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 #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 Number ONE!

Wow, it’s been a long time since I have posted.  Still affected by my hospital stay back in February.  But I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to participate in the challenge sponsored by one of my very favorite stamp and die companies………..Lawn Fawn!  I adore all their cute animals and especially the way you can coordinate everything together.  The challenge can be found over at Lawn Fawnatics.

The first challenge is Happy Birthday projects.  Although cards are probably the first thing you think about, I decided to make a little gift bag instead.  Its the perfect size for gift cards, jewelry or even some special chocolates.  I ended up using 5….count them, FIVE….different Lawn Fawn die sets and 2 coordinating Lawn Fawn stamp sets.


(c) Nancy Roth

I started out by cutting the Tote Bag out of aqua dotted double sided patterned cardstock.  I chose this one because I thought it reminded me of bubbles in the water. Although this is Doodlebug paper, Lawn Fawn has some that would work just as well.  Check out Lawn Fawn’s videos on their You Tube channel to see how to make their boxes and bags. I then cut the “sand hills” out of a mottled light brown cardstock that resembled sand using the Stitched Hillside Borders.  I used foam tape to raise the front one to give it a bit of depth.

Next, I started making all the cute little additions.  I absolutely adore the Year Six stamp and die sets!  Lawn Fawn has several cute sets that use puns as part of their sentiments.  I stamped the shellfish and the presents (from Home for the Holidays), colored them with Copic markers and then cut them out with the matching dies.  I also stamped the “pun” part of the saying on the front sand hill, and the birthday part on a reversed scrap piece of the patterned cardstock.  I then cut out that saying with the Stitched Circle Tags die and colored the edge with a Copic marker to make it stand out.  I decided that I didn’t really want to hang the tag, so I snipped off the hanger part.  A hint for you…..I use a pair of small Fiskars curved blade scissors that I got at JoAnn’s to cut around curves.  They are absolutely perfect for this!

Finally I attached the tag and shellfish with some foam tape and flat glued the presents to the tag.  For the final touches I used my Wink of Stella clear pen on the inside of the shell to give it some sparkle and added three glitter dots from Elizabeth Craft Designs to look like bubbles.  I used some Lawn Trimmings baker’s twine to tie the handles together.  I received this twine as a gift in one of my Lawn Fawn orders and decided the colors were perfect for this project.

I hope you enjoyed my first attempt at a challenge.  Lawn Fawn is sponsoring these challenges twice a month so come back often to check out the newest projects that I come up with using my Lawn Fawn stamps and dies.




I’m Finally Back, I think!

Hopefully my bout with health problems is pretty much behind me now, so I can get back to my blog.  I wanted to thank my “guest poster” for filling in for me.  I also have some new items that I will be posting.

First I wanted to talk about the Christmas cards that my daughter posted.  As she mentioned she has a “thing” for sheep, goats and alpacas.  Two of my favorite stamp/die companies fit the bill.  Elizabeth Craft Designs and Lawn Fawn have wonderful animals dies and stamps.  The 2 sets of cards that my daughter wrote about are both done from Elizabeth Craft Designs dies designed by Karen Burniston.  Snowball the Sheep and Dutch the Fox play a major role in both of these cards.  The folding portions of the cards are also made with Elizabeth Craft Designs.

In the sleigh card I used the Sleigh Gift Card Pop It Up as it was meant to be used.  When you open the card the sleigh stands out from the background and I filled it with presents.  There are 2 tabs behind the sleigh that will hold a gift card.  My variation was use Snowball and Dutch, all decked out in Santa hats, to “pull the sleigh”.  They also pop out from the background.  Karen Burniston makes her dies so detailed, yet so easy to assemble, that they are fun to make and use.

The second set of cards was a slight variation on an adaptation of the Twist Circle Pop Up, also from Elizabeth Craft Designs and designed by Karen Burniston.  When you open the card the circle twists up and away from the inside of the card.  After die cutting a hole in the front I put “snow” acetate to make it look as though Snowball and Dutch are peeking through the window.  I wanted to make this into a gift card holder, so using dies from another favorite company I added snow hills and a few trees.  I left an opening at the top of the uppermost hill so that I could slip in a gift card.  The trees and hills are from Lawn Fawn.  You will see more of their products in later posts.

I am very happy to be back and can’t wait to share more of my creations with you!