Sunshine for the August IRBH & AHSC # 537

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s August Blog Hop! This month’s hop projects center around a SUNSHINE theme, so I hope you are ready for some sunshine fun! We are excited to share our creations and hope you love them! After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

I combined the Rays of Light stamp and the Hey Chuck bundle and used the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge # 537 for my card.

Here’s my card:

Here’s the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge banner:

I know the sketch uses different DSP (designer series paper) patterns, but I looked at it and saw my card.

Basic Measurements and Such:

  • The Crushed Curry base measures 5-12 by 8-1/2 inches, scored at 4-1/4 inches.
  • The black mat dimensions started measuring 4=1/8 by 5-3/8 inches. After I finished adhering the blocks, I trimmed the mat to get it as even as possible.
  • The white cardstock for the front started at 5-1/2 by 4-1/4.
  • Trim another piece of white cardstock to 4 by 5-1/4 inches for the inside of the card.
  • I used white scraps for the sentiment and chicken on the front.

Stamping, Coloring, and Other Fun Stuff

  • Stamp the Rays of Light background stamp in Crushed Curry.
  • HINT: The easiest way to stamp a background stamp (for me at least) is to lay the stamp face up on your work space and stamp the ink on the stamp.
    • Carefully place your white cardstock on the stamped image.
    • Very carefully, rub the whole piece of cardstock to transfer the ink onto the cardstock.
    • I am making 6 more of these cards, and I used this process for all of the fronts I needed. Worked like a charm.
    • Stamp the Rays of Light on the envelope flap. Punch a 1-inch circle of coordinating DSP for the envelope seal.
  • I added a 1/2 inch by 4 inch piece of the Rays of Light stamped image to the bottom on the inside. This came from a piece I’d trimmed and didn’t need.
  • Stamp the chick on the inside panel as well so it looks like she is standing on the strip of sun rays.
  • I colored the chickens using the Daffodil Delight blends combo and the Pecan Pie Stamping Write Marker.
  • Using a new Wink of Stella pen, I dropped one drop of the ink onto my grid paper.
  • Then, I used an empty Wink of Stella pen to pick up the ink and color it on the Daffodil Delight parts of the chicken. Using an empty pen to “paint” the clear Wink of Stella has kept me from getting blobs on my coloring.
  • Crop the chicken using the Hey Chuck dies and the sentiment using the Stylish Shapes dies.
  • Outline the sentiment banner using a black Stamping Write Marker.
  • Add dimensionals to the sentiment and the chicken to adhere.
  • I adhered all the rest of the card pieces using multipurpose liquid glue.

Creating the Blocks:

I knew what I wanted to achieve, and just winged it with the dimensions. You don’t have to do that in order to recreate this card, no matter what paper patterns you use.

  • If you are using different DSP patterns, you need the following pieces:
    • 2 of 2-1/2 by 2-5/8 inches
    • 1 of 3-3/4 by 3/4 inches
    • 1 of 3 x 1 inch
    • 1 of 2-1/4 by 1-3/8 inches
    • 1 of 1 by 1-3/8 inches
    • 1 of 1/2 by 4 inches (bottom of inside)
  • If you are using all one pattern, I have some pictures for you. The pieces will be the same sizes, just cut differently for the one pattern.

My Sweet Sorbet cardstock cut into the above sizes.

The stamped Rays of Light in Crushed Curry.

AdTech removable tape is my favorite and can be purchased at Amazon. I can’t create cards without it, especially for dry-fitting card pieces together.

Use the removable tape to temporarily attach the Sweet Sorbet pieces over the stamped Rays of Light.

Next, I very, very carefully trimmed the cardstock along the pretrimmed lines in the Sweet Sorbet.

Next, I used a piece of black cardstock measuring 4-1/4 by 5-1/2 inches to adhere the Rays of Light stamp pieces back together. Here’s picture of this step in progress.

Once I had all my pieces adhered, I was able to trim the black cardstock down for the front of the card.

One step at a time, and you can do this as well.

Back to the InKing Royalty Blog Hop:

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Renae Novak at Blessed by Cards. 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. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping <<— YOU ARE HERE
  3. Renae Novak at Blessed by Cards
  4. Jan Dufour at Stamp Me Silly
  5. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp

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Warm Winter Clothes for the Sparkles Christmas Buddies Challenge #146

Welcome to the March edition of the monthly Sparkles Christmas Buddies challenge.  Our host for #146, Debs, chose warm winter clothes for the theme.  This challenge stays live until March 31, 2023, so you have plenty of time to add your projects to our gallery.  When you finish here, I hope you will visit the challenge site to see what the other design team members created because the projects are as fabulous as they are varied!

My card for this month (which might be published late because I didn’t get it on the DT site early enough) uses something old, something new, and something blue.  Here’s my card:


Something old – the Santa’s Suit stamp set and coordinating dies.  When this bundle retired, I sold both the stamp set and the dies.  Then I saw some really adorable cards on Pinterest and needed to get another set, so I did!  I’ve already posted other cards with this set, which you can see here and here.

I used the sketch from the current Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #514 for the inspiration for my layout.  The sketch fit perfectly with my rough idea.

Here’s the challenge banner and link to the site:


Perfect, right?!


  • The Balmy Blue cardstock base measures 5-1/2 by 8-1/2 inches, scored at 4-1/4 inches.
  • I trimmed two pieces of the Balmy Blue 12 by 12 inch textured shimmer paper to two pieces of 5-3/8 by 4-1/8
  • Using the layered diorama dies, crop the center of one piece of the textured shimmer paper for the top layer of the card.
  • Trim a piece of the Balmy Blue 6 by 6 inch DSP (designer series paper) to 6 by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap. At this point, I punched a 1 inch circle of the textured shimmer paper for the envelope seal.
  • Trim two 1 inch by 6 inch strips of the white textured shimmer paper. I cropped each using the cloud shaped die from the basic borders set.
  • I also cropped two strips of the cloud die for the inside of the card.. Then, I used a dry blending brush which I had used with blue ink to very lightly shade the stitched part of the clouds.
  • I already had 4 clouds cropped from the waves dies from the Waves of Inspiration Bundle.
  • That’s it for the measurements.


  • I stamped the pieces of Santa and his suit on scraps of white cardstock using the Tuxedo Black ink pad.
  • Next, I stamped the insides using Real Red ink.
  • I covered the white parts of Santa’s hat, boots, and jacket using the white pearlized enamel effects. Make sure you let this dry completely before you touch it.
  • After using the embossing buddy on a Balmy Blue cardstock scrap, I stamped the greeting using VersaMark. Then, I covered it in white embossing powder and heat set it.
  • Using a circle die from the Stylish Shapes die set, crop the sentiment.
  • Then, using a white gel pen, highlight the stitching on the circle.
  • To add shimmer to the edge of the sentiment circle, I used the clear Wink of Stella pen.
  • HINT: Through trial and error, I’ve found it’s easier to squeeze out a couple of drops of the Wink of Stella on a piece of scrap paper. Then, spread out the clear glitter ink so you can roll the circle through the ink. This will result in a cleaner edge than trying to use the pen directly on the edge.
  • Lightly splatter some Wink of Stella on the sentiment circle.
  • Punch a small hole at the top of the sentiment circle. Thread Real Red ribbon through the hole and tie a square knot.
  • Stamp the inside sentiment using the Momento Tuxedo Black ink pad.




  • Adhere one piece of the Balmy Blue textured shimmer paper to the card base using multipurpose liquid glue.
  • Add dimensionals and some foam adhesive strips to the cropped top layer as shown below:
  • This photo also shows the placement of dimensionals on the sentiment circle.
  • Adhere one piece of the cloud textured shimmer paper to the blue textured paper using multipurpose liquid glue.
  • Remove the cover on the bottom strip and dimensionals. Stagger the second cloud strip and adhere to the adhesive strips.
  • Add multipurpose glue to the cloud strip attached to the dimensionals. Remove the rest of the dimensional and foam adhesive strip covers. Line up the top layer with the bottom layer of the textured shimmer paper.
  • Use a combination of dimensionals and/or multipurpose liquid glue to adhere the Santa’s Suit pieces, the clouds, and the sentiment circle.
  • Stagger the two white cloud strips on the bottom of the inside cardstock panel. Adhere using multipurpose liquid glue and trim the excess.
  • Adhere the white cardstock to the inside base of the card.
  • With that, I’d finished this coordinated card, envelope, and envelope seal set.

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Have a Peachy Day!




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