Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


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Take Out Cup Hello Note Card

Working on a set of notecards (this is the last one). Struggling creatively. I decided on the scrap of Basic Grey for the coffee cup first (an OLD scrap!). Then, the idea of a paint chip in the background smacked me in the head. My paint chips can always pull me through!

Supplies: Stamps – Hero Arts, paper – Basic Grey Romani, Home Depot paint chip, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Hero Arts (cup, lid), Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangles), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


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Quilted Square Birthday Card

basic-gray-quilted-birthday

I was digging around in one of my scrap folders, and I found this quilted background. It has to be at least 8 years old. I used a punch to cut squares out of Basic Gray paper, glued them onto a scrap of white, and then used my sewing machine to stitch around the squares. The finished card measures 4.25 x 4.25 inches.

Supplies: Stamp – Stampin’ Up!, paper – Basic Gray scraps, Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream, Stampin’ Up! Bermuda Bay, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, die – Taylored Expressions, square punch – Stampin’ Up!, embossing powder – Ranger Silver Pearl.


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Happy Halloween 2016!

halloween-notes-2016

For the little ghouls and goblins!

With my offspring grown, I do miss the excitement of Halloween for kiddos. Not at all the same as an adult.

Supplies: Stamps – Stampin’ Up!, paper – Basic Grey, Cloud9Design, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream, PopTone Sour Apple, Stampin’ Up! Only Basic Black, Orange (retired), Wisteria Wonder, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Spellbinders (rectangle), Taylored Expressions (banner), punches – Stampin’ Up!, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, ribbon, thread – Stampin’ Up!.


BasicGrey Hello Card

basicgrey pencils

I read a few weeks ago that BasicGrey is leaving the scrapbooking world. Unbelievable, since I have loved their papers for the entire 12 years they were in the industry.

I do have a few scraps (maybe even a few full sheets) of their paper left in my stash. This one with the pencils and markers is just adorable, happy and light.

Supplies: Stamp – Hero Arts, paper – BasicGrey, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Wild Wasabi, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Spellbinders, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


Butterfly Thoughts and Prayers Card

romani butterfly thoughts and prayers

I am down to my last sheet of Basic Grey Romani Romany paper…I love this paper! It is probably came out in 2007, and every time I went into Recollections, I would buy another sheet. I found in the fall that Offspring3 had squirreled away a few sheets in the abandoned craft supply stash – and I did a happy dance!

There is a layer of vellum behind the tangerine butterfly – difficult to see.

Supplies: Stamp – Stampin’ Up!, paper – Basic Grey Romani, Papertrey Ink White, Stampin’ Up! Marina Mist, Tangerine Tango, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Impression Obsession (butterfly), Spellbinders (circles), embossing powder – Ranger Liquid Platinum, organdy ribbon – JoAnn’s.


Skyline Birthday Card

nathans city birthday

One of Offspring2’s friends celebrated a birthday recently. This friend is studying architecture. Over spring break, Offspring2 had friends over and I did not have time to clean up my crafting mess, and the friends were all a bit surprised – “your mom does WHAT?”…except for the architecture student. He has been over twice since then to create.

I am hoping he “gets” this mixed media creation!

I did not have a cloud stencil, but I did have cloud dies, so I made the stencils I needed to apply embossing paste. Here is a close up of the texture of the clouds:

embossing paste clouds

Supplies: Stamps – A Muse Artstamps, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Basic Grey, Canson Watercolor, Papertrey Ink White, Stampin’ Up! Night of Navy, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Hero Arts (city scape), Memory Box (clouds), Stampin’ Up! (banner), generic watercolor paints, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Dreamweaver embossing paste.


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Thank You or Encouragement Note Card

pool beautiful day tag card

I am not sure how to classify this one! (you know I like things in nice categories & neat piles, right?)

How would you use the sentiment, “how beautiful a day can be when kindness touches it”? I think it would make a great thank you note, but also a great encouragement note (maybe to someone…like me…who sometimes needs to not look past the little things while focusing on the big picture?).

Supplies: Stamp – Reverse Confetti, paper – Basic Grey, Papertrey Ink White, Stampin’ Up! Pool Party, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Reverse Confetti (tag), Spellbinders (rectangle that I fishtail cut to be banner), Stampin’ Up! (butterfly), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, organdy ribbon – JoAnn’s.