Thursday, February 26, 2015

Hanging out with Mia

Inky & Mia

Do you ever just get overwhelmed by cleaning your room? I do! Today, my friend Mia came over and helped me to clean my room. There were clothes everywhere. We had to take everything off my shelves and dust the shelves and the knick knacks. It was a lot of work!

When we finished, Mia put on her new dress to show me. Doesn't she look lovely? I think she does!

Do you like to clean your room? How do you motivate yourself to do it?

In this post I'm wearing:

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Year of the Sheep!

Lunar New Year: Year of the Sheep (2015)

Hello my friends! This Thursday there is a very special holiday- Lunar New Year! This year is the Year of the Sheep (or Goat). One of my favorite Lunar New Year traditions is making cards for my friends.

Lunar New Year: Year of the Sheep (2015)

Here are my supplies.  I use red cardstock (red is a lucky color!), white labels, scissors, and gold and red pencils.  To decorate my cards, I use adorable pins with art by Joyce Wan of Wanart. I use her pins every year because they are so cute! Okay, are you ready to make cards with me?

Lunar New Year: Year of the Sheep (2015)

The first thing to do is cut out cards from cardstock. I used a ruler to try to make sure they were the same size.  Even so, they were not perfect. Oh well!

Lunar New Year: Year of the Sheep (2015)

Next, I put white labels on the cards.  You can make the cards without labels, but I like them because they make my name pop when I sign the cards.  I use Martha Stewart brand kitchen labels, which I bought at Staples.

Lunar New Year: Year of the Sheep (2015)

The next step is putting the pins on the cards! The pins are so, so cute.  I love the little sheep. The pins are 1 inch wide and also have the Chinese character for sheep on them.  You don't have to use the same pins; use your creativity!

Lunar New Year: Year of the Sheep (2015)

I carefully put my pins near the top of the card. Be very careful not to prick yourself with the pin. That could hurt!

Lunar New Year: Year of the Sheep (2015)

Next, I use a gold pencil to write "HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR!" on each card. There are lots of fun greetings for Lunar New Year; try using the internet to find some!

Lunar New Year: Year of the Sheep (2015)

My last step is signing my name on the white label. Remember, you don't have to use a label if you don't want to! I wrote "Love, Inky" on each card using red pencil.

Lunar New Year: Year of the Sheep (2015)

The cards are done! Ta da! Now I'll ask my moms to help me address envelopes and take them to the post office so that I can send the cards to my friends. Happy Lunar New Year my friends!! Happy Happy Year of the Sheep to you!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day my friends! I had a wonderful time celebrating with my family.  I heard from many of my friends that they received my valentines safely. Hurrah!

Of course, now it's almost time for another of my favorite holidays- Lunar New Year!  Do you have a favorite holiday? What is it?

In this post I'm wearing: jeans by Liberty Jane Clothing and shoes and shirt by American Girl.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Valentine Contest Winner!

Hello everyone! It's me, Inky! I am happy to showcase the entries for my Valentine Contest! The theme for the contest was "LOVE!" Please check out the photos below. At the bottom, I will announce the winner! The winner has until Wednesday to email me their mailing address for the prize. If I do not hear from the winner by then, I will contact a runner-up.  Without further ado, here are the photos:

Entry #1: Annalise

Annalise

Entry #2: Doll Mag Editors

Doll Mag Editors

Entry #3: AJ

AJ

Entry #4: Magical Glimmers

Magical Glimmers

Entry #5: Bella

Bella

Entry #6: Kris

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Entry #7: Kirren

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Entry #8: Alexis

alexis

Entry #9: Simply Sapphire

simply_sapphire

Entry #10: MrRubyDoo

MrRubydoo

Entry #11: DIY American Girls

diy american girls

Entry #12: The Midnight Rose

the midnight rose

Entry #13: Hazel Squared

hazel squared

Entry #14: Cinnamon Cake Studios

cinnamon cake studios

Entry #15: Callie is a Doll

callie is a doll

Entry #16: Christian Homeschooler

christian homeschooler

Entry #17: Paper Doll World

paper doll world

Entry #18: Jackylina

jackylina

Entry #19: Wild Spark Studios

wild spark studios

Thanks so much to everyone who entered! I loved looking at your photos. They were all very creative. Unfortunately, I can only choose one winner. The winner is:

!!! Entry #6: Kris !!!

Kris A

Congratulations Kris! You have won a valentine from me and two chocolate-dipped fortune cookies made by Ann's AG Miniatures! Thank you for your beautiful photo!

Thank you again to everyone who entered! Happy Valentine's Day to you all!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Valentine's Day Contest 2015!

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Hi everyone, it's me, Inky! February is the month of one of my favorite holidays. Can you guess? It's Valentine's Day! Since some of my friends live in other countries, I made my valentines early so that they had time to get to their destinations.

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I spread out all the things I needed on my table.  I was using an idea from Pinterest for the actual cards, so there were lots of steps to making the cards. I also had lots of yummy treats!

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I had these delicious macarons from Pippaloo to sample while I worked. They're so delicious! Have you ever had a macaron? They're very trendy, but for good reason; they're delicious!

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I also had these yummy heart-shaped whoopie pies! Yum! They come in three colors with three different fillings and they're also from Pippaloo.

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Finally, I had some yummy chocolate-dipped fortune cookies from Ann's AG Miniatures and a glass of milk. The fortune cookies are super cute; they have little hearts on them!

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Here's my table with everything all laid out! At this point I had already made the cards, so I just needed to put them into little envelopes to keep them safe during mailing.

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I wrote my friends' first initials on chalkboard heart stickers and then put the stickers on faux bois (false wood) patterned envelopes.

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See my cards? I love this idea! In the past, I've done cards with little pins, but this year I decided to use lollipops (from Ann's AG Miniatures) to make these special cards. My mama took a photo of me and then printed them out.  I made two cuts in the photos so that I could slide the lollipops through. Then I attached the photo to cardstock and voila! The cards were ready!

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However, when I finished making cards for my friends, I had an extra one! Here's where you come in. I'm going to have a photo contest to give away my last card and the two chocolate-dipped fortune cookies! To enter, here's what you do:


  1. Email me at inkymarina@gmail.com with either your Instagram username, blog name, or first name and last initial.  
  2. Include a photo of your doll. The theme of the photo is "Love."
  3. If you are under 18, make sure to ask for permission to enter the contest AND give me an address if you win. DO NOT give me your address unless I email you to tell you that you are the winner.  
  4. The winner will receive a lollipop photocard in an envelope as well as two "chocolate-dipped" fortune cookies for dolls.  
  5. The entry period for the contest will end on Saturday, February 6 at 10pm EST.  I will notify a winner on Sunday, February 7.
  6. Good luck! May the odds be ever in your favor! Please comment below with any further questions!

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Thanks so much for considering entering my Valentine contest!  Happy early Valentine's Day!

Love,
Inky!
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