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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Pets Leave Pawprints On Our Hearts

Those of us who have or had pets know they are more than that, they are members of our family.  And when it is time to let them go it tears out our hearts.  I know because I lost my beloved furry companion over 12 years ago and it still grabs my heart when I think about her.  One of our neighbors just lost their beloved dog and I knew they were hurting, so I wanted to make something to let them know I understood their pain.  I wanted it to be clean and simple so that the sentiments were the most important.

 

pet-sympathy-1(c) Nancy Roth

Since Jake was a boy I decided to use an ivory and navy blue color theme.  I also used a speckled ivory cardstock for the front to add a bit of texture.  I have a dog sympathy stamp set from Our Daily Bread Designs that has some great images and sentiments.  I stamped the main image in the top left and the “with sympathy” below it.  I added a bit of color with Copics to the grass and flowers.  I then added a bit more texture using my scoring board above and below the sentiment and some navy blue sheer ribbon to finish it off.  I stamped one of the other sentiments on the envelope and another inside.

pet-sympathy-2

(c) Nancy Roth

I was very happy with the simple design and my neighbor really appreciated the card and the thought.  You never know when you will be able to cheer someone up a bit with one of your creations.  Doesn’t have to be fancy, as you can see, but it’s a piece of you that they can keep and know you care no matter the situation.

It’s Snowing………..Time to Dream of Flowers!!

As many others on the USA east coast yesterday, we in Delaware woke up to the start of our first snowfall of the winter….about 6.5″ here in the central part of the state.  We used to live in western Pennsylvania but moved to South Carolina for 7 years, so coming back to winter again was a shock, but it’s still not as bad as in PA!  So how do I cope?  I have a cup of tea and dream of the flowers that I am going to plant this spring!  And thinking of flowers made me think about a project that I was commissioned to do for a retirement gift.  It was one of those projects that started out to be a card but kept growing and growing and ended up being………well, you’ll see!

The honoree, I was told, was a lover of flowers & butterflies so I planned to put some 3D flowers on the card.  I played around with some Heartfelt Creations dies and came up with a bunch of flowers and arranged them on a fancy lattice oval, also from Heartfelt Creations.  I used Copic markers to color pearls for the centers of 3 of the flowers and glued on some gold microbeads for the other 2.  Pearls are used for the bodies of the butterflies.  I added layered Spellbinders ovals with a printed “There’s only one like You”.  Then……the project started growing when they decided they wanted a shadow box, plus some personalization.  So using dies from Sue Wilson (Creative Expressions), including some leaves and the Swiss background die, I came up with this centerpiece that measures 6″x10″ and thought it would work in an 8″x12″ shadowbox frame.  Added a few extra flowers and another butterfly and I sent it off for approval.

retirement-shadowbox3                                                                                (c) Nancy Roth

Then they decided that they would like something bigger……something that could be signed by all the co-workers at the company.  So back to the drawing board!  Still using the same centerpiece, I decided to go with a 16″x20″ shadowbox frame thus adding 5″ to each side for signatures.

retirement-shadowbox                                                                               (c) Nancy Roth

In order to cover the backing board I had to use 4 sheets of 8.5″x11″ white cardstock and then used a ribbon to cover where the edges came together.  I had a purple dot wide grosgrain ribbon that matched the main center mat and used that.  Then I decided that it was too plain in the corners and used my Heartfelt Creations Blossom Corner die to cut 4 matching purple corners and accented them with pearls.  I decided to only attach them at the outer edges so that a note or picture could be tucked behind them. (That’s what the yellow note to the buyer is about.)  Anyway, here is the final project!  I was very pleased with it and think the buyer was, as well.  Hope you like it, too, and consider creating some flowers to brighten up your gloomy winter days.

Stay warm!

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