Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


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Almost Madras Square Birthday Card

My father turned 83 this week! This is one of the cards I made for him. The On A Whim paper reminded me of a madras sport shirt (he loves colorful plaid shirts in the summer). He didn’t notice – he was blinded by the batch of low fat brownie bites I made for him.  😉

Supplies: Stamp – Papertrey Ink, paper – American Crafts Amy Tangerine On A Whim, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Night of Navy, ink – VersaMark, die – My Favorite Things, embossing powder – Stampin’ Up! Sterling Silver.


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Emboss Resist Get Well Card

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For this background, I stamped Spanish Script in Shabby Shutters Distress ink first. After that dried completely, I stamped the foliage in VersaMark and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. Finally, I blended Shabby Shutters over the entire piece.

Supplies: Stamps – A Muse Artstamps, Cornish Heritage Farms, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Pear Pizzazz, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Shabby Shutters, VersaFine Smokey Gray, VersaMark, dies – Spellbinders, embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Stampendous Gold Detail.


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Stegosaurus Valentine’s Day Card

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Happy Valentine’s Day! May your day be filled with chocolate!

Supplies: Stamps – Lawn Fawn, Simon Says Stamp, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Crumb Cake, Night of Navy, Real Red, inks – Copic B39, YG25, YG95, VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMark, ZIG Wink of Stella clear, dies – Lawn Fawn (small heart, dinosaur), Spellbinders (large heart), embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Stampin’ Up! Sterling Silver, twine – MarkerPop.


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Saturated Pastel Birthday Card

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I was feeling tired of gray winter (and, really, other than being cloudy a lot of January, we have not had much bad weather…so I SHOULD NOT COMPLAIN!). I pulled out an old favorite floral set (Paint Prints – 2005 Sale-a-bration, I had to go look it up!), and some retired colors, and stamped a background. The flower centers were stamped with VersaMark and embossed with Ranger Silver Pearl embossing powder – you can really see their sheen on the top left of the card.

Last night, while changing into my pajamas, I had turned on the TV and flipped past QVC. I am not a big QVC watcher, but Isaac Mizrahi was on, selling “extra long tank tops”. In the exact colors of the card I made.

Here’s a link:

Isaac Mizrahi Live! Extra Long Tank Tops January 30, 2017

So glad I have not gotten rid of old ink pads – the color wheel spins around again in time!

Supplies: Stamps – Papertrey Ink, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Barely Banana (retired), Cameo Coral (retired), Cool Caribbean (retired), Whisper White, inks – Stampin’ Up! Barely Banana (retired), Cameo Coral (retired), Certainly Celery (retired), Cool Caribbean (retired), VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMark, dies – Lawn Fawn, embossing powder – Ranger Silver Pearl, organdy ribbon – Offray.


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Coffee Cup Note Cards

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I was gifted the Hero Arts Coffee Cup Tags stamp set for Christmas (Gracias, Offspring3!!), and I immediately gifted myself the matching dies.  😉

Just could not stop playing with this!

The foamy top on the right is embossed with glitter.

Supplies: Stamps – Hero Arts, Simon Says Stamp, paper – Crate Paper, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Simon Says Stamp Cotton Candy, Lipstick Red, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Pool Party, Regal Rose (retired), inks – Copic BG0000, BG10, R0000, R81, Stampin’ Up! Regal Rose, VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMark, dies – Hero Arts, embossing folder – Provo Craft, embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Ranger Silver Pearl, Stampin’ Up! Iridescent Ice.


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Another Gift Tag Collection

More gift tags. The largest grouping is made from the Recollections Red & White Christmas paper pad.

How are your Christmas (or holiday) tasks coming along?

I am about at the “hyperventilate” stage – not sure if it is all going to get done. It will, but I hit this stage every year.

Supplies: Stamps – A Muse Artstamps, My Favorite Things, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Carta Bella Bundled Up, Lawn Fawn Snow Day, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Poptone Sour Apple, Recollections Red & White Christmas, Stampin’ Up! Bashful Blue (retired), Coastal Cabana (retired), Marina Mist, Old Olive, Pool Party, inks – Copic R29, YG000, YG25, VersaFine Deep Lagoon, Satin Red, VersaMark, dies – Lawn Fawn (tags), Reverse Confetti (holly), Spellbinders (circles, ovals), Stampin’ Up! (ornament), Taylored Expressions (curvy top tag), sequins – Lawn Fawn, embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Ranger Silver Pearl, Stampin’ Up! Red (retired), Sterling Silver, metallic cord – PaperMart.


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Metallic and White Feminine Tag – Ellen Hutson 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2016 Challenge

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This tag is for the Ellen Hutson 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2016 Challenge. (that is a mouthful!) It is a BIG challenge, and I love it.

My tag was inspired by the Day 9 tags by Sharon Harnist and Jean Manis – Sharon challenged me to use frosty white with silver or gold metallics.

Me, being the overachiever that I am, used silver and gold, and a shimmery white that has a touch of gold. And pearls.

The back of the tag is gold, with silver embossing.

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(Look at how much the light changed in my family room in an hour!)

The challenge runs through December 17, 2016. AND, there is going to be a random drawing from all of the qualifying entries for $150 gift certificate to the Ellen Hutson store. Have you posted an entry yet??

Supplies: Stamp – Essentials by Ellen, paper – Curious Ice Gold, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stardreams Gold (back of tag), Silver, ink – VersaMark, dies – Impression Obsession (snowflakes), Lawn Fawn (stitched hillside), Taylored Expressions (tag), Swarovski pearls, embossing powder – Stampendous! Gold Detail, gold cord – Stampin’ Up! (retired), organdy/satin ribbon – PaperMart.