Welcome to the InKing Royalty Blog Hop for July!
This year’s Blog Hop themes are inspired by popular songs – this month’s song is “I Don’t Want to Wait ’til Christmas.” We are half-way through the year, so there’s no better time to start thinking about the joy of Christmas. 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.
What to Do When You Have Next to Nothing Current for Christmas?
I tend to be more of a non-traditional Christmas colors person. The blues and silvers for Christmas make me happy. Last year’s Old Olive, Whisper White, and Basic Black Christmas DSP made my heart sing! Therefore, when I first saw the Under the Mistletoe DSP in the 2018 – 2019 annual catalog, I didn’t think I needed to order it right away.
The InKing Royalty Blog Hop, with the theme of “I Can’t Wait Until Christmas” rolled around in my head for about a week. Mind you, we have sold our house and close this Friday. We don’t close on the house we are buying until August 9, which just happens to be my second day of school with my new students. We have some options as to where to stay for the 20 days between closings, but there are other events happening during that time as well. Stress abounds around here right now, and then I started wondering what I could do for a Christmas card while in the middle of packing up the house Since my paper share DSP is the only (!!) current Christmas product I have, I needed to be inventive.
Then I realized that the Poppy Parade and Shaded Spruce colors are fabulous and don’t feel like traditional Christmas colors. Score! Next, I needed to figure out what to do with just the DSP. Enter the eclipse card, but I wanted to put a twist on the original design.
Here are the cards I made for this Blog Hop using the Under the Mistletoe DSP:
These cards were both made from the same piece of the DSP. I just love these colors and patterns, and am anxious to get my DSP sale order including this paper!
A note about the logistics of this pair of cards: it was necessary to crop NOEL out of both sides of the DSP. It would not work to just crop the letters out and flip them over. Lining up the letters using the Large Letters Framelits is the most difficult part of this card. When I was done, I had the elements for two cards, and putting it all together is the easy part.
Every time I look at the polka dot card I feel like I am missing something underneath “NOEL”. I will have to figure out what I can add to the front of the card. I’ve got a few ideas I am considering, but don’t think I will make a decision before the blog hop starts.
Take It Up a Notch
I knew I needed to add some extra elements to the card using current products. First, I grabbed the Faceted Dots and used the small black ones to embellish some of the stars on the bells. I still needed something, so next I grabbed my fine tip glue and put a small dot on each of the small trios of blue dots. For the polka dot card, I put small dots of glue on random large and small Poppy Parade dots.
Here’s a close-up of the faceted dots and the small trios of blue dots:
Eclipse Card Tips
If you’ve never made an eclipse card before, let me share some tips I’ve learned along the way.
It is much, much easier to line the letters up using a metal ruler on the Big Shot magnetic plate.
This ruler has a cork underside, which allowed me to use the cork as a stopping point for my letters.
I only used one layer of strips of foam tape, which I cut down to size. If you are not using a coordinating paper for the letters, it helps to use two layers of foam tape. A word to the wise: don’t try this with dimensionals. Take my word on this, it will save yourself time and frustration if you use foam tape,
Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Robby Hamilton at Miss Hammie Crafts. 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:
- Brian King at Stamp with Brian
- Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
- Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
- Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
- Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
- Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
- Rachael Shedeed at Bluebonnet Stampin’
- Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
- Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
- Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
- Imogene Thomas at MomoMakes.com
- Nina King at InkPaperSequins
- Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
Have a Peachy Day!
Many Thanks to the Librarian!
Before I jump into my blog for these two challenges, let me say how honored I was to be chosen as one of the Librarian’s Choices for The Library Challenge # 9 with a Where the Wild Things Are theme. You can see my z-fold card I created here. I didn’t even know I was chosen until I went in to make sure I didn’t miss the deadline for the current challenge. While I enjoy participating in challenges, I’ve missed more deadlines by just a few hours for a variety of challenges. Can you imagine my surprise?!?
Fab Friday 114 sketch challenge for this week is simple, which I love. However, when combined with the Library Challenge # 10, it becomes very elegant. I chose to use the cover of the Rose Garden, written by Susanna Kearsley, as my inspiration. The gorgeous photographic Petal Promenade DSP is perfect, and I am very thankful for the DSP share in which I participated for this paper. More about DSP shares later.
Here’s my card:
Here are the posts for the challenges:
Petal Promenade is Beautiful!
When I first saw the DSP options in the 2018 – 2019 catalog, not all of them Wow’d me, including Petal Promenade. Therefore, I did what I always do when there are new DSP sets: participate in a paper share with my upline, Brian King. A paper share includes patterns from each of the DSP 12 x 12 (cut to 6 x 12) and 6 x 6 stacks. The shares allow me to hold in my hot little hands to see if I want to order ALL of it. This set of papers is gorgeous!!!! I didn’t think I would order it, but now it tops my list for the Buy 3, Get 1 Free shopping list.
Blushing Bride cardstock provides the bottom base, and I also used the Wood Textures DSP for the middle mat. I punched out the circle to go under the Share What You Love doille for some contrast. This suite also provided, the pearlized enamel dots, the metal flower, and the sentiment. After choosing my DSP from Wood Textures, I decided on Soft Suede ink. I thought the Whisper White label needed a little something – something. Therefore, I chose a flower stamp and stamped it off in Blushing Bride. The retired Crumb Cake ribbon seemed to fit this card, and the Fab Friday challenge, perfectly.
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500 Challenges! WOW!
Color Throwdown is celebrating their 500 (!!) challenge this week. 500. weekly. challenges. A huge accomplishment therefore, many, many congrats are in order.
The color combo for this week got it’s inspiration from a fireworks display: navy blue, blush, gold, and white. I used Night of Navy, Blushing Bride, and gold accents in the form of ribbon, thread, and Wink of Stella. I’m not really a gold person and making this card convinced me that I need to at least have more gold embellishments.
Here’s my sweet card:
Here’s the ctd500 challenge link:
Varied Vases is such a sweet stamp set, and the coordinating punch makes it very easy to use individual pieces. Million dollar sales demo, Mary Fish ( in whose third level I happily belong), designed the set, including her signature tulip. I used Night of Navy and white Tutti Frutti DSP, also retired, to punch out the vases. Night of Navy, Blushing Bride, and Whisper White paper, inks or Stamping Write markers were the only colors used, which I think adds to the sweetness.
My Need for Gold is Evident
I really thought I at least had gold faceted gems. Wrong. Therefore, I have had to resort to just touches of gold. The ribbon used across the separation between the Night of Navy and Blushing Bride cardstock for the base of the card. The gold thread, also retired, forms a sweet little square knot on the two smaller vases. Wink of Stella, also retired, highlights the stems and flower centers.
Clear Wink of Stella usually is difficult to see in pictures, but the gold one photographs much easier. Here’s a close-up of the Wink of Stella and gold thread touches:
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Global Design Project Challenge # 145
This week’s color challenge contains the trio of Grapefruit Grove, Fresh Fig, and Mint Macaron. Until this very second, I thought my card matched what I finally figured out in my head. Now, I am pretty bummed because I just realized I used Rich Razzleberry. UGH! I don’t know if I should go ahead and post it anyway or make another one using the correct colors. Decisions, decisions.
Anyway, when I first saw the colors I thought that it was an interesting combination, to say the least. But then again, I usually react that way to their combinations. It truly is a challenge, but it widens my color world, so it’s all good. Admit it, you wouldn’t have put these three colors together if not for a challenge. But look how gorgeous they are together.
A Couple of Firsts
First, I couldn’t stand knowing/thinking that I used the wrong color so I just finished another card for this challenge. In the original I actually used half Fresh Fig and half Rich Razzleberry. There are a couple of differences, and I will post my original card at the end of this blog post.
The original couple of firsts mentioned in the subheading refers to the first time I used two new stamp sets: the Bokeh Dots clear mount set and the Calligraphy Essentials set. Both are fabulous, but there are some tips I’d like to share regarding each set.
I’ve been participating in a couple of threads with demos on facebook regarding the Bokeh dots stamp. I have tried some of the tips and have found that the best results are achieved when the ink is rolled on the stamp using a brayer. I have a rubber brayer and it worked fabulously! Without the brayer, I was getting blotches instead of dots. Evidently, the stars stamp in this set doesn’t have an issue with ink.
For the Calligraphy Essentials, which really goes with the current lettering trend, I found the coloring really needs a light hand for the ink. I also practiced coloring in the letters a few times on my grid paper before coloring on the Bokeh Dots. I used the Fresh Fig Stamping Write Marker, but have also seen cards where the Blends were used.
Here’s the second card I created:
Here’s the challenge post:
I used the DSP from Share What You Love, which I love, love, love. There are so many different colors leading to seemingly endless combinations. Some of the papers almost able to be printed on Shiny Whisper White cardstock because they have a beautiful shine. For this card, I chose the words in this on point font in Grapefruit Grove and Basic Black. Just a little side not about the DSP. While I was working on the first card I found the word “florida” included in the various other words. I just kind of thought that was interesting since I live in Florida. Oh well.
I mounted the DSP on Fresh Fig cardstock and used the retired Fresh Fig ribbon as well. Since I am completely square knot challenged right now, I used a tip I saw somewhere; if it’s your idea, please let me know so I can give you credit. I’m including three photos to illustrate this tip.
First, tie your ribbon around a TomBow liquid glue container. When you slide the ribbon off, you have a loop, which you cut in half. Now you have your square knot, and then just play with it until you get what knot you wanted. Easy Peasy. Also, does the word “florida” pop out at you in the third picture.
For this card, I cropped two circles using the Stitched Shape framelits. Here’s one of the differences from the first card because I used an inner circle of Mint Macaron. You’ll see there’s no inner circle on the original card.
Stitching in the Ditch
One of my favorite things to do with the crops shapes from the Stitched Shapes framelits is to color in the ditch. I usually use the same marker as the color of cardstock. If I am coloring the ditch on DSP, I pull a coordinating color. I also used the Mint Macaron Stamping Write Marker to outline the sentiment piece, including the corners punched with the trio punch. After I added three Share What You Love Mint Macaron pearls, I popped the sentiment up on mini-dimensionals.
While the first card was definitely an evolution, I knew what I was doing for the second. Well, except for cutting the DSP in the landscape instead of portrait orientation.
Here’s my first card:
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CAS(E) This Sketch #278
This week’s challenge is super simple, but took me a couple of days to figure out what I was going to do. I knew I wanted to use Animal Outing DSP and finally decided exactly what I would do. As with the vast majority of sketch challenges with which I play along, I look at the sketch just a couple of times and then let it roll around in my head until I get an idea.
Here’s my card:
Here’s the CTS#278 sketch that inspired my card:
The trio of adorable animals and the sentiment banner were taken directly from the sketch. The sentiment, from the Animal Outing stamp set, was the perfect size for my banner. I stamped the sentiment, trimmed the length, and punched the banner, albiet non-symmetrical.
Kangaroo, Iguana, and Sloth ~ Oh My!
All three of the animals came from one sheet of DSP. This whole stack is absolutely adorable, and I had a difficult time deciding which three to use. In the end, it came down to which ones I could get out of a piece of DSP smaller than a 6 x 6 inch square. The animal print DSP is on the reverse side of the animals, and I thought it would calm down the Berry Burst in the mat and the strip of DSP (also from Animal Expedition) going down the front. In order to try to further calm down the DSP patterns, I matted the Berry Burst on Pool Party, also taken from the DSP colors.
After cropping out the squares using the Stitched Shapes framelits, I used the Soft Suede Stamping Write marker to color in the stitches in the ditches. Then I thought that trying to mat these squares would be just too much for this sketch. Therefore, I used a tip I picked up from Mary Deatherage, of Stamps-n-Lingers, during one of her weekly FB live videos. I’d always outlined the borders of paper by tap, tap, tapping it in the ink pad. Mary uses the broad tip of the markers to outline the borders. Winner!
Here’s a close-up of the kangaroo faux stitching in the ditch and the colored borders:
The colored borders really add dimension without adding another layer. I love this tip and have used it quite often since I saw it.
Dimensionals, Mini and Regular
These little pieces of dimensional happiness were the finishing touch to the card. I popped the sentiment on mini-dimensionals and tucked it under the sloth. Regular dimensionals provided the lift needed on all three animal squares. While I know the sloth needed to be upside down, I first placed it right side up. I realized my mistake and very, very carefully pulled up on the square, reapplied a couple of dimensionals, and then placed it down correctly. Yeah, me.
The simplicity of this sketch inspired my layers and mats. I wanted something to ground the animal squares, which is why I added the DSP strip.
Thank you for stopping by my blog and I hope you are inspired to play along with this challenge.
Have a Peachy day!