Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


Happy Anniversary Paint Chip Card

I gave this to my parents for their recent anniversary. 62 years – WOW!

Odd design, I know. I leaned back into the “Baltimore sports colors” idea again. I was deciding between this orange paint chip and a purple one. Then I noticed this:

The second color stripe from the top was named “Orioles”. As in Baltimore Orioles (baseball team, for anyone not into American sports). PERFECT!

My parents got married while my Dad was in the Air Force (stationed in New York, at the end of his stint). He got a weekend pass, came back home to Baltimore, they got married on Friday night, went to a Baltimore Orioles game on Saturday.

Supplies: Stamp – Rubber Stampede, paper – Home Depot paint chip, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Lovely Lilac (retired), ink – Hero Arts Unicorn, die – My Favorite Things, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder white.



Lighthouse Paint Chip Anniversary Card

I went to Lowe’s last week, in search of Stainless Steel appliance cleaner/polish. Of course I brought paint chips home with me. The paint chips sat on top of my paper cutter, next to the computer for a few days. Husband asks, “are you going to paint something?” Wife answers, “no, I use them in my crafting.” Husband grumbles, “you use them crafting???”

(I went looking back in my card photos – I started stamping in the fall of 2002, and I have been using paint chips since at least mid 2005. Granted, Husband does not see everything card or project I make.)

So, of course, I had to use a paint chip on the anniversary card for aforementioned Husband.

The paint chip is a LARGE one, 3.75 x 9 inches. I trimmed off 1/4 inch both ways to make it fit my T-A-L-L card (finished size 4 x 9.25 inches…it fits into a business size A10 envelope).

Supplies: Stamps – Avery Elle, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Lowe’s paint chip, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Papertrey Ink Kraft, Stampin’ Up! Real Red, Smoky Slate, inks – Copic Boo, R24, R29, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Avery Elle (lighthouse, seagulls), Memory Box (clouds), Simon Says Stamp (banner), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.

Striped Anniversary Card

Has anyone seen my mojo? Or my crafting time?

Both have seemed to disappear this week.

So…a quick card for today. I love this the way it is, but, depending on who I send it to, I may add some flowers or foliage to the corners of the sentiment banner.

Have a nice weekend!

Supplies:  Stamp – Rubber Stampede, paper – American Crafts Amy Tangerine Better Together, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Crumb Cake, ink – VersaMark, die – Lawn Fawn, embossing powder – Sterling Silver.

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Painted Blooms Anniversary Card

I had to hustle to make an anniversary card for the in-laws, and my mojo was GONE. I searched my paper collection and found this piece from Stampin’ Up! Painted Blooms. (Hubby even asked if I hand painted the card, so my efforts worked. I answered honestly…”not my work…very pretty paper”.  😉 )

Supplies: Stamp – Rubber Stampede, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Daffodil DelightPacific Point, Painted Blooms DSP (retired), ink – VersaMark, dies – My Favorite Things, butterfly punch – Martha Stewart, embossing powder – Ranger Liquid Platinum.


Bride and Groom Congratulations Card


If I haven’t mentioned it, I am working on wedding and anniversary cards.

Supplies: Stamps – A Muse Artstamps, Papertrey Ink, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Soft Sky, inks – Copic B0000, B00, E11, VersaFine Onyx Black, die – Taylored Expressions, embossing folder – Provo Craft, embossing powder – Ranger clear, silver cord – Paper Mart.


Floral Anniversary Card – Lilly Pulitzer Inspired

I am still receiving Lilly Pulitzer marketing e-mails multiple times a week (I buy one planner (a gift) once a year). I do enjoy the inspiration the fabrics provide! This was not based on any specific Lilly fabric pattern, just on her signature bright style.

Supplies: Stamps – Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Green Galore (retired), inks – Stampin’ Up! Green Galore (retired), Lovely Lilac (retired), Orchid Opulence (retired), VersaMark, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), Taylored Expressions (banner), embossing Powder Ranger Liquid Platinum, organdy ribbon – Offray.


Lattice Medallion Background Anniversary Card

I’m really not sure what to call this background! Is it a lattice pattern? A medallion pattern? (There is no design name on the stencil packaging…I have looked!)

ANYWHO…I blended inks over the stencil, added a few pieces of foliage and a sentiment.

Supplies: Stamp – Rubber Stampede, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Pacific Point, Pear Pizzazz, ink – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass, VersaFine Smokey Gray, dies – My Favorite Things (pierced rectangle), Stampin’ Up! (foliage), stencil – Heidi Swapp, embossing powder – Ranger Silver Pearl.