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
  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 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!

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The next stop is Becky Volpp at 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
  32. Katie Ferguson at Cottage Paper
  33. Becky Volpp at
  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
  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

Sunday, November 23, 2014

BIG Holiday Sale!!

If you love deals, you're going to love this great sale starting Monday, November 24th, and going through December 2nd! There are going to be doorbusters available only on the first day of the sale, Monday,November 24th, and Monday, December 1st!

In addition, during Online Extravaganza, a few of the past Paper Pumpkin refill kits will be 20% off and available to ALL customers. (Please note that refill kits do not include stamps or ink.) On Monday, two new kits will be added to the existing Paper Pumpkin past kits offering (available to current subscribers only). 

You can download the sale PDF here. (Note that the page numbers of the items are listed in the last column so you can easily find an item to see a picture. Also the Annual Catalog and the Holiday Catalog can be downloaded by clicking on the image of each on the right column of this blog.) Or you can go directly to the store and see each of the items. 

Let me tell you about a couple of my favorites. First today only, Monday November 24, one of the door-busters is the Gift Box Punch Board for 30% off! What a deal! Here are a few boxes that I have made with the board. You can make virtually any size box between 2"X2" and 4"X4". 

Check out this Stampin' Up! Video showing It in action.

Since I already have the Box Board the one item that went to the top of my list was the Chalkboard Banner Kit at 50% off (that's $9.95!!). I had really not noticed that kit until I was checking out all the items on the sale flyer. I don't know how I missed it! I mentioned in an earlier post that sometime in the early part of the new year we are moving to a new cottage and I will have a new project room! I am doing a little planning on how I want to decorate it and I think this Chalkboard Banner spelling out "Cottage Paper" will be perfect!! In addition I have a couple of granddaughters who love chalkboard and teal/turquoise and I think they will be really excited about the pom-poms that come in the kit. I am still trying to decide how many kits I will order! Here is a video showing you all that comes in the Banner Kit.

Some of my other particular favorites which all happen to be 50% off are: 
  • Sweetheart punch - this is a nice sized heart and if you don't have a heart punch remember once Christmas is over Valentines Day will be close behind!
  • Natural 7/8" Cotton Ribbon - I love this ribbon. It has a wonderful feel and is perfect for using on packages any time of year. 
  • Washi tape - I love washi tape and there are three different collections on sale. If you don't have any Washi tape you need to get some and if you do have some you need to get some more! :-)

Plus Yet Another Outstanding Deal

In addition to all the great deals in the sale, if you join Stampin' Up! between November 24th and December 2nd you get the starter kit for 25% off the normally $99 price. The starter kit consists of $125 of Stampin' Up! products of your own choosing. This means that you are getting the product you choose at 40% off of the retail price. Plus if you join Stampin' Up! from November 24th through December 5th, you can get 5% cash back on all your orders in December 2014! There is absolutely NO obligation if you decide to join. Wow! 

Please email me if you want to take advantage of any of these specials or if you have any questions.

Have a great Thanksgiving!! 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Holiday Home Gift Bag

Welcome to the November InKing Royalty Blog Hop.  We're excited to share projects that showcase fun gift wrap and packaging ideas for the holidays.

You may have started the Blog Hop here or may have hopped over from Amy Whelan at Amy's Inklings.  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.

The Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog is packed with gift wrapping and packaging ideas and I love it all!! There is wrapping paper; tag kits, stamps and punches; gift boxes and bags. If you have not seen it you can view it by clicking on its image on the right hand side of this blog. You really need to check it out! 

Even with all the wonderful options I wanted to point out another one. Lots of you are familiar with My Paper Pumpkin but maybe have not looked at it closely. Many of the past kits or refills are available to current My Paper Pumpkin subscribers or they can be purchased directly from a demonstrator. One of my favorite kits was the In the Bag Kit from last spring. At 5.5"X8.5" the bags are not large but they will hold many small items. I used some to hold paperback books that I added to Easter Baskets for my granddaughters.  This kit is still available as the original kit or as a refill with all the components except the stamps and ink spot. The kit or the refill includes 5 very cute heavy weight Kraft bags that you can then decorate with all the included components. The refill kit is only $7.95 plus tax and shipping. This comes out to less than $2.00 a bag! I used just the bags from the kit and added images and my own ribbon for a fun holiday gift bag. Here is the bag I created.

I love the Holiday Homes stamp set but after some thought I decided to order the MDS digital version. That is what I used to create this bag. I also love the First Edition Designer Series Paper which retired several years ago. It looks like newsprint or book pages. In addition to the paper I also bought the MDS version. I wanted to "stamp" the houses on it but after some experimentation I decided the newspaper images needed to be fainter so I lowered the opacity (making it more transparent) and then "stamped" the houses on top of the DSP with Basic Gray digital "ink". If you have the stamps you can stamp with Basic Gray ink on Whisper White or Very Vanilla. I frequently use Basic Gray rather than black because I find black too harsh. I then colored the images with Stampin' Up! markers. I also "stamped" the Santa with Basic Gray on Ivory Naturals cardstock. I created the tree by stacking three trees punched with the Tree Punch from a Trim the Tree DSP to make a taller tree and then attached three of these trees to each other make a 3D tree. I then added Brushed Gold stars. For the ribbon I used one of my favorite ribbons -  7/8" Cotton Ribbon. It has a wonderful look and feel! I had some leftover from a previous project that I had stamped with the Dictionary stamp - more of the newsprint/book look!

I also made another quick bag using some of the elements that come in the kit and refill. I used the letters to spell "merry" and backed them with a Real Red scallop circle. I attached them to the twine with the clothes pins that are part of the kit or refill. You could even add another circle layer around the Real Red - maybe using some Glimmer Paper! Hmm, wish I had thought of that sooner.

Supplies Used:

  • Stamp Set: Holiday Home (135095, MDS 138116); Dictionary (130351)
  • Cardstock and DSP: Soft Suede (115318); Naturals Ivory (101849); Trim the Tree (135824); Brushed Gold (102935) 
  • Ink: Many Marvelous Markers (131264); Basic Gray
  • Accessories: 7/8" Cotton Ribbon (127844); In the Bag Kit (135505, Refill (135504)
  • Tools: Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (133787)

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!

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you'll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop (and the blog of my fantastic Upline!), Brian King at Stamp with Brian.  You certainly won't want to miss any of these projects.

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

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Creative Blog Hop

Last week my friend Lynn Kolcun ( tagged me for the Creative Blog Hop. As part of this Hop a participant provides information related to his or her creative process by discussing the following four items.

1. What projects am I currently working on.
While I am always working on cards I also do various other papercrafting projects. Sometime after the first of the year we hope to move into a new cottage and that means a new bigger and better craftroom! I would like to have a wreath for my craftroom door and to be consistent with the rest of the house I wanted it to have a vintage look. I bought a round 14" styrofoam wreath and covered it with 1 1/4" burlap ribbon.  I decided I would put some vintage looking flowers on it and I made a few out of Typeset Designer Series Paper and some out of filter paper. I then sponged the edges of both kinds with Crumb Cake ink. Flowers are very easy to make and I have posted about them in the past. All you need is a punch or die that is basically a circle shape or you can cut them out By hand. It can be a plain circle, a scallop circle, a flower shape or a starburst but uneven edges are the best. You stack layers of your shapes, staple them together and then separate and scrunch the individual layers, and spread them back out.  In my experience they all result in fairly similar flowers. The basic difference in the final flower is the size of the "circle" and the number of layers. The larger the "circle" the more layers are needed for the same result. I have not yet decided how many flowers I will use on my wreath but here are the ones I am starting with. I also plan to add some other items. I have various buttons that I think I will consider using and I am still thinking about other additions.


2. How is my work different from other papercrafters.
Well of course we are all different and have different styles. I like vintage designs like the wreath I am working on but I also like simple & classy and clean & simple though I frequently have to restrain myself. At times I have to resist adding so many details so that I no longer have clean or simple!

3. Why do I create the projects that I do.
I like the creative process and while enjoy the final products produced, many times I just enjoy the process and challenge of creating an item. I also like being able to share projects with others either through my blog or through classes.

4. How my creative process works.
It works in a number of ways. I sometimes look at papercrafting challenges, especially color challenges, even if I am not officially part of the challenge. At times I have certain supplies that I want to use and I challenge myself to use them in a project. Other times I see a specific technique I want to try. My projects involve lots of trial and error and they will go through many variations before completion. I always think about my projects overnight and sometimes over several nights. I almost always come up with changes. I will be thinking about my wreath for at least the next several days. 

As part of this hop bloggers choose another blogger to "tag" and that blogger will then participate with a blog post the next week. When I was asked to participate I knew immediately whose blog I wanted to share with you! I discovered Kim Jolley's blog when she was introduced to a Facebook group of fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrators and along with her name her city and state were listed. I immediately realized she lived in the city where I was born and raised! That connection prompted me to check out her blog and I was very impressed! I have been watching her ever since. She is clearly not just a crafter but a true artist!

Here is what Kim says about herself.

I have been dabbling in rubber stamping and mixed media for 15 years and have been a Stampin' Up! customer the entire time.  I taught rubber stamping and mixed media classes for several years in Springfield, MO at a local store until the owner retired. I have been published in Somerset Studio, Stampers Sampler and Vamp Stamp News and have had the immense honor of being a guest artist at Red Lead in St. Louis with Mary Jo McGraw and P.J. Dutton.  A mixed media piece I created was a top 10 finisher in the 2007 Kirkland's Home search for the Next Great American Artist out of over 1700 entries. (to date, my most exciting art related achievement) I am an insurance agent for my day job and in the past have ran several marathons and half marathons. In my "spare time", I keep busy with my husband of almost 33 years and several wonderful grandchildren. I've been dreaming of being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator for over 10 years and am so happy that I finally took the leap!

Please check out Kim's blog and see for yourself. Then check out her post next Monday to see her discussion of how she works.

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!