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 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
  8. Michelle Last at
  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
  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!

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

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!!