Tuesday, February 19, 2019







Welcome to InKing Royalty's February Blog Hop! This year's Blog Hop themes are inspired by a single word - and this month our projects are centered around BIRTHDAY. It's always special to celebrate the birthday of someone you love, so handmade birthday cards are always fun to share. We are excited to share our creations with you today! After you read my post, I hope you'll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

When I first look at a new catalog I am not always the best at choosing the stamp sets that will become favorites but I fell in love with the Hand Delivered host set from the very beginning. It can be purchased with the Stampin Rewards you can receive from a $150 purchase. Not only is it very fun and cute, in my opinion, it is one of the most versatile stamp sets ever offered by Stampin up!. In addition to birthday there are five other occasions provided in the images and sentiments! Of course today I am using it for a birthday card today. Here is my card. 



  


The attendees of my monthly card class like to make birthday cards to send to friends and family and we had not made one in a couple of months so I wanted to use this set for a birthday card. I love the sign she is holding but the birthday sentiment in the set is not designed to fit on the sign. It is designed to fit on a banner somewhere else on the card so I pulled a birthday sentiment from an old retired stamp set. After I did that I realized that the sign was a perfect place to simply hand write any sentiment for any occasion that one desires! After all isn't the sign logically assumed to have been written by the sign holder? What a great opportunity to have any form of custom sentiment! Think about all the possibilities - they  are truly limitless.


For my card I used the Buffalo Check stamp with Daffodil Delight ink to create the background. I stamped it several times using the Stamparatus. I then created layers using Daffodil Delight, Pool Party and Whisper White. I stamped the images with Tuxedo Black Memento ink on to a piece of Whisper White cardstock and colored the legs, hands and skirt with Stampin' Blends markers using Light Pool Party for the background of the skirt, Light Granny Apple Green for the leaves and various colors for the flowers themselves. I then cropped the image with one of the rectangles from the Stitched Rectangle Framelits Dies. I wanted a colored band behind the Daffodil Delight layer and since I did not have any Pool Party ribbon I created a band by cutting a piece of Pool Party cardstock the dimensions I wanted and then embossing the piece with the Subtle Embossing Folder. I have used cardstock bands many times in the past but now that we have the Subtle Embossing Folder the band has a slight ribbon texture.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you'll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Shawn de Olivieira at Shawn Stamps. There's lots of inspiration to be found in this group - and you don't want to miss it!

Thank you for hopping along with us.  If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

Tuesday, January 29, 2019







Welcome to InKing Royalty's January Blog Hop! This year's Blog Hop themes are inspired by a single word - and this month our projects are centered around LOVE. You're certain to see some amazing ideas for Valentine's Day in the hop, but there are other ways to honor love in the lineup, too. What fun! We are excited to share our creations with you today! After you read my post, I hope you'll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

When I first saw the So Happy Together stamp set in the new Sale-a-bration (SAB) catalog I immediately decided that, while there were some cute things about the set, I was definitely not interested in getting it! (Please don't judge me!) There were plenty of other great things in the SAB catalog which, by the way, are all available as a free gift with an order of $50 or more. Then I saw this great New Year's card posted by my upline Brian King and I thought maybe I need it after all! Here is my card. 

                                    



As I was looking for ideas for Valentine cards to make with my monthly card class when my eyes caught a glimpse of the juggling frog on the unicycle in the So Hoppy Together set. It occurred to me that he could be juggling hearts! I had also planned to use the group of hearts in the Be Mine Stitched Framelits Dies on another card and had all the punch out hearts sitting on my table. I used the tiniest ones for the juggler and some of the other small ones for the sitting frog. (I had to cut out 2 pieces of cardstock with the die in order to get enough tiny hearts.) You also could use tiny hearts from other Framelits sets and punches. 

I stamped everything with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and used Stampin Blends for coloring the images. For the frogs I used light and dark Granny Apple Green with dark Daffodil Delight for the "spots". On the unicycle I used more dark Daffodil Delight plus dark Smoky Slate and dark Basic Black. The card base is Granny Apple Green cardstock with a layer of Daffodil Delight and then the Whisper White stamped layer which I cut with the 2nd largest rectangle die from the Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies. I cheated a little on the sentiment. The set contains the sentiment "Hoppy for you". I found an old wood mount greeting set that had the sentiment "Happy Valentine's Day". I could have masked the unneeded parts of each stamp I took the quick and easy way out. I unmounted the wood mount sentiment and cut off "for you" and "Happy" from the two stamps to make the sentiment I needed. While the stamp I used to add the "Valentine's Day" is no longer available there are many current or retired sets that would have a sentiment that would work here.  

I think the first greeting cards that I ever made were ones that I helped my kids make to sent to their grandparents. That was a long time ago - probably before many of you were born. Our options for supplies were extremely limited! I think the only place to buy anything for crafting was our local Kmart or Woolco (a discount owned by Woolworth that is now out of business). Mainly our supplies consisted of construction paper and that was only in primary colors, no Bermuda Bay or Granny Apple Green! I remember wishing I could buy dollies, especially heart shaped ones. I knew they existed because I had seen pictures of them but I had never seen any for sale. Things have sure changed and it is wonderful to have the all fantastic products that Stampin Up! now offers to crafters no matter where you live. Hope you make some Valentine's Day cards this year either by yourself or with others. Happy Valentine's Day!!

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you'll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp. There's lots of inspiration to be found in this group - and you don't want to miss it!

Thank you for hopping along with us.  If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:
  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  3. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  4. Katie Ferguson at Cottage Paper  ← YOU ARE HERE
  5. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  6. Windy Ellard at Windy's Wonderful Creations
  7. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  8. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  9. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  10. Nina King at InkPaperSequins
  11. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  12. Lynn Kolcun at Avery's Owlery
  13. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  14. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie's Crafts
Addendum 2/1/2019: Stampin Up! has just announced that Hop Around Framelits dies that coordinate with the So Hoppy Together set will be available to order from March 1, 2019 to March 31, 2019!! The die set will sell for $28. If you do not have the stamp set and would like to have it and the dies, you can purchase the dies and add one or two more things to your order to bring the total to $50 or more and you can get the stamp set for free!  




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Tuesday, January 23, 2018


Welcome to InKing Royalty's January Blog Hop! This year's Blog Hop themes will be inspired by popular songs - the first is "I Think I Love You." Our Blog Hop today is jam-packed with projects that are perfect for Valentine's Day or that showcase love. How sweet is that?! We are excited to share our love-themed creations with you today.  After you read my post, I hope you'll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

I am so excited to see all the projects in today's hop!! I still have a couple of more cards to make and expect to get some ideas from all the projects today. 

Today's card is my take on an idea that I have seen used in the past. Here is my card.




Hearts flying out of an envelope is a very cute idea for Valentine's Day and depending on the colors and papers you use it is an idea that can work for any sex, age or relationship! I lead a card making group that meets once a month and this is one of the cards we made last Sunday. The group all started out with the same materials, although they did make use of some leftover cardstock and hearts from the first card we made that day, yet all of the heart arrangements turned out very different!! I really love it when they get creative and don't just duplicate my sample.

We started out by stamping on the Crumb Cake card base with the Hardwood background stamp using Versamark ink. A couple of them were new to stamping and were very impressed with how the Versamark ink works. It really is a very versatile product.

Next we used the Envelope Punch Board to make a small envelope to hold our hearts. The Envelope Punch Board is a really fun tool to make envelopes of all sizes. The board has all the measurements for different sizes printed right on the board, although the smallest size envelope listed is 2" X 3 1⁄2". I thought the card needed a smaller envelope. Fortunately the manufacturers of the Board have a website with a calculator that will produce the measurements for any size envelope. I told the calculator I wanted an envelope that was 1 3⁄4" X 2 1⁄4". The calculator said I needed to start with a square 4 1⁄8" and make my first score line at 1 7⁄8". Then follow the standard punch board directions. This produced a perfect 1 3⁄4" X 2 1⁄4" envelope!! We made our envelopes out of a standard Very Vanilla envelope. I cut the front panel in a 4 1⁄8" square. You could also use cardstock or Designer Series Paper to make your envelope. 

Next we cut out a bunch of hearts in a couple of sizes from Real Red cardstock, one of the gold prints in the Bundle of Love Designer Paper and the Wood Textures Paper Stack. My group all lives in a woodsy mountain area so this great paper with photographs of various woods fits right in. We have used it for many different cards. I found the best way to arrange the hearts was to first place them in the envelope with no adhesive and arrange and rearrange them until I was pleased with the design. I then used my phone to photograph the arrangement and used that image as a guide when adhering the hearts to the envelope. When I was ready to do the final placement with the adhesive I started at the very top of the envelope and worked my way down. Once I had all the hearts in place I adhered the back of the envelope to the card base. I did not adhere the flap. Instead I placed a tiny piece of Foam Adhesive Strip at the very top of the envelope flap. This helped give the illusion that the hearts were flying out as the envelope was being opened! You could also use Stampin' Dimensionals but they are only about one half the thickness of the strips. I did use Mini Stampin' Dimensionals, cut in half, to adhere the three tiny hearts off the top of the envelope. For those with thickness concerns I will tell you that the card will have no trouble fitting in its envelope for mailing and it should not require additional postage. I have had a package of Foam Adhesive Strips in my adhesive drawer since they originally came out and only first used them this past Christmas for a snow globe tag. Now I love them! I still use dimensionals but I also use strips.

You may not realize it but many of the Framelit and Thinlit Dies in the catalog contain a heart shape. For the hearts for this card we used Wood Crate; Mini Treat Bag; and Sweet & Sassy

Hope that you see something on the Hop that makes you feel inspired to make a Valentine project or two.  

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you'll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Rachel Shedeed at Bluebonnet Stampin'There's lots of inspiration to be found in his group - and you don't want to miss it!

Thank you for hopping along with us. If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:
  1. Mary Fish at Stampin' Pretty
  2. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  3. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  4. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  5. Louise Sharp at LouiseSharp.com
  6. Katie Ferguson at Cottage Paper
  7. Rachael Shedeed at Bluebonnet Stampin'
  8. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  9. Lisa Pretto at Ink Big Academy Stamps
  10. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie's Crafts
  11. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  12. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  13. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  14. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017





Welcome to InKing Royalty's February Blog Hop! Today's Blog Hop is filled with projects inspired by a Birthday Bliss theme.  What fun!  Stampin' Up! catalogs are filled with fun, festive and beautiful ways to make birthdays special - and we are excited to share our creations with you today.  We are also excited to welcome guest designer Michelle Last to our team's blog hop this month.  After you read my post, I hope you'll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

Balloon Adventures is a new stamp set in Stampin' Up's Occasions catalog. It contains several balloon stamps with strings, confetti and lots of sentiments!! While I have seen the set used to make cards with balloons of lots of bright colors, I decided it would be fun to use it to make a more classy card! I thought black and white with "gold" would be a great color combination and was inspired by Canadian demo Sandi MacIver's take on this card from Stampin' Up!. What a difference changing up the colors can make!!

I decided to use gold embossing powder on the balloons of various neutral colors and then picked my three favorite ones. Here is my card.






One of the things I like about this card is that it could be used for either sex and for various occasions! I stamped the confetti with Versamark on the sides of the black cardstock base and then embossed it with Stampin Up!'s gold embossing powder. Next I stamped and embossed the dotted balloon on three different colors of cardstock (Soft Suede, Whisper White and Crumb Cake) and punched them out with the coordinating Balloon Bouquet punch. I arranged them on a white layer and stamped It's Your Birthday in black at the bottom of the white layer. I then drew "strings" from each balloon with a Basic Black Marker.  

From now until March 31 you can receive one free Sale-a-bration item for every $50 you spend. If you purchase the stamp set and the punch you will almost reach the $50 amount. Add some Stampin' Up! gold embossing powder and you are there! Check out all the free options by clicking of the Sale-a-bration catalog on the right. 

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you'll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, my stamping buddy Imogene Thomas at MomoMakes.com. There's lots of inspiration to be found in this group - and you don't want to miss it!  

You can email me privately with any of your papercrafting questions or ask them in a comment below!

 I  comments and would love to hear what you think!!

Thank you for hopping along with us.  If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:
  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  3. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  4. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  5. Karen Browning at StampWithMeKZB
  6. Katie Ferguson at Cottage Paper
  7. Imogene Thomas at MomoMakes.com
  8. Michelle Last at MichelleLast.co.uk
  9. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  10. Lory Robinson at The Robins Nest Designs
  11. Shawn de Oliveira at ShawnStamps
  12. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  13. Lisa Pretto at Ink Big Academy Stamps

Supplies I used:





  

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Faceted Valentine Box!

A few weeks ago the papercrafting site Splitcoast Stampers posted a written tutorial and on how to make a faceted box. The tutorial required a 12"X12" piece of cardstock. I thought the box would be a good one to use for Valentine's Day treats to send to one of my granddaughters and her friends but I wanted to try to make the boxes out of a standard 8 1/2"X11" piece of cardstock. After a little bit of playing I came up with the measurements. Here is one of the finished treats that I sent.







This is the SCS video on how faceted boxes are made. 



This is my finished and decorated box before assembly.





 And here is a diagram with the measurements I used. 





I cut Flirty Flamingo cardstock to 7 1/2" X 10 3/4" and then scored as indicated and cut away the shaded areas. Next I cut the flaps for the top and bottom along the score lines as seen on each side of the diagram. I then decorated the box with stamped and embossed images from the Sealed with Love stamp set which is available in the new Occasions catalog. Depending on how your box is decorated, it can be important to do this step before you do any actual folding! I also decided to use the Gift Box Punch Board to cut away part of each flap on the bottom of the box. I felt this made for a more finished bottom but this step is optional and it also could be done with scissors. You want to use a strong adhesive to assemble your box. I used Stampin' Up! Tear & Tape. In lieu of decorating the top of the box I decided to cut a circle in the top and cover it with an acetate sheet. That created a window which allowed the candy inside to become part of the decoration. Due to this window it was necessary for me to trim the two flaps on top closer to the sides of the box so they would not show through the window in the top. I then made a tag using another image from the Sealed with Love set. I stamped the image with Versamark and Flirty Flamingo inks and embossed it with clear embossing powder. I put the box in a cellophane bag and tied it with the new Gold Metallic Ribbon from the Sale-a-bration catalog that I received free with a $50 order. 

Supplies I used:


142815 Sealed with Love stamp set
141416 Flirty Flamingo Cardstock
141397 Flirty Flamingo Ink Pad
102283 Versamark Ink Pad
109132 White Embossing Powder
109130 Clear Embossing Powder
142314 Window Sheets
138299 1 1/2" Round Punch
138995 Tear & Tape
143601 Metallic Ribbon

The Sealed with Love stamp set is available individually or as part of a bundle with the coordinating Love Notes Thinlit Dies. Check out the cute tiny love note and envelope dies that are part of this set! If you order the bundle you will be close to the amount needed to receive a free Sale-a-bration item - the Metallic Ribbon maybe?!






I love comments and would enjoy hearing what you think about this interesting box.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Boxes, Boxes, Boxes!!!



I stumbled across this Stampin’ Up! video about box making and I found it to be fantastic!!! The Stampin’ Up! Gift Box Punch Board is great for making really small boxes but this video shows how to make larger ones. You are only limited by the size of the cardstock. Stampin’ Up!’s heavy cardstock and Designer Series Paper is perfect for making these boxes. I have made boxes in the past and sometimes I have used different paper/cardstock on the bottom and lid but I have never made a box with a shorter lid so that both colors show (not sure I would even know how to figure out the math for that!). In this video Donna shows how to make custom sized boxes and even rectangular boxes (I am sure I would not know how to figure out the math for that!!). With colorful cardstock and even patterned paper for the lid, all tied up with cute ribbon, you have great gift packaging with no wrapping needed. Gift packaging is needed all year long but especially at this time of year!!! Check out the video and let me know your favorite part. While you are there view some of the other great YouTube Stampin’ Up! videos. Happy Box Making!!!





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I love comments and would love to hear what you think about making boxes and this video!!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Wedding Shower!





Welcome to InKing Royalty's April Blog Hop. Today we are celebrating April Showers - not only is this the season for Baby Showers and Wedding Showers, but May flowers are just around the corner, so you're certain to see a great variety of projects along the hop.  You may have started the Blog Hop here or may have hopped over from Candy Ford at Stamp Candy.  After you read my post, I  hope you'll hop over to the next.  If you get off track at any point during the blog hop, there's a complete list of participants at the end of this post.

My project today is for a wedding Shower. This is a gift for the son of some of our friends and his bride. I knew I wanted to use the floral Festive Designer Kraft Paper roll to wrap the gift and the card would need to coordinate. I love this paper and have ordered many multiple rolls (and hope to order more before it sells out!!). It fits right in with the cottage decor of my mountain community and can be used for any occasion. It comes in a set of two rolls - one with stripes and the other one that I used here. Here is my gift and the card to go with it.





                                       
I wanted to make a 3"X3" card. I started with Brushed Gold cardstock which I also LOVE and is great to use for layering. I thought Very Vanilla was the best base color to use with the wrapping paper. I then looked for a stamp but I have never bought very many wedding stamps and when I was not pleased with my choices I turned to My Digital Studio (MDS). MDS is a wonderful resource and sadly Stampin' Up! has announced that the software and downloads are being retired. The good news is that all MDS products are currently 30% off and if you do not have this software now is the time to acquire it! It can be used for so many projects, not just scrapbooking! When I looked at the MDS "stamps" I came across the Together Forever stamp which I thought was perfect. I paired it with a frame from the Frames with a Flourish digital set and printed it on Vanilla cardstock with Baked Brown Sugar digital ink. Another paper that I really love is Typeset and it goes great with Very Vanilla and Brushed Gold. I first scrunched the paper up in a ball and then flattened it to make a wrinkley layer. To finish it off I added some Venetian Crochet Trim and a few pearls to the Brushed Gold layer and popped it up with some dimensionals. I created a Typeset liner for the 3"X3" envelope using an Envelope Liners Framelit.  Once I have written my message I will seal the envelope with some of the Stacked with Love washi tape that contains the little gold hearts. I love using washi tape to seal envelopes! It adds embellishment to the envelope and allows the envelope to be sealed and opened without damaging the envelope or liner.





You can email me privately with any of your papercrafting questions or ask them in a comment below!

 I comments and would love to hear what you think!!

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you'll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Lynn Kolcun at Avery's Owlery.  You certainly won't want to miss any of these projects.


  1. Lynn Kolcun at Avery's Owlery
  2. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  3. Denise Hopefner at The Mountain Magpie
  4. Becky Volpp at Ink Blossom with Becky
  5. Lisa Pretto at DIY Royalty
  6. September Gray at SeptemberGray.com
  7. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  8. Amy Whelan at Amy's Inklings
  9. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  10. Katie Ferguson at Cottage Paper

NOTE: The prices listed below are the regular price of the item. Festive Paper Rolls, Natural Cotton Ribbon, Brushed Gold cardstock, and MDS software and digital downloads that I used to make this project now have reduced prices because they are on the Retiring List or the Clearance Rack. Check it all out!! If you decide to order and don't have a demonstrator I would appreciate your choosing me. Thank you!!