Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


Christmas Around the World Quilted Gift Tags

I bought this paper on clearance, and now I am thinking that most of it is too dark. (and I don’t have any wrapping paper that it coordinates with – when has THAT ever stopped me??!).

ANYWAY, the tags are double sided. My photos don’t match because I forgot to take the photo of the back until after dinner (in the basement – not natural light!).  The paper is really white.

Supplies:  Stamps –, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Christmas Around the World DSP, Real Red, Stardream Metallics Gold, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – My Favorite Things (hole protector), Reverse Confetti (quilted tag), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, metallic cord – Paper Mart, twine – Offray


Two Layer Holiday Tags

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I invested in a new die set from My Favorite Things called Fold-Up Tags. What is unique with this set is that the top layer dies (3 with different bottom edge cuts) have a score line near the top that lets you fold back the top layer (neatly!) to see what is underneath after the top and bottom layers are glued together.

I used scraps from Crate Paper, Lawn Fawn, and…hmmm…that blue glitter snowflake paper…Recollections, maybe?

On the base layers I stamped “to: from”.

Supplies:  Stamps –, paper – Crate Paper FaLaLa, Lawn Fawn, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Recollections glitter (maybe!), Silver Mirror, Stampin’ Up! Bermuda Bay, Real Red, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – My Favorite Things, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear, metallic cord – Paper Mart, twine -Offray.

Holiday Tags 2018

I stumbled upon a stamp set of holiday tag greetings over the Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend. With the discount available, I had to do it!

Supplies: Stamps –, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Old Olive, Real Red, Wild Wasabi, inks – Gina K. Designs Jelly Bean Green, VersaFine Onyx Black, Satin Red, VersaMark, dies – My Favorite Things (rectangular tag), Taylored Expressions (curved top tag), hole punch – Fiskars, embossing powders – Ranger Silver Pearl, Stampendous Detail clear, gold, metallic cord – Paper Mart, twine – Offray.

Baby Deer Holiday Tag

I have not been very crafty in the last week. I made this quickly on Sunday morning to have something to put into a blog post.

Did you catch any exceptional Black Friday sales? I did some online shopping, and was satisfied to get the discounts I got. (I wonder if Cyber Monday discounts will be larger???)

Supplies:  Stamps – Hero Arts, Lawn Fawn, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Shine Pearl, Stampin’ Up! Pool Party, inks – Copic E21, E33, E53, VersaFine Clair Twilight, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Lawn Fawn (deer, stitched hillsides), Reverse Confetti (tag), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, navy grosgrain ribbon – Stampin’ Up! (retired).

Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2017 Challenge

It is December, so time to head on over to Ellen Hutson’s blog for the 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2017 Challenge!

I chose to create a tag based on the sketch from Day 8. Here is the sketch:


I was also inspired by the tag on Day 5 made by Eloise Blue – the critter and the ink blended background.

My vision – a night sky background, a fox sitting on a fallen tree with the moon rising behind. I counted my fallen tree and the sentiment as the vertical stripes.

For my background, I blended 3 Distress Inks – Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch, Chipped Sapphire on Bristol card stock. I heat set the colors, and then flicked on some sparkly white watercolor from the Kuretake Gansai Tambi set.

The fox was colored with Copic markers, and cut out first with the circle die. Then, I partially die cut the fox, to allow the fallen tree to be put underneath the tail.

I added a sentiment and fussed with the ribbon for an hour.

Thanks to Ellen Hutson for having this challenge again this year – the grand prize to a random winner is $150 gift certificate to the store! (Oh, great Random Number Generator in the sky, PLEASE generate my number!)

Supplies: Stamps – Hero Arts, Lawn Fawn, Papertrey Ink, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Close to Cocoa (retired), Strathmore Bristol, inks – Copic E11, E19, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Blueprint Sketch, Chipped Sapphire, Salty Ocean, VersaFine Onyx Black, Vintage Sepia, dies – Lawn Fawn (fox), Spellbinders (circle), double hole punch – Stampin’ Up!, watercolor – Kuretake Gansai Tambi, embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Ranger Silver Pearl, organdy/satin ribbon – ClearBags.


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.