Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink

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Stenciled Snowflakes Tag and Card

I got a new snowflake stencil from Gina K. Designs last week, and I combined it with a GKD wreath maker template that had smaller snowflakes. After the stencil inks were dry, I stamped Hero Arts snowflakes in VersaMark and covered with good old Iridescent Ice embossing powder from Stampin’ Up. I finished with a sentiment and a few sequins.

Supplies:  Stamps – Hero Arts, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Soft Sky (retired), inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Broken China Mermaid Lagoon, Tumbled Glass, VersaMark, dies – My Favorite Things (pierced rectangle), Taylored Expressions (tag), sequins – Pretty Pink Posh, embossing powders – Stampendous Detail clear, Stampin’ Up! Iridescent Ice, ribbon – Ellen Hutson (gift with order).

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Kissing Bears Card (featuring OLD mulberry paper!)

This image and sentiment were part of my Sunday morning scavenge.

I also unearthed a scrap of pale blue mulberry paper that must be 15 years old.

Here we are, the Friday before Thanksgiving, and I still have so much to do! (and WHY did my dryer pick this week to stop working???) I don’t think I will be blogging next week – I’ll be back the first Monday in December.

If you celebrate, have a great Thanksgiving.

Supplies:  Stamps – Hero Arts, Penny Black, paper – Doodlebug Designs Christmas Magic, Malmero Perle Sparkle Green, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! mulberry paper, inks – Copic BG0000, C1, G17, R20, R29, VersaFine Onyx Black, Satin Red, glitter – Ranger Stickles Icicle, dies – My Favorite Things (pierced rectangle), Spellbinders (ovals), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


Navy and Floral Wedding Card

Someone in my husband’s family is getting married next week.

I based my color and design choices on the invitation we received. (I looked it up online – the design is available from VistaPrint.)

I used the navy, the floral theme (I don’t have roses), and the oval shape.

Stamping on dark cardstock is a lot of work! Each flower or leaf was stamped first in white, then in at least one layer of color. I would not have been able to do this without my MISTI for repeat stamping.

Supplies:  Stamps – Hero Arts, Inky Antics, Paper Salon, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Night of Navy, Stardream Metallics Copper, inks – Copic RV11, Hero Arts Unicorn, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Fired Brick, Mowed Lawn, Picked Raspberry, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Oxide Ink – Picked Raspberry, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Simon Says Stamp (rectangle), Spellbinders (ovals), embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.

Kraft Ranunculus Thanks Card

Offspring3 and I got free tickets to the play “Everybody”, at the Shakespeare Theatre Company‘s Lansburgh Theatre this past weekend. This is the thank you card I made to send to our benefactor (Thanks, Elena!).

I am personally struggling with the monthly release overload factor in the stamping industry right now. (Which is also adding to the  “do I really want to continue blogging?” thought bubble you see hovering over my head! (renewal fee is due this month) I cannot keep up with new products. I do not feel internal pressure to overspend (quite the opposite) in FOMO. I feel I am no longer relevant in this space, and quite frankly, social media has marched on from blogging to Instagram and stories and beyond. Maybe that thought needs to be its own post!  LOL! I digress.)

So, I chose to go back to basics here – this is all stamping. No embossing, no die cutting. I chose fall colors and kraft paper (even dug out a matching kraft envelope).

Very happy with the result.

Supplies:  Stamps – Hero Arts, My Favorite Things, paper – Neenah Kraft, Stampin’ Up! Gorgeous Grape, inks – Gina K. Designs Cherry Red, Jelly Bean Green, Wild Lilac, VersaFine Onyx Black.


Black and White Floral Card

I was inspired by this blog post, on the Ellen Hutson blog.

Supplies:  Stamps – A Muse Artstamps, Hero Arts, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Highland Heather, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, die – Spellbinders, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.


Foliage Thinking of You Card

Hey, there!

I made a card!  (I decided I owed it to myself to get inky!)

Of course, now I don’t want to shift gears and do the medical paperwork I need to do.

I was inspired by various crafting blogs displaying a Simon Says Stamp and Reverse Confetti joint collaboration stamp set (part of Simon Says Stamp’s STAMPtember…which, as of 8:39 pm on September 9th, is sold out. Wasn’t in my budget anyway!).

Supplies:  Stamps – Hero Arts, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Desert Storm, Stampin’ Up! Old Olive, inks – Gina K. Designs Jelly Bean Green, Stampin’ Up! Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, VersaMark, die – Spellbinders, embossing powder – Stampin’ Up! Classy Copper, linen thread – Stampin’ Up!.

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.