Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Spellbinder's Feather cards

I saw a card like this on Pinterest here:  http://www.pinterest.com/pin/119063983874749392/:

so I tried my hand at it, only I made it slightly different.  I wanted to use up some tiny scraps of white cardstock and these cards fit the bill perfectly.

 I first used distress inks on the small white cardstock piece that was slightly bigger than the feather die I was going to use.  I blended 3 shades of blue from lightest to darkest/ top to bottom.  Then I stamped on the silhouette flower using black VersaFine ink.

Next I cut out the largest feather in the Spellbinder's Feathers set on my top panel using my Cuttlebug.  Then I forgot to stamp the "thank you" on the card panel for the first card so I adhered one later with dimensionals.  Place the stamped flower image behind the feather cutout panel so it lines up where you want it, then carefully center both on top of your card base.  Hold on to the stamped image piece and slide off the top panel with the feather cut out.  Mark the edges of the stamped image piece with a pencil then adhere it to the card base.  Then apply foam tape all around the back side of the feather cut out panel and adhere it to the card.

I am entering the second card in the Cuttlebug Mania O Deer O Deer challenge which can be seen here:  http://cuttlebugmania.blogspot.com/2015/01/o-deer-o-deer.html

Pink foil cardstock Thanks card

I used the Frantic Stamper Large Thanks die on this card.  I wanted to add some shine to the card but wanted the word die to be cut out of pink foil cardstock; only problem was, I didn't have any in that color.  So I made my own.

You can color any mirror board or foil cardstock any color you want by applying alcohol inks to it and letting it dry.  I used Adirondack pink sherbet alcohol ink on silver mirror board.

The rose is the Spellbinders Rose Creations die and the brick background paper is from Hobby Lobby.  I also used the Spellbinders Valiant Honor for the background.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Bunny and Chicks card

Another Easter card made using the Frantic Stamper Bunny and Chicks die, Easter Icons and Petite Eggs.  The bunny was cut out on burlap that was first adhered to double sided sticky paper.

Items used from Frantic Stamper:

Bunny & Chicks

Easter Icons

Petite Eggs

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Easter Egg Tree

I saw this on Facebook and immediately knew I wanted to make an Easter egg tree:

I used Frantic Stamper Easter Icons, Easter Bunny & Chicks and Petite Eggs dies for my card.

Make sure you visit the Frantic Stamper Facebook page to see cards made by all the Design Team.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Purple and Gold Spellbinders Valiant Honor

I was just playing around with a Spellbinders die called A2 Valiant Honor and wanted to make a Thank You card that wasn't too feminine looking.  Using the shimmer purple paper I think helped tone it down a bit yet showcases the beautiful gold foil paper from DCWV.  Also using the sheet of notebook paper helped; that is a Spellbinder die called Office Supplies - February- by Becky Fleck and is on sale right now at Frantic Stamper.

The Thanks die is from Frantic Stamper as are the flowers.  The green branches are the Martha Stewart branch punch.

Products used to make this card from Frantic Stamper:

Frantic Stamper Petite Layering Posies
Spellbinders Valiant Honor
Spellbinders Office Supplies by Becky Fleck
Frantic Stamper Large Thanks

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Updated Easter Card

This is my card that got the most pins on Pinterest of all the Easter cards I made:

This year I decided to remake the card using just Frantic Stamper dies, except for the yellow oval card base which is one of the Spellbinder Grand Decorative ovals:

I think I should have just used the regular yellow oval that I used on card 1 for card 2 and in the same shade of yellow.  Maybe next year I'll remember to do that.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Spellbinder's Crosses Two Easter cards

There's not much to say about these cards other than they could be used for Easter, First Communion, Holy Confirmation, etc.  I used the Spellbinder's Crosses Two on both cards.  The starburst looking background was made using the Sizzix Sunrays Embossing Folder (the smaller of the two on the market) and embossing the top and bottom of the oval background separately.

The pink bow is a Frantic Stamper die from the Easter Icons set.

Friday, January 16, 2015

50 Card

Today's card can be used for a 50th Wedding Anniversary (thus the gold) or a birthday card.  My parent's already celebrated their 50th anniversary a few years ago but I wanted to make a card using the Lace Heart Frames die and gold foil cardstock, and this is how the card turned out.

Heart confetti  that is left over when cutting out the Lace Heart Frames dies.  You can put these in a shaker card.

I used the Petite Layering Posies and the small bow from the Easter Icons die set on the above card.  The background was embossed using the Sizzix 2pc Hearts and Frames embossing folder.

The bottom card was made using the same Lace Heart Frames die set by Frantic Stamper, the Petite Layering Posies, Cheery Lynn Designs Mini Fanciful Flourish die, and Elizabeth Craft Designs Congratulations die.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Easter tag cards

On an earlier post I had shown some tags that I made using the Frantic Stamper Easter dies.

Today I turned those tags into cards.  Above are my two favorite ones.  I used various Spellbinder dies and mounted the tags onto the cards.

The pink card was made using just the corners from the Spellbinders Lace Hearts die set and the smallest oval in the Spellbinders Grand Decorative Ovals set.  The tag itself is the Frantic Stamper Coved Labels die, the lamb is Frantic Stamper Easter Icons die set and the grass is from Frantic Stamper Easter Bunny and Chicks die set.

The blue card was made using Spellbinders A2 Filigree Delight.  The bunny and carrot are from the Frantic Stamper Easter Icons die set and the label is Frantic Stamper Coved Labels.

Products ued in making these cards:

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Basket of Tulips

This egg-shaped card was made using two different Frantic Stamper dies:

I used the small bow from the Easter Icons set for the basket handle.    I inked around the edges of the tulip tops first when making the tulips.  To form the tulips I simply used a large stylus on a rubber mat pressing down on the back side of each tulip top.  The dies do all the work on this card.  It could easily be an Easter card, a Mother's Day card, a birthday card, and more.

Please visit the Frantic Stamper store here:  www.franticstamper.com to see all the materials available, and visit their Facebook page here to see all the cards made by all Design Team members:
https://www.facebook.com/franticstamper.   There are some gorgeous cards that you don't want to miss out on.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Frantic Stamper Easter tags

I wanted to share some  Easter tags I made using several Frantic Stamper dies such as Petite Eggs, Easter Icons, Easter Bunny & Chicks, and Coved Labels.  The Easter dies are so much fun to work with; maybe it's because they are so cute!  I especially like the little lamb and tiny basket.

I used the Coved Labels (second largest die in the set) to make the tags and the bunny from the Easter Bunny & Chicks set for a tag as well.

If you like these tags, please stop over to the Frantic Stamper Facebook page to leave a comment there on the tags I posted today:


Saturday, January 10, 2015

Easter Bunny and Chicks Easter card

I know I'm really rushing it by making Easter cards before Valentine's Day has even been here, but I just got these new Easter dies from Frantic Stamper and couldn't wait to use them.

 If you know me, you know I like making scene cards and these dies fit the bill perfectly. I can't wait to make more. I used the Easter Basket & Bow die (FRA-DIE-09389), the Petite Eggs (FRA-DIE-09388), Easter Icons (FRA-DIE-09390) and the Easter Bunny & Chicks (FRA-DIE-09129).

With these four die sets, you are all set to make any type of Easter Card you want.  You get all of this:

Easter Basket & bow

Easter Bunny & Chicks

Easter Icons

Petite Eggs
So, here's how I made the card.  I first cut out two of the second smallest of the Spellbinder's Grand Ovals die on white cardstock and ran one through the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder.

I made a hinge to go on the inside of the card to hold the two ovals together and create the card base.  You can see instructions on how to make a shaped card with a hinge on a previous post here:

After the card base was made, I cut out several of the larger grass tufts from the Easter Bunny & Chicks set, both for the grass on the ground and inside the basket.  Then I cut out several eggs in various colors using the Petite Eggs die.  I used the smallest and second smallest eggs for the card.

Next I cut out the basket using a cardstock that could be sanded slightly to show a lighter color underneath.  When I saw the weave cuts in the basket die, I knew I was going to sand it.  The scallop trim on the edge of the basket was adhered on top of the one that comes on the basket just by cutting that section of the die on pink paper.  I used the bow that comes in the Easter Icons set rather than the bigger one that comes in the  Easter Basket and Bow set just because I like small bows, but I could have used the larger one.

The chocolate Easter bunny was cut from the Easter Icons set.  I cut a tiny yellow circle for the bunny's eye from the Easter Bunny and Chicks die set (the seed), and then I adhered  a tiny blue dot on it and glued it to the back of the bunny.  The chicks were cut in yellow, blue and pink from the Easter bunny and chicks die to make Marshmallow Peeps for the basket.

The final step was to cut off the bottom rounded edge of the oval card base so it would stand.

I hope you like this card and come back to see other cards I will be making using all of the above Frantic Stamper Easter dies.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Lacey Heart Frames

The Frantic Stamper  Lacey Heart Frames set (FRA-DIE-09309) makes a perfect A2 sized card.  I cut the largest die on red cardstock then cut the next smallest on white cardstock.   I matted a middle piece then cut out the Large Thanks die (FRA-DIE-09196) twice to layer it.  I then assembled some of the Petite Layering Posies (FRA-DIE-09193) and tiny leaves.  Frantic Stamper makes a Petite Leaves set that would have worked great on this card as well as the leaves I had used.

Items used to make this card:

Large Thanks die

Lacey Heart Frames

Petite Layering Posies

Petite Leaves

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Penguin Thanks

I made these cute penguins into cut files for Sure Cuts a Lot for my Cricut...............I love how you can take any royalty-free jpeg and convert it into a cut file.  Even though I don't use my Cricut much and only own two cartridges, I would never give it away just for the fact that I can use Sure Cuts a Lot on it.

I was inspired to make these cards after seeing the Playful Penguin die by Memory Box.  I used some stitched snowdrift dies for the hills but have you seen the new Stitched Scene Builder Edges dies at Frantic Stamper?  They have stitching on both sides of the cut line so you end up with two diecuts you can actually use and not just the one.

I used the Large Thanks die on both cards since I have relatives asking me to make thank you cards for them.  I find that I never really ever put this die away; it is always on my desk and is my go-to die for thank you cards.  I especially like layering it and using metallic foil or glitter paper with it.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page Thank you cards

I used the Martha Stewart Vintage Floral PATP set on the first card and the Eyelet Lace PATP set on the second /third card.  Both of these punch sets are on sale at Frantic Stamper right now but there are only a few left; they are going very fast.

The  heart balloons die and Thanks die are both Frantic Stamper dies.

You can see the tutorial on how to use the Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page sets work on any size cardstock, not just on the limited sizes as given in the punch set directions on my blog here:
http://anngcrafts.blogspot.com/2014/12/using-martha-stewart-punch-around-page.html.  By following the instructions on this tutorial, your punched layers will fit a lot closer together and look nicer on you cards.

Valentine Thank you

Cardabilities has a new sketch challenge #114  which can be seen here:
http://cardabilities.blogspot.ca/2014/12/sketch-114-design-team-reveal.html and this is the sketch:

Here is the card I made for this challenge:

I used the 2 largest dies in the  Spellbinder's Decorative  Heart Circles  and mounted them on cardstock embossed with  the Cuttlebug Wicker EF.  I then punched out two fronds by Martha Stewart and adhered 3 tiny heart pearls by Hero Arts.  

The sentiment was heat embossed with white embossing powder.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Masculine Thank you card

I've been on a kick lately making masculine looking thank you cards for my brother to use, as he requested some.

This is the latest one I made using the Spellbinders Shapeabilities Feathers die which I just got for Christmas.

It is a simple looking card but I think it's also very elegant looking.  I made a mask of 4 squares cut out on a piece of paper, layered the mask on my card,  then stamped through the open spaces using a script stamp.  I then die cut two of the feathers and embossed them, and stamped the greeting in black ink.

I hope you will check out my other cards on my Flickr page here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/anngcrafts/  and my Pinterest board here:


I am entering this card in the Dies R Us Anything Goes with a Twist Challenge as seen here:


K and R Designs Challenge

I stumbled upon a new card challenge today as seen here:


You get to pick a card from their Friday Inspiration File, which is a Pinterest board of their favorite cards, and CASE it as much or little as you want.

I chose this card by Svitlana Shayevich:

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/97953360620539303/ which looks like this:

I'm not sure if I made my card using the same technique, but I wanted a masculine thank you card so here is my CASE of her card: