Paper and Ink Imaginings

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Encouragement Card – Runway Inspired Challenge ric#70

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Here is my entry for the latest Runway Inspired Challenge (ric#70).

I struggled with this challenge because I saw the drop dead gorgeous cards that were posted by others. Usually, I try to NOT look at what other people have created. But, over the last week I saw several on blogs I read daily, Amy Rohl – Ink About Me  , Kittie Caracciolo for Ellen Hutson’s The Classroom . Sometimes, I find it difficult to see past what a real artist sees. Intimidated, I am!

Anyway, down to the last minute for me. I wanted it to be easy to mail, so a one layer card. All images are embossed. My inspirations were the vertical red, and the shine from the black elements on the dress. I stamped my envelope first, and, OH, my design was born.

My envelope:

ric70 envelope

Here is the inspiration piece by Albert Martincich:

ric70 albert martincich

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Supplies: Stamps – Papertrey Ink, Reverse Confetti, paper – Papertrey Ink White, inks – VersaFine Onyx Black, Satin Red, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Hero Arts Liquid Platinum.


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Floral Birthday Card – Runway Inspired Challenge ric#69

ric69 birthday

Here is my take on the latest Runway Inspired Challenge ric#69 .

The inspiration for this challenge was this look from Cynthia Rowley’s Spring 2015 collection:

ric69 Cynthia Rowley

I struggled a bit with this, sometimes my brain wants to be too literal and I don’t have the supplies my brain wants to use. So, I chose to use the colors, the flower to the right of the model, and a vertical black accent.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies: Stamps – Papertrey Ink, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Papertrey Ink White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, inks – Stampin’ Up! Creamy Caramel (retired), Daffodil Delight, VersaFine Onyx Black, Vintage Sepia (under gold embossing), embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Stampin’ Up! Gold Detail Powder.


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Diamond Thinking of You – Runway Inspired Challenge ric#68

ric68 thinking of you

The current Runway Inspired Challenge (ric#68) really made me put on my thinking cap.  And I had to watch a few episodes of “Sex in the City” to really get the spirit of Carrie Bradshaw.  😉

The inspiration is this great shoe by Manolo Blahnik:

ric68 manolo blahnik

I stamped two different diamond background stamps on cream cardstock, embossed the floral outlines with gold embossing powder, and die cut each flower.  The greeting is also done in gold. The most difficult part was trying to keep the diamonds parallel to each other when adhering the flowers.

Supplies: Stamps – Stampin’ Up!, paper – Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream, inks – Stampin’ Up! Cameo Coral (retired), Perfect Plum, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Stampin’ Up!, embossing powder – Stampin’ Up! Gold Embossing Powder, metallic cord – Stampin’ Up!


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Thinking of you – Runway Inspired Challenge ric#67

ric67 thinking of you

Here is my effort for the latest Runway Inspired Challenge (ric#67).

I focused on the almost optical illusion quality of the suit fabric, and the colors of the top.

Here is the inspiration outfit by Veronica Beard:

ric67 veronica beard

Today is the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks – take a moment to remember those who lost their lives.

Supplies: Stamps – Papertrey Ink, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Echo Park, Papertrey Ink White, Stampin’ Up! Perfect Plum, inks – Stampin’ Up! Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Perfect Plum, Pumpkin Pie, VersaFine Onyx Black, gems/dots – Queen&Co, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Stampin’ Up! Silver Detail Powder.


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Floral Die Cut Birthday Card – Runway Inspired Challenge ric#66

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Here is my take on the latest Runway Inspired Challenge (ric#66).

I used the edge/die idea from Papertrey Ink’s Make It Monday #175 . The navy panel was stamped with a woodgrain stamp and embossed, and attached to the inside of the card. All of the embossing is done in navy.

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I love this inspiration piece by Sportmax – I could wear bold pink/navy every day.

ric66 Sportmax resort 2015

Supplies: Stamps – Papertrey Ink, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Papertrey Ink White, Stampin’ Up! Melon Mambo, Night of Navy, Pink Pirouette, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Stampin’ Up!, embossing powder – Stampin’ Up! Navy (retired).


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Embossed Lace Sympathy Card – Runway Inspired Challenge ric#65

ric65 lace sympaty (click photo to enlarge)

 The latest Runway Inspired Challenge (ric#65) is here!

Here is the inspiration look, from Louis Vuitton Resort 2015:

ric65 louis vuitton resort 2015

I was inspired by the lace blouse, and the colors. I embossed in white on cream cardstock. I cut a doily out of Night of Navy cardstock, then cut a rectangle tag out of the doily to make the layer behind the sentiment. I did debate adding crystals or enamel dots, but thought it was better left unembellished.

I can’t think of Louis Vuitton without thinking of the movie “Leap Year” – Anna (Amy Adams) had a Louis Vuitton suitcase, and Declan (Matthew Goode) called it “Louis”. I can’t find my favorite clip about the suitcase, but this one will do just fine.

“Leap Year” Louis Vuitton scene

(sorry, WordPress was not allowing me to embed the video as I was preparing this post!)

Supplies: Stamps – Papertrey Ink, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Natural White, Stampin’ Up! Barely Banana (retired), Night of Navy, inks – Papertrey Ink Fresh Snow, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Lifestyle Crafts (doily), Spellbinders (rectangle), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, white, organdy ribbon – JoAnn’s.


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Subtle Sympathy Card – Runway Inspired Challenge ric#64

ric64 muted sympathy

Here is my interpretation of the latest Runway Inspired Challenge (ric#64).

I made a very simple, very muted sympathy card. The flowers and stems were stamped off once before being stamping onto the Sahara Sand cardstock. I added a sentiment embossed in white, and scattered white dots with a Signo Gel Pen. I also scored the paper horizontally, twice from the front, once from the back.

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Here is the inspiration piece by Bottega Veneta:

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Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies: Stamps – Papertrey Ink, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Stampin’ Up! Sahara Sand, inks – Papertrey Ink Fresh Snow, Stampin’ Up! Blushing Bride, Certainly Celery (retired), Pool Party, Signo Gel Pen, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder white, gold organdy ribbon – Stampin’ Up!