Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


Yellow Blossoms, Navy and Pearls Mother’s Day Card

Here is the second card for my mother-in-law.

Supplies:  Stamp – Stampin’ Up!, paper – My Favorite Things Bundles of Blossoms Brights, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Night of Navy, ink – VersaFine Clair Twilight, dies – Spellbinders, pearls – Swarovski, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.


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White and Gold Embossed Graduation Card

This is a card I needed for personal use. I did a little research on the graduate (college colors, sorority colors, instagram), and tied the bits of information together to make this.

Supplies:  Stamp – Clearly Besotted, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Cherry Cobbler, Gold Mirror, Lavender Lace (retired),  ink – Ranger Emboss It, dies – Paper Smooches, embossing folder – Darice, pearls – Swarovski, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail Gold.


Pink Hearts Dandelion Mother’s Day Note Card

I colored the dandelion stamp with markers (and then I had to extend – not so precisely – each stem to extend past the sentiment banner).

Here is a close up of the Swarovski jewels: ( I do love the Aurora Borealis variety!!)

Supplies:  Stamps – Clearly Besotted, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Pop Tone Razzle Berry, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, inks – Stampin’ Up! Old Olive, Pink Passion (retired), VersaMark, die – Lawn Fawn, jewels – Swarovski Aurora Borealis, embossing powder – Ranger Silver Pearl.


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Feliz Cumpleaños Card

Yeah. How did this happen?? Seems like we were bringing her home from the hospital just yesterday.

Supplies:  Stamps – Hero Arts, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Tempting Turquoise (retired), inks – Hero Arts Fiesta Red, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Papertrey Ink, sequins – Lawn Fawn (turquoise), Pretty Pink Posh (clear), dots – Swarovski jet black, flowers – Prima, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.


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Floral Wreath Birthday Card

I watched a Jennifer McGuire video last week, about using the new gina k. Designs Wreath Builder Stamps & Templates – here is the video from YouTube:

I immediately cyber scampered over to the gina k. Designs store, to see if the templates were available as a stand alone purchase. Not at this time (I did not ask gina k. if the stencils would ever be a standalone product, and I do not have a crystal ball to read the future.). I didn’t really have the budget available to purchase the stamp set and template package.

Think think. Think think.

I made my own template, using lightweight cardstock, acetate (Office Depot transparency sheet), double sided tape, and a Spellbinders rectangle die (cut twice).

Here is my first card using the handmade template with my MISTI. (the circle under the greeting is the blank center of the wreath)

I cut my cardstock to be 5.5 inches (leaving myself the option to keep it as a square, or to trim it down to make a regular A2 card. The A2 option won because I made a small mistake, and that size allowed me to trim off the mistake.

Supplies: Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Wilted Violet, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Oxide ink Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Spellbinders, hotfix pearls – Swarovski Cabochon Jet, embossing powder – Stampin’ Up! Sterling Silver.


Happy Halloween 2017

I really love this cute Doodlebug Designs Boos & Brews paper!

After I assembled this, I realized I should have added texture to the purple-ish band. DRAT. Should have used an embossing folder. I added black pearls and googly eyes.

Supplies: Stamp – Stampin’ Up!, paper – Doodlebug Designs Boos & Brews, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Taylored Expressions Plum Punch, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, punch – Stampin’ Up!, black pearls – Swarovski, googly eyes – Darice, embossing powder – Ranger clear, organdy ribbon – ClearBags.


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Dia de los Muertos Card – Fusion Striped Wreath Challenge

I haven’t participated in a Fusion Card Challenge in a while. (I seem to have fallen out of the challenge cycle, but that could be a post in itself!) This challenge just jumped out at me – I had it designed in my head in just a few seconds.

AND, thankfully, my execution matched that original vision! WOOT!

The sentiment translates to “There is more time than life”. (printed on Neenah Classic Crest from my computer) Shout out to Offspring3 for providing me a selection of Dia de los Muertos sentiments.

Click here for more information about Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).

Here is the challenge inspiration:

Supplies: Stamp – Simon Says Stamp, paper – Doodlebug Designs Boos & Brews, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Poptone Sour Apple, Stardream Metallic Onyx, Taylored Expressions  Plum Punch, inks – Copic B02, V04, YG06, YR04, Y18, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), Simon Says Stamp (skull), Spellbinders (circles), jet pearls – Swarovski, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.