Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


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.


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Scrap Cards

Nothing new and earth shattering today. Just a few cards made out of scraps left on my craft table (or in my scrap folder).  Thanks for stopping by!

pool photo thinking noteSupplies: Stamp – Stampin’ Up!, paper – Basic Grey Romani, Papertrey Ink Kraft, White, Stampin’ Up! Pool Party, ink – VersaFine Vintage Sepia, die – Taylored Expressions, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, twine – Martha Stewart.

vera scrap get wellSupplies: Stamp – Stampin’ Up!, paper – Papertrey Ink White, Stampin’ Up! Concord Crush (retired), Vera Bradley coupon birthday card, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, enamel dot – Stampin’ Up!, die – Spellbinders, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, twine – We R Memory Keepers.

basic grey scrap bkgrd birthday noteSupplies: Stamp – Papertrey Ink, paper – Basic Grey Romani, Papertrey Ink White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


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Library Pocket Thinking of You Card

library card thinking card

I have had this Papertrey Ink Library Pocket die since they first released it (along with the library card stamp), but I hardly ever use it (gotta work on that!). I love using the two items to create personalized cards – you can write favorite books, special dates on the card. This one went into the card basket (and found a new home QUICKLY), so I left it blank.

Supplies: Stamps – Papertrey Ink, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Basic Grey, Papertrey Ink White, Stampin’ Up! Chocolate Chip, River Rock, inks – VersaFine Onyx Black, Vintage Sepia, dies – Papertrey Ink (library pocket), Spellbinders (circles), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


Another Reverse Confetti Tag Birthday Card

bg lime tag birthday

This Reverse Confetti tag die has gotten a lot of use lately, hasn’t it? Seems like it is on a majority of cards I have made in the last few weeks.

I found a scrap of Basic Grey Color Me Silly paper and cut the tag. The tag then sat on my work table for a week (can’t remember what I was originally going to use it for, but some design took a different turn). In that week, a scrap of Marina Mist (medium blue) paper landed on the tag…OH…I need to use them together, methinks.

Supplies: Stamp – Reverse Confetti, paper – Basic Grey Color Me Silly, Bazzill Lime, Papertrey Ink White, Stampin’ Up! Marina Mist, Real Red, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Reverse Confetti (tag, fishtail banner), Spellbinders (rectangle), embossing folder – Tim Holtz, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, lime organdy ribbon – ClearBags.


Folded Holiday Gift Tags

folded christmas tags

I had pulled out a bag of scraps to work on the thinking of you card in memory of my grandfather, and I found some completely finished (embossed/colored/die cut) Christmas images from previous years.  The igloo image is one that I found in the bag.

I folded white card stock, and made sure to NOT cut the fold when die cutting. Then I cut a matching piece of paper with the same die, to cover the front.

Here is the side view:

folded christmas tags side view

Supplies: Stamps – A Muse ArtStamps, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Basic Grey scrap (gift box print), Georgia Pacific White, Papertrey Ink White, Stampin’ Up! Cool Caribbean (retired), Ruby Red (retired), inks – Copic BG00, E53, Stampin’ Up! Old Olive, Real Red, Summer Sun (retired), VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Reverse Confetti (tag), Spellbinders (circles), oval punches – Stampin’ Up!, button – Stampin’ Up!, satin ribbon – Ellen Hutson, metallic cord – PaperMart, twine – Martha Stewart, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


Penguin Halloween Card

penguin halloween

So, October has rolled in…

One might ask, “Do penguins really celebrate Halloween?” According to Offspring1, not only do penguins celebrate Halloween, they also get into heated arguments outside of the dorm very late at night. Heated enough that one can hear it, say, on the fifth floor of the dorm.

I thought I would throw this in a Halloween care package for Offspring1. Maybe some candy, maybe some M&M cookies.

Love the glitter chevron paper by Recollections (found at Michael’s)…the glitter is not flaking off, it is not overly heavy (some glitter paper is more glitter cardboard).

Supplies: Stamps – Stampin’ Up!, paper – Basic Grey Eerie Dracula, Papertrey Ink White, Recollections glitter chevrons, Stampin’ Up! Pumpkin Pie, Wisteria Wonder, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Spellbinders, Stampin’ Up!, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


Preppy Birthday Note Card

orchid shimmer birthday note

This background is a scrap of Basic Grey paper from my stash. The pink shimmery piece is almost vellum or film, I could find no identifying information on the scrap.

Supplies: Stamp – Papertrey Ink, paper – Basic Grey, Papertrey Ink White, Stampin’ Up! Green Galore (retired), Orchid Opulence (retired), dies – Provo Craft, Spellbinders, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


DS116 – Turquoise Girly Birthday

DS116 girly birthday

The Deconstructed Sketch 116 caught my attention this week, so I made another girly birthday card based on the sketch.

Supplies: Stamp – Papertrey Ink, paper – Papertrey Ink White, Stampin’ Up! Brushed Silver, designer paper (retired), Tempting Turquoise, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, die – Spellbinders, square crystals – Basic Grey Bling It, embossing powder – Stampin’ Up! Iridescent Ice, grosgrain ribbon – Stampin’ Up! (retired).