Monday, September 29, 2014

Frantic Stamper Bats & Ghost card

I saw a card on Pinterest and immediately loved the background colors, so I tried using the colors on my card but putting them in a slightly different order.  This is another card that will be mailed to the pediatrics unit at WVU Healthcare to be handed out to one of the children there.

Below is my card:

I used the Frantic Stamper Precision Die called Bats & Ghost (FRA-Die-09232).   The word BOO is also a Frantic Stamper die called Scary Words, set of 4 (FRA-Die-09234).  The fence was made using the Martha Stewart (now retired) iron fence punch.

Below is the card I saw on Pinterest:

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Drippy Goo I'm Coming for You Halloween Card

This is one of the Halloween cards that will be handed out to the children in the pediatrics ICU at WVU Healthcare.  I used the Martha Stewart Drippy Goo punch (thus the name of the card).  I also used two dies by Frantic Stamper...........the Large Trick or Treat (FRA-Die-09235) and Bats & Ghost die (FRA-Die-09232).  I think the bats look like they are really flying toward you as you look at the card.

The Trick or Treat die comes with the words all attached together as in the photo below, but for  my card I wanted them to be spread across the bottom of the card, so I simply cut the words apart, which was super easy to do and came out looking great, I think.
                                                       Large Trick or Treat die FRA-Die-09235

                                                        Bats & Ghost die FRA-Die-09232

Friday, September 26, 2014

Faux stitched Thanks Card

I used the negative space (orange rectangle) after cutting out the Frantic Stamper Precision Die Large Thanks (FRA-Die-09196) that I put on another card which I will post later.  I wanted a masculine
thank you card to send to my brother who is a doctor at WVU Hospital.  He asked me to make some thank you cards that he could use to give to staff when needed.

My brother's wife is a pharmacist at WVU Hospital in the pediatrics ICU.  I am sending the recent Halloween cards I had made to her so she can hand them out to the patients in her unit.  Needless to say the box will be loaded with cards.

The faux stitching on this card was done by hand.  

My First Break as a Design Team Member

I love the Halloween word dies that Frantic Stamper makes and showcased them on some cards in previous posts on my blog.  If you scroll down you will see the large Trick or Treat die and the set of 4 Halloween word dies as well.

Frantic Stamper's owner and leader of their design team saw my cards and offered me a job as a member of their design team on a 3 month basis.  I couldn't be happier!  I absolutely love their dies.  This was my ultimate goal as well -- to be on a design team that will allow me to showcase my cards.

 I like to keep my cards simple so others can recreate them on their own.   I believe one item on the card should be the focal point so I try not to overwhelm the card with a lot of embellishments.  That's just my style.  Maybe it's the teacher in me trying to help beginners make nice looking cards.  I was a beginner once and still think of myself as a beginner since I do not know how to color with markers and do a lot of the inking things that other card makers do.  Maybe some day I will get there, but for now, I like to let the dies do their thing on cards.

You can see the announcement of my position with the Frantic Stamper by visiting their blog here:

I look forward to using more of their dies in the very near future and will continue to post pictures of the cards on my blog.  Thank you for following along!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Halloween cat on a broom

I saw this card on Pinterest and thought the cat on the broom idea would work well with a stamp I have made by Impression Obsession called Witches Go Riding.   This is the Pinterest card I saw by

The card below is my card:

The cat is part of a die set by Taylored Expressions called Gothic Window Accessories and the broom is by Lifestyle Crafts as part of the Witch Kit.

Lifestyle Crafts Witch Kit

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

EK Tools Mini Skull and Spider Punches

I used the mini skull and crossbones punch to make the first card, along with the Large Trick or Treat phrase die from the  Frantic Stamper:

Then I used the spider punch that comes in the same package for these cards:

The above card also uses the Set of 4 Halloween dies from the Frantic Stamper ("Beware") and the Martha Stewart spider web die.  When the card front was done, I ran it through the Stampin' Up embossing folder called square lattice.

The below card uses the same EK Tools mini spider punch and the EEEK is from the set of 4 Halloween dies from the Frantic Stamper

Monday, September 15, 2014

Frantic Stamper Large Trick or Treat Precision Cut die

I love how this die cuts out -- it is so precise, just like the name of it.  One swipe through the Cuttlebug or Vagabond and it's done; then the center pieces pop out so easy.   In fact, because it is so quick to cut out, I like to layer it with a second cut out behind it in a darker color to make it stand out more or give it a shadow look.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Halloween cards 2014

The word dies are Frantic Stamper set of 4 Halloween words; web and spider are Memory Box.  The top panel is actually raised up so the eyes look like they are set deeper than shown but the photo didn't pick that up.

Cat die is Taylored Expressions at Frantic Stamper; phrase stamp is by Impression Obsession called Witches go Riding, available at Frantic Stamper and the witches / fence are both Martha Stewart punches that are now retired.  The background paper is called Double Dot Vintage (the other side has the dots, this side has the vintage look) by Bo Bunny, also from Frantic Stamper.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Frantic Stamper Halloween word dies

I used the Halloween word dies from Frantic Stamper on these two cards, along with some Memory  Box dies as well:

The broken picket fence was cut on my Cricut using Sure Cuts a Lot.  I also used the Grand Willow Tree  and the Ghosts Trio dies by Memory Box.  The words are the set of 4 scary words by Frantic Stamper.

The gate is cut on the Cricut using the October 31st cartridge.  The large Trick or Treat is by Frantic Stampers (I cut two and layered the black one behind the orange one) and the cat and pumpkins are by Taylored Expressions.  The witch is a Martha Stewart punch which I think is now retired.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

EK Success Pirate Skull card

The skull is a punch by EK Success called Pirate Skull.  I didn't use it as a pirate skull necessarily, just wanted a skull for the gravestone.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

One More Paper Doll Dress Up Ghost card

Saw something similar to this on Pinterest.....................but I don't have the link anymore:

Monday, September 8, 2014

Paper Doll Dress Up Ghost cards

These ghosts are from the Cricut Paper Doll Dress Up cartridge and the pumpkins are Spellbinders:

Notice the letters on the above card???   Flip over the poo for boo.  Cute, huh?  I've never seen that done before.

Martha Stewart Witch and Cauldron punch cards

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Witch in the Woods Halloween Cards

The witches were cut on my Cricut using Sure Cuts a Lot:

The cauldron in the above is from Spellbinders called Witches Brew

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Fall Thank You cards

I'm trying to use up more of the embellishments I have so I don't have to keep storing them.  The "thanks" on these cards is cut using the Sizzix die "Thanks phrase".  I wish Sizzix made more of these original phrase  dies that cut through chipboard.  The new word dies that are popular right now are all very thin dies and you can't cut through much more than paper with them.  I adhered wood paper to the chipboard then cut out the word so it has a dimensional look.