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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.

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


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!!!





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

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!!


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Happy Birthday to my Daughter!



Welcome to the March Pals Blog Hop where we are celebrating spring. This month we are featuring spring related projects for Mother’s Day, Easter or any other occasion that celebrates winter coming to an end.

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from September Gray at septembergray.com on the Pals Hop. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all of the amazing creations.

Today is the birthday of my daughter. I won't tell you how old she is - she wouldn't care if I did but then you would know how old I am! :-) When I saw the Painted Blooms Designer Series paper in real life I was struck by how gorgeous the flowers were! The pictures in the catalog and on the online store do not begin to do them justice! I am not a big flower person but as soon as I saw this paper I knew I wanted to use it on a card.

Blackberry Bliss (a color you also have to see in real life to truly appreciate) is one of the colors in the Painted Blooms DSP and purple is one of my daughters favorite colors. It seemed like these products would be perfect for a birthday card for her. Here is the card I made.







I used two of the Painted Blooms patterns - the roses and the leaves - on a Blackberry Bliss layer. I then cut a strip of Blackberry Bliss cardstock to cover the seam and used the Large Scallop Edgelit die to create a decorative edge along the bottom of the strip. I stamped the birthday sentiment using the Petite Pairs stamp set. I thought a square piece of cardstock would look best on the card but since the birthday sentiment did not fill the square I needed something to balance it. I tried Candy Dots but they overpowered the sentiment so I used tiny Rose Red dots punched out with the Owl Builder punch. For a final touch I lined the envelope with a piece of the pansy DSP (it is my favoand scalloped edge of both the paper and the envelope.

Supplies Used:

  • Stamp Set: Petite Pairs Clear Mount (122497)
  • Cardstock and DSP: Blackberry Bliss (133675); Whisper White (100730); Rose Red (102544);   Painted Blooms (137784)
  • Ink: Blackberry Bliss (133642)
  • Tools: Large Scallop Edgelit (127019): Owl Builder Punch (118074)


To order click on the ordering tab above just under the header. 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!!  Leave your thoughts below!

The next stop is Becky Volpp at inkblossomwithbecky.com on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you next month.
  1. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  2. Angela Curry at Kindred Stampers
  3. Sherrie Gross at Stampin' Sunshine
  4. Mary Fish at Stampin' Pretty
  5. Jackie Diediker at Stampin' Jackie
  6. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  7. Amy Whelan at Amy's Inklings
  8. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts By Patti
  9. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  10. Beth Beard at My little craft blog
  11. Natalie Bradley at Soiree by Natalie Bradley
  12. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  13. Debbie Crowley at expressively deb...
  14. Jane Knudsen at see jane stamp
  15. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  16. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven's Retreat
  17. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  18. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  19. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  20. Karen Hallam at Karen's Blog
  21. Susan Lankford at Stamp and Create With Susan
  22. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  23. Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains
  24. Kim Jolley at Stampin' Artfully
  25. Martie Pollard at The Crafty Bandit
  26. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin'
  27. Benjaman Turner at He Stamps
  28. Lynn Kolcun at Stamping with Avery's Owlery
  29. Liz Gautreaux at Kind Deeds Stampin
  30. Amy Hoptay at Inking of You!
  31. September Gray at septembergray.com
  32. Katie Ferguson at Cottage Paper
  33. Becky Volpp at inkblossomwithbecky.com
  34. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  35. Brian King at Stamp with Brian


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Curvy Valentine Box





Welcome to the February InKing Royalty Blog Hop. We're excited to share projects that share inspiration for Valentine's Day and our love of Stampin' Up! products. This hop is all about love. 

You may have started the Blog Hop here or may have hopped over from Kelly DeTommaso at Kelly's Creative Corner.  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. 


One of my favorite products in the new Occasions catalog is the Happy Heart Embossing Folder!! I just love the cute little hearts it embosses all over my piece of cardstock. I think it could be a great card front all by itself or maybe just add a couple of silver or gold hearts punched out with the small heart punch that is in the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack. They will fit perfectly over the embossed Happy Hearts. So simple and so classy!

I also thought they would look great embossed on a box made with the Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlet. I was not impressed with the Curvy Box Thinlet when I first saw it in the Holiday Catalog   It seemed of limited use and it was a little pricey but after I saw all the things that could be done with it I put it on my next order! Last fall I made some autumn themed boxes and someone asked if they could be embossed. After a little experimenting I created a box embossed using the Chevron Embossing Folder. When I saw the Happy Hearts Folder I thought the hearts would look great on a Curvy Box! The Hearts were a little trickier than the Chevrons since the Chevrons have no right side or top or bottom but with a little experimentation I was able to figure it out.

First I should say that this is on "off label" use of your embossing folder! It involves sending the folder through your Big Shot sideways ie horizontally not vertically. I had done this in the past with other folders so I knew it could be done. You may notice that your folders are just a little bit too long to fit through your Big Shot sideways. Not to be deterred I also noticed that there is 1/2" or more of extra plastic at the bottom of the folders. I had an old school type guillotine paper cutter and I used it to trim the ends of my folders. This shortened them enough that would then fit in the Big Shot sideways.  Then I placed one side of the Curvy Box piece in the folder with the hearts facing the correct direction on the cardstock and had the other side hanging off the edge of the folder. Then I embossed the other side of the piece and repeated with the second box piece. This will result in the bottom pieces of the box being embossed twice which is not a problem since the bottom doesn't show. You can then assemble your box and fill it with treats. Close it at the top and decorate. Here is my box.





I used several different punches/dies to create the hearts that decorate my box. Are you aware of all the different Stampin' Up! products that will create a heart shape in your cardstock or paper? I found at least thirteen - five punches (four in the Annual Catalog and one in the Occasions catalog) and eight dies (seven in the Annual Catalog and one in the Annual Catalog). Wow - That is a lot of heart choices!!  These should give you plenty of Valentine options. Two of these heart products, the Sweetheart and the Heart Border punches are on this week's Weekly Deals along with Dazzling Diaamonds Glimmer Paper. All are perfect for Valentine projects! I tied my box with pink and gold twine that came in this month's My Paper Pumpkin. When you subscribe to MPP not only do you get fun projects every month but you get fun accessories and other items that can be used on other projects and are not available elsewhere.

Supplies Used:
  • Cardstock: Strawberry Slush (131178); Brushed Gold (102935): Stacked with Love (137779)
  • Accessories:  Filled with Love Paper Pumpkin Refill (39163) ; Sweet Dreams Buttons (137857) 
  • Tools: Happy Heart Embossing Folder (137364); Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (133787); Circle Card Die (133480); Owl Builder Punch (118074) 

To order click on the ordering tab above just under the header. You can email me privately with any of your papercrafting questions or ask them in a comment below!

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

I comments and would love to hear what you think!!  Leave your thoughts below!

  1. September Gray at SeptemberGray.com
  2. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  3. Amy Whelan at Amy's Inklings
  4. Candy Ford at StampCandy
  5. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  6. Lynn Kolcun at Avery's Owlery
  7. Becky Volpp at Ink Blossom with Becky
  8. Angie Coleman at Coastal Stamping
  9. Kelly DeTommaso at Kelly's Creative Corner
  10. Katie Ferguson at Cottage Paper