Paper and Ink Imaginings

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Smartypants Note Card

I cannot see this blue jean stamp and not think of middle school – and the students trying out different fashion trends.

Supplies:  Stamp – Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Pacific Point, Real Red, inks – Gina K. Designs Blue Raspberry, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Spellbinders, embossing folder – Provo Craft, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.


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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.


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Pinkest Flamingos Note Card

I was looking to do something NOT FLORAL.  (sorry, floral is my go to thing!)

I still managed to get some of my favorite pink on the card, even without the flowers.

On the home front, I have successfully taken all of Christmas down and packed it away for next year. I even took the time to replace burnt out bulbs on the tree (so it will be ready to go in December).

Supplies:  Stamps – Technique Tuesday, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Brushed Silver, Smoky Slate, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Antique Linen, Tumbled Glass, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Oxide Ink Picked Raspberry, dies – Spellbinders (ovals), Technique Tuesday (flamingo), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, organdy ribbon – ClearBags.


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Washi Encouragement Note Card

I stumbled upon a small pack of Pinkfresh Studio Felicity washi stickers (these were free with an order last year? Maybe Simon Says Stamp?) in my paper storage on Monday – a quick and easy encouragement note card was born.

And, if you have clicked to enlarge the photo and noticed the tiny strand of pink lint behind the washi tape (next to the sentiment), you will be happy to know that I spent 10 delicate minutes peeling back the tape and removing the strand. Alas, I was not motivated to take a new photo.  🙂

Supplies:  Paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Bermuda Bay, washi stickers – Pinkfresh Studio Felicity, sequins – Pretty Pink Posh.


LLama Note Card

Last of the Christmas cards for personal use.

If you need me, I’ll be napping for a few days!  😉

Supplies:  Stamp – Technique Tuesday, paper – Crate Paper (Good Vibes), Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Shine Pearl, Stampin’ Up! Real Red, inks – Copic E23, E37, E41, E57, G03, R20, R29, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched hillside – the side without the stitching!), Technique Tuesday (llama), embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.


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Sleigh Dog Note Card

I fell in love with this quilted tag die from Reverse Confetti. I really do have a lot of ideas for it – I hope you don’t get tired of seeing it!

I cut my sky & snow paper with the hillside die, then glued them both onto a piece of scrap paper, to be cut with the quilted tag die.

How are you doing on your holiday tasks? I am WOEFULLY behind. Ugh. When am I really going to learn to make my own holiday cards in July???

Supplies:  Stamp – Newton’s Nook, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Shine Pearl, Stardream Metallic Aquamarine, Silver, inks – Copic E33, E53, R20, R29, 100, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Impression Obsession (snowflakes), Lawn Fawn (stitched hillside), Newton’s Nook (dog), Reverse Confetti (quilted tag), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, twine – MarkerPOP.