I was Slimline before Slimline was “cool”.

The latest design format for stampers is called “Slimline Cards”. Basically it is a card that will fit in a standard #10 business envelope. The size is approximately 4″x9″ but any variant of that works as long as it fits in the #10 envelope size. Stamp companies are bringing out all kinds of designs of stamps and dies to fit that format. Well apparently I have been ahead of my time because about 10 years ago I actually made my first Slimline cards! Recently I dug through my filed cards and storage boxes and found my first two cards in this format. They are both Christmas cards and were made with the standard tools I had on hand at the time.

I had joined the ranks of diecut machine users a couple of years before and decided to use some of the tools for these designs. With my circle dies and Perfect Layers Tool I created these cards.

I started this card by deciding the size that I wanted my final front panel. Then I die cut a circle from the right hand side using my Spellbinders circle layers dies. I took a Cuttlebug swirl embossing folder, which reminded me of snowflake swirls, and embossed the left hand side the full length of the embossing folder. Using Xyron adhesive I attached that to a larger piece of red mirror cardstock and diecut a smaller circle from the Spellbinders die set within the original window to make the red inside frame. Then using my Perfect Layers Tool and an Exacto knife, I cut the borders of the red mirror cardstock around the edge of the white cardstock. On a separate piece of cardstock I stamped a penguin and snowflakes (older unknown rubber stamp set) and colored with Zig Markers. (Yes, I know I show Memento markers, but I remembered too late that it was Zigs!) I then attached that image to the back of the layers centering the image in the window. I tied a red and gold glittery ribbon around where the swirls ended and attached the whole panel to the 4″x9″ white card base.

The second card again started with what I wanted as a final front panel. I cut the red Stardream cardstock and embossed with a Creative Expressions ornament embossing folder. I then attached it to a white pearlized swirl white cardstock and cut the border with my Perfect Layers Tool and Exacto knife. This was attached to a pine green cardstock and again cut the borders with my PLT. I wrapped a glittery gold ribbon around the center lengthwise and attached the whole panel to the 4″x9″ white card. On white cardstock I stamped the Hero Arts sentiment and let it dry and cut it to size. I then ran it through my Xyron putting the adhesive on the stamped side and covered with transparent glitter and rubbed it into the adhesive. I layered it to some pine green cardstock and…..you guessed it….used my Perfect Layers Tool once again. I attached that panel to the front of my card using 3M foam tape over the ribbon. The final touch was putting a matching bow on the ribbon.

I hope that you enjoyed my trip back in time and hope you come back soon. I promise to be better about posting. In fact I have several posts in mind. Wedding papercrafts and baby papercrafts are on the agenda! Until then….stay safe, stay healthy and stay positive!

2020 Birthday & Anniversary Cards for Friends…..Finally!

Well Hi There!  Bet you thought I fell off the face of the earth.  Some days it feels like it.  It has been a crazy, crazy year for all of us.  But time marches on and birthdays and anniversaries come around each year whether we are ready or not.  Between my surgery last October and all the COVID-19 craziness I am so very glad that I took the time over the Christmas holidays to make my birthday and anniversary cards for 2020.  I make a design for all the guys and one for all the girls, and this year they are bright and cheerful.  And also an anniversary card….including a very special one for a 50th.  Hopefully they put a smile on the face of everyone who receives them.

First is the birthday card for the guys.  Gnomes are a huge thing this year and I just fell in love with these guys.  Although I’m not normally a gnome fan, Simon Says Stamp came out with a Christmas kit with gnomes that were adorable.

 

I took their Large Gnome Cheer & Joy and their Li’l Gnome and adapted them for a birthday party!  The dies are great for paper piecing and that allowed me to take some scrap Lawn Fawn patterned papers and make party hats for them.  I cut out the backing piece out of black cardstock, the clothes out of Photoplay paper and the beard and nose out of Neenah Solar White cardstock.  I highlighted the beard by flicking Copic Neutral Gray markers upwards, and colored the nose with a Copic marker.  I glued all the pieces except the nose onto the black backing.  The nose was put on with foam tape to make it stick out a bit and then coated with Nuvo Crystal Glaze.  Then I added sequins to the hats to make them more festive.  The background sky was cut from Lawn Fawn blue watercolor patterned paper, and the grass from another Lawn Fawn paper using the Simple Grassy Hillsides die.  This was backed with black cardstock for a small border.  The sentiment was white heat embossed into black cardstock, cut with Lawn Fawn Everyday Sentiment Banners and attached with black foam tape.  For the inside sentiment I used a mixture of stamps from Lawn Fawn Simply Sentiments and Simon Says Stamp Gnome For The Holidays  and colored in the “GNOMIES” with Copic markers in rainbow order.

The birthday card for the gals came together thanks to the very creative Karen Burniston and her dies.  I had some patterned paper left over from another project and thought it would be great backgrounds for this card.  Used dark turquoise cardstock for the coordinating solid color and a bright apricot for accent.  First, here is the card:

The outside is fairly simple but wait until you see the inside!  I layered the patterned paper on the dark turquoise layer and put it on a white heavy cardstock card.  I cut the Karen Burniston Happy Birthday out of the apricot cardstock and glue it to the front.  I glued pink, purple and green gems to finish that off.  And now for the surprise inside……….

TA-DA!!!!  Thanks to the Karen Burniston Gift Pivot Panels die the inside is a pop-up party.  First I layered the patterned paper to both sides and then cut out the pop-up die from the same dark turquoise cardstock.  Following the video instruction at the above link I installed it into the card and then decorated it with presents cut from scraps of paper and cardstock, balloons from a discontinued set, and banners from Karen Burniston Border Blends Party using silver glitter cardstock and then cut into pieces.  I live in a 55+ community so I thought the sentiment was appropriate and it came from Riley & Company Funny Bones Drop Down Menu. I cut one of the dies from My Favorite Things Fold-Up Tags and stamped the top part of the sentiment on it.  I edged the tag with a matching dark turquoise Copic marker.  I cut an oval from a Nellie Snellen Narrow ovals set, edged it with the same dark turquoise Copic marker, and stamped the Happy Birthday from Clearly Besotted Tiny Type for the signature area.

And finally…………The 2020 Anniversary card.  This entire card is made from all die cutting and embossing with a touch of gold and some pearls!

First I took a piece of ivory cardstock and embossed it with the Cuttlebug Anna Griffin Poppy embossing folder.  I believe this item has been discontinued, but you can maybe check for it on an auction or resale site.  But I loved the flowers.  Anyway, once I embossed it I took some Creative Expressions Enchanted Gold Gilding Polish and using the applicator I lightly rubbed it over the raised area of the design.  Be careful to do this gently or you will end up with too much pushed into the design.  Sue Wilson has You Tube videos showing how to use it.  Here is an angled view showing the polish better:

Next I used Creative Expression Sue Wilson Penelope Layering Die to cut the front.  Bottom layer is a kraft cardstock, middle layer is a peach Bazzill cardstock and the top layer is Stardream Crystal cardstock.  I cut the letters L-O-V-E out of the peach cardstock using My Favorite Things Little Letters.  This has been discontinued but any small letter dies will work.  I glued the layers together and then placed the letters on the top.  Using a ruler as a guide works well here.  The last touch was some pearls glued onto the Stardream layer.

You will see that this design is very adaptable to other celebrations.  I used a jazzed up version for a 50th Anniversary card.  I just added some gold mirror cardstock as a layer and instead of the peach, some extra pearls, and a vellum strip with gold flecks with the Creative Expressions Sue Wilson Shadowed Happy Anniversary using the gold mirror as the shadow and Stardream Crystal as the word and layered it on top of the vellum.

This would also work great with silver mirror for 25th, red mirror for 40th and blue mirror for 45th.  (BTW….the pink you see is my cell phone cover.  Oops….but you can see how reflective that cardstock is!)

I know this is long, but I hope you enjoyed my adaptations of various dies.  I will be back soon with more of my projects.  I have a whole wedding series and a baby series coming up.  Take care, stay safe, and I’ll see you next time!  Make sure to follow me so you get a notification when I add something new.  I know you will want to see the new ideas that I came up with while at home for such a long time!

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.

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!

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