Welcome to InKing Royalty’s November Blog Hop! This year’s Blog Hop themes are inspired by a single word – and this month our projects are centered around GRATEFUL. Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and we are grateful you’ve stopped by. We are excited to share our Thanksgiving-themed or grateful-centered projects with you! After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

Counting My Blessings

Over the course of the last couple of months, I’ve made more than fifteen different Thanksgiving cards, which I will give out on Thursday. I really felt like creating something other than a Thanksgiving card, so I created a “thank you” card. Well, actually, I created two. The first card I created is a double z-fold card using the Magnolia Lane Suite of products. As I was happily coloring, cutting, and stamping, I thought I should also create a card for the beginner or casual stampers/card-creators. No matter your experience level, I hope you will enjoy the two cards I created.

Without further ado, here’s multiple views of the double z-fold card and the more streamlined cards:

Front of double z-fold
Fully opened double z-fold
Front of streamlined card
Inside of streamlined card

The Double z-fold Card

I love fun-fold cards. I’ve created all kinds of them, and we won’t even mention my Pinterest board for just these fun creations.

Once I decided on a double z-fold card, I decided to use my brand new Magnolia Memory dies. I ordered products from this suite one at a time since I didn’t know if I really wanted all of it. Finally, I had enough with fussy-cutting and ordered the dies.

With my DSP decisions made, I happily started stamping and coloring and cropping. Just a little hint, I find it much easier to color before cropping with the dies, or punches. I used the Petal Pink blends combo to color the flowers. The leaves on the stamped images, and the leaves cropped with the dies, were colored with the Mossy Meadow blends combo. I used the brush ends of the MM blends combo and just colored a swatch of Whisper White cardstock in order to get a layered look for the die cut leaves . I traced the leaves onto the colored swatch, fussy cut them, and attached the cropped leaves to the undersides. Two of these leaves were added to the flower collage on the front. The third leaf found a happy home under the magnolia on the inside.

Bringing It All Together

Since I wanted to dress up the z-fold piece of DSP, I attached a lenth of the ribbon to the whole strip. Then I used the twine from the combo to make a bow for the front of the card.

When I dry-fit the flowers, leaves, and ribbon on the front of the card and realized my sentiment block on the inside would show more than I wanted. I already had the perfect piece of cropped petal pink cardstock, and stuck it behind the flowers. Amazingly, I was able to cover the sentiment block on the inside and the petal pink piece of cardstock fits in the collage. Win-win.

One of my favorite go-to die sets is the Stitched Rectangles, and I used that to crop the front and inside sentiment boxes.

I wanted to add something to the inside to dress up the end of the card, which would also help anchor the magnolia. I grabbed the scalloped die and cropped it, Then , I decided I could texture it with the Subtle 3D folder. Lesson learned ~ emboss before cropping. I had to use the die to rub the edge back on the scallop. Emboss, then crop.

A Clean Card is a Beautiful Thing

I used the same DSP to create this card front as I did on the double z-fold card. Same ribbon, same sentiment and cropped box with the same magnolia leaves stamped in the corners. However, I only used one magnolia on the front, to which I added a much simpler bow. Truth be told, that’s the only bow I could get out of my now used-up twine. Time to order more.

Once again, I cropped a scalloped strip of Mossy Meadow, but did not emboss it to keep with the cleaner version. I stamped the gorgeous large magnolia in Petal Pink on the inside, and added the same sentiment on top of the flower.

Both envelopes for these cards are exactly the same. There’s a Petal Pink magnolia stamped off the lower left front corner. Each of the flaps had DSP added to create a coordinated set.

Both of these cards were extremely fun to create. After all, isn’t a hobby supposed to be relaxing and fun?

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Linda Krueger at thestampcoach.com. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this 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. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  3. Linda Krueger at The Stamp Coach
  4. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  5. Sheryl Abernathy at Elegant Sentiments
  6. Ann Murray at Murray Stamps Ink
  7. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  8. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  9. Sheryl Sharp at Sharp Notes by Sheryl
  10. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping

As always,

Thank you so very much for stopping by my blog today. I appreciate your the time you take to read, and comment, on my cards.

Have a Peachy Day!


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Supplies Used

Magnolia Lane bundle, item # 151087

OR Good Morning Magnolia stamp set, item # 149298

AND Magnolia Memory dies, item # 149578

Magnolia Lane DSP, item # 149484

Magnolia Lane ribbon combo pack, item # 149485

Mossy Meadow blends combo, item # 148547

Petal Pink blends combo, item # 147272

Petal Pink cardstock, item # 146985

Mossy Meadow cardstock, item # 133676

Whisper White cardstock, item # 100730

Memento Tuxedo Black stamp pad, item # 147111

Soft Suede stamp pad, item #

Petal Pink stamp pad, item # 147108

Stitched Rectangles die set, item # 148551

Dimensionals, item # 104430

Tombow liquid adhesive (my fav!), item # 110755

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