Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


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Gerbera Daisy Variety Pack

A bunch of Gerbera cards happened. That daisy just makes me HAPPY!

The coloring process was relaxing.

I can’t decide if the yellow or the blue is my favorite of these three.

Supplies: Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, Papertrey Ink, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Pop-Tone Sour Apple, Stampin’ Up! Close to Cocoa (retired), Tempting Turquoise (retired), inks – Copic B02, B05, E29, G46, R11, R21, R24, Y18, Y35, YG03, YG17, YR68, VersaFine Onyx Black, die – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


Vertical or Horizontal Striped Bookcase Cards?

I pulled out markers in one of my favorite color combinations – coral, yellow, and aqua. And made a bright and cheerful encouragement card.

A few days later, I pulled out brighter markers and colored the bookcase in horizontal stripes.

Which do you prefer – horizontal or vertical stripes?

Supplies: Stamps – Brutus Monroe, Simon Says Stamp, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Smoky Slate, inks – Copic BG01, C3, C5, R02, RV04, Y06, YR68, VersaFine Onyx Black, die – Simon Says Stamp, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


Butterfly Wreath Cards

Springy colors are dominating my thoughts!

I cannot pick a favorite between the two – do you have a preference?

Supplies: Stamps – Avery Elle, Reverse Confetti, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Bashful Blue, Soft Sky, Tempting Turquoise, inks – Copic B02, B21, R21, V04, Y06, Y08, Y21, YG23, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Reverse Confetti (butterfly wreath), Simon Says Stamp (banner), embossing folders – Darice (butterflies), Stampin’ Up! (bricks), sequins – Pretty Pink Posh, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


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Recycled Lilly Pulitzer Paper Hello Cards

These went into stacks I was working on for family members. I still LOVE this Lilly Pulitzer wrapping paper.

Supplies: Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, paper – Lilly Pulitzer gift wrap, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Pop-Tone Black Licorice, Stampin’ Up! Bermuda Bay, ink – VersaMark, dies – Simon Says Stamp (sentiment label, Spellbinders (rectangle tag), embossing powder – Ranger Super Fine Detail white.


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Sassy Encouragement Cards

We all need encouragement!

Supplies: Stamps – Avery Elle, Essentials by Ellen, paper – American Crafts Amy Tangerine On A Whim, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Pop-Tone Black Licorice, Stampin’ Up! Sahara Sand, Tempting Turquoise, dies – Avery Elle (cup), Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


Antique Lace Sympathy Card

I am working on sympathy cards to add to my card basket.

Supplies: Stamp – Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Perfect Plum, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Antique Linen, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Spellbinders, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


Flying By To Say Hello Card

I recently splurged on a few retiring products from Newton’s Nook. They name all of their animal characters – this is Winston. I am smitten.

Supplies: Stamps – Newton’s Nook, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Real Red, inks – Copic B21, C1, C3, C7, E11, E23, R29, Y08, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Tumbled Glass, VersaFine Onyx Black, stencil – My Favorite Things, die – Lawn Fawn, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


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Turquoise and Indigo Daisy Tag Note Card

This happened when Offspring3 mentioned “bright” and “daisies”. I don’t often use the Blue ZIG pen – it is so perfect with the turquoise (which is labeled Cobalt Blue in my ZIG pen set??).

Supplies: Stamp – Newton’s Nook, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Tempting Turquoise (retired), inks – VersaFine Onyx Black, ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens 030 Blue, 031 Cobalt Blue, 041 Light Green, 050 Yellow, 070 Orange, die – Lawn Fawn, embossing folder – Stampin’ Up!, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, twine – Stampin’ Up!.


Tulips for Days

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This past weekend I went TULIP CRAZY. Seriously.

I was inspired by a tulip stamp I saw last week – that I don’t have, I don’t have the craft funds to purchase (and, really, I would use it for March & April, then it would sit the rest of the year).

So I pulled out my old, wood mount tulip stamps. Made 16 cards, and have 2 more images (a newer, mixed bouquet stamp) colored but not made into cards yet. Always good to pull out the old stuff to see if it still works – of course it does! (why else would I have kept it in my basement this long – the old favorites ALWAYS work!)

The thank you set (of 8) is for my mother-in-law.

Supplies: Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, Hero Arts, My Favorite Things, Stampin’ Up!, Sunny Studio, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Lawn Fawn Sunflower, Pop-Tone RazzleBerry, Stampin’ Up! Glorious Grape, Old Olive, Pure Poppy, Tempting Turquoise, inks – Copic B05, E15, E37, G46, R24, R29, RV13, V04, V17, YG03, YG17, YG23, Y18, Y35, Gina K. Designs Jelly Bean Green, Red Hot, Wild Lilac, Lawn Fawn Sunflower, Freshly Cut Grass, Stampin’ Up! Bashful Blue, Cameo Coral, Coastal Cabana, Green Galore, Lovely Lilac, Old Olive, Pink Passion, Real Red, Summer Sun, Tempting Turquoise, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Ripe Persimmon, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), My Favorite Things (pierced rectangle, tri-frame), Simon Says Stamp (sentiment strips), Spellbinders (ovals, rectangle), embossing folder – We R Memory Keepers, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Stampendous Detail Gold,


Graphic Style, Feminine Style or Combined?

This is the combination of graphic & feminine. This graphic birthday block stamp is a favorite of mine, but I usually only color individual blocks for a very graphic card. I took the plunge and stamped a feminine background in a light color ink, then stamped the birthday block over top. Did you see the light bulb fire over my head??? LOVE the result.

See what I mean? Very graphic. No softness.

Here is the feminine background. Lovely, but depending on the color I choose for stamping, it may look like wallpaper from maternal grandma’s house circa 1950! (Note: paternal grandma’s house had no wallpaper.)

Supplies: Stamps – Hero Arts, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Pop-Tone Black Licorice, Sour Apple, inks – Copic YG25, Lawn Fawn Fresh Lavender, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Abandoned Coral, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), My Favorite Things (pierced rectangle), Spellbinders (circles), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.