Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


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Last Minute Mother’s Day Cards

Mother’s Day cards flummoxed me this year. I made all 4 of the ones I needed as close to the deadline (mother-in-law cards require mailing, my mother I can hand deliver) as humanly possible. Finished these 2 Sunday morning.

Supplies: Stamps – Hero Arts, Newton’s Nook, Taylored Expressions, paper – A Muse (green with cream dots), Curious Metallics Blueprint, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Gorgeous Grape, Poppy Parade, Wild Wasabi, inks – Copic BV000, E37, R24, R29, Y35, YG17, YR68, VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMark, dies – ProvoCraft (flowers, leaves), Spellbinders (circles), embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Stampin’ Up! Classy Copper.


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Yellow Mother’s Day Cards

Cards for my mother-in-law. She loves yellow.

Supplies: Stamps – Brutus Monroe, Clearly Besotted, Essentials by Ellen, Hero Arts, paper – Doodlebug Design Christmas Magic (yellow gingham), Lawn Fawn Sunflower, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Pop-Tone Black Licorice, Stampin’ Up! Basic Gray, Smoky Slate, inks – Copic B0000, C3, C5, R14, Y17, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Mowed Lawn, VersaFine Onyx Black, Vintage Sepia, dies – Essentials by Ellen (daisy), Simon Says Stamp (sentiment strip), Spellbinders (circle), embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Stampin’ Up! Classy Copper.


Tulips for Days

(click on any image to enlarge in new window!)

This past weekend I went TULIP CRAZY. Seriously.

I was inspired by a tulip stamp I saw last week – that I don’t have, I don’t have the craft funds to purchase (and, really, I would use it for March & April, then it would sit the rest of the year).

So I pulled out my old, wood mount tulip stamps. Made 16 cards, and have 2 more images (a newer, mixed bouquet stamp) colored but not made into cards yet. Always good to pull out the old stuff to see if it still works – of course it does! (why else would I have kept it in my basement this long – the old favorites ALWAYS work!)

The thank you set (of 8) is for my mother-in-law.

Supplies: Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, Hero Arts, My Favorite Things, Stampin’ Up!, Sunny Studio, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Lawn Fawn Sunflower, Pop-Tone RazzleBerry, Stampin’ Up! Glorious Grape, Old Olive, Pure Poppy, Tempting Turquoise, inks – Copic B05, E15, E37, G46, R24, R29, RV13, V04, V17, YG03, YG17, YG23, Y18, Y35, Gina K. Designs Jelly Bean Green, Red Hot, Wild Lilac, Lawn Fawn Sunflower, Freshly Cut Grass, Stampin’ Up! Bashful Blue, Cameo Coral, Coastal Cabana, Green Galore, Lovely Lilac, Old Olive, Pink Passion, Real Red, Summer Sun, Tempting Turquoise, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Ripe Persimmon, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), My Favorite Things (pierced rectangle, tri-frame), Simon Says Stamp (sentiment strips), Spellbinders (ovals, rectangle), embossing folder – We R Memory Keepers, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Stampendous Detail Gold,


Graphic Style, Feminine Style or Combined?

This is the combination of graphic & feminine. This graphic birthday block stamp is a favorite of mine, but I usually only color individual blocks for a very graphic card. I took the plunge and stamped a feminine background in a light color ink, then stamped the birthday block over top. Did you see the light bulb fire over my head??? LOVE the result.

See what I mean? Very graphic. No softness.

Here is the feminine background. Lovely, but depending on the color I choose for stamping, it may look like wallpaper from maternal grandma’s house circa 1950! (Note: paternal grandma’s house had no wallpaper.)

Supplies: Stamps – Hero Arts, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Pop-Tone Black Licorice, Sour Apple, inks – Copic YG25, Lawn Fawn Fresh Lavender, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Abandoned Coral, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), My Favorite Things (pierced rectangle), Spellbinders (circles), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


Dotted Background Cards

This dotted background works for large or small images.

I really like the graphic design possibilities of the dotted stamp.

Supplies: Stamps – Hero Arts, My Favorite Things, Papertrey Ink, Stampin’ Up!, Taylored Expressions, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Lawn Fawn Sunflower, inks – Gina K. Designs Blueberry, Red Hot, Lawn Fawn Sunflower, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangles), My Favorite Things (pierced rectangles), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


More Sunflower Cards

I stamped a few different color sunflowers, and here is what I put together.

I can’t believe October is almost over!

Supplies: Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, My Favorite Things, Papertrey Ink, Taylored Expressions, paper – Doodlebug Designs Christmas Magic, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Desert Storm, Stampin’ Up! Chocolate Chip, Pool Party, inks – Hero Arts Unicorn, Gina K Designs Sea Glass, Lawn Fawn Sunflower, Stampin’ Up! Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Melon Mambo, VersaFine Vintage Sepia, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangles), Lifestyle Crafts (hexagons), My Favorite Things (pierced rectangles), Taylored Expressions (rounded tag), embossing folder – Provo Craft, sequins – Doodlebug Designs, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder, Stampin’ Up! Classy Copper.


Mother’s Day Card Duo

(Remember, you can click on any card image on my blog for a bigger view.)

The card on the left is for my mother-in-law, the one on the right is for my mother.

Supplies: Stamps – Avery Elle, Hero Arts, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Desert Storm, Stampin’ Up! Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Soft Sky, Wild Wasabi, inks – Copic G46, Y18, Y35, YG17, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Tumbled Glass, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Avery Elle (bouquet, leaves), Spellbinders (circles), stencils – Neat & Tangled (scalloped), Newton’s Nook (shells), foil – ThermOWeb iCraft Opal, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


Blue and Gray New House Congratulations Card

This is my FAVORITE house image for a card related to moving.

The weather forecast here is for snow and ice again tonight into tomorrow. Yes, regular February weather for us. SIGH. I am so ready for warmer weather this year.

Supplies:  Stamps – Hero Arts, Papertrey Ink, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, PopTone Black Licorice, Stampin’ Up! Basic Gray, inks – Copic B0000, B34, C3, C5, YG25, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangles), Simon Says Stamp (banner strip), embossing folder – Stampin’ Up!, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.


New Year Card – Version 2

Well, really, it is really about version 37. I kept redesigning it.

They are in the mail – can’t change my mind again!

I PROMISE to make Christmas cards in July this year, so I don’t struggle in December and January for holiday cards again.

Supplies:  Stamps – Hero Arts, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Curious Metallics Blueprint, White Gold (I think?? unsure), Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Pool Party, inks – Ranger Emboss It, VersaFine Clair Twilight, die – Spellbinders, embossing powders – Ranger Silver Pearl, Stampendous Detail Clear.


Time to Celebrate Cuckoo Clock Card

One of my cousins is celebrating a birthday this month.

Supplies:  Stamps – Hero Arts, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Desert Storm, Stampin’ Up! Chocolate Chip, Highland Heather, inks – Copic B32, E29, E53, V15, VersaFine Vintage Sepia, dies – My Favorite Things (pierced rectange), Simon Says Stamp (banner), embossing folder – Stampin’ Up!, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.