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.

 

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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……..it 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!

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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.