Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


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Softball Themed Birthday Card

My Dad celebrated his birthday over the weekend. His softball season has started again, it is almost all he talks about, so I (yet again!) went with a softball theme for his card. Note to self – find some new sports themed stamps for next year!

I die cut a circle and drew in the stitches in Prismacolor pencil. I hope it doesn’t look like I recycled a card I made for him while in elementary school. I didn’t have all these supplies back then!

I procrastinated until the last minute on this. Well, part  procrastination (kept hoping for a different idea!), part working on other things.

Supplies:  Stamp – Papertrey Ink, paper – My Favorite Things Field Day, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Desert Storm, ink – VersaMark, dies – Simon Says Stamp (banner strip), Spellbinders (circle), embossing folder – Stampin’ Up!, embossing powder – Ranger Super Fine Detail white.


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Pair of Anniversary Cards

Springtime means wedding anniversaries for both sets of parents here. I made similar cards for both couples this year.

Supplies:  Stamp – Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Kaleidoscope DSP, Painted Blooms DSP, Basic Gray, Marina Mist, Night of Navy, ink – VersaMark, dies – Papertrey Ink (numbers), Reverse Confetti (tag), Simon Says Stamp (banner strip), Taylored Expressions (tag), embossing folder – Stampin’ Up!, jewels – Swarovski, sequins – Doodlebug Designs, embossing powder – Ranger Super Fine Detail white.


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Pastel Watercolored Bouquet Birthday Card

I found this stamped piece in one of my folders, and since it turned out to be Bristol cardstock, I did a bit of pale watercoloring with my ZIG pens. I do like how pale it turned out.

Supplies:  Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, Papertrey Ink, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Strathmore Bristol, inks – VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMark, ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens Brown (060), Cobalt Blue (031), Light Green (041), Light Violet (081), Orange (070), Yellow (050), die – Simon Says Stamp, embossing powders – Ranger Super Fine Detail white, Stampendous Detail clear.


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Hey, You Floppy Dog Card

Just a fun card. I love the floppy ears on this dog!

Supplies:  Stamps – Simon Says Stamp, paper – Carta Bella Passport, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Night of Navy, inks – Copic B32, C3, C9, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Simon Says Stamp (heart), Spellbinders (circles), embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.


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Bike Stripes Birthday Card

How about some happy, stripy bikes for a birthday card?

Supplies:  Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, Hampton Arts, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Poppy Parade, inks – VersaFine Clair Nocture, Tulip Red, Twilight, die – Simon Says Stamp, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


Quicky Note Cards

I do love note cards – the perfect snail mail surprise!

Really quick and easy to make with scrapbook paper.

Supplies:  Stamps – Hero Arts, Stampin’ Up!, paper – American Crafts Amy Tangerine (foliage), butterflies source unknown – I bought it at JoAnn’s, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Pop Tone Sour Apple, Stampin’ Up! Tempting Turquoise, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Simon Says Stamp (label strip), Spellbinders (circles), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


Blue and Gray New House Congratulations Card

This is my FAVORITE house image for a card related to moving.

The weather forecast here is for snow and ice again tonight into tomorrow. Yes, regular February weather for us. SIGH. I am so ready for warmer weather this year.

Supplies:  Stamps – Hero Arts, Papertrey Ink, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, PopTone Black Licorice, Stampin’ Up! Basic Gray, inks – Copic B0000, B34, C3, C5, YG25, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangles), Simon Says Stamp (banner strip), embossing folder – Stampin’ Up!, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.


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Paint Chip Cards and the return of the missing mojo…

My creative mojo has been mostly absent for the past year. Pandemic concerns. Elder care and assistance.

But crafting has been my art therapy, my happy place for 18 years.

Was I bored with my crafting?

Was I overwhelmed with the crafting industry “buy this now” monthly release push? That answer has been YES for a while. (Yes, I know my being overwhelmed is MY problem, not a problem with the industry!) Sensory overload for me.

Was it time to move on?

So, I have been struggling along, making the bare minimum of cards for family.

I finished making my New Years cards in mid January (because I bailed on making Christmas cards, but I had purchased holiday postage stamps – have to send something!), and here come Valentine’s Day cards…

But my mojo peeked out from under the couch next to my craft table and asked me…

I am enjoying crafting. I have ideas. I STILL LOVE COLOR.

Alas, I have discovered that my card basket is very picked over (thanks to Offspring3 and my cousins! Love you! ❤ ). Lots of categories that need to be refilled.

Paint chips were begging to be stamped upon. So, two cards to help refill the basket.

Supplies:  Stamps – Clearly Besotted, Essentials by Ellen, My Favorite Things, paper – Behr paint chips (Home Depot), Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Rich Razzleberry, ink – VersaMark, dies – Essentials by Ellen (hello), Simon Says Stamp (sentiment strip), embossing powders – Gina K Designs Fine Detail Silver, Stampin’ Up! Classy Copper


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Spectacular Valentine Card

 

I struggled with the background for this card – everything seemed to compete with the sunglasses. In the end, I embossed the Lawn Fawn Sunray Backdrop cover plate onto light blue cardstock.

Supplies:  Stamp – My Favorite Things, paper – Curious Metallic Shadow, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Reverse Confetti From Cupid, Stampin’ Up! Bashful Blue (retired), Real Red, ink – VersaMark, dies – Lawn Fawn (sunray backdrop), My Favorite Things (glasses), Simon Says Stamp (sentiment strip), embossing powder – Ranger Super Fine Detail white.