Thursday, March 31, 2022

To the Moon with The Robin's Nest Creatives

 Hi all! Today I have another 2fer for you! It's so much fun when I get so inspired by a stamp set that I have to make two, or more, cards. I had made these cards a while ago - it was one of those cases where as soon as I saw the stamp set I knew how I wanted to play with it :) I am so pleased with how these cards came out and I hope you like them as much as I do! And I knew just how I wanted to decorate them with my Dew Drops!


  Each card started out with a white blank card.  I stamped the sun on one and the moon on another using  the Simon Says Stamp set To The Moon with embossing ink.  Then both images where embossed with white embossing powder .  I set the moon card aside and worked on the sun card first, blending Distress  Oxide yellow inks in the center and orange inks along the sides.  I LOVE the POP you get when using white embossing powder - I really enjoy watching the image come out; reminds me of watching the picture develop when you use a Polaroid camera.  Once I was happy with the blending, I moved on to the Moon card.  In addition to embossing the moon, I embossed part of the sentiment on a piece of dark blue card, cut it out with a fishtail die and set it aside.  I used shades of blue and purple ink for the moon card and again went lighter in the center and darker toward the outside.  

Before I put the sentiment die cuts on the cards {the hello on the sun cut out of white card and the love on the moon cut out of the same dark blue that the embossed sentiment was on} I started to figure out what type of design I wanted on each card using The Robin's Nest Creatives Mini Dews, Tear Drops and Diamonds {I  have included links to each specific product I've used - just click on the link provided}  I used yellow and orange Mini Dews {you can get both orange & yellow Mini Dews in the Paisley Collection}, as well as Diamond yellow Dews on the sun card and purple and light blue Mini Dews, as well as royal blue Tear Drops on the moon card.  I personally love how these 2 cards came out; ink blending is so much fun and the options are endless! Also, the Dew Drops enhance the designs but don't distract from them - perfect if you ask me! Pinterest is fantastic if you are looking for color combinations but beware, you will get lost in the lovely colors so let everyone know you are busy, get a cup of whatever and prepare to be there a while; happens to me every time!  Thanks SO much for dropping by! Christi  

I am entering my cards in the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Classic Design Challenge, #6 - Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore #98 - Anything Goes
Creative Knockouts, #446 - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers, #228 - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Flikr Challenge, #198 - Anything Goes

Monday, March 7, 2022

Lawn Fawn Hope Card

The current situation in the world is making me feel so helpless; I can't do much to help any of the people affected by these events, so I made a card with Ukraine in mind. I actually feel for ALL the civilians involved in this catastrophe and while I may hold strong opinions about world leaders, I do not wish harm to come to any innocent civilian. I have to say, crafting truly does help heal because I feel better, a bit brighter.  I like that this card has a cheerfulness to it.  All the cute daisies actually bring spring to mind as well; and spring is a time for hope. So, this card has two meanings; works for me! Here you go:


All of the dies are from Lawn Fawn; I made the daisies using the Little Flowers set {while not new, this is the first time I have used this set}, using gold glitter card for the flower centers, the grass from this border die, the sun background is this die and the letters are from this set.  Obviously, the colors are sort of the Ukrainian flag's colors {I struggled with incorporating enough blue, but I really loved the sun as the background instead of a blue sky}.  The letters were half pressed {inspired by Jenn Shurkus and how beautifully she does this sort of technique} into embossing ink and then embossed with Wow! Clear Hologram Sparkle embossing powder. The grass is popped up using dimensional tape, some of the daisies are glued to the card and some to the grass. The papers are from my stash, but I think they are Core'dinations because they do have some texture to them. Thanks so much for stopping by ~ stay safe, Christi

PS: Do you want to help Ukraine but don't know how? Go to Yana Smakula's post here - The coordinator, Denzil Quick is amazing! I emailed him and he responded within a DAY!! #freeUkraine

I am entering my card in the following challenges:
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends, #177 - Anything Goes

The Paper Players, #581 - Spring is in the Air
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Use a Die Cut (#2)
Dies R Us, #188 - Anything Goes using a Product they Sell
NBUS Challenge, #36 - Anything NBUS (#2)
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Add Some Green
The Friendship Challenge, #75 - Anything Goes
Creative Knockouts, #442 - Sparkle & Shine


Friday, March 4, 2022

Squares at River of Creativity March 2022

 Hi everyone!! I am so excited that River of Creativity is back with a revamp! We have a few changes that we have made to the challenge; first, we are now ANYTHING BUT A CARD - yup, no more cards allowed! We really want to see you stretch yourself and work outside the box; well except for this challenge because our theme is SQUARES and all my squares happen to be boxes.  I suggested it when we were all discussing what we should start with and, surprisingly, we have decided to use it as our first challenge. My very first thought was to make a menagerie of these adorable little critters that Lawn Fawn puts out. Let's get to it, shall we?

As you can see in the picture I've made a fox {he's the orange guy standing up}, a white bunny, a green frog, a bumble bee, a gray bat, a raccoon and 2 cats.  Each one of these begins with the Tiny Gift Box
as the body of the critter, and then the Add-On set brings the critter alive with all the accessories to make that particular animal. One of the best features of this Tiny Gift Box is how easy it is to put together; the creases are perfect coming out of the die cut machine, no need to go over them with a bone folder or anything, 2 strips of double sided tape and the box is done!  And these are tiny, the assembled box is 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" x 1 1/8"; Kelly, the box creator {and owner of Lawn Fawn}, made this to be part of an advent calendar but the ideas kept coming and so as of now there are a total of fourteen cute little animal Add-Ons to decorate the Tiny Gift Box!  OK, enough about that let's check out my creations! Grab a cuppa and let's go!

I did take the liberty of giving a few of these little lovelies googly eyes and they just make me happy.  I got an assortment of eyes from Amazon for cheap - I think they range from 3mm to 8 or 9mm and I doubt I will ever use them up, but the price was right and now I have googly eyes for every occasion.

First up is the frog; he would of looked a bit different if I had waited for Lawn Fawn to send me the die I lost! While cutting the dies apart the freckles {some of you might call them warts} went flying somewhere in my craft room and I have learned if I don't find it right away, it's probably gone.  I proceeded to make him anyway and of course got the freckles die in the mail {cause all you have to do is ask for a replacement die and Lawn Fawn will happily give you one - amazing!} the day before yesterday.  That's OK, he is still a handsome little frog in my opinion.   

Next up are the cats. Every other critter I made is a new die set except the cats
{I know, if you know me that is no surprise!} I had intended to make a black cat, but I forgot how some of the die cuts go together and needed a white die cut so I figured I just make both a black and a calico cat.  I used all the different pieces included in the set except the ball of yarn. I love how you can make the little paws hold onto something!

The racoon and the fox come in the same set, so it's a 2fer!  I made the fox standing up and I can use those standing up legs with many of the other critters, you can mix and match the dies as much as you want since they are all sized the same way! That would be an awesome rainy day activity if you had little ones, or even middle or big ones - a fox with wings, a cat with frog legs and on and on! I made my racoon hold a little red stitched heart that comes with the Add-On set; there is even a tiny bow tie I made to see if I could do it and I did!

Seems there are lots of cards and whatnot with bees on them lately and putting together this sweet bee was so simple! I love the little antenna {antennae?} and the stinger! I considered making the wings from vellum; or even
double up on the wings, one pair could be flat, the other bent to simulate movement or even this one pair could be bent {you'd be surprised at the ideas you come up with!} but I kept this bee traditional.  I really love all the little details on these critters; like the paws on the legs of the fox, the stripes on the cat and way you can put the paws on to hold something.

Spring is the perfect time for this adorable bunny Add-On; imagine a whole bunch done up in pastel colors and using them on Easter for pace tags, or even just around your home holding a few jelly beans!  Every one of these gift boxes are usable - I made sure each one could still be opened so they would all be as functional as they are cute! I also edged the bunny's legs and tail with Pumice Stone Distress Oxide Ink just so it would be a little easier to see his legs. For each one that comes with paws to cut out you can do it either way, have the long side of the paws at the top, closest to the head, or facing the bottom. For example, in the picture below the racoon has his paws with the long side facing down while the bunny has theirs facing up.  It all depends on what YOU want to do, and I think whatever the little guy is holding.  I used some clear tape to hold the pink in his ears, but you could just as easily leave them

Lastly, we have the bat. I gave him some candy corn to hold so he wouldn't be too scary.  This critter has SO many possibilities for him I would have had to make a lot more than one to show them all off but the biggest change you can make to him, I think, are his wings.  I gave him the large, folded wings and the set also has a shorter wing that are more directly out of his body {it will make sense if you check out the link}.  I also used the tuxedo piece included with the set just to class him up a bit. 

All the Boxes Open

I was going to link the You Tube video for each critter but if you go to the link I have posted for each make there is the Introduction Video on that page. They aren't long, maybe 20 minutes and it is fun to watch these boxes come alive :) 

Wow - thank you for reading this far! Now,  the revamped River of Creativity will accept any project as long as it is NOT a card, and I am hoping for next month’s challenge I'll have some time to get messy with something! I have quite a few projects lined up, well, they are made, just need pictures taken, edited, blog post written, edited and then finalized; I need a secretary! Anyway, I hope to see you joining in and showing us some of the other things you made besides cards {but if it is chocolate, I will need to be bribed for my vote to choose you as a Shout Out, message me for details}.  We hope to have a list of upcoming challenges since we know that some projects take longer than others {as soon as we figure them out ourselves!} Thank you SO much for reading all of this and I hope you enjoyed my Square Critters and I hope to see YOUR Square stuff at River of Creativity! Hugs, Christi

I am entering my Square Critters in the following challenges:
Craft Rocket, #90 - Use an Animal (Or 8)
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Use a Die Cut
The Sisterhood of Crafting - Favorite Pet (Cats - there are 2 of them in there)
Creative Creases - Anything Goes w/ a Fun Fold (hope these qualify, they were fun!)
Critter Crazy Challenge, #90 - Anything Goes w/ a Critter
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge, #628 - Not A Card