Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


Snowman Guitarist Christmas Card

guitar snowman xmas

Hey, Happy Monday!

This cute guy is from the set with the saxophone snowman.  Equally adorable! The set comes with a “Merry Christmas” sentiment that looks like notes coming from either the saxophone or guitar. I was wishing for a “happy birthday to you” in the same style, I think that would be so perfect for a winter birthday with either of the musically inclined snowmen.

December 1st…time to break out the German Advent calendars! I even remembered to send them with Offspring1 & Offspring2 on the return run to campus last night.

2014 advent calendar

Supplies: Stamps – A Muse Artstamps, The Cat’s Pajamas, paper – Lawn Fawn Snow Day, LCI Paper Royal, Papertrey Ink White, Stampin’ Up! Crumb Cake, Real Red, inks – Copic B28, BG10, BV25, E19, E53, R29, RV11, YG95, YR68, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Spellbinders (rectangle), Stampin’ Up! (banner), embossing folder – Provo Craft, embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Hero Arts Liquid Platinum.



Hanukkah Card – PTI Make it Monday #189

pti make it monday 189 hanukkah

This week’s Papertrey Ink Make It Monday (#189) is titled “Impression Line Water Coloring”. The challenge is to use a cover plate (I don’t own any) to emboss, and then to watercolor the embossed image.

I embossed Papertrey Ink’s menorah inside a rectangle. The image is a bit small for this technique, but overall I am pleased with the result.

I got to use my new Kuretake Watercolor Paints – a splurge after a big project was recently completed.

kuretake paints open

kuretake paints closed

Supplies: Stamp – Papertrey Ink, paper – LCI Paper Royal, Papertrey Ink White, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Papertrey Ink (menorah), Spellbinders (rectangle), Kuretake Watercolors, embossing powder – Ranger Liquid Platinum.


Thank You Shaker Card – Runway Inspired Challenge ric#71

ric71 thanks

The current Runway Inspired Challenge (ric#71) , is a tribute to iconic designer Oscar de la Renta, who recently passed away. Eight looks from his Spring 2015 show were provided as inspiration.

I chose this look:

ric71 oscar de la renta

The transparency of the dress immediately put VELLUM in my head. And the floral design reminded me of some washi tape that Offspring3 bought for my birthday last month.

I cut a frame of royal blue using Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles, and mounted vellum to the back of the frame. I added the washi tape to the back of the vellum (to diffuse the color more). I put two “thank you” die cuts together (and trimmed off one layer of the “u” that would sit on the blue frame), and mounted on the front of the vellum. I wanted the frame to be raised, so I added foam tape to the back. Hmmm….how about some sequins behind that frame?? I couldn’t resist, although I am wondering if I will ever use a shaker thank you card! No worries, I will find a use for it.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies: Paper – LCI Paper Royal, Papertrey Ink White, Stampin’ Up! Vellum, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangles), Papertrey Ink (thank you), washi tape – Recollections, sequins – Doodlebug Designs.


Watercolored Poppies Thank You Note Cards

watercolored poppies

These note cards were inspired by an print advertisement in one of the coupon inserts that came with the Sunday paper a few weeks ago. Printed poppies on thank you notes. Very pretty.

What if I try to make something similar? Hmmm….

I watercolored the round poppies and added the black centers. Once they dried, oh, my, love, Love, LOVE how they turned out.

Supplies: Stamp – Stampin’ Up!, paper – Canson watercolor, LCI Paper Royal,Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream. Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Pink Passion (retired), ink -VersaFine Onyx Black, Reeve’s watercolors (part of a Klutz Press book – Watercolor for the Artistically Undiscovered – given to me by my ex-neighbor in one of her clean out phases), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.

Baby Shower Thank You Note Samples

boy shower thanks samples

I am working on samples for shower thank you note cards.

Supplies: Stamps – A Muse ArtStamps, Paper Salon, Stampin’ Up!, Taylored Expressions, paper – Georgia Pacific White, LCI Paper Royal, Stampin’ Up! Bashful Blue,  inks – Stampin’ Up! Bashful Blue, Chocolate Chip, Gable Green (retired), VersaFine Onyx Black, Wink of Stella clear, dies – Impression Obsession (umbrella), Spellbinders (square), Stampin’ Up! (banner), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, taffeta ribbon – Stampin’ Up! (retired).

Another 80th Birthday Card

walty 80 2

Here is the second card I created for my Dad. The “80” is actually embossed in silver, but it looks white in the photo.

I am still working on transferring between old and new computers…I lost almost all of Saturday struggling to find a mail server workaround to what Windows 8.1 wanted me to use (found one).

Supplies: Stamps – Papertrey Ink, Stampin’ Up!, paper – LCI Royal, Papertrey Ink White, Pebbles 4th of July, Stampin’ Up! Real Red, inks – Stampin’ Up! Brilliant Blue (retired), Only Orange (retired), Real Red, YoYo Yellow (retired), VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMark, dies – Reverse Confetti (tag), Spellbinders (circle), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Stampin’ Up! Sterling Silver, twine – We R Memory Keepers.

Primary Birthday Card – Make it Monday #157

pti make it monday 157 birthday

This week’s Papertrey Ink Make it Monday Challenge (#157) is DIY Cover Plates.

Cover plates are these things that you use with a die cut machine, and they cut/emboss a piece of paper that is large enough for the front of a card.

Papertrey Ink asked us to make our own, using dies we have in our collections.

I used the PTI chevron die to make a primary color birthday card. I put the yellow cardstock through the die cut machine (I used my Sizzix Big Shot, I also have an older Provo Craft Cuttlebug) three times with the chevron die in different positions. I then layered the yellow over a piece of red cardstock. I cut chevrons out of white and blue as well, and glued those pieces into the negative spaces in the yellow.

If I make this card again, I would alternate the direction of the chevron die on the base paper, just for a little variety.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies: Stamp – Papertrey Ink, paper – LCI Royal, Papertrey Ink Kraft, White, Stampin’ Up! Real Red, YoYo Yellow (retired), ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Papertrey Ink (chevron), Stampin’ Up! (banner), enamel dots – Stampin’ Up!, linen thread – Stampin’ Up!

Watercolored Grid Birthday Card

happy birthday grid watercolor

I got this new Hero Arts Happy Birthday Grid stamp on Saturday at my local scrapbooking/stamp store. I love the order of squares and rectangles!

Jennifer McGuire had used this stamp in a blog post a few weeks ago, called Watercolor Backgrounds.

I embossed the stamp on watercolor paper, and then scribbled inside the squares with my Stampin’ Up! Watercolor crayons. Finally, I used my aqua painter to spread the color.

Supplies: Stamp – Hero Arts, paper – Canson Watercolor paper, LCI Royal Blue, Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, watercolor crayons – Stampin’ Up!, satin ribbon – Ellen Hutson.


Make it Monday #149 – Valentine’s Day Card

make it monday 149 valentine card

This week’s Papertrey Ink Make it Monday #149 is about glitter embellishments.

I covered a scrap of paper with sticky tape (X-Press It Double Sided Tape High Tack), then die cut my heart. Note to self…next time, match the color of the paper to the color of the glitter, so no “bald” patches peek through! I dumped on some chunky blue glitter, and really burnished it in with my finger.

The glitter still felt loose to me (chunky nature, I guess). So, I covered the heart with VersaMark Ink and UTEE embossing powder (and then heated it) twice to seal it all in.

Supplies: Stamps – Papertrey Ink, Simon Says Stamp, paper – Georgia Pacific White, LCI Paper Royal, Papertrey Ink White, inks – Stampin’ Up! Real Red, VersaFine Onyx Black, Satin Red, VersaMark, die – Spellbinders, embossing folder – Provo Craft, glitter – Stampin’ Up!, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Ranger UTEE clear, twine – We R Memory Keepers.


Runway Inspired Challenge – ric#51

ric51 birthday

The latest Runway Inspired Challenge – ric#51 had me at COLOR. My original design had me referencing every detail in the photo. But I didn’t glue everything down right away. (see, I can learn to edit!)

I LOVE this blue/violet color (from LCI paper – Pop’Set Infra Violet, 89lb). The scrap of mulberry paper (very old, from Stampin’ Up!) is my nod to the umbrella.

Here is the inspiration look, from the L’Wren Scott Spring 2014 collection:

l'wren scott ric51

See you tomorrow!

Supplies: Stamp – Papertrey Ink, paper – LCI Paper Pop’Set Infra Violet, Papertrey Ink White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, mulberry paper, ink – VersaFine Smoky Gray, dies – Spellbinders, embossing folder – Provo Craft, enamel dot – Stampin’ Up!, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, organdy ribbon – ClearBags.