Welcome to InKing Royalty’s September Blog Hop! This year’s Blog Hop themes are inspired by popular songs – this month’s song is “September Morn,” a Neil Diamond classic from the late ’70’s. As you can guess, our Blog Hop today is filled with projects that are inspired by the beauty of Autumn – September is when the air becomes crisp and the leaves start to fall. 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.
Here’s my card and coordinating envelope.
I love Neil Diamond. I’ve seen him in concert and it was great. So, I am happy that my first blog post, since we packed up our house two months ago, features one of his songs for the theme.
Thank heavens the GDP#156 challenge was a real inspiration for this card and challenge. I’d been struggling with a fall card, partially because I wanted to organize my new “blue room” (craft room) before I really ordered everything I wanted from the holiday catalog. The other reason for my struggle is that I live in Central Florida and it’s difficult to think about fall cards when it is still 95-100 degrees each day. This isn’t a complaint, it’s a fact of Florida weather.
Many thanks to my upline, Brian King, for offering DSP paper shares from the holiday catalog. Saved me this month! On to my card and my interpretation of the GDP#156 challenge!
Here’s the challenge card:
When I recieved my happy mail, in the form of my paper share, I found that I really, really like my share paper samples! I had to pick a sentiment from non-holiday stamps which I already owned. Therefore, I picked one from the Rooted in Nature stamp set. It even feels like fall to me, but maybe it’s just me.
Once I had the sentiment, I was able to pick the DSP I wanted to use, and both patterns are from the Country Lane DSP. I just love the cotton bolls, and Crushed Curry is definitely a fall color. TheEarly Espresso background pattern is also from Country Lane DSP, and really makes the cotton bolls pop. The wood look really gives dimension to the background without overwhelming the card.
I added the mats of Crushed Curry and Early Espresso and thought I needed a little something, something. Enter the Crumb Cake Nature’s Twine for the wrapping around the card and then the bow. Since I am bow challenged, I actually wrapped the twine and tied a knot. I gathered one side of the twine together so it would look authentic, and tied another knot. Then, I tied a bow and glued it down onto the knots.
Thank you for stopping by today.
I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Brian King from stampwithbrian.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:
- Brian King at Stamp with Brian
- Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
- Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
- Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
- Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
- Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
- Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
- Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
- Rachael Shedeed at Bluebonnet Stampin’
- Nina King at InkPaperSequins
- Linda Krueger at The Stamp Coach
- Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
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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Global Design Project # 144
This week’s challenge is a CAS(E) the Designer challenge, which includes a variety of options for CAS(E)-ing. While I could have CASE’d the card layout, used it as inspiration, pulled from the DSP, etc. I chose to sort of follow the layout, used the same DSP stack, the SWYL stamp set, and incorporated the doile.
The Share What You Love DSP is full of fabulous colors, gorgeous paper options, and all kinds of included accessories. I’ve already used this suite for a few cards, and thoroughly enjoy cutting the DSP up. I used Tranquil Tide for the base layer, So Saffron for the middle layer, and a piece of Berry Burst embossed using the Layered Leaves TIEF..
Here’s my card:
Here’s the GDP challenge card:
My Take on the Challenge
In addition to using the SWYL DSP, I also used one of the sentiments from the Love What You Do coordinating stamp set. The scripted fonts for all of these greetings are very versatile. I put the sentiment in the same spot as the challenge card. I started with a square piece of scrap Whisper White and used the trio punch to crop the corners. Since didn’t want a plain white background, I used So Saffron and one of the SWYL flower stamps. I stamped the flowers in full strength and then again without re-inking to give the background dimension. The sentiment was then stamped in Berry Burst.
There were already so many layers on this card, I didn’t want to add yet another one under the DSP strip. Therefore, I used the Tranquil Tide Stamping Write marker to outine the border of the paper. Mary from Stamps-n-Lingers shared this trick on one of her Sunday night FB lives, and I have happily used it quite often.
I cut the doile in half before adhering it to the back of the strip of DSP, and then popped it up on mini-dimensionals. Dimensionals also provided dimension for the sentiment element.
I really struggled with the ribbon, mainly because I am bow-challenged. Retired Berry Burst ribbon provided the bottom layer, and the current Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle ribbon. Bow challenged and layered ribbon: always a fun combination. Therefore I cheated and adhered the two layers together with glue dots and placed a flat layer on the card. Amazingly, I tied a square knot and wound up with the tulled on top. In order to hide the cheat, I used a small piece of Linen Thread to cinch the base ribbon and adhered the square knot using glue dots. Happiness abounds.
Thank you for stopping by my blog today. I hope you are inspired to play along with the Global Design Project challenges, which are posted every Monday.
Have a Peachy day!
Animal Outing Fun
When I first saw this product suite, I was sold! I ordered the whole suite on my last order and finally had time to play with it today. The theme challenge for Global Design Project # 143 is Love it, Live It, Share It. Well, I love this suite and will be sharing cards from it often.
Earlier this week, I stumbled across the Take Two Clean and Simple Sketch Challenge. I thought the sketch layout would work with the Animal Outing suite, so I combined both challenges.
Here’s my card:
Here are the challenge sketches:
Have to Love a Challenge Sketch
When I am able to combine a theme challenge with a sketch challenge, I am a happy crafter.
I used the Smoky Slate light and dark Blendabilities to color in this adorable rhino. While I knew I wanted some sort of color on the tusk, I didn’t want it to be Smoky Slate. I first colored in the tusk with the dark Blendability, and then realized my mistake. Therefore, I pulled out the Color Lifter Blendability and just kept un-coloring (is that even a word?) throughout the whole card making process. The cute bird is colored with Berry Burst and Lemon Lime Twist Stamping Write markers, highlighting the colors in the DSP.
This Animal Expedition DSP pattern choice was made because I definitely wanted a bold contrast with the Whisper White base. I trimmed a piece of the DSP for the strip on the left side of the card. There is a border on the sketch, so I placed the DSP on a Smoky Slate background.
I pulled the Lemon Lime Twist color out of the DSP, and used it for the Stitched Sketch die cut and the base of the card. The Whisper White background was necessary for the clean look, but I didn’t want a plain white background. Therefore, I embossed it with the Leaf TIEF, which really creates a deep embossed image.
I really think the Stitched Shapes need some dimension, so I used the Lemon Lime Twist marker to “stitch” in the ditch. This simple stitching adds this finishing touch, so I do it very, very often with these dies.
The sentiment was actually an after-thought because I realized after getting the rhino and the DSP strip on the white background that I had forgotten a sentiment. I had that exact piece of DSP left from my first cut, so I turned it over and stamped the sentiment on the lighter side. The sentiment is popped up on dimensionals, and I used the clear Wink of Stella to highlight just the letters.
Finding a balance on this card proved challenging. After adding the leaf ribbon, I decided that the card needed something else. I pulled out the Faceted Dots from the Share What You Love suite and started putting them on the sentiment, then in the upper right corner, then the large one on the bottom left. I might have gone overboard with the dots when trying to balance out the card.
My card layout matches the sketch challenge. I covered the GDP theme challenge by using what I love in the Animal Outing suite, and the sharing part from the Share What You Love pre-order.
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I Love Two-fers
When I am able to marry a color challenge with a sketch challenge, all kinds of happy things happen. This Paper Players #397 color challenge of Calypso Coral, Lemon Lime Twist, and Crumb Cake (other neutrals are also ok) has been rolling around in my head for a few days. I’d thought of doing thin stripes of the Coral and Lemon, but it wasn’t working.
I sat down today with the marble background stamp and pulled out the Stamparatus my card idea suddenly became clear. Since I was able to place both pieces of Whisper White cardstock in the exact same place on the grid, I was easily able to match up the stamp pattern on the Calypso Coral and Lemon Lime Twist stripes.
Sounds confusing, but it really wasn’t. Here’s my card:
Here are the challenge sketches:
For this card, I took the sketch as it was with no rotation of flipping.
Matching the Pattern
I first cut both stamped images into one inch strips. Since each piece was stamped in the exact same place (thank you, Stamparatus), I was able to match up the patterns so it looks more like double time stamping.
I wanted a clean outline border on each stripe before I put it down on the Soft Suede. Therefore, I used my Stamping Write markers to lightly color the ends of the Whisper White.
I’ve enlarged and cropped a portion of the card to show the sublty of the outline of the stripes. It also shows how I used the Soft Suede marker to outline the scalloped oval cut from Crumb Cake.
Easier Than It Looks
While the two colored stripes may look difficult to line up, the Stamparatus was the key to getting both colors on exactly the same spots.
I’d love to hear what you think, or even see a picture if you try to CAS(E) this card.
Have a Peachy day!
Global Design Project # 141
This week the color challenge is to use Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, and Rich Razzleberry. I’ll be honest and say I would never have put these three colors together, but when I saw the challenge post, I loved the combination. I’ve had these colors bouncing around inside my head all week; I’d think of an idea and then discard it, and think of another and discard it again. I finally decided I wanted the three colors included in one design. When I looked through my new stamp sets (TOYS from the 2018 – 2019 catalog) I decided on the Hand Delivered Hostess Set, and the balloons were what caught my attention.
Here’s the color challenge for GDP#141 so you can see these gorgeous colors all lined up:
Here’s my finished card:
I used my Stamparatus for this card. Since there is a problem when stamping too close to the hinges, I moved my Whisper White over to the right side. There is a SU logo on the foam mat included which allows for a straight line without needing the grid. When I line the right side of the cardstock up with the right side of the logo I have gotten a much cleaner stamping result.
With the three Bright colors, I needed the rest of the card to be clean and simple. My SU grid paper got quite a work out when planning this card. I stamped all the pieces on the grid paper and then planned the color placement so I (hopefully) wouldn’t mess up my mats. Originally I colored each balloon with my Stamping Write markers, but decided the card was too flat. Therefore, I stamped the balloons on a scrap of Pumpkin Pie, and another stamp on Real Red. Fussy cutting was pretty easy for these basic circles. Mini-dimensionals pop up the Pumpkin Pie balloons. Regular dimensionals pop up the Real Red balloons. The result is a 3D layering of balloons, giving depth to the card.
I stamped the woman’s skirt in Basic Black for the outline, and Rich Razzleberry for the striped overlay. I very lightly touched her blouse with Pumpkin Pie, and the collar has a deeper coloring. Real Red shoes finish off her outfit. Everyone coordinates their clothes with a bunch of balloons, right?
When I was “finished”, I realized I needed a bit of something something on the card. I didn’t want to add anything outside of the stamped/colored images in order to keep the card clean and simple. Therefore, I used clear Wink of Stella on the Rich Razzleberry balloons, but that didn’t really solve my problem. That’s when I pulled out my (retired) Brights enamel shapes. Each balloon recieved a coordinating star enamel shape. The greeting had room for just one Real Red enamel shape, but it seems to work. Now, this card was finished.
This hostess set is super cute and very versatile with greetings for graduates, birthdays, and congrats!
Here’s an image of this photopolymer stamp set:
Super cute, right?
I hope you have a Peachy day!
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