Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


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Smartypants Note Card

I cannot see this blue jean stamp and not think of middle school – and the students trying out different fashion trends.

Supplies:  Stamp – Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Pacific Point, Real Red, inks – Gina K. Designs Blue Raspberry, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Spellbinders, embossing folder – Provo Craft, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.


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Gekko Card

This gekko stamp has been staring at me this week (it shares storage space with the anniversary sentiment I used earlier in the week).

I decided to make the gekko in multiple colors (maybe it can change colors like a chameleon (inspired by Randall in “Monsters, Inc.”) when used on a card!).

Supplies:  Stamps – Rubber Stampede, Simon Says Stamp, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Pacific Point, inks – Gina K. Designs Blue Raspberry, Jelly Bean Green, Key Lime, Sea Glass, Wild Lilac, Lawn Fawn Freshly Cut Grass, Merman, Plastic Flamingo, Sunflower, Simon Says Stamp Blue Violet, Hot Mama, Stampin’ Up! Bermuda Bay, Brilliant Blue (retired), Real Red, Tangerine Tango, Tempting Turquoise (retired), VersaFine Deep Lagoon, die – My Favorite Things, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.


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Gym Pansy Note Card

Sometimes the ideas just have to play through, and I have to execute the silly inside joke to just get it out of my creative way.

My husband and I are both lucky enough to have rather healthy parents, all 4 of them are in their 80’s. Hearing skills, not so much.

On a recent visit, one of the oldsters was describing a sound as something from a CHIMPANZEE. The other oldster in the room processed the word as GYM PANSY. And just couldn’t quite make the connection to the actual word.

I thought I would pee my pants laughing when the story was relayed to me.

All I could see was a chimpanzee in a Halloween type costume (think Elizabethan collar purple pansy) at our gym.

This is what happened.  Offspring3 will appreciate it.

I do remember my mother planting pansies at our house in Connecticut (we lived there for almost 8 years – I was 3 – 10 years old). I remember weeding the flower beds. I don’t remember her ever planting them at other houses we lived in. I will have to ask her if there was something special about the soil or climate that led to her choice. Or if it was just something my grandfather (he could grow anything!) suggested.

I promise to move on to something more helpful & relevant!  🙂

Supplies:  Stamps – Avery Elle, Lawn Fawn, Paper Salon, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Office Depot transparency, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Basic Gray, inks – Copic C3, G03, V04, V17, Gina K Designs Wild Lilac, VersaFine Onyx Black, Vintage Sepia, dies – Poppystamps (window), Provo Craft (alphabet), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


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Purple, Aqua, Navy and Silver Floral Birthday Card

This is a square card that I made for personal use. I was really happy with the color combination.

Supplies: Stamps – Hero Arts, Papertrey Ink, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stardream Metallics Silver, inks – Gina K. Designs Wild Lilac, Lawn Fawn Merman, VersaFine Clair Twilight, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Spellbinders, sequins – Darice, embossing powder – Ranger Silver Pearl.


A Friend Like You Card

This is another great sentiment from Gina K. Designs.

I am not sure how I embossed the background (it was in my scrap folder) – I think I stamped in Deep Lagoon and then embossed with Silver Pearl powder.

Supplies: Stamps – Gina K. Designs, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Poptone Razzle Berry, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, inks – VersaFine Deep Lagoon, Onyx Black, dies – Spellbinders, embossing powders – Ranger Silver Pearl, Stampendous Detail clear, organdy ribbon – Offray.


Labrador Favorite Human Card

This sentiment was included in the Gina K. Designs stamp set that came with the wreath builder templates.

Supplies: Stamps – Gina K Designs, Taylored Expressions, paper – Crate Paper Fa La La, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Pacific Point, inks – Copic B24, E33, R21, R29, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Spellbinders (square), Taylored Expressions (dog), embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.


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Floral Wreath Birthday Card

I finally took the plunge and bought the Gina K. Designs Wreath Builder Bundle (stamp set, 2 wreath templates). YES, I have made my own wreath template, but mine was limited by the size of the largest square die I have (3.5 inches). The 2 included with the bundle are 3.75 and 4 inches.

Here is my first wreath with the 3.75 inch template and some of the small scale stamps. The finished card measures 4.25 inches square. I don’t have square envelopes this size, I just use a regular A2 (holds 4.25 x 5.5 inch card) envelope, with a strip of paper measuring 1.25 x 4.25 inches glued into one end of the envelope (so the card will not slide around).

Supplies: Stamps – Avery Elle, Gina K. Designs, Simon Says Stamp, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, inks – Gina K. Designs Blue Raspberry, Key Lime, Wild Lilac, VersaFine Onyx Black, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.