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 “Wheely” Great Lawn Fawn Christmas Card!

When Lawn Fawn released their Revel Wheel set I knew that I had to make Christmas cards with it.  With some great Lawn Fawn papers and my Copics, here is what I designed.

I decided to make an A7 sized card because I wanted to have more background showing.  I used the Snowy Owl paper from Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Chill collection as my bottom layer.  I really like the turquoise color for an icy themed card.  I chose the diagonal side as I think it really adds some “kick”.

Time to make the wheel!  I used the Lawn Fawn YouTube video to put together the basic wheel unit.  Check it out here.  I used the Reveal Wheel die set and cut Neenah Royal Sundance Bright White cardstock for all the basic pieces.  This is a great cardstock that has a nice linen finish for a bit of texture.  I used the oval cut out from the Reveal Wheel Square Add-On to make the opening on the front as well as cutting the oval frame in the set from dark turquoise cardstock.  Following the instruction in the video I attached the wheel unit to the back panel and used the front panel to mark the places for the sentiments on the wheel.  I used the Reveal Wheel Holiday Sentiments for that.  I then used partial sentiments from both the Merry Messages and Simply Winter Sentiments sets to stamp above and below the opening.  My Tim Holtz stamp positioner is a great tool to do this, especially since I used parts of two different sentiments.  I also used the Winter Sentiments set to stamp the greeting on the envelope.  Once I properly placed the stamped wheel I used a double layer of 3M foam tape to attach the front white panel to the back white panel avoiding the areas near the wheel.

I then set to decorating the front.  First, using the Stitched Hillside Borders I cut a panel for the bottom using Pixie Dust Sparkle Cardstock.  I also cut the snowflake from the Reveal Wheel Snowflake Add-On and two smaller snowflakes from a Karen Burniston set to cut some snowflakes from the same sparkle cardstock.  I pulled out my Toboggan Together set and stamped the deer with black Tsukineko Memento ink and the tree with Tsukineko Olympia Green VersaFine ink.  I colored the deer with Copic markers and cut both pieces out with the matching dies.  I used a white gel pen to add some details to the deer and a black glaze pen for his eye.  I attached the tree directly to the card and attached the deer with some 3M foam tape.  Then I put a red nose on Rudolph with a red jewel and yellow, blue, red and lavender jewels on the tree.  I added the 3 snowflakes with liquid glue.

Before placing the wheel unit on the front I decided that I needed a bit of something between them.  So I die cut a large Sue Wilson dotted oval from vellum and placed it behind the wheel unit.  I attached the main wheel unit to the front of the card using a single layer of 3M foam tape to give it a bit of room for turning the wheel.  Then I cut the little arrow from the Reveal Wheel die set and the same dark turquoise cardstock as the oval frame and attached that beside the wheel.

I love how you can change the sentiment on this card by just turning the wheel!  There are so many uses for this die set for any time of the year.  Here are the 4 different ones I used for this card.

  

 

Hope you enjoyed my Christmas card.  I had a “wheely, wheely” good time making it!  May all your Christmas crafting be wonderful.

Unicorn Birthday Magic!!

I had to wait to post this card as it was for my daughter’s birthday a week ago, but now it can be revealed.  I rarely, if ever, post cards where I have gotten ideas from other blogs, but I just couldn’t resist this adorable unicorn card done by Frances Byrne of Stamp Owl Studios.  So here is my version of her unicorn birthday card.

I decided that my card had to be purple because that is one of my daughter’s favorite colors.  My card uses dies by Karen Burniston (KB Riley LLC), Sue Wilson (Creative Expressions) and Spellbinders.  The printed sentiments on the banners are of my own design.

Since Karen B’s dies allow you to choose your own card size, I chose a card size that would be 5″x5″.  I cut a piece of 100# cardstock to 5″ x 10″, scored it in half and folded.  I then took some pieces of purple floral patterned paper and cut 3 pieces, 2 being 4-7/8″ square and one being 4-3/4″ square.  I also cut a piece of black textured cardstock to 4-7/8″ square.  I attached the 2 larger pieces to the inside of the card and the smaller piece to the black piece and then attached those to the front of the card.  That made the base of the card.  NOTE:  Due to the number of layers on this card, I used lightweight patterned paper.  I felt that using patterned cardstock would make it too bulky.

Next I decided on how big I wanted my unicorn to be and where I wanted the face located on the front of the card.  Since I was doing the banner sentiments I located the circle a bit below center to give me enough room for the banner and die cut the circle out of the front of the card completely through all 4 layers.  I also chose a slightly bigger circle die and used both to cut two frames out of Bazzill purple Bling cardstock, and using the larger of the two circle dies I cut a piece of acetate for my window.  Put these aside for later use.

Now for the inside.  Following the Karen Burniston video for the Katherine Pop Up die  (found on the same page with this link) I cut the mechanism out of the Bazzill purple Bling cardstock, assembled the mechanism (do not attach yet to the inside) and held it against the fold of the card and temporarily held it in place with some Post It Note tape.  I folded it in place to where it would be when the card is closed and then adjusted it so that the area where the mechanism would attach to the unicorn was as centered in the hole as I could make it.  Once I found this “sweet spot”, so to say, I attached the mechanism inside the card as shown in the video.

Next, using the smaller of the circle dies from above, I cut a circle out of white 100# cardstock.  Then using Pink Fresh Magical Unicorn stamps and dies I stamped in the eyelashes and rouged the cheeks with some pink Tsukineko Memento ink.  Wait to add any other embellishments to the unicorn.  Now, close the card and remove the adhesive backing from the mechanism (or put some liquid glue on it) and place the unicorn face through the hole and onto the mechanism making sure it is straight.  Carefully open the card making sure the unicorn face pops back inside the card.  When you fully open the card the unicorn should rise up and out away from the card.  Close it again and the face should peek through the hole in the front.  The rest of the card is just decorating it as you want!

Find the 2 purple frames and the acetate piece.  I attached the acetate to the back of one of the frames using Ranger Multi Medium Matte.  Then I attached the entire piece to the front of the card making sure the openings lined up.  Attach the second frame to the inside of the card around the hole finishing it off.   To finish off the unicorn I stamped the horn from the Pink Fresh set onto a scrap of 100# white cardstock using Tsukineko Encore Metallic ink in purple and embossed with Judikins Irridescent Sparkle embossing powder.  After die cutting it I attached it to the center of the forehead of the unicorn with liquid glue.  I used the ear die from the set and cut it from both white and pink cardstock pieces.  I attached the outer white part of the ears to either side of the horn and then attached the inner pink part of the ears inside.  Using the unicorn stamp and die set I stamped 1 large and 2 small flowers on scraps of different colored cardstock  I die cut them and shaped them a bit and attached them across the forehead of the unicorn along with some stamped and die cut leaves from the set.  I put a silvery embellishment from my stash on each flower.

For my banner sentiments I printed out the saying that I thought of on white cardstock in two separate sections.  Then I used Sue Wilson’s Pierced Flags die to cut each one out and attached to the front and inside using foam tape.  The other inside sentiment was stamped from the unicorn set and die cut with the Fiji dies from Sue Wilson.  The inside was stamped on white cardstock and the edging was die cut from Bazzill purple Bling cardstock.  Lastly I scattered some Pretty Pink Posh purple jewels on the outside and inside.

 

Hope you enjoyed my version of Frances’ unicorn card.  Follow my blog and see what I’m going to be doing soon!

 

 

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!!

 

 

It’s Snowing………..Time to Dream of Flowers!!

As many others on the USA east coast yesterday, we in Delaware woke up to the start of our first snowfall of the winter….about 6.5″ here in the central part of the state.  We used to live in western Pennsylvania but moved to South Carolina for 7 years, so coming back to winter again was a shock, but it’s still not as bad as in PA!  So how do I cope?  I have a cup of tea and dream of the flowers that I am going to plant this spring!  And thinking of flowers made me think about a project that I was commissioned to do for a retirement gift.  It was one of those projects that started out to be a card but kept growing and growing and ended up being………well, you’ll see!

The honoree, I was told, was a lover of flowers & butterflies so I planned to put some 3D flowers on the card.  I played around with some Heartfelt Creations dies and came up with a bunch of flowers and arranged them on a fancy lattice oval, also from Heartfelt Creations.  I used Copic markers to color pearls for the centers of 3 of the flowers and glued on some gold microbeads for the other 2.  Pearls are used for the bodies of the butterflies.  I added layered Spellbinders ovals with a printed “There’s only one like You”.  Then……the project started growing when they decided they wanted a shadow box, plus some personalization.  So using dies from Sue Wilson (Creative Expressions), including some leaves and the Swiss background die, I came up with this centerpiece that measures 6″x10″ and thought it would work in an 8″x12″ shadowbox frame.  Added a few extra flowers and another butterfly and I sent it off for approval.

retirement-shadowbox3                                                                                (c) Nancy Roth

Then they decided that they would like something bigger……something that could be signed by all the co-workers at the company.  So back to the drawing board!  Still using the same centerpiece, I decided to go with a 16″x20″ shadowbox frame thus adding 5″ to each side for signatures.

retirement-shadowbox                                                                               (c) Nancy Roth

In order to cover the backing board I had to use 4 sheets of 8.5″x11″ white cardstock and then used a ribbon to cover where the edges came together.  I had a purple dot wide grosgrain ribbon that matched the main center mat and used that.  Then I decided that it was too plain in the corners and used my Heartfelt Creations Blossom Corner die to cut 4 matching purple corners and accented them with pearls.  I decided to only attach them at the outer edges so that a note or picture could be tucked behind them. (That’s what the yellow note to the buyer is about.)  Anyway, here is the final project!  I was very pleased with it and think the buyer was, as well.  Hope you like it, too, and consider creating some flowers to brighten up your gloomy winter days.

Stay warm!

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