Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink

Hero Arts Die Cut Snowman Gift Tag

I pulled this snowman stamp out of my stash on Sunday morning to make a few tags to add to my Christmas wrapping supplies.



Supplies:  Stamps – Hero Arts,, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, inks – Copic BG0000, BV25, G03, R29, YR09, VersaFine Onyx Black, die – Hero Arts, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear, twine – MarkerPOP.


Cool Bear Tag – 12 Tags of Christmas 2019 Challenge

Ellen Hutson is having her 12 Tags of Christmas 2019 Challenge again this year. I always love to see what her designers create. This year, the daily themes are inspired by Christmas Carols.

My tag was inspired by Day 7, Cool Yule with Heather Meeson . After I saw the title, “Cool Yule”, Baloo from the animated version of The Jungle Book was stuck in my head.

So, I colored the MFT sELFIE bear similar to Baloo. Who could be cooler? Shoobie doo bop!

Supplies:  Stamps – My Favorite Things,, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, inks – Copic 100, B0000, N1, N4, R29, YG23, Gina K. Designs Amalgam, VersaFine Onyx Black, ZIG Wink of Stella clear, die – Taylored Expressions, hole punch – Fiskars, organdy ribbon – ClearBags.


Llama Gift Tags

Llama gift tags!

Offspring3 bought a roll of llama themed Christmas wrapping paper. We need these.  😉

Supplies:  Stamps – Hero Arts, paper – DCWV No Prob Llama, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream, Stampin’ Up! Sage Shadow (retired), ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Lawn Fawn (tag), Stampin’ Up! (ornament), Taylored Expressions (rounded top tag), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, metallic cord – Paper Mart.


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.


Paint Chip Gift Tags


Oh, come on, you had to see this one coming from a mile away!

I used paint chips, sample paper, and dies.

I order envelopes and paper from a company called Paper-Papers. With every order, you get a random sample pack of scraps. I LOVE THIS! Would I really order a pack of 25 sheets of all of the colors? No. But the scraps are great for accents and projects like this. Paper-Papers even puts a label listing the contents on the sample pack, so you know what you are using.


Supplies: Paper – Home Depot, Lowe’s Paint Chips, Stampin’ Up! Brushed Silver, Malmero Perle White, Stardream Metallics Azalea, Dolomite, Emerald, Juniper, dies – Impression Obsession (snowflakes on large paint chips), My Favorite Things (snowflakes on small aqua paint chips), Reverse Confetti (holly & berries), Stampin’ Up! (ornament/hanger), The Cat’s Pajamas (largest snowflake), cord – Offray, metallic cord – PaperMart.



Trash to Treasure Gift Tag


This bright garland arrived here in a Victoria’s Secret mailing. I cut one section off, backed it with white (and “to/from”), and cut around the snowflake.

Doesn’t it make a great tag?

The Christmas tree got put up and decorated over the weekend (check that off the list!). This week, I need to make a new Christmas stocking and work on the annual wall calendar. And finish shopping. Next week will be baking & wrapping.

Have you received any holiday cards in the mail? We get fewer every year. We have received one card so far (from the Heating & Air Conditioning company!).

Supplies: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White (you can’t see this!), Victoria’s Secret paper garland, metallic cord – PaperMart.


A Few Scrap Tags! (2016 version)


My HOLIDAY TO DO LIST was overwhelming me the other day. So, I said “I will make a few gift tags!” Things that are actually on the list, but more ART THERAPY than work!



Supplies: Stamps – Hero Arts, paper – Carta Bella, Lawn Fawn, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, paint chip (source unknown), ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, embossing powder – Stampin’ Up! Sterling Silver, dies – Lawn Fawn (tag), Papertrey Ink (bookmark), Reverse Confetti (squat tag, holly), 1/4 inch circle punch – Stampin’ Up!, twine – Offray, metallic cord – Paper Mart.


Christmas in July – Noel Gift Tag

noel poinsettia tag

I am still pondering ideas for my family Christmas cards. I made a quick gift tag trying to get into the Christmas spirit.

Here is the back side:

noel poinsettia tag back

Supplies: Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, Hero Arts, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, ink – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Festive Berries, Mowed Lawn, VersaFine Onyx Black, die – Reverse Confetti, embossing powder – Stampendous! Gold Detail, organdy ribbon – Stampin’ Up! (retired).

Stamped Poinsettia Gift Tags

stamped poinsettia tags front

More gift tags.

I stamped a half sheet of cardstock with a retired Stampin’ Up! flower and embossed the centers with gold. The to/from was stamped multiple times on another half sheet. I die cut 4 tags out of each half sheet and glued them together.

Here is the view of the backs:

stamped poinsettia tags back

Sorry for the rainy day photos!

Supplies: Stamps – Hero Arts, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Stampin’ Up! Whisper White, inks – Stampin’ Up! Real Red, VersaMark, dies – Lawn Fawn, Reverse Confetti, embossing powder – Stampin’ Up! Gold Glory, gold cord – PaperMart.



Die Cut Ornament Tags


su ornament tags

Here are 2 gift tags I created using the Stampin’ Up! Delicate Ornaments dies.

Here is a view of the backs:

su ornament tags back

Supplies: Stamps – Hero Arts, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Shine Shimmer Blue Satin, Stampin’ Up! Real Red, ink – VersaMark, dies – Stampin’ Up!, embossing powder – Stampin’ Up! Sterling Silver, silver cord – PaperMart.