Well, it’s been too long for me to be away from blogging! But as time grows closer to the holidays and my craft shows, life get busy, busy, busy. Between my craft shows I have had several commissions, and I’ve been fighting off a few health issues as well. Plus making cards for both us and our daughter to send to friends and family, and the time just flies by. Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, I have spoiled all my friends and they get upset if they don’t receive a handmade card! Add in a wonderful visit to our daughter and son-in-law and things just get out of hand. Who said retirees just sit and watch TV all day!?!?! But I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to participate in the new Lawn Fawn Challenge! I mean…Happy Little Critters? Lawn Fawn is the definition of adorably cute animals! So I dug out a few stamp sets and some dies and had some great fun.
Each year our daughter requests me to make cards for her to send to friends using a different animal. I have done cows, hedgehogs, cats, and several others. This year she wanted an alpaca with the Lawn Fawn alpaca stamp set. Since she is a knitter, and loves sheep and alpacas, I decided to go a bit further. I decided to actually have the sheep knitting a scarf directly from the alpaca! You’ve heard of farm to table? Well, this is farm to needles!
(c) Nancy Roth
Starting with an A2 sized card, I cut 2 snowy hillsides from the Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders die using linen textured white cardstock. I ran some liquid glue along the edges and added a bit of glitter. I then took some mottled blue cardstock and embossed clouds on it for the sky using an embossing folder I had in my stash. Using the Lawn Fawn Winter Alpaca set I stamped the larger sentiment on the bottom hillside using Tsukineko Black Versafine ink. I put the sky layer and the higher hill flat to the card and attached the lower hill with some foam tape. I almost always leave an 1/8″ border around the main part as I like it better that way. I then stamped the sheep and the knitting accessory from Lawn Fawn Baaah Humbug onto super smooth cardstock and colored with Copic markers. I didn’t want the knitting to have a white border, so I stamped it directly on the sheep and with some shading it worked out well. I also stamped three trees from Lawn Fawn Snow Day with 2 different green inks from Tsukineko. I added red decorations to one of them, and some sparkle with my clear glitter gel pen to all three. Lastly I stamped the alpaca from Lawn Fawn Winter Alpaca and used my Copic markers to color it with 3 coordinating colors and using the “dotting” technique to make him look wooly. A red scarf makes him look very festive, don’t you think? Just a note……I use Tsukineko Memento inks for my Copic coloring. Most black, but sometimes the sepia color as well. I have found that it works the best for me.
After all the coloring was finished, I used the coordinating dies to cut everything out. The two darker trees were placed flat to the card, one behind each hillside, and the third tree was attached with some foam tape. I also die cut a few small snowflakes with a die from my stash out of pearl cardstock and added a flat back rhinestone to one of them. Before attaching the sheep and alpaca, I needed to add some yarn to them. I happened to have a small skein of real alpaca yarn and decided to use that because……well, it is an alpaca! I pierced a small hole in the alpaca near his scarf and pierced another small hole on the scarf knitting of the sheep. I fed each end of the piece of yarn through the holes and taped it to the back. I then put foam tape on the back of each critter and attached them to the card. I put a tiny bit of glue on the card behind the yarn and gently pushed the yarn down onto the glue so that it wouldn’t get out of place. I then stamped the “(alpaca my scarf)” inside with a greeting from the Baaah Humbug set and a few snowflakes using red and black Tsukineko Versafine inks. I love the solid coloring and fine detail of these inks for my word dies.
(c) Nancy Roth
For the final touch, I stamped the outside of the envelope with another saying in the Baaah Humbug set, along with a ball of yarn. I absolutely love all the great “punny” sayings that Lawn Fawn comes up with for all of their sets!!
(c) Nancy Roth
Needless to say, our daughter absolutely loved these! It combined all of her loves of alpacas, sheep and knitting……..it was really “her”. I hope you enjoyed my version of the Happy Little Critters Lawn Fawn Challenge. I promise I will be back sooner next time! I have some wonderful holiday cards and gifts that I am anxious to share with everybody. Come back soon and tell your stamping friends about me!