Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink

Sending You Sunshine Tag Note Card

I was inspired by some crafting blogs working with sunflower stamps this week. I dug through my stash and found this small stamp from Waffle Flower.

Supplies:  Stamp – Waffle Flower, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Close to Cocoa (retired), Pool Party, inks – Copic BG0000, BG01, E23, Y17, YG25, die – Taylored Expressions, embossing folder – Provo Craft, hole punch – Fiskars, embossing powder – Stampendous, twine – Martha Stewart.



Royal and Green Stenciled Birthday Card

I found this stenciled background in one of my spare parts folders.

Supplies:  Stamp – Papertrey Ink, paper – Gmund Royal, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Pop Tone Sour Apple, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Blueprint Sketch, VersaFine Onyx Black, die – My Favorite Things, stencil – Heidi Swapp, flower punch – Fiskars, sequin – Lawn Fawn, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.


Stowaway Cards

Offspring3 went to Spain for 5 weeks this summer for a study abroad program.


Of course I stashed some cards in her suitcase. For the times that Skype and Facebook messaging were not quite tactile enough.

Most of the cards contain an image or paper that she has gifted me.


Stripe and Floral Thanks Note Card

I am working on notecards for a different project.

Kitchen countertop got installed yesterday – it looks like a kitchen. No running water yet (that is scheduled for TODAY). I was so worried about the counter – I selected it from a 6 x 6 inch sample. Had nightmares about it Sunday night – “what if I chose WRONG? WHAT IF I DON’T LIKE IT??” All is good. I am happy with how it turned out.

Supplies: Stamp – Stampin’ Up!, paper – Stampin’ Up! Calypso Coral, Kaleidoscope DSP, Pool Party, So Saffron, ink – Hero Arts Unicorn, die – Taylored Expressions, punches – All Night Media (small flower), Fiskars (large flower), Stampin’ Up! (dots), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder white.


Scrap Pile Birthday Card



I sat down on Sunday morning, to make a card for Monday’s blog post. No mojo. SIGH. I pulled out my scrap folders, and found some things that worked together.

Kitchen is moving along. I clean for at least an hour after they leave (maybe 2).  I know there is some drywall sanding happening this week – maybe I need to tape up plastic drop cloths in an attempt to contain that.

No news on the kidney stone that was in the way. I am feeling almost normal (since Friday) – which is good.

Supplies: Stamps – Cornish Heritage Farms, Papertrey Ink, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Green Galore (retired), Lovely Lilac (retired), Orchid Opulence (retired), Pacific Point, inks – Stampin’ Up! Green Galore (retired), Lovely Lilac (retired), Tempting Turquoise, VersaFine Onyx Black, die – Lawn Fawn, flower punches – Fiskars, sequins – Darice (large), Pretty Pink Posh (small), embossing powder – Ranger Silver Pearl, organdy ribbon – Offray.


Kindness Note Cards

uplifting thoughts kindness duo

Simon Says Stamp just released a new stamp set called Uplifting Thoughts. Holy moly, this set packs a punch! Ten sentiments I know I am going to use again and again. I will try to show you all 10 sentiments over the next few weeks.

Supplies: Stamps – Simon Says Stamp, paper – Heidi Swapp Favorite Things, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Calypso Coral, Lovely Lilac (retired), Painted Blooms DSP, Wild Wasabi, inks – Stampin’ Up! Marina Mist, Wild Wasabi, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Spellbinders (rectangle), Stampin’ Up! (foliage), Taylored Expressions (banner), flower punches – Fiskars, enamel dots – Stampin’ Up!, heart sequin – Stampin’ Up!, embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Ranger Liquid Platinum.


Cute as a Button Baby Card – PTI Make It Monday #241 – Ombre Stenciled Backgrounds


pti make it monday 241 baby onesie v2(click on photo to enlarge)

I haven’t been participating with many Papertrey Ink challenges lately, but this week’s Make it Monday #241 – Ombre Stenciled Backgrounds caught my attention.

Instead of an ombre stenciled background, I made an ombre stenciled element (which covers the entire card front, if that counts!).

I die cut a onesie, and heat embossed “cute as a button” on the chest. Then, I blended some old Stampin’ Up! colors – for some reason, this designed itself in my head as orchid/purple. Placed the stencil and did some more blending. I needed a button to go with the sentiment, but it had to be a soft faux button – no real buttons on onesies! So, I die cut a button, and threaded it (that took the most time!) with embroidery floss (one strand only). I thought it worked well as a flower center near the sentiment.

The glitter around the onesie neckline – that is a trick I picked up from Julie Ebersole at the very end of one of her Hello, Monday (1/11/2016) videos on Ellen Hutson’s The Classroom blog.

The three flowers at the neckline – remember when all girl undershirts or slips had the little pink flower there? (my age is showing!!) In reality, I had an ink smudge that I filed off, but then the file mark showed (and it was off center). Three flowers to the rescue!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Supplies: Stamp – Papertrey Ink, paper – Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream, inks – Stampin’ Up! Lovely Lilac (retired), Orchid Opulence (retired), VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Papertrey Ink (onesie), Stampin’ Up! (button), stencil – Heidi Swapp, glitter – Stickles Crystal, flower punch – Fiskars, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, embroidery floss – DMC.


Floral Birthday Card for The Paper Baker

the paper baker birthday 2015

When I started blogging back in 2013, I never expected to make virtual blogging friends. But it has happened. I like that we encourage each other! One of them is Nicole,  The Paper Baker. Early in November, she posted that her birthday month is November, and she asked if any other bloggers (or readers) would send her a birthday card. I made this for her.

I stenciled a background with Distress Ink, and mounted punched flowers around the embossed sentiment.

Supplies: Stamp – Papertrey Ink, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Lovely Lilac (retired), Orchid Opulence (retired), Pear Pizzazz, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Tumbled Glass, VersaFine Onyx Black, die – Stampin’ Up!, stencil – Heidi Swapp, flower punches – All Night Media (small), Fiskars (large), sequins – Doodlebug Designs (large), Pretty Pink Posh (small), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, organdy ribbon – JoAnn’s.


Pink Baby Girl Love Card

pink little baby big love

A PINK card for my basket!

Supplies: Stamps – Reverse Confetti, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Pink Passion, Pixie Pink, inks – Copic E21, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Picked Raspberry, VersaFine Onyx Black, stencil – Simon Says Stamp, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), Spellbinders (circles), heart punch – Fiskars, embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Stampin’ Up! Sterling Silver, organdy ribbon – JoAnn’s.


Night Sky Wish Card

night sky wish

I recently placed a small order with Taylored Expressions, and the free gift included in my shipment was this lovely WISH word die. I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it!

I watercolored the sky in blue, and splashed on some sparkling white. Then added the die cut word in silver mirror, and a few punched stars.

Supplies: Paper – Canson watercolor, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Recollections Mirror Silver, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, watercolors – Kuretake Gansai Tambi, die – Taylored Expressions, star punch – Fiskars.