Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Black and White with a Touch of Red (and Green)

For this card I used the new Frantic Stamper Stitched Coved Labels which coordinate with the Elementals #7 Coved Labels and Coved Labels.  I used dies from all 3 sets since they layer together so nicely.

The center of the card is the Frantic Stamper Deer Christmas Bauble which I cut out in black glitter paper and layered it on top of the Teardrop Christmas Bauble.  The bow is a combination of both the International Hats & Mustaches bow and the Fancy Sirs Hats & Mustaches bow.  I cut the top from one and put in on the bottom of the other.

The embossing is the Darice Wire Fence EF on top of the dotted panel which was embossed using a Christmas EF from Hobby Lobby's own brand, the Paper Studio.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Christmas Cardinals window card

While looking at cards on Pinterest, one caught my eye.  It was by Stampin' Mim.  I used her card as inspiration but added a second window to my card.    There's acetate behind the trees to allow for the see-through effect.

I used the following Frantic Stamper dies to make this card:

Cardinals -09250
Small Birch Trees - 09226
Pinprick Circles - 09643
Merry Christmas stamp from FRA-CL-023 clear stamp set

Friday, September 25, 2015

Autumn Sympathy Card

I had this Frantic Stamper Bird on Pussywillow Branch  die and thought it's calming effect of the birds in the branches would make a nice sympathy card.

I cut the bird on a branch die three times and laid them out so they would fit on one of the Stitched Ovals.  I had to flip one diecut on it's back side in order to get one bird facing the opposite direction but when you use black cardstock, it's hard to tell it was flipped over.   The dark color hides any edges the die might leave in the cardstock so it looks almost the same on the front as it does on the back.

The final step was to adhere the Small With Sympathy at the bottom of the card.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Garage Sale Saturday, Sept. 26, 8am to noon

I'm having one more garage sale for the year.  It is Saturday, Sept. 26 from 8am to noon only.

I have a lot of Spellbinder, Sizzix, Memory Box, and other brand dies along with rubber stamps, clear stamps, and other scrapbooking / cardmaking supplies.

I also have scrapbook paper packs, embellishments 2/$1.00, bottlecaps, Stampin Up and Martha Stewart punches (some rare and retired ones).

All the supplies come from a smoke-free / cat-free home.  Address is:  10101 Carillon Ct., Ellicott City, MD 21042

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Sun Rays Quilted Card Panel Tutorial

There's been a request for a tutorial on how to use this new Sun Rays Quilted Card Panel die by Frantic Stamper.  Even though it is like any other die, there are just a few tips that are good to  know when using it.

First, when you cut paper with this die, you get both the frame with spokes AND all 12 stitched rays.  So in order to vary the colors on the card, you will probably want to cut out two or three different colors of cardstock with the die.  This will allow you to have a choice of colors and patterns to use for the stitched rays.

The complete tutorial with photos can be found on the  Frantic Stamper blog here:  http://franticstamper.blogspot.com/2015/09/sun-rays-quilted-card-panel-tutorial.html

Frantic Stamper is giving away one of these dies for free.  All you have to do is go to the link below by Sept. 30 and follow the instructions to qualify:  http://franticstamper.blogspot.com/2015/09/frantic-stamper-giveaway.html

Here are some cards I made using this die:

Monday, September 21, 2015

Deer in Bauble Happy Holidays card

This card is a combination of three different Frantic Stamper ornament dies:  the big red one, along with the ornament hook and topper is from the Solid Ornament Duo and the smaller inside one is the Deer Christmas Bauble layered on top of the Teardrop Christmas Bauble.

The bow is from the Easter Icons set, and I cut the Happy Holidays out of gold foil cardstock to match the inside part of the ornament.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Another Christmas Sun Rays red and green card

I used the leftover pieces from a previous card I made with the Sun Rays Quilted Card Panel  (shown below) to make this card.  For the previous card I made a shaker for the middle circle and filled it with sequins.  For this card I simply put the Round Scallop Vignette and the Round Vignette Joy Insert inside it.  The last step was to add some tiny snowflakes from the Snowflake Flurries set.

This is the previous card made using the same papers as the above, which can be found here in the Frantic Stamper store:  http://www.franticstamper.com/Authentique--Spectrum-dots-stripes-patterns_c_7779.html

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Sun Rays Shaker Card

I wanted to try to use the Sun Rays Quilted Card Panel in a different way so I made it into a shaker card.  Did you know you can try to win one of these Sun Rays dies here:  https://www.facebook.com/franticstamper/photos/a.545360818887944.1073741825.146831258740904/889677677789588/?type=1&theater ).  Giveaway ends Sept. 30.

The paper is from Frantic Stamper and can be found here:  http://www.franticstamper.com/Authentique--Spectrum-dots-stripes-patterns_c_7779.html

I cut the Sun Rays Quilted Card Panel die using white cardstock in order to get the white frame that I needed with all the attached spokes that go in between the stitched rays.  When removing the frame with those spokes from the die itself, go very slowly so you don't stretch the paper too much since paper itself is very stretchable.   I then adhered the frame to the card base using a glue pen on just the outer four sides of the frame.  I don't adhere the spokes since they more or less take care of themselves once you adhere the rays back into the diecut.

After cutting the die with the white cardstock (hang on to the stitched rays pieces to use on another card), I then used the die on both red and green dsp (designer series paper -- fancy name for patterned paper).  Before adhering the red and green pieces, I placed them in their appropriate places inside the frame to be sure I had them all just right, then I adhered them with a glue pen.  When adhering them though, I always glue down the outer edge of the stitched rays first to be sure they line up with the outer edge of the frame then line up the inner edge that goes around the inner circle.  You are likely to cover the inner circle with some kind of embellishment or other die, so you really want the outer edge to be perfect.

After the stitched rays were all adhered, it was time to work on the center part of the shaker.  I cut out one of the Round Scalloped Vignettes and used a 1 3/8" circle punch to put out the center of it.  Then I cut out one of the Round Vignette JOY Inserts with red glitter cardstock.  To cut out the center of the circle that the white frame was adhered to (the card base), I used a 1 1/4" circle die.  Then I adhered a piece of acetate to the back of this card panel so you could see it through the cut out circle. Next I adhered the JOY insert to the front of the acetate then adhered the scalloped circle around that.

At this point you have one top card panel that has acetate on the back of it.  To make the shaker part, I used 1/4" wide weatherstripping from the hardware store and adhered it around the center circle on the back of the card.  I like using weatherstripping because it is sticky only on one side; this prevents the sequins inside the shaker from sticking to the foam.  You can use foam tape too; it's just a matter of preference.   You will have to apply double sided tape or glue to the top of the weatherstripping to adhere it to the card front, but that's easy enough to do.  So once the weatherstripping is applied around the center circle on the back of the card, you can carefully fill that area with sequins or other confetti material.  Then put some foam tape around the four edges of the back side of the top card layer, making sure your foam tape is at least as thick as your weatherstripping, then put adhesive on top of the weatherstripping, and adhere the card top to the card base.

Here are the dies I used to make the card:

Frantic Stamper Sun Rays Quilted Card Panel

Frantic Stamper Round Scalloped Vignette

Frantic Stamper Round Vignette JOY Insert

Friday, September 18, 2015

A New Way To Make Sunburst Cards

Frantic Stamper just released a new die that cuts out stitched sun rays to make sunburst cards.  The above card was made using the new  Sun Rays Quilted Card Panel, but the two cards below were all cut out by hand before this new die came out.  The new die makes it so much easier to make these sunburst cards; now I can have an even space between the triangular panels and stitching on them as well.  I think the sunburst looks so much nicer with the actual rays between the panels like in the above card.

The bird is the Frantic Stamper Hummingbird.  This is what the dies look like:

Frantic Stamper Hummingbird

Frantic Stamper Sun Rays Stitched Card Panel

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Sun Rays Quilted Card Panel die Giveaway

I used the Sun Rays Quilted Card Panel to make this card, among others that are also posted on  my blog:

Isn't that skunk so stinkin' cute?  He's the Frantic Stamper Adorable Skunk.  I have him holding a tiny cupcake from the Candy Icons set.  He is backed with a Stitched Coved Label that is layered on top of another Coved Label.

To enter the giveaway to win a FREE Sun Rays Quilted Card Panel die, go to www.Facebook.com/FranticStamper and follow the instructions or just click here:


Good Luck Everyone!  I know you will love this die and be as addicted to it as I am.

To see other cards I made using this die, scroll through my blog posts.  I have some baby cards, Christmas and Fall cards and a Halloween card.

I'm entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp:  Die Crazy Challenge which can be seen here:

A Chance to Win a FREE Sun Rays Quilted Card Panel die and tips on how to use it

I'm entering this card in the Mod Squad Challenge:  Flower as the Focal Point which can be seen here:  http://modsquadchallenge.blogspot.com/2015/09/flower-as-focal-image.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ModSquadChallengeBlog+%28Mod+Squad+Challenge+Blog%29.

My 13 year old niece has a birthday coming soon so I wanted to make a card using a new die I had.

I used the Frantic Stamper Sun Rays Quilted Card Panel for this card, cutting it out with solid white cardstock first.  Then I cut it out three more times with three different dotted papers.  The papers with the bigger dots are from Frantic Stamper and will be in stock soon.

After I had all the pieces cut out, I was ready to assemble the card.  I adhered the Sun Rays base (white) to the card front using a glue pen, but I only put the glue around the four sides of the die cut.  I didn't adhere down the "spokes" in between each triangular spot.  This allowed me some flexibility when placing the triangular stitched pieces back into the die cut.  After all the pieces were adhered, I could go back and run my glue pen under the "spokes" if needed but I rarely had to do that.

  When placing the triangular stitched pieces back into the die cut, I put one piece in at a time to  make sure that the pieces are in the correct spots.  If one piece didn't fit perfectly, chances are another one will.  Test them out before adhering them and make sure you like the layout overall with the colors where you want them.   You'll be glad afterward that you took the time to do that.

 Once I'm happy that all the pieces are in the spots I want them in, I adhere the pieces with a glue pen,  positioning them from the outer frame end first then lining up the inner circle area.  You want the outer area to line up nicely as the inner area around the center circle will most likely be covered with something.

Once all the patterned pieces were adhered (I still had enough pattern pieces to make two more cards with), I cut one of the Medium Layering Posies out of wool felt and adhered it to the card with a brad.  I also used wool felt for the Petite Leaves.

This card will have no problem getting to my niece without postage being due on it or getting ruined in the mail since it is very flat.   Since I had the leftover triangle pieces with stitching on them, I made another card, this time using the Frantic Stamper Welcome (Home) Baby and Petite Butterflies:

Did you know Frantic Stamper is giving away one of these Sun Rays Quilted Card Panel dies for free?  Check out the Frantic Stamper Facebook page here for details on how you can qualify for a chance to win one:  www.facebook.com/franticstamper.

Frantic Stamper Sun Rays Quilted Card Panel

Frantic Stamper Medium Layering Posies

Frantic Stamper Petite Leaves

Frantic Stamper Welcome Home Baby

Frantic Stamper Petite Butterflies

I still have one more card to make using the leftover pieces.   I'm waiting for a new die that is coming out in the October release to put on my final card.  You will see why I waited for it in a few days.

New Frantic Stamper Sun Rays Quilted Card Panel

Gone are the days of having to manually make my sunburst cards.............Frantic Stamper has a new die that does it all and more.  It's the Sun Rays Quilted Card Panel.

This die cuts out both the frame and attached "spokes" AND all the rays that have stitching on them.

To make my card, I used a teal piece of glitter cardstock for the frame because glitter paper is generally thicker and heavier than regular cardstock.  A heavy cardstock will give a more raised, dimensional look to the card.  So once the frame was cut out (hold on to all the triangle pieces; I didn't use them all for this card but can use them on another card later), I then ran the die through my die cutting machine three more times, each with a different shade of teal paper.  This gave me enough triangles so I could alternate colors.  There are a total of 12 triangles, so if you use 3 colors of cardstock, you will get a total of 36 triangles, 12 of which go on a card.  That leaves you with enough triangles to make two more cards.  You will have to cut one more frame for each card, and that will leave you with another 12 triangles.  Seems like a never ending cycle but hold on to the triangles; you never know when you will want to make another card with them.

I used some of my leftover triangles to make this card:

To adhere the frame to the card base, I used a glue pen around the four edges of the frame.  I did NOT adhere down the inner circle or spokes.  By not adhering the spokes and circle, it allows you a little wiggle room to get the triangles back into their spots perfectly every time.  I found that if you do adhere the spokes, if they get glued down just a little crooked, then the rays (triangles) may have a hard time fitting into their spots perfectly.  So the easy way to avoid that is to not adhere the spokes in between each triangle ray.

I also use fine tip tweezers when adhering the triangles back into their spots so I don't get glue all over my fingers and ultimately all over the card.  The center focal point can be left alone like I did in the first card and adhered one of the round vignette inserts that Frantic Stamper makes (they are all made to fit perfectly inside the center circle) or you can cover the center circle with another die like I did in the second card with the leaf.

This die is addicting so be careful.  Once you cut it out and have the spare parts, you are going to want to keep making cards to use up the spare parts.

Here are the dies I used to make these cards, all of which are Frantic Stamper dies:

Sun  Rays Quilted Card Panel -09661
Round Vignette JOY Insert -09627
Snowflake Flurries - 09099
Fancy Leaves - 09275
Thankful -09605

Here are the vignette dies and stamps that coordinate with the center circle of this Sun Rays Quilted Card Panel:  http://www.franticstamper.com/search.asp?keyword=vignette+die&search.x=15&search.y=11&search=GO

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Gingerbread Boy Shaker Card

At first glance this front door to this card looks a little crooked; the Stitched Coved Label is actually hinged to open and reveal the inside of the top panel which has the shaker area filled with Christmas Confetti.  I simply made two hinges out of folded cardstock.   When the card is flat, instead of standing up, the door lies perfectly flat and straight.

When the "door" is opened, you will see the shaker card inside which holds all that Christmas Confetti which is cut out with a die by Frantic Stamper.   If you look really close to the white front panel portion of the card, you can see the cross stitching and line stitching at the top and bottom.  This was created by using the In Stitches die which is shown below.

The Christmas Confetti die consists of tiny gingerbread men, candy canes and Christmas trees as shown on the front of the card as well.

These are the dies I used to make the card:
Christmas Confetti
Coved Labels
Stitched Coved Labels
In Stitches
Holly Leaves and Berries

Gingerbread Boy