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 Happy 100th Birthday Card!

Our son-in-law’s grandmother is celebrating her 100th birthday this year.  What a great milestone!  When we found this out, we told our daughter that we would make a special effort to attend the party they are planning.  And, of course, a very special card is required.  She lives in an assisted living home, so I wanted something that she could display but not take up too much room or be easily knocked to the floor.  Karen Burniston Designs to the rescue!  What could be more perfect than a basket of flowers that never wilts.

I was so excited when I saw the Woven Basket Pop-Up die that I knew it would be perfect for what I am planning.  Add the Happy Birthday die, the Flowers & Bee dies and the Numbers dies, all also from Karen Burniston Designs, and I had the perfect basics for the perfect card.  Plus this gave me the chance to use up a lot of scraps that I had in my stash.

I started by making the basket.  I was going to do a double wide one, but again I wanted to keep it to a size that could be displayed and not take up too much room.  I used a woodgrain cardstock that I found at a local craft store for the base and then used Doodlebug Petite Prints in aqua dots for the weaving pieces.  Bazzill Bling green cardstock scraps made the perfect grass.  I cut four of the grass, cutting the tabs off 2 of them for against the front and back, so I had four lines of grass.  I used a scrap of cardstock the color of rope to make the handles.  Make sure you watch Karen’s videos for the assembly of the basket, as well as the double wide basket.  They are very helpful.  I usually watch them once when they come out and then watch again to refresh it in my mind when I am ready to do my project.  I must say that Karen does an excellent job on her assembly videos.  Here is what my basket looked like when done.

 

Next comes all the flowers and accents for the basket………..

First I made nine of the larger flowers in the die set.  The largest part of the flowers was cut from My Favorite Things Party Patterns paper in the multi colored dots.  I shaped them using a ball stylus and a foam pad from the McGill Flower Shaping set.  The second floral layers were cut from pink, purple and blue scraps of Bazzill cardstock.  They were also shaped with the ball stylus.  I cut the center dots from a scrap of yellow Bazzill cardstock and made a depression in the center so they would fit inside the shaped flowers.  Using liquid glue I assembled the flowers together.  Later on I use a Spectrum Noir Glitter Pen to add some shine to the centers.  Next came the tiny flowers that I cut out of Bazzill Bling white cardstock.  I shaped them a bit and used Nuvo gold glitter drops for centers.  I cut the Happy Birthday out of Bazzill Bling white cardstock and out of dark aqua cardstock and layered them slightly off for the shadowed look.  I added an iridescent jewel to the dot over the “i” later.

Using the same Bazzill Bling green cardstock I cut out several “folded” stems and several single stems.  Again, make sure to check out Karen’s video on this.  The “folded” stems are attached at the top so that you can put the bottom of the stems on either side of the grass to make them stronger.  I also cut a Bee from the Flowers & Bee die set from yellow cardstock and used a Copic black marker to make the stripes on the bee.  I cut 2 of them to put back to back so it was the same from both sides.  Lastly, using some red scraps of paper, I cut the 100 twice, reversing the number 1 so that I could also put them back to back.  Here are all the “pieces parts” on my desk ready for assembly.

I started by attaching the “folded” stems, three to each of the middle 2 grass strips.  I found it easier to glue together the top parts so that I could control them better.  Just make sure to leave the stems not glued until ready to attach to the basket.  I then took 3 of the single stems and, following Karen’s instructions, I attached them together overlapping a dot on each one.  I attached that group of 3 to the back grass strip, and 3 others to the front strip.  I trimmed a few sprigs from the front ones and added them between the back ones to fill in the spaces.  I let all that dry well before attempting the rest.

After everything was dry, I attached the 100 to the stems, back and front, on the 3rd grass strip.  I then attached the large flowers and then the small ones to fill in, and finally the bee.  I attached the Happy Birthday to the front of the basket to finish it off.  I also cut out a panel out of white cardstock and edged it with a green Copic marker.  This was attached to the back to write a wish and sign our names.  I also covered the red numbers with Spectrum Noir glitter pen.  And finally………..

Oh……..and did I mention……..This wonderful baskets fold up to fit in an envelope for a 5″x7″ card!  It would take some extra postage, but imagine their eyes when the recipient opens the envelope and takes out a wonderful pop-up 3D basket of flowers!  SURPRISE!!!!

This would also be a wonderful card for Mother’s Day. I hope you enjoyed my flower basket.  Be sure to check out my other posts, and also the wonderful products that I used.  Leave me a message to let me know what you thought.  And make sure to sign up to follow my blog.

Have a wonderful day!

 

My Favorite Things Makes My Yearly Cards Easy-Peasy!

Every January I take on the project of making all my birthday cards and anniversary cards that I give to my friends for the year.  I choose several designs and have a couple cardmaking sessions.  Coincidentally, I ended up choosing My Favorite Things for all my designs.  I love the versatility of their stamps and dies.  So come on into my blog and see what I made.  Pssst………if you are one of my friends who get cards from me, you can stop here or keep reading but just make sure you are surprised when you get yours!

First, I decided to make Anniversary cards.  I wanted to use one of MFT’s new Valentine dies, but wanted to make it more “un” Valentine’s.  Here is what I decided to make:

With a base of an ivory A2 sized card, I cut dark rose Bazzill cardstock for the bottom layer.  I then cut some ivory cardstock a bit smaller than the rose layer and used the Hearts Entwined die to cut an opening in it.  I backed the opening with some patterned cardstock from my stash that had hints of the dark rose in it.  NOTE:  I found it easier to run the ivory cardstock through my Xyron before cutting it.  Then I just attached the patterned paper to the back of it so you could see the design through the front opening and quickly ran some 3M tape runner on the back and attached that to the rose layer.  Along with the hearts outline from the original cut, I then cut the heart die out of one more piece of ivory cardstock and once again out of the MFT Gold Sparkle cardstock keeping the thin heart outlines part making a total of 3 layers.  I tucked the ivory cardstock hearts with the Xyron back into the opening first making sure it was correctly lined up.  Then I used Elmer’s Craft Bond Extra Strength Spray Adhesive on the other two heart cut outs and stacked them on the first one with the gold sparkle on top.  This made a nice raised effect on the hearts.  I ran my Teflon bone folder over all the heart inserts to make sure they were well adhered.  I stamped only the word “Celebrate” from Let’s Celebrate You in More Essential Sentiments with Tsukineko VersaMark ink onto black cardstock and embossed it with WOW white embossing powder and cut into a banner shape.  I attached it with some thin 3D squares in strategic spots so it would not sag.  Last I added some clear Pretty Pink Posh gems.  I used Essential Sentiments to stamp on the envelope using Tsukineko black VersaFine ink.

   

Next came the birthday cards for the gals.  My gal pals are wine lovers, so guess what……MFT came out with some wonderful wine themed items and I used several of them!

I cut some black cardstock to fit on the front of an ivory A2 cardbase, but didn’t attach it yet.  I then cut a 1″ strip of some red GinaK patterned paper and a thin strip of black cardstock.  I cut some ivory cardstock to layer on the black.  I marked 1″ from the edge of the ivory layer and used a swirl embossing folder to dry emboss up to the mark.  Then I adhered the patterned paper and black strip to the embossed piece and attached that to the black layer.  I used the Good Time To Wine stamp set to gold emboss a sentiment on a strip of vellum using Tsukinko Encore metallic gold ink and Judikins Ultra Fine Gold embossing powder and then wrapped it around the 2 layers and attached on the back.  Then I adhered this to the cardbase.  Using the Wine Glass Shaker Window & Frame die I cut the frame from shiny gold cardstock.  I attached the Wine Shaker Pouch to the frame with 1/8″ Scor Tape and filled the pouch with a red/gold/silver bead mixture and attached it to the front of the card.  I then stamped a sentiment from Sassy Pants Birthday on the envelope.

  

Lastly came the cards for the guys.  Like most other card makers, cards for guys can be difficult for me.  But with some creative use of MFT items I came up with a great design.

I first cut black cardstock the full size of the front of the ivory A2 cardbase, but did not attach.  I then cut some GinaK patterned paper to a size that was the same width but not quite as high as the black cardstock.  NOTE:  Only cut 1/2 the number of sheets that you need of the patterned paper as each sheet will make 2 cards.  I ran the patterned paper sheets through the Xyron to put adhesive on the back.  This helps with the layering of the panel.  I used the Happy Birthday Block die to cut the letters out keeping it towards the top of the paper.  Since the paper is backed with the Xyron, make sure to run it through the die cutter a couple of times.  Pop out the letters making sure to keep all the pieces.  I then attached the main piece to one of the black cardstock pieces.  Since I kept the letters in order of how I took them out I was able to pop out the smaller inside pieces and attach them to the proper letters.  Putting that aside, I took the cut out letters, peeled off the Xyron backing and attached them to a second piece of the black cardstock.  HINT:  Using the die I cut a template out of a heavy piece of cardstock and used that for proper placement of the letters.  I attached a piece of the patterned paper to the bottom of the black cardstock to fill in the empty space.  Next, using Tsukineko black VersaFine ink and clear embossing powder I heat embossed a sentiment from the More Essential Sentiments stamp set onto ivory cardstock and cut into a banner shape.  I attached this to the card with foam tape.  I then took some black and silver ribbon and put in across the bottoms of each card and glued on a few matching sequins.  And………I made them in two different colors!  I also stamped a sentiment from Big Birthday Sentiments onto the envelope using Tsukineko VersaFine black ink.

  

I hope you enjoyed my big project!  I love that I now have all my cards made for my friends for the year……all 25 of them!  Except for a few family cards I can take a break, do some other crafting and be fresh and ready for holiday card season.  Stay warm and be safe and come back again.  I love reading your comments and hearing what you think.  Hugs to all!

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.

A Lawn Fawn Christmas in July

Each year my daughter commissions me to make her Christmas cards to send to her friends.  This year the requested theme was dinosaurs, and 28 of them.  Hmmm……well I had a general idea but needed to find the stamps.  So I turned to Lawn Fawn.

Now then……..how many Lawn Fawn sets does it take to make a dino Christmas card??  In my case apparently a LOT!  Here are the final choices:

Please note that the stitched rectangle sets are from My Favorite Things, but only because I have those.  Lawn Fawn does have stitched rectangles that you can use instead.

I started out by cutting a slightly smaller than A2 size rectangle out of red cardstock and also a slightly smaller one out of white smooth cardstock.  I stamped the snowfall stamp from Snowy Backdrops onto the white rectangle with Versamark ink and embossed with white embossing powder.  Then using Ranger Distress Oxide inks I blended the sky.  First I applied Broken China and then edged with Mermaid Lagoon.  After wiping the ink off the white embossing with a dry cloth I sprayed the Oxide inks to give it some texture.

Using the Stitched Hillside Border die I cut a snow drift from white textured cardstock and attached to the background.  Then that layer was put on the red layer and then onto a 4.25″ x 5.5″ white card base.  Then I took a clear Spectrum Noir sparkle pen and went over the snowy hillside to give it lots of sparkle.

Now comes the fun part!  I stamped all the scene pieces that I needed and colored them with Copic markers and then die cut them out.  Here is a list a it’s easier for you to see them this way.

1. BAAH Humbug Stamp & Die Set – Stamp, color and cut the little Santa hat.  I used Wink of Stella clear on the “fur” parts of the hat

2. Cheery Christmas Stamp & Die Set – Stamp, color and cut the little ornament and star.  Stamp the tree using a dark green ink and cut out.  I used VersaFine Olympia Green.

3. Critters From The Past Stamp & Die Set – Stamp, color and cut the baby dino in the egg.  Used a black glaze pen on the eye.

4. Rawr Stamp & Die Set – Stamp, color and cut the Dino and Rawr speech bubble.  Used a black glaze pen on the eye.

5. Snow Cool Stamp Set – Stamp the small dot on the egg using Wilted Violet Distress Oxide Ink.

And here is the result!  Think I might just need a Scan N Cut???

First I glued the star to the top of the tree.  Then using a craft knife I cut a slot along the large dino’s arm and tucked the top of the ornament in so it looks like he is holding it and glued the Santa hat to his head.  Then, using foam tape, I attached all pieces to the front of the card.  As a final touch I used Diamond Glaze on the ornament the dino is holding and Tonic Nuvo Gloss Drops in red, yellow, blue and green on the tree.

For the inside I went to the Rawr set and used the “Rawr means” and “in Dinosaur” and combined them with “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year” from Merry Messages and “Happy Hanukkah” from Love You A Latke.

For the envelope I stamped the baby dino from Critters From The Past and the Rawr speech bubble from Rawr…..and you have a great holiday card and envelope set.

Hope you like my first Christmas card of the year.  I hope to have more to come and who know how many stamps and I dies I will use the next time!  Maybe more, maybe less but be sure to come back and see.

 

 

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!

 

My Favorite Things Crafting Olympics – Stamping Slalom!!

My Favorite Things is sponsoring the Olympics!!  Not the ones on TV, but a more important Olympics…A Crafting Olympics!  Now that’s a sport I can get behind.  None of this ice and snow for me.  Anyway, The first event is the Stamping Slalom.  The challenge is to use at least 3 different stamp sets on your project.  Since I’m an overachiever, I used FIVE different stamp sets with matching dies, and 2 extra die sets for good measure.  I decided to combine this project with my Dear Hubby’s Valentine’s Day card.  I was going to also enter it in their Sketch Challenge, but I’m a bit slow on the draw lately and missed the noon deadline…..oh well!!

Anyway……..My Favorite Things has some adorable animals and sentiment sets, so I decided I needed to have 4 different animals wishing hubby a great Valentine’s Day.  So I started going through my sets to see what I could find.  Hmmm……….sheep with heart, check…..hippo with present, check……bear with heart, check…… and last but not least pig, check.  Now I will note that hubby was a bit disappointed that the piggy didn’t have a present, but guess he will live.

Here is a picture of all the sets that I used in this project:

The stamp/die sets include No Place Like Home, BB Ewe Are The Best, BB Bitty Bears, BB The Whole Herd, and BB Happy Hippos.  All animal sets were designed by Birdie Brown.  And then to top it off the 2 extra die sets are the A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX Set 1 and Stitched Heart Peek-A-Boo Window.

And here is the final card using all these wonderful sets!

(c) Nancy Roth

Starting with an A2 white card back, I layered on a textured red cardstock that I had on hand.  Then I took some textured pink cardstock I cut a layer using the second largest of the STAX 1 dies and then cut out 4 ovals using a template that I made.  Using Memento black ink I stamped the hippo with present (from Happy Hippos), the sheep with heart (from Ewe Are The Best), the bear with heart (from Bitty Bears) and the piggy (from The Whole Herd) onto ultra smooth cardstock and colored them in with Copic markers.  I die cut them with their matching dies and then using my pink cardstock I arranged the animals behind the windows and glued them flat to the red cardstock.  I then attached the pink cardstock with foam tape to give it some dimension.

For the center heart I use the Stitched Peek-A-Boo Heart and cut it out from red mirror cardstock, and then I stamped a sentiment from No Place Like Home on some white cardstock and hand-cut it into a banner shape.

Just like the Olympics brings together different people from all over the world, so do our little animal friends come together on this card.  And like my hubby and myself…..We belong together!!

I hope you enjoyed my interpretation of the first MFT Olympic event.  Come back soon to see the others!  Everyone have a wonderfully Happy Valentine’s Day from here in Delaware!

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!!