Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


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Red White and Blue Striped Congratulations Card

Finishing up the congrats/graduation collection for a friend.

I am really loving the white Ranger Super Fine Detail Embossing powder!

Supplies:  Stamp – Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Marina Mist (retired), Night of Navy, Real Red, ink – Hero Arts Unicorn, dies – Simon Says Stamp (banner), Taylored Expressions (diagonal striped panel), embossing powder – Ranger Super Fine Detail white.


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White Black and Silver Graduation Note Card

 

Graduation note card. For that “oh, snap! I forgot to buy a graduation card!” moment.

Supplies:  Stamp – Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Stardream Metallics Silver ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), Taylored Expressions (cap), embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.


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YAY! Gold Stars Card

A fun way to celebrate ANYTHING.

I was inspired to dig through my stash for the “Yay!” stamp by a card in this collection by Ardth, posted on the Ellen Hutson blog.

Supplies:  Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, Simon Says Stamp, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, die – My Favorite Things, stars – Pretty Pink Posh, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.


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Citron and Infra Violet Thank You Note Card

This one was for personal use – I needed to write a thank you note to a photographer.

Supplies:  Stamps – Hampton Arts, Hero Arts, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Pop Tone Sour Apple, Pop Set Infra Violet, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), Spellbinders (circles), embossing folder – Provo Craft, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.


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You’re A Lifesaver Paint Chip Note Card

I had an extra paint chip on my craft table after that last Father’s Day card. Sometimes I just have to paint chip!

Supplies: Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, paper – Home Depot Paint Chip, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Real Red, inks – Copic R29, VersaFine Onyx Black, die – Essentials by Ellen (life ring), Simon Says Stamp (sentiment strip), embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.


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Blended Ink Background Congratulations Card

I am working on a small card assortment for a friend.

I finally bought a super fine white embossing powder to try (Ranger) – OH MY. The smooth result of the embossing makes me happy.

Supplies:  Stamp – Papertrey Ink, paper – Gmund Royal, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Pop Tone Sour Apple, ink – Hero Arts Unicorn, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Twisted Citron, die – Simon Says Stamp, stencil – Heidi Swapp, sequins – Pretty Pink Posh, embossing powder – Ranger Super Fine Detail white.


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Irish Scones – Third Try

I am back with my third try at scones. This week, I really just tweaked the recipe from last week – changes are indicated in blue. I did not knead the dough this time, just pressed it out to the thickness I wanted.

Traditional Irish Scones

  • 2 1/2 cups flour (cake flour)
  • 10 tablespoons cold butter (1 1/4 sticks)
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup sugar plus 1 teaspoon
  • 1 egg
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • For egg wash:
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream

Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl, cut in butter with a pastry blender. Add egg, buttermilk and heavy cream, and combine until dough forms.  On a  floured surface, pat out into rectangle that is 1/2 inch tall. Cut with biscuit cutter, place on parchment lined baking sheet. Brush tops of unbaked scones with egg wash. Bake 15 to 20 minutes.  (Mine took 19 minutes. FYI:  I used a 2.5 inch biscuit cutter for this recipe.)

The verdict:  PERFECT!! The right flavor, the right texture, the right crust.

Shout out to my family for being the quality control team – they liked all 3 versions. Offspring3 did agree that version 3 was what we had in Killarney, Ireland.