Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


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Wreath Anniversary Card AND HorseSpirit Arts Gallery Announcement!

When I make complicated stamped pieces, I make at least 2 of them (assembly line style), so I have an extra if I make a last minute mistake.

This piece was left over from my mother’s birthday card in September.

HorseSpirit Arts Gallery Announcement!

HorseSpirit Arts Gallery has been closed since the May 27, 2018 flood that devastated Old Ellicott City. Robin and Max have been searching high and low for a new location (not in Old Ellicott City – 2 devastating floods in 2 years makes it impossible to be located there again). They have signed a lease for a space at Historic Savage Mill. The grand reopening will be in November!

I have a lot of work to do! I have been plugging away at card inventory for the gallery, but I am not quite at my goal yet.

If some of my cards look familiar, keep in mind that I make at least 2 pieces of the complicated backgrounds. You may have seen the artwork before (and maybe it floated down Main Street into the Patapsco River on May 27th).

Supplies: Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, Papertrey Ink, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Pear Pizzazz, inks – Hero Arts Fiesta Red, Fiesta Teal, Fiesta Yellow, Stampin’ Up! Pear Pizzazz, VersaFine Onyx Black, die – Simon Says Stamp, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.

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Royal Blue Diamond Birthday Card

Basic primary color card, suitable for male relative. This one is for my brother-in-law.    🙂

Supplies:  Stamps – Hero Arts, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Gmund Royal, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Blueprint Sketch, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – My Favorite Things, embossing powder – Stampendous.


Sugar Skulls Eres Fabulosa Card

Translation:  You are FABULOUS!

(Really, you are!)

I got a new set of sugar skulls in August. I wanted them to be colorful, but I did not have time to color them with markers or pencils.

ANY STAMP COMPANIES LISTENING??  I truly love the sugar skulls and Dia de los Muertos images. Can you include sentiments that go with Dia de los Muertos???  PLEASE??

Supplies: Stamps – Hero Arts, Newton’s Nook, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, PopTone Razzle Berry, Sour Apple, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Tempting Turquoise (retired), ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Newton’s Nook (skull), Spellbinders (rectangle), embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.


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Square Floral Wreath Birthday Card

This is the other card for Mom.

Happy 81st Birthday, Stumpy!  😉  (Mom doesn’t do the internet…Offspring3 & Cousin Pati will chuckle!)

I used my homemade wreath template to create the pattern. I used old enamel dots for the flower centers.

Supplies: Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, Papertrey Ink, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Island Indigo, Pear Pizzazz, inks – Hero Arts Fiesta Red, Fiesta Teal, Fiesta Yellow, Stampin’ Up! Pear Pizzazz, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Spellbinders, enamel dots – Stampin’ Up!, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


Leaf Circle Thanksgiving Card

I had my homemade wreath builder template in my MISTI, and decided to do something with this leaf. I had stamped a different sentiment, but it just didn’t seem to go with the leaves.

Supplies: Stamps – Hero Arts, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, inks – Stampin’ Up! Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, Crushed Curry, Old Olive, VersaFine Vintage Sepia, die – Taylored Expressions, embossing powder – Stampendous Gold Detail.


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Hello Pumpkin Spice Card

Another morning card! (note to self:  turn off the morning TV and craft!)

Confession:  I have never had a pumpkin spice latte.

Supplies: Stamps – Hero Arts, Right at Home, paper – Doodlebug Designs Boos & Brews, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Crumb Cake, Pumpkin Pie, inks – VersaFine Vintage Sepia, VersaMark, dies – Hero Arts (whipped cream, cup), My Favorite Things (stitched rounded rectangle), corner punch – Stampin’ Up!, embossing powders – Stampendous Detail clear, Stampin’ Up! Classy Copper.


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Beach Sign Birthday Card

I’ve not been crafting because I was STUCK. I had to make this card. I didn’t know what to make (male birthday, personal use). I could not get past it. I pulled out other stamps, thinking if I created something, ANYTHING, it would help me move forward.

Ugh. My mojo scurried even farther under the couch.

I finally settled on this birthday stamp, and I was going to make it an underwater scene, with seaweed & fish. I started down that path, and realized I needed a bigger card (which would need more space filled in with underwater things), and my deadline (Thursday AM) was quickly approaching.

Scrap the underwater idea!

So, how about just a sign, sitting on the beach? I stamped the sign first, then masked it and blended ink around it.

Have a nice weekend! I’ll be trying to coax my mojo out from under the couch.

Supplies:  Stamps – Hero Arts, My Favorite Things, Stampin’ Up!, paper – ESSE Pearlized Latte, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Pacific Point, inks – Stampin’ Up! Crumb Cake, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Antique Linen, Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass, VersaFine Onyx Black, Smoky Gray, dies – My Favorite Things, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.