Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


Lilly Pulitzer Square Hello Card

I’ve been struggling with my creative mojo for some time now. Just part of life, my mind is working overtime on things to fret about.

On Monday, I decided to do a purge on my card basket. I pulled out 40 cards. Went through them repeatedly…are these worthy of giving away? (or should I just trash them??) Yes, they were fine to give away. I texted a neighbor and asked if she would like some free greeting cards (knowing she works with people who like my cards – she could spread the windfall around if she wanted). By 2:00pm, the cards were out of my house.

I felt relieved. Lighter.

And with that, the mojo flowed.

I found a scrap of hoarded Lilly Pulitzer advertisement in my stash, and this card made itself.

And here is what I am listening to as I type.  #LesMiserables


Supplies:  Paper – Lilly Pulitzer mailer, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, die – Essentials by Ellen.


Gym Pansy Note Card

Sometimes the ideas just have to play through, and I have to execute the silly inside joke to just get it out of my creative way.

My husband and I are both lucky enough to have rather healthy parents, all 4 of them are in their 80’s. Hearing skills, not so much.

On a recent visit, one of the oldsters was describing a sound as something from a CHIMPANZEE. The other oldster in the room processed the word as GYM PANSY. And just couldn’t quite make the connection to the actual word.

I thought I would pee my pants laughing when the story was relayed to me.

All I could see was a chimpanzee in a Halloween type costume (think Elizabethan collar purple pansy) at our gym.

This is what happened.  Offspring3 will appreciate it.

I do remember my mother planting pansies at our house in Connecticut (we lived there for almost 8 years – I was 3 – 10 years old). I remember weeding the flower beds. I don’t remember her ever planting them at other houses we lived in. I will have to ask her if there was something special about the soil or climate that led to her choice. Or if it was just something my grandfather (he could grow anything!) suggested.

I promise to move on to something more helpful & relevant!  🙂

Supplies:  Stamps – Avery Elle, Lawn Fawn, Paper Salon, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Office Depot transparency, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Basic Gray, inks – Copic C3, G03, V04, V17, Gina K Designs Wild Lilac, VersaFine Onyx Black, Vintage Sepia, dies – Poppystamps (window), Provo Craft (alphabet), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.

Paint Chip and Butterfly Hello Card

I had the extra butterfly left from yesterday’s card, and I couldn’t just let it sit on the craft table!

This is a 4.25 inch square, and it fits into a regular A2 (4.25 x 5.5 inch) envelope.

Supplies:  Stamp – My Favorite Things, paper – Curious Metallic Blueprint, Home Depot paint chip, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Kaleidoscope DSP (retired),  ink – VersaMark, die – Hero Arts, embossing powder – Stampin’ Up! Sterling Silver.


Hello Pumpkin Spice Card

Another morning card! (note to self:  turn off the morning TV and craft!)

Confession:  I have never had a pumpkin spice latte.

Supplies: Stamps – Hero Arts, Right at Home, paper – Doodlebug Designs Boos & Brews, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Crumb Cake, Pumpkin Pie, inks – VersaFine Vintage Sepia, VersaMark, dies – Hero Arts (whipped cream, cup), My Favorite Things (stitched rounded rectangle), corner punch – Stampin’ Up!, embossing powders – Stampendous Detail clear, Stampin’ Up! Classy Copper.


Ombre Hawaiian Shirt Cards

I had this stamp set out for last week’s Hibiscus on Navy Card , and the ombre ink pad was on my work table. Hmmmm.

And here is a note card, because you know I stamp multiple images in case I mess up!

Supplies: Stamps – Hero Arts, Papertrey Ink, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Bermuda Bay, inks – Hero Arts Ombre Mermaid, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Spellbinders, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.