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

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.

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Friday, November 15, 2019

Merry Christmas 2019 (Kathy Berger)

Merry Christmas 2019

by Kathy Berger

This has been a very busy crazy year and I just haven't been able to work on the blog for Frantic Stamper (or my own blog, for that matter). I have been busy making kinetic cards for the monthly card kits from Frantic Stamper along with videos of the cards being made and detailed instructions for making the cards. It has consumed far more time than I expected! So with that, caring for my terminally ill kitty (she passed in July), and then dealing with kittens with resistant ringworm (daily vaccuming, laundry, and more bleach water than one could imagine) and just life in general, I just haven't had the time to edit blog posts. I apologize for dropping the ball. I will be trying to post regularly in 2020, sharing each month's cards from design team members along with links to their blog posts for each card.

As a bit of a start on better habits, here is a Christmas card I made using some great Frantic Stamper products.

This card is an open-front card based on a technique shared by Jennifer McGuire. The clouds were cut from two layers of cardstock and one layer of velum using the Stitched Cloud Builders. The velum cloud layer was sandwiched between the two layers of cardstock cloud. The same was done for the snowy hills, cut using the Stitched Scene Builders. I made a hinge on the left edges of the cloud and the snowy hill layers, and wrapped the hinged portion around a smoky blue piece of cardstock that was 4"x5 1/4" in size.

Next, I cut two copies of one of the Lil' Snowmen and four of the Small Oregon Fir. I added faux snow to two of the trees and colored one of the two snowmen, using a tiny scrap of cardstock behind the face and buttons. I then sandwiched the clouds and hills between the two copies of the snowmen (both with right side facing the outside front of the card) and between the two pairs of trees (again, with right side facing the outside front of the card). Finishing off the front, I added a Script Merry Christmas that I cut out of red cardstock.

I added another little hill shape to the card front and covered it with faux snow. I then layered the card to a 4 1/4"x5 1/2" piece of the same gray-blue cardstock that I embossed with a Swiss Dot embossing folder. I then backed the whole thing with a plain piece of the same gray-blue cardstock to give the back a smooth finish. I stamped a saying from a clear stamp set made by Stampendous on the inside of the card where it is hidden by the snowy hills when the card is closed.

I hope you have enjoyed today's card. I hope to post a few more times before the end of the year, and then more often in the new year!

*** Materials for this project available at