Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


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Golden Poppies Birthday Card

This one is for my personal use. I was going for “sophisticated” – hoping I achieved that!

Supplies: Stamps – Papertrey Ink, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Ranger Distress Watercolor, Stardream Metallics Gold, ink – VersaFine Vintage Sepia, die – Lawn Fawn, jewels – EK Success Swarovski Elements (I don’t remember the color name (brownish!) & I can’t find the outer packaging!), embossing powders – Ranger Liquid Platinum, Stampendous Gold Detail, organdy ribbon – Offray.

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Halloween Lunchbox Notes

These cute lunchbox notes were running around in my head, distracting me from other work. I had to make them to move on. Of course, my offspring are past lunchbox notes, and I am not sure what I am going to do with these!

The little 2 x 2 inch scenes were on one sheet of Doodlebug Designs Brews and Boos paper. The finished cards are 3 x 3 inches square, and I even had the perfect size envelopes in my stash. (They do not meet minimum size requirements for the United States Postal Service.)

Supplies: paper – Doodlebug Designs Brews and Boos, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Poptone Sour Apple, Stampin’ Up! Pumpkin Pie, Taylored Expressions Grape Jelly.


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Cozy Holiday Card

Obviously, my Coffee Cup Tag stamps and dies were still on my craft table! The stamp set is actually a winter holiday set – so, I FINALLY made a winter holiday card.

I stamped the cup image in red ink (multiple times, using the MISTI, to get perfect coverage) and embossed with clear powder. The teal paper is from Lawn Fawn’s Snow Day 6 x 6 pad.

Supplies: Stamps – Hero Arts, paper – Lawn Fawn Snow Day, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Gray, Real Red, inks – VersaFine Onyx Black, Satin Red, dies – Hero Arts (cup, lid), Taylored Expressions (banner), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder, Ranger clear, metallic cord – Paper Mart.


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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.


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Wish Big Birthday Card – Essentials by Ellen September 2017 Pin Sights Challenge

I am just squeaking in under the deadline wire for the Essentials by Ellen September 2017 Pin Sights Challenge . I created a mosaic using the small balloon from the Essentials by Ellen Wish Big stamp set, and I watercolored with Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks.

Here is the inspiration board:

I was originally planning to go in a different creative direction (sea glass, lower left!), BUT, I was very inspired by a trip to the Baltimore Museum of Art on Sunday. A new exhibit, Tomas Saraceno: Entangled Orbits opened October 1st. I did not go to the museum specifically for this exhibit (Offspring2 was looking for inspiration for a class assignement), but I was very glad I got to see it the exhibit in person.

Here is the specific piece that inspired me for this card:

I don’t know the exact diameter of this piece – it was suspended in a small room, we had to step over the suspension cords to move around. I would guess over 5 feet in diameter?

Supplies: Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Ranger Distress Watercolor, Stampin’ Up! Tangerine Tango, inks – Hero Arts Unicorn, Stampin’ Up! Bashful Blue, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Abandoned Coral, Blueprint Sketch, Chipped Sapphire, Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers, Ripe Persimmon, Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey, dies – Spellbinders, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, white.


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Turquoise Swirly Treat Note Card

I needed a quick pick me up note card for someone near & dear to my heart.

Accompanied by a KING SIZE candy bar, to keep the dementors at bay.

Supplies: Stamps – Hero Arts, paper – Doodlebug Designs Boos & Brews, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Tempting Turquoise, inks – VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMark, dies – Hero Arts (cup, swirl top), Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Stampin’ Up! Hologram Highlights.