Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


Happiness is Contagious Card


Really, can you not giggle when you see a dachshund running with ears flying?

Have a great day!

Supplies: Stamps – Lawn Fawn, Simon Says Stamp, paper – Neenah Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Chocolate Chip, Painted Blooms DSP, Taylored Expressions Build A Scene, inks – Copic E23, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Lawn Fawn, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, twine – We R Memory Keepers.


Masking the Large Russian Stacking Doll

masked-stacking-doll-finished(click on any photo to enlarge!)

Last week, I posted a Stacking Dolls Card, and lamented within the post that the big doll had lines on her apron. And how I wanted to cut the lines out of the stamp, because how could I ever mask the lines off of that apron?

Yes, I bailed out. I assumed that I would not be successful masking the lines of the largest Russian Doll stamp, so I never even tried.

Encouraged by Cobs from The Cobweborium Emporium and Gillian from PaperPuff, I set out to mask the lines.

Step one – stamp on a Post It note:


I stamped both ways, not sure if it would be better to have the sticky part under the top of the apron or the bottom. (sticky under bottom of apron worked better)

Step 2 – cut the masks


Step 3 – place the mask on the stamp


Step 4 – ink the stamp


Step 5 – remove the mask before stamping.

Alternately, I tried using washi tape as well.

Step 3 – Mask with washi tape


Step 4 – ink the stamp


Step 5 – remove the washi tape before stamping.

If you look closely at the stamped dolls at the top, you can see I went 1 for 3 for “perfect” image. The one on the left, I must have inked the post it note too heavily, and the ink bled through the paper and the lines stamped anyway. The red one has a tiny little blank spot around the apron from a tiny piece of trimmed washi tape hiding on the stamp surface.

Thanks to Cobs & Gillian for the push to JUST DO IT!

Supplies: Stamp – Hero Arts, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, Satin Red, washi – Recollections.


Beautiful Sunflower Card

sunflower goethe quote

We have had several days of drop dead GORGEOUS September weather – a little warm, but clear blue sky, abundant sunshine.

I saw this sunflower image in my scrap heap, and realized it needed to be in a patch of blue sky. And I dug out this Goethe quote from an old Stampin’ Up! set.

Here is the sky, from my deck, as I am writing this post on September 8th, 2015.

sept 8 2015 sunshine blue sky

Supplies: Stamps – My Favorite Things, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Pear Pizzazz, inks – Stampin’ Up! Crumb Cake, Summer Sun (retired), Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Tumbled Glass, VersaFine Onyx Black, embossing folder – Provo Craft, die – Taylored Expresssions, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


A New Friend!

sunflower cupcake

Early in July, Offspring3 was pet sitting for a neighbor. The family asked me to pick up their Community Farm Share for that week (Offspring3 not licensed yet). We stopped on the way to Offspring3’s job on a Thursday afternoon, and met the nicest couple working the pickup booth. They had pretzel bread from a local bakery, and I commented that it looked sad (it was in plastic, so the condensation melted the salt). I told them I had a great recipe, and the woman asked me to share.

So, the next Thursday rolled around, and I made Brezen Semmel, printed the recipe, and we stopped by the pickup booth again with rolls and the printed recipe. I think the couple was a little surprised that I actually remembered my promise and followed through.

This past week, the lovely woman and I got together (not at the pickup booth!), and she surprised me with BEAUTIFUL AND DELICIOUS sunflower cupcakes! Holy Guacamole!


sunflower cupcake top


I cannot tell a lie…they are all gone, and I won the consumption race.  😉

Turns out, my new friend makes cakes as a hobby. Check out her work!


Thanks so much, Kristen!

House Painting and Inspiration

finished closet

I finished painting the master bedroom closet yesterday, and I got the Closet Maid shelving back in last night. I plan to refill it today.

It has already been a busy morning here! I dropped Offspring3 off at a different high school to take the SAT. Filed corrections on the FAFSA forms for Offspring1 and Offspring2 (FAFSA is due by February 15, but I don’t normally get my taxes done that quickly, so I file corrections when I finish my taxes.)

paint chips and bhg inspire

I am hoping to find time for a card or two later today (have not made a card since Tuesday!)…my inspiration is the collection of paint chips Offspring3 collected while I was selecting paint at Lowe’s, and the cover of the latest issue of Better Homes & Gardens.

Happy Saturday!


Paint Chip Inspiration

paint chip inspiration 1 30 2014

This past Thursday, I volunteered in Offspring3’s high school guidance office all day (students coming through to visit counselors for next year’s course selection). I brought Offspring3 home, gulped a Diet Coke, and headed off to Lowe’s to buy 2 new snow shovels. We always have 2 snow shovels, but never buy them the same year…one will wear out, it will get replaced. This is the first time ever both shovels have crashed & burned at the same time. At this point, they are predicting snow for Monday. I need new shovels!

Snow shovels are currently stacked by the entrance of Lowe’s; I found the exact kind I wanted (Although, I would love to talk to a snow shovel manufacturer about tweaking the design just a tiny bit – for my small hands! And, maybe can we talk about some sort of mini heater in the handle, perhaps powered by a watch/button battery? Or a way to insert a skiing handwarmer into the tube/shaft? I lose the feeling in my fingertips.). Headed to the self checkout…and what did I pass???

The paint chip display. Oh, my!

I am tired of cold, tired of my dirty minivan (covered in weather related road chemicals…but too cold to wash it!), tired of gray. So, I picked only bright colors.

What colors do you gravitate towards in the paint chip aisle?

Thanks for stopping by!