift tags using Frantic Stamper's Gift Tag Die Set (really nice because  the reinforcement holes to strengthen your project are included). At this stage you could use the tags to place actual gift cards; I chose to make 3 1/2" x 2 1/4" white tags, distressed the edges and typed things one could do for a new mother, things like run errands, picture taking session, arrange play date for an older sibling, free babysitting, free day of housecleaning and dinner of her choice.

I decorated the tags with miscellaneous baby stickers.  

Lastly, I took ribbon and attached the tags to the tree.

This project was so much fun to create!

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Enjoy (Jeni Allen, Guest Designer)

by Jeni Allen, Guest Designer

Hello!! Jeni Here with a fun little number. I LOVE this awesome Lattice Flower Square Panel!! I have used it on several different projects, I just love the delicate backdrop it gives to any card!!!

I cut the die with bright turquoise cardstock and attached it to my card base. I added a little cupcake, some silver thread as a fun texture and some bright enamel dots. I think that this great Lattice Flower panel will be something that can work with a lot of different styles of projects!! 

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Be Beautiful (Jen Carter)

Here is another seasonal card for our 25th of the month Holiday Card posts. We hope you'll enjoy it!

Be Beautiful
by Jen Carter

Frantic Stamper has a die release out that many of you will find very interesting!  A vast majority of the release is word dies!!  Today I have a card to share featuring two of the new dies and a beautiful snowflake panel.

I used Frantic Stamper's Reverse Snowflake Panel which is very unique!  It cuts the design out of the card front while leaving the panel attached to the card base.  I love that! The snowflakes in this die are so pretty too!  I placed a piece of aqua glitter paper behind the panel.

Jen Carter Frantic Stamper Reverse Snowflake Beautiful Closeup

I love so many of the word dies in Frantic Stamper dies collection!  The "be" is part of a die set called Accessory Words that allows you to build phrases with your dies!  How cool is that?  The beautiful die is also fun.  You will be seeing me use these dies a ton!

Want to see a few more of my favorite Frantic Stamper word dies? :)

And there are SO many more to choose from!  You can find them all here.

Happy shopping!

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Wish Big - Spitfire (Lynn Mangan, Guest Designer)

Wish Big - Spitfire
by Lynn Mangan, Guest Designer

Being the mom of four boys, I am always in need of cards for my boys.  My 11 year old is heading off to a sleepover for a friend this weekend so it was an great opportunity to use the new Spitfire die.  The detail on this die is awesome.  I love the subtle lines showing the detail of the plane and the touch of portions that are cut out to emphasize the design.

The plane is definitely periodic so I added a touch of a red, white and blue feel.  To finish off the card I used a touch of patterned paper and the birthday sentiment.  Simple...but certainly packs a punch!

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Best Wishes (Kathy Berger)

Best Wishes
by Kathy Berger

I needed to make a card for a dear male friend who is going to have surgery this week. I saw a card made by Debbie Hughes on Pinterest that screamed out to me as the perfect card. This is my version of that card.

I started with the Lattice Flower Square Panel cut out of kraft card stock layered onto a square of kraft the same size. I added a layer of white just a tiny bit bigger than the kraft layer, and popped it up on my white card with foam tape.

I stamped my sentiment (from Frantic Stamper's Arched Banner and Sentiments Clear Stamp Set) with Art Print Brown Memories ink. Note that though the sentiment is arched in the set, because it is a clear stamp I could make it lie straight on my acrylic block. One stamp; multiple ways to use it!

I made a plain white bow using the Small Solid Paper Bow die. I wrapped some fine jute cording around its center and tied it in a bow. I glued it in place at the lower right of my lattice flower panel.

To finish things off I added a tiny pearl to each of the flowers' centers.

I hope you will enjoy my version of Debbie's card. I also hope it will brighten the day of my friend while he is recovering from his surgery.

Here is a last look at my card.

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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Father (Lynn Mangan, Guest Designer)

by Lynn Mangan, Guest Designer

My father-in-law has sailboat pictures all over his house. He loves the look of the water and a beautiful sailboat.  He is a gem of a person to all those in his life and certainly is an anchor of my husband's family.  For his card, I kept the card ultra CAS and left sailboat die cut inlaid in the white card stock.  The card was finished off with a simple sentiment and a border of patterned paper. The detail in the die is gorgeous.

For my second card that will likely go to my hubby, I went for a very colorful result using a mix of patterned papers and a touch of stamping.  It's great to stretch your supplies and see how you can create a completely different look with the same die cut.

Happy Father's Day!

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Beautiful Baby Animals (Ann Greenspan)

Beautiful Baby Animals
by Ann Greenspan

Some of you may know that I've been working on a scrapbook for my nephew for the past few months.  Ronan is 13 months old right now, and I decided to do the scrapbook after I had enough photos to work with.  Well, little did I know that my SIL was hoarding photos of her baby and had over 400 that she wanted me to use in the scrapbook.  What????

After looking at each photo and deciding what dsp to use, I normally look at the outfits Ronan is wearing and that determines the dies I use for that page.  In one of these photos, he has a outfit on that has a giraffe and elephant.  What a coincidence; I just happened to have both a giraffe and elephant die by Frantic Stamper.  They are part of the Baby Animals set.

These dies made for such an easy CAS (Clean and Simple) scrapbook page.  I matched the paper that I cut the animals out of to the animals on Ronan's outfit.  If you look closely at the photos, you will see that the elephant on the outfit is blue with an orange ear so I cut the die using those same colors.  I also stacked the giraffes for a more dimensional look to the page.

To finish off the page, I added some journaling and then the "beautiful" word die by Frantic Stamper, cut twice.  I've used these Baby Animal dies on a lot of the scrapbook pages and hope to share more of them with you soon.

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Let's Meet Up (Rachelle Green)

Let's Meet Up
(by Rachelle Green)

Some sorority friends from my college days and I are trying to coordinate a meetup for food, drinks and conversation. I made this card to send to everyone as we finalize the details. I'm sure they'll all love it and be surprised that it was made with my own hands!

I started with Kraft cardstock and embossed the lower third of the card front. I wanted to create the effect of sand on the beach. Next, I used the Sunburst Panel to cut the sun out of some 3 x 3 squares that were left over from another project. I used Stitched Scene Builders Edgers die to create the feel of water. I cut and layered the Tall Palm Tree w/Fronds and added pearls which I colored with Copic markers to simulated coconuts. Finally I cut the Tropical Drinks, using multicolored Vellum paper to create the look of refreshing tropical drinks. I think the sentiment from my stash was a perfect finishing touch to a inviting summer invitation!

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Tropical Drinks - FRA-DIE-09522
Tall Palm Tree w/Fronds - FRA-DIE-09504
Stitched Scene Builders Edgers - FRA-DIE-09403
Sunburst Panel - FRA-DIE-09141