Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


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Square Turquoise Daisy Birthday Card

This one was for personal use.

How were your holidays?

Ours were OK. We celebrated Christmas together as a family the weekend after Christmas, due to Offspring1 travel.

Biggest tragedy was dropping a large Pyrex mixing bowl and the glass shards *POSSIBLY* spraying into a large batch of macaroni & shrimp salad that I was making for one of my cousins on Christmas Eve. We cleaned up all the glass. Husband ran to the grocery store to purchase more shrimp. Offspring3 scooted to a local antique store and bought me a replacement Pyrex mixing bowl (she is sweet!). I made a new batch of macaroni & shrimp salad for my cousin. Husband (mostly) and Offspring3 ate all of the *possibly contaminated* macaroni & shrimp salad, with no visible complications so far.

Happy New Year! May 2020 be kind to us all!

Supplies:  Stamps – Clearly Besotted, Essentials by Ellen, Karen Foster Snap Stamps, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Chocolate Chip, Strathmore Bristol, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Broken China, Tumbled Glass, VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMark, ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens Cobalt Blue (031), Green (040), Light Green (041), Yellow (050), dies – Essential by Ellen (daisy), My Favorite Things (pierced rectangle), stencil – Simon Says Stamp, circle punch -Stampin’ Up!, embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Ranger Super Fine Detail white, twine – Martha Stewart.


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Flowers in Bloom Birthday Duo

Here are the finished results of some of the coloring I had posted a few weeks ago.

So…Thanksgiving is coming. Anyone else in a bit of a panic about how much needs to be accomplished between now and then??? I just keep telling myself to BREATHE.

Supplies:  Stamps – Clearly Besotted, My Favorite Things, Papertrey Ink, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Poppy Parade, Pumpkin Pie, inks – Copic 100, R20, R21, R24, R85, R89, Y17, Y18, YG95, YR04, YR09, VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMark, dies – Simon Says Stamp, embossing powders – Ranger Silver Pearl, Stampendous Detail clear.


Watercolored Flowers in Bloom Birthday Card

Life is in the way of my crafting!  😉

I made this for a very dear friend.

Supplies:  Stamps – Clearly Besotted, My Favorite Things, paper – Arches watercolor, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Island Indigo, inks – VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMark, watercolors – Sakura Koi, die – Simon Says Stamp, embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Ranger Silver Pearl.


Black and White Henna Floral Birthday Card

The last card I need for December birthdays – has to be black & white.

Supplies:  Stamps – Altenew, Clearly Besotted, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, inks – VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMark, die – Simon Says Stamp, sequins – Doodlebug Designs, embossing powder – Ranger Super Fine Detail white.


Happy Halloween Note Cards

These are for the next door neighbor goblins. Now I have to remember to grab something Halloween themed from the Target $ Aisle!

Supplies:  Stamps – Clearly Besotted, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Doodlebug Designs, My Favorite Things Field Day, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, inks – VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMark, dies – Simon Says Stamp, Taylored Expressions, punch – Stampin’ Up!, googlie eyes – Darice, embossing powders – Ranger Super Fine Detail white, Stampendous Detail clear.


Pink and Gray Baby Onesie Card

Using up a few of the gray pieces that were left over from another project.

Supplies:  Stamps – Clearly Besotted, Simon Says Stamp, Sugar Pea Designs, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Pink Pirouette, Smoky Slate, inks – Hero Arts Unicorn, Lawn Fawn Manatee, VersaMark, dies – Simon Says Stamp, Sugar Peas Design, embossing powders – Ranger Super Fine Detail white, Stampendous Detail clear, organdy ribbon – Offray.


All the Pieces Ready to Mix and Match

I bought the horse stamp…for a baby card.

I have been turning it over & over in my head, trying to get my angle on it. I stamped, stenciled, embossed and cut all of my pieces. The ones on the left are card bases, next to that is the largest layer. My background options are on the right, with the horse and the two sentiment choices.

I mixed and matched the options and took photos to send to my cousin (the customer).

How does your design process go when the item is not for you?

Supplies:  Stamps – Clearly Besotted, Simon Says Stamp, Stampin’ Up!, Taylored Expressions, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Pirouette Pink, Pool Party, Smoky Slate, inks – Lawn Fawn Manatee, Stampin’ Up! Going Gray (retired), Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Hickory Smoke, Spun Sugar, VersaFine Smokey Gray, VersaMark, dies – My Favorite Things (pierced rectangle), Simon Says Stamp (banners), stencil – Newton’s Nook, embossing powders – Ranger Super Fine Detail white, Stampendous Detail clear.