Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


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Sunflower Thinking of You Card

Well, HELLO!

I have not made a card in 3 months. I can’t believe I just typed that.

Creative MOJO has been absent, parents have needed my time, etc, etc. Once you get out of the habit, it is hard to make it back.

I felt a lot like the rusted Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz.

Remembering how to format a post is almost as stressful as trying to create a card!

I am not sure how much I will be posting, or if I will just let the blog go when my next billing cycle comes along.

Supplies: Stamps – My Favorite Things, Papertrey Ink, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Desert Storm, Stampin’ Up! Daffodil Delight, inks – Hero Arts Unicorn, Lawn Fawn Sunflower, Stampin’ Up! Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, VersaFine Vintage Sepia, dies – Simon Says Stamp (banner), Taylored Expressions (tag), embossing folder – Provo Craft, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


I Love Naps & You Card

The Taylored Expressions Grumpling set strikes again!

I blended a little ink behind the window to ground the grumpling.

Supplies: Stamps – Taylored Expressions, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Real Red, inks – Copic 110, E21, E53, R20, R29, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Hickory Smoke, Tumbled Glass, VersaFine Onyx Black.


Distress Ink Floral Watercolor Birthday Card

These images were embossed on Neenah cardstock in gold and watercolored with Distress Inks. This cardstock is not meant for watercoloring, but I wanted the bright white background.

I always make an extra background when doing things that require multiple stamping steps. Both pieces turned out fine, so I made two more cards out of the extra background.

Supplies: Stamps – Papertrey Ink, Taylored Expressions, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Calypso Coral, Highland Heather, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Abandoned Coral, Crushed Olive, Mowed Lawn, Picked Raspberry, Wild Honey, Wilted Violet, Worn Lipstick, VersaMark, die – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), embossing folder – Stampin’ Up!, sequins – Pretty Pink Posh, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail Gold.


Rise and Not Shine Card

Here is another card made with one of the Taylored Expressions Grumpling characters. They make me giggle.

I blended a few distress inks on the daffodil card stock to give the sunrise some dimension.

Although, I am a morning person – up before any alarm 95% of the time.

Supplies: Stamps – Taylored Expressions, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Daffodil Delight, inks – Copic C00, C1, R11, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Lawn Fawn (sunrays), Spellbinders (circles), Taylored Expressions (bunny), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art powder clear.


Stars and Stripes Birthday Card

Hello, hello!

I am still struggling with my creativity.

My father-in-law’s birthday is very close to the 4th of July, and, as usual, one of his cards turned out patriotic.

The open stars die was a freebie with a Taylored Expressions order (thanks, Offspring3!). I cut 2 to fill the front of this card, and used the solid stars to fill in around the edges.

Supplies: Stamp – Papertrey Ink, paper – Gmund Royal, My Favorite Things Very Merry, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Night of Navy, ink – VersaMark, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), Taylored Expressions (open stars), embossing powder – Ranger Ultra Fine white.


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Tie Dye Inspired Hello Card

Here is the dahlia stencil again! I wanted to make it look like a tie dye spiral pattern this time.

L.O.V.E. how this turned out!

Supplies: Stamp – My Favorite Things, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Pool Party, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Squeezed Lemonade, Tumbled Glass, VersaFine Onyx Black, stencil – Taylored Expressions, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


Blended Dahlia Birthday Card

This background was from my ink blending play last weekend. The dahlia stencil is just perfect.

What is going on in your world? Do you have a busy week ahead?

I have several sessions of physical therapy (plantar fasciitis) and 2 doctor’s appointments scheduled for myself. Not sure what my parents’ needs will be yet.

Supplies: Stamp – Taylored Expressions, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Gorgeous Grape, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Wilted Violet, VersaFine Onyx Black, stencil – Taylored Expressions, die – Lawn Fawn, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


Pride Month Inspired Cards

Hello!

I was inspired by an Instagram hop (or blog hop? or both?) for Pride Month that I saw recently.

Here is another card, I used a strip that was left over from the card above.

My hopes for everyone: living your most authentic life, without fear or discrimination, with supportive people around you, and LOVE.

My crafting mojo has been absent for a while. I did crank out 6 cards over the weekend – just playing with stencils I had not used before. It felt wonderful to be inky. Hopefully, the mojo will stick around. Life has been really busy – taking care of parents and trying to get in-laws approved for a better living arrangement.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies: Stamps – Simon Says Stamp, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Desert Storm, PopTone Black Licorice, Stampin’ Up! Gorgeous Grape, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Abandoned Coral, Blueprint Sketch, Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean, Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron, Wilted Violet, VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMark, dies – Lawn Fawn, My Favorite Things, stencil – Taylored Expressions, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Ranger Super Fine Detail white.


Sweet Bouquet Thanks Note Cards

Received this cute little stamp set as a thank you gift with a Taylored Expressions order.

I actually inked the freebie before I inked any of the other stamps or stencils.

Supplies: Stamps – Taylored Expressions, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, inks – Copic B05, BG23, G46, R29, V04, Y18, YG23, YR68, VersaFine Onyx Black, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


Ocean Theme Baby Card

This was a request from Cousin Pati. Baby boy card for a baby shower. Whales if possible.

Yikes! I have no whales.

But a little school of foiled fish with a stenciled/blended ocean background – I can do that.

Supplies: Stamps – Stampin’ Up!, paper – Gmund Royal, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Strathmore Bristol, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean, VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMark, stencil – My Favorite Things, dies – Simon Says Stamp (banner), Spellbinders (circles), Sugar Pea Designs (onesie), foil – ThermOWeb Rainbow Shattered Glass, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.