Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


Copic Colored Bouquets Mother’s Day Card

This one is for my mother-in-law. I stamped the bouquet 3 times and colored with Copic markers.

Supplies: Stamps – Clearly Besotted, Essentials by Ellen, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Pop Tone Black Licorice, inks – Copic BV00, E23, R02, R20, R21,V04, Y06, Y11, YG03, YG95, YR04, YR14, VersaFine Onyx Black, sequins – Pretty Pink Posh, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


Stenciled Posies Mother’s Day Card

Frantically trying to get Mother’s Day cards ready for my Mother and Mother-in-law. I didn’t pay attention to the calendar. YIKES! Mother’s Day is Sunday.

This one is for my Mom.

Supplies: Stamp – Clearly Besotted, paper – Curious Metallic Gold Leaf, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Candied Apple, Mowed Lawn, Ripe Persimmon, Wild Honey, VersaMark, stencil – Simon Says Stamp, sequins – Pretty Pink Posh, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail Gold.


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Paint Chip Cards and the return of the missing mojo…

My creative mojo has been mostly absent for the past year. Pandemic concerns. Elder care and assistance.

But crafting has been my art therapy, my happy place for 18 years.

Was I bored with my crafting?

Was I overwhelmed with the crafting industry “buy this now” monthly release push? That answer has been YES for a while. (Yes, I know my being overwhelmed is MY problem, not a problem with the industry!) Sensory overload for me.

Was it time to move on?

So, I have been struggling along, making the bare minimum of cards for family.

I finished making my New Years cards in mid January (because I bailed on making Christmas cards, but I had purchased holiday postage stamps – have to send something!), and here come Valentine’s Day cards…

But my mojo peeked out from under the couch next to my craft table and asked me…

I am enjoying crafting. I have ideas. I STILL LOVE COLOR.

Alas, I have discovered that my card basket is very picked over (thanks to Offspring3 and my cousins! Love you! ❤ ). Lots of categories that need to be refilled.

Paint chips were begging to be stamped upon. So, two cards to help refill the basket.

Supplies:  Stamps – Clearly Besotted, Essentials by Ellen, My Favorite Things, paper – Behr paint chips (Home Depot), Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Rich Razzleberry, ink – VersaMark, dies – Essentials by Ellen (hello), Simon Says Stamp (sentiment strip), embossing powders – Gina K Designs Fine Detail Silver, Stampin’ Up! Classy Copper


Lemonade and Honey Peony Birthday Card

I started this with the peonies being only blended Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink – but they just did not show up that well. I added Wild Honey Distress Ink, and WOW! They came to life!

Another card from the “mother-in-law requested birthday cards” collection.

Supplies:  Stamp – Clearly Besotted, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Crushed Curry, Strathmore Bristol, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Shabby Shutters, Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey, VersaFine Onyx Black, stencil – Simon Says Stamp, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, organdy ribbon – Offray.


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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.