Paper and Ink Imaginings

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Hummingbird Thinking of You Card

I wanted to use the hummingbird stamp, but I didn’t want to take the time to color the image. I searched through all of my metallic paper samples, and found this blue one.

My mother-in-law requested a few birthday cards, and I am including this in the stash I send to her.

Supplies:  Stamps – Newton’s Nook, paper – My Favorite Things Bundles of Blossoms Brights, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Pop Tone Black Licorice, Stardream Metallics Vista (I think?), inks – VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMark, dies – My Favorite Things (pierced rectangle), Newton’s Nook (hummingbird), embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Ranger Super Fine Detail Powder white.


Sparkly Watercolor Blooms Birthday Card

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This card was for Cousin Pati’s birthday last week.

I had a horrible time with the photography – it was a bright sunny day, but too much glare. Hard to get the sparkle without the glare. This second photo shows the sparkle, but the color is a bit wonky.

 

Supplies:  Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, My Favorite Things, paper – Canson watercolor, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Rich Razzleberry, inks – VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMark, die – Simon Says Stamp, watercolors – Kuretake Gansai Tambi, embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art clear, Ranger Silver Pearl.


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Cat Pattern Birthday Card

Made this card for someone who loves cats and has an October birthday. The Spooky Night paper (purchased several years ago on clearance) just seemed perfect.

Supplies:  Stamp – Papertrey Ink, Paper – Curious Metallics Shadow, Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream, Stampin’ Up! Spooky Night, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, die – My Favorite Things, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, twine – Stampin’ Up!


Slimline Fall Birthday Card

 

The crafting companies have been showing lots of slimline cards the last 2 months. As if they were newly invented.  😉

As always, I struggle with birthday cards for the men in my life. This was made for one of the MANY October birthdays in my family.

Supplies:  Stamps – Papertrey Ink, Taylored Expressions, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Desert Storm, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Marina Mist, inks – Gina K Designs Cherry Red, VersaFine Crimson Red, dies – My Favorite Things (leaves), Papertrey Ink (birthday), Talyered Expressions (banner), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


Blended Backgrounds with Spanish Script Cards

I did these a few weeks ago, with the other Hola! cards.

Supplies:  Stamps – Cornish Heritage Farms, Technique Tuesday, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Pop Tone Sour Apple, Stampin’ Up! Night of Navy, Wisteria Wonder, Strathmore Bristol, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Shaded Lilac, Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron, VersaFine Clair Twilight, stencils – Newton’s Nook (shells), Simon Says Stamp (daisies), dies – Essentials by Ellen (hello), Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), My Favorite Things (pierced rectangle), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder.


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Small Things Card

Hey there!

I finally spent a little time at my craft table again. It was nice to be stamping, coloring and ink blending.

I made a mask out of scrap paper and blended ink clouds within the oval. The hummingbird colors were from a Google image search – the wings of the hummingbird I chose were so translucent they appeared to be pale purple gray.

My final product is OK – it is not balanced, but I don’t have anything in my stash to add to the left.  (I would love to have a smaller hummingbird facing right to add there!) I should have added more blooms to the left – poor planning on my part. I added the turquoise organdy ribbon to help – and I think it does balance it a little more.

Life has been…interesting? That’s not right, but it’s the best I can come up with. Not busy – I have plenty of time and no focus. Stressful – some (parental health issues).

We did get away to the beach for a week. (Our vacation has been renting a single family home, spending time on a not crowded beach, and having carryout for dinner for years now – no big change.) I appreciated the time away, we had beautiful sunsets and entertaining seagulls. Biggest question:  why the heck was Dairy Queen “closed for the season” in early August???

 

 

 

Supplies:  Stamps – Newton’s Nook, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Bermuda Bay, inks – Copic B05, BG15, BV00, BV01, Y18, YG25, YR14, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Tumbled Glass, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), Newton’s Nook, Spellbinders (oval), stencil – My Favorite Things, ribbon – Offray, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


Regal Rose Gerbera Daisy Birthday Card

I used my ZIG real brush pens to wash a coral-y mix of pink and orange over this daisy (stamped on Bristol cardstock). After die cutting, I mounted on some neutral Amy Tangerine paper. Sadly, when I went to pull cardstock for matting and the sentiment, I found I was out of the old Stampin’ Up! Cameo Coral (a soft pastel coral). I did find a sheet of Regal Rose in my stash, it is close enough for this.

Dropped into the mail to a family member, HOPEFULLY arriving on time for Thursday birthday!

Supplies:  Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, Papertrey Ink, paper – American Crafts Amy Tangerine On A Whim, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Regal Rose (retired), Strathmore Bristol, inks – VersaFine Onyx Black, ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens Brown (060), Light Green (041), Orange (070), Pink (025), dies – Essentials by Ellen (daisy), My Favorite Things (pierced rectangle), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


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Peony Bouquet Cards

I have had this Peony Bouquet stencil in my shopping cart since it debuted. FINALLY caught it in stock. I blended the inks a little vigorously (note to self:  order the temporary spray adhesive for stencils!) and had to add a few petal lines back with a SIGNO Uniball white pen. The hello version is top fold, birthday version is side fold.

How are things in your world?

Things here are OK. Hubby has a “return to work” date. Offspring3 and I have stalled on jigsaw puzzle #5 (2,000 pieces), and now I am tired of moving it to vacuum. My walking tan is almost to “beach week” shade.

My parents have rebelled and released themselves from quarantine! I told them 2 stores a week…they are doing 2 stores a DAY.

I get it, but still…HEAVY SIGH.

Maybe they will slow down after they realize how exhausting it is to be out?

Supplies:  Stamps – My Favorite Things, Papertrey Ink, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Strathmore Bristol, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Abandoned Coral, Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron, Wilted Violet, VersaFine Onyx Black, stencil – Simon Says Stamp, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear


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Teal Floral Anniversary Card

A quick anniversary card to fill a request from my mother in law. YES, I did make a pink version of this previously.

Hope everyone is well!

I realized this week that I have become a little lax with my trips to the outside world. (The fact that my parents keep forgetting to put items on their weekly errand list has caused Offspring3 and I to go out more often – LOL!) I will strive to be better! I have put an extra bottle of hand sanitizer in my minivan (always have one in my purse, but if it is OUT, in PLAIN SIGHT, maybe I will do better!).

Supplies:  Stamps – My Favorite Things, Rubber Stampede, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Bermuda Bay, Soft Sky (retired), inks – Copic BG13, BG15, G46, VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMark, die – Simon Says Stamp, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Stampin’ Up! Sterling Silver.


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Watercolored Spring Blooms Birthday Card

I needed a birthday card for this week. It was nice to step away from the sewing machine and craft something else.

Supplies:  Stamps – My Favorite Things, Papertrey Ink, paper – Arches watercolor, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Gorgeous Grape, inks – VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMark, ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens Green (040), Orange (070), watercolors – Sakura Koi, die – My Favorite Things, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.