Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


Quick Christmas Card and Matching Gift Tag

You know I love numbers, right? When I saw this sheet in the Crate Paper FALALA pad, I couldn’t wait to put it to use.

Supplies: Stamp – A Muse Artstamps, paper – Crate Paper FALALA, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Sage Shadow (retired), Stardream Metallic Silver, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Stampin’ Up! (small banner), Taylored Expressions (large banner, tag), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, metallic cord – Paper Mart.



Another Gift Tag Collection

More gift tags. The largest grouping is made from the Recollections Red & White Christmas paper pad.

How are your Christmas (or holiday) tasks coming along?

I am about at the “hyperventilate” stage – not sure if it is all going to get done. It will, but I hit this stage every year.

Supplies: Stamps – A Muse Artstamps, My Favorite Things, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Carta Bella Bundled Up, Lawn Fawn Snow Day, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Poptone Sour Apple, Recollections Red & White Christmas, Stampin’ Up! Bashful Blue (retired), Coastal Cabana (retired), Marina Mist, Old Olive, Pool Party, inks – Copic R29, YG000, YG25, VersaFine Deep Lagoon, Satin Red, VersaMark, dies – Lawn Fawn (tags), Reverse Confetti (holly), Spellbinders (circles, ovals), Stampin’ Up! (ornament), Taylored Expressions (curvy top tag), sequins – Lawn Fawn, embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Ranger Silver Pearl, Stampin’ Up! Red (retired), Sterling Silver, metallic cord – PaperMart.


Paint Chip Gift Tags


Oh, come on, you had to see this one coming from a mile away!

I used paint chips, sample paper, and dies.

I order envelopes and paper from a company called Paper-Papers. With every order, you get a random sample pack of scraps. I LOVE THIS! Would I really order a pack of 25 sheets of all of the colors? No. But the scraps are great for accents and projects like this. Paper-Papers even puts a label listing the contents on the sample pack, so you know what you are using.


Supplies: Paper – Home Depot, Lowe’s Paint Chips, Stampin’ Up! Brushed Silver, Malmero Perle White, Stardream Metallics Azalea, Dolomite, Emerald, Juniper, dies – Impression Obsession (snowflakes on large paint chips), My Favorite Things (snowflakes on small aqua paint chips), Reverse Confetti (holly & berries), Stampin’ Up! (ornament/hanger), The Cat’s Pajamas (largest snowflake), cord – Offray, metallic cord – PaperMart.



Metallic and White Feminine Tag – Ellen Hutson 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2016 Challenge


This tag is for the Ellen Hutson 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2016 Challenge. (that is a mouthful!) It is a BIG challenge, and I love it.

My tag was inspired by the Day 9 tags by Sharon Harnist and Jean Manis – Sharon challenged me to use frosty white with silver or gold metallics.

Me, being the overachiever that I am, used silver and gold, and a shimmery white that has a touch of gold. And pearls.

The back of the tag is gold, with silver embossing.


(Look at how much the light changed in my family room in an hour!)

The challenge runs through December 17, 2016. AND, there is going to be a random drawing from all of the qualifying entries for $150 gift certificate to the Ellen Hutson store. Have you posted an entry yet??

Supplies: Stamp – Essentials by Ellen, paper – Curious Ice Gold, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stardreams Gold (back of tag), Silver, ink – VersaMark, dies – Impression Obsession (snowflakes), Lawn Fawn (stitched hillside), Taylored Expressions (tag), Swarovski pearls, embossing powder – Stampendous! Gold Detail, gold cord – Stampin’ Up! (retired), organdy/satin ribbon – PaperMart.


Trash to Treasure Gift Tag


This bright garland arrived here in a Victoria’s Secret mailing. I cut one section off, backed it with white (and “to/from”), and cut around the snowflake.

Doesn’t it make a great tag?

The Christmas tree got put up and decorated over the weekend (check that off the list!). This week, I need to make a new Christmas stocking and work on the annual wall calendar. And finish shopping. Next week will be baking & wrapping.

Have you received any holiday cards in the mail? We get fewer every year. We have received one card so far (from the Heating & Air Conditioning company!).

Supplies: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White (you can’t see this!), Victoria’s Secret paper garland, metallic cord – PaperMart.


A Few Scrap Tags! (2016 version)


My HOLIDAY TO DO LIST was overwhelming me the other day. So, I said “I will make a few gift tags!” Things that are actually on the list, but more ART THERAPY than work!



Supplies: Stamps – Hero Arts, paper – Carta Bella, Lawn Fawn, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, paint chip (source unknown), ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, embossing powder – Stampin’ Up! Sterling Silver, dies – Lawn Fawn (tag), Papertrey Ink (bookmark), Reverse Confetti (squat tag, holly), 1/4 inch circle punch – Stampin’ Up!, twine – Offray, metallic cord – Paper Mart.


Quick Holiday Card and Gift Tags


I used the Recollections “Red & White Christmas” 12 x 12 pad again – this time to make a card and some gift tags. The red foil is so hard to capture in a photo!


The 12 x 12 pad has several pages that are designed as 6 x 6 squares. I used 2 of the 6 x 6 squares to make all of these items (and another tag exactly like the bottom photo).

Supplies: Stamps – Hero Arts,  paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Recollections Red & White Christmas, Stampin’ Up! Basic Gray, Real Red, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, embossing powders – Ranger Silver Pearl, Stampin’ Up! Sterling Silver, twine – Offray, metallic cord – PaperMart.