Paper and Ink Imaginings

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DS128 – Birthday Card

ds128 birthday

I decided to give the latest Deconstructed Sketch, DS128, a try. I am so glad I did – I really like this card!

ds128 sketch

The sketch called for a second, smaller circle, and I made a faux coin to use. First, I cut a circle out of Brushed Gold card stock, then I embossed it with an embossing folder. Finally, I punched a hole out of the center. I was inspired by two coins in our international coin jar (husband has done a lot of international travel…we have a mug of foreign currency) that have holes in them.

coins real and faux

The coin on the left is a 5 yen piece from Japan, the one on the right is a 1 krone piece from Denmark. I made embossed circles from copper, silver and gold card stock, and decided gold worked best with my project.  (click on the photo to enlarge)

And it is always a good day when I can use a tag out of my stash!  😉

Supplies: Stamp – Papertrey Ink, paper – Levi Strauss tag, Papertrey Ink Kraft, White, Stampin’ Up! Brushed Gold, Brushed Silver, Marina Mist, Night of Navy, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Lifestyle Crafts (anchor), Spellbinders (circles), Stampin’ Up! (banner), embossing folder – Tim Holtz/Sizzix, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, twine – We R Memory Keepers.


Anchor Card for David

anchor for David

A few days ago, I posted a card of encouragement for Julie, whose Mom had just undergone breast cancer surgery. Today’s card is for David, Julie’s father.

I thought an anchor would be a good image for this card of encouragement. I thought of my own parents (married 57 years), and they are most definitely each other’s anchor.

Supplies: Paper – Papertrey Ink White, Stampin’ Up! Brushed Silver, Marina Mist, Real Red, washi tape – Stampin’ Up!, dies – Lifestyle Crafts (anchor), Spellbinders (circle), Dymo label maker.


Friend Card with Hexagons

hexagon glad we r friends

A card for a friend. I decided to run with the different hexagons that I have.

Today is September 11th. I have no personal connection to the tragic events of September 11, 2001. But the images and sense of loss still resonate with me.

sept-11-plaquephoto credit : Zoom’s Edible Plants

Supplies: Stamp – Stampin’ Up!, paper – Papertrey Ink White, Stampin’ Up! Calypso Coral, Marina Mist, ink – VersaFine Vintage Sepia, embossing folder – Provo Craft, dies – Lifestyle Crafts, washi tape – Stampin’ Up!, candy dots – Stampin’ Up!, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, organdy/satin ribbon – Clearbags.


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Runway Inspired Challenge – ric#38

ric38 thinking of you

This is my entry for the latest Runway Inspired Challenge – ric#38.

Here is the inspiration:

burberry prorsum resort 2014 (from fashionising)

Supplies: Stamps – Stampin’ Up!, paper – Papertrey Ink White, Stampin’ Up! Cameo Coral (retired), Pale Plum (retired), Really Rust (retired), Sahara Sand, Shimmering White, inks – Stampin’ Up! Sage Shadow (retired), VersaFine Vintage Sepia, dies – Lifestyle Crafts (doily), Spellbinders (squares), twine – Martha Stewart.


HUGE Retirement Card

huge retirement card

I was asked to make a retirement card that is large enough to hold 60 signatures/notes. The retiree is an avid quilter (well, the card just designed itself in my head when I heard that – DONE! GOT IT!). The card measures 10 x 12 inches, and I made an envelope out of white cardstock and designer paper. The interior of the card is lined with white cardstock. I even included extra sheets of cardstock (scored down the middle) if they decide they need more space for signing (we can tie them in with twine or ribbon). I made the flower out of tissue paper scraps that I die cut and stapled together. The center of the flower is a needle threader (I bought a 3 pack at my local JoAnn’s).

Supplies: Stamps – A Muse Artstamps, JustRite, paper – Basic Grey, Bazzill, LCI Paper Royal, Papertrey Ink White, Stampin’ Up! assorted designer paper, Kraft, Night of Navy, Pixie Pink (retired), some scraps source unknown, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, die – Lifestyle Crafts, Spellbinders, embossing folders – Provo Craft, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, gingham ribbon – Stampin’ Up! (retired), tickets – Coin-Tainer Co.


Graduation Congrats – A Work in Progress

tu grad with workspace

When designing for an order that will be more than a few, I try to give options to choose from. I second guess myself, think maybe I didn’t truly capture what my customer was looking for in the first design. Here I was designing a card to use for friends graduating together. School colors are black and gold. I stopped myself at four choices here (I seriously could have gone on for at least 3 more designs here…the school is my alma mater, and the colors were my school colors for both high school and college).

This photo was taken quickly in my workspace, so I would have a record of the samples that I gave to a customer (which are numbered/priced on the back, # 1 on left to #4 on right).

Supplies: Stamps – JustRite, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Basic Grey Out of Print, Papertrey Ink White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, YoYo Yellow (retired), ink – Stampin’ Up! YoYo Yellow (retired), VersaFine Onyx Black, embossing folders – Provo Craft (hexagon, stylized flower), Stampin’ Up! (chevron), dies – Impression Obssession (butterfly), Lifestyle Crafts (hexagon), Spellbinders (circle, flower, squares), Stampin’ Up (flowers)!, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, washi tape – K&Company.