Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


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Happy Mother’s Day 2020

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Here are the cards I created for my friends. The sentiment inside is Happy Mother’s Day.

Taking the photo for today, I thought, what if I get the table base into the photo? I love this table! Yeah, table base looks great, but the cards totally washed out!

The story behind the table – it was in my paternal grandmother’s house for all of my memory. She remarried when I was 2 or 3, and it belonged to her second husband (who was my grandfather not by blood but by love!). Asked about it years later, he told me his father worked at the docks in Baltimore, and, similar to the Boston Tea Party, some ships would ditch some products into the harbor waters to avoid taxes. A ship from Africa dumped some cargo, my great grandfather ended up with this hand carved table. It was originally covered with ebony paint, my grandfather had it stripped and stained.

Supplies:  Stamps – Newton’s Nook, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Highland Heather, Melon Mambo, Rose Red, So Saffron, inks – Copic BV08, C1, E15, E23, G46, R21, R81, R85, RV13, RV14, V04, V09, V17, Y18, Y21, Y28, Y35, YR04, YR09, YR68, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangles), Spellbinders (circles), embossing folder – Provo Craft, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


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White and Wisteria Sympathy Card

This card was in the batch of replacement cards that was delivered to my mother in law last week.

How are things in isolation for you?

Things here are going well. Nice weather makes the days go faster.

I made a total of 8 scrub caps for my cousin (and ran out of fabric!). I ordered some fabric bundles (quilting pieces) from JoAnn’s, and that finally was available for pickup on Sunday. Now I am making non-medical masks, first for personal use…I’m sure I will end up making some to send off to someone who needs them.

Have a good day!

Supplies:  Stamps – Inkadinkado, Papertrey Ink, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Wisteria Wonder, inks – VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMark, dies – Spellbinders, embossing folder – Provo Craft, embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Detail clear, Stampin’ Up! Sterling Silver.


Butterfly Circle Birthday Card

This is card #2 for my mother-in-law – her birthday is next week.

I had been looking at a Reverse Confetti stamp set that has a butterfly wreath. Pretty. BUT, no disposable income to be found in my craft wallet.

Do I have a small butterfly stamp that I can use with the Gina K. Designs wreath builder?? (YES)

Supplies:  Stamps – Gina K. Designs, Papertrey Ink, paper – Curious Metallics Lime, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Gorgeous Grape, inks – Hero Arts Fiesta Yellow, Taylored Expressions Jelly Donut, Lime Zest, Lollipop, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), Spellbinders (circles), embossing folder – Provo Craft, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


Pink Unforgettable Elephant Card

I made this for Cousin Pati’s Valentine – it had to be PINK!

Supplies:  Stamp – Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Pretty in Pink (retired), Real Red, inks – Copic C3, E53, R29, R81, RV11, RV13, VersaFine Onyx Black, die – Reverse Confetti, embossing folder – Provo Craft, sequins – Doodlebug Designs, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, twine – MarkerPOP.


Rooster Love Card

This is my Valentine for Offspring1 – the rooster is speaking Offspring1 language.

I was able to use an embossing strip I bought way back (and maybe never used before?? Package dated 2012.).

I really L.O.V.E. being able to personalize cards.  😉

Supplies:  Stamps – JustRite, Newton’s Nook, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Desert Storm, Stampin’ Up! Pacific Point, Poppy Parade, inks – Copic B06, BG15, C7, E33, R24, YR14, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Lawn Fawn (heart, speech bubble), Spellbinders (circle), embossing strip – Provo Craft, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


Quick Snowflake Happy Holidays Note Card

Happy December!

I found the embossed sentiment in my scrap folder, and added an embossed snowflake panel and some silver paper.

Supplies:  Stamp – Simon Says Stamp, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Soft Sky (retired), Stardream Metallic Silver, ink – VersaMark, die – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), embossing folder – Provo Craft, embossing powder – Stamping Up! Sterling Silver.


Have Yourselfie Christmas Card

I was not really looking for another holiday stamp set right now (I already have one I will use for my personal cards this year), but this My Favorite Things BB Christmas sELFies just tickled my funny bone.

Supplies:  Stamps – My Favorite Things, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Real Red, inks – Copic B05, C3, E21, E57, G03, R29, VersaFine Onyx Black, die – Taylored Expresssions, embossing folder – Provo Craft, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


And November begins…

I finished the paperwork I was working on for the in-laws early in the week, and even found time to stamp and color a few things before other chores took over (making a birthday cake, cleaning the house).

I am hoping that a few fun size bags of M&Ms will lure my mojo to the craft table this afternoon!

Have a great Friday!

Stamps – My Favorite Things, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Arches watercolor, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Pacific Point, Real Red, Strathmore Bristol, inks – Copics, Stampin’ Up! Real Red, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Reverse Confetti (tag), Spellbinders (square), embossing folder – Provo Craft, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, organdy ribbon – ClearBags.


Bird on a Branch Birthday Card

This Taylored Expressions set was still on my work table from the “sunshiny day” sentiment.

Supplies:  Stamps – Papertrey Ink, Taylored Expressions, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, PopTone Sour Apple, Stampin’ Up! Close to Cocoa (retired), Gorgeous Grape, inks – Copic E23, RV29, V09, YG23, YR09, Y18, 100, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Tumbled Glass, VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMark, dies – Spellbinders, embossing folder – Provo Craft, stencil – My Favorite Things, embossing powders – Ranger Super Fine White, Stampendous Detail clear.


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Retro Encouragement Card

While I was ironing Sunday afternoon, there were several commercials for “A Very Brady Renovation” (the show with the original “Brady Bunch” cast renovating the house that was used for the exterior shot of the show).

This is one of those “gotta let it play through” cards. Could not get the 1960’s flowers out of my head. (I was the target “tween” audience for “The Brady Bunch” and “The Partridge Family”. Friday night TV, baby!)

When I went looking for a sentiment, I found this old one from Taylored Expressions, and it SO fits with the theme of this card. (The only better choice would have been “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!”!)

While I was photographing the card, I thought, “hmmm…what about “The Dating Game” set decor??  Very similar as well!

Supplies:  Stamp – Taylored Expressions, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, PopTone RazzleBerry, Sour Apple, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Tempting Turquoise (retired), ink – VersaMark, dies – Provo Craft (flowers), Simon Says Stamp (sentiment banner), embossing powder – Ranger Super Fine Detail White.