Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


Don’t Forget to Be Awesome Card

We’ve had a few really beautiful sunrises in the last week. I was inspired by the quickly shifting colors for this card.

The background stamp (Stampin’ Up! Paisley – retired) is wood mounted, and I didn’t quite get perfect coverage. I stamped the sentiment directly on the inked background – why block more of the color than necessary?

Here is the progression of Monday’s sunrise:

Some of the photos were taken from the kitchen, some from the bedroom directly above the kitchen. The first photo was taken at 6:55am, the last at 7:36am.

Supplies:  Stamps – Stampin’ Up!, Waffle Flower, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Abandoned Coral, Picked Raspberry, Ripe Persimmon, Squeezed Lemonade, VersaFine Onyx Black, jewels – Swarovski AB, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear, organdy ribbon – Offray.

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Anniversary Bouquet Card

Coloring my “gym pansy” for yesterday’s post got me in the mood for more purple flowers.

Supplies:  Stamps – Avery Elle, Rubber Stampede, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Gray, Orchid Opulence (retired), inks – Copic BV01, BV04, V04, V09, V15, V17, YG03, YG25, YG95, Hero Arts Unicorn, VersaFine Smokey Gray, dies – Lawn Fawn, embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, white.


Gym Pansy Note Card

Sometimes the ideas just have to play through, and I have to execute the silly inside joke to just get it out of my creative way.

My husband and I are both lucky enough to have rather healthy parents, all 4 of them are in their 80’s. Hearing skills, not so much.

On a recent visit, one of the oldsters was describing a sound as something from a CHIMPANZEE. The other oldster in the room processed the word as GYM PANSY. And just couldn’t quite make the connection to the actual word.

I thought I would pee my pants laughing when the story was relayed to me.

All I could see was a chimpanzee in a Halloween type costume (think Elizabethan collar purple pansy) at our gym.

This is what happened.  Offspring3 will appreciate it.

I do remember my mother planting pansies at our house in Connecticut (we lived there for almost 8 years – I was 3 – 10 years old). I remember weeding the flower beds. I don’t remember her ever planting them at other houses we lived in. I will have to ask her if there was something special about the soil or climate that led to her choice. Or if it was just something my grandfather (he could grow anything!) suggested.

I promise to move on to something more helpful & relevant!  🙂

Supplies:  Stamps – Avery Elle, Lawn Fawn, Paper Salon, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Office Depot transparency, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Basic Gray, inks – Copic C3, G03, V04, V17, Gina K Designs Wild Lilac, VersaFine Onyx Black, Vintage Sepia, dies – Poppystamps (window), Provo Craft (alphabet), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.

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Looking For You Card

As I was making this (admittedly, SUBDUED) card, I thought of all of the bright color combinations that would be fabulous for it. Luckily, this stamp set has lots of sentiments, so you may see another version of this in the near future.

Each frame is double layered (navy over black, pattern over royal). The hearts in the background were blended through a stencil.

Supplies:  Stamp – My Favorite Things, paper – KaiserCraft Havana Nights, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Night of Navy, Smoky Slate, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Hickory Smoke, VersaFine Clair Twilight, dies – My Favorite Things, stencil – Simon Says Stamp, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


Happy New Year Card

Happy New Year!

I have no firework stamps or paper, but I thought the Watercolor Galaxy paper by Brutus Monroe would work – nature’s fireworks.

I am working diligently on my holiday cards (with the Happy New Year sentiment) – I will post about them after they get mailed.

Supplies:  Stamp – Stampin’ Up!, paper – Brutus Monroe Watercolor Galaxy, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Night of Navy, ink – VersaMark, dies – Lawn Fawn, embossing powder – Stampin’ Up! Sterling Silver.


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.


Wedding Congrats Card

This one is for personal use. I like how it turned out, but I will admit that it clogged up my creative MOJO for almost a week.

Supplies:  Stamp – Inky Antics, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Stardream Metallic Silver, inks – Copic E51, R20, R21, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Impression Obsession (word), Spellbinders (ovals), embossing folder – Provo Craft, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.