Paper and Ink Imaginings

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Foliage Birthday Card – Runway Inspired Challenge ric#96

ric96 birthday

I found time over the weekend to create something for the latest Runway Inspired Challenge (ric#96).

Here is the inspiration look by Banana Republic:

ric96 banana republic


I was inspired by the colors, and struggled to find an image in my collection. I ultimately settled on a retired Stampin’ Up! set  (Two Step Stampin’ Shapes and Shadows) that had two leaves (solid and outline). The coverage on the embossed outline of the leaves is a little spotty (because I stamped all the outlines before pouring embossing powder), but I think that plays well with the Distress Ink images.

Supplies: Stamps – Clearly Besotted, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream, Stampin’ Up! Tempting Turquoise, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Hickory Smoke, Salty Ocean, Seedless Preserves, VersaFine Smokey Gray, embossing powder – Ranger Liquid Platinum.



Wedding Wishes Card – Runway Inspired Challenge ric#94

ric94 wedding

The latest Runway Inspired Challenge (ric#94) is based on the inspiration from Houghton Bridal.

ric94 Houghton Bridal

The lace was my inspiration.

I die cut flowers and leaves from Shimmery White cardstock with the Bold Blooms dies (stand alone), and glued them individually onto white cardstock.

Here is my lace background:

handmade e by e lace background

I attached the lace background to a top fold card, and added a sentiment (platinum embossed on black).

Edited 11/3/2015: My card got selected as one of the Fabulous Fashionistas for the challenge. Thanks to the Runway team!

Supplies: Stamp – Paper Salon, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Shimmery White, ink – VersaFine Smoky Gray, dies – Essentials by Ellen, embossing powder – Ranger Liquid Platinum.



Birthday Cake Card – Runway Inspired Challenge ric#93

ric93 birthday cake

Down to the wire on this one! Second post of the day (because I was not sure I would create the card!).

I love the outfit (dress? separates? not sure!) that the Runway Inspired Challenge blog posted for ric#93.

The stripes have been in my brain for a week. “I need to do stripes.” I tried to make a background of closely spaced sentiments in the stripe colors…that worked until my Summer Starfruit marker didn’t work on the clear stamp I was trying to use. Circular file fodder. I thought about doing stripy clusters of flowers…nah.

Cake layers…yes…yes…I can do that! I watercolored a background with Distress Inks. The cake was embossed and then colored with a blender pen – but I didn’t blend the colors well, I wanted edges on the colors. A bit Wink of Stella on the top of the cake. The candles were embossed, then colored with Copics. (and I trimmed them more so that the white edge of the die cut would not block the top of the cake)

Here is the inspiration (by Emilio de la Morena):

ric93 emilio de la morena

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies: Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, snow white watercolor paper – source unknown, inks – Copic B05, C1, Y18. Stampin’ Up! Orchid Opulence (retired), Summer Starfruit (retired), Wisteria Wonder, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean, Spun Sugar, Tumbled Glass, VersaFine Onyx Black, Wink of Stella clear, dies – Essentials by Ellen, organdy ribbon – JoAnn’s.


Painted Leaves Thank You Card – Pin-Sights September 2015 Challenge and Runway Inspired Challenge ric#92

e by e sept 2015 pinsights and ric92

This week, I combined the Essentials by Ellen September 2015 Pin-Sights Challenge with the Runway Inspired Challenge ric#92.

I print challenge inspirations out and post them on a cork board by my workspace. Not that I find the time to participate in all of the challenges, but it gives me something to aim for!

Here is my current challenge printout:

weekly inspiration printout

The Pinsights challenge and Runway challenge (both on the left of my printout) overlapped on color palettes, and I just visualized them as one card.

I stamped the sentiment and the leaves in VersaMark, and embossed them with Navy embossing powder. I stamped my distress ink pads onto an old data CD and used an aquabrush to paint the colors into the leaf sections.

Here is the Pin-Sights mood board:

e by e sept 2015 pinsights challenge

and the inspiration look by Giles (Resort 2016):

ric92 giles

Supplies: Stamps – Avery Elle, Essentials By Ellen, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Pool Party, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Fired Brick, Seedless Preserves, Spun Sugar, Squeezed Lemonade, Tumbled Glass, VersaMark, embossing powder – Stampin’ Up! Navy (retired).


Gold Mirror Wedding Card – Runway Inspired Challenge ric#82

ric82 gold mirror anniversary

I loved the latest inspiration for the Runway Inspired Challenge ric#82 . Elegant.

I didn’t bust out any new ideas or techniques, just stayed elegant and classic. I embossed the gold mirror paper with an embossing folder, and was very happy that the embossing did not crack the paper or the finish.

Here is the inspiration look by Naeem Khan:

ric82 naeem khan

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies: Stamp – Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Recollections Gold Mirror, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, ink – VersaFine Smokey Gray, die – Lawn Fawn, embossing folder – Provo Craft, jewels – EK Success Swarovski Elements, embossing powder – Stampin’ Up! Gold Glory, organdy ribbon – JoAnn’s.


Birthday Card – Runway Inspired Challenge ric#78

ric78 birthday

I really went down to the wire on this Runway Inspired Challenge (ric#78) .

Here is the inspiration look by DKNY:

ric78 DKNY

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies: Stamp – Papertrey Ink, paper – Papertrey Ink White, Stampin’ Up! Calypso Coral, Smoky Slate, ink VersaFine Smoky Gray, die – Papertrey Ink, washi tape – Recollections, embossing powder – Ranger Liquid Platinum.


Simple Violets Card – Runway Inspired Challenge ric#77

ric77 violets

Simple violets for the latest Runway Inspired Challenge (ric#77) .

The inspiration look this week was this gorgeous gown by Jenny Packham:

ric77 jenny packham

Supplies: Stamps – Hampton Art, Papertrey Ink, paper – Papertrey Ink White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Gray, inks – Copic B21, BV01, V09, Y11, YG03, VersaFine Onyx Black, Smokey Gray, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.