I’m Finally Back, I think!

Hopefully my bout with health problems is pretty much behind me now, so I can get back to my blog.  I wanted to thank my “guest poster” for filling in for me.  I also have some new items that I will be posting.

First I wanted to talk about the Christmas cards that my daughter posted.  As she mentioned she has a “thing” for sheep, goats and alpacas.  Two of my favorite stamp/die companies fit the bill.  Elizabeth Craft Designs and Lawn Fawn have wonderful animals dies and stamps.  The 2 sets of cards that my daughter wrote about are both done from Elizabeth Craft Designs dies designed by Karen Burniston.  Snowball the Sheep and Dutch the Fox play a major role in both of these cards.  The folding portions of the cards are also made with Elizabeth Craft Designs.

In the sleigh card I used the Sleigh Gift Card Pop It Up as it was meant to be used.  When you open the card the sleigh stands out from the background and I filled it with presents.  There are 2 tabs behind the sleigh that will hold a gift card.  My variation was use Snowball and Dutch, all decked out in Santa hats, to “pull the sleigh”.  They also pop out from the background.  Karen Burniston makes her dies so detailed, yet so easy to assemble, that they are fun to make and use.

The second set of cards was a slight variation on an adaptation of the Twist Circle Pop Up, also from Elizabeth Craft Designs and designed by Karen Burniston.  When you open the card the circle twists up and away from the inside of the card.  After die cutting a hole in the front I put “snow” acetate to make it look as though Snowball and Dutch are peeking through the window.  I wanted to make this into a gift card holder, so using dies from another favorite company I added snow hills and a few trees.  I left an opening at the top of the uppermost hill so that I could slip in a gift card.  The trees and hills are from Lawn Fawn.  You will see more of their products in later posts.

I am very happy to be back and can’t wait to share more of my creations with you!

Christmas Cheer – Visiting Blogger

Hello All! I’m the resident technical expert behind InkedTreasures, AKA The Daughter. My Mom’s been feeling a little under the weather so I decided to come out from behind the scenes and help out a bit! I’m afraid that I’m not a paper crafting expert (I’m a big knitter, I find that I get the added benefit of going to pet alpaca and sheep in my preferred craft), but I can offer some fun things my Mom has done for me over the years. I’ll let her come behind and offer some commentary on how she made everything.

So for this blog post I wanted to show you the Christmas cards that she made for my husband and I the past two years. We get matching cards except for the difference of which animal is present! I think it’s a really fun way to give couples cards if you’re giving them both gift cards without actually having to come up with two separate designs.

Above you see our cards from 2015. The fronts are identical, but inside we find different friends riding Santa’s sleigh! Will (Said husband) went to Marist College and their mascot is a red fox, so he’s always been fond of foxes. The sheep is in mine for obvious reasons already stated. The fun part of these cards is there’s space behind the sleighs so both contained gift cards as well.

My contribution to this project was to make the little stands that keep them both open and standing upright for display. I used some hard plastic that I was going to recycle (Any type of plastic clamshell that protects items in a store will work) and cut out a section about 2″x2″. Then I folded it in half and cut a slit into it so when I unfolded it it looked like a V. Then it just snapped onto the card and helped keep it open!

This year’s card had a similar theme in that it was also a gift card holder (You can see the GC receipt sticking out of the pocket in my mine) and also featured a sheep and a fox, but radically different design from last year. There was actually a window on the front that made our animals look like they were in a little ornament, but when you opened them up, the animals popped up for better viewing! I’m not entirely sure how she comes up with these things, but even Will raves about them and shows them off to his friends. There was an extra strong magnet in the flap to make sure the card could stay closed rather than just trying to fly open all of the time.

I think that’s it for this post! Hope you enjoyed some different designs! I’ll make sure to pop in every now and then for a guest blog post. I have tons of material from over the years of my Mom experimenting to show off.

Pets Leave Pawprints On Our Hearts

Those of us who have or had pets know they are more than that, they are members of our family.  And when it is time to let them go it tears out our hearts.  I know because I lost my beloved furry companion over 12 years ago and it still grabs my heart when I think about her.  One of our neighbors just lost their beloved dog and I knew they were hurting, so I wanted to make something to let them know I understood their pain.  I wanted it to be clean and simple so that the sentiments were the most important.

 

pet-sympathy-1(c) Nancy Roth

Since Jake was a boy I decided to use an ivory and navy blue color theme.  I also used a speckled ivory cardstock for the front to add a bit of texture.  I have a dog sympathy stamp set from Our Daily Bread Designs that has some great images and sentiments.  I stamped the main image in the top left and the “with sympathy” below it.  I added a bit of color with Copics to the grass and flowers.  I then added a bit more texture using my scoring board above and below the sentiment and some navy blue sheer ribbon to finish it off.  I stamped one of the other sentiments on the envelope and another inside.

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(c) Nancy Roth

I was very happy with the simple design and my neighbor really appreciated the card and the thought.  You never know when you will be able to cheer someone up a bit with one of your creations.  Doesn’t have to be fancy, as you can see, but it’s a piece of you that they can keep and know you care no matter the situation.

It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere……….

Did you ever stand in a wine store scratching your head and trying to remember what that great bottle of wine was that you had not too long ago?  At my age I have trouble remembering a lot of things!  Around the holidays gifts of wine from friends and guests are new opportunities to try something different.  Some are OK, some not so much, but there is always a bottle or two that you know will become one of your favorites.  So you write it down on a little piece of paper (and then promptly lose it), spend hours trying to soak off the label (and then promptly lose that), or for a last resort you keep the bottle.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t have that kind of space in my new downsized retirement home.  Except for the one blue bottle, one green bottle and one red bottle that are part of our outdoor copper sculpture, all empty wine bottles go into the recycling bin.  And then, of course, when you want to buy that tasty wine again you can’t remember the name or even the color of the bottle.  So I came up with a way to keep track of all those great wines!  Using some matboard and my Bind-It-All I designed a great journal to not only keep track of those wines, but also where to find them and information about the wine itself.  It may be more info than you care to have, but the inside can be adapted to whatever you need.  You can even tape those labels right in the book!

 

winejournalwire1(c) Nancy Roth

First the 5″ x 8″ covers were made from a white matboard that I found at ClearBags.  It is a nice heavy weight but yet punches with the Bind-It-All.  I found a Mediterranean style printed paper (use lightweight paper and not cardstock so it folds around the matboard better) and covered the matboard using Xyron adhesive.  I then lined the inside of the covers with a merlot colored cardstock to finish them off.  I decided that the outside needed some protection, so I cut sheets of transparencies the same size as the matboards.  On the front one I stamped a wine background stamp from Just For Fun stamps twice to cover the transparency using StazOn black ink.  The back transparency was left plain.

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(c) Nancy Roth

The inside pages were stamped and printed on white Astroparche text weight paper which gives them a bit of an antique feel.  The front page was hand stamped with stamps, again, from Just For Fun stamps and the inside pages were set up in MS Word and then trimmed down to size.  There are 50 pages back and front for the wine information.  Once I punched and bound all of the pages using the Bind-It-All, I finished off the front cover with a “wine” colored grosgrain ribbon and a brass grape pod charm.

Experiment with some things you have and see what you can come up with.  You can even use ribbons or loose leaf rings to put your books together.  And the next time you are looking for a great gift for a friend or hostess, add your creation to the bottle of wine and they are sure to remember the times you have shared over a newfound taste.  By the way, the idea for this great project came from our wonderful daughter who loves trying new wines, but wanted a way to keep track of them.

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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.

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(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.

 

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(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.