Welcome to InKing Royalty’s February Blog Hop! During this year’s blog hops, we are enjoying a year of celebrations. This month’s projects celebrate birthdays, so prepare yourself for a wonderful mix of celebratory cards. 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.

Happy Birthday!

Over the past few months of blog hops, I’ve been creating a card for a beginner stamper and a card for a more advanced stamper for each hop. I’ve done the same thing for this month as well. Looking at the front of the two cards, you wouldn’t know there is anything different between the two of them. However, when you open the more advanced card, the difference is clear.

Here’s the beginner card:

I bought a light box in which I could take pictures. For some reason, the pictures come out looking darker, even with additional OttLites pointed inside the box.

The inside of this card does have a stamped sentiment, but that’s basically it.

While the fronts look the same, there are some minor details making them different. Here’s the outside of the more advanced card:

The sentiment mat is equal all the way around on this front. I also tied the baker’s twine more deliberately on this card.

Here’s the inside of the advanced card:

I’ve made W fold cards before but I was inspired to stagger the inside panels by a Pinterest post by Sharon Armstrong. Her step-by-step instruction video can be found here. Sharon does point out to be very careful with the placement of sentiments because of the staggered panels. However, I wasn’t careful enough. The bottom of the farthest right panel is actually covering another birthday sentiment. Oops.


While I’ve always purchased poppies on Memorial Day, they weren’t my favorite flower. That’s all changed now. Two weeks ago, another teacher and I took twelve juniors and seniors to Washington, D.C. from Central Florida. Naturally, one of the must-see places was Arlington Cemetery. One of our trolley tour guides had a family member buried there within the past few months, which just added to his passion for his job.

One of the things he shared with the group was why poppies are so important when remembering veterans on Memorial Day. At the end of the tour, he gave each person on the trolley a Memorial Day poppy. His dedication to his job was evident while on the tour. He explained the poppies and the poem “In Flanders Fields” to the kids, and the reason he purchases the poppies for everyone. His stories touched the kids and I don’t think they will ever forget the tour or the lessons learned.

Anyway, I share this story because of my new found love of this paper. While I have thought from the beginning that this DSP is beautiful, I hadn’t originally planned to purchase it . Now, I am beyond ecstatic that I did! The colors are stunning, and I am looking forward to using each piece of DSP, and will be ordering another pack before the end of the mini-catalog. If you haven’t purchased this DSP, you need to do so ASAP. You won’t regret the purchase!

Finishing Touches

First, I wound the baker’s twine around the DSP panel three times. Then, I used dimensionals to pop up the DSP panel on the front of both cards. Attaching the front of each card was one of the last things I did. Finally, I stamped on the front of the envelope and attached a piece of DSP to the flap. With that, these two cards and coordinating envelopes were done.

Back to the Blog Hop

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Linda Krueger at The Stamp Coach. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Sheryl Abernathy at Elegant Sentiments
  3. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  4. Linda Krueger at The Stamp Coach
  5. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  6. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  7. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  8. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  9. Ann Murray at Murray Stamps Ink
  10. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  11. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  12. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps

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 blog.

Have a Peachy Day!


Thinking About Placing an Order?

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Remember, any order over $50 qualifies for at least one FREE SAB item AND some blog candy from me.

Don’t do what I have done, and put off ordering from my wish list. I seem to miss out because when these items run out, they are gone!

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Again, thank you for stopping by today! Please feel free to make my day and leave a comment.