Saturday, August 29, 2015

Brights Are In

I'm entering this card in the PaperTrey Ink Mix and Match Challenge (paper) which can be seen here:
http://nicholeheady.typepad.com/capture_the_moment/2015/08/saf-2015-mix-match-challenge.html

If you've looked through the Poppy Stamps or Memory Box Look Books recently, a lot of their cards are made with very bright colors.  I had these 3 pink pattern papers and wanted to use them together so I cut them out with the Stitched Scene Builder Edgers by Frantic Stamper to make the hills.  The unique thing about these dies is that they have the stitching along both sides of the cut line, so if you use a big enough piece of cardstock, you will get two hills out of one cut.  Great way to save time and make two cards instead of just one.

I love making trees too, and I wanted to make some modern looking trees with the Frantic Stamper Medium Bare Ash and Medium Bare Elm.  All I did was cut them out as usual then place them on my paper trimmer and cut the tops into triangle shapes.  Adhere them to an oval and they are done.  I love the way these look and plan on using them a lot.

The sun and clouds are part of the Village Sky die set and the deer are the Buck and Doe set.

Frantic Stamper just released photos of the dies in their September release.  You can see them all here and put in a pre-order for them as well:  http://www.franticstamper.com/-September-2015-release_c_7719.html.  One of my favorite dies in this release is the Sun Rays Quilted Card Panel:




Here are photos of the dies that I used on my card:

Buck and Doe

Medium Bare Ash

Medium Bare Elm

Stitched Scene Builder Edgers

Village Sky

Friday, August 28, 2015

Pink, White and Black Halloween card


I've been on a kick lately making Halloween cards that aren't the typical, scary kind.  I'm not sure this is reminiscent of Halloween really with the flower on it, but I think a young girl I know might like it.

I used the following Frantic Stamper dies on my card:
















A Die to Do All the Sunburst Work for You



Earlier I showed a masculine card using the Adorable Moose by Frantic Stamper.  This post is showing you how you can turn that moose die into a girly looking moose just by adding a cute bow to her head.

The bow is from the Gingerbread Boy die by Frantic Stamper.  I layered the Coved Labels with the Coved Labels from the Elementals #7 for the tag looking background under the moose.  The starburst was hand made but Frantic Stamper just announced their soon to be released (September) Sun Rays Quilted Panel which looks like this:



This one die will do all the work that I was previously doing by hand.  Couldn't get any simpler.  All the triangle rays will have stitching on them too!  Keep any eye on the Frantic Stamper store to reserve this die before it sells out:  http://www.franticstamper.com/-Frantic-Stamper-Precision-Dies-_c_7024.html

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Cute Ghosts trying to be Scary


The spider looks like he is rolling his eyes at the ghosts as if they are ridiculous trying to be scary.........they are too cute to be scary.   Both the spider and ghosts are from the Frantic Stamper Cute Halloween Icons set.  You also get a bat, skull and bones and a cat in this set.

The window was made using the Frantic Stamper Four Up Square .  Eeek is from the Frantic Stamper Scary Words set.

Cute Halloween Icons


Four Up Square Window

Scary Words


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Cute Halloween Bag and Card



These days so many parents don't want their children exposed to the horror / scary type of Halloween that we are all used to.  In fact, some schools don't even let teachers decorate their rooms during Halloween time.  So I thought I would make a cute Halloween bag and card for a little girl trick or treater.  The inspiration for the card came from a card in the Poppy Stamps look book.

Here are close-ups of each individually:




Only Frantic Stamper dies were used on these projects.  If you click on the words above the photos, you will be taken right to the Frantic Stamper store:








Scary Words (Beware)




Chevron Borders and Edgers (for the jagged cut along the top of the bag)



Monday, August 24, 2015

Masculine Moose card



This Adorable Moose by Frantic Stamper makes a great masculine card.   Plus it's so cute;  I'm finding so many ways to use it on my cards.

I used both the Frantic Stamper Coved Labels and Elementals #7 Coved Labels behind the moose.    These two Coved Labels sets layer really nicely together.

Here are the dies used on my card:

Adorable Moose

Coved Labels

Elementals #7 Coved Labels

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Sunburst Gingerbread Boy


I love making sunburst cards; I just think they are a great way to use small scraps of dsp and they look so nice.  I actually made a template for mine so I can make them more easily and have the white space between each ray already laid out for me.

I used the Gingerbread Boy by Frantic Stamper for the focal point of the card.  When cut out on a gingerbread colored paper, he looks so realistic.   I put the boy on a  layered set of Coved Labels using one size of label from the Elementals #7 Coved Labels along with one size from the regular Coved Labels set.  The cap is a Recollections embellishment from Michaels but Frantic Stamper does have a Santa's cap in their Santa's Suit icons die set.

Thanks for looking!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Purple Chevron Merry Christmas


I love making cards in non-traditional colors for some reason.  Even though purple is one of the Advent colors, you don't see it often on Christmas cards.

The chevrons are from the Frantic Stamper Chevron Borders and Edgers.  You get two dies in this set; one for cutting the edge of your paper like I used when making rosettes here:

 http://anngcrafts.blogspot.com/2015/08/boo-vignette-card.html  and a double sided chevron die that cuts out a strip that detaches from the paper and looks like ric-rac ribbon.  They are very easy to align on your card since they all cut out the same size and very easy to adhere with just a glue pen.

The Merry Christmas is a new release from Frantic Stamper and has such a gorgeous, graceful look to it.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Catch Me, Catch Me, If You Can



I'm loving this Gingerbread Boy die by Frantic Stamper............there's just so much you can do with him.  Here he's taunting the fox to catch him just like in the children's storybook.

I also used the following Frantic Stamper dies on my card:

Adorable Fox

Stitched Scene Builder Edgers

Vertical Birch Trees Card Panel

Village Trees and Shrubs


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Garage Sale this weekend

I'm having another garage sale to sell off some stamps, diesand punches that I don't really use anymore.  If you live locally (Ellicott City, MD) but can't make it on any of the dates shown below, feel free to email me and we can set up a different time for you to stop over.

Friday 10-12
Saturday 8-12
Sunday 8-12


I have a lot of rubber stamps, both clear and wood mounted.  Examples of brands include Penny Black, Hero Arts, Stampendous, Tim Holtz, Stampin' Up, and  Northwoods,  among others.

I also have several Spellbinder dies, Memory Box and Poppy Stamps dies, Impression Obsession and Sizzix.  As for paper punches, there are Stampin Up, Martha Stewart, EK Success and others.

Other items include a Crop-A-Dile, Zutter Distress-it-All, bottlecaps in every color imaginable, and lots of various sized plastic storage totes.

If you've been to  one of my garage sales in the past, you know that everything is marked to go now.  Most items are more than 70% off original retail price.  I have a lot of Christmas, Halloween and floral stamps, most of which are 50 cents to $3.  If you were here earlier in the week, I have just brought out over 100 more stamps and dies.

Email me if you can't make it to one of the above dates.  The garage sale is actually indoors with the a/c so you can take your time and browse around.

Hope to see you in a few days!

Ann

address:  10101 Carillon Ct, Ellicott City, MD 21042 behind Centennial Park on Rte. 108

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Joy


This card is so pretty IRL........clean and simple with the ribbon and embossing.  I used the Round Vignette Joy Insert by Frantic Stamper.  The die is on the front card base but covered with a raised panel that was embossed with the Darice Wire Fence embossing folder.

My card was inspired by this card which was found on Pinterest:


Small Layering Posies Happy Birthday


I don't usually put flowers on a card without their leaves but I think this card is okay without them, plus the paper I used for the flowers (by Authentique) is pretty busy so it was hard to match a green for a leaf to them.

The flower is the Small Layering Posies by Frantic Stamper.  I cut them out and inked around the edges with distress inks.  The center pearl flowers are something I found on ebay years ago.  The dotted edging is also by Frantic Stamper and is part of their Open Borders set.  This die cuts a line of holes into the card.  I attached a strip of black cardstock behind the dots on the inside of the card.

Happy Birthday is a Frantic Stamper unmounted rubber stamp.

My card was inspired by this card below by Megan Daves at www.Iteachstamping.com:


Saturday, August 15, 2015

Square Scalloped Vignette Hugs card


My card (above photo) was inspired by the card below that was on Pinterest:



Instead of using two layers of squares, I used the new Square Scalloped Vignette die by Frantic Stamper.  I cut out black squares that measured 1 3/4" x 1 3/4" and offset the scalloped vignettes and raised them with foam tape.

The flowers are a combination of the Small Layering Posies and Medium Layering Posies.  The leaves are the Petite Leaves, my favorite leaf die out there.  Hugs is also by Frantic Stamper and is part of the Accessory Words #3 collection.



Thursday, August 13, 2015

Frantic Stamper Gingerbread Boy


Introducing the new Gingerbread Boy by Frantic Stamper................how cute is he with all his frosting embellishments.

I embossed a tag made out of the Coved Labels and adhered the gb boy to it.  Then I cut out the word Sweet for the bottom of the card.  I had some Nordic looking ribbon in my stash from Michaels so I put that on the card, along with a present that is actually a button from JoAnn Fabric.  The recipe background paper that has gingerbread cookies on the back side is also available at JoAnn Fabric (or it was, I haven't been there in a while).

I can see myself using this Gingerbread Boy a lot on future cards.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Black Cat Happy Haunting


The Chevron Borders and Edgers dies by Frantic Stamper can be used in so many ways.   I like using them to make backgrounds for my cards.

In going with a non-traditional color theme for this Halloween card, I used one of the Frantic Stamper Scardy Cats for the focal point, offsetting him with a white faux stitched oval background.  Any cat lover will fall in love with the cat dies by Frantic Stamper.  You can see some of the newest released ones here:

http://www.franticstamper.com/-July-2015-release-_c_7542.html


The Happy Hauntings stamp is from the Frantic Stamper Halloween clear stamp set FRA-CL-020 that is soon to be released in September.

Frantic Stamper's Heralding Angel


Doesn't the name of this die fit perfectly..............Heralding Angel.  I found a digital music sheet of the song "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" and used that as the background under the angel.

The swirly frame on the card is the Frantic Stamper Elementals #7 - Coved Labels along with some additional Coved Labels layered inside.  Other  Frantic Stamper dies used on the card are the Northern Star and Peace.

If you click on the links for the product names above, you will be taken directly to the Frantic Stamper online store where you can see photos and a description of each of the dies.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Gold and White Merry Christmas


Earlier I made a Square Scalloped Vignette Christmas card ; this time I used the Round Scalloped Vignette on my card.

Frantic Stamper has a new set of dies that all fit inside the scalloped vignettes, both round and square.  Plus they have some new clear stamp sets coming out in  September that coordinate with these dies.  I used the clear stamps (FRA-CL-022) for the centers of the scalloped vignettes.

In keeping with a gold and white theme, I heat embossed the stamps right onto the cut out scalloped vignettes, using white embossing powder.  They look so elegant IRL.  Then I assembled one of the Petite Poinsettias and cut out the Merry Christmas.

You can see all the round vignettes that fit inside the Round Scalloped Vignette here:  http://www.franticstamper.com/search.asp?keyword=09606&search.x=0&search.y=0&search=GO.  This is what they look like: