Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Frantic Stamper Elementals #7 Coved Labels

When I saw this Elementals #7 Coved Labels (FRA-DIE-09373) die at Frantic Stamper, I knew I would want to showcase the beautiful intricacy of the die, and there's no better way to do that than by using black and white cardstock. I also used the new Fern (FRA-DIE-09418), the Petite Layering Posies (FRA-DIE-09193), and one of the tiny butterfly icons that comes with the Large Solid Swallowtail Butterfly (FRA-DIE-09420).

Products used to make this card:

Monday, February 23, 2015

Swallowtail Butterfly baskets

Every year I make these butterfly baskets using a template from Brenda Quintana.  This year I put the Large Swallowtail Butterfly from Frantic Stamper on the front and it fit perfectly.

I used one sided dsp (designer series paper) but if you don't like the white inside of the basket and underside of the handle you could use two sided paper.

This is where you can download the template for the large and small butterfly boxes:

I also used the Petite Layering Posies by Frantic Stamper to make the center flower for the butterfly.

Here is a picture of the butterfly on the handle, which I just cut out from  the dsp:

Below is what the template looks like once you hand cut it out.  You are given dotted lines to score and fold then put your adhesive on the good side of the box and simply fold it up and adhere:

Bring the "box" flaps up agains the inside of the butterfly part and adhere, making sure none of the box part shows when looking at the front of the card.

You can make decorative handles using various edge punches or leave the handle as a straight piece of 1 1/4 x 12" cardstock.

These are some of the boxes I made last year for a local charity:

 If you are going to emboss the fronts, run them through your Grand Calibur before assembling.  I attached some cute tags and made matching cards for Mother's Day last year.

You can also put flowers in them as shown below:

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Lotus Background cards

I had some free time today so I decided to take out one of my favorite background stamps, Hero Art's Lotus Background stamp, available at, to see what I could come up with.

I inked the stamp with VersaMark ink and then heat embossed some silver embossing powder on it.
I was originally going to put a butterfly on the card but then I thought about using the Get Well Soon die by Frantic Stamper and decided to go with that.  The idea was to keep the card very elegant looking so I cut the word die on black cardstock.

The final touch was to add the tiny hummingbirds that I really like.  They are part of the Small Birds (set of 5) by Frantic Stamper.

My second card was made using the same Lotus Background stamp but heat embossing it with white embossing powder then painting on various distress inks.  I cut the background panel apart using the Frantic Stamper Four Up Square Window die but cutting it two and a half times to get 6 squares.  I added the hummingbirds again in white this time.

The third card was made using the butterfly that I originally planned on putting on the first card.  I used the Large Solid Swallowtail and the Large Swallowtail dies from Frantic Stamper.

These are the products I used to make these cards:




Large Swallowtail Butterfly
Large Solid Swallowtail with icons

Four Up Square

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Gentle as a Butterfly

                     The inspiration for my card above came from a card by KittieKraft on Pinterest:
                                                        KC Butterflies are Free

I normally don't copy a card this much, but I liked it so I basically kept it the same but used stamps that I had.

These are the stamps I used:

Hero Arts Lotus Background stamp and Rubbernecker French Script Frame

Rubbernecker Butterflies are Free set

I started off by stamping the Lotus Background stamp on pink cardstock.  This will be used for the base layer.  I then stamped the French Script Frame stamp on pink cardstock but cut out the center rectangle frame as that was the only part of this stamp that I needed.

To get the ovals for the center of the frame, I first used the second largest of the ovals in the Spellbinders Large Ovals die set.  I cut out the center of the pink rectangle with it.

I then took a piece of scrap black cardstock that was about the same size as the pink frame piece and cut out an oval using the largest of the small ovals by Spellbinders.  This sounds confusing, so here are the pictures showing the dies and which ones I used:

Use the largest die in the Small Ovals for the first cut
Cut an oval on black cardstock using the second largest die in the Large Ovals set

Line up the black cardstock behind the pink rectangle and trim off any excess that shows.  Take a piece of white cardstock to stamp the message on, making sure the stamp will fit inside your oval.

I wanted to have the pink rectangle raised up on the card so I used foam mounting tape on the back, adhering it to the white message piece.

Once the pink rectangle part was mounted on the card, all I had to do was stamp a butterfly and adhere it to the card:

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Garden Birdhouse

I'm entering this card in the Mojo Monday Challenge 385 which can be seen here:
This is what their sketch is:

Here is my card:

I used the Frantic Stamper Diagonal Card Sketcher for the base of this card.  It cuts both the stitched card frame with the diagonal on it (the brown part of the card) and two stitched panels as well for the background pieces.  I the cut out the largest of the Coved Labels and mounted the largest of the Garden Birdhouses on it.  The Garden Birdhouses is a set of 7 dies which includes the pole and the vine.  

The next step was to add the Petite Layering Posies to the side of the Coved Label and add some of the smallest Petite Layering Posies to the vine on the pole.  

These are the dies used in making this card:

Frantic Stamper Coved Labels

Frantic Stamper Diagonal Card Sketcher

Frantic Stamper Garden Birdhouses
EK Success Small Butterfly Punch
Poppy Stamps Gentle Leaf die

Frantic Stamper Petite Layering Posies


Friday, February 13, 2015

Ombre Butterfly

I used the Large Solid Swallowtail butterfly die from Frantic Stamper and filled it with a variety of pinks that I cut out using the Stitched Scene Builder Edger dies.  The word Spring is also from Frantic Stamper.

The nice thing about the Stitched Scene Builder Edgers is that the stitching is on both side of the cut line on the die, so when you run it through your machine, you get two pieces with the stitching on them like this:

You can layer the two pieces either way on top of each other for a different effect.

This is what the dies all look like:

Frantic Stamper Stitched Scene Builder Edgers dies


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

I was chosen to be on another Design Team!

I applied and was chosen to be on a Design Team for Cardabilities which can be seen here:

Cardabilities has challenges twice a month based on card sketches.  If you haven't ever seen their sketches, you can check them out on their blog, and join in on the first challenge with the new design team.

I'll be posting the new challenge once we get the digital stamps that we will be using on our cards.

I hope you can check it out and join along!

Butterfly with Ribbon Challenge

I stumbled upon this challenge today and wanted to enter a card I made:

You have to have a butterfly and ribbon on your card.  This is my entry:

I used a Spellbinder's butterfly die, ribbon from Michael's clearance bin a few year's ago (glad I finally got to use it) and the Large Thanks die from Frantic Stamper.

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Frantic Stamper Lacy Heart Frames Meets Spellbinders Reflective Moments

The Lacy Heart Frames from Frantic Stamper fit perfectly inside the Spellbinder's Reflective Moment die.  I layered the gold glitter cardstock slightly offset on the black cardstock for the card base then layered on a lacy heart panel also cut out in black.  The Garden Birdhouses and the Small Birds dies, both by Frantic Stamper, work nicely inside the top panel.  This card is so stunning in real life but doesn't show well in the photo.  All papers are from Hobby Lobby.

These are the dies used to make this card:

Frantic Stamper Lacy Heart Frames FRA-DIE-09309

Frantic Stamper Small Birds

Frantic Stamper Garden Birdhouses

Spellbinders Reflective Moments