A Happy 100th Birthday Card!

Our son-in-law’s grandmother is celebrating her 100th birthday this year.  What a great milestone!  When we found this out, we told our daughter that we would make a special effort to attend the party they are planning.  And, of course, a very special card is required.  She lives in an assisted living home, so I wanted something that she could display but not take up too much room or be easily knocked to the floor.  Karen Burniston Designs to the rescue!  What could be more perfect than a basket of flowers that never wilts.

I was so excited when I saw the Woven Basket Pop-Up die that I knew it would be perfect for what I am planning.  Add the Happy Birthday die, the Flowers & Bee dies and the Numbers dies, all also from Karen Burniston Designs, and I had the perfect basics for the perfect card.  Plus this gave me the chance to use up a lot of scraps that I had in my stash.

I started by making the basket.  I was going to do a double wide one, but again I wanted to keep it to a size that could be displayed and not take up too much room.  I used a woodgrain cardstock that I found at a local craft store for the base and then used Doodlebug Petite Prints in aqua dots for the weaving pieces.  Bazzill Bling green cardstock scraps made the perfect grass.  I cut four of the grass, cutting the tabs off 2 of them for against the front and back, so I had four lines of grass.  I used a scrap of cardstock the color of rope to make the handles.  Make sure you watch Karen’s videos for the assembly of the basket, as well as the double wide basket.  They are very helpful.  I usually watch them once when they come out and then watch again to refresh it in my mind when I am ready to do my project.  I must say that Karen does an excellent job on her assembly videos.  Here is what my basket looked like when done.

 

Next comes all the flowers and accents for the basket………..

First I made nine of the larger flowers in the die set.  The largest part of the flowers was cut from My Favorite Things Party Patterns paper in the multi colored dots.  I shaped them using a ball stylus and a foam pad from the McGill Flower Shaping set.  The second floral layers were cut from pink, purple and blue scraps of Bazzill cardstock.  They were also shaped with the ball stylus.  I cut the center dots from a scrap of yellow Bazzill cardstock and made a depression in the center so they would fit inside the shaped flowers.  Using liquid glue I assembled the flowers together.  Later on I use a Spectrum Noir Glitter Pen to add some shine to the centers.  Next came the tiny flowers that I cut out of Bazzill Bling white cardstock.  I shaped them a bit and used Nuvo gold glitter drops for centers.  I cut the Happy Birthday out of Bazzill Bling white cardstock and out of dark aqua cardstock and layered them slightly off for the shadowed look.  I added an iridescent jewel to the dot over the “i” later.

Using the same Bazzill Bling green cardstock I cut out several “folded” stems and several single stems.  Again, make sure to check out Karen’s video on this.  The “folded” stems are attached at the top so that you can put the bottom of the stems on either side of the grass to make them stronger.  I also cut a Bee from the Flowers & Bee die set from yellow cardstock and used a Copic black marker to make the stripes on the bee.  I cut 2 of them to put back to back so it was the same from both sides.  Lastly, using some red scraps of paper, I cut the 100 twice, reversing the number 1 so that I could also put them back to back.  Here are all the “pieces parts” on my desk ready for assembly.

I started by attaching the “folded” stems, three to each of the middle 2 grass strips.  I found it easier to glue together the top parts so that I could control them better.  Just make sure to leave the stems not glued until ready to attach to the basket.  I then took 3 of the single stems and, following Karen’s instructions, I attached them together overlapping a dot on each one.  I attached that group of 3 to the back grass strip, and 3 others to the front strip.  I trimmed a few sprigs from the front ones and added them between the back ones to fill in the spaces.  I let all that dry well before attempting the rest.

After everything was dry, I attached the 100 to the stems, back and front, on the 3rd grass strip.  I then attached the large flowers and then the small ones to fill in, and finally the bee.  I attached the Happy Birthday to the front of the basket to finish it off.  I also cut out a panel out of white cardstock and edged it with a green Copic marker.  This was attached to the back to write a wish and sign our names.  I also covered the red numbers with Spectrum Noir glitter pen.  And finally………..

Oh……..and did I mention……..This wonderful baskets fold up to fit in an envelope for a 5″x7″ card!  It would take some extra postage, but imagine their eyes when the recipient opens the envelope and takes out a wonderful pop-up 3D basket of flowers!  SURPRISE!!!!

This would also be a wonderful card for Mother’s Day. I hope you enjoyed my flower basket.  Be sure to check out my other posts, and also the wonderful products that I used.  Leave me a message to let me know what you thought.  And make sure to sign up to follow my blog.

Have a wonderful day!

 

A “Wheely” Great Lawn Fawn Christmas Card!

When Lawn Fawn released their Revel Wheel set I knew that I had to make Christmas cards with it.  With some great Lawn Fawn papers and my Copics, here is what I designed.

I decided to make an A7 sized card because I wanted to have more background showing.  I used the Snowy Owl paper from Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Chill collection as my bottom layer.  I really like the turquoise color for an icy themed card.  I chose the diagonal side as I think it really adds some “kick”.

Time to make the wheel!  I used the Lawn Fawn YouTube video to put together the basic wheel unit.  Check it out here.  I used the Reveal Wheel die set and cut Neenah Royal Sundance Bright White cardstock for all the basic pieces.  This is a great cardstock that has a nice linen finish for a bit of texture.  I used the oval cut out from the Reveal Wheel Square Add-On to make the opening on the front as well as cutting the oval frame in the set from dark turquoise cardstock.  Following the instruction in the video I attached the wheel unit to the back panel and used the front panel to mark the places for the sentiments on the wheel.  I used the Reveal Wheel Holiday Sentiments for that.  I then used partial sentiments from both the Merry Messages and Simply Winter Sentiments sets to stamp above and below the opening.  My Tim Holtz stamp positioner is a great tool to do this, especially since I used parts of two different sentiments.  I also used the Winter Sentiments set to stamp the greeting on the envelope.  Once I properly placed the stamped wheel I used a double layer of 3M foam tape to attach the front white panel to the back white panel avoiding the areas near the wheel.

I then set to decorating the front.  First, using the Stitched Hillside Borders I cut a panel for the bottom using Pixie Dust Sparkle Cardstock.  I also cut the snowflake from the Reveal Wheel Snowflake Add-On and two smaller snowflakes from a Karen Burniston set to cut some snowflakes from the same sparkle cardstock.  I pulled out my Toboggan Together set and stamped the deer with black Tsukineko Memento ink and the tree with Tsukineko Olympia Green VersaFine ink.  I colored the deer with Copic markers and cut both pieces out with the matching dies.  I used a white gel pen to add some details to the deer and a black glaze pen for his eye.  I attached the tree directly to the card and attached the deer with some 3M foam tape.  Then I put a red nose on Rudolph with a red jewel and yellow, blue, red and lavender jewels on the tree.  I added the 3 snowflakes with liquid glue.

Before placing the wheel unit on the front I decided that I needed a bit of something between them.  So I die cut a large Sue Wilson dotted oval from vellum and placed it behind the wheel unit.  I attached the main wheel unit to the front of the card using a single layer of 3M foam tape to give it a bit of room for turning the wheel.  Then I cut the little arrow from the Reveal Wheel die set and the same dark turquoise cardstock as the oval frame and attached that beside the wheel.

I love how you can change the sentiment on this card by just turning the wheel!  There are so many uses for this die set for any time of the year.  Here are the 4 different ones I used for this card.

  

 

Hope you enjoyed my Christmas card.  I had a “wheely, wheely” good time making it!  May all your Christmas crafting be wonderful.

Unicorn Birthday Magic!!

I had to wait to post this card as it was for my daughter’s birthday a week ago, but now it can be revealed.  I rarely, if ever, post cards where I have gotten ideas from other blogs, but I just couldn’t resist this adorable unicorn card done by Frances Byrne of Stamp Owl Studios.  So here is my version of her unicorn birthday card.

I decided that my card had to be purple because that is one of my daughter’s favorite colors.  My card uses dies by Karen Burniston (KB Riley LLC), Sue Wilson (Creative Expressions) and Spellbinders.  The printed sentiments on the banners are of my own design.

Since Karen B’s dies allow you to choose your own card size, I chose a card size that would be 5″x5″.  I cut a piece of 100# cardstock to 5″ x 10″, scored it in half and folded.  I then took some pieces of purple floral patterned paper and cut 3 pieces, 2 being 4-7/8″ square and one being 4-3/4″ square.  I also cut a piece of black textured cardstock to 4-7/8″ square.  I attached the 2 larger pieces to the inside of the card and the smaller piece to the black piece and then attached those to the front of the card.  That made the base of the card.  NOTE:  Due to the number of layers on this card, I used lightweight patterned paper.  I felt that using patterned cardstock would make it too bulky.

Next I decided on how big I wanted my unicorn to be and where I wanted the face located on the front of the card.  Since I was doing the banner sentiments I located the circle a bit below center to give me enough room for the banner and die cut the circle out of the front of the card completely through all 4 layers.  I also chose a slightly bigger circle die and used both to cut two frames out of Bazzill purple Bling cardstock, and using the larger of the two circle dies I cut a piece of acetate for my window.  Put these aside for later use.

Now for the inside.  Following the Karen Burniston video for the Katherine Pop Up die  (found on the same page with this link) I cut the mechanism out of the Bazzill purple Bling cardstock, assembled the mechanism (do not attach yet to the inside) and held it against the fold of the card and temporarily held it in place with some Post It Note tape.  I folded it in place to where it would be when the card is closed and then adjusted it so that the area where the mechanism would attach to the unicorn was as centered in the hole as I could make it.  Once I found this “sweet spot”, so to say, I attached the mechanism inside the card as shown in the video.

Next, using the smaller of the circle dies from above, I cut a circle out of white 100# cardstock.  Then using Pink Fresh Magical Unicorn stamps and dies I stamped in the eyelashes and rouged the cheeks with some pink Tsukineko Memento ink.  Wait to add any other embellishments to the unicorn.  Now, close the card and remove the adhesive backing from the mechanism (or put some liquid glue on it) and place the unicorn face through the hole and onto the mechanism making sure it is straight.  Carefully open the card making sure the unicorn face pops back inside the card.  When you fully open the card the unicorn should rise up and out away from the card.  Close it again and the face should peek through the hole in the front.  The rest of the card is just decorating it as you want!

Find the 2 purple frames and the acetate piece.  I attached the acetate to the back of one of the frames using Ranger Multi Medium Matte.  Then I attached the entire piece to the front of the card making sure the openings lined up.  Attach the second frame to the inside of the card around the hole finishing it off.   To finish off the unicorn I stamped the horn from the Pink Fresh set onto a scrap of 100# white cardstock using Tsukineko Encore Metallic ink in purple and embossed with Judikins Irridescent Sparkle embossing powder.  After die cutting it I attached it to the center of the forehead of the unicorn with liquid glue.  I used the ear die from the set and cut it from both white and pink cardstock pieces.  I attached the outer white part of the ears to either side of the horn and then attached the inner pink part of the ears inside.  Using the unicorn stamp and die set I stamped 1 large and 2 small flowers on scraps of different colored cardstock  I die cut them and shaped them a bit and attached them across the forehead of the unicorn along with some stamped and die cut leaves from the set.  I put a silvery embellishment from my stash on each flower.

For my banner sentiments I printed out the saying that I thought of on white cardstock in two separate sections.  Then I used Sue Wilson’s Pierced Flags die to cut each one out and attached to the front and inside using foam tape.  The other inside sentiment was stamped from the unicorn set and die cut with the Fiji dies from Sue Wilson.  The inside was stamped on white cardstock and the edging was die cut from Bazzill purple Bling cardstock.  Lastly I scattered some Pretty Pink Posh purple jewels on the outside and inside.

 

Hope you enjoyed my version of Frances’ unicorn card.  Follow my blog and see what I’m going to be doing soon!

 

 

Have a Drink on Your Birthday – MFT Style

As many of you know I have a small business where I sell my creations at craft shows and in my local community.  About every 6 months or so I look through my inventory and see what I need to add to it.  This time I noticed that I needed some birthday card for women, but instead of the same old flowers, etc. I wanted something a bit edgier.  So I turned to My Favorite Things and their martini and margarita stamps and dies.  They also come with shaker components and that really gave me a few ideas.  Here is the end result and I will go through the steps and information in a bit.

Originally I was going to try to do a different color for the martini, such as Cosmopolitan, but I liked the bright, happy green so much I that thought it could just be an Appletini instead.  So except for the glasses and the inside sentiments both are made the same.

This A6 sized card allows enough room for the divided front.  The left third of the front is cut from the Lawn Fawn Spring Perfect Plaid Lily of the Valley.  The right two thirds is a pale gray cardstock with darker fibers in it.  I used the Creative Expressions Ocean Waves Pinpoint embossing folder to add texture.  I found that if I turned it sideways it looked like bubbles coming up through liquid, which I thought worked well with the theme.  I actually cut both papers a bit larger than I needed, taped them together on the back and then cut it down to size and put them through my Xyron.  I attached a lime green glitter ribbon that I got from Michael’s and then attached to the front of the card.

A couple of hints:  First, when I want to “wrap” a ribbon around a card front I often find that I can’t get it tight enough.  The easy way is to cut a piece of ribbon about 2.5 times the length of the place you want it.  Then tie the 2 ends together into a square knot and then cut the loop made in the ribbon in half.  Use some glue or a Glue Dot to attach the knot to the place you want it and wrap each long end of the ribbon around the back of the layer and tape down (or stick to the Xyron glue backing.  You now have a ribbon that is snug around the layer!  I always stick a piece of double sided tape on top of the ends of the ribbon on the back for extra adhesion.  Second hint…..To help my wallet I always hit Michael’s after Christmas sale for their ribbon.  It’s usually on sale for at least 50% off, but a bit later it usually get even less.  I stock up during those sales.

I decided to add the front sentiment in a north-south direction for some interest.  Using the Spirited Sentiments stamp set from My Favorite Things I stamped the “Cheers to your Birthday” onto black strips of cardstock using Tsukineko VersaMark ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  I cut the ends into flags and attached to the front using 3M foam tape.

 

Both the martini and margarita glasses are made in the same way using the Martini Shaker Window and Frame and the Margarita Shaker Window and Frame sets from My Favorite Things.  Also used were the coordinating shaker pouches and acrylic ice cubes also from My Favorite Things.

First I cut two each of the martini and margarita frames from white 100# cardstock for a little more strength.  I sprayed one each with Tsukineko Shimmer Spritz in Sparkle and let dry.  I then put 1/8″ Sookwang tape on both side of the flange of the shaker pouches.  I removed the paper from the tape on the top side of the flange and placed the sprayed frames over the pouches and pressed into place.  I then filled the pouches with several “ice cubes”, lime green sequins and some clear micro beads for “bubbles”.  After removing the paper off the adhesive on the back of the pouch I attached a piece of transparency to the back.  Not only does this make the shaker easier to work with but it also makes the shaker look more like a glass.

Now for the beverages in the glasses.  Originally I was going to use the lime colored YG23 Copic marker to color in an area for the beverage.  However after I tried that I found that it wasn’t quite dark enough.  So I took a piece of vellum and colored it with the YG23 marker and let it dry.  I then attached the vellum to the back using Ranger Multi Medium Matte.  Make sure to drop the vellum edge down a bit from the top of the shaker to make it look like the top edge of the beverage.  Once the glue is dry trim the vellum around the edge of the shaker pouch.  Then attach the second frame to the back aligning all the edges with the front frame.  I used Art Expressions glitter glue clear as I find that it does give me a bit of adjustment time, but still sticks quickly.  I then put thin strips of 3M foam tape on the back around the edges, down the stem and on the base of the frame and attached it to the front of the card.

I felt it still needed a touch of something else, so I pulled out the My Favorite Things Martini Time stamp and die set.  Although they were a bit small I used the olive and lime wedge without the words.  I stamped the olive with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide ink in Peeled Paint.  I then used Copic R46 to color the pimento and Copic E18 for the toothpick.  I stamped the lime with Distress Oxide Twisted Citron and darkened the rind with Copic YG23.  I cut them out with the matching dies and attached with Glue Dots.  I stamped the envelope and insides with stamps from the Spirited Sentiments set.

I really think that my customers are going to love these cards!  I live in a 55+ community and they are always looking for something different for their friends.  Hope you liked them as well!  Make sure to leave a comment and follow my blog to see what’s next.

A Lawn Fawn Christmas in July

Each year my daughter commissions me to make her Christmas cards to send to her friends.  This year the requested theme was dinosaurs, and 28 of them.  Hmmm……well I had a general idea but needed to find the stamps.  So I turned to Lawn Fawn.

Now then……..how many Lawn Fawn sets does it take to make a dino Christmas card??  In my case apparently a LOT!  Here are the final choices:

Please note that the stitched rectangle sets are from My Favorite Things, but only because I have those.  Lawn Fawn does have stitched rectangles that you can use instead.

I started out by cutting a slightly smaller than A2 size rectangle out of red cardstock and also a slightly smaller one out of white smooth cardstock.  I stamped the snowfall stamp from Snowy Backdrops onto the white rectangle with Versamark ink and embossed with white embossing powder.  Then using Ranger Distress Oxide inks I blended the sky.  First I applied Broken China and then edged with Mermaid Lagoon.  After wiping the ink off the white embossing with a dry cloth I sprayed the Oxide inks to give it some texture.

Using the Stitched Hillside Border die I cut a snow drift from white textured cardstock and attached to the background.  Then that layer was put on the red layer and then onto a 4.25″ x 5.5″ white card base.  Then I took a clear Spectrum Noir sparkle pen and went over the snowy hillside to give it lots of sparkle.

Now comes the fun part!  I stamped all the scene pieces that I needed and colored them with Copic markers and then die cut them out.  Here is a list a it’s easier for you to see them this way.

1. BAAH Humbug Stamp & Die Set – Stamp, color and cut the little Santa hat.  I used Wink of Stella clear on the “fur” parts of the hat

2. Cheery Christmas Stamp & Die Set – Stamp, color and cut the little ornament and star.  Stamp the tree using a dark green ink and cut out.  I used VersaFine Olympia Green.

3. Critters From The Past Stamp & Die Set – Stamp, color and cut the baby dino in the egg.  Used a black glaze pen on the eye.

4. Rawr Stamp & Die Set – Stamp, color and cut the Dino and Rawr speech bubble.  Used a black glaze pen on the eye.

5. Snow Cool Stamp Set – Stamp the small dot on the egg using Wilted Violet Distress Oxide Ink.

And here is the result!  Think I might just need a Scan N Cut???

First I glued the star to the top of the tree.  Then using a craft knife I cut a slot along the large dino’s arm and tucked the top of the ornament in so it looks like he is holding it and glued the Santa hat to his head.  Then, using foam tape, I attached all pieces to the front of the card.  As a final touch I used Diamond Glaze on the ornament the dino is holding and Tonic Nuvo Gloss Drops in red, yellow, blue and green on the tree.

For the inside I went to the Rawr set and used the “Rawr means” and “in Dinosaur” and combined them with “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year” from Merry Messages and “Happy Hanukkah” from Love You A Latke.

For the envelope I stamped the baby dino from Critters From The Past and the Rawr speech bubble from Rawr…..and you have a great holiday card and envelope set.

Hope you like my first Christmas card of the year.  I hope to have more to come and who know how many stamps and I dies I will use the next time!  Maybe more, maybe less but be sure to come back and see.

 

 

Happy Anniversary Card with Karen Burniston!!

This past Monday, June 4th, celebrated the second anniversary of my beautiful daughter Karen and her lucky hubby Will.  Time to make a special card for them.  If you have followed my blog you know that they “identify” with critters.  Karen likes sheep, squirrels, t-rex, and dragons.  Will goes with t-rex and foxes as he went to Marist College and their mascot is a fox.  So I always try to incorporate this into their cards.  Several purchases of new products gave me the following idea.  Somehow I always end up with a bunch of stuff on my desk and this project was no different.

First I had to decide which of my new Karen Burniston dies I wanted to use.  I was torn between the Tag Book Pop-up and the Twist Panel Pop-up but settled for my favored one, the Tag Book Pop-up.  Following Karen B.’s instruction video (some of the best I have ever seen, by the way), I cut the tag covers and hinge from white pearlized Bazzill cardstock.  I had some scraps of silver and white swirled cardstock and cut out two larger beaded frames, 2 smaller beaded frames and some trim pieces all included in the die set.  I put together the 2 tags and hinge and then sat there staring at it.  I knew I wanted to use a more “sedate” patterned paper for the inside but didn’t have anything that made me say…Oooh, that’s perfect.  I had a request from the “bride” to use both wedding colors for cards for both of them…..Eggplant and Navy Blue.  Purple and blue?  Blue and purple?  I couldn’t find anything with those colors that worked for my vision.  Then I had one of those lightbulb moments.  I had purchased one of Concord & 9th turnabout stamps.  If you haven’t seen them, I urge you to go to one of Jennifer McGuire’s videos using them and take a look.  You can pretty much make any patterned paper that you need with up to 4 colors of inks/embossing powders.  You need to make a base turnabout template to attach your paper in your favorite stamp positioner tool and then turn it 4 different directions using a different ink each time.  Here is mine sitting in my Tim Holtz Stamping Platform.  Following the directions from both Jennifer and Concord & 9th, I made one from 100# smooth white cardstock, numbered each of the sections and then laminated in my Xyron.  I then just use double sided tape to attach the cardstock to the template.

I pulled out the Concord & 9th Polka Dot Turnabout stamp along with a light and dark purple and light and dark blue Tsukineko Memento ink pads and stamped two 6″x6″ pieces of cardstock using a different ink color each turn.

I finally had the inside paper that I needed, so I cut the inside pieces for my tag book card.  I also used the left over patterned paper scraps to cut both the large and small hole reinforcements.  Once I attached the inside I decided that I wasn’t fond of the plain white showing at the reinforcement area on the inside, so I used the outside tag die to cut pieces that would fill in beside the patterned paper.  I covered the seams with some of the white/silver chain die cuts.

For the outside I die cut one of the rectangle frames out of purple pearlized Bazzill cardstock and glued it to left of the large tag.  I cut some green leaves using the Flowers and Bee die set and attached them.  I layered some open petal flowers with one layer purple and one layer blue.  I attached the flowers and put a pearl in the center.  I cut the word Celebrate from Word Set 2 three times out of white and once out of purple and stacked them and glued to the front.  I attached a couple hearts cut from red metallic cardstock.  I put a piece of purple ribbon on the front and blue ribbon on the back.

On to decorating the inside!  For support on the arms I put blue cardstock topped with strips of silver/white chain trim.  I die cut the individual small tags out of the purple pearlized Bazzill cardstock.  I used the Woodland Animals set to make a squirrel and fox.  I die cut the champagne glasses charm from the Wedding Charms retired set 4 times and stacked them up and clipped off the loop.  Using Copic markers I colored the glass to look like champagne.  I cut out the word “Happy” from Word Set 2 and the “2” and “nd” from the Numbers set in Bazzill pearl white cardstock.  I cut two hearts from red metallic cardstock.  I attached the silver and white frames on the smaller tag pop ups.  On the first box I put the champagne glasses with several gold glitter Nuvo Drops for bubbles, on the second box went the squirrel holding a heart, the third box the fox holding a heart, and the last panel has “Happy 2nd”.  For the finishing touch I added white crochet thread with silver threads through it and tied in bows.

The final full view of the inside ……………………

I hope you enjoyed my latest creation.  Sorry it has been awhile, but I’m just coming off major surgery so it has taken me awhile to get my mojo back.

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!

 

My Favorite Things Crafting Olympics – Stamping Slalom!!

My Favorite Things is sponsoring the Olympics!!  Not the ones on TV, but a more important Olympics…A Crafting Olympics!  Now that’s a sport I can get behind.  None of this ice and snow for me.  Anyway, The first event is the Stamping Slalom.  The challenge is to use at least 3 different stamp sets on your project.  Since I’m an overachiever, I used FIVE different stamp sets with matching dies, and 2 extra die sets for good measure.  I decided to combine this project with my Dear Hubby’s Valentine’s Day card.  I was going to also enter it in their Sketch Challenge, but I’m a bit slow on the draw lately and missed the noon deadline…..oh well!!

Anyway……..My Favorite Things has some adorable animals and sentiment sets, so I decided I needed to have 4 different animals wishing hubby a great Valentine’s Day.  So I started going through my sets to see what I could find.  Hmmm……….sheep with heart, check…..hippo with present, check……bear with heart, check…… and last but not least pig, check.  Now I will note that hubby was a bit disappointed that the piggy didn’t have a present, but guess he will live.

Here is a picture of all the sets that I used in this project:

The stamp/die sets include No Place Like Home, BB Ewe Are The Best, BB Bitty Bears, BB The Whole Herd, and BB Happy Hippos.  All animal sets were designed by Birdie Brown.  And then to top it off the 2 extra die sets are the A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX Set 1 and Stitched Heart Peek-A-Boo Window.

And here is the final card using all these wonderful sets!

(c) Nancy Roth

Starting with an A2 white card back, I layered on a textured red cardstock that I had on hand.  Then I took some textured pink cardstock I cut a layer using the second largest of the STAX 1 dies and then cut out 4 ovals using a template that I made.  Using Memento black ink I stamped the hippo with present (from Happy Hippos), the sheep with heart (from Ewe Are The Best), the bear with heart (from Bitty Bears) and the piggy (from The Whole Herd) onto ultra smooth cardstock and colored them in with Copic markers.  I die cut them with their matching dies and then using my pink cardstock I arranged the animals behind the windows and glued them flat to the red cardstock.  I then attached the pink cardstock with foam tape to give it some dimension.

For the center heart I use the Stitched Peek-A-Boo Heart and cut it out from red mirror cardstock, and then I stamped a sentiment from No Place Like Home on some white cardstock and hand-cut it into a banner shape.

Just like the Olympics brings together different people from all over the world, so do our little animal friends come together on this card.  And like my hubby and myself…..We belong together!!

I hope you enjoyed my interpretation of the first MFT Olympic event.  Come back soon to see the others!  Everyone have a wonderfully Happy Valentine’s Day from here in Delaware!

Adapting A Die For A New Design!

Wow!  I can’t believe it’s been over a year since I convinced my daughter to help me start my blog.  I know I haven’t done as many posts as I had hoped thanks to health issues, but hopefully 2018 will be better for me and I can really get going on it.  In the meantime I hope you enjoy my newest discovery on how to adapt a die set for a whole new look!

In an earlier post my daughter showed all of you some of the designs that I have made for her and her hubby.  This year she decided to throw me a curve ball and tell me what she would like to see.  She wanted to have cards featuring T-Rex on each that when put together would look like they were interacting, such as hugging.  I said something like “HUH???” but told her I would see what I could do to engineer something.  I spent a couple of months scratching my head and wondering how I could make this come to life for her.  In the mean time I had placed an order for some of the new Karen Burniston dies from KB Riley LLC.  When they arrived I discovered I had my answer in the Katherine Label Pop-Up Die set!

First, I always make their cards with matching fronts.  Below you will see that I first layered on aqua Bazzill cardstock on A2 cards and then cut some of Lawn Fawn’s Snowshoe Hare printed cardstock to layer on that.  I added a strip of the same Bazzill cardstock vertically down the center of each and topped with a glittery aqua ribbon from my stash.  I cut the larger label from the Katherine die set out of the aqua Bazzill cardstock.  On some white cardstock I stamped the sentiment from Creative Expressions Christmas Sayings stamp set and then cut it out using the dotted label die from the Katherine die set.  I stacked and glued together the 2 labels and then attached using foam tape for dimension.  Then I added a snowflake with a glitter dot in the center.  Here are both fronts.

(c) Nancy Roth

Now comes the fun part!  I discovered that if you make two cards on the inside following Karen Burniston’s video for the Katherine die…………and here is the magical trick…………..and turn one of them upside down, you can make the pop-up parts come towards one another!  One will raise up and the other will drop down, so you have to do some calculating as to where you need to attach the mechanism.  I found that by putting the “box” part of the mechanism in the exact center of each of the A2 cards it should work perfectly.  I put Sookwang tape on all the necessary parts, measured where I needed to attach the box and then attached the “triangle” part where needed and then attached the “box” using the instructions in the video.  Here is the Boy (regular) version and Girl (upside down) version.  You can see where the mechanisms are opposite each other.

(c) Nancy Roth

(c) Nancy Roth

Both sides of the inside were lined with the same Lawn Fawn cardstock as the front.  The T-Rex is from Lawn Fawn Critters From The Past stamped with Memento black ink and colored with Copic markers.  I used My Favorite Things Mirror Image stamp to stamp one T-Rex so it could face the other.  I die cut the one direct stamped image and I used a technique by Jennifer McGuire to die cut the mirror image.  Hint……I used the Tim Holtz Stamping Platform to allow me to stamp on the mirror image stamp several times to get a better image.  I accessorized them with a Santa hat, bow and a present from Lawn Fawn stamp and die sets.  I then cut the dotted label from the Katherine set from white cardstock twice and Bazzill aqua cardstock once.  I used one of the white labels to cut a “snowbank” and attached it to the aqua label.  I then cut off some of the outside edge of the labels to make them fit together better when opened and attached the T-rex and a snowflake with a glitter dot.

To attach the T-Rex labels correctly you will need to put the 2 cards side by side and decide where to place them.  I actually overlapped the cards as far as they would go and used two paper clips to hold them in place while I decided where the T-Rex labels needed to go.  Unfortunately I couldn’t make them hug…..after all, they are T-Rex with little short arms!  But I was able to make their noses almost touch.

(c) Nancy Roth

Once those were placed I finished off the cards.  I cut a snowbank using the Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders and attached along the 3 straight edges to allow a gift card to be inserted.  I also cut two snowflake garlands from the Elizabeth Craft Designs Holiday Garlands 2 die set and attached along the top.  I added glitter dots to the centers of the snowflakes for some shine.  Lastly I stamped and added the second white label to the card for a sentiment and signature area.  And here is the final set!  One final note……..since the levels of the pop-up mechanisms are dependent on how far the card is opened, you might have to experiment a bit when you set them up together as to the angles of the cards.  But with a little judicial prodding you can get them where you want them.

(c) Nancy Roth

I hope you enjoy my creation!  Remember that you can try something different by looking at your stamp and dies sets in a whole different perspective.  It’s amazing what you can create when you think outside the box.  Have a healthy, safe and wonderful New Year!!

 

 

 

Mixing Them Up…Stamp companies, that is!

I really wanted to post this card that I designed for my daughter for her Christmas cards.  Each year she chooses a different kind of animal character and I design a card around it.  This year it was dragons!  After doing some looking around I discovered an adorable stamp set from My Favorite Things.  But my vision for the card had background and other elements from another company I love, Lawn Fawn.  Add a sentiment from Creative Expressions and we have a wonderful example of how products from different companies can come together to make an unforgettable card.

First let me show you the final design.

(c) Nancy Roth

I found the most adorable set of dragon stamps designed by Birdie Brown for My Favorite Things.  BB Magical Dragons has several dragons, a prince and princess, and several sentiments for making all kind of magical cards.  Although the set isn’t a Christmas set, you can see that just with a few additions it can be made into any occasion.  I decided that the larger dragon should be giving a present to the little dragon.  After stamping each of them with Memento black ink, I colored them with Copic markers and added spots with Copic Opaque White Pigment ink using a metal stencil tool.  I then used my Wink of Stella pen on their wings and paw pads.  Moving over to Lawn Fawn, I used the Santa hat from the Simon Says Stamp LE set Happy Howlidays and the gift from Baaa Humbug to add to the larger dragon.  I colored both with my Copic markers, added some Wink of Stella to the white parts of the hat and the ribbon of the package, trimmed the bottom white edge off the hat and the left edge off the gift to blend them better with the dragon, and then glued them in place.

Having the dragons done I turned to the background.  I originally cut out the Landscape Leafy Tree Backdrop from brown cardstock but was never quite happy with it.  I wanted more “snowy” but didn’t want a totally white tree.  So I solved my dilemma when I received the Landscape Stitched Hillside Backdrop in my Lawn Fawn order!  Using the new backdrop to keep the thickness down, I cut it out of Bazzill textured white cardstock.  I then snipped the brown trees off the original backdrops, tucked the bottom of the trunk behind the front snowbank and attached the limbs to the back of the frame using 1/8″ Sookwang tape.  (Many companies have this tape under their own name, but you can buy it under the Sookwang name as well. )  I then made the sky by using Lawn Fawn’s Stitched Windy Backdrop on some mottled blue cardstock and attached to the back of the frame, again with 1/8″ Sookwang tape.  Once that was done I attached the entire background to my A2 card base with my 3M tape runner.

The final touches included using my Spectrum Noir clear sparkle marker to add some sparkle to the edges of the snowbanks, attaching the dragons using foam tape for dimension and stamping the two trees from Ready, Set, Snow with Tsukineko’s VersaFine ink in Olympia green, cut them out with the matching dies and attached them with foam tape.  I also used my SN sparkle marker to add a bit of snowy sparkle to the trees.  The final touch was to add some Aleene’s glitter snow to the branches of the tree.  Adorable!  Just a note………I sometimes use the Spectrum Noir sparkle marker when I want to cover a larger area.  It flows faster and is a bit cheaper than the Wink of Stella.  Just be careful you don’t get a big blob if you squeeze it too much.  I use the WoS for more detailed areas.

My last step was to find a “magical” sentiment for the card.  I actually stumbled onto the perfect one when I was checking out stamp sets by Creative Expressions and found the Christmas Sayings set that included “Have a Magical Christmas”.  Perfect!  I used that to stamp on the inside of the cards.  However, my daughter always wants me to make two cards that are appropriate for Hanukkah.  So on those two I masked off the “Christmas” part and found another stamp set with the word “Holiday” that matched the type of the main stamp and added that.  To make it general I stamped the envelopes with another stamp.

(c) Nancy Roth

I hope you enjoyed my voyage into designing the perfect card using several stamp companies.  Remember….if you can’t find the perfect element with the stamp set you are using, take a “finger walk” through the rest of your sets and see what you can find.  You might be surprised.  Unfortunately these don’t allow me to participate in any company sponsored challenges, but they are still fun to make.

The last thing I want to say is that I hope all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and a great holiday season.  I am hoping to pop back in for at least one more blog post but things are getting busy plus I had emergency major surgery 3 weeks ago and am still recovering.  I am so glad that I had these cards done and our own cards well underway when this happened or I would be too far behind.  And also thank goodness for shopping on the internet!!  We will be going to our daughter’s for Christmas this year as this is the first year in their new home.  Thanks to all of you for sticking with me on my new blog endeavor.  Hopefully next year will keep me growing.