Sunday, May 31, 2015

Thanks a Bunch

Happy "Unofficial" First Day of Summer!  Now that we are into June and the temps in Maryland are at least 10 degrees higher than normal, it sure feels like summer.

I had most of this card made up for a few weeks, waiting for a new die to be released -- the Large, Medium and Small Layering Posies.  They are a bit bigger than the Petite Layering Posies but mix and match so well together.

I first cut out the Floral Card Band in dark purple and layered it on top of a lighter purple panel.  Then I cut one of the smaller of the Large Layering Posies (you get a large and smaller in the set), along with the larger of the Medium Layering Posies.  I stamped the middle of the smaller flower with a stamp from the Pretty Posies clear stamp set and stamped the sentiment using the same stamp set.  I cut out two ferns and attached them underneath the flower.

For my card I used:

Frantic Stamper Floral Card Band

Frantic Stamper Large Layering Posies (the smaller of the two dies was used)

Frantic Stamper Medium Layering Posies (larger of the two in the set was used)

Frantic Stamper Fern

The sentiment is from the new clear stamp set called Pretty Posies

Frantic Stamper has a new die release every month so be sure to check back often to see all the new products.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Holy Coyote

The Frantic Stamper Saguaro Cactus and Wolf die makes for a great Southwestern themed card.  I cut the cactus three times and put them in the pot from the (Easter) Solid Egg with Bonus Potted Tulip.

The banner across the top was created by cutting the Chevron Borders and Edgers and using the piece that was left over.  The bottom red and blue part is the triangles from the Open Borders.  I cut a strip of paper about 3/4" wide and cut the triangles die into it then backed it with red paper.

These are the dies that were used to make this card:

Chevron Borders and Edgers

Open Borders

Saguaro Cactus and Wolf

Solid Egg with Bonus Potted Tulip

Cardabilities Sketch Challenge #124

It's time for another sketch challenge at Cardabilities.  This is the sketch and you can play along by clicking on this link:

The sponsor for the challenge is

You have until June 13th to play along.  Please be sure to read the challenge rules before submitting your card.

Here is my interpretation of the sketch:

I used the Tim Holtz Large Rosette die to make the rosette, Spellbinder's Pendants for the flags and a Happy Birthday stamp from Frantic Stamper.

Please check out the other design team member's cards at  This is my last challenge with Cardabilities as my term is ending with them today.  I hope you enjoyed seeing my CAS cards and will continue checking out other cards on my blog.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015


This card was made for my niece who is a tomboy.  I couldn't make my typical floral or pink girly cards for her so I chose the Frantic Stamper Dragonfly Pair dies.  I cut them into foil cardstock and used the Saran Wrap technique for the background.

The Saran Wrap technique is very easy.  You simply take a piece of glossy cardstock or glossy photo paper, spray on a medium with some texture to it such as the Perfect Pearls sprays, then scrunch up some Saran Wrap and press it down onto the glossy cardstock.  Let it sit for about 5 minutes until it is almost totally dry and pull off the Saran Wrap.  I have some photos of this technique a few posts below this one.

The Happy Birthday stamp is the Frantic Stamper Unmounted Rubber Stamp - Birthday.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Happy Memorial Day card

I used the Frantic Stamper USA Map die for this card.  I cut it out of red and white striped paper then cut it out again in blue.  I manually cut out a rectangular area from the blue die cut and adhered some tiny stars from the Diagonal Card Sketcher.  The kraft background is a stars embossing folder by Cuttlebug (Provo Craft).

You could also put the words Thank You or Remember on this card.

Let's take time this weekend to remember all of those who served for us and our freedom.

Frantic Stamper USA Map (09517)

Frantic Stamper Diagonal Card Sketcher (09375)

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Southwestern bison or Taurus constellation?

Here's another Southwest card using the Frantic Stamper Southwestern Bear and Bison die set.

First I cut the Sunburst Card Panel  out of kraft cardstock and layered it on top of the blue star designer paper.   I also framed the card panel with a gold metallic frame which isn't showing in the photo very well.

When I cut out the bison, I immediately thought of Taurus the Bull.  Male bison are called bulls and I already had the star background paper,  so it seemed natural to put the bison on this card and have it look like a constellation themed card.  

These are the items used to make this card:

Southwestern bear and bison

Sunburst Card Panel

Tuesday, May 19, 2015


I'm still having fun playing with all these Southwestern dies from Frantic Stamper.  I also like to make scene cards, and the two worked really well together.    I used the Southwest Card Panel for the yellow/gold layer on top of a craft base.  

For the white circle,  I used the second largest of the Spellbinder's Standard Circles Large (3.25")  Then for the blue and sand colored layers I punched a full circle in each color with a 3" circle punch and ripped the sand one in half by hand.

The black Kokopelli is from the Frantic Stamper Kokopelli and Zia.  The cactus is the Saguaro Cactus & Wolf.

Kokopelli and Zia

Saguaro Cactus and Wolf

Southwest Panel

Monday, May 18, 2015

Second Halloween page for Ronan

This is the second page that goes with page one of Ronan's Halloween scrapbook pages.  Page one details can be seen in the post below this.

I used the Martha Stewart scary fence punch, the Impression Obsession Bare Tree with a 3" scallop circle punch behind it, a cat from Taylored Expressions Gothic Window Accessories, lettering from Impression Obsession Alphabet - Typewriter Lower Case Font, and banners from Frantic Stamper Flag Trio .


Sunday, May 17, 2015

Halloween Scrapbook Page for Ronan

This is just the first of four Halloween scrapbook pages I will be making for my one year old nephew, Ronan (or Ronann, how I like to spell it -- notice whose name it ends in?).  On this page I used  Frantic Stamper dies for the bats, bare trees, and word Trick or Treat.  Details below.

I used the Large Trick or Treat die and cut it twice to offset it and give it some dimension.  I also  used the bats from the Bats & Ghost die set but cut them out in purple so they wouldn't look quite as scary as using black.  Then I cut out the Medium Bare Elm and paired it with a 2 3/8" circle scallop punch for the background.  Below is a close up of the trees.

Don't forget............Frantic Stamper has a new release of about 30+/- dies every month so be sure to Follow them so you don't miss out on any of the new products.  Thanks for looking!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Make your own Film Strips

I had these wallet size photos for a scrapbook page and wanted to use them in a filmstrip fashion but none of the existing film strip dies that I could find would fit actual wallet size photos.  So when life throws you a curve ball, you make your own out of the materials you have.

I used the tiny circles die from the Frantic Stamper Open Borders die set.  Just cut the die with the circles in it along both edges of your paper.  The die does not detach from the paper; it only cuts holes in the paper in one neat and perfect line.

Once the edges were cut, I adhered the photos to the strip which was cut slightly wider than the photos I was using.

My nephew is so funny; he liked the orange baby food his parents would make but did not like the green ones at first.  I have some really cute pictures of him for another page where he is making such funny faces eating the green veggies.

Frantic Stamper Open Borders die set

Cardabilities Challenge Sketch #123

Hi's time for another sketch challenge at Cardabilities.  You can join along by going here:

You have until May 28 to play along.  This is the sketch:

and here is my card:

I chose to have the giraffe's head take the place of a tag at the top of the card and the safety pin with the #1 on it for the place of the flowers and leaves.  This card will be sent to my nephew for his first birthday in May. 

 I used the giraffe from the Baby Animals die set by Frantic Stamper but elongated his neck so he would be taller on the card.  This is how I did it:

Above is what the giraffe looks like on the left and the one on the right is the one I elongated

Cut a strip of card stock that is the same width as the neck part of the original die cut.  Then make a cut on the giraffe at a place where you can insert the strip and be able to hide the cut, such as under a bow,  like I did.  You can also cover the cut line with one of the giraffe's dots.  I used a tiny 1/4" circle punch by EKSuccess for the dots but the die comes with a separate die for the spots and eyes.

You can make the giraffe's neck as tall or short as you want it.

We have 2 sponsors for this challenge.  One is Infinite Designs Scrapbook Studio (


the other is the Frantic Stamper (

If you happen to create a card based on Sketch #123 we would love for you to link up so we can peek too.  You also have the chance at the Sponsor Giveaways and Featured Designer. Be sure to link up by May 28th!

Here are the products I used to make my card:

Frantic Stamper Baby Animals 

Frantic Stamper Stitched Photo Cards

Little B die -- Baby

Frantic Stamper Unmounted Rubber Stamp -- Birthday

There are 2 sponsors for this challenge's giveaway:

Frantic Stamper:  
Frantic Stamper is offering up a Star Card Panel Die to a random linker who links up their Card based on the Sketch below.


Infinite Designs Scrapbook Studio
I hope you will play along with us.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

America The Beautiful

What a great combination of dies for a Fourth of July card..........the America word die and the Musical Score.  Don't you immediately start signing "America, America, God shed his grace on thee"?

I cut the largest and second largest of the Frantic Stamper Elementals #5 Arches Frames in blue and red glitter paper.  The stars are from the Diagonal Card Sketcher.

If you want to see other cards made by Frantic Stamper design team members, you can go to the Facebook page here: or to the blog here:

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Snips and Snails scrapbook page

This page isn't quite finished yet as I am waiting for some new dies to come in, but I wanted to show you how the photo that was cut using the Frantic Stamper Sunburst Card Panel works on a scrapbook page.

This is a close up of the photo that I cut and layered with the Sunburst Card Panel;

I started off by placing the Sunburst Card Panel right on top of the photo, making sure the "sun" or circle that is in the die was positioned on the photo where I wanted it to be.  I didn't want it to be right in the middle of my nephew's face or it would have taken away from the dimensional look to him.

After I cut out the photo using this die, I then used 110 lb. cardstock for 4 additional cuts, adhering just the "framed" portion of the die and not using the pieces that get cut out (all the extra rays).  I did, however, save those extra rays from when the photo was cut out because they get put back in later.

Once I had the stack of framed Sunburst Card Panels adhered together, I adhered the cut photo on top of them using 1/8" double sided tape.  This is what it looked like at this point:

Next I took each of the rays that was cut out and placed a piece of the 1/8" double sided tape on the back of them and carefully lined each back into it's matching position in the die cut.  Then I used a pair of fine tip tweezers and pressed the edges of each ray along the sides to be sure they got all the way down and weren't sticking to the stacked layer.

The hardest part for me is then trying to figure out what to put on the scrapbook page with this photo.
I don't like using a lot of floral things in a scrapbook for a boy so my choices would be very limited if it wasn't for the new dies that Frantic Stamper came out with.  I used the snails from the Caterpillar and Snail die set and matched them up with the Snips and Snails clear stamp set.  I stamped the greeting first then stamped over that with the Wavy Banner from the Wavy Banners and Greetings Clear Stamp set.

I needed something more around the frame of the page so I adhered some Spring Ivy.  I am waiting for a new flower die to come in and will adhere that to the stems of the ivy but keep the flowers in a fairly neutral color for this page.

The framing around the photo is the Frantic Stamper Elementals #5 Arches Frames.  The photo is then layered on top of the Spellbinder's Grand Labels 23.  The tag is the My Favorite Things Stitched Traditional Tag, and the safety pin is a die by Little B that comes in a set called Little B Baby; I just cut it out with mirror board.

I can't wait to show you more pages that I made using Frantic Stamper dies so come back tomorrow and take a look if you are in to scrapbooking CAS style.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Ronan's new outfit

I'm still working on my nephew's scrapbook.  He was born in May 2014 and so far I've only scrapped through his 4th month, even though I have all the pictures of him right through his first birthday on May 4 of this year.  It's particularly difficult scrapping right now with just one eye; things aren't lining up straight like I would like them to but I have to plug away at this; I can't stop because of an injured eye.

These two pages are using photos that my brother, Brian, took of Ronan after buying him a new outfit, sweater / hat and all.  My brother is the comedian in the family so some things that he says I have to bleep out on the scrapbook pages for online purposes.

I used the new tree dies from Frantic Stamper for the borders (Evergreen Trio, Small Pine, Small Oregon Fir and the Large Blue Spruce).  I also used the Buck and Doe and the Flag Trio.

The notebook sheet is by Spellbinders and on sale right now at Frantic Stamper.  The doily is a Sizzix die by Tim Holtz called Distressed Doily, also available at Frantic Stamper.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Floating banner card

Ever need a quick card but don't have much time? I used some background paper from Hobby Lobby along with the Frantic Stamper Small Birds (FRA-DIE-09084) and the new Wavy Banners and Greetings Clear Stamp set (FRA-CL-002). Love these tiny little hummingbirds.

This would also make a cute Mother's Day card if you just switched the greeting for another one.

                     I'm entering this card in the Addicted to CAS Challenge #63:  Birds

Addicted to CAS

Friday, May 8, 2015

Another Dimensional Sunburst card

 A few posts back I made a card with two snails on it using the Frantic Stamper Sunburst Card Panel and layering it to give it extra dimension.

I used the same technique to make today's card; cutting several of the Sunburst Card Panel, stacking and adhering them on top of one another, then taking the cut out pieces and adhering them back in place.  This time I used the Southwestern Bear  as the focal point on the card.

Here's another view to show you the dimension you can get with this technique:

If you haven't checked out the Frantic Stamper Facebook page, you really should.  All of the design team members post their cards there.  Go to and Like us if you will.