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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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!!