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.


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!!



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!