Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


Square Turquoise Daisy Birthday Card

This one was for personal use.

How were your holidays?

Ours were OK. We celebrated Christmas together as a family the weekend after Christmas, due to Offspring1 travel.

Biggest tragedy was dropping a large Pyrex mixing bowl and the glass shards *POSSIBLY* spraying into a large batch of macaroni & shrimp salad that I was making for one of my cousins on Christmas Eve. We cleaned up all the glass. Husband ran to the grocery store to purchase more shrimp. Offspring3 scooted to a local antique store and bought me a replacement Pyrex mixing bowl (she is sweet!). I made a new batch of macaroni & shrimp salad for my cousin. Husband (mostly) and Offspring3 ate all of the *possibly contaminated* macaroni & shrimp salad, with no visible complications so far.

Happy New Year! May 2020 be kind to us all!

Supplies:  Stamps – Clearly Besotted, Essentials by Ellen, Karen Foster Snap Stamps, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Chocolate Chip, Strathmore Bristol, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Broken China, Tumbled Glass, VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMark, ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens Cobalt Blue (031), Green (040), Light Green (041), Yellow (050), dies – Essential by Ellen (daisy), My Favorite Things (pierced rectangle), stencil – Simon Says Stamp, circle punch -Stampin’ Up!, embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Ranger Super Fine Detail white, twine – Martha Stewart.


Thirteenth Birthday Card with Butterflies


This request came up at the last minute. I struggled with the design for various reasons, but I am happy with the final result.

Supplies: Stamps – Karen Foster Snap Stamps, Reverse Confetti, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stardreams Flame, Taylored Expressions Lemon Meringue, Lollipop, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Abandoned Coral, Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Spellbinders (square), Stampin’ Up! (banner), stencil – Heidi Swapp, butterfly punch – Martha Stewart, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, organdy ribbon – Offray.


Masculine Birthday Card

m bday 2015

What kind of card do you make for a young man? I chose bold and graphic.

Supplies: Stamps – Karen Foster, Papertrey Ink, paper – Gmund Royal Blue, Stampin’ Up! Kaleidoscope designer, Real Red, YoYo Yellow (retired), inks – VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMark, dies – Papertrey Ink (birthday), Spellbinders (circles), embossing powder – Stampin’ Up! Sterling Silver.

Sweatshirt Birthday Card

j 2014 bday

Here is the card I made for Offspring2 this year. I colored the dog sweater in school colors, and added the age in the tag area of the hoodie.

The red paper is textured; the black is glossy.

Supplies: Stamps – Gina K. Designs, Karen Foster, Papertrey Ink, paper – Papertrey Ink White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Gray, Glossy Black, Real Red (Co’ordination variety), inks – Copic C1, C3, E53, R29, Y18, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangles), Spellbinders (circles), embossing powder – Hero Arts Liquid Platinum, twine – Martha Stewart.