Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink

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Blended Floral Thinking of You Card

Hey, there.

Struggling with what to post – hard to think that any of this blog matters when the United States is struggling with chaos.

So, thinking of you is appropriate – I am THINKING about a lot of things. The country, the closest cities, my neighborhood. White privilege, empathy, compassion, equality, justice. And, of course, throw in some worry about elderly family members.

I blended ink over a daisy stencil, and added a new sentiment.

Hope you are well, and handling all the THINKING in your life.

Supplies:  Stamp – Essentials by Ellen, paper – Strathmore Bristol, Stampin’ Up! Sahara Sand, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Shabby Shutters, Spun Sugar, Squeezed Lemonade, VersaFine Vintage Sepia, stencil – Simon Says Stamp, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.



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Butterfly Wreath Spread Kindness Card

Can you believe I spent a little time at the craft table?

I have made a few small crafting purchases, trying to support the small businesses that I love. I finally purchased the butterfly wreath set from Reverse Confetti.

I colored it with Copics, and used one of my favorite summer color combinations – aqua, coral, yellow.

Go spread some kindness!

Supplies:  Stamps – Reverse Confetti, Simon Says Stamp, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Calypso Coral, inks – Copic BG01, R14, YG03, Y06, VersaFine Onyx Black, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.

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Another Week in Lockdown Has Passed

(neighbor’s flowering shrub)

The surreal continues.

Some of our state restrictions have been eased, and the only eased thing we participated in was getting haircuts (me & hubby). Don’t hate me…mine was pure luck – in mid March, I went online (to my stylist’s site) and rescheduled my early April appointment to randomly be May 19th. I did feel a little guilty being almost first when my stylist opened back up. BUT, I achieved my goal of letting my hair grow out to its natural color (all the box hair color has officially been cut off – it took 2 years). And I am going to say this out loud – getting a haircut with a mask on is itchy!

I purchased and planted flowers for my Mom this week. She was very happy about having the colorful pots on her porch and patio. My Dad has figured out he can order from his favorite restaurant and do curbside pickup without running afoul of MY RULES.  😉

On the down side, the in-laws are failing badly. We currently have in home care for them (some since March 2019, almost 24 hour coverage since August 2019), and we are again talking about other options.

And, to acknowledge the elephant in the corner of the room:  I have done ZERO crafting this week. Sigh. Mojo is nowhere to be found.


Bright Beautiful Day Card

I used this design for a Mother’s Day card. On cards like this, with lots of stamped images, I stamp an extra one along the way (knowing something inkily catastrophic may happen at the crafting table!). This time, nothing went wrong. I trimmed this one down and added an encouraging sentiment.

This has been a long week! Parenting the parents has been a little frustrating – I can laugh about it 10 minutes later, but that first 10 minutes is just HARD.

Supplies:  Stamps – Hero Arts, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Gorgeous Grape, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Oxide Abandoned Coral, Peacock Feathers, Squeezed Lemonade, Wilted Violet, VersaFine Onyx Black, sequins – Pretty Pink Posh, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.

Floral Fringe Square Mother’s Day Card

The last of the Mother’s Day cards – this one was for my Mom.

The challenge was finding a sentiment to fit in the middle – I didn’t want to cover any of the flowers!

Supplies:  Stamps – Hero Arts, Newton’s Nook, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Pop Tone Sour Apple, Stampin’ Up! Poppy Parade, inks – Copic E29, E37, G46, R24, R29, V04, Y17, YG25, YG95, YR04, YR14, YR68, VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMark, embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Stampin’ Up! Sterling Silver.


Happy Mother’s Day 2020

(click on any photo to enlarge)

Here are the cards I created for my friends. The sentiment inside is Happy Mother’s Day.

Taking the photo for today, I thought, what if I get the table base into the photo? I love this table! Yeah, table base looks great, but the cards totally washed out!

The story behind the table – it was in my paternal grandmother’s house for all of my memory. She remarried when I was 2 or 3, and it belonged to her second husband (who was my grandfather not by blood but by love!). Asked about it years later, he told me his father worked at the docks in Baltimore, and, similar to the Boston Tea Party, some ships would ditch some products into the harbor waters to avoid taxes. A ship from Africa dumped some cargo, my great grandfather ended up with this hand carved table. It was originally covered with ebony paint, my grandfather had it stripped and stained.

Supplies:  Stamps – Newton’s Nook, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Highland Heather, Melon Mambo, Rose Red, So Saffron, inks – Copic BV08, C1, E15, E23, G46, R21, R81, R85, RV13, RV14, V04, V09, V17, Y18, Y21, Y28, Y35, YR04, YR09, YR68, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangles), Spellbinders (circles), embossing folder – Provo Craft, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


Watercolored Daisies Mother’s Day Card

Back in March, I purchased a set of Dr. Ph. Martin’s Hydrus liquid watercolors (half price sale).

I have finally gotten around to trying them. They are very concentrated, I only used a few drops of each color. Next time, I will try a bolder palette.

Supplies:  Stamps – Hero Arts, Newton’s Nook, paper – Arches watercolor, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Wild Wasabi, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Spellbinders, watercolors – Dr. Ph. Martin’s Hydrus set 1, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.