Cutie Patooties!

Of course no look back is complete without something cute!  And what could be cuter than animals and cartoon characters.  I love doing animal cards and, in fact, make my daughter’s cards with all kinds of animals.

First, Penny Black’s hedgies are some of the cutest animal stamps out there.  One year I made these adorable hedgies with their Christmas tree into cards for my daughter to send to her friends.  Colored with Copic markers, an embossing folder and some red and gold rickrack just adds enough to the card without overwhelming the adorable image.

hedgie-star

(c) Nancy Roth

Second is a darling little bunny bringing Easter wishes to the recipient.  This card was cut using a Wild Card template and then was closed with a button and some cording that added playfulness as well as embellishments.  A butterfly charm in the corner tops it all off for a springlike flair.

 

easterbunnywildcard

(c) Nancy Roth

And last was a card that I made to send to my daughter’s friend who needed a bit of “uplifting”.  Who better than a well known cartoon character being carried into the clouds by a bunch of beautifully colored balloons!  Some punch art, some metallic cord and inking around a cloud template pulls it all together.

 

balloon-minion

(c) Nancy Roth

I hope you have enjoyed this peek into the past and ask that you stick around to see what else I have in store for you.  I know you will enjoy the many projects that I have in mind.

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Ghost of Christmas Past

As all card makers know, Christmas is the ultimate “card” holiday.  So early in my paper crafting life I started making lots and lots of Christmas cards.  And still do!  As I look back in history at my earlier Holiday cards, I am amazed at how far I have come, although I do still like the simpler cards.  Here are several of my earlier Christmas/Holiday cards that I created.

First, I came upon some beautiful laser cut stickers and fell in love with them.  But what to do?  I ended up backing them with white pearl cardstock and then layered onto gold mirror cardstock.  But I needed a WOW factor, so this whole centerpiece was layered on to red suede paper with more mirror cardstock.  I found a small lucite coated sentiment to add to the center.

suedediamond

(c) Nancy Roth

The second one is more cute and simple with an adorable snowman bundled up for winter and holding is best buddy, a bluebird.  Some ribbon and white, red and green cardstock complete the card.

 

wintersnowman

(c) Nancy Roth

Last for this look back is an old fashioned toy train.  Red, gold and green cardstock and paisley antique printed paper accent the train stamped in sepia ink on ivory cardstock for an aged look.  A bit of ribbon tops it all off.  A cute simple card that can be sent to anyone.

christmastrain

(c) Nancy Roth

I hope you enjoyed another journey into my early Christmas paper crafting years!  I’m looking forward to sharing both old and new with all of you

 

Pocket Cards!

So you get to know me a bit, I thought I would start with some of my earlier creations.  As I look back at some of my earlier cards, I appear to have had a fascination with vellum pocket cards!  I think that vellum adds some very nice accents to cards and this is how I chose to add it at the time.  I am also very partial to interactive cards, so all of these have tag elements that can be removed.

Here are some of my earlier vellum pocket cards covering three different themes…..Friendship, Fall and Christmas.

First the Friendship one actually incorporates a bookmark with lots of fiber so it doesn’t get lost in your book.  I love the sea and chose that theme for this one.

seashellbookmark© Nancy Roth

The Fall one added a few extra elements of heat embossed leaves as well as a cute little metal embellishment of a 3D pumpkin.

autumntree2© Nancy Roth

Finally the Christmas one, keeping with the vellum pocket theme, has snowflakes and a snowflake saying, again with a removable tag.

snowflaketag© Nancy Roth

These are all very early and simplistic designs but they do show how you can take one simple technique and use it in different themes.  I hope you enjoyed this small peek into my early years!