Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


Quicky Note Cards

I do love note cards – the perfect snail mail surprise!

Really quick and easy to make with scrapbook paper.

Supplies:  Stamps – Hero Arts, Stampin’ Up!, paper – American Crafts Amy Tangerine (foliage), butterflies source unknown – I bought it at JoAnn’s, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Pop Tone Sour Apple, Stampin’ Up! Tempting Turquoise, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Simon Says Stamp (label strip), Spellbinders (circles), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


Adventure Bikes Card

I had one of my bike stamps out, working on a card for personal use…and this one had to play through first. I used a Gina K. Designs wreath builder template to stamp the bike in the corners.

Supplies:  Stamps – Hampton Arts, PinkFresh Studio, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Pop Tone Black Licorice, Stampin’ Up! Soft Sky, inks – VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaFine Clair Nocturne, die – Spellbinders, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


Positive Vibes Note Card

I was flipping through a pad of paper, looking for something quirky to use on a note card.

A field of plus signs! Pair it with a “positive” sentiment, and I’ve got a math geek joke.  😉

Supplies:  Stamp – Essentials by Ellen, paper – DCWV No Prob Llama, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Pure Poppy, Soft Sky, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, die – Lawn Fawn, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.


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Repurposed Lilly Pulitzer Paper Encouragement Cards

BLOG MILESTONE: 

This is post number 2,000.

I started blogging back in 2013 – it seems a lifetime ago.

Thanks for all of your comments and likes!

Back in 2016, I did a post titled Trash to Treasure – Lilly Pulitzer , about using a cut up advertisement as background paper.

I still have some of the wrapping paper and cut up advertisement, and I used it for some new encouragement cards. Aren’t these sentiments great??

I did two coats of the white embossing powder to get complete coverage.

 

Supplies:  Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, Simon Says Stamp, paper – Lilly Pulitzer, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Night of Navy, Pacific Point, inks – VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMark, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), My Favorite Things (pierced rectangles), embossing powders – Ranger Super Fine Detail white, Stampendous detail clear.


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Good Vibes Rainbow Card

I recently got a stamp set full of encouraging sentiments – we all could use some encouragement now.

Difficult to tell in the photo, but the background has lightly stenciled clouds.

Supplies:  Stamp – My Favorite Things, paper – Gmund Royal, PopTone Razzle Berry, Sour Apple, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Gorgeous Grape, Pumpkin Pie, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Tumbled Glass, VersaMark, dies – My Favorite Things (rainbow, pierced rectangle), embossing powder – Ranger Super Fine white.


Bookcase Card

Offspring3 and I have a thing for bookcases. And all the things that you contain in bookcases.

With news contributors ZOOMing from their living rooms or offices during the pandemic, we have seen some beautiful bookcases in the last year.

Here are some examples! No need to watch the videos, you can see the bookcases in the preview pane.

Michael Beschloss, presidential historian:

(He gets bonus points for that fireplace!)

Kacie Hunt from MSNBC:

(She gets bonus points for books arranged by COLOR!)

ANYWAY, I found a bookcase stamp that hits it all – from Brutus Monroe. It even has cats and cameras – very versatile.

The interior sentiment of this card is Sending you warm wishes & sunny smiles.  (I stamped one too many for New Year’s cards.)

Supplies: Stamp – Brutus Monroe, paper – Neenah Classis Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Bashful Blue (way, way retired), inks – Copic B21, C3, C7, E53, YG25, VersaMark Clair Nocturne, die – Lawn Fawn, embossing powder – Stampendous.


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Look on the Bright Side Rainbow Card

Offspring3 gave me a gift card for crafting goodies for Christmas, and the rainbow die and the sentiment were two of my picks.

Supplies:  Stamp – My Favorite Things, paper – Gmund Royal, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, PopTone Black Licorice, Razzle Berry, Sour Apple, Stampin’ Up! Daffodil Delight, Gorgeous Grape, Pumpkin Pie, ink – VersaMark, dies – My Favorite Things (rainbow), Simon Says Stamp (banner), embossing powder – Ranger Super Fine Detail white.


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Blue City Skyline Adventure Card

Offspring1 took a job opportunity on the other coast, and he and his girlfriend just moved recently.

Very proud of him, very happy for them, very excited for their new adventure.

The sentiment is not as wonky in person (I did redo the sentiment after the photo – it was better, still not perfect – tiny sentiment stamps are difficult!).

I also made a pastel version of this – just because my Copics were speaking to me after the first image was colored. Sentiment TBD because I couldn’t commit to blocking any of the pastel buildings!

Supplies:  Stamps – PinkFresh Studio, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Tempting Turquoise (retired), Curious Metallics Blueprint, inks – Copic (dark version) B24, B39, C1, C3, C5, C7, Y18, (pastel version) B00, BG01, BV00, G00, R20, VersaFine Onyx Black, die – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), Simon Says Stamp (banner), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


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Small Things Card

Hey there!

I finally spent a little time at my craft table again. It was nice to be stamping, coloring and ink blending.

I made a mask out of scrap paper and blended ink clouds within the oval. The hummingbird colors were from a Google image search – the wings of the hummingbird I chose were so translucent they appeared to be pale purple gray.

My final product is OK – it is not balanced, but I don’t have anything in my stash to add to the left.  (I would love to have a smaller hummingbird facing right to add there!) I should have added more blooms to the left – poor planning on my part. I added the turquoise organdy ribbon to help – and I think it does balance it a little more.

Life has been…interesting? That’s not right, but it’s the best I can come up with. Not busy – I have plenty of time and no focus. Stressful – some (parental health issues).

We did get away to the beach for a week. (Our vacation has been renting a single family home, spending time on a not crowded beach, and having carryout for dinner for years now – no big change.) I appreciated the time away, we had beautiful sunsets and entertaining seagulls. Biggest question:  why the heck was Dairy Queen “closed for the season” in early August???

 

 

 

Supplies:  Stamps – Newton’s Nook, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Bermuda Bay, inks – Copic B05, BG15, BV00, BV01, Y18, YG25, YR14, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Tumbled Glass, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), Newton’s Nook, Spellbinders (oval), stencil – My Favorite Things, ribbon – Offray, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


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.