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!!





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!


Christmas Cheer – Visiting Blogger

Hello All! I’m the resident technical expert behind InkedTreasures, AKA The Daughter. My Mom’s been feeling a little under the weather so I decided to come out from behind the scenes and help out a bit! I’m afraid that I’m not a paper crafting expert (I’m a big knitter, I find that I get the added benefit of going to pet alpaca and sheep in my preferred craft), but I can offer some fun things my Mom has done for me over the years. I’ll let her come behind and offer some commentary on how she made everything.

So for this blog post I wanted to show you the Christmas cards that she made for my husband and I the past two years. We get matching cards except for the difference of which animal is present! I think it’s a really fun way to give couples cards if you’re giving them both gift cards without actually having to come up with two separate designs.

Above you see our cards from 2015. The fronts are identical, but inside we find different friends riding Santa’s sleigh! Will (Said husband) went to Marist College and their mascot is a red fox, so he’s always been fond of foxes. The sheep is in mine for obvious reasons already stated. The fun part of these cards is there’s space behind the sleighs so both contained gift cards as well.

My contribution to this project was to make the little stands that keep them both open and standing upright for display. I used some hard plastic that I was going to recycle (Any type of plastic clamshell that protects items in a store will work) and cut out a section about 2″x2″. Then I folded it in half and cut a slit into it so when I unfolded it it looked like a V. Then it just snapped onto the card and helped keep it open!

This year’s card had a similar theme in that it was also a gift card holder (You can see the GC receipt sticking out of the pocket in my mine) and also featured a sheep and a fox, but radically different design from last year. There was actually a window on the front that made our animals look like they were in a little ornament, but when you opened them up, the animals popped up for better viewing! I’m not entirely sure how she comes up with these things, but even Will raves about them and shows them off to his friends. There was an extra strong magnet in the flap to make sure the card could stay closed rather than just trying to fly open all of the time.

I think that’s it for this post! Hope you enjoyed some different designs! I’ll make sure to pop in every now and then for a guest blog post. I have tons of material from over the years of my Mom experimenting to show off.