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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