Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


Let the record show…


…that for the first time in my card making career, I have my own personal holiday cards totally assembled before mid December!


I used my new MISTI to help with the mass production (that and a lot of pine cone masks!).

I blogged this card back in July. I did add a banner for the sentiment on my mass produced cards, I felt the original gold on kraft sentiment did not show as well as I hoped.

And, please don’t think I am ready for the holidays because I finished my cards. I have hardly done any shopping, no decorating, I still have to make my parents’ holiday cards, create the photo calendar for next year (we give as gifts to the grandparents), sew a brand new Christmas stocking, and bake whatever variety of cookies I am inspired to bake.

Just let me bask in my accomplishment a minute longer…and then I will go work on laundry.   😉

Have a great day!



Highlighted Floral Birthday Card

highlighted floral birthday

I decided to experiment with highlighting an area on a card front. I die cut a circle, then used the negative “hole” to blend ink on a white panel. The leaves were stamped on top of that. The flower was stamped on a separate piece of paper, painted with an aquabrush, and fussy cut.

Supplies: Stamps – Papertrey Ink, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Wild Wasabi, inks – Kirarina WiNK White Pearl, Papertrey Ink Fresh Snow, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Mowed Lawn, Tumbled Glass, ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens Carmine Red (022), Orange (070), Yellow (050), dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), Spellbinders (circle), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder white.


Square Thinking of You Card

lehkas indian bowls thinking of you

My blogging buddy, Lekha, sent me the photo below, hoping it would be inspirational for me. Guess what, Lekha, IT WORKED!


Lehkas Indian bowlsphoto credit: Lekha from LM Expressions


I had an ancient square A Muse note card (Mod Dots in Popsicle Pink), and I thought that would be my circle jumping point. I die cut Paper Smooches flowers and dots (using dryer sheets to keep them in place – which backfired a bit with the second run through the die cut machine – the dryer sheet stuck to the paper).


lehkas indian bowls die cuts

I added a sentiment on black as a nod to the edges of the inspiration bowls (which may not be black in person!). A few white dots with the Kirarina WiNK white pen finished it all off.

Supplies: Stamp – Papertrey Ink, paper – A Muse Artstamps Mod Dots note card, Stampin’ Up! Barely Banana (retired), Bashful Blue (retired), Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Pumpkin Pie, ink – Kirarina WiNK white, Papertrey Ink Fresh Snow, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), Paper Smooches (“Pocket”), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder white.

Christmas in July – A Wish for Peace Card

pine a wish for peace

The Essentials by Ellen Mistletoe & Holly set is on my workspace, I am trying to figure out personal Christmas card ideas. With all of the violence and death in the news the past month, the “I wish for peace” sentiment stamp spoke to me from a storage drawer.

I masked the pine cones using Post-It notes before stamping the foliage and berries. The snow accents are Kirarina WiNK white pen.

Supplies: Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, PSX Designs (sentiment), paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, inks – Kirarina WiNK White, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Fired Brick, Mowed Lawn, Vintage Photo, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Lawn Fawn, embossing powder – Stampendous! Gold Detail.



Seaside Birthday Card

seaside birthday

I stamped this collection of shells a few weeks ago, not really sure what I was going to do with it. Fast forward to last week, and My Favorite Things release preview. What Debbie Olsen did with Kirarina WiNK marker on this card gave me inspiration for my sea shells.

I tore the edge of the Crumb Cake paper (to look a bit like a dune line here on the East coast), and then applied some Kirarina WiNK white to be sea foam.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies: Stamps – Inkadinkado, Papertrey Ink, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Crumb Cake, Marina Mist, Night of Navy, Soft Sky, inks – Kirarina WiNK white, Papertrey Ink Fresh Snow, VersaFine Onyx Black, die – Taylored Expressions, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Ranger Silver Pearl.


Burgundy and Gold Graduation Card

j 2016 grad

Offspring2 graduated from our local community college this week. WOOT! Very proud of him!

Supplies: Stamps – Hero Arts, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Bravo Burgundy(retired), Crushed Curry, ink – Kirarina WiNK white, VersaFine Crimson Red, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), Taylored Expressions (photo), embossing folder – Stampin’ Up!, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


Sand Dollar Sympathy Card

sand dollar sympathy blended ink

I stamped the sand dollar first, then masked it before blending the sand and the sky around it.

Supplies: Stamps – Papertrey Ink, PSX Designs, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Marina Mist, inks – Kirarina WINK White Pearl, Stampin’ Up! Crumb Cake, Soft Sky, VersaFine Smoky Gray, die – Spellbinders, embossing powder – Ranger Silver Pearl, silver cord – PaperMart.


Nuts About You Card

nuts about you

This is another card I created with Offspring3 in mind. Perfect for fall semester.

Offspring1 and Offspring2 never remembered to check their snail mailboxes without me prodding. Offspring3 has PROMISED to check the snail mailbox on a regular basis. I LOVED getting mail when I was in the dorms, but we all know that was back in the dark ages, before e-anything!

Supplies: Stamp – Lawn Fawn, paper – Cosmo Cricket, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel (retired), Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, inks – Kirarina WiNK White Pearl, VersaFine Vintage Sepia, dies – Lawn Fawn (acorn), My Favorite Things (leaves), Taylored Expressions (banner), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


Watercolor New Baby Card

watercolor baby girl for carmella

Our next door neighbors had a new baby about two weeks ago, and one of us finally ran into a visiting grandma to find out what color to make the card.

Pink it is! I watercolored a background, added stamped pieces on top, finished up with ribbon and sequins.

Supplies: Stamps – Clearly Besotted, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Canson Watercolor, Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream, Stampin’ Up! Melon Mambo, Orchid Opulence (retired), inks – Copic E21, Kirarina WiNK White Pearl, Stampin’ Up! Melon Mambo, Orchid Opulence (retired), VersaFine Onyx Black,  watercolors – Kuretake Gansai Tambi, dies – Spellbinders (circles), Taylored Expressions (banners), sequins – Pretty Pink Posh, organdy ribbon – JoAnn’s.