I was Slimline before Slimline was “cool”.

The latest design format for stampers is called “Slimline Cards”. Basically it is a card that will fit in a standard #10 business envelope. The size is approximately 4″x9″ but any variant of that works as long as it fits in the #10 envelope size. Stamp companies are bringing out all kinds of designs of stamps and dies to fit that format. Well apparently I have been ahead of my time because about 10 years ago I actually made my first Slimline cards! Recently I dug through my filed cards and storage boxes and found my first two cards in this format. They are both Christmas cards and were made with the standard tools I had on hand at the time.

I had joined the ranks of diecut machine users a couple of years before and decided to use some of the tools for these designs. With my circle dies and Perfect Layers Tool I created these cards.

I started this card by deciding the size that I wanted my final front panel. Then I die cut a circle from the right hand side using my Spellbinders circle layers dies. I took a Cuttlebug swirl embossing folder, which reminded me of snowflake swirls, and embossed the left hand side the full length of the embossing folder. Using Xyron adhesive I attached that to a larger piece of red mirror cardstock and diecut a smaller circle from the Spellbinders die set within the original window to make the red inside frame. Then using my Perfect Layers Tool and an Exacto knife, I cut the borders of the red mirror cardstock around the edge of the white cardstock. On a separate piece of cardstock I stamped a penguin and snowflakes (older unknown rubber stamp set) and colored with Zig Markers. (Yes, I know I show Memento markers, but I remembered too late that it was Zigs!) I then attached that image to the back of the layers centering the image in the window. I tied a red and gold glittery ribbon around where the swirls ended and attached the whole panel to the 4″x9″ white card base.

The second card again started with what I wanted as a final front panel. I cut the red Stardream cardstock and embossed with a Creative Expressions ornament embossing folder. I then attached it to a white pearlized swirl white cardstock and cut the border with my Perfect Layers Tool and Exacto knife. This was attached to a pine green cardstock and again cut the borders with my PLT. I wrapped a glittery gold ribbon around the center lengthwise and attached the whole panel to the 4″x9″ white card. On white cardstock I stamped the Hero Arts sentiment and let it dry and cut it to size. I then ran it through my Xyron putting the adhesive on the stamped side and covered with transparent glitter and rubbed it into the adhesive. I layered it to some pine green cardstock and…..you guessed it….used my Perfect Layers Tool once again. I attached that panel to the front of my card using 3M foam tape over the ribbon. The final touch was putting a matching bow on the ribbon.

I hope that you enjoyed my trip back in time and hope you come back soon. I promise to be better about posting. In fact I have several posts in mind. Wedding papercrafts and baby papercrafts are on the agenda! Until then….stay safe, stay healthy and stay positive!

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!

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!

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!

 

 

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.

 

 

Happy Anniversary Card with Karen Burniston!!

This past Monday, June 4th, celebrated the second anniversary of my beautiful daughter Karen and her lucky hubby Will.  Time to make a special card for them.  If you have followed my blog you know that they “identify” with critters.  Karen likes sheep, squirrels, t-rex, and dragons.  Will goes with t-rex and foxes as he went to Marist College and their mascot is a fox.  So I always try to incorporate this into their cards.  Several purchases of new products gave me the following idea.  Somehow I always end up with a bunch of stuff on my desk and this project was no different.

First I had to decide which of my new Karen Burniston dies I wanted to use.  I was torn between the Tag Book Pop-up and the Twist Panel Pop-up but settled for my favored one, the Tag Book Pop-up.  Following Karen B.’s instruction video (some of the best I have ever seen, by the way), I cut the tag covers and hinge from white pearlized Bazzill cardstock.  I had some scraps of silver and white swirled cardstock and cut out two larger beaded frames, 2 smaller beaded frames and some trim pieces all included in the die set.  I put together the 2 tags and hinge and then sat there staring at it.  I knew I wanted to use a more “sedate” patterned paper for the inside but didn’t have anything that made me say…Oooh, that’s perfect.  I had a request from the “bride” to use both wedding colors for cards for both of them…..Eggplant and Navy Blue.  Purple and blue?  Blue and purple?  I couldn’t find anything with those colors that worked for my vision.  Then I had one of those lightbulb moments.  I had purchased one of Concord & 9th turnabout stamps.  If you haven’t seen them, I urge you to go to one of Jennifer McGuire’s videos using them and take a look.  You can pretty much make any patterned paper that you need with up to 4 colors of inks/embossing powders.  You need to make a base turnabout template to attach your paper in your favorite stamp positioner tool and then turn it 4 different directions using a different ink each time.  Here is mine sitting in my Tim Holtz Stamping Platform.  Following the directions from both Jennifer and Concord & 9th, I made one from 100# smooth white cardstock, numbered each of the sections and then laminated in my Xyron.  I then just use double sided tape to attach the cardstock to the template.

I pulled out the Concord & 9th Polka Dot Turnabout stamp along with a light and dark purple and light and dark blue Tsukineko Memento ink pads and stamped two 6″x6″ pieces of cardstock using a different ink color each turn.

I finally had the inside paper that I needed, so I cut the inside pieces for my tag book card.  I also used the left over patterned paper scraps to cut both the large and small hole reinforcements.  Once I attached the inside I decided that I wasn’t fond of the plain white showing at the reinforcement area on the inside, so I used the outside tag die to cut pieces that would fill in beside the patterned paper.  I covered the seams with some of the white/silver chain die cuts.

For the outside I die cut one of the rectangle frames out of purple pearlized Bazzill cardstock and glued it to left of the large tag.  I cut some green leaves using the Flowers and Bee die set and attached them.  I layered some open petal flowers with one layer purple and one layer blue.  I attached the flowers and put a pearl in the center.  I cut the word Celebrate from Word Set 2 three times out of white and once out of purple and stacked them and glued to the front.  I attached a couple hearts cut from red metallic cardstock.  I put a piece of purple ribbon on the front and blue ribbon on the back.

On to decorating the inside!  For support on the arms I put blue cardstock topped with strips of silver/white chain trim.  I die cut the individual small tags out of the purple pearlized Bazzill cardstock.  I used the Woodland Animals set to make a squirrel and fox.  I die cut the champagne glasses charm from the Wedding Charms retired set 4 times and stacked them up and clipped off the loop.  Using Copic markers I colored the glass to look like champagne.  I cut out the word “Happy” from Word Set 2 and the “2” and “nd” from the Numbers set in Bazzill pearl white cardstock.  I cut two hearts from red metallic cardstock.  I attached the silver and white frames on the smaller tag pop ups.  On the first box I put the champagne glasses with several gold glitter Nuvo Drops for bubbles, on the second box went the squirrel holding a heart, the third box the fox holding a heart, and the last panel has “Happy 2nd”.  For the finishing touch I added white crochet thread with silver threads through it and tied in bows.

The final full view of the inside ……………………

I hope you enjoyed my latest creation.  Sorry it has been awhile, but I’m just coming off major surgery so it has taken me awhile to get my mojo back.

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!!

 

 

 

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!