Paper and Ink Imaginings

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Happy Father’s Day 2017

This is one of the cards I made for my Dad. I was so excited when this idea popped into my head, and that I was able to execute the design.

My Dad is not really represented by the images available from the stamp industry. He is not into nautical, the great outdoors, cars, jets or trains. He LOVES sports (baseball being #1), he loves jokes, he loves chocolate, AND he loves his family. He still plays softball and basketball at 83.

I thought about what he would be doing on Father’s Day…watching baseball.

I found a Baltimore Oriole logo online (hey, for personal use here, to make an old guy smile), and printed it on white cardstock. I then stamped the TV over the logo, and on a separate piece of woodgrain paper. I cut the woodgrain image to use the cabinet part of the TV for paper piecing. The white cardstock with the TV got die cut with a large tag die, and I colored the wall a light blue/green, and added a piece of background paper for the flooring. And I just kept adding layers of Baltimore Oriole team colors.

I searched Google Images for “Baltimore Orioles logo”, and found one that had the resolution I needed to be able to print it. The image was from the Official Site of the Baltimore Orioles.

Supplies: Stamps – Clearly Besotted, The Cat’s Pajamas, paper – American Crafts Amy Tangerine On A Whim, Avery Elle Neutral Collection, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Taylored Expressions Build A Scene, ink – Copic BG10, VersaFine Onyx Black, Smoky Gray, die – Taylored Expressions, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.

 

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World Card Making Day 2016

fox-under-the-weather

Today is World Card Making Day!

I went looking early (6:00 am, EST) for challenges, and nothing had been posted yet. Then, I got working on my own things. I need to go back and look at company blogs for challenges.

It is rainy and gray here this morning, so I went with that theme. I blended a circle of blue onto gray cardstock, then used a stencil to add falling hearts (rain) with translucent embossing paste. Once that was dry, I mounted the log, the fox, and the sentiment.

Here is a close up of the stenciled hearts:

fox-under-the-weather-close-up(click on any photo to enlarge)

Supplies: Stamps – Lawn Fawn, The Cat’s Pajamas, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Night of Navy, Smoky Slate, inks – Copic E19, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Tumbled Glass, VersaFine Onyx Black, Vintage Sepia, stencil – Simon Says Stamp, die – Lawn Fawn, embossing paste – Dreamweaver.


You’re My Super Hero Note Card

poochie super hero note

I love encouragement cards! The Cat’s Pajamas dog, Poochie, is so dapper in his cape, isn’t he?

Supplies – Stamps – The Cat’s Pajamas, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Pacific Point, Real Red, ink – Copic R29, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Spellbinders, embossing folder – Provo Craft, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


Penguins Get Well Note Card

TCP say ahh penquins

 

Nobody does fun penguins like The Cat’s Pajamas! I love these little guys, even if one is a bit under the weather.

Supplies: Stamps – The Cat’s Pajamas, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Gray, Tempting Turquoise, inks – Copic B00, B0000, C1, C5, R29, YR68, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), Spellbinders (circles), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, twine – MarkerPOP.


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Saxophone Snowman Christmas Card

stump 2014 xmas

This is the card that I designed for my parents to mail this year.

I was originally looking for gold cord or twine to tie around the fold, but could not find anything locally available that matched the thought in my head. So, I added the stripe of gold mirror finish paper in the middle. (And, boy, did that gold mirror paper make this difficult to photograph!)

Supplies: Stamps – The Cat’s Pajamas, paper – Papertrey Ink Kraft, White, Recollections Gold Mirrror, Stampin’ Up! Always Artichoke, Bravo Burgundy (retired), Crushed Curry, inks – Copic BG10, C3, G99, R11, R29, R89, Y26, Y28, YR68, Stampin’ Up! Pool Party, VersaFine Onyx Black, die – Lawn Fawn, embossing folders – Provo Craft, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


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Holiday Scrap Tags 2014

scrap tags 2014

Still working on gift tags for home.

Had a really productive holiday prep weekend here…got my Christmas cards assembled, the tree decorated, and one batch of cookies baked (and into the freezer).

Tool alert – I recently purchased an Artist’s Loft Junior T-Square at my local Michael’s store. I pulled it out yesterday, to help me place the computer generated sentiments (printed, then die cut) on the inside of my cards. OH, MY! How did I not have one of these years ago?? (truth be told, I have a big t-square with my Engineering Graphics tool kit from NCSU Fall 1979 semester, but it is too big to use with greeting cards!) Made placing the sentiment a quick & easy job!

Have a great Monday!

Supplies: Stamps – JustRite, Stampin’ Up!, The Cat’s Pajamas, paper – Papertrey Ink White, Stampin’ Up! Real Red, inks – Copic R29, VersaFine Onyx Black, Smoky Gray, dies – Lawn Fawn (tag, protector, left), Papertrey Ink (bookmark, center), Spellbinders (rectangle, right), embossing folder – Provo Craft, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Ranger Liquid Platinum, Stampin’ Up! Gold Detail Powder, Stampin’ Up! Silver Detail Powder, metallic cord – PaperMart, red/white cord – Offray.


Bokeh Gift Tag

bokah stenciled tag

For some reason, I got it in my head that I needed to make a bokeh inspired gift tag. Offspring3 observed me making this tag, the use of the stencil and the ink blending tool must have been intriguing. The comment I got when done? “Geez, Mom, that must be an $8 tag!” Well, babycakes, I made it out of scraps and it is for home use. 😉

Here is a close up of the vellum snowflakes (there are 3, if you are counting) – very hard to photograph well.

bokah stenciled tag close up

Have a great weekend! I am hoping to get my Christmas cards assembled, addressed & to the post office this weekend. (wish me luck!)

Supplies: Stamps – JustRite, paper – Papertrey Ink White, Staples Vellum, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass, VersaFine Smoky Gray, stencil – Heidi Swapp, dies – My Favorite Things (2 snowflakes), Spellbinders (rectangle), The Cat’s Pajamas (largest snowflake), sequins – unknown origin (really, I bought them to be Alice’s tears when Offspring3 was in 5th grade and I was the volunteer producer of “Alice In Wonderland Junior” our last year at the elementary school…), embossing powder – Stampin’ Up! Silver Detail Powder, metallic cord – PaperMart,