Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


DS134 Hello Card

ds134 hello

Here is my take on the latest Deconstructed Sketch Challenge (DS134). I have to admit – I LOVE THE WAY THIS TURNED OUT. 😉 You know I am my own worst critic, right? Sometimes a design for a challenge starts out good, but then I butt my head into the wall of the box I am trying to fit into, and I don’t love the final product (I can’t LOVE every card I make, right?). This one, though, just fell into place. I’m thinking that the colors in the Alison Kraft/Webster’s Pages paper just made me happy.

Supplies: Stamps – Hero Arts, Simon Says Stamp, paper – Papertrey Ink White, Stampin’ Up! Pixie Pink (retired), Pool Party, Webster’s Pages, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Spellbinders, embossing folder – Tim Holtz/Sizzix, enamel dot – Stampin’ Up!, jewels – Swarovski Elements/EK Success, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


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DS128 – Birthday Card

ds128 birthday

I decided to give the latest Deconstructed Sketch, DS128, a try. I am so glad I did – I really like this card!

ds128 sketch

The sketch called for a second, smaller circle, and I made a faux coin to use. First, I cut a circle out of Brushed Gold card stock, then I embossed it with an embossing folder. Finally, I punched a hole out of the center. I was inspired by two coins in our international coin jar (husband has done a lot of international travel…we have a mug of foreign currency) that have holes in them.

coins real and faux

The coin on the left is a 5 yen piece from Japan, the one on the right is a 1 krone piece from Denmark. I made embossed circles from copper, silver and gold card stock, and decided gold worked best with my project.  (click on the photo to enlarge)

And it is always a good day when I can use a tag out of my stash!  😉

Supplies: Stamp – Papertrey Ink, paper – Levi Strauss tag, Papertrey Ink Kraft, White, Stampin’ Up! Brushed Gold, Brushed Silver, Marina Mist, Night of Navy, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Lifestyle Crafts (anchor), Spellbinders (circles), Stampin’ Up! (banner), embossing folder – Tim Holtz/Sizzix, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, twine – We R Memory Keepers.


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).