Lawn Fawn Challenge #6 – Cheerful Get Well!

I’m back again!  This time it’s for the next Lawn Fawn Challenge.  The theme this time is “Cheerful Get Well”.  In my opinion, anytime you use Lawn Fawn products, your creation is always cheerful.  They are all so cute how could it not be!  But back to the theme.  For me, this was kind of a project of just pulling out anything that might work and see what happens.  Once I had a general idea what I wanted to do, I discovered that I wanted some kind of tote but wanted it to be flat.  Then it just bloomed from there.  Here is the final card:

(c) Nancy Roth

Taking my cue from the red cross I planned for the chickie’s hat, I picked out a muted red patterned Lawn Fawn paper covered with stars.  I used the same color of cardstock for my back layer and then a layer of Bazzill white textured cardstock which reminded me of a nurses uniform.  Now the fun begins.

I cut my tote from the Lawn Fawn Tote Bag but instead of making it 3D I cut just the front and a bit of the bottom from the die.  I then scored 1/4″ down the right and left sides and trimmed the bottom to 1/4″ from the score line.  I folded all three sides in, put 1/8″ strong double sided tape on each flap and attached it to the middle of the card with the bottom almost to the lower edge of the white cardstock.  I left the handle loose for now.

Next using the Lawn Fawn stamps and dies from Get Well Soon I stamped the pill bottle and chickie nurse on white super smooth cardstock.  I also added the red cross to the chickie’s hat using red ink.  I stamped the bandage on tan cardstock.  I colored them all with Copic markers and then cut them all out with the coordinating dies.  I also dotted the chickie’s eyes with a Sakura black glaze pen.  I ran a strip of bright, cheerful yellow cardstock through my Xyron and then I cut out the sentiment using Lawn Fawn’s Get Well Soon Border die.

The final step was to place everything on the card.  I started by adding the yellow border towards the bottom of the card*, clipping off each end to match the outer layer.  I then added the chickie and the medicine bottle to the bag.  I was wondering what to do with the bandage when inspiration struck!  What do bandages do?  They fix boo-boos!  So I pulled a corner of the white cardstock away, tore it a bit and then used the bandage with foam tape to “fix” it.  Cute!  Lastly I tucked two real bandages into the tote and tied a bit of red and white twine around the handle to finish it off.  To keep everything in place I put a tiny piece of foam tape under the top of the handle and attached it to the card.

Hope you enjoy my version of the Lawn Fawn challenge.  Take care and stay well!!

 

* A hint for putting the borders on straight.  I first put an adhesive on the back of the cardstock that I am going to die cut.  I usually use my Xyron as the backing is thin.  Run the die through your machine both forwards and back to make sure the paper will stick in the die.  Using a pick, gently pull off the backing sheet making sure to keep the cardstock in the die.  Then take the die and lay it over your project where you want it.  Once you have it in place, poke through the holes in the die to push the die cut onto your project.  Voila!  A perfectly placed die cut!  I then use my brayer or my bone folder to make sure it is stuck tight.

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New Neighbors!!

For those of you who think I only use Lawn Fawn items this post is going to be a treat for you!  I am using products from several different companies including My Favorite Things, Stampin’ Up, Sue Wilson (Creative Expressions) and yes Lawn Fawn.  Enjoy!

Within the last couple of months I have gotten two sets of new neighbors directly across the street.  As I have mentioned before I live in a newer development and these two lots sat empty for quite awhile.  Although I was sad to see the view of the woods and animals go away, I am happy to get to meet new friends and neighbors.  I wanted to do something a bit special for them, so I decided to make welcome cards that would match their houses!  Since the houses sit right across the street from my craft room window I had easy inspiration…..all I had to do was look out my window, and this is what I saw:

And here is MY version:

I started with the basic white A2 size base card.  I then layered cardstock on to match the color of the house.  I embossed the Stampin’ Up cloud embossing folder on a light blue mottled cardstock and layered that onto the first layer.  Next I used the middle one of Lawn Fawn’s Simple Grassy Hillsides to cut the grass out of textured green Bazzill cardstock.  I love using the Bazzill textured cardstock as it really adds a nice texture to something that could be rather plain.  I also tipped the grass with Tsukineko’s Eucalyptus Walnut Stain (with dauber top) to add a bit of depth.  I layered that on to the card with foam tape to raise it up a bit, and gently pulled the grass blades forward.

Now that the backgrounds were done, I started on the details.  Several items were the same between the cards.  Using Simple Puffy Clouds from Lawn Fawn I cut one large and two small clouds and placed them on the sky.  At this point I colored them with my clear Wink of Stella pen, but frankly if I do this again I won’t use that as it made the clouds look gray as well as sparkly.  I would probably use some pearlized swirl cardstock that I have on hand.  Anyway……I then added a tree to each from the My Favorite Things Die-namics Home Sweet Home set.  I cut the trunk from some dark brown cardstock and the tree tops from some very fibrous green cardstock that has been hanging in my stash for many years now.  I placed these on the cards using a bit of foam tape behind the green part only.  Lastly I stamped the sentiment from My Favorite Things No Place Like Home onto white cardstock and cut it out with Sue Wilson Pierced Flags die from Creative Expressions.  After trimming the length to fit, I used my finger to curve the piece in the center and flag ends and attached at both ends with foam tape.

Now to the good part……….. Again using My Favorite Things Die-namics Home Sweet Home set, and while looking out the window, I cut the house, door, windows, and roof for each house using the color schemes of the real houses.  Green house with light yellow eave and black door, and white house with red eave and red door.  I cut the windows with white on both to match the trim as well.  I assembled them using Art Expressions Dries Clear liquid glue and even put a dot on the doors with my gel pen for a door handle.  I added a bit of yellow behind the windows for the inside lights and dotted the lower half of the green house with 3-4 colors of Copics to simulate the stone on that house.  I also edged the tops of the roof with black to simulate the edge of the shingles.  A chimney in black finished them off.  Lastly I added them to the cards, behind the grass, using foam tape.

I’m hoping they will enjoy a little crossover of their world and mine!  Hoping you enjoyed it as well.  That’s the nice thing about making your own cards……….you can really personalize them to the recipients and they will enjoy them even more.

Take care and have a great day!!

 

 

Lawn Fawn Challenge #5 – Spring Inspiration Board

I hope everyone is having a great day!  Spring is pushing itself into our surroundings with beautiful flowers and warm weather….finally!!  Of course we could enjoy it more if it would quit raining here on the east coast!  I know it helps the crops and lakes, but begging Mother Nature to save some of it until the middle of summer when we will need it more.  But at least our new landscaping is doing well and we are saving on our irrigation water bill.

Speaking of beautiful flowers and fun times, Lawn Fawn has thrown out a challenge that includes a spring inspiration board.  Kittens, bicycles, flowers and colors….oh my!  The challenge is to do something using either the photos or colors or both as inspiration.  Here is the board so you can see what we had to work with.

I immediately knew that I wanted to use kittens on my card.  I just love the Meow You Doin’ stamp and die sets by Lawn Fawn.  Then I tried to figure out what would the kitties enjoy doing.  I know!  Wouldn’t it be great to have a kitten show up at your door with a jar of toys and asking to be your friend???  I know that I would love that! So I combined the kitten with a jar of her favorite toys…….balls of yarn in all the spring board colors!  Here is my first version:

(c) Nancy Roth

First I stamped the jar, lid and label from How You Bean? and the kitten and 15 balls of yarn from Meow You Doin’ onto smooth white cardstock.  Using Copic markers, I colored the kitten in grays with a white chest patch, blue on the jar, purple on the label, and the yarn balls using the 6 colors from the board.  I colored the jar lid with my silver Wink of Stella pen.  I die cut everything using the matching dies, but I used the die from the How You Bean? shaker add on to cut the jar.  Using the same die I cut 6 pieces from white cardstock and stacked them up and glued them together to make my shaker spacer.  Make sure to use your embossing powder tool to go around the edges to take away any stickiness.  I then used the slightly smaller jar die to cut a piece of acetate, and the regular jar die to cut the back.  I attached my stacked pieces to the backing piece and put in all the “yarn” balls.  I attached the acetate piece to the front jar and attached that to the top of the stack.  I also put a double layer of foam tape on the back of the kitten.  Finally I tied a length of twine around the jar lid.

I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with the background, but while shuffling through my patterned paper pieces I found a scrap of Lawn Fawn paper that matched one of the board colors perfectly!  The color is Wild Rose and has white heart on the pretty background color.  I cut a piece to fit my card and then using some embossed brown paper and the Simple Stitched Hillside Borders I cut a rounded piece for the bottom to look like a table edge and attached that to the bottom.  I then attached the shaker jar and the kitten to the card.

Hmm………….  Something just didn’t look right, though.  It was too plain on the top and the bottom.  Then I remembered there was a narrow edge piece that I cut off the bottom of the printed cardstock that was white with Wild Rose dots.  So I dug that out of the trash and cut it apart between the dotted area and the one strip of hearts.  I played around with them until I decided to attach the strip of hearts to the very bottom.  I then cut the dotted strip down a bit and put it at the top.  Voila!  The look was totally changed and I loved the new version.  Take a look at both and let me know which one you like better.

(c) Nancy Roth

I hope you enjoyed my version of this challenge.  Take the holiday weekend to dig out some stamps, dies, paper and embellishments and go to town making your version of the Spring Board card.  Have a wonderful Memorial Day and be safe out there on the roads.  I want you all back to check out my next adventure!!!

 

 

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Lawn Fawn Challenge #4 – Black, White & Bright!

I’m back with the next Lawn Fawn challenge.  This time it’s Black, White and Bright.  Sounds simple, right?  Well I found out that this one really challenged me.  All the Lawn Fawn stamps and dies are so cute that I just wanted to put bright pretty colors with them!  So I had to pick out my black and white part and work from there.  Here is what I decided to make:

(c) Nancy Roth

I started with a black and white dotted paper and decided to add yellow as my bright.  Then I went through my Lawn Fawn sets and discovered that these little kitties were just “clawing” to get out of their storage and have some fun!  This adorable set is called Meow You Doin’ and has several adorable cats playing with all their favorite toys.

I first cut my yellow backing sheet to leave a tiny white edge from the card.  Then I cut the dotted paper slightly smaller than the yellow.  Using a circle die I cut 3 openings in the dotted paper.  I stamped 3 of the cats from the set and, in keeping with the black and white theme, I colored them with gray Copic markers.  One solid, one striped and one spotted.  I also cut out a yarn ball and colored it red.  I clipped the front paws loose from the sitting cat and then tucked each of them into one of the circle.  I taped them into place on the back and then put foam tape on the back for dimension and added it to the card.  I then added the yarn ball to the top kitty.

Lastly I stamped the sentiment on a scrap of the yellow and then clipped the ends into a pennant flag and bent up the points for dimension.   I attached the sentiment piece off to the side in a vertical position.

What an adorable card to send to a friend or to someone who has been having a hard time.  The little kitties will make them smile.  Thanks for checking out my blog and leave me a message to tell me what you think!  Have a great day!!

Lawn Fawn Challenge #3…..Special Occasions

Hi there friends!  I’m back again for the third Lawn Fawn Challenge.  This time the theme is special occasions.  Events like weddings, baby births, milestone anniversaries……and my choice for this, purchasing a new home!  I live in a relatively new development and over the last month there have been two homes that have closed directly across the street.  As I look out my front window I see all sorts of building going on and think about the people who are about to start a new phase in their retirement life.  We did this just over two years ago and it was very exciting to walk into your new home that you actually owned for the very first time.  Good memories!

But wait………..how could I possibly forget one of the most important people in my life?!?!  As I write this my daughter and her hubby of not quite a year are signing papers on their very first home together!  So this card also has special meaning to me for that reason.  Probably the main reason I decided to make it for this challenge.  So here goes……………

I loved the thought of driving up to the new house and seeing it welcoming you, so that’s what I decided to do.  Here is the final card:

 (c) Nancy Roth

I started with a standard A2 card and then decided where I wanted my far away hill to go.  I cut it out of green textured cardstock using the Stitched Hillside Borders.  I then cut out the larger of the Little Town Hillside Pop-Up Add On out of white cardstock.  I chose 3 houses from the one end that would work with my green hillside and snipped them off and trimmed the bottom edge to fit behind the green.  Just goes to show that you can adapt these dies to all sorts of situations!  I colored the houses with Copic markers to emphasize the center house (in the same color as the actual new home, if you wish) and cut out the yellow tabs for behind that one house only, then I attached the houses behind the hillside.

To make the sky, I laid the finished piece from above onto the card front to get an idea where it would go.  I lightly marked the sky area as well as where my main house would sit.  Then I used Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks in Broken China and Faded Jeans to color the sky.  Using a smaller sponge dauber I added Fossilized Amber behind where the main house would be so that it looks like it is really glowing.  Once this was done I adhered the hillside piece to the front of the card.

Next I stamped the car from Home For The Holidays onto white cardstock and colored it with Copic markers.  You can color the car the same color of the car owned by the new homeowners to make it more personalized.  I then die cut it out with the matching die.  At this time I realized that the car seemed lost on the large green area, so I decided to add another layer of grass and a bit of a road.  I just happened to have a piece of the grass left that I used in my Easter card for the #2 challenge, so I cut that to fit for a layer to hide some of the road as the car drives up.  I darkened the tips of the grass with Tsukineko’s Eucalyptus walnut stain, pulled the grass tips out a bit to make it more dimensional and then added it with foam tape.  Since I currently don’t have the road dies from Lawn Fawn, I just hand cut and fit a piece of black cardstock for the road and attached behind the grass.  I then attached the car with some foam tape.

Lastly, I cut 2 pine trees also from the Home for the Holidays set and colored them with Copics.  I then stamped a sentiment that I had on hand to finish it off.  What a wonderful surprise this would be for the new homeowners to find in their mailbox!  A welcome to the neighborhood and making new friends.

Have fun with all your new creations!

Lawn Fawn Challenge #2…………Interactive Elements!

Don’t you just love to get a card that you can play with?   That’s the theme of the second Lawn Fawn Challenge.  We were challenged to make something that moved or did something in some way.  These are some of my favorite cards to make and give as they are so much fun.  I know that I always get a great response when I make a card for someone that they can pick up and actually play with.  I can remember the first time I gave my daughter one and her eyes lit up….and she’s in her 30s!  Hey, we’re all kids at heart!  Whether it is a shaker card, a slider card, pop-up card or even one that lights up, interactive cards are always a big hit.

I decided that I wanted to do a slider card for this challenge.  Since this Sunday is Easter, I decided to go with that theme and bunnies and chicks are the fun animals of the day.  What could be cuter than a couple of chicks painting Easter eggs.  But since these chicks wanted to add a bit of fun, they decided to roll the egg back and forth to each other to paint it!

First they rolled it left………

Then they rolled it right……..

And finally when they were done, they rolled it back to center!

All (c) Nancy Roth

Now before you get too dizzy, let me tell you how I made this.  I first cut a 4.25″ x 5.5″ mottled blue cardstock for the sky.  Using the least curved of the Simple Grassy Hillsides die I tilted it and cut a taller hill of grass from green Bazzill cardstock.  This is the layer that will get cut for the slider mechanism.  I then cut a shorter layer from the same green cardstock using the Grassy Border die.  On the tips of the grass I used a Tsukineko Eucalyptus distress stain to darken them.  I cut 2 sizes of the Simple Puffy Clouds out of pearlized swirl cardstock to use in the sky.

The stars of the card come from an adorable stamp and die set called Chirpy-Chirp-Chirp.  I only used a few of the many stamps in this set.  It’s not only good for Easter, but lots of other themes as “Chirpy-Chirp-Chirp” can be translated to mean……….well almost anything!  I stamped two different chicks, one open egg (there is also a decorative stamp for inside), two of the paint brushes and two of the paint cans.  I colored them all with Copic markers and then die cut them all out.  I colored the egg all “splotchy”, because that’s how it would turn out when you are rolling it back and forth to paint it, and trimmed off the white edge with my curved scissors (see previous post) to clean it up a bit.

First the background and slider mechanisms need to be put together.  I laid out the 2 grass pieces and decided where I wanted my egg to roll.  I knew that I wanted it roll behind the shorter layer but still be seen, so I measured it so that it would just be behind the tufts of grass of the shorter piece.  I then cut the longer straight slider in the Slide On Over die set from the larger grassy piece and made sure to keep the fall away piece.  NOTE: Use the fall away piece to place onto the background to keep the grass color behind the slider area.  Use temporary adhesive to attach the large grass piece in place and glue the fall away piece to the proper area then remove the main grassy piece.  Do this BEFORE you put on the foam tape.  I did it the hard way….don’t even ask!  Now place a double layer of foam tape around the edges of the larger grassy piece making sure that the penny used for the back clears them all when it is sliding.  Depending on where your slider is, you may not be able to put it the whole way around the edge, but that’s OK.  I also put a single layer of foam tape on the edges of front grassy piece and on the back of each chick.  Put a 1/4″ ROUND pop dot in the center of the penny.  You must use a round one to get your egg to roll.  I also suggest that you run an anti-stick pad or applicator all around the edges of your foam tape and pop dot before assembly.

Now for the fun part…..putting it all together!  Slip the pop dot on your penny through the slider mechanism from the back and attach the whole larger grassy area to the front of your card.  On the smaller grass piece gently pull the grass blades forward so they will not interfere with the egg movement. Attach the smaller grass piece to the bottom of the card.  Move the penny towards the center and attach the egg at the center point to the pop dot making sure it is behind the lower grassy area.  Place your chicks, brushes and paint pails where you want them.  Glue your clouds in the sky.  Stamp the “Chirpy-Chirp-Chirp” from the set onto a strip of white cardstock, cut fishtails on each end, ink the edges with an aqua Copic marker and attach to the bottom of the card.  Attach the whole front onto an A2 sized card and you’re done!  Now watch their eyes light up as they tilt the card back and forth to roll the egg between each of the chicks.

One other note…………I decided I really didn’t like the white edges of the foam tape showing but wasn’t sure what to do about it.  So I experimented with using a Copic marker shade near the green color and coloring the edges of the foam and it worked!  It wasn’t perfect, but it sure was better than seeing all the extra white foam edges.

Have fun making your interactive cards and I would be glad to hear about them!  Happy Easter to all!

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Lawn Fawn Challenge Number ONE!

Wow, it’s been a long time since I have posted.  Still affected by my hospital stay back in February.  But I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to participate in the challenge sponsored by one of my very favorite stamp and die companies………..Lawn Fawn!  I adore all their cute animals and especially the way you can coordinate everything together.  The challenge can be found over at Lawn Fawnatics.

The first challenge is Happy Birthday projects.  Although cards are probably the first thing you think about, I decided to make a little gift bag instead.  Its the perfect size for gift cards, jewelry or even some special chocolates.  I ended up using 5….count them, FIVE….different Lawn Fawn die sets and 2 coordinating Lawn Fawn stamp sets.

             

(c) Nancy Roth

I started out by cutting the Tote Bag out of aqua dotted double sided patterned cardstock.  I chose this one because I thought it reminded me of bubbles in the water. Although this is Doodlebug paper, Lawn Fawn has some that would work just as well.  Check out Lawn Fawn’s videos on their You Tube channel to see how to make their boxes and bags. I then cut the “sand hills” out of a mottled light brown cardstock that resembled sand using the Stitched Hillside Borders.  I used foam tape to raise the front one to give it a bit of depth.

Next, I started making all the cute little additions.  I absolutely adore the Year Six stamp and die sets!  Lawn Fawn has several cute sets that use puns as part of their sentiments.  I stamped the shellfish and the presents (from Home for the Holidays), colored them with Copic markers and then cut them out with the matching dies.  I also stamped the “pun” part of the saying on the front sand hill, and the birthday part on a reversed scrap piece of the patterned cardstock.  I then cut out that saying with the Stitched Circle Tags die and colored the edge with a Copic marker to make it stand out.  I decided that I didn’t really want to hang the tag, so I snipped off the hanger part.  A hint for you…..I use a pair of small Fiskars curved blade scissors that I got at JoAnn’s to cut around curves.  They are absolutely perfect for this!

Finally I attached the tag and shellfish with some foam tape and flat glued the presents to the tag.  For the final touches I used my Wink of Stella clear pen on the inside of the shell to give it some sparkle and added three glitter dots from Elizabeth Craft Designs to look like bubbles.  I used some Lawn Trimmings baker’s twine to tie the handles together.  I received this twine as a gift in one of my Lawn Fawn orders and decided the colors were perfect for this project.

I hope you enjoyed my first attempt at a challenge.  Lawn Fawn is sponsoring these challenges twice a month so come back often to check out the newest projects that I come up with using my Lawn Fawn stamps and dies.

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