Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Welcome to InKing Royalty's July Blog Hop! This year's Blog Hop themes are inspired by a single word - and this month our projects are centered around SUNSHINE. The Sun is the single most important source of energy for life on Earth - it guides our clocks, calendars and planting schedules. We may be enduring a heat wave this week, but we still associate the Sun with positivity, joy and renewal. 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.

In June I attended a Stampin' up! demonstrator event in Huntsville. One of the things Demonstrators do when they get together is participate in card swaps. I decided not to participate in any of the swaps but I checked out the swaps that my table mates received. I took pictures of some of the ones I thought might serve as an inspiration for future cards. One of the swaps was for cards made with the Daisy Lane Bundle and one the Daisy Lane cards particularly caught my attention. I decided I wanted to CAS (Copy and Share) it. I loved the bright flowers punched out from two different colors of cardstock. They looked like Black-eyed Susans to me and really said summer and sunshine! Here is my card. 

Here is the card I CASed. I am sorry it and the following one are so dark! I just had better lighting when I took the picture of my card. :-) I took this picture at the event. It was in a cellophane envelope which resulted in the glare at the top of the card.

There were three things that caught my attention on the swap card and that I wanted to use on my card. 

1) I really liked the look of the wood background and was puzzled as to how it was done and it took me a while to figure it out. I realized that the grain pattern matched the pattern on the Pinewood Planks 3D Embossing Folder so I knew that was used. I then decided that a Soft Suede Ink Pad was drug over vanilla cardstock to create the wood design. I discovered after the fact that Kimberly Parker, the maker of the original card, had used several more steps to create her background but I had already used my shortcut worked and decided that it looked quite fine. (FYI Stampin' Up! is currently awaiting a shipment of the Pinewood Planks folder and it will soon be available to order. The item # will be 143708.)  

2) I also thought having the flowers stamped on two different colors of cardstock (Very Vanilla and Crushed Curry) made them really pop. 

3) I liked the Hello sentiment and really loved that it was tucked into the flowers. 

I added Gold Faceted Gems to my card and colored them with a Dark Soft Suede Blends. I used some brown grosgrain ribbon I had but you could also use a narrow strip of Early Espresso cardstock embossed with the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder in place of ribbon and added some leaves. I used a retired Christmas die set to create the leaves but lots of die sets would work. I stamped the Hello from the Free as a Bird set and cut it out with the Stitched Rectangle Dies

My monthly card class made this card on last Sunday. Sometimes they make cards that look exactly like mine but at other times they change things around. Thought I would show you one of the CASes of my card. This one is by Kay Cole. It is always fun to see what they do!  

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!

Here are some of the products I used. Except for the Pinewood Planks Folder you can click on the name to see the product in the Online Store.

Pinewood Planks Embossing Folder (available soon)

 comments and would love to hear what you think!!  

Leave your thoughts below! Thank you!!


  1. The two tone daisy are what caught my eye. Great card Katie.

    1. Thanks Lynne! It is not something I would have thought on.

  2. Beautiful card that is so welcoming and says country! The faceted gems are perfect centers!

    1. Thanks Sheryl! Fun fact is that I won my package of the gems at the same Stampin' Up! event where I first saw the card.

  3. These flowers are little bursts of sunshine! What a wonderful project for this hop! ♥

  4. Thank you Brian! Lots of fun cards in today's hop!


Thank you for taking the time to comment. I read all comments and respond to any questions.