Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Delicates Valentine's Day Cards

           When I saw these Delicates Dies from Papertrey Ink’s Dawn McVey, I knew that I wanted them.  Are they snowflakes, flowers or what?  It didn’t matter! I just fell in love with them!  For the first card, I inlayed the pieces from the lighter colored glitter card stock!  I think its absolutely stunning!  A few sequins and small Valentine’s greeting with all of the white space, and the focus becomes those stunning die cuts!  The inlay wasn’t difficult but what a “WOW” factor. Without further lingering, here’s the enabler’s list!
·      Stamp set(s):  Verve – Love Notes
·      Ink(s):  PTI – Hawaiian Shores
·      Paper:  PTI – Stamper’s Select White; The Paper Studio – Solid Glitter in Mint & Turquoise
·      Dies & Embossing folders:  PTI – Delicates Die 

·      Embellishments/Other things of note:  MISTI; Pretty Pink Posh – 6mm Clear Drops & 4mm Aquamarine Sequins 

           For my second card, I used just the die cut Delicates themselves layered over an embossed card front.  It was simple but still has that WOW factor with the lovely die cuts cut from glitter cardstock.  Sometimes more is less, right?  Here is my enabler’s list for this lovely card!

·      Stamp set(s):  MFT – More Essential Sentiments SS 
·      Ink(s):  PTI – Hawaiian Shores
·      Paper:  PTI – Stamper’s Select White & Hawaiian Shores; The Paper Studio – Glitter paper in Mint
·      Dies & Embossing folders:  Sizzix – Tim Holtz 3D Embossing Folder: Kaleidoscope; PTI – Delicates Dies & Skinny Mini Banners Die
·      Embellishments/Other things of note:  MISTI; Pretty Pink Posh – 4mm & 6mm Clear Drops; SU – In Color Sequins (ret.)
So there you have it!  One gorgeous die set from Dawn McVey’s Raspberry Suite Design, some other simple elements that combine into pure gorgeousness if I do say so myself.  These lovely dies will look good behind other die cut elements such as flowers.  Check them out over at www.papertreyink.comand put Delicates in the search feature.  
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog!  I appreciate it!

A Unicorn For Valentine's Day

          Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.  I’ve been in my new and improved craft room using my new DreamBox from the Original ScrapBox!  It makes it so much easier to get to my stash and put things away as I craft. It’s all right there in plain sight! All those lovely colors. I’ve got some other cards to share later, but this Potbellies Unicorn Die from Papertrey Ink’s January release by designer Betsy Veldman is such a keeper!  I saw it and thought “Malin would love this”!  You can make it into a shaker or treats card, too! The die set has everything you need to do this cute card and the others as well.  Onto the enablers list!
·      Stamp set(s):  Verve – Love Notes SS
·      Ink(s):  PTI – Soft Stone cube
·      Paper:  PTI – Hawaiian Shores CS, Hawaiian Shores Gingham, Stamper’s Select White
·      Dies & Embossing folders:  PTI – Potbellies Unicorn Die, From the Heart Mini Die & Modern Alphabet Upper Die
·      Embellishments/Other things of note:  Zig Clean Color Brush Markers – 025 Pink; Eyelet Outlet – Black Enamel Dots; Nuvo Crystal Glaze; Copic Spica Pen – Black; SU – In Color Sequins (ret.)
         I really loved how this turned out.  There are like A LOT of little pieces to cut out and keep up with to make this little guy or gal sparkle but it’s worth it.  I cut out 3 of these Potbellies Unicorns at the same time and managed to get them all coordinated.  For the card base, I did a long cut (4.25” by 11”) of an 8.5” by 11’ piece of cardstock and scored it in half.  I lined up the die and left the top hanging off the folded end of the cardstock.  After attaching the card front to the cut-out base, this little Unicorn stood on her own two feet – so to speak!  A little black glitter cardstock for the hooves and some sequins gave this gal some real bling and should make my little granddaughter happy on Valentine’s Day! That’s a Win/Win for all!
         Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit to my blog!  Let me know what you think if you are so inclined.  I’d also love to have you follow me as I restart Ink(lings) Artistry after a long time away!  There’s a story in that but that’s for another time and place!
Many Blessings,


Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Make It Monday: Lots of (Love) Letters

            Part of the relaunch of Ink(lings) Artistry is my intention to participate in more challenges from blogs and companies that I purchase products from on a regular basis.  Papertrey Ink has become my go to for paper and stamps over recent months; and I get their blog posts on a regular basis.  This week’s Make It Monday (1/21/2019) intrigued me so I pulled out the new Bold Borders: Arabesque (with that lovely You die cut included) and some of their alphabet dies and went to work.  I’ve made this card with no stamping on the outside.  I’ll add a sentiment later on the inside for Valentine’s Day or a “just because I love you” kind of card.  It did look a little plain to me so I got the idea from a IG and blog I follow to line the inside of the rectangle in the middle of the card and to frame the "you" die cut with some of the glitter yardstick.  WOW!!!  That really stepped it up!!
         Here are the details for my card!  It was easy to make, but a word of advice:  use a metal shim when cutting out the Bold Borders dies (all of them) because they are intricate.  It will save you time!
·      Paper:  PTI – Weathervane, Raspberry Fizz; Paper Studio – Solid Glitter - Silver
·      Dies & Embossing folders:  PTI – Bold Borders: Arabesque Die, Modern Alphabet Upper Dies
·      Embellishments/Other things of note:  Fiskars (?) Heart Punch
That’s it for now.  I’ll be working on some Valentine’s Day cards in the next few weeks. I’m finding it much more enjoyable to be in my craftroom with it’s new organized vibe.  Still making minor adjustment.  I’ll be posting pictures on a later post.  Hopefully before February 1st.  BTW, I now using a MacBook Pro for my blogging, and I'm having trouble with using my Phtoshop Elements.  It's really different platform from my earlier version on the Windows based computer.  I'll be trying to learn to import and crop my photos for a better image but until I do, please bear with me.  
Many Blessings,


Monday, January 21, 2019

Winter Princess Smiles

             My granddaughter, Malin, LOVES Elsa from Disney’s Frozen movie.  I was on the internet and found this stamp set on Instagram I think.  I knew I had to have it.  Since it’s a digital stamp from Isabel Cristina Stamps, I had immediate access to it and here’s the card I made using MOJO Monday Sketch #507! (Julee, I’m so glad you brought this back!  I’ve missed it!)  I’m very happy with the outcome, and I think Malin will love having an Elsa card to go with her Frozen Power Wheels!  You should see her drive – check my Instagram account (dloates2005) for a video of her doing just that in her yard!
·      Stamp set(s):  Isabel Cristina Stamps – Winter Princess; Verve – Love Notes SS (ret.)  
·      Ink(s):  PTI – Aqua Mist; Versafine Clair – Nocturne; Copic Markers – BG10, 11, 13, 15; Y13, 15, 18; E0000, 00, 01; C00; & Colorless Blender
·      Paper:  PTI – Aqua Mist, Aqua Mist Pattern Pack & Stampers Select White(card base);  Doodlebug – Lily White Sugar Coated CS; X-Press It Blending Card
·      Dies & Embossing folders:  Spellbinders – Standard Circles Large & Long Classic Scalloped Rectangles; Verve – Starry Die & Leafy Sprig Die; MFT – Stitched Fishtail Flags & Inside/Out Stitched Square STAX Die
·      Embellishments/Other things of note:  Wink of Stella Clear; Pentel – Sunburst Metallic Silver Pen 
It’s so good to be doing a sketch challenge again. Now that my craftroom is back and ORGANIZED with my new DreamBox, I hope to have more MOJO – yes that’s an intended pun – and get more going on in my craftroom as I look to start a cardmaking enterprise soon.  We are getting ready to move this spring, so I’m not sure when that will be happening, but we will see.  Praying all goes smoothly with the sale of our townhome here and just the perfect place in the Greenville, SC area.  Thank you for stopping by! I’d love to hear your thoughts about my creations I post here, too!

Many Blessings,


Friday, January 18, 2019

Wintery Watercolor Birthday

          I have never tried water coloring with reinkers before but was inspired by the PTI’s blog post for Make It Monday on 1/7/2019 to try.  I wanted to get it in for that contest that goes with that but my DreamBox from The Original ScrapBox arrived on Tuesday.  I’ll have more on that later once I get my craftroom back together. I’ve got lots of arrival, building and before pics of my craftroom a.k.a. smallest of 3 bedrooms in out townhome. But I wanted to try my hand.  I had some trouble with the ink kind of settling and “staining” the paper.  I don’t know if it was my technique or paper or what.  I’m still pretty new to watercoloring with watercolors from Prima, Altenew and Zig Real Brush markers so…  Anyway, this is  how my final card looked though not in time for last week’s Make It Monday, but I did try something new!  Yeah for me letting perfectionism go.  I even debated whether to share it here, but I figure many of you out there are pretty much like me and as Jennifer McGuire said in one of her videos about watercoloring to not look for perfection but enjoy the moment or something similar (my take on her statement).
·      Stamp set(s):  PTI – Mountain Majesty SS;  MFT-Big Birthday Sentiment 
·      Ink(s):  PTI – Spring Rain, Blueberry Sky, & Enchanted Evening Reinkers; Enchanted Evening and Pinefeather Stamp Pads
·      Paper:  PTI – Spring Rain CS; Strathmore Watercolor Cold Pressed Paper, 400 Series 140#
·      Dies & Embossing folders:  PTI – Mountain Majesty Die; Signo White Gel Pen; SU – Frosted Retired snowflakes and sequins
·      Embellishments/Other things of note:  Wink of Stella Clear Pen 
Overall, I like the way the card turned out even with the uneven – to me – shading of the sky but it does have a wintry feel with the snowflakes and silver toned sequins.  Besides, my brother for whom I made this card will appreciate the effort – well maybe; he is after all my older brother and you now how they can be! J  That’s all for now.   Hope you’re having a great day!  

Many Blessings,