Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


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St. Patrick’s Day Card

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I splurged last St. Patrick’s Day and bought some clearance items to use in the future (I only make one or 2 St. Patrick’s Day cards, I don’t feel pressured to purchase something new every year). This one is for Mom & Dad.

Supplies: Stamp – Hero Arts, paper – Echo Park Lucky Charm, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Poptone Sour Apple, Stampin’ Up! Confetti White, Stardreams Gold, ink – VersaFine Smokey Gray, dies – My Favorite Things (pierced rectangle), Taylored Expressions (shamrock), embossing powder – Stampendous Gold Detail, twine – Martha Stewart.


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Emboss Resist Get Well Card

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For this background, I stamped Spanish Script in Shabby Shutters Distress ink first. After that dried completely, I stamped the foliage in VersaMark and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. Finally, I blended Shabby Shutters over the entire piece.

Supplies: Stamps – A Muse Artstamps, Cornish Heritage Farms, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Pear Pizzazz, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Shabby Shutters, VersaFine Smokey Gray, VersaMark, dies – Spellbinders, embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Stampendous Gold Detail.


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Metallic and White Feminine Tag – Ellen Hutson 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2016 Challenge

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This tag is for the Ellen Hutson 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2016 Challenge. (that is a mouthful!) It is a BIG challenge, and I love it.

My tag was inspired by the Day 9 tags by Sharon Harnist and Jean Manis – Sharon challenged me to use frosty white with silver or gold metallics.

Me, being the overachiever that I am, used silver and gold, and a shimmery white that has a touch of gold. And pearls.

The back of the tag is gold, with silver embossing.

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(Look at how much the light changed in my family room in an hour!)

The challenge runs through December 17, 2016. AND, there is going to be a random drawing from all of the qualifying entries for $150 gift certificate to the Ellen Hutson store. Have you posted an entry yet??

Supplies: Stamp – Essentials by Ellen, paper – Curious Ice Gold, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stardreams Gold (back of tag), Silver, ink – VersaMark, dies – Impression Obsession (snowflakes), Lawn Fawn (stitched hillside), Taylored Expressions (tag), Swarovski pearls, embossing powder – Stampendous! Gold Detail, gold cord – Stampin’ Up! (retired), organdy/satin ribbon – PaperMart.


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Let the record show…

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…that for the first time in my card making career, I have my own personal holiday cards totally assembled before mid December!

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I used my new MISTI to help with the mass production (that and a lot of pine cone masks!).

I blogged this card back in July. I did add a banner for the sentiment on my mass produced cards, I felt the original gold on kraft sentiment did not show as well as I hoped.

And, please don’t think I am ready for the holidays because I finished my cards. I have hardly done any shopping, no decorating, I still have to make my parents’ holiday cards, create the photo calendar for next year (we give as gifts to the grandparents), sew a brand new Christmas stocking, and bake whatever variety of cookies I am inspired to bake.

Just let me bask in my accomplishment a minute longer…and then I will go work on laundry.   😉

Have a great day!


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Gold, Aqua and Cocoa Anniversary Card

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I had this greenery stamp mounted on my brand-spankin-new MISTI (birthday gift from Offspring3), mass producing a Christmas card project. OH.MY.GOODNESS. I have to say, the MISTI is going to make my mass production projects much easier! (It will calm my perfectionism and OCD tendencies!)

So, I grabbed a nice aqua and stamped twice (once, rotated paper, twice), then embossed with gold.

This color scheme reminds me of someone’s old “office” (cough, cough, *Irene*).

Supplies: Stamps – Papertrey Ink, Rubber Stampede, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Close to Cocoa (retired), Pool Party, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMark, dies – My Favorite Things, embossing powder – Stampendous Gold Detail.


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Fall Colors Henna Elements Birthday Card

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I sent this off to my GREAT friend, Irene. I miss her living across the cul-de-sac.

One of the trees at her old house caught my attention yesterday, while I was cleaning. Isn’t it beautiful?

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Supplies: Stamps – Altenew, Papertrey Ink, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, inks – Copic G99, R02, R39, R89, YG95, Yr04, YR09, YR68, Y18, VersaFine Smokey Gray, ZIG Wink of Stella clear,  die – Lawn Fawn, sequins – Pretty Pink Posh, embossing powder – Stampendous! Gold Detail.


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Merry Christmas Inlaid Wreath Card

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Taylored Expressions released this Wreath Cutting Plate in October. I.HAD.TO.HAVE.IT. I was online EXACTLY at 10:00am EST to order this cutting plate and the Peaceful Poinsettia Embossing Folder.

Odd how I didn’t use it for over a month. (insert exasperated sigh) In my defense, October was busy on its own, and I got thrown a few family health curve balls. (No worries, all is well.) And I knew exactly what card I was going to make first.

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I cut three colors of cardstock with the cutting plate, placing each color of cardstock on top of a folded dryer sheet, to help keep the pieces together when removing the die from the paper.

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Then, I mounted the frame parts on cardstock (white or kraft). With my trusty Ranger Multi Medium Matte bottle in hand, I glued individual pieces into the frames.

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Supplies: Stamp – Essentials by Ellen, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Papertrey Ink Kraft, Stampin’ Up! Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, Pear Pizzazz, ink – VersaFine Vintage Sepia, dies – Lawn Fawn (tag, with tag detail cut off), My Favorite Things (pierced rectangle), Taylored Expressions (wreath cutting plate), embossing powder – Stampendous Gold Detail, gold cord – PaperMart.