Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


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You’re Awesome Encouragement Note

I needed a quick encouragement note card with the word “awesome” on it! I found the computer monitor, photo frame and royal background pieces in my scrap folders.

Supplies:  Stamps – Mama Elephant, paper – Gmund Royal, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, inks – Copic B21, VersaFine Onyx Black, Smoky Gray, dies – Mama Elephant (monitor), Taylored Expressions (photo frame), corner rounder – Stampin’ Up!, embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Ranger Silver Pearl, twine – MarkerPOP.


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My First Try at Irish Scones

While in Ireland, Offspring3 and I had some lovely scones (specifically, International Hotel in Killarney, and a larger version at The Cliffs of Moher snack bar). I have been googling recipes, and this is my first try. I combined 2 of the recipes to make these, and these do not contain egg. The dough handled very much like the buttermilk biscuits that I make.

They stayed nice and lofty when they came out of the oven! The taste was very similar to the ones we liked in Killarney (but mine were much taller!). And next time I use this recipe, I am going to try an egg wash (instead of melted butter) on the dough before it goes into the oven.

Irish Scones

  • 3 cups of bread flour
  • 1/2 cup of buttermilk (might need extra – I did)
  • 1/2 cup cold butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter (brush tops before baking)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (sprinkle on tops before baking)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Cover baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, mix all of the dry ingredients. Cut in butter with pastry blender. Add buttermilk and cream, stir into stiff dough. Add extra milk here if necessary (I still had dry ingredients not mixed into the dough.).

Dump dough onto floured surface and knead for about 2 minutes, adding extra flour if too wet.

Roll out to 1/2 inch thick, cut with glass or biscuit cutter. Place on parchment covered baking sheet. Brush tops with melted butter, sprinkle a pinch of sugar on top.

Bake for 15 – 20 minutes.  (The tops of mine looked great at 15 minutes, but the bottoms needed more browning – I moved them to the bottom rack for another 4 minutes. Total bake time for me – 19 minutes.)

HUGE scone and chocolate muffin @ The Cliffs of Moher

I have several other recipes that I will try (need to use up the buttermilk and heavy cream that I bought!) soon.

Sláinte!

 


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Single Sunbather Life is a Beach Card

I had the single sunbather stamp out for a birthday card and colored an extra image for this card.

Have a good Monday!

Supplies:  Stamps – Art Impressions (Hampton Arts), paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, PopTone Sour Apple, inks – Copic B0000, B02, BV00, C3, C5, E21, E53, R02, R14, YG25, Y13, Y21, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), Simon Says Stamp (banner), embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.


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Red White and Blue Rustic Diamond Anniversary Card

Funny how I ended up with mostly red, white and blue cards this week?!

Supplies:  Stamps – Rubber Stampede, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Gmund Royal, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Real Red, inks – Stampin’ Up! Brilliant Blue (retired), VersaMark, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), Simon Says Stamp (sentiment strip), embossing powder – Stampin’ Up! Sterling Silver.


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Basic Paper and Sentiment Father’s Day Card

So…I am out of baseball related ideas for my father & my father-in-law. Basic card…pretty dots on the background paper, the applicable sentiment.

Supplies:  Stamp – Avery Elle, paper – Carta Bella Passport, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! More Mustard (retired), ink – VersaFine Clair Twilight, die – Simon Says Stamp, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.


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Red White and Blue Baby Note Card

The holiday weekend is over, back to reality, right? I ran errands, then got to the craft table yesterday afternoon.

Supplies:  Stamp – Stampin’ Up!, paper – Gmund Royal, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Real Red, ink – VersaFine Clair Twilight, dies – Spellbinders (rectangle), Sugar Pea Designs (rocking horse), corner rounder – Stampin’ Up!, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.


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Blue Plaid Baby Congratulations Card

Filling in gaps in my collection – both at home and at HorseSpirit Arts Gallery.

Supplies:  Stamps – Sugar Pea Designs, Taylored Expressions, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Bashful Blue (retired), Night of Navy, inks – Stampin’ Up! Bashful Blue (retired), VersaFine Clair Twilight, dies – My Favorite Things (rounded tag), Sugar Pea Designs (onesie), embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.