Frantic Stamper

Happy Spring Card February Frantic Stamper Release

Right now it feels like Spring will never come here in Colorado but making Spring themed cards using the February release from Frantic Stamper is some relief to all the cold and snow. I paired a few dies from this release with the tri-panel card base released last month. I’ve included a step by step photo tutorial again today.

Die cut the Elements #21 Tri-Panel Card Base die from green cardstock and ink blend the edges with a green dye ink.

Add a generous amount of foam tape.

Die cut bloom, & and grow from Garden Reverse-Cut Words die set from the inner pieces cut from the panel die.

Place the panel on a gray card base. Place the inner pieces back in with tape runner or liquid glue.

Place the negatives of the word dies back in without adhesive.

Place the letters using liquid glue.

Remove the negative section carefully.

I decided on a gray A2 card base but seeing the completed card I wonder if brown would have been a better choice.

Die cut and color the Botanicals Daffodils die. The Copic markers used are listed in the photo. I also used a white gel pen.

Adhere the daffodil with liquid glue and foam tape where needed. Place an acrylic block over it while the glue dries.

Stamp two sentiments from the Happy Spring stamp set with embossing ink and heat emboss with white embossing powder. Cut them with a paper trimmer and add some ink blending to the edges.

Add lacquer pen to letters. Finish things off with a few sequins.

I hope you like this card and found the tutorial helpful. Visit Frantic Stamper to see the rest of the February release. I still have a few more cards to share.

Thanks for visiting!

A Blog Named Hero

Two Music Themed Cards

The January challenge at A Blog Named Hero has ended but I have two cards to share today. My daughter is going on to high school next year and will be leaving two music teachers and many orchestra friends so I decided to start working on some cards she can give to them. I’m including a step by step photo tutorial for each card. I’m sharing the butterfly card here and the thank you card on my Facebook page.

This is the simpler card involving embossing with a die and a little die cutting.

Using the Dancing Music Notes Confetti Die, emboss a piece of white carstock. Check out this post from Jennifer McGuire to see how it’s done.

Die cut the butterfly from the January 2020 My Monthly Hero Kit from metallic cardstock. This kit is sold out but here are some other options.

Stamp the sentiment from Mix and Match Compliments onto cardstock the same color as the butterfly with Embossing and Watermark Ink and heat emboss with White Detail Embossing Powder. Use a paper trimmer to cut it small enough.

Next I created a frame for the card. Place the third and fourth largest rectangle dies from the Nesting Rectangles Infinity Dies together evenly and tape them together.

Tape the dies to the cardstock that matches the sentiment and run in through your die cutting machine.

Adhere the frame to the embossed card panel with liquid glue so there’s some time to straighten it if needed.

Place foam tape on the sentiment and foam circles close to the body of the butterfly to pop the wings.

Adhere the butterfly and sentiment to the card panel. Use liquid glue to adhere the butterfly’s body.

Use a shimmer pen over the music notes for a little shine.

This card is a bit more involved with lots of die cutting and gluing. Visit my Facebook Page for a video tutorial. It’s still only photos but I’d love to get your feedback.

I used the Dancing Music Notes Confetti Die, the Nesting Rectangle Infinity Dies and the March 2018 My Monthly Hero Kit. Most of the cardstock is scraps from various companies but the black cardstock is Hero Hues Pitch Black.

I hope you like my cards and found these tutorials helpful. I’d love to hear any comments or question you have. Be sure to visit and like the A Blog Named Hero Facebook Page for more inspiration. A new challenge starts in a few days. Thanks for visiting!

Frantic Stamper

Flowers Border Card – Frantic Stamper February Release

I used a variety of items from the February release at Frantic Stamper for this card. I don’t have step by step photos for this one but I’ll explain what I did.

I began by creating my A2 card base. I then cut the edge die from the Flower Borders Die Set into green cardstock. I cut the border die from the same set from pink cardstock. I ink blended over the Basket Weave Stencil on a 2″ strip of the same pink cardstock and the same panel of green using their respective die ink colors.

I marked on the card base where to cut the front off just above where the border starts on the green panel. I adhered the pink panel at the top then cut down the green panel to fit below it. I adhered the green panel so the lowest part of the edge reaches almost to the edge of the back card base. I adhered the pink border die cut over the green edge and a 1/4″ strip of white cardstock where the green and pink cardstocks meet.

Next I die cut the hello and beautiful dies from the Hello Beautiful Friend Die Set three times as well as the Spring Swag Builder Dies once. I stacked and adhered the multiples of the words. I added detail to the swag die cuts with copics. Before adhering these items I decided where the words would be placed and the added the stamped sentiment from the Scribbled Flowers #2Stamp Set snuggled below it. I then adhered the words with liquid glue. I messed around with the swag die cuts for a while until I found the best placement for them. I adhered them with a variety foam tape and liquid glue for dimension.

Next I added the finishing details including shimmer pen over the words, swag and border. I also added white nuvo drops.

I hope you like this card and found the tutorial helpful. Be sure to check out all the items in the February release at Frantic Stamper. I’d love to hear any questions or comments you may have.

Thanks for visiting!

Frantic Stamper

Floral Medallion Shaped Card – Frantic Stamper February Release

When I saw this Floral Medallion Die from the February release at Frantic Stamper, I knew I wanted to make a shaped card. I think it turned out great. I’ve included a step by step photo tutorial below of how I created it.

Cut a piece of cardstock to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and score at 4 1/4″. Fold on the score line. Place outline die on folded cardstock with a small amount hanging over. Tape it down so it doesn’t shift while die cutting. Cut this out. You may need a metal shim and to run it through more than once.

The fold at the top has part of the flower missing but when the die cut layers are added it won’t be noticeable. You could also cut two outline layers separately, score the back one at about 1/4″ and adhere both above the score line but I prefer this method when possible.

To create the rainbow background cut the outline die from white cardstock. Use your preferred blending tool to blend on a rainbow of colors. I ink blended at an angle.

Place the center design die inside the outline die on white cardstock and tape them down. Cut this out. You may need a shim.

Using only the center design die, cut four more from white cardstock.

Adhere the ink blended layer to the shaped card base. Next adhere the outer layer. You may want to temporarily put a center design layer in the center so those inner pieces are where they belong.

Glue the five center design layers together. One will end up flush with the outer layer while the other four sit above.

Cut four hello dies from the Hello Beautiful Friend Die Set from white cardstock and one from shimmery blue cardstock. Glue them together then adhere them to front of card. Make sure the fold is at the top.

I hope you like this card and found the tutorial helpful. Visit Frantic Stamper to see the entire February release. I’ll share more cards throughout the month.

Thanks for visiting!


My New Craft Counter Mini Wastebasket

Recently, Lotsa Style sent me the Mini Wastebasket Trash Can Bold Edition pictured above. I knew I’d love it because I purchased a different style for myself last month. This wastebasket has helped get my craft mess under control. Well, the trash part of it anyway. Read through to the end for a discount code so you can get your own!

The picture above is what I was using for my trash before on my crafting counter. I have a step on trash can under my counter but when I’m sitting I can’t open the lid (which provides lots of laughs for my tall family)! So, this little cup from Ikea is what I used and it fills up quick. I took that same trash from that cup and put it in the Mini Wastebasket Trash Can Bold Edition from Lotsa Style. Check out the photo below.

Seriously! That is the same amount of trash! I put a small trash bag that came with it inside. I usually will just dump the trash and leave the bag until the bag gets messy or ripped or something like that. It’s two pieces so you take the top layer off to dump the garbage. It hides the bag overhang nicely, too. The best part, though, was decorating my new waste basket.

The first thing I did after getting the wastebasket was grab some dies I had out from the January My Monthly Hero Kit and self adhesive vinyl sheets from Arteza I bought months ago and had never used. I like my decorations minimal so I cut each flower and one of the butterflies. I had also never used this You’re Doing Awesome die from Simon Says Stamp so I pulled that out and die cut it as well.

I first centered the saying as best I could. The thin letters are very fiddly when they have adhesive on the back so be careful. Next, I added the flowers starting from the middle and working my way out. Lastly, I added the butterfly where it looked best.

The adhesive doesn’t appear to be permanent so I think I’ll be able to change out the die cuts without ruining them or leaving paper behind. I’ve got ideas in my head and will share here or on Instagram when I change things up!

I hope you found this post helpful. If you wish to get your own Lotsa Style Mini Wastebasket Trash Can Bold Edition use the code 30JENNIFER to get a 30% discount on the wastebasket. I got my first wastebasket from using another cardmaker’s code!

Thanks for visiting my blog! I’d love to hear any comments or questions you have.

Papercraft Business Challenge

Puffin Interactive Valentine Card – February Papercraft Business Challenge

The February Papercraft Business Challenge is Love/Valentine’s Day and I’ve got this fun interactive card to share. I also have a step by step photo today. Remember to enter your creations in the challenge for the chance to win the stamp set shown at the bottom of this post.

Die cut all the pieces for the card. The sloped grass is from the Mushroom Border Lawn Cuts. The grass, butterfly and flowers are from the Mushroom House Lawn Cuts. The clouds are from the Center Picture Window Card Lawn Cuts. The tall grass, log and rocks are from the Scalloped Treat Box Beach House Add-On. The wavy die is from the Hillside Border Die.

Die cut the slider opening and the notch from the Let’s Toast Pull Tab Add On from a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2″ piece of cardstock that will be used for the background. The dies are turned 90 degrees from how I ultimately created the card but the idea is the same. Decide where you need the puffin to end up when pulled up. Mark the cardstock near the neck area then place the opening die in a straight line vertically down from the mark. Place the notch die directly above the other.

Die cut the pull tab and sleeve from cardstock. I prefer Neenah 110lb because it’s very sturdy. There are a great deal of YouTube tutorials on how to assemble this.

Before putting the pull tab through the opening you’ll need to cut down the tabs to hide them behind the penguin. Slide the tabs through the hole and adhere the penguin. I use double sided tape.

Begin adding the scene elements to the card panel. Be sure not to block the puffin and pull tab movement. The grass will need to be added with foam tape along the sides and on the sloped area away from the pull tab portion.

Stamp the speech bubble from the Say What? Pets stamp set on white cardstock. Stamp the sentiment in red ink. Unfortunately I did not take a photo but center each word in the speech bubble. Place tape over the other words. Ink the word up, remove the tape and stamp the word. Before repeating this step for the next word make sure to clean the previous word very well.

Place the left facing puffin, the speech bubble and one cloud on foam adhesive. Everything else is adhered flat. I tried to place the rocks behind the grass but it kept getting stuck on the puffin.

Stamp the greeting from Celebration Scripty Sayings stamp set in an embossing ink. I did not want the extra swirls at each end so I taped them off when inking the word up.

Heat emboss with white embossing powder. I also added the heart from the puffin set.

Die cut the arrow from the pull tab set from the same blue cardstock as the background.

Adhere the arrow. Add Nuvo Glitter drops to the bottom of the clouds and speech bubble Add shimmer pen to the flowers, butterfly and hearts.

Add white gel pen to various spots on the card. Enjoy making the puffin pop up to give their love the gift!

This is the stamp set you could win by entering your card in the Papercraft Business Challenge with a project following the theme. Despite all of the various Lawn Fawn products in my collection, I actually don’t own this adorable stamp!

I hope you like my card and found this photo tutorial useful. Id love to hear your comments or questions. Thanks for visiting!

A Blog Named Hero

Anniversary Card – A Blog Named Hero Anything Goes

The current challenge theme at A Blog Named Hero is Anything Goes so I couldn’t resist using the January My Monthly Hero Kit! A lot of people have been sharing their creations from this kit but it is always fun to see the different ways to use it. The kit did sell out very quickly (that’s why I’ve been a subscriber for two years!) but hopefully we will get to vote again this year to pick a kit to be released as a regular item.

I began by die cutting the envelope from kraft cardstock and multiples of the images from Neenah 110lb cardstock. I colored them in with copic markers. I taped off a section on my craft mat to the dimensions of the opening of the envelope. I then laid out the flowers and leaves the way I liked them. I laid a piece of cling wrap over the arrangement to keep it in place. I flipped the piece over and beginning from the back pieces, I took them one at a time and glued them into place in the envelope. I continued this until they were all placed.

I die cut the Bold Graphic Confetti Die from Neenah cardstock and adhered it to a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2″ piece of pink shimmer cardstock from the kit. The pink was too overwhelming on its own but the background die made it more subtle. Next I adhered the envelope to the background. I used liquid glue on the envelope and foam adhesive on the flowers that were taller than the envelope. I added a flower and two leaves to the bottom outside of the envelope with foam adhesive. I also added the side facing butterfly to the flowers in the envelope with liquid glue on the body and tiny foam pieces on the wings near the body. I added the other butterfly in the top left in the same manner.

I stamped the greeting from Everyday Sayings using Watermark and Embossing Ink on Peony Cardstock and heat embossed it in White Detail Embossing Powder. I cut it out with the banner die from the kit and adhered it with taperunner on top of the flower and foam adhesive on the rest of it. Finally, I added shimmer pen to the flowers and butterflies.

I hope you like the card and enjoyed the tutorial. If you have any comments or questions, please share them below. Please follow and like the A Blog Named Hero Facebook Page. You can enter your creation at A Blog Named Hero. Thanks for visiting!

Frantic Stamper

Wobbling Leprechaun Card – Frantic Stamper January Release

This card was so fun to make! It’s the last card I have to share from the January Release from Frantic Stamper but they have so many more wonderful dies and stamps in this release. Check them all out!

I die cut the pieces for the Happy Leprechaun from Neenah 120lb cardstock and colored him in with copic markers. I used liquid glue to put him together then added white gel pen highlights.

Next I created the striped paper to cut the Lucky You die from. I covered a lightweight piece of cardstock with tape runner. Looking back it probably would have been smarter to use something like stick it adhesive. I cut scraps of cardstock into 1/4″ or smaller strips. Then I adhered them to the cardstock in a rainbow order. I adhered them at an angle so I wouldn’t have to worry about things being straight plus it would look better once cut out. I also cut the die from gray cardstock for a shadow to help it stand out more. I die cut the clover from a scrap of green cardstock and placed it over the clover on the rainbow one.

For the background I used the hill die from Stitched Scene Builder Edgers to cut both the grass and the sky. I adhered them flat to an A2 card base. I also cut clouds from the Stained Glass Rainbow die set and added BG000 Copic Marker to the bottoms only.

I placed all of the elements but didn’t adhere them yet so I could get placement right for the stamped sentiment from the Rainbows and Unicorns stamp set on the grass. I stamped and heat embossed it in white. I then added an action wobbler to the back of the Leprechaun and adhered him to the card. Next I adhered the phrase and clouds. I added shimmer pen to the Lucky You die cut, the clouds and his belt buckle.

I hope you like the card and found the tutorial helpful. Be sure to check out the January release from Frantic Stamper. I’ll have more cards to share next month after the February release goes live. Thanks for visiting!

Altenew Educator Certification Program, Uncategorized

AECP Level 1 – All About Layering 2

With the holidays over I’m getting back to working on the Altenew Educator Certification Program. I just completed the All About Layering 2 class and have learned a lot.

For this card, I began with a 4 1/4 x 5″ piece of Neenah 110lb cardstock. I have found that this paper works better for me than Bristol Smooth. The Neenah gives a crisper image where the Bristol leaves a halo around the image and the layers bleed into each other even after letting them dry. This is what works for me and may be different for others but I thought I’d share.

Using the most solid layer of the Antique Roses Stamp Set, I laid out my stamps until I arranged them how I liked them best. My arrangement does require masking but it was quite easy. I began by stamping the first layer of the largest flower in lightest pink in the Cherry Blossom Mini Ink Cube Set then stamping the image onto masking paper.

You may need to let the ink dry on your masking paper before continuing as some have a coating that keeps inks wet. I cut out the flower just inside the stamping. This did not need to be very precise. Enough that there would be no white line but not too much so the colors overlapped.

I placed the mask on my first flower then repeated these steps for the second flower. In retrospect, I think my design would have looked better if I had stamped a leaf before stamping the second flower. I repeated these steps for the leaves using Green Meadows Mini Ink Cube Set.

Once done, I removed all the masks and repeated the above steps for each layer using the next darkest color from the ink sets. The last layer of the flowers was stamped ink black. It’s important to remember to place the mask over the image after it’s stamped so as not to stamp on the overlapping areas.

I stamped the greeting in Obsidian Pigment Ink. It’s the first time I’ve used it and I love it. Once it was dry I added shadows with C1 and C3 Copic markers to the greeting as well as the flowers and leaves. I used a ruler and a Copic Multiliner to create an outline 1/4″ from the edge. I decided to also add a shadow to this line.

I was inspired by many cards in various lessons in this class. In lesson 2, I like both the layout and the one layer design of the second card example. In lesson 6, I was inspired by all three card examples, particularly for simplicity, having no outline for the stamp, being one layer and the layout of the design. Lesson 9 inspired me to use a no outline, multi layer stamp set.

I’m glad to be back to completing my third class for the Altenew Educator Certification Program Level 1. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and maybe found it useful. I’d love to read your comments. Thanks for visiting!

Frantic Stamper

Cacti Shadowbox Card – Frantic Stamper January Release

With the January release, Frantic Stamper released this terrific tri-panel die. It was perfect for a shadowbox. I used Jennifer McGuire’s technique to create it.

To begin, cut two purple pieces of cardstock to 7 1/2″ x 4 1/4″. Score both at 1″ and 1/2″ from each end. I used a paper trimmer to cut an opening in the front piece slightly smaller than the tri-panel die. I cut the tri-panel die from a blue piece of cardstock and adhered it to the front piece. I used one of the stencils from the release and a darker purple dye ink and stenciled the back panel. I adhered the front and back pieces together with liquid glue only on the half inch portion.

I die cut multiples of the cacti and pots in green and kraft respectively. I added dimension using Copic markers and a white gel pen. I adhered some directly to the background, some behind the windows and two on the very front of the panel. I didn’t add the sentiment until all the die cuts were adhered. While this isn’t always the best idea, I wanted to place all the cacti first and then decide on the placement of the sentiment. The card flattens out nicely so I placed the card in the Misti Stamping Tool, stamped the greeting and heat embossed it in white.

I wanted to give the purple and blue cardstock in front a little dimension so I first added small dots in the bottom right corner of the card. I didn’t add it all around as I didn’t want to overwhelm the card. I then added dashed lines with a white gel pen around the card.

I love how well this die worked for a shadowbox card but I also think it would work great for a shaker card or simply attached to a card panel with little images tucked inside. I hope you liked this card and found the tutorial helpful. Remember to visit Frantic Stamper to check out the entire January release. I have one more card to share with you before the end of the month.


Frantic Stamper Precision Die – Elements #21 Tri-Panel Card Base

Frantic Stamper Precision Die – Potted Cacti

Frantic Stamper Clear Stamp Set – Stuck on You

Frantic Stamper – 6″x6″ Stencil – Navajo Blanket