I've been hanging onto these vintage toy papers from Carta Bella for awhile and finally had the perfect opportunity to bust into them - two kid birthdays! These papers definitely bring up feelings of nostalgia for all of these classic toys...monkeys in a barrel, wind-up toys, toy soldiers, viewmasters, spinning tops, wooden blocks, and more! It does make me wonder...will our children feel the same way about their toys? Or are we so overrun with crazy amounts of toys that we do not build the same connections to them? Do toys nowadays stand up as long as toys used to last?

To put together these cards I decided to use the classic sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches. They are celebrating their 400th sketch by doing some throwbacks and this week it's back to sketch 200, which I just so happen to have played along with 4 years ago! I added my original card at the bottom of this post. For these cards, I paired a few papers together for each card, die cut the corresponding birthday number along with a happy birthday line border, and used some antique linen distress ink around the edges to add to the retro feel.

Paper - ToyBox (Carta Bella); Gold Foil (CTMH); Kraft (Lawn Fawn)
Ink - Antique Linen distress ink (Tim Holtz)
Dies - Happy Birthday Line Border (Lawn Fawn); Block Numbers (CTMH)

Here is my original card created with this sketch 4 years ago on August 21, 2015:

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  1. Great papers! Perfect reason to pull them out :o)

  2. Super-cute cards and such adorable papers! Thanks so much for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches.


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