My Favorite Things Birthday Challenge – Up, Up and Away!

The monthly birthday challenge for My Favorite Things is perfect for me!  I have many friends in my community for whom I make birthday cards and this year I decided in January to make all of them at once so that I wouldn’t be rushed at the last minute.  I made one design for the gals and a different one for the guys.  Well it so happens that the one I made for the gals fits right in with this theme!


I had an idea that I wanted the card to be an “inside” card rather than an outside one.  So I started with some printed background cardstock that reminded me of wallpaper and layered that on a red cardstock base.  Then I cut some texture brown cardstock with the Stitched Basic Edges curved die to make a floor and attached that to the card.  Using the Happy Hippos stamp and die sets and my Copic markers I stamped using Tsukineko Memento ink, colored and cut out the hippo, bow, balloons and bird and glued them together.  Next I attached this to the card using foam tape and at an angle so it looks as though the balloons are lifting him off the floor.  Using a brown Copic marker I added a shadow to the floor.  I stamped “It’s Your Day” from the same set onto a strip of ivory cardstock and hand cut it into a banner shape.  I decided that the background needed something else, so I dug through my stash and found some star shaped confetti in red and blue which I added to the front……..the perfect finishing touch!

Using Tsukinko VersaFine black ink, I stamped the outside of the envelope using two stamps from the set, and of course stamped the inside using the most perfect saying ever for this set……….Wishing You a Hippo Bird-Day!

I hope you like my journey into the My Favorite Things birthday challenge this month and please follow my blog to see what else I have in store.  I would love to hear your comments!  Have a wonderful day!



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.