Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


Thinking of You Card – CC481

cc481 thinking of you

This week’s Splitcoaststampers color challenge is titled So Smoky & Slushy. The colors are So Saffron, Smoky Slate and Strawberry Slush. With dessert option of twine.

I was inspired by the card that Julie Ebersole did for Monday’s (June 2, 2014) Hello, Monday feature on Ellen Hutson’s The Classroom blog.

I embossed the flowers in white on watercolor paper, then spritzed with water. I don’t have reinkers in any of the challenge colors, but I had 2 of the 3 colors in marker form, and the 3rd in an ink pad. So, I used 2 markers and a blender pen (with the ink pad) to get color into the water on the paper. I finally bagged the blender pen – it didn’t work the way I anticipated, and pulled out my aqua brush to spread the Smoky Slate.

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Supplies: Stamps – Papertrey Ink, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Canson watercolor, Stampin’ Up! Smoky Slate, Strawberry Slush, inks – Stampin’ Up! Smoky Slate, So Saffron, Strawberry Slush, VersaFine Smoky Gray, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder white, twine – We R Memory Keepers.


Celebrate! – CC480

cc480 celebrate

This week’s Splitcoaststampers Color Challenge is “Real White Night” (Real Red, Whisper White, Night of Navy) with dessert option of stars.

I started out thinking I was making a Father’s Day card or birthday card for my father-in-law. But this card happened instead. Just go with it, right? I have been so busy the past few weeks, my mojo is not sure what to make of crafting time!

I punched stars with various punches, and embossed the largest ones in an embossing folder.

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Supplies: Stamps – Stampin’ Up!, paper – Papertrey Ink White, Stampin’ Up! Brushed Silver, Night of Navy, Real Red, inks – Stampin’ Up! Pear Pizzazz, VersaFine Onyx Black, punches – Fiskars, All Night Media, embossing folder – Provo Craft, star jewels – A Muse Twinkle Stickers, embossing powder – Stampin’ Up! Sterling Silver, silver cord – PaperMart/


Thank You Card – CC477

cc477 thank you

This week’s Splitcoaststampers Color Challenge is “Black and White Pool Party”, with dessert option of stenciling.

I stenciled a piece of white cardstock using Pool Party ink, mounted it on a layer of black, and then sat it at an angle on the card base (traced the edge of the card base, cut the layers, and finally mounted).

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Supplies: Stamps – Stampin’ Up!, Taylored Expressions, paper – Papertrey Ink White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Pool Party, inks – Stampin’ Up! Pool Party, VersaFine Onyx Black, Spellbinders Diamond & Stars Impressabilities, flower die – Stampin’ Up!, enamel dots – Stampin’ Up!, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


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Floral Birthday Card – CC476

cc476 birthday

This was my last week as guest designer on the Splitcoaststampers Color Challenge. It has been a great honor to participate with the hostesses and fellow guest designer for the month of April – thanks again for asking me to play along.

This week’s challenge (CC476) is Wonderful Pizzazz Petals (Wisteria Wonder, Pear Pizzazz, Primrose Petals), with the dessert option of metallic gold.

Dessert being my FAVORITE thing, I went crazy with gold.

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Supplies: Stamps – Stampin’ Up!, paper – Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream, Stampin’ Up! Brushed Gold, Wisteria Wonder, inks – Stampin’ Up! Pear Pizzazz, Primrose Petals, Wisteria Wonder, VersaFine Vintage Sepia, die – Spellbinders (rectangle), sequins – Doodlebug Designs Inc, embossing powder – Stampin’ Up! Detail Gold, organdy ribbon – Stampin’ Up! (retired).


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Baby Onesie Card – CC475

cc475 baby

The latest color challenge at Splitcoaststampers (CC475) is “Point me to a Real Pie” – Pacific Point, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie. With dessert option of enamel dots.

I cut the blue card smaller than the onesie die, so the card is similar to a tent topper. And I positioned the enamel dots to be the onesie snaps.

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Supplies: Stamp – Hero Arts, paper – Papertrey Ink White, Stampin’ Up! Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, inks – Stampin’ Up! Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, dies – Papertrey Ink (onesie), Spellbinders (stars), enamel dots – Stampin’ Up!


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Thinking of You Note Card – CC474

cc474 thinking of you

This week’s Splitcoaststampers Color Challenge (CC474) is Pink Pirouette, Pistachio Pudding, and Very Vanilla. With dessert option of NO STAMPING.

I knew immediately what supplies I was using – a new die, Stem Silhouettes 4 from Taylored Expressions, and a tag die from Lawn Fawn.

I cut three of the stems out of cream cardstock, and colored them with markers and a blender pen. I cut two tags – one of vellum paper, one of Pistachio Pudding, and adhered the vellum one behind the Pistachio one. I wrote the sentiment with a Copic Multiliner, and glued the stems around the sentiment. The tag is mounted on an embossed cream panel, then to a note card.

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Supplies: Paper – Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream, Stampin’ Up! Pistachio Pudding, vellum paper, inks – Copic Multiliner, Stampin’ Up! Pink Pirouette, Pistachio Pudding, Pretty in Pink (retired), Regal Rose (retired), embossing folder – Provo Craft, dies – Lawn Fawn (tag), Taylored Expressions (stem), organdy ribbon – JoAnn’s.


Happy Easter Card – CC473

cc473 easter

The colors for this week’s Splitcoaststampers Color Challenge (CC473) are Pool Party, Sahara Sand, and So Saffron, and the dessert option is Easter theme.

Pool Party and So Saffron together just remind me of dyed Easter eggs, so that is the direction I took.

I stamped the Longaberger (yes, an official Longaberger basket stamp! Thanks to a friend who used to be a Longaberger consultant!) basket on Sahara Sand with Vintage Sepia and embossed with clear embossing powder. I fussy cut the basket, added some eggs (Stampin’ Up! small oval punch, cut in half) to the back of the basket with sticky tape and then mounted on a white panel that had been stamped with a grass stamp.

Supplies: Stamps: JustRite, The Longaberger Company, paper – Papertrey Ink White, Stampin’ Up! Pool Party, Sahara Sand, So Saffron, inks – Stampin’ Up! Pear Pizzazz, VersaFine Vintage Sepia, dies – Spellbinders, oval punch – Stampin’ Up!, embossing folder – Provo Craft, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art clear, twine – Martha Stewart.


Cogs and Gears Birthday Card – CC472

cc472 birthday

Guess what??!

I got invited to be a guest designer for the Splitcoaststampers Color Challenge for the month of April! (I am still doing the happy dance!)

This week’s colors (CC472) are Bermuda Bay, Night of Navy, and Old Olive. Dessert option of birthday theme.

I stamped cogs and gears in the challenge colors to create a background, then added tags on top.

I was blown away by what the designers came up with for the challenge. I think I need to step up my game for next week!

If you would like to see the creations for this challenge, here is the CC472 Gallery. I go by the name koopdedoo on Splitcoaststampers.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Supplies: Stamps – Papertrey Ink, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Papertrey Ink White, Stampin’ Up! Bermuda Bay, Night of Navy, Old Olive, inks – Stampin’ Up! Bermuda Bay, Night of Navy, Old Olive, VersaMark, dies – Lawn Fawn (tags), Spellbinders (rectangle), embossing folder – Provo Craft, enamel dots – Stampin’ Up!, embossing powder – Stampin’ Up! Navy, twine – We R Memory Keepers.


Mother’s Day Card – CC471

cc471 mothers day

This week’s Splitcoaststampers Color Challenge (CC471) listed 6 colors – OH MY! The colors are Basic Black, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Pool Party, Sahara Sand, and Summer Starfruit. The options were to use ALL six colors, or to select any three of the colors. The dessert option is using ribbon.

Six colors (that included Crisp Cantaloupe and Pistachio Pudding – two of my “meh” colors!) was too many for me this week! I selected Basic Black, Pool Party, and Sahara Sand.

I painted half of a heart shape with acrylic paint. Added a greeting, a few Gerber daisies embossed with silver. Embellished with punched flowers, sequins, Swarovski elements and enamel dots. AND squeezed the dessert option ribbon in there, too.

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Supplies: Stamps – A Muse Artstamps, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Pool Party, Sahara Sand, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, flower punches – All Night Media, Fiskars, jewels – EK Success Swarovski Elements, sequins – Lawn Fawn, source unknown, enamel dots – Stampin’ Up!, organdy ribbon – JoAnn’s, acrylic paint – JoAnn’s, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Stampin’ Up! Sterling Silver.


Floral Sympathy Card – CC469

cc469 sympathy

The Splitcoaststampers Color Challenge this week is Always Pistachio Mist – Always Artichoke, Pistachio Pudding, Marina Mist. With dessert option of die cutting.

I stamped a floral background, then die cut 3 flowers out of the background. I stamped 3 more flowers on Marina Mist card stock, embossed them, and die cut them. I inlaid the embossed flowers into the floral background.

Supplies: Stamps – Stampin’ Up!, paper – Papertrey Ink White, Stampin’ Up! Marina Mist, Pistachio Pudding, inks – Stampin’ Up! Always Artichoke, Marina Mist, Pistachio Pudding, VersaFine Onyx Black, die – Stampin’ Up!, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.