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!!

 

 

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Lawn Fawn Challenge #5 – Spring Inspiration Board

I hope everyone is having a great day!  Spring is pushing itself into our surroundings with beautiful flowers and warm weather….finally!!  Of course we could enjoy it more if it would quit raining here on the east coast!  I know it helps the crops and lakes, but begging Mother Nature to save some of it until the middle of summer when we will need it more.  But at least our new landscaping is doing well and we are saving on our irrigation water bill.

Speaking of beautiful flowers and fun times, Lawn Fawn has thrown out a challenge that includes a spring inspiration board.  Kittens, bicycles, flowers and colors….oh my!  The challenge is to do something using either the photos or colors or both as inspiration.  Here is the board so you can see what we had to work with.

I immediately knew that I wanted to use kittens on my card.  I just love the Meow You Doin’ stamp and die sets by Lawn Fawn.  Then I tried to figure out what would the kitties enjoy doing.  I know!  Wouldn’t it be great to have a kitten show up at your door with a jar of toys and asking to be your friend???  I know that I would love that! So I combined the kitten with a jar of her favorite toys…….balls of yarn in all the spring board colors!  Here is my first version:

(c) Nancy Roth

First I stamped the jar, lid and label from How You Bean? and the kitten and 15 balls of yarn from Meow You Doin’ onto smooth white cardstock.  Using Copic markers, I colored the kitten in grays with a white chest patch, blue on the jar, purple on the label, and the yarn balls using the 6 colors from the board.  I colored the jar lid with my silver Wink of Stella pen.  I die cut everything using the matching dies, but I used the die from the How You Bean? shaker add on to cut the jar.  Using the same die I cut 6 pieces from white cardstock and stacked them up and glued them together to make my shaker spacer.  Make sure to use your embossing powder tool to go around the edges to take away any stickiness.  I then used the slightly smaller jar die to cut a piece of acetate, and the regular jar die to cut the back.  I attached my stacked pieces to the backing piece and put in all the “yarn” balls.  I attached the acetate piece to the front jar and attached that to the top of the stack.  I also put a double layer of foam tape on the back of the kitten.  Finally I tied a length of twine around the jar lid.

I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with the background, but while shuffling through my patterned paper pieces I found a scrap of Lawn Fawn paper that matched one of the board colors perfectly!  The color is Wild Rose and has white heart on the pretty background color.  I cut a piece to fit my card and then using some embossed brown paper and the Simple Stitched Hillside Borders I cut a rounded piece for the bottom to look like a table edge and attached that to the bottom.  I then attached the shaker jar and the kitten to the card.

Hmm………….  Something just didn’t look right, though.  It was too plain on the top and the bottom.  Then I remembered there was a narrow edge piece that I cut off the bottom of the printed cardstock that was white with Wild Rose dots.  So I dug that out of the trash and cut it apart between the dotted area and the one strip of hearts.  I played around with them until I decided to attach the strip of hearts to the very bottom.  I then cut the dotted strip down a bit and put it at the top.  Voila!  The look was totally changed and I loved the new version.  Take a look at both and let me know which one you like better.

(c) Nancy Roth

I hope you enjoyed my version of this challenge.  Take the holiday weekend to dig out some stamps, dies, paper and embellishments and go to town making your version of the Spring Board card.  Have a wonderful Memorial Day and be safe out there on the roads.  I want you all back to check out my next adventure!!!

 

 

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Lawn Fawn Challenge #4 – Black, White & Bright!

I’m back with the next Lawn Fawn challenge.  This time it’s Black, White and Bright.  Sounds simple, right?  Well I found out that this one really challenged me.  All the Lawn Fawn stamps and dies are so cute that I just wanted to put bright pretty colors with them!  So I had to pick out my black and white part and work from there.  Here is what I decided to make:

(c) Nancy Roth

I started with a black and white dotted paper and decided to add yellow as my bright.  Then I went through my Lawn Fawn sets and discovered that these little kitties were just “clawing” to get out of their storage and have some fun!  This adorable set is called Meow You Doin’ and has several adorable cats playing with all their favorite toys.

I first cut my yellow backing sheet to leave a tiny white edge from the card.  Then I cut the dotted paper slightly smaller than the yellow.  Using a circle die I cut 3 openings in the dotted paper.  I stamped 3 of the cats from the set and, in keeping with the black and white theme, I colored them with gray Copic markers.  One solid, one striped and one spotted.  I also cut out a yarn ball and colored it red.  I clipped the front paws loose from the sitting cat and then tucked each of them into one of the circle.  I taped them into place on the back and then put foam tape on the back for dimension and added it to the card.  I then added the yarn ball to the top kitty.

Lastly I stamped the sentiment on a scrap of the yellow and then clipped the ends into a pennant flag and bent up the points for dimension.   I attached the sentiment piece off to the side in a vertical position.

What an adorable card to send to a friend or to someone who has been having a hard time.  The little kitties will make them smile.  Thanks for checking out my blog and leave me a message to tell me what you think!  Have a great day!!

Lawn Fawn Challenge #3…..Special Occasions

Hi there friends!  I’m back again for the third Lawn Fawn Challenge.  This time the theme is special occasions.  Events like weddings, baby births, milestone anniversaries……and my choice for this, purchasing a new home!  I live in a relatively new development and over the last month there have been two homes that have closed directly across the street.  As I look out my front window I see all sorts of building going on and think about the people who are about to start a new phase in their retirement life.  We did this just over two years ago and it was very exciting to walk into your new home that you actually owned for the very first time.  Good memories!

But wait………..how could I possibly forget one of the most important people in my life?!?!  As I write this my daughter and her hubby of not quite a year are signing papers on their very first home together!  So this card also has special meaning to me for that reason.  Probably the main reason I decided to make it for this challenge.  So here goes……………

I loved the thought of driving up to the new house and seeing it welcoming you, so that’s what I decided to do.  Here is the final card:

 (c) Nancy Roth

I started with a standard A2 card and then decided where I wanted my far away hill to go.  I cut it out of green textured cardstock using the Stitched Hillside Borders.  I then cut out the larger of the Little Town Hillside Pop-Up Add On out of white cardstock.  I chose 3 houses from the one end that would work with my green hillside and snipped them off and trimmed the bottom edge to fit behind the green.  Just goes to show that you can adapt these dies to all sorts of situations!  I colored the houses with Copic markers to emphasize the center house (in the same color as the actual new home, if you wish) and cut out the yellow tabs for behind that one house only, then I attached the houses behind the hillside.

To make the sky, I laid the finished piece from above onto the card front to get an idea where it would go.  I lightly marked the sky area as well as where my main house would sit.  Then I used Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks in Broken China and Faded Jeans to color the sky.  Using a smaller sponge dauber I added Fossilized Amber behind where the main house would be so that it looks like it is really glowing.  Once this was done I adhered the hillside piece to the front of the card.

Next I stamped the car from Home For The Holidays onto white cardstock and colored it with Copic markers.  You can color the car the same color of the car owned by the new homeowners to make it more personalized.  I then die cut it out with the matching die.  At this time I realized that the car seemed lost on the large green area, so I decided to add another layer of grass and a bit of a road.  I just happened to have a piece of the grass left that I used in my Easter card for the #2 challenge, so I cut that to fit for a layer to hide some of the road as the car drives up.  I darkened the tips of the grass with Tsukineko’s Eucalyptus walnut stain, pulled the grass tips out a bit to make it more dimensional and then added it with foam tape.  Since I currently don’t have the road dies from Lawn Fawn, I just hand cut and fit a piece of black cardstock for the road and attached behind the grass.  I then attached the car with some foam tape.

Lastly, I cut 2 pine trees also from the Home for the Holidays set and colored them with Copics.  I then stamped a sentiment that I had on hand to finish it off.  What a wonderful surprise this would be for the new homeowners to find in their mailbox!  A welcome to the neighborhood and making new friends.

Have fun with all your new creations!

Hello Stamping World!

Welcome to Inked Treasures! I have been stamping and scrapbooking for over twenty years and I am excited to start sharing with you some of my paper crafting creations. I’m hoping that everyone will enjoy my projects and please feel free to leave comments and feedback as I get started in this new format!