Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink

Cool Bear Tag – 12 Tags of Christmas 2019 Challenge

Ellen Hutson is having her 12 Tags of Christmas 2019 Challenge again this year. I always love to see what her designers create. This year, the daily themes are inspired by Christmas Carols.

My tag was inspired by Day 7, Cool Yule with Heather Meeson . After I saw the title, “Cool Yule”, Baloo from the animated version of The Jungle Book was stuck in my head.

So, I colored the MFT sELFIE bear similar to Baloo. Who could be cooler? Shoobie doo bop!

Supplies:  Stamps – My Favorite Things,, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, inks – Copic 100, B0000, N1, N4, R29, YG23, Gina K. Designs Amalgam, VersaFine Onyx Black, ZIG Wink of Stella clear, die – Taylored Expressions, hole punch – Fiskars, organdy ribbon – ClearBags.

Blended Sea Shells Sympathy Card

Working on restocking my card basket. The soft blended shell background was in my scrap folder.

Supplies – Stamp – Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Smoky Slate, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Hickory Smoke, Spun Sugar, VersaMark, dies – Lawn Fawn, stencil – Newton’s Nook, embossing powder – Stampin’ Up! Sterling Silver, organdy ribbon – ClearBags.


Pinkest Flamingos Note Card

I was looking to do something NOT FLORAL.  (sorry, floral is my go to thing!)

I still managed to get some of my favorite pink on the card, even without the flowers.

On the home front, I have successfully taken all of Christmas down and packed it away for next year. I even took the time to replace burnt out bulbs on the tree (so it will be ready to go in December).

Supplies:  Stamps – Technique Tuesday, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Brushed Silver, Smoky Slate, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Antique Linen, Tumbled Glass, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Oxide Ink Picked Raspberry, dies – Spellbinders (ovals), Technique Tuesday (flamingo), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, organdy ribbon – ClearBags.


Adorable No Stamp Halloween Note Cards

I have two cutie patooties next door, and I thought I would make little cards to put in their Trick or Treat bags this year.

No stamping involved, paper is from the Doodlebug Design Boos & Brews pad that I have been working my way through for the last 2 or 3 years.

Supplies:  Paper – Doodlebug Designs Boos & Brews, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Taylored Expression Cookie Monster, organdy ribbon – ClearBags, twine – Stampin’ Up!


Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2017 Challenge

It is December, so time to head on over to Ellen Hutson’s blog for the 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2017 Challenge!

I chose to create a tag based on the sketch from Day 8. Here is the sketch:


I was also inspired by the tag on Day 5 made by Eloise Blue – the critter and the ink blended background.

My vision – a night sky background, a fox sitting on a fallen tree with the moon rising behind. I counted my fallen tree and the sentiment as the vertical stripes.

For my background, I blended 3 Distress Inks – Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch, Chipped Sapphire on Bristol card stock. I heat set the colors, and then flicked on some sparkly white watercolor from the Kuretake Gansai Tambi set.

The fox was colored with Copic markers, and cut out first with the circle die. Then, I partially die cut the fox, to allow the fallen tree to be put underneath the tail.

I added a sentiment and fussed with the ribbon for an hour.

Thanks to Ellen Hutson for having this challenge again this year – the grand prize to a random winner is $150 gift certificate to the store! (Oh, great Random Number Generator in the sky, PLEASE generate my number!)

Supplies: Stamps – Hero Arts, Lawn Fawn, Papertrey Ink, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Close to Cocoa (retired), Strathmore Bristol, inks – Copic E11, E19, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Blueprint Sketch, Chipped Sapphire, Salty Ocean, VersaFine Onyx Black, Vintage Sepia, dies – Lawn Fawn (fox), Spellbinders (circle), double hole punch – Stampin’ Up!, watercolor – Kuretake Gansai Tambi, embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Ranger Silver Pearl, organdy/satin ribbon – ClearBags.