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InKing Royalty’s March Blog Hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s March Blog Hop! Today’s hop is filled to the brim with projects that celebrate Spring and Summer. With inspiration from Katrina & the Waves’ song “Walking on Sunshine,” we’ve created projects that share the joy and excitement that accompany warmer weather. We are excited to share our 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.

Walking on Sunshine

I live in Central Florida and if there’s something we know, it’s sunshine.  However, my relatives on Long Island, where I grew up, aren’t as fortunate and have been getting slammed with snow.  While I am not a fan of the outrageous heat and humidity during our extended summer, I know we are lucky to not have to deal with snow, lots and lots of snow.  This card comes from being thankful for the spring weather we have been having.

Without further ado, here’s my card:

I started with some of my favorite DSP from the Pick-a-Pattern DSP.  What could be better for sunshine than Crushed Curry?   I created my own DSP using the sunburst stamp from the Amazing You clear mount Sale-a-Bration set (free with a $50 purchase, ask me how).  Each sunburst is Crushed Curry, which is stamped off once, and then lined up around the perimeter of the white cardstock.  I used two other stamps in this set for the “Let’s celebrate” stamped in Basic Black.  The “sunshine” was cropped from both black and Crushed Curry using the Sunshine Wishes thinlits from the annual catalog.  I used the Basic Black to shadow the sunshine greeting, and as mats around the rest of the card elements.  

Coloring Dimensionals

After adhering the black and Crushed Curry sunshine pieces together, I popped it up on dimensionals..  Mini-dimensionals, cut in half, and mounted on the back of the black layer.  Lots of mini-dimensional halves.  If I had been a thinking person, I would have used the Basic Black Stamping Write Marker to color the sides of all the dimesnionals before I placed it on the sunburst and white paper.  However, I wasn’t a thinking person which means I had to very, very carefully try to color the sides without getting black marker on the white sunburst paper.  Patience was required, but mission accomplished, as shown here:

Sunshine Wishes

For those of you still dealing with snow and winter, I am sorry.  I need to wait patiently before I send this card up north.  Hang in there, stay warm and dry.  

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Jackie Beers at 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, you are currently on # 6:


  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  3. Imogene Thomas at
  4. Lisa Pretto at Ink Big Academy Stamps
  5. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
  6. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping  
  7. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  8. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  9. Nina King at InkPaperSequins
  10. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  11. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  12. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  13. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  14. Rachael Shedeed at Bluebonnet Stampin’
  15. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  16. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery

Have a Peachy Day!

Fab Friday 132: Four color challenge, 3 stamp sets.

Fab Friday 132

I have been looking at this four color challenge for a little more than a week just waiting for inspiration to hit.  I love each of these colors:  Pool Party, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, and Soft Suede.  I’ve looked at the cards from the Design Team a number of times, again waiting for inspiration to hit.  

Tonight I was just browsing through Pinterest (that should be a hobby in and of itself) and saw a card using the Delightful Daisy stamp set and punch, and inspiration hit.  Hard, like someone had literally smacked me up the side of my head.

Here’s the challenge:

My Challenge Card Creation

The three stamp sets I used were Daisy Delight (flowers), Dragonfly Dreams (sentiment), and Painted Harvest (leaves).  All three sets are current photoplymer sets.   When I stamped the daisies in Pool Party on Whisper White, I decided I didn’t want all the white showing, so I used an Aqua Blender to very lightly shade all the petals with Pool Party.  After I shaded, I punched using the coordinating daisy punch.  Two clear faceted gems added bling for the centers of the daisies.

The leaves are stamped in Old Olive on the Old Olive cardstock, then punched with the coordinating leaf punch.

The sentiment is in Rich Razzleberry and matted on Soft Suede.  I decided I wanted just a touch of ribbon, so I made a very tight little knot using Rich Razzleberry ribbon and adhered it to the sentiment using a glue dot.

The background Rich Razzleberry cardstock was run through the Big Shot using the Leaves TIEF.  If you haven’t tried any of the Textured Impressions Embossing Folders, you need to treat yourself to one, or two, or more.  The textures on these folders are deep and detailed.

The Soft Suede DSP panel is out of one of my very favorite In Color stacks.  I absolutely, positively adore these patterns and have been hoarding er, saving, all the scraps so I can continue to love them all.  A mat of Soft Suede cardstock under the DSP adds depth to the panel.

When all was said and done….

While getting all the card elements stamped, punched, embossed, matted, I briefly thought that all the patterns would overwhelm each other.  I don’t think that happened.  The daisies really toned down the pattern on the DSP.  The Rich Razzleberry background and sentiment give your eyes some place to rest.  The softly colored daisies pair well with the leaves  tucked under them so they just peek out.  Mini-dimensionals provided a bit of additional dimension to the daisies and the leaves.  

I wasn’t sure I would be inspired for this challenge, but it all worked out; at least I think so.  What do you think?  Comments are always welcome!

Have a Peachy day!



Myths and Magic for Global Design Project 127

Myths and Magic

This is my second post for today, but since my fearless (upline) leader is a founding member of this challenge, I wanted to play along.

The theme this week for Global Design Project # 127 is Sale-a-Bration.  Since SAB is the same time period as the Occasions catalog, and the fact that I had all these pieces ready to go, I used the Myths and Magic DSP and coordinating stamp set.

My card isn’t crooked, but my picture taking skills are definitely crooked.  However, I am supposed to be grading reports (UGH!), I need this break to post to be short and sweet.

Fussy cutting

I fussy cut the knight and dragon from the Myths and Magic DSP.  Since they already have beautiful colors and sparkle, I didn’t have to color anything.  I used the stripes embossing folder for the card background, and a piece of the DSP for the bottom part.  This beautiful Fresh Fig and Basic Grey side has the fun clouds in Pool Party and Whisper White on the back side, which is the bottom layer of the circled sentiment.

Global Design Project

Here’s the board for this week’s challenge:

Like I said, this has to be short and sweet.

Have a Peachy evening!

Pick-a-Pattern for FMS326

Freshly Made Sketches #326

The weekly FMS challenge is all about clean and simple design.  For this week’s challenge I knew I wanted to use one of my fav DSP sets in the annual catalog, Pick-a-Pattern.  Every pattern in this DSP set is so much fun; full of cute characters, fun patterns, fabulous colors, and B&W papers as well.  

This is actually my second card based on this sketch, the first of which also used the Pick-a-Pattern DSP.  While I thought my first card was fun, it didn’t turn out clean and simple, so I tried again.

This is my second card for this challenge:.

Sending a Smile

The adorable characters and happy camper paper just make me smile.  Each pattern on this card is from the same DSP set, which makes coordinating the colors a snap.   Emerald Envy is one of my favorite greens, and I love it with the Crushed Curry, Crumb Cake, and a touch of Flirty Flamingo.  I really thought I needed to mat everything on Basic Black cardstock to tone it down a bit and give your eyes some place to rest.   The Wood Words stamp set provided the sentiment because I thought the block lettering fit with the basic camper theme. 

I finished by fussy cutting the bear, the little bird and a stump from the DSP.  The bird was attached so it sits on the stump, and then I popped it up on dimensionals.  The bear is popped up on dimensionals as well and placed over the bear on the paper.  I put the little bird and stump next to the bear, and TA-DAH! Done.

FMS Sketch

Here’s the sketch which inspired my card:

I hope this sketch and my card inspire you to create something adorable today.

Have a Peachy Sunday!


Color Throwdown #482

Pink, Grey, and Kraft

This week’s CTD challenge is to use the soft colors of pink, grey, and kraft.  I wanted a soft floral card, so I  chose Painted Harvest stamp set used Blushing Bride and Powder Pink for the layers.  I stamped the center of each flower in Crumb Cake and used Smokey Slate for the stamped leaves.  

Layout Decisions

When starting this card, the colors and stamp set were the only things I knew I was using.  After a period of trial and error, I finally decided on the layout and elements to finish the card.  For the bottom layer, I used the new Basket TIEF on Crumb Cake cardstock, onto which I sponged Crumb Cake ink for dimension.  Smokey Slate cardstock provided the middle layer.  Crumb Cake ribbon anchored the sentiment, also from Painted Harvest,  stamped in Basic Grey on Whisper White cardstock.  I wanted a mat for the sentiment, which I punched out with the Everyday Label Punch.  I wasn’t sure how a piece of embossed cardstock would punch.  However, it was very easy to punch out the basket embossed cardstock.  Almost as an afterthought, I stamped and punched out a trio of leaves to tuck behind the sentiment.

Color Throwdown Inspiration

This inspriation photo is so peaceful, which I also wanted to convey in my card for this challenge.  A soft thank you card which matched what I wanted to accomplish.  A baby girl card is now running around in my head using these colors, so I think it’s time to create.

Have a Peachy Day.