Paper and Ink Imaginings

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Around the Hen House Birthday Card

You will be seeing multiple chicken themed cards this week! I have wanted this Newton’s Nook stamp set since it was released, but I was unsure how many chicken cards I would actually make. So, I waited, to see how many ideas I would come up with. Thanks to Offspring3 for the gift!

I stamped the group of chickens twice (I envisioned a crowded hen house!). I lightly stenciled some clouds in the sky and a bit of dirt beneath the little chicken feet.

Supplies:  Stamps – Newton’s Nook, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Tangerine Tango, inks – Copic E11, E19, E23, E33, E51, E53, R29, YR04, YR09, Y35, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Antique Linen, Tumbled Glass, VersaFine Onyx Black, stencil – My Favorite Things, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


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Square Turquoise Daisy Birthday Card

This one was for personal use.

How were your holidays?

Ours were OK. We celebrated Christmas together as a family the weekend after Christmas, due to Offspring1 travel.

Biggest tragedy was dropping a large Pyrex mixing bowl and the glass shards *POSSIBLY* spraying into a large batch of macaroni & shrimp salad that I was making for one of my cousins on Christmas Eve. We cleaned up all the glass. Husband ran to the grocery store to purchase more shrimp. Offspring3 scooted to a local antique store and bought me a replacement Pyrex mixing bowl (she is sweet!). I made a new batch of macaroni & shrimp salad for my cousin. Husband (mostly) and Offspring3 ate all of the *possibly contaminated* macaroni & shrimp salad, with no visible complications so far.

Happy New Year! May 2020 be kind to us all!

Supplies:  Stamps – Clearly Besotted, Essentials by Ellen, Karen Foster Snap Stamps, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Chocolate Chip, Strathmore Bristol, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Broken China, Tumbled Glass, VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMark, ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens Cobalt Blue (031), Green (040), Light Green (041), Yellow (050), dies – Essential by Ellen (daisy), My Favorite Things (pierced rectangle), stencil – Simon Says Stamp, circle punch -Stampin’ Up!, embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Ranger Super Fine Detail white, twine – Martha Stewart.


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People Issues Blended Card

I ordered the 2nd set of snarky sentiments to go with this Essentials by Ellen Voices in My Head lady. And I had a day last week when I needed someone to send this card to ME.  😉

I struggle with the background for her. This time, I blended some Distress Oxide Ink over her (she was covered with masking paper).

In case you are wondering, the inspiration for the gray stripy hair is MY HAIR. I have been growing out my hair color (18 months now – still have some colored tips on one side – the longer side of the side part), and I now have brown & gray stripy hair. Not unattractive – I am glad I have muscled through the awkward stages with no emergency highlights or super short pixie and made it to the other side!

Supplies:  Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, inks – Copic E21, E23, E37, E53, W3, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Oxide Inks Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean, Wilted Violet, VersaFine Onyx Black, Vintage Sepia, die – Lawn Fawn, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


Stenciled Snowflakes Tag and Card

I got a new snowflake stencil from Gina K. Designs last week, and I combined it with a GKD wreath maker template that had smaller snowflakes. After the stencil inks were dry, I stamped Hero Arts snowflakes in VersaMark and covered with good old Iridescent Ice embossing powder from Stampin’ Up. I finished with a sentiment and a few sequins.

Supplies:  Stamps – Hero Arts, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Soft Sky (retired), inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Broken China Mermaid Lagoon, Tumbled Glass, VersaMark, dies – My Favorite Things (pierced rectangle), Taylored Expressions (tag), sequins – Pretty Pink Posh, embossing powders – Stampendous Detail clear, Stampin’ Up! Iridescent Ice, ribbon – Ellen Hutson (gift with order).


MFT Bear sELFIE Gift Tag

I really love this bear! I think he would be great for a winter birthday card as well as anything holiday related.

Supplies:  Stamp – My Favorite Things,Scrapbook.com,  paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, inks – Copic B28, BG0000, C1, C7, R20, R29, V17, VersaFine Onyx Black, die – Taylored Expressions, glitter – Ranger Stickles Crystal, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, organdy ribbon – Offray.


Kissing Bears Card (featuring OLD mulberry paper!)

This image and sentiment were part of my Sunday morning scavenge.

I also unearthed a scrap of pale blue mulberry paper that must be 15 years old.

Here we are, the Friday before Thanksgiving, and I still have so much to do! (and WHY did my dryer pick this week to stop working???) I don’t think I will be blogging next week – I’ll be back the first Monday in December.

If you celebrate, have a great Thanksgiving.

Supplies:  Stamps – Hero Arts, Penny Black, paper – Doodlebug Designs Christmas Magic, Malmero Perle Sparkle Green, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! mulberry paper, inks – Copic BG0000, C1, G17, R20, R29, VersaFine Onyx Black, Satin Red, glitter – Ranger Stickles Icicle, dies – My Favorite Things (pierced rectangle), Spellbinders (ovals), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


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Navy and Floral Wedding Card

Someone in my husband’s family is getting married next week.

I based my color and design choices on the invitation we received. (I looked it up online – the design is available from VistaPrint.)

I used the navy, the floral theme (I don’t have roses), and the oval shape.

Stamping on dark cardstock is a lot of work! Each flower or leaf was stamped first in white, then in at least one layer of color. I would not have been able to do this without my MISTI for repeat stamping.

Supplies:  Stamps – Hero Arts, Inky Antics, Paper Salon, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Night of Navy, Stardream Metallics Copper, inks – Copic RV11, Hero Arts Unicorn, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Fired Brick, Mowed Lawn, Picked Raspberry, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Oxide Ink – Picked Raspberry, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Simon Says Stamp (rectangle), Spellbinders (ovals), embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.