Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink

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Goodbye, Sweet Baby

This card was a request – a family is mourning the loss of their 21 year old fur baby named Baby.

The sentiment was computer generated on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White card stock, and die cut.

Supplies:  Stamp – Simon Says Stamp, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Cherry Cobbler, Strathmore Bristol, inks – Copic E41, R0000, R20, Tim Holtz/Ranger Tumbled Glass, VersaFine Smoky Gray, ZIG Wink of Stella clear, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangles), Memory Box (clouds), Simon Says Stamp (cat), stencil – My Favorite Things, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.

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Blue and Purple Ink Blended Sympathy Cards

I was in the mood for ink blending, specifically blue and purple ink blending. I used Strathmore Bristol paper for really easy blending.

Supplies:  Stamps – Papertrey Ink, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Strathmore Bristol, inks – Hero Arts Unicorn, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass, Wilted Violet, VersaFine Smoky Gray, stencil – Neat & Tangled, dies – My Favorite Things, Simon Says Stamp, embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder white, Ranger Silver Pearl.

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A Few Photos from the Ireland Trip

Here are a few more photos from Ireland last month!

Remember, you can click on any photo to enlarge (a new window pops up).

Trinity College

We had a quick tour of Trinity College, got to see The Book of Kells, and the Long Room in the Trinity College Library (which was FABULOUS to me, the library geek!).


This is a chapel at Glendalough, which is a monastic site from the 6th century, started by St. Kevin. The misty day was perfect to wander through the ruins.

New Ross

The Emigrant Flame at New Ross was lit from The Eternal Flame at John F. Kennedy’s grave in Arlington National Cemetery.  The Kennedy family was from New Ross.


We enjoyed a guided walking tour in Waterford, and learned about the Viking influence in Ireland.


Cobh was the last port of call of the Titanic. The ship was too large for the harbor, 123 passengers were rowed out to the ship.

St. Mary’s Cathedral

We saw this cathedral from the bus on Thursday morning, and walked through Killarney to find it Thursday evening.

St. Mary’s Cathedral

Titanic Belfast, through the Harland & Wolff slip where Titanic was built

The oddly shaped building is Titanic Belfast, a museum experience about the building of the Titanic and the tragic journey. It sits next to the very spot of the Harland & Wolff shipyard where the Titanic was built. The poles were used as support during the building process.

I will move some of my phone photos over from my laptop (I alternated between phone and camera) and post those soon.


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Flying Daschund Happiness Card

For this card, I masked the background and blended Distress ink within the open circle. The dog was embossed, colored, fussy cut, and edges colored with black.

Supplies:  Stamps – Lawn Fawn, Simon Says Stamp, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Night of Navy, inks – Copic 100, E15, E23, Multiliner (0.3, black), Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Tumbled Glass, VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaFine Clair Twilight, die – Spellbinders (circle), embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear, twine – Stampin’ Up! Island Indigo.


Llama-Rific Layered Paper Card

I scrambled on Sunday morning, coming up with a quick card to post on Monday.

I was inspired by Jenny at gingerninjacrafts on Friday. Jenny posted D is for Distressed , and her card had a layered paper background.

Her layers were ripped, to create ocean waves.  Mine are die cut.

Thanks, Jenny, for the inspiration!

Supplies:  Stamp – Technique Tuesday, paper – DCWV No Prob Llama, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Soft Sky (retired), ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillsides, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.


Aqua and Teal Gerbera Daisy Mother’s Day Card

Happy Mother’s Day!

I made this for a dear friend, the colors are a throw back to the colors in her home office when she lived across the cul-de-sac.

Supplies:  Stamps – Clearly Besotted, Essentials by Ellen, paper – Curious Metallic Gold Leaf, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Bermuda Bay, inks – Copic BG10, BG13, BG15, BG23, E15, E23, VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMark, embossing powders – Ranger Liquid Platinum, Stampendous Detail clear.


Watercolored Distress Oxide Encouragement Note Card

Another try at watercoloring with Distress Oxide inks. This time I stamped the image using 2 colors of ink (so they blend in the middle). And I was more careful with the water I applied to the flowers, most of the detail lines were preserved. There is a light splattering of sparkle (Wink of Stella) that is not visible in the photo.

Supplies:  Stamps – Avery Elle, Simon Says Stamp, paper – Canson watercolor, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, inks – Hero Arts Unicorn, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Oxide inks Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean, ZIG Wink of Stella clear, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder white.