Paper and Ink Imaginings

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Sparkly Watercolor Blooms Birthday Card

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This card was for Cousin Pati’s birthday last week.

I had a horrible time with the photography – it was a bright sunny day, but too much glare. Hard to get the sparkle without the glare. This second photo shows the sparkle, but the color is a bit wonky.

 

Supplies:  Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, My Favorite Things, paper – Canson watercolor, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Rich Razzleberry, inks – VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMark, die – Simon Says Stamp, watercolors – Kuretake Gansai Tambi, embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art clear, Ranger Silver Pearl.


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Cat Pattern Birthday Card

Made this card for someone who loves cats and has an October birthday. The Spooky Night paper (purchased several years ago on clearance) just seemed perfect.

Supplies:  Stamp – Papertrey Ink, Paper – Curious Metallics Shadow, Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream, Stampin’ Up! Spooky Night, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, die – My Favorite Things, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, twine – Stampin’ Up!


Slimline Fall Birthday Card

 

The crafting companies have been showing lots of slimline cards the last 2 months. As if they were newly invented.  😉

As always, I struggle with birthday cards for the men in my life. This was made for one of the MANY October birthdays in my family.

Supplies:  Stamps – Papertrey Ink, Taylored Expressions, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Desert Storm, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Marina Mist, inks – Gina K Designs Cherry Red, VersaFine Crimson Red, dies – My Favorite Things (leaves), Papertrey Ink (birthday), Talyered Expressions (banner), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


Pale Pink Floral Square Birthday Card

This is for a good friend with a birthday in early October. Happy that I thought ahead. I usually scramble on September 29th to complete it and get it in the mail because “HOW DID IT GET TO BE THE END OF SEPTEMBER??!!”

My goal was really pale pinks and greens. I intentionally did not add color to the center of any of the flowers.

Supplies:  Stamps – Avery Elle, Newton’s Nook, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Pink Pirouette, inks – Copic G00, G0000, R11, R20, R21, R81, RV11, YG03, VersaFine Onyx Black, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


A Card for Mom – Version 2

This is another card I made for Mom’s birthday.

I used a stencil to apply transfer gel, when that was dry, I ran it through my laminator with reactive foil.

Always difficult to capture foil in a photo!

And I found my Kindle charging cord the 5th time I checked my computer bag (how it traveled to/from vacation).

Supplies:  Stamp – Papertrey Ink, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Night of Navy, Pool Party, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, die – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), foil – Heidi Swapp Minc, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


A Card for Mom – 2020 Version 1

ANOTHER wildflower birthday card – this one is for Mom.

How are things with you?

Things here are OK. It has been a really odd week already (and it is only Tuesday!). I am not crafting much at all.

And if anyone has seen my Kindle charging cord, please let me know.  🙂

Supplies:  Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, paper- Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Garden Green, inks – Copic G46, R29, R39, V04, YG25, YG95, YR68, Y13, Y17, VersaFine Onyx Black, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


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Small Things Card

Hey there!

I finally spent a little time at my craft table again. It was nice to be stamping, coloring and ink blending.

I made a mask out of scrap paper and blended ink clouds within the oval. The hummingbird colors were from a Google image search – the wings of the hummingbird I chose were so translucent they appeared to be pale purple gray.

My final product is OK – it is not balanced, but I don’t have anything in my stash to add to the left.  (I would love to have a smaller hummingbird facing right to add there!) I should have added more blooms to the left – poor planning on my part. I added the turquoise organdy ribbon to help – and I think it does balance it a little more.

Life has been…interesting? That’s not right, but it’s the best I can come up with. Not busy – I have plenty of time and no focus. Stressful – some (parental health issues).

We did get away to the beach for a week. (Our vacation has been renting a single family home, spending time on a not crowded beach, and having carryout for dinner for years now – no big change.) I appreciated the time away, we had beautiful sunsets and entertaining seagulls. Biggest question:  why the heck was Dairy Queen “closed for the season” in early August???

 

 

 

Supplies:  Stamps – Newton’s Nook, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Bermuda Bay, inks – Copic B05, BG15, BV00, BV01, Y18, YG25, YR14, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Tumbled Glass, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), Newton’s Nook, Spellbinders (oval), stencil – My Favorite Things, ribbon – Offray, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


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Pastel Wildflowers Birthday Card

Yes, after not crafting for almost a month, I chose to color the wildflowers. AGAIN.

I did challenge myself to use a much softer pastel color palette.

This is getting dropped in the mail this week.

Hope you are well.

Pandemic summer continues. I have a new hobby – checking the annuals that I planted around the house every morning to see what the local deer have devoured overnight. They like impatiens and celosia best (mine are down to nubs), have skipped the petunias, vincas and salvia. I am not sure if they are eating the portulucas, or just ripping them out of the ground and spitting them out.

Supplies:  Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Wisteria Wonder (retired), inks – Copic BV00, BV04, G00, R20, Y06, YG0000, YG03, YG25, W00, VersaFine Onyx Black, sequins – Pretty Pink Posh, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


Regal Rose Gerbera Daisy Birthday Card

I used my ZIG real brush pens to wash a coral-y mix of pink and orange over this daisy (stamped on Bristol cardstock). After die cutting, I mounted on some neutral Amy Tangerine paper. Sadly, when I went to pull cardstock for matting and the sentiment, I found I was out of the old Stampin’ Up! Cameo Coral (a soft pastel coral). I did find a sheet of Regal Rose in my stash, it is close enough for this.

Dropped into the mail to a family member, HOPEFULLY arriving on time for Thursday birthday!

Supplies:  Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, Papertrey Ink, paper – American Crafts Amy Tangerine On A Whim, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Regal Rose (retired), Strathmore Bristol, inks – VersaFine Onyx Black, ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens Brown (060), Light Green (041), Orange (070), Pink (025), dies – Essentials by Ellen (daisy), My Favorite Things (pierced rectangle), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


Galloping Birthday Card

Hello!

This was another card for my father-in-law.

I stamped the horse on Bristol cardstock, and used my ZIG real brush pens with an aqua brush to watercolor.

What’s going on in your world?

I’ve been keeping busy – sewing masks, a few birthday cards, walking. Worrying about a few family members with medical issues.

Did you get a chance to watch Hamilton? OH. MY. WORD. Just FABULOUS. I hope to get the opportunity to see it live at some point.

Have a great day!

Supplies:  Stamps – Papertrey Ink, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Chocolate Chip, Tempting Turquoise (retired), Strathmore Bristol, inks – VersaFine Vintage Sepia, ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens Brown (060), Cobalt Blue (031), Light Green (041), dies – Spellbinders, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.