Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


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Happy Mother’s Day 2020

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Here are the cards I created for my friends. The sentiment inside is Happy Mother’s Day.

Taking the photo for today, I thought, what if I get the table base into the photo? I love this table! Yeah, table base looks great, but the cards totally washed out!

The story behind the table – it was in my paternal grandmother’s house for all of my memory. She remarried when I was 2 or 3, and it belonged to her second husband (who was my grandfather not by blood but by love!). Asked about it years later, he told me his father worked at the docks in Baltimore, and, similar to the Boston Tea Party, some ships would ditch some products into the harbor waters to avoid taxes. A ship from Africa dumped some cargo, my great grandfather ended up with this hand carved table. It was originally covered with ebony paint, my grandfather had it stripped and stained.

Supplies:  Stamps – Newton’s Nook, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Highland Heather, Melon Mambo, Rose Red, So Saffron, inks – Copic BV08, C1, E15, E23, G46, R21, R81, R85, RV13, RV14, V04, V09, V17, Y18, Y21, Y28, Y35, YR04, YR09, YR68, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangles), Spellbinders (circles), embossing folder – Provo Craft, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


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Watercolored Daisies Mother’s Day Card

Back in March, I purchased a set of Dr. Ph. Martin’s Hydrus liquid watercolors (half price sale).

I have finally gotten around to trying them. They are very concentrated, I only used a few drops of each color. Next time, I will try a bolder palette.

Supplies:  Stamps – Hero Arts, Newton’s Nook, paper – Arches watercolor, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Wild Wasabi, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Spellbinders, watercolors – Dr. Ph. Martin’s Hydrus set 1, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


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Anniversary Cups Card

My parents celebrated 64 years of marriage this week.

I used the carry out cups to represent their personal choices (Mom – tea, Dad – cocoa or a milkshake!).

Supplies:  Stamps – Hero Arts, Stampin’ Up!, paper – American Crafts Amy Tangerine On A Whim, Heidi Swap {some collection I can’t remember!}, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Pacific Point, Pool Party, Poppy Parade, inks – VersaFine Onyx Black, Vintage Sepia, dies – Hero Arts (cups, lid, swirly), Simon Says Stamp (banner), Spellbinders (circle), sequins – Lawn Fawn, Pretty Pink Posh, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


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White and Wisteria Sympathy Card

This card was in the batch of replacement cards that was delivered to my mother in law last week.

How are things in isolation for you?

Things here are going well. Nice weather makes the days go faster.

I made a total of 8 scrub caps for my cousin (and ran out of fabric!). I ordered some fabric bundles (quilting pieces) from JoAnn’s, and that finally was available for pickup on Sunday. Now I am making non-medical masks, first for personal use…I’m sure I will end up making some to send off to someone who needs them.

Have a good day!

Supplies:  Stamps – Inkadinkado, Papertrey Ink, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Wisteria Wonder, inks – VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMark, dies – Spellbinders, embossing folder – Provo Craft, embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Detail clear, Stampin’ Up! Sterling Silver.


Happy Yellow Card Duo

Yes, you are required to say “happy yellow” in your best Bob Ross voice!

These went to my mother in law this week. I think she gave some of the last cards to one of her caregivers and now needs replacements? Unclear.

“Stay at Home” is going OK. I am only leaving the house to walk, get groceries, or check on my parents. Offspring3 and I completed a 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle in about 8 hours on Monday.

How are things in your private space?

Supplies:  Stamps – Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, ScrapBerry Mediterranean, Stampin’ Up! Pear Pizzazz, Rich Razzleberry, Taylored Expressions Build A Scene, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMark, dies – My Favorite Things (pierced rectangles), Spellbinders (circles), embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Ranger Silver Pearl.


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Love You A Latte Pieced Card

I had this Avery Elle set on my work table (I used a Happy Birthday sentiment stamp), and this card just had to play through.

The cups are paper pieced with Amy Tangerine On A Whim paper.

The background is dry embossed with the cup die (hard to see – I should have used an extra shim!).

Supplies:  Stamps – Avery Elle, paper – American Crafts Amy Tangerine On A Whim, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Desert Storm, Stampin’ Up! Soft Sky (retired), ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Avery Elle (cup), Spellbinders (circles), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


Blended Sea Tones Birthday Card

This color scheme was inspired by a blog post by Kristina Werner. Gorgeous! (and, yes, I WANT that peony stencil!)

I made mine into a birthday card, and added a few coordinating sequins.

It makes me HAPPY!

Supplies:  Stamp – Gina K. Designs, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Night of Navy, Strathmore Bristol, inks – Gina K. Designs Sea Glass, Hero Arts Fiesta Teal, Lawn Fawn Deep Sea, VersaFine Clair Twilight, dies – Spellbinders, stencil – Heidi Swapp, sequins – Doodlebug Designs, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.