Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


Butterflies and Sequins Birthday Card

butterfly and sequin birthday

I partially stenciled a piece of cardstock, added punched butterflies, sequins and an embossed sentiment. I love that it feels “light”. Minimal, but still pretty.

I was inspired by a card that Kay Miller made for the Taylored Expressions blog earlier in July. The post is “This’ll Make You Smile”.

The lightbulb moment of “you don’t have to stencil all the way to the edge”!

Supplies: Stamp – Clearly Besotted, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine Tango, Tempting Turquoise, ink – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Tumbled Glass, VersaMark, stencil – Heidi Swapp, die – Spellbinders, butterfly punch – Martha Stewart, sequins – Doodlebug Designs, embossing powder – Ranger Silver Pearl, organdy ribbon – JoAnn’s.


Floral Happy Card – Essentials by Ellen July 2015 Pin-Sights Challenge

e by e july 2015 pinsights happy

The Essentials by Ellen July 2015 Pin-Sights Challenge is all about the red, white & blue!

Again, I am using the Bold Blooms stamp set and coordinating dies (Bold Blooms and Bold Blossoms).

(Pssst, if the Prize Fairy is listening, could you please let me win this random challenge so that I can purchase more Essentials by Ellen stamps???!! PLEASE??!)

This time, I was successful in masking the “oh happy day” stamp with painter’s tape so I only stamped the word “happy”.

Here is the inspiration board for the challenge:

e by e july 2015 pinsights challenge

Supplies: Stamp – Essentials by Ellen, paper – Gmund Royal, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Night of Navy, Real Red, ink – VersaMark, dies – Essentials by Ellen, embossing powder – Stampin’ Up! Sterling Silver, silver cord – PaperMart.


Butterfly Tag Birthday Card – Tag You’re It! Challenge #26

tyic26 butterfly tag

I can’t pass up a challenge with a butterfly tag for inspiration, can I? And I apologize for the angled shots in this post – the only way I could get the blue foil to show was to shoot a bit from the side.

The current Tag You’re It! Challenge (#26) has this cute tag for inspiration:


I used my laminator to foil a bit of Heidi Swapp MINC sheet and die cut a butterfly from the foiled piece. The butterfly tag is stamped, the dotted tag is DSP.

And, I made it into a card.

tyic26 butterfly birthday card v2

Supplies: Stamps – Papertrey Ink, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Heidi Swapp MINC sheet, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up!  Basic Black, Melon Mambo, Painted Blooms DSP, inks – Stampin’ Up! Pacific Point, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Impression Obsession (butterfly), Lawn Fawn (tag, protector), Taylored Expressions (banner), foil – ThermOWeb Ocean Blue, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, twine – Lawn Fawn.


Peaceful Butterflies Card – Papertrey Ink July 2015 Blog Hop Challenge

pti july 2015 blog hop peace within

Time for the Papertrey Ink July 2015 Blog Hop Challenge!

Here is the inspiration:

pti july 2015 blog hop challenge

I was inspired by the colors, and decided to make a one layer card using a small butterfly stamp.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies: Stamps – Papertrey Ink, paper – Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream, inks – Stampin’ Up! Pale Plum (retired), Perfect Plum, Pool Party, VersaFine Vintage Sepia, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, grosgrain ribbon – Stampin’ Up! (retired).


Sunflower Shower Card

sunflower shower

Remember the sunflower project I was working on? My mother is attending a bridal shower for the lover of sunflowers, and this is what I came up with for a shower card.

I created a cute little scene, with heart shaped raindrops in translucent embossing paste falling on a smiling sunflower.

Here is a close up of the raindrops:

sunflower shower close up

Supplies: Stamps – JustRite, Taylored Expressions, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Pear Pizzazz, Pumpkin Pie, inks – Copic E53, R29, YG25, YR04, Y18, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Tumbled Glass, VersaFine Vintage Sepia, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched hill), Memory Box (clouds), stencil – Simon Says Stamp, embossing paste – Dreamweaver/Wendy Vecchi translucent, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


You Made My Day Note Card

bright you made my day note

I am participating in an informal book club that is called the Better Yourself Book Club. We read personal development books and get together once a month.

Reading about personal development, I have learned that gratitude plays a big part. I probably knew that already on some level…but I don’t always remember to actively practice.

I read “The Happiness Advantage” by Shawn Achor separate from the book club in June. I had stumbled upon Shawn Achor’s TEDTalk on YouTube one Saturday morning, and I just thought I would really enjoy his book. And I did. In addition to gratitude, he believes we need to show appreciation to people in our lives (he suggests a daily e-mail to someone praising them for something they have done (directly or indirectly) that has helped you).

I love e-mail like the next girl, but I am also a paper card chick. I made a bunch of these note cards (using random scraps of paper, all with the same sentiment) and took them to my most recent book club meeting and gave them away to the other book club attendees. The women of the book club have made MY day at every meeting. And they would be able to tell someone else the same thing with the note card.

And this note card is going into the mail this morning.

Supplies: Stamp – Stampin’ Up!, paper – background paper – source unknown, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Orchid Opulence (retired), ink – VersaMark, die – Spellbinders, embossing powder – Stampin’ Up! Sterling Silver, ribbon – JoAnn’s.

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Life is just busy…

7 1 2015 sunset

Hey, just wanted to check in – I am fine, no worries!

I am really busy with family responsibilities for the next few weeks. Hopefully, I will find time to create & post a new card SOON.

Some of the highlights have been:

— College orientation with Offspring3

— A night in the ER with my parents (healing is going well!)

— Used car shopping for Offspring1

— Finished reading The Fire Starter Sessions by Danielle LaPorte

— Read Full House by Maeve Binchy (short – 117 pages)

I hope you are finding time to craft!



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