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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Happy New Year……And stay well!

Happy New Year to all my blog friends!

Here it is a new year and we are all deciding on how to improve ourselves.  I think that I’m going to try and send more handmade cards, not just to close friends but also to casual friends and neighbors.  I know I would love to receive a handmade card from someone thinking about me.

My hubby and I were at a New Year’s Eve party last night and heard so many stories about people being sick, so I decided to share one of my favorite get well cards that I have made.  I call it my “Downton Abbey” card because it has lace, pearls, tea cup, and of course…tea.

get-well-tea-cup                                                                                 (c)  Nancy Roth

I started with an ivory A7 card base and then layered a pale pink cardstock layer and then an antique pink and beige floral printed patterned paper. The lace die is the Decorative Blossom Corners from Heartfelt Creations cut from the same light pink cardstock and then antiqued with Distress Ink.  The tea cup stamps and dies are also from Heartfelt Creations and colored with Zig markers.  Tag is a punch with 2 pieces glued back to back with the cord between hung from the inside of the cup.  The hardest part was attaching the cup only along the edges.  I tried several different adhesives, tapes and glue until I finally was successful using Alene’s Tacky Glue.  Added some pearls and tucked in a tea bag.  Voila!  A cute get well card bound to make someone smile and think about you when they have that hot cup of tea.

Hope everyone stays healthy and have a wonderful Happy New Year!

 

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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.

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!

Hello Stamping World!

Welcome to Inked Treasures! I have been stamping and scrapbooking for over twenty years and I am excited to start sharing with you some of my paper crafting creations. I’m hoping that everyone will enjoy my projects and please feel free to leave comments and feedback as I get started in this new format!