Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink

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Grumpling Bad Mood Card

You know I love puns. Couldn’t pass up the Grumpling (Taylored Expressions) cow standing in a field of green complaining.

Supplies: Stamps – Lawn Fawn, Taylored Expressions, paper – Gmund Royal, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Sage Shadow (retired – way way retired!), inks – Copic E23, E33, E41, T5, Stampin’ Up! Always Artichoke, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Simon Says Stamp (banner), Taylored Expressions (grumpling), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


Pink and Coral Baby Card

Wishing you all a belated Happy New Year!

I made time to visit my craft table and try to find some missing MOJO over the weekend. This card has been in pieces in my cabinet for at least 3 months (the baby wasn’t colored, nothing was assembled). Boy, do I feel rusty!

Let’s see, what else is going on?

Mid January, and I am tired of winter (mid-Atlantic up & down winter). I do love snow, but only if I have nowhere to drive until the roads are clear.

I am avoiding the gym right now – too many germs.

Adjusting to hearing aids. “WHAT???” I knew that I was missing things, didn’t know I was missing enough for hearing aids. The ones I have are comfortable – didn’t expect that (have watched my mother struggle with comfort in hearing aids for over 20 years). I have noticed if I am watching TV alone that I can reduce the volume. I am struggling with background noise and anything I have coming via Bluetooth from my phone (too loud and not easily adjustable). I miss having room behind my ears to tuck my hair. I am a work in progress.

I hope your January is going well!

Supplies: Stamp – Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Pixie Pink (retired), inks – Copic E21, RV13, Y18, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Oxide Ink Abandoned Coral, Picked Raspberry, VersaFine Onyx Black, stencil – Simon Says Stamp, dies – Spellbinders, sequins – Pretty Pink Posh, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.

Christmas Elves Card

I got up at 5:00 am on Wednesday to finish assembling my cards. A few (to the farthest away friends/family) went in the mail on Wednesday. Hoping to plow through the rest early Thursday morning.

Finished baking cookies late Wednesday afternoon. Just a batch of brownies to finish up.

Cleaning and cooking prep on Thursday.

My family will visit for afternoon savory snacks & cookies on Christmas Eve. We will visit the in-laws on Christmas Day.

SO…I wish you Happy Holidays, and may 2022 bring us all some cheer!

Supplies: Stamps – Simon Says Stamp, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Real Red, inks – Copic BG01, C1, C3, C7, E33, E37, E51, G03, R21, R29, Y28, YG23, YR68, VersaFine Onyx Black, die – Lawn Fawn, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


Status Report – Christmas 2021

Thought I would stop by to let you know how my tasks are going.

Cookie baking has commenced. I am not quite halfway done, but good progress.

I have started my cards, coloring is in progress. Envelopes are addressed.

Calendars are updated and printed. (photo credit for cover photo: Offspring3)

And…drum roll…

I renewed the blog for another year. I realized as I was stamping my personalized stamp (which has my name and blog address) on the back of my Christmas cards that I actually have to have a plan for stopping. So, let’s consider 2022 the farewell tour of Paper and Ink Imaginings – as I figure out how to change to continue or how to exit.


Snowpeople Christmas Card

I mass produced this card over the weekend for my parents to mail.

As usual, I have sabotaged myself for the month of December – too many tasks, too few ideas, definitely not enough hours in the day before Christmas.


Christmas tree up & decorated? YES!

Christmas cards made? Parents – yes, mine – NOPE

Calendar edited & printed? NOPE & NOPE

Gift shopping done? Did I even start???

Baking? Starts Friday

Supplies: Stamps – Art Impressions, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Almost Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, inks – Copic B34, E33, E37, E57, G99, R39, R89, W1, W3, W7, Y26, Y35, YG95, YR68, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Spellbinders, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


Red Dahlia Birthday Card

I blended this dahlia a while ago, and got interrupted by life. I pulled it back out last week and turned it into a card for one of my cousins.

Time for me to start fretting about having nothing done for Christmas!

Supplies: Stamp – Papertrey Ink, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Pop-Tone Black Licorice, inks – Gina K Designs Cherry Red, Stampin’ Up! Pumpkin Pie, VersaMark, die – Lawn Fawn, stencil – Taylored Expressions, embossing powder – Stampendous.


Beach Dune Sympathy Card

A family we know experienced an unexpected, way too young loss around Thanksgiving. I find the beach calming, so this is what we sent to them.

Supplies: Stamps – Avery Elle, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Desert Storm, Strathmore Bristol, inks – Lawn Fawn Manatee, Stampin’ Up! Crumb Cake, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Antique Linen, Tumbled Glass, VersaMark, die – My Favorite Things, stencil – My Favorite Things (clouds), embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Stampin’ Up! Classic Copper.

More Sunflower Cards

I stamped a few different color sunflowers, and here is what I put together.

I can’t believe October is almost over!

Supplies: Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, My Favorite Things, Papertrey Ink, Taylored Expressions, paper – Doodlebug Designs Christmas Magic, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Desert Storm, Stampin’ Up! Chocolate Chip, Pool Party, inks – Hero Arts Unicorn, Gina K Designs Sea Glass, Lawn Fawn Sunflower, Stampin’ Up! Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Melon Mambo, VersaFine Vintage Sepia, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangles), Lifestyle Crafts (hexagons), My Favorite Things (pierced rectangles), Taylored Expressions (rounded tag), embossing folder – Provo Craft, sequins – Doodlebug Designs, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder, Stampin’ Up! Classy Copper.


Fabric Christmas Tree Stars

One of my cousins wanted help recreating a fabric Christmas tree topper. I found a pattern for a paper star (3D), and used it to create a fabric star (using Pellon #808 craft fusible interfacing). I made the star on the right to test the concept, and the star on the left to refine my assembly skills (hot glue gun – nothing else will set up quick enough on fabric). These fabrics are leftover scraps from my mask sewing.

We finished the actual project last week with her vintage fabrics. We added a conical holder (taken off an inexpensive tree topper) with some sturdy floral wire to the bottom of the star so it will sit atop her Christmas tree.