The September InKing Royalty Blog Hop paired with #MojoSketch523

It’s Autumn with Come to Gather DSP and the InKing Royalty September Blog Hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s September Blog Hop! This year’s Blog Hop themes are inspired by a single word – and this month our projects are centered around AUTUMN. There is so much to love about the transition from summer to winter, even if we have to wait a few more months to have a Florida Fall. Each of us has created a project which means Autumn and we hope you find inspiration in our Autumn-themed projects! After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

The gorgeous colors in the blog hop banner are from the Come to Gather DSP.  This is the same DSP pack I used for this blog hop/Mojo Monday challenge.  With the completion of this card, I have about half of the 16 Thanksgiving cards I need.  Hopefully, I won’t run out of this fabulous paper before I finish what I need.

Whenever I am stuck creatively I start looking for sketch challenges.  If I can pair a sketch challenge with a color challenge, I am a very happy stamper!

Here’s the challenge banner from #MojoSketch523:

Here’s the card I created:

Come to Gather DSP and the Harvest Hellos Bundle

I just love these colors for a Florida Fall card!  The deep, rich traditional Thanksgiving colors do not appear this far south.  Therefore, I am thankful for the vibrant colors of Pretty Peacock, Mint Macaron, and Early Espresso.  The very talented Stampin’ Up! designers really created a phenomenonally gorgeous set of patterns and colors.

Since the measurements have already been worked out for the sketch, I used them for the base of my card.  I did scale down the two focal circle elements.  Once I had the large circle and the two pumpkins, I knew when I added the sentiment banner I would have an even number of elements.  I knew I needed a fifth element, but I also wanted it to be subtle, so I decided to use the Mint Macaron twine from the Nature’s Twine set.  

Those pumpkins……. how fabulous that the one punch can create an adorable apple or pumpkin?  Talk about versatility!  Instead of embossing the Mint Macaron pumpkin I used the very subtle script pattern from the Subtles DSP.  When I stamped the pupmkin in Pretty Peacock, I did a little happy dance in my chair.  It worked!  YEAH!  

In order to accomodate all the popped up layers, provided by dimensionals, I needed to add a double high layer of them under the two pumpkins.  The picture of my card really doesn’t show how much dimension these little adhesive hexagons provide.

As always, I used a piece of DSP for the envelope flap.  This time I chose the feather pattern.  I stamped pumpkins using coordinating from Gather Together on the front, bottom, left corner.

With that, this card/envelope set was complete!

The Rest of the Blog Hop Awaits!

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hopShawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps.

. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!

Have a Peachy day!

Sue

Thank you for hopping along with us. If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Linda Krueger at The Stamp Coach
  3. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  4. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
  5. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  6. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  7. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  8. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  9. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  10. Sheryl Sharp at Sharp Notes by Sheryl
  11. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie

You Know You Want to…….

     

If you would like to order the bundle, stamp set, and/or punches,  and live in the U.S.,  please use the icon above to be connected to my store.  With just a few simple supplies, you, too, can create fabulous cards.  For example, check out this all-inclusive kit: Looking Up Card Kit, item # 149651 ($27.00).  If you include a Tombow liquid adhesive (item # 110755, $4.00) you will have everything you need  since the ink spot and embellishments are included..  One kit, 15 cards, 3 of each of 5 designs.  Score!  Check it out!  

LOOKING UP CARD KIT

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Wednesday was a HUGE day for Stampin’ Up!  Not only did the Holiday Catalog go live for customers, the Buy 3, get 1 Free DSP sale from the annual catalog starts!  I already have my FOUR sets of DSP picked out!  Get yours now!  

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To shop from the holiday catalog, available now, click on the image below: 

20190904_HOL19_en-USSupply List:

Harvest Hellos stamp set, item # 150581

Gather Together stamp set, item # 150589

Come to Gather DSP , item # 150454

6′ x 6′ Subtles DSP, item # 149615

Apple Builder Punch, item # 150663

Nature’s Twine, item # 146342

Pretty Peacock cardstock, item # 150880

Mint Macaron cardstock, item # 138337

Whisper White cardstock, item # 100730

Pretty Peacock Stampin’ Pad, item # 150083

Mint Macaron Stampin’ Pad, item # 147106

Momento Tuxedo Black stamp pad, item # 132708

Stampin’ Dimensionals, item # 104430

Mini-Stampin Dimensionals, item # 144108

Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue, item # 110755

 

 

A Vacation Dream for the InKing Royalty Blog Hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s August Blog Hop!

This year’s Blog Hop themes are inspired by a single word – and this month our projects are centered around VACATION. While many are reminiscing about their summer vacations, others are looking forward to the long weekend just around the corner. 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.

High Tide Vacation

One of the vacations I would really enjoy would be to rent a small RV and drive from Central Florida to Maine.  I’m playing around with the plans in my head, but I think three weeks during the summer when I am off would be heavenly.  We’d be able to stop along the way and take our time.  My husband grew up and lived in Southern California until 12 years ago, so seeing the east coast would be a great adventure.

When I thought about this vacation, I kept thinking about lighthouses, and planning to see a number of them along the coast.  Naturally, the High Tide photopolymer stamp set seemed to fit the theme.  I have to confess, I have had this set for about a year and this is the first time I have used it.  Overall I am pleased with the card, although there are a couple of small things I might change the next time I use this set.  

Here’s the card I created:

When I was showing my husband the card, I also showed him the stamp set.  I knew I’d used a number of stamps, but didn’t  know I’d used ten of them.  Ten stamps sounds intimidating, but this set makes it relatively easy.  

Colors, Stamps, and Paper, Oh My!

The colors I used include Memento Tuxedo Black, So Saffron, Basic Gray, Smoky Slate, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Pretty Peacock and Seaside Spray.  Initially, I thought that Pretty Peacock and Seaside Spray might not work together.  However, they work very well together, just like the SU! designers intended.

I started with the dirt/sand with two layers of Soft Suede.  Then I went back in using the small sand stamp and added in layers of Crumb Cake.  I also stamped the water using Seaside Spray.  I’m so impressed with the thought that went into the water stamp.  The left and right ends fit together perfectly without creating straight lines.  Therefore, it is a breeze to create the water element.

Next, I tackled the lighthouse.  After a few practice tries, I decided to stamp the background lighthouse using Smoky Slate, and the detailed lighthouse with Basic Gray.  

Now that I had the lighthouse placed inside the sand, I started stamping the beach grass.  The taller grass is first generation stamping of Pretty Peacock.  Then I went back and added dimension and a variety of stamping with the small grass using first, second, and third generation stamping.

I actually stamped the birds and the birds and sentiment before I stamped the light beam.  I needed to make sure that I had room for the sentiment and thought the birds would naturally be flying through the beam.

Finally, I stamped water and birds on the bottom of the envelope.  I used a piece of the Pretty Peacock DSP for the envelope flap.  

Many Thanks, Blog Line-up, and Supply List

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Jackie Beers from Blue Line Stamping. You don’t want to miss all the inspiration found in this group!

Have a Peachy day!

Sue

Thank you for hopping along with us. Please use the following list as a guide if you get lost while hopping:

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  3. Sheryl Sharp at Sharp Notes by Sheryl
  4. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  5. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  6. Linda Krueger at The Stamp Coach
  7. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  8. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  9. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  10. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  11. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin

If you would like to order this versatile photopolymer stamp set today and live in the U.S. please CLICK HERE to be connected to my store.  With just a few simple supplies, you, too, can create fabulous cards, and I would be honored to help you do so.  

Supply list:

High Tide photopolymer stamp set, item # 143006

Pretty Peacock ink pad, item # 150083

Pretty Peacock cardstock, item # 150880

So Saffron ink pad, item # 147109

Seaside Spray ink pad, item # 150085

Smoky Slate ink pad, item # 147113

Basic Gray ink pad, item # 149165

Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad, item # 

Whisper White cardstock, item #

Tombow Liquid Adhesive, item # 

 

InKing Royalty Blog Hop meets The Library Challenge # 38

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s July Blog Hop!

This year’s Blog Hop themes are inspired by a single word – and this month, our projects are centered around SUNSHINE. The Sun is the single most important source of energy for life on Earth – it guides our clocks, calendars and planting schedules. We may be enduring a heat wave this week, but we still associate the Sun with positivity, joy and renewal. 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 found at the base of this post.

The Library Challenge and Sunshine!

One of the blog challenges in which  I have enjoyed participating in the past is The Library Challenge, and I think the theme of challenge #38 fits with the InKing Royalty Blog Hop theme of Sunshine.  Challenge #38’s book title is Five Weeks in a Balloon, by Jules Verne, and the project inspiration can come from the title, cover, or story. 

Here’s the cover:

five weeks in a balloon book - Google Search

How does this book relate to sunshine for the Blog hop?  I am so glad you asked.  I can’t imagine taking a hot-air balloon ride on a stormy, rainy day.  The perfect weather for this kind of adventure is SUNSHINE, so  there’s the connection.  

Here’s my card:

     

A Go-To Die Set

I’ve said it before, but the Rectangle Stitched Framelit die set is one of my all-time favorite sets, partly because I love the double stitching on each die.  However, my most favorite reason is because of the amount of cardstock I can save by using these framelits on the mats of cards!  

For example, in this card,  the background Balmy Blue cardstock is the middle of a mat for another card.  I chose the appropriate sized die for the frame based on the size of the middle mat, and then used the rectangle dies.  I now have the two pieces I needed for the frame card and another center piece for a different card.

Here’s an example cut I cropped from the Granny Apple Green cardstock base:

I found that I absolutely love (!!!) the color combination of Balmy Blue, Blueberry Bushel, and Granny Apple Green when I played along with the Paper Players #450 challenge.  I decided to go with Granny Apple Green balloons, the largest of which I stamped off.  The smaller balloons also in Granny Apple Green, colored the baskets with Blueberry Bushel, then fussy cut the balloons.  I stamped the sentiment in Granny Apple Green as well, and cropped it using the Stitched Shapes dies.  I used Blueberry Bushel marker to color in the stitched ditch

The Balmy Blue Background Cardstock

When I was finished with the balloons, I used the cloud stamp (3 clouds, one stamp, wonderfully easy) and StazOn Cotton White ink for the clouds. The resulting light white and lighter white clouds gave the Balmy Blue some much needed texture.

After I got the frame and base put together using dimensionals, and then dry fit the balloons and sentiment piece, I thought I needed something else.  The Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle added some interest without bulk, so I threaded it through the frame.  I really thought I would wind up with a square knot, again, as always because I am “bow challenged”. But,  to my surprise and glee, I created an actual bow!  YEAH!

I popped all the pieces up with dimensionals and again realized I needed something else, more specifically something flat and not popped up.   Therefore, I grabbed the bird stamp, stamped it a couple of times and it finally felt done.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Lynn Holcun at Avery’s Owl. You don’t want to miss all the inspiration found in this group!

 

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  3. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  4. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  5. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  6. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  7. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  8. Jan Dufour at Stamp Me Silly
  9. Katie Ferguson at Cottage Paper
  10. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  11. Sheryl Sharp at Sharp Notes by Sheryl
  12. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
  13. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  14. Linda Krueger at The Stamp Coach

Something New (to Me), and Something Blue, for June’s InKing Royalty Blog Hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s June Blog Hop! Each of this year’s Blog Hop themes is inspired by a single word – and this month our projects are centered around NEW. With the launch of Stampin’ Up!’s 2019 Annual Catalog, NEW gives us the opportunity to showcase new products and play with new colors. You will see a variety of project which celebrate new occasions (babies, weddings, graduations)  in this hop. 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.

Something New, and Something Blue

While I have had the Happy Tails photopolymer stamp set and coordinating dog punch for a few months, I am finally using it for the first time.   My card could be used for a new pet, or a tried and true four- legged family member. However, in this case, I created a card for a friend whose much loved dog, Gumbo, recently crossed the Rainbow Bridge. 

Here’s the front and inside of my card:

     

Gumbo was a black lab mutt mix, and his “overcoat” was the Blueberry Bushel color, both of which inspired my color choices.  My color palette consists of  Blueberry Bushel, Grey Granite, Smokey Slate, Basic Black, and Whisper White.  

I didn’t have any coordinating DSP, therefore, I created my own by using 4 of the individual stamps from the Happy Tails set.  Since I didn’t want to stamp all four individually, I put all of them on one acrylic block and just stamped away in Basic Black.

 

I Love Creating Window Cards

Window cards with a middle mat require 3 cuts, so I used the Square Nesting Die set.  This set, as in all the nesting sets, makes it so easy to get even layers.  I used Blueberry Bushel for the card base, the ink for the sentiments, and the heart.  This adorable, perfectly sized heart is punched out of the dog punch, which makes it so easy to get a proportioned heart.

I wanted to have just that much more dimension, so I used dimensionals to pop up the top layer.  The dog is dimensional as well, but that’s more of a happy accident.  Since I used blends to color the dog, the color bled through the cardstock.  I didn’t want the backside to show when the card was opened, so I punched a Whisper White dog for the underlayer.  The first dog I colored, and attached to the underlayer, was too dark once I got it on the card.  Therefore, I stamped and colored another dog using only the light Smoky Slate blend.  The dark Smoky Slate blend was only used as an outline and highlighter.  The placement of the dog in the window was intentional so that it would cover “So sorry for your loss”.

After I put the card together, I decided that I didn’t want just a sentiment showing through the window.  Therefore, I pulled the paw print stamp out again and used Smokey Slate to stamp the diagonal pawprints.  

That’s it.  I am ready to mail this card to my friend and her family.

Many Thanks and Have Fun Hopping!

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hopBrian King at Stamp with Brian, our fearless leader.  You don’t want to miss all the inspiration found in this group, so please sit back, relax, and enjoy all the creations.

Have a Peachy day!

Sue

Thank you for hopping along with us. The following line-up will help guide you if you get stuck during the hop:

 

What a fun hop today! I’m always excited to see the beautiful variety of projects y’all make – and these “new”-themed creations were no exception. Such great inspiration! ♥

Please update the links on your blog at some point today to keep the hop evergreen forever and ever and ever. Links are below.

Please let me know when your post has been updated.

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Thank you for hopping along with us. If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  3. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  4. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  5. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  6. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  7. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  8. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  9. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
  10. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  11. Linda Krueger at The Stamp Coach
  12. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  13. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping

It’s All About Spring for InKing Royalty’s April Blog Hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s April Blog Hop! This year’s Blog Hop themes are inspired by a single word – and this month our projects are centered around SPRING. Spring is a special time of year!   It’s fun to celebrate the beauty of nature and to get back outside during this transition of the seasons. 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.

Fun Fold Card with Happiness Blooms DSP

Last Friday I watched Connie Stewart’s video for a window card, and I was so taken with it I used it to make 20 Easter cards before Sunday morning.  Yes, it’s that simple, but it looks like it took a whole lot of time and work.  Super simple fun fold card is always a hit!  

Here’s my card for the blog hop:

     

Doesn’t this Happiness Blooms DSP pattern scream “Spring is Here”?  I paired it with the Bloom by Bloom photopolymer stamp set and Dandelion Wishes for the sentiment.

The Bloom by Bloom stamp set, DSP, and Happiness Blooms enamel dots were in the Ocassions catalog, but are still availabe.  The colors are fabulously bright and truly happy.  

Here’s the DSP picture from the catalog for your viewing pleasure:

colorful flower paper    Fun patterns, right?   I used two of the patterns for my card:  the flowers on the front and the dots as a mat on the inside.

Layers, Ribbon, and Dots

For the card base, I used Pineapple Punch cardstock.  Since I’d already picked the DSP floral pattern, I needed to get a mat layer between the cardstock and DSP.  I chose to use Lovely Lipstick, pulling from the centers of the little flowers.

In order to create the window, I used the Layering Squares Framelits.  Please watch Connie’s video for the simple directions.  Simple, truly simple, but awesome results!

By closing the window on just the Pineapple Punch base, I was able to figure out where I wanted to place the stamped flowers.  I wanted the flowers to be much lighter than the Lovely Lipstick sentiment I knew I wanted to use.

After I did all the stamping, I popped up DSP/cardstock layer on dimensionals.   This allowed me to add ribbon without bumps and lumps.  I also chose the Lovely Lipstick ribbon from the 2018-2019 annual catalog and tied it in a square knot.

I thought I was finished, but decided that I would add some of the Happiness Blooms enamel dots on the stamped flowers.  Look carefully and you can see the two colors of dots on the centers of the flowers.

Pretty Darn Pleased

The 20 Easter cards I made with this fun fold were a hit with my family on Sunday.  Here’s a quick look at one of those cards:

     

Knowing how easily this card can be created was part of the reason I chose it for the blog hop.  The other part is because it’s just so much fun to create.  Thank you, Connie Stewart!

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Jackie Beers at Blueline Stamping. You don’t want to miss all the inspiration that can be found in this group!

Have a Peachy day!

Sue

Thank you for hopping along with us. If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
  3. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  4. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  5. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  6. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  7. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  8. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  9. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  10. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations

So Hoppy for the Green Theme on the InKing Royalty Blog Hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s March Blog Hop! This year’s Blog Hop themes are inspired by a single word – and this month our projects are centered around GREEN. We are excited to share our creations with you today – there’s a wonderful variety of styles and occasions celebrated in this hop! After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

March = Irish = Green

It’s March, I’m Irish, so of course, the theme of green is perfect.  My first thought was that it was time to break out the frogs from So Hoppy Together cling stamp set.  After waiting for the corrdinating dies to arrive, they became unorderable.  Therefore, I really needed to demonstrate one way they can be used without fussy cutting.  This fun fold card really developed as I worked, and I enjoyed the process.  After watching Jan B’s W fold tutorial video and tweaked the size so my final project is 4.25 ” by 5.5″.  The learning curve on this turned out to be steep, but wouldn’t have been if I followed more of the directions on the tutorial.  

Oh, So Many Greens

Here’s the front and back of my card:

 

     

I used the Light and Dark Granny Apple Green Stamping Blends to color all the frogs on this card.  The dragonflies and cute little bugs were colored using Stamping Write Markers in Granny Apple Green and Shaded Spruce.  All of these markers coordinate with the Tropical Escape DSP, from which all the patterns came that I used in this card.  This DSP coordinate fabulously with the Frogs!  I tried to use really fun patterns, especially since the frogs are nothing by fun!  

The base of the card is Granny Apple Green, with a thin Basic Black mat under the DSP on both the front and back.  I really felt that something else needed to be added to the front of the card, so I used 3 of the smallest black faceted dots.   I used the Sale-a-Bration Granny Apple Green ribbon and the Dotted Tulle ribbon (LOVE!) layered and knotted on the front.   The sentiment on the back of the card is from the Vibrant Vases stamp set from the Ocassions catalog.

The inside of this card was a product of love and patience.  I could see what I the final card that wanted in my head, but it wasn’t easy.  You know when you get ink where you didn’t want it and have adhesive seep out of the layers all adds up to walking away for a bit and coming back.  That’s exactly what I did.  

Here’s three different views of the inside:

                                                                 

Inside, I took a chance on the busy DSP, but since the frog panels are clean, I think it works.  

Things I Learned:

I should have paid more attention to Jan B. when she explained about needing the ribbons to tie the card shut.  Since I didn’t follow her directions, I had to put the ribbon between the Basic Black 1.5″ x 11″ strip and the DSP.  Then I had to quickly move the ribbons’ positions to line up with the ribbon on the front.  The sentiment on the front and the inside are both from So Hoppy stamp set, while the back sentiment is from Vibrant Vases in the Ocassions  catalog, yet another wonderful stamp set!

It was very helpful to do all the cropping in the Big Shot as soon as I stamped the frogs, even before I colored them.  I used the new Rectangle Stitched Framelits (in the Ocassions catalog) and my very well loved Stitched Shapes framelits.  

When taking pictures of my card, I figured out that I need to practice using my iPad.  The first set didn’t come out well at all, so I went back to what I know, using my iPhone.  

Through the whole process, which took more than one night, I happily colored, relaxed, created, and enjoyed my time.  Isn’t that part of the reason we do what we do?  

Enjoy the Remainder of the Hop!

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Candy Ford at Stamp Candy. You don’t want to miss all the inspiration found in this group!  

Have a Peachy day! 

Sue

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  3. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  4. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  5. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  6. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  7. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  8. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  9. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  10. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
  11. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  12. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery