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Monster Mash Blog Hop on the night grades are due

InKing Royalty October Blog Hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s October Blog Hop! This year’s Blog Hop themes are inspired by popular songs – this month’s song is “Monster Mash.” As you can guess, our Blog Hop today is filled with fun projects that are inspired by the spookiest night of the year – Halloween. 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.

Let’s start with my card, which is a little bit of Paper Pumpkin for September and the rest is from the Toil and Trouble suite:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Toil and Trouble Suite Meets Paper Pumpkin

I used the “Boo!” greeting in silver foil from the Paper Pumpkin kit.  The September kit is full of fun products!   I layered the sticker on a Basic Black Every Day Label punch, which I outlined in the clear Wink of Stella (which has been getting a real workout this Halloween).

The DSP is from the fabulous Toil and Trouble suite.   Every pattern in that DSP stack is wonderful, and I challenge you to just go for it and cut.it.all.up.  Use it!  Halloween only comes once a year!   I chose the Pumpkin Pie and black cat pattern.  To make the band, I used two pieces of the border print found on the cauldrons pattern paper.  The border band is layered on black and I wrapped the black and silver Baker’s Twine around it 3 times.  After tying a simple knot, I tied some of the Black Glittered Organdy ribbon from the suite.  LOVE!  

When I finally decided to punch a black cat for the front, I knew the cat needed some dimension, so I added a knotted piece of the organdy ribbon.  I attached the ribbon to the cat using a couple of mini glue dots for added stability.

Layers!

It’s all about layers with this card.  The Pumpkin Pie cat paper is layered on Highland Heather, which is layered on Basic Black.  The ribbon and baker’s twine is layered on the band.  The cat is layered on the vellum, which is popped up on the DSP.

The next part was tricky:  trying to figure out how to adhere the vellum under the cat without having it show through, especially after using dimensionals on those elements.  I used a combination of Tombow liquid glue and dimensionals to pop up the vellum and the cat.  I carefully and purposefully placed the adhesives to fit under the cat and ribbon so it wouldn’t show.

No Naked Envelopes

Mary Deatherage, from Stamps-n-Lingers, always encourages those watching her FB live videos to do something with the envelope to make it inviting with a peek of what’s inside.  I used the same cat DSP for the envelope flap.  In order to minimize waste, a piece of DSP cropped down to 6″ by 2.75″ will fit perfectly on the SU envelope flap.  Bam, I have a finished card!

Back to my grading

Grades are due before I go to bed, and it’s already midnight.  

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Rachel Shedeed from BlueBonnet Stamping. 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:

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  3. Nina King at InkPaperSequins
  4. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  5. Rachael Shedeed at Bluebonnet Stampin’
  6. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  7. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
  8. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  9. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  10. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  11. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp

InKing Blog Hop, September Morn, and #GDP156

 

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.

First,

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. 

Second,

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.  

Third,

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:

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  3. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  4. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  5. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
  6. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  7. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  8. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  9. Rachael Shedeed at Bluebonnet Stampin’
  10. Nina King at InkPaperSequins
  11. Linda Krueger at The Stamp Coach
  12. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping

InKing Royalty Blog Hop ~ I Can’t Wait for Christmas

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.

The Results

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:

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  3. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  4. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
  5. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  6. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  7. Rachael Shedeed at Bluebonnet Stampin’
  8. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  9. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  10. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  11. Imogene Thomas at MomoMakes.com
  12. Nina King at InkPaperSequins
  13. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery

Have a Peachy Day!

 

InkKing Royalty Blog Hop for Fab Friday 139

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s June Blog Hop! This year’s Blog Hop themes are inspired by popular songs – this month’s song is “Here Comes the Sun.” As you can guess, our Blog Hop today is filled with projects that are inspired by the joy of the summer sun. 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 Comes the Sun for FabFriday 139

My DH’s (dear husband) favorite color has always been yellow because of the sunshine of sunny Southern California.  He grew up and lived in the LA/Orange County area for more than 50 years.  Now we live in sunny (read: humid) Central Florida.  

Therefore, the new In-Color Pineapple Punch was the first color for which I reached.  Of course, there has to be a sun represented on the card, and I achieved that by using the Layering Circles die set, the Stitched Shapes die set, and a Share What You Love doile.  The scallops on the largest circle and the doile were my main homages to the sun. 

Here’s my card:

I did change the orientation from the sketch, however the inspiration from the sketch is definitely there.

Here’s the Fab Friday 139 sketch:

Varied Vases Bundle

The Varied Vases bundle, designed by million dollar sale demo Mary Fish (in whose third level I am) is so much fun and very versatile.  Hint:  before trying to line the stamps up to try to get it to match the punch, it is much easier to first punch the vases on a scrap sheet of cardstock.  Then you can lay the stamps into the punched areas and stamp with confidence knowing your results will line up with the punch.  

The sentiment is also from this bundle, and it fit perfectly on the Petals and More thinlet banner.  Next, I cropped a Blueberry Bushel frame for under the sentiment banner and punched the vases using Blueberry Bushel from the In-Color DSP stack.  I just love this blue because it is so clear and pure, as are the rest of the 2018 – 2020 In Colors.  That’s the main reason that I chose Call Me Clover for the background embossed with the Petal Burst folder.   The Pineapple Punch Stamping Write marker was used to simply color the stamped flowers.  I really wanted the colors to be the focus of this card, and I think I accomplished that goal.

Thank you for hopping with us today!

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hopPam Morris from Tap, Tap, Stamp. 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. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  3. Nina King at InkPaperSequins
  4. Imogene Thomas at MomoMakes.com
  5. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  6. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  7. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  8. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  9. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  10. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  11. Sandra Cornejo at Madly Crafting
  12. Sheryl Sharp at Sharp Notes by Sheryl
  13. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  14. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  15. Rachael Shedeed at Bluebonnet Stampin’
  16. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
  17. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping

I Gotta Feeling …….

I Gotta Feeling Blog Hop
InKing Royalty May Blog Hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s May Blog Hop! We are grinning from ear-to-ear with excitement over all the amazing, new products from Stampin’ Up!’s 2018 Annual Catalog – and you’re going to love what we are sharing today. Today’s Blog Hop is filled with projects that offer sneak peeks at new products from the upcoming catalog, while also using some of the current products. What fun!  After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

There are a number of gorgeous DSP packs in the new 2018 – 2019 catalog, from which I’ve already pre-ordered a number of sets. There are still a number of DSP options as well as fabulous suites that I MUST have.  My card this month is using just one of the beautiful patterns from the Tranquil Textures  DSP pack.  The colors are a mixture of current and new colors with Fresh Fig, Tranquil Tide, Balmy Blue, Mint Macaron, Soft Sea Foam, Whisper White, Night of Navy, and Crumb Cake.  For my card, I focused on the Tranquil Tide and Fresh Fig, which I really wanted to emphasize.  

Here’s my card:

Gorgeous Colors, Gorgeous DSP

Isn’t this color combination and DSP pattern fabulous?  LOVE!  There is a thin mat of Tranquil Tide right under the DSP, which is layered on Fresh Fig.  I’d trimmed my papers incorrectly, but am pretty please with the final mat of Whisper White.  I pulled the Fresh Fig for the Nature’s Twine (NEW!), and the larger Stitched Shapes circle, as well as the ink for the stamp.  I think the darker cardstock colors really pull out the colors in the DSP.

Fonts and dies!

There is such a variety of fonts and stamps available in the new catalog, and this sentiment is from the new Love What You Do photopolymer stamp set.  I can’t wait to place another order (pre-order??) to get more of these new fonts!  

I did use the Stitched Shapes circle dies.  I used the Tranquil Tide Stamping Write marker to outline the “stitch” marks in the ditch.  I’ve been doing that quite frequently, mainly because I like the accented stitches.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Jennifer Spiller on Westside Paper Creations .  There’salways lots of inspiration to be found in this group and today’s hop is another example of fabulous ideas. – So, sit back, relax with your favorite beverage, and then spend some time following this hop.

If you get stuck, please use the list below as a guide.

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  3. Deb Cozzone at Grand Central Stamping
  4. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  5. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  6. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  7. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  8. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  9. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  10. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  11. Nina King at InkPaperSequins
  12. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts

“Let the Good Times Roll” for April’s InKing Royalty blog hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s April Blog Hop! This year’s hops are themed around some of our favorite songs. Today’s hop is pulls inspiration from B.B. King’s song “Let the Good Times Roll.” How fun is that?! We’ve created projects that either feature images with wheels (cards, wagons, bikes) or celebrate good times. 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.

Let the Good Times Roll

“Let the Good Times Roll” means something different to almost everyone.  What I thought of almost immediately was the Wood Crate Framelits as a wagon, and I knew I wanted to fill it with flowers (although I’ve seen cards on Pinterest with a wagon of Bella puppies ~ adorable!).  Enter the Beautiful Bouquet bundle.  I chose the colors based on a color challenge, using So Saffron, Pool Party, and Old Olive.  The base is Old Olive, as are the cropped leaf pieces. 

 Wood Crate Framelits 

I tried a couple of different backgrounds, and finally decided on the Basketweave TIEF.  If you haven’t already purchased this folder, you need to treat yourself and do it.  I also used the Woodplank embossing folder for the wagon, which was cropped in Crumb Cake.  After I embossed it, I lightly daubed Crumb Cake ink over the embossed parts to enhance the wood look of my wagon.  

The wheels were stamped using the circle in the Wood Words stamp set.  I punched the wheels out with a circle punch, which I also did for the white centers hoping to make the wheels look like actual tires.  The distressed stamp makes the wheel look more realistic, at least I think so.  After adding a strip of the embossed and daubed Crumb Cake for the handle and a piece of another wheel for the handle, the wagon portion was done.

Here’s my card:

 

Beautiful Bouquet

Both flower stamps and the framelits are from this gorgeous bundle.  However, no matter how much I played around with the six flowers, I couldn’t get the overflowing appearance I wanted.  Back to the framelits for inspiration, in which I found in the mini-flower framelit.  I decided I really wanted these to look like black-eyed Susans, which I’ve always loved.  I needed to crop three of these sets of flowers in So Saffron, daubed them with So Saffron, then added the black rhinestones from the 2017 Holiday Catalog.  When I finish the rest of my set of these lovely little jewels I am going to have to figure out something else to use.

Flower arranging

I took my time to play around with the arrangement of the flowers.  Many mini and regular dimensionals were added on the backs in order to really be able to play around with a dry fit.  Glue dots seemed to be the easiest way to adhere the black-eyed Susans to the wagon.  After I stuck down the dimensionals I knew something else was needed, so I cropped a bunch of stems and leaves and played around again.  Glue dots were also usedto adhere the stems behind the flowers.  I really wish I would make these decisions before I adhere everything down.  However, sometimes I just don’t know what I might need to add.

Final Element is the Sentiment

The birthday greeting was chosen because it fit.  My focus was the wagon full of flowers, so this banner was was cropped to fit.  Then, I used the Old Olive Stamping Write marker to outline the banner.  Card completed – check!

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations.

. 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. Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog.

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

If you get stuck in the blog hop, the following guide will help you.

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