Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


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Froggy Birthday Card

basic grey frog birthday

Just a quick, bright KID card! Love, love, LOVE this frog paper from Basic Grey (I am sure it is retired). I put the sentiment way up high so I didn’t block any of the frogs.

Supplies: Stamp – Papertrey Ink, paper – Basic Grey, Papertrey Ink White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Green Galore (retired), Tempting Turquoise, ink – VersaFine Satin Red, dies – Spellbinders, twine – Martha Stewart, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


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Runway Inspired Challenge – ric#40

ric#40

Here is my latest stab at the Runway Inspired Challenge – ric#40. I edited myself this time – didn’t try to incorporate every design element. I chose white, glitter, hearts and bling from the inspiration, and added blue.

This is the inspiration piece:

Stella McCartney Resort 2014 (from style)

Supplies: Stamp – JustRite, paper – Papertrey Ink White, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, glitter – Stampin’ Up!, bling – Basic Grey, metallic hearts – source unknown.


Coral Daisies Thinking of You Card

coral daisies thinking of you

I am working on a random set of Thinking of You cards. This is the last scrap of this Basic Grey designer paper in my stash – I don’t even remember the name of the collection.

Supplies: Stamp – Stampin’ Up!, paper – Basic Grey, Papertrey Ink Cream, Stampin’ Up! Cameo Coral (retired), Chocolate Chip, ink – VersaFine Vintage Sepia, die – Spellbinders, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder, daisies – Heidi Swapp, button – Stampin’ Up!, twine – Martha Stewart.


HUGE Retirement Card

huge retirement card

I was asked to make a retirement card that is large enough to hold 60 signatures/notes. The retiree is an avid quilter (well, the card just designed itself in my head when I heard that – DONE! GOT IT!). The card measures 10 x 12 inches, and I made an envelope out of white cardstock and designer paper. The interior of the card is lined with white cardstock. I even included extra sheets of cardstock (scored down the middle) if they decide they need more space for signing (we can tie them in with twine or ribbon). I made the flower out of tissue paper scraps that I die cut and stapled together. The center of the flower is a needle threader (I bought a 3 pack at my local JoAnn’s).

Supplies: Stamps – A Muse Artstamps, JustRite, paper – Basic Grey, Bazzill, LCI Paper Royal, Papertrey Ink White, Stampin’ Up! assorted designer paper, Kraft, Night of Navy, Pixie Pink (retired), some scraps source unknown, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, die – Lifestyle Crafts, Spellbinders, embossing folders – Provo Craft, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, gingham ribbon – Stampin’ Up! (retired), tickets – Coin-Tainer Co.


Always in My Thoughts – Sympathy Cards

always in my thoughts duo

The sympathy section of my card basket was down to 2 or 3 cards, so I spent a day making sympathy cards. This image is from a Stampin’ Up! set named “Always in My Thoughts” (which is retired)

Supplies: Stamps – Papertrey Ink, Stampin’ Up!, paper – BasicGrey Out of Print, Papertrey Ink White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Marina Mist, Mellow Moss (retired), Old Olive, ink – Stampin’ Up! Daffodil Delight, Marina Mist, Mellow Moss (retired), Old Olive, VersaFine Onyx Black, embossing folder – Provo Craft, dies – Spellbinders, linen thread – Stampin’ Up!.


Graduation Congrats – A Work in Progress

tu grad with workspace

When designing for an order that will be more than a few, I try to give options to choose from. I second guess myself, think maybe I didn’t truly capture what my customer was looking for in the first design. Here I was designing a card to use for friends graduating together. School colors are black and gold. I stopped myself at four choices here (I seriously could have gone on for at least 3 more designs here…the school is my alma mater, and the colors were my school colors for both high school and college).

This photo was taken quickly in my workspace, so I would have a record of the samples that I gave to a customer (which are numbered/priced on the back, # 1 on left to #4 on right).

Supplies: Stamps – JustRite, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Basic Grey Out of Print, Papertrey Ink White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, YoYo Yellow (retired), ink – Stampin’ Up! YoYo Yellow (retired), VersaFine Onyx Black, embossing folders – Provo Craft (hexagon, stylized flower), Stampin’ Up! (chevron), dies – Impression Obssession (butterfly), Lifestyle Crafts (hexagon), Spellbinders (circle, flower, squares), Stampin’ Up (flowers)!, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, washi tape – K&Company.


Impression Obsession Butterfly Thank You Note

IO butterfly thanks

Yes, yes, I know, day 4 of butterflies. I had to do it.

I ordered this Impression Obsession butterfly die (this comes with a solid image part and a lace image part) when I ordered the Hero Arts butterfly die. I had to have them both. Really.

I used the solid die to cut scrapbook paper, and the lace die to cut gray card stock.

Cue Mariah Carey from 1997.

Supplies:  Stamp – Papertrey Ink, paper – Basic Grey, Papertrey Ink White, Stampin’ Up! Going Gray (retired), ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, die – Impression Obsession, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder.


Another Hero Arts Butterfly Card

butterfly on scallop frame

I am aware that this is the third day in a row that I have posted a creation with a butterfly. Can’t help myself. Just go with it. I promise it will pass.

I was showing this cut out butterfly to Offspring3, and she said, “wouldn’t it be cool if you could mount it on the edges of something, so it looks like it is floating?” Hmmm…challenge accepted. I mounted a frame on the card base with foam tape, then glued the butterfly to the edges of the frame. I think she had a great idea.  😉

“And butterflies are free to fly…fly away…” Elton John, “Someone Saved My Life Tonight”

Supplies: Stamp – Stampin’ Up!, paper – Basic Grey, Stampin’ Up! Basic Gray, Certainly Celery, ink – VersaFine Black Onyx, dies – Hero Arts, Spellbinders, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


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Trio of Flower Cards

trio of fusion flowers

Would you ever buy a set of cards that have the same image but different sentiments? I’m trying to figure out if this is marketable for me.

This is post #31 for Paper and Ink Imaginings. An entire month has gone by since I started blogging! To celebrate a one month blog-iversary, I’m giving away this set of cards. Would you like to win? Leave me a comment by 7:00am (East Coast) Saturday, February 23, 2013. I will put the names into a hat and pick the winner. I will announce the winner Saturday morning. (I will only mail to a US mailing address for this contest.)

(The cards measure 3.5 inches by 4.875 inches, and the envelopes are stamped on the flap with the flower image in brown ink.)

Supplies: Stamps – Papertrey Ink, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Basic Grey Fusion and Out of Print, Papertrey Ink White, ink – VersaMark Onyx Black, Vintage Sepia, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, dies – Stampin’ Up!