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!



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.


Lawn Fawn Challenge #15 – Clever Gift Boxes

One of my favorite Lawn Fawn products are their gift boxes, so this challenge really hit the mark with me.  As you will see, I couldn’t stop at just one!  Add the very cute Lawn Fawn animals and you get some cute and clever gift boxes.  These boxes are sized perfectly for a gift card and also for small gift items such as jewelry, candies or small toys.  Or even a dog or cat treat!


(c) Nancy Roth

I started out with the Scalloped Treat Box and cut 2 of each die from 4 different double sided cardstock sheets.  Using the video on the product page, I assembled the 4 boxes.  The really nice thing about this box is that you can open and close it without adhesive.  This makes the box reusable so several people can enjoy it.

To decorate each box I started by cutting a snowy hillside out of some white textured cardstock using the Simple Stitched Hillside Borders.  Using the tree and bird from Snow Day, the penguins and sentiment from Snow Cool, the bird, star and tree from Cheery Christmas, and the puppy, Santa hat and sentiment from Happy Howlidays I created simple scenes on each box by stamping, coloring with Copic markers and then cutting each out with the matching dies.  I attached the elements to the boxes using foam tape to give them a bit of dimension.  Then I cut out bows from the middle size of the Put A Bow On It die set and attached them to the boxes.

I decided that I also wanted a gift tag for each box.  I absolutely adore the String of Lights tags along with the Tiny Tag Sayings.  I created a matching tag for each box using the same cardstock as the bows and backed them with white cardstock.  I cut the tops from matte silver cardstock and used my clear Wink of Stella pen on the little curved opening.  I stamped the To/From and a small icon on the back of each and attached matching baker’s twine.

I hope you like my little boxes!  If you did I urge you to leave a comment and follow my blog.  And the next time you need a special gift box consider making something unique using these great Lawn Fawn Products.  Have a great day!


Lawn Fawn Challenge #14 – Happy Little Critters

Well, it’s been too long for me to be away from blogging!  But as time grows closer to the holidays and my craft shows, life get busy, busy, busy.  Between my craft shows I have had several commissions, and I’ve been fighting off a few health issues as well.  Plus making cards for both us and our daughter to send to friends and family, and the time just flies by.  Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, I have spoiled all my friends and they get upset if they don’t receive a handmade card!  Add in a wonderful visit to our daughter and son-in-law and things just get out of hand.  Who said retirees just sit and watch TV all day!?!?!  But I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to participate in the new Lawn Fawn Challenge!  I mean…Happy Little Critters?  Lawn Fawn is the definition of adorably cute animals!  So I dug out a few stamp sets and some dies and had some great fun.

Each year our daughter requests me to make cards for her to send to friends using a different animal.  I have done cows, hedgehogs, cats, and several others.  This year she wanted an alpaca with the Lawn Fawn alpaca stamp set.  Since she is a knitter, and loves sheep and alpacas, I decided to go a bit further.  I decided to actually have the sheep knitting a scarf directly from the alpaca!  You’ve heard of farm to table?  Well, this is farm to needles!

(c) Nancy Roth

Starting with an A2 sized card, I cut 2 snowy hillsides from the Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders die using linen textured white cardstock.  I ran some liquid glue along the edges and added a bit of glitter.  I then took some mottled blue cardstock and embossed clouds on it for the sky using an embossing folder I had in my stash.  Using the Lawn Fawn Winter Alpaca set I stamped the larger sentiment on the bottom hillside using Tsukineko Black Versafine ink.  I put the sky layer and the higher hill flat to the card and attached the lower hill with some foam tape.  I almost always leave an 1/8″ border around the main part as I like it better that way.  I then stamped the sheep and the knitting accessory from Lawn Fawn Baaah Humbug onto super smooth cardstock and colored with Copic markers.  I didn’t want the knitting to have a white border, so I stamped it directly on the sheep and with some shading it worked out well.  I also stamped three trees from Lawn Fawn Snow Day with 2 different green inks from Tsukineko.  I added red decorations to one of them, and some sparkle with my clear glitter gel pen to all three.  Lastly I stamped the alpaca from Lawn Fawn Winter Alpaca and used my Copic markers to color it with 3 coordinating colors and using the “dotting” technique to make him look wooly.  A red scarf makes him look very festive, don’t you think?  Just a note……I use Tsukineko Memento inks for my Copic coloring.  Most black, but sometimes the sepia color as well.  I have found that it works the best for me.

After all the coloring was finished, I used the coordinating dies to cut everything out.  The two darker trees were placed flat to the card, one behind each hillside, and the third tree was attached with some foam tape.  I also die cut a few small snowflakes with a die from my stash out of pearl cardstock and added a flat back rhinestone to one of them.  Before attaching the sheep and alpaca, I needed to add some yarn to them.  I happened to have a small skein of real alpaca yarn and decided to use that because……well, it is an alpaca!  I pierced a small hole in the alpaca near his scarf and pierced another small hole on the scarf knitting of the sheep.  I fed each end of the piece of yarn through the holes and taped it to the back.  I then put foam tape on the back of each critter and attached them to the card.  I put a tiny bit of glue on the card behind the yarn and gently pushed the yarn down onto the glue so that it wouldn’t get out of place.  I then stamped the “(alpaca my scarf)” inside with a greeting from the Baaah Humbug set and a few snowflakes using red and black Tsukineko Versafine inks.  I love the solid coloring and fine detail of these inks for my word dies.

(c) Nancy Roth

For the final touch, I stamped the outside of the envelope with another saying in the Baaah Humbug set, along with a ball of yarn.  I absolutely love all the great “punny” sayings that Lawn Fawn comes up with for all of their sets!!

(c) Nancy Roth

Needless to say, our daughter absolutely loved these!  It combined all of her loves of alpacas, sheep and knitting…… was really “her”.  I hope you enjoyed my version of the Happy Little Critters Lawn Fawn Challenge.  I promise I will be back sooner next time!  I have some wonderful holiday cards and gifts that I am anxious to share with everybody.  Come back soon and tell your stamping friends about me!


Lawn Fawn Challenge #6 – Cheerful Get Well!

I’m back again!  This time it’s for the next Lawn Fawn Challenge.  The theme this time is “Cheerful Get Well”.  In my opinion, anytime you use Lawn Fawn products, your creation is always cheerful.  They are all so cute how could it not be!  But back to the theme.  For me, this was kind of a project of just pulling out anything that might work and see what happens.  Once I had a general idea what I wanted to do, I discovered that I wanted some kind of tote but wanted it to be flat.  Then it just bloomed from there.  Here is the final card:

(c) Nancy Roth

Taking my cue from the red cross I planned for the chickie’s hat, I picked out a muted red patterned Lawn Fawn paper covered with stars.  I used the same color of cardstock for my back layer and then a layer of Bazzill white textured cardstock which reminded me of a nurses uniform.  Now the fun begins.

I cut my tote from the Lawn Fawn Tote Bag but instead of making it 3D I cut just the front and a bit of the bottom from the die.  I then scored 1/4″ down the right and left sides and trimmed the bottom to 1/4″ from the score line.  I folded all three sides in, put 1/8″ strong double sided tape on each flap and attached it to the middle of the card with the bottom almost to the lower edge of the white cardstock.  I left the handle loose for now.

Next using the Lawn Fawn stamps and dies from Get Well Soon I stamped the pill bottle and chickie nurse on white super smooth cardstock.  I also added the red cross to the chickie’s hat using red ink.  I stamped the bandage on tan cardstock.  I colored them all with Copic markers and then cut them all out with the coordinating dies.  I also dotted the chickie’s eyes with a Sakura black glaze pen.  I ran a strip of bright, cheerful yellow cardstock through my Xyron and then I cut out the sentiment using Lawn Fawn’s Get Well Soon Border die.

The final step was to place everything on the card.  I started by adding the yellow border towards the bottom of the card*, clipping off each end to match the outer layer.  I then added the chickie and the medicine bottle to the bag.  I was wondering what to do with the bandage when inspiration struck!  What do bandages do?  They fix boo-boos!  So I pulled a corner of the white cardstock away, tore it a bit and then used the bandage with foam tape to “fix” it.  Cute!  Lastly I tucked two real bandages into the tote and tied a bit of red and white twine around the handle to finish it off.  To keep everything in place I put a tiny piece of foam tape under the top of the handle and attached it to the card.

Hope you enjoy my version of the Lawn Fawn challenge.  Take care and stay well!!


* A hint for putting the borders on straight.  I first put an adhesive on the back of the cardstock that I am going to die cut.  I usually use my Xyron as the backing is thin.  Run the die through your machine both forwards and back to make sure the paper will stick in the die.  Using a pick, gently pull off the backing sheet making sure to keep the cardstock in the die.  Then take the die and lay it over your project where you want it.  Once you have it in place, poke through the holes in the die to push the die cut onto your project.  Voila!  A perfectly placed die cut!  I then use my brayer or my bone folder to make sure it is stuck tight.

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!!