Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


Orchid and Pink Valentine’s Day Card

Last of the Valentines…I had to wait to be sure it was delivered.

The stamp is from Target’s $1 Aisle ($3 for 4 different “I love you” stamps) – thanks, Offspring3!

Only regret – I should have tried to form a heart with the white floss as I was gluing it down.

Another horrible mass shooting at a high school yesterday – just feeling hollow. Thoughts and prayers to the community involved.

Supplies: Stamp – Horizon Group, paper – American Crafts Amy Tangerine On A Whim, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Real Red, Taylored Expressions Strawberry Milkshake, ink – Hero Arts Unicorn, die – Simon Says Stamp, sequins – Crate Paper, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder white, floss – DMC.



Photography Themed Valentine’s Day Card

Of course I had to go in this direction for Offspring2’s card! The background paper with cameras was my starting point, and I had a new dog stamp (thanks, Offspring3!) that fit perfectly in the photo frame.

Supplies: Stamps – Avery Elle, Stampin’ Up!, paper – American Crafts Amy Tangerine Better Together, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Real Red, inks – Copic BG0000, C3, C5, N4, R11, R29, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Simon Says Stamp (banner), Taylored Expressions (photo frame), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, twine – MarkerPOP.

Botantical Collage Birthday Card

When I stamped the background collage for Offspring3’s birthday card a few weeks ago, I stamped multiple sheets of the collage (the MISTI made that easy!).

This version was stamped using Simon Says Stamp inks in Hot Mama (a dark orchid) and Deep Purple. The inks are new to me. I was THRILLED to find my blended ink color matched a piece of Plum Punch card stock I had in my stash.

I have had an entire set of Stampin’ Up! Classic Ink Pads forever. I did update to the “new” Stampin’ Up! foam pads in 2012, and, alas, while I have gotten my money’s worth out of these ink pads, it is time to reink or buy new ink pads. The pads I have reinked have changed color (gone darker), which doesn’t make me a happy camper. Ink pads are a big investment, so I am going to be researching other brands that have come onto the market since I made my original investment in 2002.

And here is a birthday note card I made out of the leftover collage:

If you don’t mind, think good thoughts for my family again today! I will be back at the hospital with my parents, my mother is having a procedure called Endovascular Coiling for her unruptured brain aneurysm.

Supplies: Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, Papertrey Ink, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Taylored Expressions Plum Punch, inks – Simon Says Stamp Deep Purple, Hot Mama, VersaFine Onyx Black, die – My Favorite Things, embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Ranger Liquid Platinum, organdy ribbon – Offray.


Feel Better Soon (with Penguins) Card

Hey, happy Thursday!

I am struggling to bounce back from holiday activities – just TIRED. So this card won the coin toss for today’s post.

Hope you are well!

Supplies: Stamps – Stampin’ Up!, The Cat’s Pajamas, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, Tempting Turquoise, inks – Copics Bo2, BG15, C3, E23, R29, YR68, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – My Favorite Things (pierced rectangle), Taylored Expressions (banner), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, twine – Stampin’ Up!


Blended Ink Graduation Card


{insert trumpet fanfare here!}

Guess what happened yesterday???

Offspring3 graduated from college with a Bachelor of Arts. Magna Cum Laude. In two and a half years.

Can you just feel me BURSTING WITH PRIDE through your computer screen?  (If not, something must be wrong with your settings!)

I blended the ink background last week, and pondered the rest of the card for a few days.

Supplies: Stamps – A Muse Artstamps, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stmpin’ Up! Basic Black, Silver Foil, Strathmore Bristol, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Blueprint Sketch, Chipped Sapphire, Salty Ocean, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Taylored Expressions, sequins – Simon Says Stamp, DYMO label maker, embossing powder – Ranger clear, organdy ribbon – Offray.


Doodlebug House Ornament Cards

I had these house scenes in my scrap bag, already colored with Copic markers. I was happy I could fit the scene within the ornament die.

Supplies: Stamps – A Muse Artstamps, Doodlebug Designs, paper – Carta Bella Bundled Up, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Pool Party, Real Red, Stardream Metallics Silver, inks – Copic C1, C3, R29, (I don’t remember the rest!), VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), Stampin’ Up! (ornament), Taylored Expressions (banner), embossing folder – Provo Craft, embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Stampin’ Up! Sterling Silver, thread – Coats and Clark.


Happy Thanksgiving 2017

I think I have said it before, this Taylored Expressions Wreath Cutting Plate is just perfect for ANY seasonal card!

Supplies: Stamp – Stampin’ Up!, paper – California Paper Goods Copper Mica, Papertrey Ink Kraft, Stampin’ Up! Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, Chocolate Chip, Crushed Curry, ink – VersaMark, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), Taylored Expressions (wreath cutting plate), sequins – Doodlebug Designs, Lawn Fawn, Pretty Pink Posh, embossing powder – Stampendous gold detail.