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!

 

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.

 

 

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.