Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


Stuck on You Desert Card

I used this as one of my punny Valentine cards – but it works for a LOVE card, too.

Lots of masking to stamp the cacti and succulents, with a touch of Copic coloring to fill in.

After a month of trying, I was able to schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments for both of my parents (in their mid 80’s). We go this week for shot #1, and then again the last week of March for shot #2.

Now I get to figure out the scheduling system in my in-laws home state.

Supplies:  Stamps – Newton’s Nook, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Wild Wasabi, inks – Copic B0000, E51, E53, Gina K. Designs Jelly Bean, Key Lime, Lawn Fawn Freshly Cut Grass, Mermaid, Merman, Taylored Expressions Lime Zest, VersaFine Onyx Black, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.

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Dusty Violet Floral Sympathy Card

One of my friends texted me two weeks ago and told me they needed to restock their card stash. Great! Except that I have not kept my basket well stocked since the pandemic started. I made a big push over the past two weekends, and I have added over 40 cards.

Supplies:  Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, PopTone Black Licorice, inks – BV0000, BV00, BV01, BV04, G0000, YG03, YG25, VersaFine Onyx Black, die – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.


Repurposed Lilly Pulitzer Paper Encouragement Cards


This is post number 2,000.

I started blogging back in 2013 – it seems a lifetime ago.

Thanks for all of your comments and likes!

Back in 2016, I did a post titled Trash to Treasure – Lilly Pulitzer , about using a cut up advertisement as background paper.

I still have some of the wrapping paper and cut up advertisement, and I used it for some new encouragement cards. Aren’t these sentiments great??

I did two coats of the white embossing powder to get complete coverage.


Supplies:  Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, Simon Says Stamp, paper – Lilly Pulitzer, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Night of Navy, Pacific Point, inks – VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMark, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), My Favorite Things (pierced rectangles), embossing powders – Ranger Super Fine Detail white, Stampendous detail clear.


Spectacular Valentine Card


I struggled with the background for this card – everything seemed to compete with the sunglasses. In the end, I embossed the Lawn Fawn Sunray Backdrop cover plate onto light blue cardstock.

Supplies:  Stamp – My Favorite Things, paper – Curious Metallic Shadow, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Reverse Confetti From Cupid, Stampin’ Up! Bashful Blue (retired), Real Red, ink – VersaMark, dies – Lawn Fawn (sunray backdrop), My Favorite Things (glasses), Simon Says Stamp (sentiment strip), embossing powder – Ranger Super Fine Detail white.

Volcano and Pterodactyl Valentine Card

The Valentine puns continue…

For Offspring1, in honor of  all of the dinosaur books we read.

I die cut the volcano shape out of the teal paper, and inset the Copic colored volcano into the teal paper. I popped the pterodactyl up on some foam tape (hoping that it gives the perspective that he is flying way above the spewing lava).

Supplies:  Stamps – Avery Elle, Lawn Fawn, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Gray, Bermuda Bay, Real Red, inks – Copic B05, BG13, C1, C3, E23, E33, E57, R21, R24, R29, YR09, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Avery Elle (volcano), Lawn Fawn (pteradactyl), Simon Says Stamp (banner strip), embossing powders – Ranger Liquid Platinum, Stampendous Detail clear.

Bookcase Card

Offspring3 and I have a thing for bookcases. And all the things that you contain in bookcases.

With news contributors ZOOMing from their living rooms or offices during the pandemic, we have seen some beautiful bookcases in the last year.

Here are some examples! No need to watch the videos, you can see the bookcases in the preview pane.

Michael Beschloss, presidential historian:

(He gets bonus points for that fireplace!)

Kacie Hunt from MSNBC:

(She gets bonus points for books arranged by COLOR!)

ANYWAY, I found a bookcase stamp that hits it all – from Brutus Monroe. It even has cats and cameras – very versatile.

The interior sentiment of this card is Sending you warm wishes & sunny smiles.  (I stamped one too many for New Year’s cards.)

Supplies: Stamp – Brutus Monroe, paper – Neenah Classis Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Bashful Blue (way, way retired), inks – Copic B21, C3, C7, E53, YG25, VersaMark Clair Nocturne, die – Lawn Fawn, embossing powder – Stampendous.


2021 New Year Card – Almost!

My Christmas cards morphed into New Years cards, and, ALAS, I am still not done. I was going to make two versions – this one, and a sarcastic one.

THEN, January 6th happened, and my sarcastic idea *might* look political (which it was not meant to be political at all, but I didn’t want anyone to misinterpret)?

No no no, can’t have that.

I do know what I will do for the other version, but have completed not a bit of it yet.

I have been in various levels of funk as well. Based on various things (some personal, some national news level), of which I have no control. (Why be in a funk if it is nothing that I have control over?? Try hard, it still happens!)

Somehow, Mother Nature has smiled upon us here in the Mid-Atlantic this week, and we have SUNSHINE.

Hoping you have sunshine on your corner of the internet as well.

Supplies: Stamps – Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Desert Storm, PopTone Black Licorice, Stampin’ Up! Real Red, inks – VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaFine Clair Nocturne, ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens Carmine Red (022), Light Green (041), die – Lawn Fawn, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


Dachshund Snowy Day Thank You Card

Another card requested by my cousin.

I have created sunny day backgrounds for the dachshund to frolic in, but it is December, and I wasn’t looking to do that. I looked through my 6 x 6 holiday papers and found this perfect scene.

Hope your Christmas was the best it could be in this odd, trying year. Ours was very nice, although different (we delivered holiday food to my parents on Christmas, and my in-laws on the day after Christmas). The package mailed to Offspring1 that we thought got lost (in reality, it sat in the overwhelmed Baltimore Post Office for 2 weeks), arrived safely at its destination on Christmas Eve.

So, I am ready to clean up 2020 and move on to 2021.

Have a great day!

Supplies:  Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, Lawn Fawn, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Poptone Sour Apple, Stampin’ Up! Close to Cocoa (retired), Sunny Studio Very Merry, inks – VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMark, die – Lawn Fawn, embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Stampin’ Up! Sterling Silver.


Blue City Skyline Adventure Card

Offspring1 took a job opportunity on the other coast, and he and his girlfriend just moved recently.

Very proud of him, very happy for them, very excited for their new adventure.

The sentiment is not as wonky in person (I did redo the sentiment after the photo – it was better, still not perfect – tiny sentiment stamps are difficult!).

I also made a pastel version of this – just because my Copics were speaking to me after the first image was colored. Sentiment TBD because I couldn’t commit to blocking any of the pastel buildings!

Supplies:  Stamps – PinkFresh Studio, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Tempting Turquoise (retired), Curious Metallics Blueprint, inks – Copic (dark version) B24, B39, C1, C3, C5, C7, Y18, (pastel version) B00, BG01, BV00, G00, R20, VersaFine Onyx Black, die – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), Simon Says Stamp (banner), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.