Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


Botantical Collage Birthday Card

When I stamped the background collage for Offspring3’s birthday card a few weeks ago, I stamped multiple sheets of the collage (the MISTI made that easy!).

This version was stamped using Simon Says Stamp inks in Hot Mama (a dark orchid) and Deep Purple. The inks are new to me. I was THRILLED to find my blended ink color matched a piece of Plum Punch card stock I had in my stash.

I have had an entire set of Stampin’ Up! Classic Ink Pads forever. I did update to the “new” Stampin’ Up! foam pads in 2012, and, alas, while I have gotten my money’s worth out of these ink pads, it is time to reink or buy new ink pads. The pads I have reinked have changed color (gone darker), which doesn’t make me a happy camper. Ink pads are a big investment, so I am going to be researching other brands that have come onto the market since I made my original investment in 2002.

And here is a birthday note card I made out of the leftover collage:

If you don’t mind, think good thoughts for my family again today! I will be back at the hospital with my parents, my mother is having a procedure called Endovascular Coiling for her unruptured brain aneurysm.

Supplies: Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, Papertrey Ink, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Taylored Expressions Plum Punch, inks – Simon Says Stamp Deep Purple, Hot Mama, VersaFine Onyx Black, die – My Favorite Things, embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Ranger Liquid Platinum, organdy ribbon – Offray.

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Alpaca My Scarf Cards

Offspring3 is very generous about feeding my inner stamping monster! She has recently become enamored of the small clear stamp sets that cost less than $5. Most companies have some offering in that range.

This alpaca set is by Lawn Fawn – ADORABLE.

I stenciled snow around the alpaca, and I used my MISTI to get the individual sentiments straight and well spaced.

This is a perfect card for this winter – the past few weeks have been SO COLD. BRRRRRRRR! (I am typing this at 6:00 AM on January 7, 2018 – it is 3 degrees on my outdoor thermometer (suction cupped to the kitchen window)! I later heard the official low at the airport 10 miles east of us was 1 degree.)

And, of course, I finished a second version of this card before getting my photography done:

Supplies: Stamps – Lawn Fawn, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Bashful Blue (retired), Real Red, Soft Sky, inks – Copic E41, E51, R29, Stampin’ Up! Bashful Blue (retired), Soft Sky, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Spellbinders, stencil – My Favorite Things (Snowfall), embossing folder – Provo Craft, embossing powder – Ranger clear.


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Sending You Sunshine Card

This stamp set is an adorable tiny set from Waffle Flower (this is one stamp). I embossed in brown, and colored the flowers to be Black Eyed Susans (the state flower of Maryland).

Our weather has been so cold, it is not like I could send anyone sunshine (with warmth!) at this point. But, I thought the Black Eyed Susans might brighten up the day of someone longing for Maryland.

The green background paper is and oldie-but-a-goodie from A Muse. I think it was called “Kitchen”, and came in a multicolor variety pack maybe 10 years ago. I still have some scraps in my folder.

Supplies: Stamp – Waffle Flower, paper – A Muse, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Close to Cocoa (retired), inks – Copic E23, YG03, Y18, VersaFine Vintage Sepia, dies – My Favorite Things, corner rounder – Stampin’ Up!, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, twine – Martha Stewart.


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Cactus Thank You Card

This cactus stamp (wood mount) was in my Christmas stocking.

Think good thoughts for me today – I will be sitting in a hospital waiting room (with my father) while my mother has a cerebral angiogram to investigate an unruptured brain aneurysm.

Supplies: Stamps – Inkadinkado, My Favorite Things, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Crumb Cake, Pear Pizzazz, ink – Stampin’ Up! Creamy Caramel (retired), Pear Pizzazz, VersaMark, die – My Favorite Things, embossing powder – Stampendous Gold Detail.


You Are Strong Card – Ellen Hutson December 2017 Pin-Sights Challenge

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! May 2018 be a healthy and happy year for you!

I am just squeaking under the wire for the Ellen Hutson December 2017 Pin-Sights Challenge.

Here is the inspiration board:

I am excited – Offspring3 gifted me a plethora of new stamps for Christmas, and 2 new (to me) Ellen Hutson sets were included in the bunch! (Be Strong and Rustic Wildflowers) YAY!

I attempted to use all of the colors in Distress Ink form – I did stamp off the Salty Ocean and Wild Honey to make them lighter. And I liked the motion in the photo on the lower left – although, I don’t think I quite had enough space to capture the same effect.

Supplies: Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, inks – Hero Arts Unicorn, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Mermaid Lagoon, Mowed Lawn, Picked Raspberry, Ripe Persimmon, Salty Ocean, Shabby Shutters, Spun Sugar, Twisted Citron, Wild Honey, die – My Favorite Things, sequins – Pretty Pink Posh, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder white.


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Oh Happy Life with Coffee Card

I am not a coffee person, but I know a lot of people who are coffee aficionados. (Confession: I am a Diet Coke person…)

The individual coffee beans were stamped and embossed, then fussy cut.

Supplies: Stamps – Simon Says Stamp, paper – American Craft Amy Tangerine Oh Happy Life, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Tangerine Tango, ink – VersaFine Vintage Sepia, dies – Hero Arts (coffee cup), My Favorite Things ( In and Out Stitched Rectangle), embossing powder – Ranger clear.


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Feel Better Soon (with Penguins) Card

Hey, happy Thursday!

I am struggling to bounce back from holiday activities – just TIRED. So this card won the coin toss for today’s post.

Hope you are well!

Supplies: Stamps – Stampin’ Up!, The Cat’s Pajamas, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, Tempting Turquoise, inks – Copics Bo2, BG15, C3, E23, R29, YR68, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – My Favorite Things (pierced rectangle), Taylored Expressions (banner), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, twine – Stampin’ Up!