Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


Watercolored Daisies Mother’s Day Card

Back in March, I purchased a set of Dr. Ph. Martin’s Hydrus liquid watercolors (half price sale).

I have finally gotten around to trying them. They are very concentrated, I only used a few drops of each color. Next time, I will try a bolder palette.

Supplies:  Stamps – Hero Arts, Newton’s Nook, paper – Arches watercolor, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Wild Wasabi, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Spellbinders, watercolors – Dr. Ph. Martin’s Hydrus set 1, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


Anniversary Cups Card

My parents celebrated 64 years of marriage this week.

I used the carry out cups to represent their personal choices (Mom – tea, Dad – cocoa or a milkshake!).

Supplies:  Stamps – Hero Arts, Stampin’ Up!, paper – American Crafts Amy Tangerine On A Whim, Heidi Swap {some collection I can’t remember!}, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Pacific Point, Pool Party, Poppy Parade, inks – VersaFine Onyx Black, Vintage Sepia, dies – Hero Arts (cups, lid, swirly), Simon Says Stamp (banner), Spellbinders (circle), sequins – Lawn Fawn, Pretty Pink Posh, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.

Blended Sea Tones Birthday Card

This color scheme was inspired by a blog post by Kristina Werner. Gorgeous! (and, yes, I WANT that peony stencil!)

I made mine into a birthday card, and added a few coordinating sequins.

It makes me HAPPY!

Supplies:  Stamp – Gina K. Designs, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Night of Navy, Strathmore Bristol, inks – Gina K. Designs Sea Glass, Hero Arts Fiesta Teal, Lawn Fawn Deep Sea, VersaFine Clair Twilight, dies – Spellbinders, stencil – Heidi Swapp, sequins – Doodlebug Designs, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.

Butterfly Circle Birthday Card

This is card #2 for my mother-in-law – her birthday is next week.

I had been looking at a Reverse Confetti stamp set that has a butterfly wreath. Pretty. BUT, no disposable income to be found in my craft wallet.

Do I have a small butterfly stamp that I can use with the Gina K. Designs wreath builder?? (YES)

Supplies:  Stamps – Gina K. Designs, Papertrey Ink, paper – Curious Metallics Lime, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Gorgeous Grape, inks – Hero Arts Fiesta Yellow, Taylored Expressions Jelly Donut, Lime Zest, Lollipop, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), Spellbinders (circles), embossing folder – Provo Craft, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.

Happy Valentine’s Day 2020

Enjoy the day – hope your favorite chocolate or flowers make their way to you!

Supplies:  Stamps – Avery Elle, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Doodlebug Design Christmas Magic, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, PopTone Razzle Berry, Sour Apple, Stampin’ Up! Real Red, inks – Hero Arts Unicorn, VersaFine Clair Tulip Red, dies – Avery Elle (flowers, foliage), Spellbinders (heart), embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Ranger Detail white.

Valentine Scraps in the Assembly Queue


I don’t have a finished card today – just scraps that I am using to make cards. I have gotten a lot accomplished, but I don’t want to give away the surprise.

Supplies:  Stamps – Avery Elle, Stampin’ Up! Taylored Expressions, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, PopTone RazzleBerry, Sour Apple, Stampin’ Up! Real Red, Stardream Crystal, inks – Hero Arts Unicorn, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Picked Raspberry, dies – Avery Elle, Spellbinders, embossing powder – Ranger Detail White.

Green and Gold Sympathy Card

Hey, how was your weekend? Can you believe it is MONDAY again??

My weekend was a mixed bag – I was invited to go see the Broadway Tour of CATS (#5 if you are counting!) by a cousin who had never seen it, which was great. But, I’m not feeling great (trying to figure out if it is a chiropractor visit or primary care visit!), and my desktop computer hard drive is ailing (I will be scrambling to move things the next few days).

Another card to add to the collection for my mother-in-law.

Supplies:  Stamps – Hero Arts, My Favorite Things, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stardream Metallics Gold, inks – Gina K. Designs Jelly Bean Green, VersaMark, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail Gold.


Trio of Tall Money Holding Cards

These were very last minute!

I started out thinking I would make a different size, and create my own envelopes. Alas, I did not have time to do that, I found some A10 envelopes (that were not security interior envelopes!) in my stash, and made the cards 3.75 x 9.25 inches. I glued a 4 inch pocket to the bottom of the interior to keep the money in place.

I probably will not post between now and the new year. Just too much going on.

Happy Holidays!  Merry Christmas!  Happy New Year!  May 2020 be full of love & light!



Supplies:  Stamps – Hero Arts,, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Recollections, Stampin’ UP! Christmas Around the World DSP, Old Olive, Pool Party, Real Red, inks – VersaFine Crimson Red, Satin Red, VersaMark, dies – Spellbinders, embossing powders – Stampendous Detail clear, Stampin’ Up! Sterling Silver.

Another Snowman Tag!

I really love this little guy. He reminds me of 2 marshmallows!

Christmas panic has officially begun – I must need the pressure I create on myself. Once again, I don’t know how I will get it all done.

Supplies:  Stamps – Hero Arts,, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, inks – Copic B05, BG0000, C5, G03, R29, YR09, VersaFine Onyx Black, die – Taylored Expressions, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear, metallic cord – MarkerPOP

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Cozy Holiday Note Card


I made this Monday morning, took my basket to the dentist office with me Monday afternoon, and the office manager snapped it up super fast.

Supplies:  Stamps – Avery Elle, Hero Arts, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Poppy Parade, inks – Lawn Fawn Manatee, VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaFine Clair Tulip Red, die – Hero Arts, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.