Thursday, April 30, 2015

Cardabilities Challenge #122




The Cardabilities Challenge for the April 30 reveal is sponsored by Crafty City (www.CraftyCity.com).

Karan Gerber's photo.


This is the sketch for challenge #122 which you can click here to play along:


I again chose to use Frantic Stamper dies on my card for this sketch.  Here's my card:


This monkey is so cute, isn't he?  I love using him on baby cards and scrapbook pages.  You can also use the monkey with a saying "Hang in There" for anyone going through a tough time, like a college student with midterms, for example.   This card is also another great way to use up some of the ribbon in my stash.  These are the products used to make my card:

Frantic Stamper Baby Animals (monkey) FRA-DIE-09204:

Frantic Stamper Palm Tree: FRA-DIE-09021:


Clump of grass from the Easter bunny and chicks FRA-DIE-09129:

For the circles I just used a 4" circle punch and a 1 1/4" circle punch for the sun.

If you happen to create a card based on Sketch #122, we would love for you to link up so we can peek too.  You also have the chance at the Sponsor Giveaway and Featured Designer. Be sure to link up by May 13th!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Cactus scene

I have a fairly simple card to share today.........it was made using the cactus from the Saguaro Cactus & Wolf set (FRA-DIE-09139), the prickly pear cactus from the Native Pot and Cactus set (FRA-DIE-09405) and the Large Thanks die (-09196). I used the smallest of the Petite Layering Posies for the flowers on the cactus. I don't think real prickly pear cacti get flowers but these do.

These are all Frantic Stamper dies which can be found here:  http://www.franticstamper.com/-Frantic-Stamper-Precision-Dies_c_6157.html


Monday, April 27, 2015

Strawberry Vanilla Twist cone


Here's another card using the Frantic Stamper Ice Cream Cone die (cone, wafer top layer and ice cream for 3 dies in one set).

I also used the Fancy Frames for the backgrounds.  With this die, you get four frames in one.  The tiny flower is the medium sized of the Petite Layering  Posies along with some leaves from the Petite Leaves set.

You can see all the cards made by other Design Team members for Frantic Stamper on their Facebook page at:  www.facebook.com/franticstamper.

If you would like to see all of my cards in one place, please visit my Flickr gallery at  https://www.flickr.com/photos/anngcrafts/.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Dimensional Sunburst cards




The idea behind this card was to take a normal scene card, cut it up into pieces using the Frantic Stamper Sunburst Card Panel, and reassemble it to give a more dimensional look.  I used the Caterpillar and Snail die by Frantic Stamper, the Stitched Scene Builder Edgers die for the green hill and the Wavy Banners and Greetings Clear Stamp set for the "Just For You".

I started off in the right direction making the scene card; that was easy enough.

I cut the scene card using the Sunburst Card Panel and then cut 5 of the same Sunburst Card Panel but using white cardstock.  I layered and adhered the white panels on top of each other then adhered the scene part on top.  This is how I got the dimensional effect.



The last step was to place the cut up scene pieces back into their respective areas, adhering them flat down into the layers against the white card base.

This process was much easier than my first attempt which is shown below.

I started off with a scene card that would get cut up using the Sunburst Card Panel:


                                      




For the second card  I used the Frantic Stamper Baby Animals along with the Stitched Scene Builder Edgers for the hill and the Chevron Borders and Edgers for the purple strip at the top.  The rest of the process is the reverse of what I did for the first card in that I adhered all the tiny pieces with foam tape to raise them up instead of layering the frame for the raised effect.

The next step was to place the Sunburst Card Panel die over this card and let the die cut the card into several pieces.  I then cut one extra white panel the same size as the Sunburst Card Panel and cut that as well so I could adhere the dsp pieces to a thicker piece of cardstock.

When all the little pieces of dsp rays were adhered to the white cardstock rays, I mounted them with foam tape back into their respective places in the dsp Sunburst Card Panel sheet.

This card was my first attempt which resulted in the sun being in the wrong spot.  I rethought the process and decided to do it a different way (thus the first card with the snails).

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The gate is always open


Slightly opened gate in the above card, and more fully open in the bottom card, this new Picket Fence die by Frantic Stamper makes for such a cute addition to any scene card.


I started out by cutting out a large white circle using the largest of the Spellbinder Circle dies, then cutting another one (which you can't see) in the next smallest size.  I cut two more in the second largest size using the blue and green papers then running each of those through a die cut machine with the Stitched Scene Builder Edgers die.  When you use these dies, you get a stitched line on both sides of the cut line so you can use both the top and bottom pieces on separate cards and each will have the stitching on them.

The next step was to cut out one of the Sunburst Card Panels which has become one of my favorite Frantic Stamper dies.  I then used a 3" circle punch and punched out just a portion of the Sunburst to fit the card.  Adhere the green and blue parts of the circle onto the extra white one you cut out so you know you are lining them up to make a perfect circle, but leave a small lip on the green part to tuck the sunburst under.

I used the largest of the Suburb Houses and put cream paper behind the windows and red paper behind the door.  Just cut a piece of cardstock slightly bigger than the opening of the windows and door and adhere it on with a glue pen.  The next step was to cut out some of the Small Oregon Fir, ink around the edges with a darker green color and trim them down to a smaller size just by cutting off the tops of the tree at different lengths.

The final step was to cut out the Picket Fence on 110 lb. cardstock so the gate would be firm and sturdy but you could use any cardstock.  I just really like how this fence die cuts out on the thicker cardstock.

I purposely left off a greeting since I wasn't sure how this card would be needed, but you could easily use it for a Welcome to your new home card, birthday card, Our Gate is Always Open type of card, etc.  All of these dies make for such cute and easy scene cards.

Check out the other cards made by the Frantic Stamper Design Team all in one spot on Facebook, Pinterest, or Flickr.

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Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/franticstamperi/frantic-stamper-precision-dies/

Flickr:  https://www.flickr.com/groups/franticstamper/pool/


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Retro Masculine cards

All of these cards were made using the Fancy Sirs Hats and Mustaches die set by Frantic Stamper:


The above card was also made using the second largest of the dies in the Coved Labels (white panel) paired with the second largest of the label dies in the Elementals #7 set (black Coved Label).  I finished the card off by using the Large Thanks die by Frantic Stamper.


The above card was made using the Coved Labels and Elementals #7 as indicated for the first card, along with the Wavy Banners and Greetings Clear Stamp set.  I cut out a Sunburst Card Panel on acetate and used that as a stencil to rub black distress ink on to the blue card panel.  For the eyes,  I just used a tiny 3/16" circle punch by EK Success.


The final card was also made using the Sunburst Card Panel as a stencil to apply black distress ink with a finger dauber to the white card panel.  I also used the Wavy Banners die set to cut out the banner first then stamped on the "With Love" from the Wavy Banners and Greetings clear stamp set.

All of these dies and stamps can be seen at FranticStamper.com or by clicking on the links in the card descriptions above.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Mint chocolate chip ice cream cone


The Ice Cream Cone die set by Frantic Stamper is so COOL..............you can make twist ice cream like I did in a previous post or leave it as one flavor and put sprinkles on it.

This is what the die looks like:


The background Happy Birthday paper is from Joann Fabric, Michaels or Hobby Lobby.  It's pretty old.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Apple Thanks card


The first time I made this card I had the caterpillar down at the bottom where the grass is now.  I wasn't going to post it because I thought the apple was too big but then our Design Team Leader told me she thought it looked as if the caterpillar had eaten the center of the apple.   I liked her take on the card so I decided to move the caterpillar up to the inside of the apple.

I used the Thanks card band (FRA-DIE-09434) and cut it out on a piece of paper that was a lot larger than the die itself so I would have room for the apple above and below it.  Then I used the smallest of the Spellbinder's Grand Circles dies and positioned the word Thanks right in the middle of it.   I manually cut the top and bottom to shape the circle to look more like an apple, cut out a stem and a leaf.  I also cut out a white strip to look like a shiny spot on the apple to give it some dimension.

These dies are all available at Frantic Stamper and were used to make my card:

Caterpillar and Snail

Easter Bunny and Chicks

Thanks Card Band 

Spellbinder's Grand circles

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Set of Southwestern Cards

I was playing around using some of the new Southwestern dies that Frantic Stamper sells and came up with some cards that I decided to put together in a set since they are all theme related.







Go to FranticStamper.com to see all the Precision Dies Frantic Stamper has in their own line.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Night Cry of the Wolf




I'm entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp Make Your Own Background challenge which can
be seen here:  http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-make-your-own-background-2/

I used the Frantic Stamper Saguaro & Wolf die set (FRA-DIE-09139) and made my own background using the Saran Wrap technique.

The Saran Wrap Technique is where you take a piece of Saran Wrap and lay it on your work space.  Then crumbled it up slightly so that you have wrinkles in it.  Then use some kind of medium that will stick to glossy paper such as Glitter Glam, Perfect Pearls or mica sprays.  Spray or coat the wrap.  If using Glitter Glam, I dabbed it on the Saran Wrap with a large paint brush.


Once it is well coated,  you want to take a piece of glossy paper, it can be glossy photo paper or other glossy paper made for papercrafting, and place it right on top of the Saran Wrap, glossy side DOWN.



Next, fold the Saran Wrap over the paper as if wrapping it up like a package.  Let it sit for at least five minutes to dry slightly.  If the Glitter Glam or medium used still looks very wet, let the paper sit for a good 15 minutes or more.  Once it looks dry, remove the Saran Wrap to reveal your work.  

If the Saran Wrap still has wet medium on it, you can take a second piece of glossy paper and make another background paper.  Just press it down onto the Saran Wrap, fold it up and give it a few minutes to dry.  I was able to make three background papers with one sheet of Saran Wrap when I was using the Glitter Glam and applying it with a paint brush.

This is the non-glossy side of the paper


If you don't want to wait for the medium to dry by itself, you can use a heat gun but be careful not to hold it too close to the glossy paper or it will make the glossy finish on it bubble up.

These are various backgrounds that I made using Glitter Glam, Perfect Pearls mists, and other mica spray products.  The mica spray products will have a really nice sheen to them.  You can use these as backgrounds on your cards or cut dies on them.



Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Cardabilities Challenge #121

This is the sketch for the Cardabilities Challenge #121 which can also be found here:



You have until April 28 to play along.  This is the card I made using the above sketch:


I used all Frantic Stamper dies on this card.  The sentiment is a Hero Arts stamp.  I hope you will play along with us.  The sponsor of this challenge is Dies R Us and they are giving away a $20 gift certificate to the lucky random drawing winner.  Dies R Us can be seen here:




I'm also entering this card in the Dies R Us Challenge 24 "April Showers Bring May Flowers" where you have to have a homemade flower on your card.  This challenge can be seen here:  http://diesruschallenge.blogspot.com/2015/04/challenge-24-april-showers-bring-may.html

These are the products used to make this card:

Frantic Stamper Fern FRA-DIE-09418

Frantic Stamper Large Solid Swallowtail Butterfly FRA-DIE-09420

Frantic Stamper Large Swallowtail Butterfly with icons FRA-DIE-09419

Frantic Stamper Petite Layering Posies FRA-DIE-09193

Frantic Stamper Scalloped Borders FRA-DIE-09291


Monday, April 13, 2015

Thanks Card Band


Frantic Stamper has a new die out called the Thanks Card Band.  It looks like this:


The die is very attractive as it is but I wanted to try to do something different with it so I cut it out on white card stock and embossed just the top half of that in a plaid embossing folder.  I then laid a stitched oval die over the Thanks panel and pulled the bottom of the letters on top of the die so they would not get chopped off going through my Vagabond.    I then cut out a second stitched oval, this time a full one in pink and layered it under the white part.

I can see so many possibilities with this die.  There are a number of shapes that you can cut the top or bottom of the Thanks with, or leave it in it's original beautiful form.

The flowers are the Petite Layering Flowers and Petite Leaves.

"Thanks" for looking!