Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


Ellicott City Flood – May 27, 2018 – #ECStrong

A friend from college, Robin Holliday, owns an art gallery in Historic Ellicott City named HorseSpirt Arts Gallery. She sells my cards in the gallery.

The gallery was flooded by the July 2016 flood, a “once in a thousand years” event. Robin fought back hard, and had it reopened in 3 months.

Well, Historic Ellicott City flooded again this past weekend. WORSE than the 2016 flood. The water was 2 feet higher on the first floor of the gallery, things were ruined, floated away, or got buried in mud. (My cards sit by the front door – I am assuming they floated down the street to the Patapsco River, like last time.)


My heart goes out to the family of Eddison Hermond (who lost his life in the flood), to the residents, to the business owners, to the employees.

If anyone sees my mojo, send it home – I have a lot of cards to make.


I am back from my adventure…

I arrived home Friday evening, safe & sound. Had a wonderful adventure with Offspring3.

We traveled around Europe for 2 1/2 weeks.

(As always, you can click on any photo to enlarge!)





Fussen, Germany






Bad Aibling, Germany


Mietraching, Germany




Heidelberg, Germany

All of the locations were new to Offspring3. Amsterdam, Brussels, and Heidelberg were new to me.

Salzburg is still my favorite place to visit!

Thanks for all of the comments and likes while I was gone!


Memorial Day 2018

Take a moment to remember those who have died in service to our country, so we can be free here in America.

Also, Historic Ellicott City was devastated by another flash flood yesterday. It has not been 2 years since the last one.

Photos from local news reporter, Jayne Miller, WBAL-TV.

(Click on the photo for the slide show. I apologize to my readers not in America – I am not sure if the link will work for you. Offspring3 could not view the link in Spain.)

Water levels in HorseSpirit Arts Gallery were higher than the record breaking 2016 flash flood. Four people were stranded on the 3rd floor for a time, but they were evacuated safely by rescue personnel.



I’m going on an ADVENTURE!

So, I’ve been keeping a secret.

Offspring3 and I are leaving on an adventure today!

Confession:  I have not been on a plane in 23 years!

I have posts scheduled for while I am gone, and if you leave a comment on any of them, I promise to respond when I have returned.

See you soon!


And, if  you are keeping track…YES, I finished all my Mother’s Day cards (and mailed them yesterday afternoon).  NO, I did not finish my spring cleaning. (I still have 4 windows worth of mini blinds to clean.)


Oh Happy Life Grateful Card

This is a partial page from the Amy Tangerine Oh Happy Life 6 x 6 pad.

I am struggling with news overload – the Las Vegas tragedy has almost totally replaced the Puerto Rico crisis (in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria).

Hurricanes (and other weather related disasters), I can grasp “how this happened”. My understanding HOW does not make the outcome any less devastating.

Gun tragedies (“home grown terrorist”), like Las Vegas – I cannot wrap my head around these.

I don’t own a gun. I don’t want to own a gun. I don’t want the Second Amendment (the right to bear arms) repealed, but I don’t think anyone needs to have a semi automatic (or automatic) weapon.

Enough of my dark mood.

SO…let’s be grateful for what we have. Let’s go out and try to make someone’s day better, in whatever way (small or large) we can.

Supplies: Paper – American Crafts Amy Tangerine Oh Happy Life, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Crushed Curry, twine – Stampin’ Up! Island Indigo.


Where Has the Creative MOJO Gone????

Has anyone seen my mojo?? I can’t find it in my craft space.

YES, I have spent the summer so far with my nose in a book (or 21 books to be exact…). Hard to read that much and find crafting time.

And I am quite distracted by what is going on in Washington, DC (watching a lot of political news shows – very uncharacteristic of me).

So, I am working on a card this morning. For the first time in at least 10 days. I feel so rusty.

I promise to post something creative this week!

Books I can recommend:

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Martian: A Novel by Andy Weir

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

Brooklyn: A Novel by Colm Toibin

In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume

The Radium Girls by Kate Moore

Miller’s Valley: A Novel by Anna Quindlen