Saturday, October 31, 2015

Bleeding Hearts


Frantic Stamper is releasing this new Bleeding Hearts die set today,  November 1.  Bleeding Hearts are my all time favorite flower in the garden.  They are just so different from any other flower with their puffy shaped hearts and little water looking droplets hanging beneath them.

To make my card, I started off by inking up my acrylic stamping blocks with Picked Raspberry distress ink and stamping it onto a piece of spritzed watercolor paper.  Then I did the same thing with Shabby Shutters distress ink.  This gives the card a much needed background without taking away from the bleeding hearts themselves.

Once I cut the Bleeding Hearts die a few times, I used a white gel pen to add the line to them to make them look more dimensional.  Then I used a stylus and rolling mat and rolled the stylus around the back side of the hearts to give them a little curve.  I also used a white gel pen to color the bottom droplets on each heart.

This card was actually very easy to make since the hearts have the stems coming off the branches already so there is no guess work as to where to place them.

I need to make another card exactly like this for my mother.  I know she will love it.

To see another card made by a Frantic Stamper design team member using this Bleeding Hearts die, so to the Frantic Stamper Pinterest board here:  https://www.pinterest.com/pin/364862007291153809/
The card was made by Kia and is breathtakingly beautiful.


Friday, October 30, 2015

Happy Halloween!!!


Happy Halloween everyone!

For this card, I used the following Frantic Stamper dies.  You can go to the Frantic Stamper store here and enter any of these 5 digit codes in the search box on the upper left side of their home page to see the dies.

Store:  www.franticstamper.com

Dies I used on this card:

Stitched Ovals -09638 to make the pumpkin
Sun Rays Quilted Card Panel -09661 for the moon
Ten Fun Felines -09100
Witch Legs -09236 for the witch hat
Bats & Ghosts -09232 for the bat
Cute Halloween Icons -09583 for the ghost
Spring Ivy -09451

Stay safe all you trick-or-treaters.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Frantic Stamper Large Fancy Deer

If you are looking for a card that you can mass produce quickly, let me suggest this Large Fancy Deer die by Frantic Stamper.  It's quick to cut out and so versatile.  I kind of got carried away with it and could still make a lot more cards but I won't.  I need to move on to another die for tomorrow.









On most of the cards I put the deer on the largest of the Stitched Ovals that I cut out on a solid color of cardstock then embossed with a dots embossing folder.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Christmas Candle


I knew when I got this Frantic Stamper Christmas Candle die that I wanted to do some paper piecing with it.  I cut it out first with white glitter paper for the candle then again on green foiled cardstock.  Cut just the flame in yellow and punched out some tiny foiled red circles using a circle punch to cover the berries.

The embossed background behind the candle is a Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations EF.  I simple used an ink blending tool and some distress inks to make the yellow circle before embossing the paper.

For the top layer, I cut the Stitched Oval first then ran the panel through another Sizzix EF.  I wish Sizzix would put the names of their EF's on the folders.  That would make it so much easier for me to tell you which folder I used.

The cards I'm going to be posting over the next week or so are all going to be a mix of Christmas, Valentine's and Halloween................only because Frantic Stamper just released their November dies with the Valentine theme.  Crazy mix, isn't it?

Friday, October 23, 2015

Silver and White Christmas card


Talk about a card that can literally be put together in less than 10 minutes.............this card does that and looks so elegant too.

All I did was cut one of the Frantic Stamper Large Fancy Deer, one of the Snow Globe Fancy Deer (the smaller one),  and the center of the Sun Rays Quilted Card Panel all out of mirror board (you can also use silver foiled cardstock).  For the sun, I cut a piece of mirror board 2.5" x 2.5" and placed it right over the center circle of the die.  The end result is stunning.  You get a stitched center circle and the rays that go around it.

Then I cut one of the Stitched Scene Builder Edgers with white cardstock, adhered all the dies to the card and inked around the edge of the pattern paper background with a matching color of ink.  Card is done!

The antlers on these deer are very detailed yet they cut out crisp and clean.  This is a 10 minute card, if that, and fun to make.

Here is an additional photo of the card:


Thursday, October 22, 2015

Frantic Stamper Pinecone Ornament


Do you ever have leftover die cuts lying around on your desk and you think to yourself "I need to make a card with those".........well that is how this card came about.  I had the pinecone and pine bough left over from a previous card (got rejected and didn't make it onto the card) and wanted to use them before they got ruined with everything else on my desk.

So I formed the pinecone with a stylus and mat to give it some dimension and cut out one of the largest dies in the Large Solid Ornament Duo set.  Then I cut one of the Teardrop Christmas Baubles out of the center of that solid ornament and backed it with a piece of clear acetate.  I also cut an ornament hook and topper from the Large Solid Ornament Duo using some gold foiled cardstock.

The final touch was to cut out the Happy Holidays on some white paper with gold dots and layer it a few times to give it some dimension on the busy pattern of the background paper.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Red and White Sun Rays card


Yesterday's post showed a card with a deer bust on a red, white and blue Christmas card.  Today's card uses the white rays (plus some extras) that were cut from yesterday's card.

I cut the red pattern paper first with the Frantic Stamper Sun Rays Quilted Card Panel and used the frame and some of the stitched rays in that red pattern paper.  Using just a glue pen, I adhered the frame to a layer of the same pattern paper, only putting the glue on the outer four sides of the frame and not on any of the skinny spokes in between or the middle circle.  This gives you room to adhere the stitched rays and be able to move them around to fit perfectly in between the spokes.

 After the stitched rays were all adhered, I cut out the Round Scalloped Vignette using gold foil cardstock by Frantic Stamper.  I used the center stitched white circle that was cut when I cut out the Sun Rays Quilted Card Panel for the center focal point and stamped it with "Season's Greetings" from the Round Christmas Vignettes Clear Stamp Set.  To finish off the center ornament I cut one of the ornament toppers from the Large Solid Ornament Duo die set with gold foil cardstock.

The trees are each made by cutting two of the larger Snow Globe Triangle Trees and one of the smaller trees layered on top and folded in half lengthwise.  The stars on top of the trees are cut from the Diagonal Card Sketcher die.

The final step in making the card was to adhere a few of the smallest snowflakes from the Snowflake Flurries die set.

Fun fact:  Did you know that Frantic Stamper not only makes and sells their own line of stamps and dies, but they also have their own line of foiled cardstock.  You can see all the colors they sell here:

http://www.franticstamper.com/search.asp?keyword=FRA-foilcs&search.x=0&search.y=0&search=GO

They have both 12 x 12 and 8.5 x 11 sizes in 8 different colors.  I love the Aqua Blue and Magenta Pink colors.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Red White and Blue Christmas Card


I had some leftover pieces of stitched pattern papers from a previous card I made with the Frantic Stamper Sun Rays Quilted Card Panel so I made this card.

The center of the card has one of the Stitched Ovals with the Deer Bust on it.  The cute bow tie is from the Fancy Sirs Hats & Mustaches die set.

If you click on any of the highlighted words above, you will be taken right to the die on the Frantic Stamper web store.

To see all the cards made daily by the Frantic Stamper design team, just go to www.facebook.com/franticstamper.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Festive Gingerbread Boys


These Frantic Stamper Gingerbread Boys seem so happy with their big grins; who would ever want to eat these cute guys????

I used a bow from the International Hats and Mustaches set for each Gingerbread Boy to make them a little more festive looking, but they do come with their own cute bow ties as shown below:


The Christmas tree is the Large Blue Spruce all decked out with the Christmas Confetti.  You get tiny cute Christmas trees as part of this confetti die, along with the tiny gingerbread men and candy canes.  I've used this confetti in a previous post in my shaker card here:

 http://anngcrafts.blogspot.com/2015/09/gingerbread-boy-shaker-card.html


The final step was to add the stamped greeting to the bottom of the card.  I used the Frantic Stamper Round Christmas Vignettes clear stamp set for the "Season's Greetings".



Saturday, October 17, 2015

Suburban Houses in the Hills


For this card, I used the Frantic Stamper Suburban Houses but cut them down in size just a little.  They are really versatile that way.  This is what the die looks like:


I used the middle house and just cut it down below the window line.  Makes for a cute rustic looking house, I think.

I embossed the Snow Glob Triangle Trees with a few different embossing folders, all having diagonal lines on them of some kind.  The hills were made using the Stitched Scene Builder Edgers dies.  For the sentiment on the card I mixed the clear stamp "Season's" from the Round Christmas Vignettes clear stamp set with the die "greetings" that comes from the Diagonal Card Sketcher die set.  I really like a print font with a script font together.

The snowflake background is a Darice embossing folder.  I just used an ink blending tool and some Spun Sugar distress ink to highlight the snowflakes after embossing it.

Fun Fact:  Did you know the Frantic Stamper store sells almost every other manufacturer's dies, (including their own), stamps and embossing folders?  Plus they carry designer paper packs from hundreds of companies like Authentique, DCWV, Kaiser, Tim Holtz, and so many more.
Just go to www.franticstamper.com and take a look.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Pumpkin Thankful

Just a quick card using a background technique I found online and have a tutorial here:  http://anngcrafts.blogspot.com/2015/07/halloween-star-quilt-background-card.html.  I used the following Frantic Stamper dies to make this card:

Square Scallop Vignette -09607

Square Vignette Pumpkin Insert -09611

Thankful -09605

Thankful looks like it was heat embossed on the card but it's actually a die.  It's so fine yet easy enough to adhere with just a glue pen.

You can shop the Frantic Stamper store by clicking here:  www.franticstamper.com or going to their Facebook page to see all the cards made by the design team:  https://www.facebook.com/franticstamper


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

A Baby Boy card


Yesterday's card was for a baby girl so today's card is a baby boy card.  I used the Frantic Stamper  Sun Rays Quilted Card Panel for the background, cutting it with a periwinkle colored cardstock first for the frame which has the skinny "spokes" attached to it, then cutting it three times more using 3 different pattern papers.  The pattern papers which make up the rays on the card are so easy to put back into the framing part and they have stitching on them too.

For the center of the card I used the Frantic Stamper Round Vignette Boy Insert die and stamped "It's a" on the background behind the die with the Baby Boy Clear Stamp set.

The shirt and overalls are both from the new Frantic Stamper Baby Clothes Icons set and the duck and bear are from the previously released Baby Icons.

If you click on the highlighted words above, you will be taken right to the Frantic Stamper store where you can see that individual die or stamp.  Some of the dies that I used to make the card are shown below as well:

Baby Clothes Icons

Baby Icons

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

A Baby Girl card




I used the Sun Rays Quilted Card Panel for the background on this card, cutting it out once in white for the framing and lines between the rays and then three more times using three different pattern papers for the rays themselves.   The larger dotted papers are by Authentique, available at Frantic Stamper.  You can buy these dotted double sided papers by the sheet in about 25 different colors.

After the background was made, I cut out the cute baby dress and bib from the Baby Clothes Icons die set.   The rattle is from the Baby Icons set.  For the center of the card I used the Round Scalloped Vignette with the word "Baby" cut from the Square Vignette Baby Insert.  The final step was to cut out the word Welcome from the Welcome Home Baby die set, cutting it with pink and then again in white and layering them slightly offset for better visibility.

You can be taken directly to the Frantic Stamper online store by clicking any of the highlighted words above.  Below are photos of some of the dies I used to make the card.

Tomorrow I will have a baby boy card posted that is very similar but with some different baby icons on it.
Baby Icons
Baby Clothes Icons

Sun Rays Quilted Card panel









Monday, October 12, 2015

Deck the Halls



I don't usually make such clean and simple cards, but I didn't feel this one needed anything further on it.  I thought the placement of the lights went perfectly with the spaces between the trees.

 I used the Frantic Stamper Snow Globe Triangle Trees along with the Christmas Light Swag.  The stamp is from one of the new Frantic Stamper clear stamp sets FRA-CL-023 called Square Christmas Vignettes.

Livermore Loop Border Snowflake card


 The centers of these snowflakes are so intricate and pretty that I didn't want to cover them up with gems or other embellishments..............so I put the sequins on the distress ink background.

I used the Snowflake Flurries and Livermore Loop Border by Frantic Stamper.




Saturday, October 10, 2015

A Quick Turtle Card


I had this background paper FOREVER and finally found a way to use it -- with a turtle die since there are turtles on the paper.

I used the Frantic Stamper Baby Turtle with the shell that has the hearts in it.  The turtle comes with two shells, the other is the shell for a box turtle.  I typed up a sentiment in my computer then printed it off on cardstock so I could cut it out with the Stitched Ovals.

This makes for a very quick card and you could use various sentiments on it for different occasions.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Hippo Birdie to You


Frantic Stamper has this cute Baby Hippo die that has just become one of my favorite dies.  The designer, Kathy Berger, designed the die with tiny tick marks as usual (they are precision dies) which allowed me to simply make two tiny clips with my scissors and cut the head off to raise it up with foam tape for a dimensional look.

I used the Lovely Leafy Tree and Village Trees and Shrubs even though I'm not sure there are trees in hippo territory.  The little bird is one of the small cardinals from the Cardinal set.  The string and ribbon across the bottom of the card is the new Tied Strings die.  No more having to try to wrap string around my cards and get them to stay in place just right -- this die does it all.

I typed the greeting on my computer and printed it off with black highlights and white color to the font.  The clouds and sun are from the Village Sky set.

These are the Frantic Stamper dies used on my card:

Baby Hippo

Stitched Rectangles

Lovely Leafy Tree

Village Trees and Shrubs

Village Sky

Cardinals

Tied Strings

Easter Bunny and Chicks (for the grass)

Tied Strings Christmas Present


For this card, I used the new Frantic Stamper's Tied Strings die, cutting it twice so I could run the strings both horizontally and vertically on the stitched rectangle from Elementals #1.  Hopefully it looks like a present all wrapped up and tied with the strings.

The trees are the new Snowglobe Triangle Trees that were made to go with the new Snowglobe.  I cut some stars with the star die that comes with the Diagonal Card Sketcher set and adhered them to the trees.  The word "greetings" is also from the Diagonal Card Sketcher set.

I'm entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp Clean and Simple Christmas Challenge which can be seen here:  http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-clean-and-simple-christmas/

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Frantic Stamper Spider Web cards






Frantic Stamper's new Spider Web comes with the rectangular frame around it which really makes it look like it is attached to something like a real web as in card #1  For card #2,  I cut off the rectangular frame in order to fit two webs on the one card.

The little spider from the Cute Halloween Icons fits perfectly on the web.  I used the "EEEK" from the Scary Words set.  The black frame and inside orange stitched panel on card #2 is from the Elementals #1 die set.



Frantic Stamper Baby Turtles


This new Baby Turtle die by Frantic Stamper comes with two different shells -- the box type and the one with the hearts.  The turtle just looks so happy that I wanted to add the second turtle and have them looking happily at each other.

I also used the new Checkerboard Band die across the bottom of the card and the new Tied Strings vertically on the card.  The Checkerboard Band simply cuts all those tiny squares into your card and then you can back them with a piece of different colored cardstock or not.  I can see using this die to make a stencil out of acetate and stamping with it on my cards.  The Tied Strings is great for me because I am not good with making bows or wrapping string around cards.  It's so much easier to let the die to the work and look even more beautiful in the long run.

The hugs and kisses are from the  Accessory Words 3.  These words are all the same font as used on the Accessory Words 1 and 2 so you can mix and match them to make various phrases.  I like the size of the font on all of these because I can use my ZIG glue pen to adhere them to the card.  The embossing on the white part of the card is the Darice Circle Interlock.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Masculine Deer Bust Cards





Frantic Stamper has a new die out called Deer Bust that goes great in their Ivy Wreath.  When I was making this card, it came to mind that it would be a great birthday card to give my father.  His birthday is in November and he will be 80 years young.  I swear his memory is so much sharper than mine when we talk on the phone.

My father has always been so proud of his 7 children and now that we are older and out on our own, it's time that we show how proud we are of him.  I can't think of a more perfect icon for leadership and strength than a buck.  My father has always been the strong leader in the family, having had 5 girls all in a row before finally having two sons.  He protected us like a deer protects it's young..... always looking out for us and providing for us.  We always had new toys to play with, new bikes to ride, and he always managed to take the family on a camping trip or two every summer.  My mother did not work outside of the home; she managed to always have dinner on the table when my father came home from work, help us with our homework, do crafts with us, and keep a super clean house.
Needless to say I am very proud of my parents and what they have done for me.

So, back to making the first card.  For the top layer, I used a piece of Coordination's cardstock and embossed it with the Tim Holtz Sizzix Woodgrain embossing folder then sanded it down.  I then cut the largest of the Pinprick Circles into this top panel and adhered on the word die Thankful.

The layer behind the embossed top panel is a piece of woodgrain pattern paper with the Ivy Wreath adhered to it.  I cut out the Deer Bust twice in two different brown papers so I could cover the antlers with the lighter color then raised it all up with foam tape.

On the inside of the card, I used the Accessory Words 3 and  Accessory Words 2 to put "for you", so my Dad will know that I am Thankful for him.


Monday, October 5, 2015

Ghostly Trick or Treater and another card



When I saw the Frantic Stamper Kiss in the Park Card Panel die (below), I knew I wanted to try to transform it into a Halloween card:


All I did was cut it out twice with black cardstock and cut the tree with it's branches from the rest of the diecut.  It's easy enough to do; just make a few clips with your scissors and you're done.

I flipped one tree branch over on it's back side so I could use the two together to make a tree.  The rest of the card was made by adding various other Frantic Stamper dies.  I love the little ghost trick or treater with his witch's hat, boots and broom.

Here are the dies that I used to make the card:

Kiss in the Park Card Panel (09310)
Bats & Ghost (09232)  for the bats
Cute Halloween Icons (09583) for the ghosts and spider
Picket Fence (09494)
Witch Legs (09236) for the hat and boots
Ten Fun Felines (09100)
Witch Riding Broom (09233) for the broom

Here is another card I made using the Kiss in the Park Card Panel:



For the above card, I just cut the Kiss in the Park Card Panel out using black cardstock, clipped off the couple from the bottom area and clipped off the lamppost, both super easy to do.

Then I cut out one of the Cauldron Witch dies and two bats and adhered them.  Card done!  Its very quick when all your dies are cut with black cardstock.  I think this is the quickest Halloween card I've ever made.

Cauldron Witch (09587)
Bats and Ghost (09232)

I'm entering this top card in the Paper Players Challenge:  PP265 A Theme Challenge from Joanne which can be found here:  http://thepaperplayers.blogspot.com/2015/10/pp265-theme-challenge-from-joanne.html

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Baby Elephant Boy Card


I'm absolutely loving this Baby Elephant die by Frantic Stamper.  He holds that rattle perfectly, doesn't he?  I have so many ideas running through my head on how to use him for other cards, but I need to put some time into making Halloween cards these next few days, not baby cards.

The background on this card was made using the Sun Rays Quilted Card Panel which can be seen here:


I used three different pattern papers for the rays which all cut out nicely with their own stitching on each one.

The center of the card has the Round Vignette Boy Insert.  The rattle is from the Baby Icons set.

Frantic Stamper has a whole line of baby dies, from adorable baby animals to baby clothing.  You can see them all at www.franticstamper.com.