Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


Fun Llama and Cactus Encouragement Card

Can I squeeze in one more llama this week??  (I should have planned an entire week of llamas and alpacas…in reality, there was no plan, just trying to cover 5 days of posts during a very busy week for me!)

I was gifted the Crate Paper Good Vibes 6 x 6 pad recently. I love this page of random blocks.

I just matted the paper on black, and added a few sequins.

Supplies: Paper – Crate Paper Good Vibes, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, sequins – Simon Says Stamp.


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Botantical Collage Birthday Card

When I stamped the background collage for Offspring3’s birthday card a few weeks ago, I stamped multiple sheets of the collage (the MISTI made that easy!).

This version was stamped using Simon Says Stamp inks in Hot Mama (a dark orchid) and Deep Purple. The inks are new to me. I was THRILLED to find my blended ink color matched a piece of Plum Punch card stock I had in my stash.

I have had an entire set of Stampin’ Up! Classic Ink Pads forever. I did update to the “new” Stampin’ Up! foam pads in 2012, and, alas, while I have gotten my money’s worth out of these ink pads, it is time to reink or buy new ink pads. The pads I have reinked have changed color (gone darker), which doesn’t make me a happy camper. Ink pads are a big investment, so I am going to be researching other brands that have come onto the market since I made my original investment in 2002.

And here is a birthday note card I made out of the leftover collage:

If you don’t mind, think good thoughts for my family again today! I will be back at the hospital with my parents, my mother is having a procedure called Endovascular Coiling for her unruptured brain aneurysm.

Supplies: Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, Papertrey Ink, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Taylored Expressions Plum Punch, inks – Simon Says Stamp Deep Purple, Hot Mama, VersaFine Onyx Black, die – My Favorite Things, embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Ranger Liquid Platinum, organdy ribbon – Offray.


Blended Ink Graduation Card


{insert trumpet fanfare here!}

Guess what happened yesterday???

Offspring3 graduated from college with a Bachelor of Arts. Magna Cum Laude. In two and a half years.

Can you just feel me BURSTING WITH PRIDE through your computer screen?  (If not, something must be wrong with your settings!)

I blended the ink background last week, and pondered the rest of the card for a few days.

Supplies: Stamps – A Muse Artstamps, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stmpin’ Up! Basic Black, Silver Foil, Strathmore Bristol, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Blueprint Sketch, Chipped Sapphire, Salty Ocean, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Taylored Expressions, sequins – Simon Says Stamp, DYMO label maker, embossing powder – Ranger clear, organdy ribbon – Offray.


Falala Holiday Cards

I was running out of time for my personal holiday cards!! The Crate Paper Falala paper pad helped make it easier for me.

How are all of your holiday tasks coming along?

I am in the midst of baking cookies…my hands are so cracked from all of the bowl & pan washing. Wrapping presents and printing the annual calendar are the next items on the list.

Supplies: Stamp – Simon Says Stamp, paper – Crate Paper Falala, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Gold Foil, Pool Party, ink – VersaMark, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangles), Spellbinders (circles), embossing powders – Stampin’ Up! Sterling Silver, Stampendous Gold Detail, organdy ribbon – Offray.

Positive and Negative Snowflake Season’s Greetings Card

I had a scrap of silver mirror paper, with snowflakes cut out…I needed to figure out how to use it. Turns out it was not square/even (I kept it, need to figure out if I have a shape die that will preserve most of it!), so I made a new scrap, and saved the center pieces of the snowflakes to glue onto the design. The mirror piece was mounted on Shine shimmering paper.

Before I got around to photographing the above card, I got serious with the other leftover snowflake scrap. I decided an oval die would preserve the most for me.

The snowflakes I added were cut from Shimmering White card stock.

I am linking this up to Simon Says Stamp’s Christmas Card Day post – the random winner will get a $100 gift card.

Supplies: Stamps – Hero Arts, Simon Says Stamp, paper – Gmund Royal, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Bashful Blue (retired), Real Red, Shimering White, Silver Foil, Shine Pearl, ink – VersaMark, dies – My Favorite Things (snowflakes), Spellbinders (ovals), embossing folder – Provo Craft, embossing powder – Ranger Silver Pearl, Stampin’ Up! Sterling Silver.


Film Strip Birthday Card

Offspring2 is studying Visual Arts and Photography. Here is the card I made for his October birthday.

The film strip is one stamp, then I masked and added all the individual image stamps into each frame. And I held my breath while coloring….please please please no mistakes NOW!

Supplies: Stamps – Altenew, Essentials by Ellen, Hampton Arts, Hero Arts, Inkadinkado, JudiKins, Lawn Fawn, Papertrey Ink, Reverse Confetti, Simon Says Stamp, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Bermuda Bay, inks – Copics 110, B0000, B00, B02, B05, BG15, C1, C3, C5, C7, E19, E23, E41, E51, E57, RV14, R39, W00, W3, W7, YG25, YR04, YR68, Y11, Y18, VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMark, embossing powders – Ranger clear, Stampin’ Up! Sterling Silver.


Dia de los Muertos Card – 2017

Of course I had to make a Dia de los Muertos card for Offspring3. And I couldn’t use the card I created for the Fusion Card Challenge last week, she would see that here on the blog before the actual day.

The sentiment here translates to “He who lives with hope dies happy”, and was printed on Neenah from my computer.

Offspring3 has given me several sugar skulls this year. The ceramic skull is from Oaxaca, Mexico, and the panel art is from Target $1 aisle (our favorite place to browse!).

Supplies: Stamp – Simon Says Stamp, paper – Doodlebug Designs, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Tempting Turquoise, Stardream Metallic Onyx, inks – Copic B02, V04, Y18, YG06, YR04, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Simon Says Stamp (skull), Spellbinders (circle), Taylored Expressions (banner), sequins – Doodlebug Designs, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.