Friday, September 21, 2018

Lovely & Simply Gourd-eous Gourds

Yes, that is a Duke Blue Devil bear!  Go DUKE!!!
       I love fall with its cooler weather (Not a fan of hot and humid; I live indoors during the summer! L) and its rich colors.  This stamp set from Papertrey Ink’s August release was a must have for me.  My step-son has a September birthday so I thought that this would make a perfect card when paired with Raspberry Suite Design’s Lovely Birthday Die.  Perfectly matched!  I decided it do it simply – no glitz or glam here for a guy’s card, but I did add a little oomph with the thread and button.  I like how it turned out, but I’m really going to try using these gourds again and add some zesty, glamorous shine to my next card that features these gourgeous gourds.

·      Stamp set(s):  PTI-Simply Gourd-eous SS 
·      Ink(s):  PTI- Classic Craft, Summer Sunrise, Canyon Clay, Orange Zest, Spring Moss, Olive Twist, Cocoa Bean 
·      Paper: PTI-Fine Linen, Classic Craft & Scarlet Jewel 
·      Dies & Embossing folders:  PTI-Simply Gourd-eous Dies & Say It Simply: Lovely Birthday Die
·      Embellishments/Other things of note:  PTI-Canyon Clay Buttons; Fiber thread-stash (It may be Stampin’ Up’s Linen Thread.)
      As I’m trying to restart my blog, I appreciate your visit. If you like what you’re seeing, please give some thought to following me so you can see what’s on my desk and what’s on my mind.  I’d love to hear your thoughts about my card.  I’m on Instagram as dloates2005, too!  Thanks again for stopping by!
Many Blessings,

Rudolf and Nuvo Gilding Flakes

     My friend over at is getting ready for a street festival soon.  I was helping her make some tags for her booth.  These little cuties are from Lawn Fawn’s new release and are just adorable.  I colored the little deer with Copics and used Lawn Fawn’s Knit Picky Fall patterned paper to make these cute little gifts tags.  Lawn Fawn sent this particular tag as a sample with her first store order; it was really easy to follow.  Work of advice.  Try using liquid glue to line up the top and bottom tags.  It will make is so much easier to get the tags stacked!
·      Stamp set(s):  Lawn Fawn-Say What? Christmas Critters SS
·      Ink(s):  Versamark Clair-Ebony 
·      Paper:  Copic-White paper; Lawn Fawn-Knit Picky Pattern stack & Noble Fir
·      Dies & Embossing folders:  Lawn Fawn-Christmas Critters Dies, Say What? Gift Tag Dies

·      Embellishments/Other things of note:  Copics- E11, E13, E35, E37, W7

Rudolph coloring up close.  Experimented with Copic choices on first two on top left!

       On another note, I had gotten a few months back and never got up the mojo to try Nuvo Gilding Flakes.  I’d puttered around and left them out, but didn’t do anything with them until today.  I had good results and you’ll be seeing them as I craft away for Christmas. 

These will add a nice touch of sparkle – I have silver, too – to some of my upcoming projects!  A girl has to have a bit of glam where ever she goes and with whatever she’s doing especially for a bright holiday season.  I think I’ll pull out my new Papertrey Ink products from this month’s release and see what happens!
Many Blessings,

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Loveliness is a Poinsettia made with Altenew’s Build-A-Flower

      You know it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around social media crafting sites. Right after July 1st, the crafting community begins to focus on the next big card making events – Christmas and Thanksgiving/Fall.  Everywhere on crafting social media we are seeing fall and holiday items abounding. One of the Christmas season flowers that proliferate are lovely poinsettias.  Used to be only red ones - I’m showing my age here!  LOL! - but now they are available in a variety of colors at stores everywhere.  I’ve done this one in shades of pink, but again use your imagination to suit your love of color and go to town creating lovely holiday cards for friends and families. I wish I had a good embossing folder with poinsettias on it to use on the card front or a music stamp or folder to add depth.  Just realized that, but I’ll try dressing up the next one I make!  From good to great as we learn from our mistakes or in my case, lack of planning.
     I’ve listed below the “enablers list” (thank you Julie Tillman, a.k.a. Verve Girl for that title for this list of items) which I’ve used on my project!
       Stamp set(s):     Altenew - Build-A-Flower Poinsettia 
       Ink(s):     Altenew - Pink Diamond, Pinkalicious, Rubellite, Razzleberry, Olive, Moss;     Versamark - Watermark ink
       Paper:     Papertrey Ink - Stampers’ Select White; Gina K - Fresh Asparagus; 
       Dies & Embossing folders:    Altenew - Poinsettia Build-A-Flower Die 
       Embellishments/Other things of note:     Judikins - Metallic Silver Embossing Powder; Wink of Stella - Clear; sequins from stash   

      Here’s a close up of the sentiment.  I have never used Judikins before – I wasn’t at home so I used what was available.  It has more of a matt finish, but still shows up well!  

      As always, I encourage you to go to to place an order for this lovely stamp and die set, and while you’re there explore the rest of her inventory from other companies.  She’s going to be your one stop shop for all the lovely supplies you’ll need to make your Christmas projects!  I’ve got another poinsettia card you’ll be seeing soon that I watercolored with Altenew’s new watercolors.  Be on the look out for that one as I did that one in red - my favorite color!

Many Blessings,


Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Altenew Build-A-Flower Larkspur

       Altenew does a lovely job with the multi-step floral stamps they design.  This is another example of a gorgeous flower that you let your imagination - not to mention your ink collection – soar.  So many color possibilities given how many ink companies are out there.  Mix and match ink companies for even more possibilities like I’ve done here.  Use what you have on hand or go to my friend’s website, and order some new Gina K inks and matching papers.  She also has the Altenew stamp set and dies available that I’ve referenced below.  A shout out to Papertrey Ink and Dawn McVey here for this lovely scallop stackers die.  I just got the small one too.  I’ve made some other cards using these so you’ll be seeing these scallop stacker dies a lot!

         Here is what I’ve used to make this card.  I always like to enable other crafters to play!

·     Stamp set(s):  Altenew - Altenew Build-A-Flower Larkspur Stamp Set; Honeybee Stamps – Sending Sunshine SS
·     Ink(s):  PTI(Papertrey Ink) – Spring Rain; Stampin’ Up – Tempting Turquoise & Pacific Point; green inks from my collection (I forgot to write them down - so sorry! :-( )
·     Paper:  Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110#; MFT-Berrylicious
·     Dies & Embossing folders:   Sizzzix-Floral Embossing Folder; Altenew- Build-A-Flower Larkspur Die; PTI-Scallop Stackers: Medium Die; Honeybee Stamps – Sending Sunshine Honeycut Dies
·     Embellishments/Other things of note: PPP-Lemon Meringue 6mm sequins; PTI - Sunburst Stencil Collection (Set of 2)
I hope you’ve enjoyed this bit of crafty loveliness today.  Please leave me a comment if you’re so 

Many Blessings,

Monday, August 27, 2018

Exploring Altenew's Build-A-Flower Chrysanthemum Stamp Set


     It’s getting closer to fall, and soon (if not already!) we will be seeing these lovely fall flowers beginning to show up at grocery stores, home improvement stores and nurseries.  The nicest thing about stamping is that we can make them ANY color we like – even those that we don’t see in nature or bred by nurseries! While I’ve done these in shades of yellow on a green background (I wished I’d remembered to emboss my card front – maybe the next one!), you can do blue, rust, red or any shade really!  I made this for an upcoming card class for the launch of a  brand-new on-line store a friend of mine is starting.  Keep tuned for more details as we grow this new enterprise!  Let your mind soar and imagine all you can do with this lovely set!  All the details of what I used are below.  I’m sure that you have some similar embellishments in your stash already that will work until we can launch this store in the very new future. 
     Stamp set(s):  Altenew - Build-A-Flower Chrysanthemum Stamp Set  
     Ink(s):  Altenew Summer Afternoon and Green Fields Ink Sets; My Favorite Things (MFT) Hybrid Inks-
          Lemon Chiffon, Peach Bellini & Coral Crush       
       Paper:  MFT – Lemon Chiffon, Gumdrop Green, Tiny Check 6x6 Paper Pack; Neenah Solar White 110#   
       Dies & Embossing folders:  Build-A-Flower Chrysanthemum Die; MFT-Bold Stripes Cover-Up Die        
           Embellishments/Others:  Wink of Stella-clear;  Pretty Pink Posh Sequins-Mossy Green 4mm       

           The name of this new on-line adventure is In2Stampincards.  And, many of the the items I've used to make this card will be carried in our on-linestore.  The names include: Altenew, My Favorite Things Stamps, Hero Arts, Honey Bee Stamps, Impression Obsession, Gina K and more!  I will be posting more about our website,  Facebook and Instagram sites as we get this up and going.  

      Many Blessings,


Sunday, August 12, 2018

Raspberry Suite Birthday

         I know, I know!  If any of you are still following me, you’ve probably wondered if I’d dropped off the face of the earth.  I haven’t but the last several years have been filled with family upheavals and unimaginable stress!  Our blended family is suffering many challenges.  We are still going thru them but we trust God to find a way thru the stress and messiness of life!  God has provided me with an outlet to reboot my creativity thru a good friend and stamping buddy!
         A friend of mine is getting ready to start up an online cardmaking and papercrafting store and is also having a birthday.  She has asked me to be a guest designer for her website and blog so I’ve promised to resurrect my blog and the first card I’m going to post is one I made for her with items from one of my favorite stamp companies (and awesome group of designers), Papertrey Ink.  I’ve started using their inks and cardstock after leaving a previous company.  (Sold all of them at a yardsale! LOL)  I love PTI’s 100-110# cardstock.  It holds up so well to dry embossing and folding/creasing without tearing for card bases and won't fall over when the card front is loaded with layers and embellishments. YEAH!!!  Their inks are gorgeous and stamp so well too.  I’ve also been making other cards that I’ll be posting soon from other companies that we will have at our store but for today, here’s PTI and one of my favorite designers!  Hats off to Raspberry Suite Design by Dawn McVey as I feature a few of her own designs (old and new) for PTI!

  • ·      Stamp set(s): PTI-Orchid Expressions SS; MFT-Big Birthday Sentiments (inside message)
  • ·      Ink(s):  PTI-Spring Rain, Blueberry Sky, Enchanted Evening, Canyon Clay, Spring Moss, Prairie Grass
  • ·      Paper:  PTI-Stamper’s Select White, Spring Rain, Blueberry Sky, Enchanted Evening, Canyon Clay Cardstock
  • ·      Dies & Embossing folders:  PTI-Orchid Expressions, Scallop Stackers: Medium, Doily Details; MFT-Single Stitch Line Rectangle Frames; Cottage Cutz-Happy & Birthday Dies
  • ·      Embellishments/Other things of note:   Glossy Accents; PPP-Clear Droplets 4mm & 6mm
Inside of card!

Many Blessings,

Ink(lings) Artistry Relaunch

       Hey every body!  I'm still around and enjoying my 3 yo granddaughter who is the joy in joyful to her Nanny!  We've had a lot going on in our family in recent years - my gorgeous granddaughter being the good part of it - and the last year in particular has been just horrendous!  But I've a friend who is launching a brand spanking new website for cardmakers and papercrafters to purchase some of of their favorite stuff.  (Stay tuned for more updates on her store launch.)  If you're in the Triad area of NC, we've got some card classes coming up on August 25 & 26 where we will be rolling out her new on-line store!  I'll be doing some designing for her store.  I'm really excited about this opportunity for her and for me to get my mojo back!  It's always inspiring to see a friend follow her dream!  She's a good friend and talented lady herself so stay tuned.  I've got several posts getting ready to go up.  Keep checking back or sign up to receive notices of my new posts!  To tickle your craftiness, here's a quick pic of my creative mess from my craftroom!

Many Blessings to All