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

Bloom by Bloom Wiper Fold for the InKing Royalty Blog Hop

 

InKing Royalty February Blog Hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s February Blog Hop! This year’s Blog Hop themes are inspired by a single word – and this month our projects are centered around BIRTHDAY. It’s always special to celebrate the birthday of someone you love, so handmade birthday cards are always fun to share. 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.

I Didn’t Create This All in One Night

I knew I wanted to create a fun fold for this blog hop, and I found  a video tutorial  by Frances Martin for the wiper card.  So much fun!  I also found a diagram on Pinterest by Stamping with Belinda, which I tweaked just a 1/8 of an inch, so my finished card is 5.5 inches by 4.25 inches.   The number of pictures I took trying to explain the process would have made this post the length of a booklet, so please visit these two links as the directions are clear and concise.

I knew that the moving parts and the base would take some time since it’s the first time trying to create it.  Therefore, I created the front and back elements the first night and the moving base and parts was created the next night.  

Here are multiple shots of the card I created using the Bloom by Bloom DSP with the front first:

The Card Basic Elements

I used the Bloom by Bloom DSP for the background of both sides, and used a piece of vellum cardstock to tone down the DSP behind the  layered”Happy Birthday” sentiment.   In order to hold down the vellum, there is some liquid Tombow behind the sentiment, but that didn’t do anything for the corners.  Enter the Night of Navy enamel dots, which cover a glue dot holding the vellum down on the DSP.  

I layered the DSP on Mint Macaron, which I then layered on Coastal Coral.  The bases and moving parts are Call Me Clover.  

The next decisions I made all had to do with the stamp sets.  I have not recieved the Bloom by Bloom stamp set yet (I initially thought I wouldn’t need it if I had the DSP.  WRONG!) so I used the Incredible Like You photopolymer stamp set for the back greeting and flower/leaves.

Magic Happens When the Sides are Pulled Apart.

I usually run my cards past my husband (and his comments have become much more detailed and informed), and he had me pull the sides open and closed 3 or 4 times.  He loved the magic of the interaction.

Here are photos of the front and back after the card is pulled open:

       

I had to make another decision about a mini sentiment and flower stamp set.  I turned to the Varied Vases stamp set for the Birthday Wishes and flower stems.  Initially I thought I would cut the Birthday Wishes stamp in half to fit it on the little flap.  I tried, and even got the scissors positioned between the words, but couldn’t bring myself to cut it apart.  I decided to use the Call Me Clover Stamping Marker to color each word so I could stamp them separately.

Last, but Not Least

After all these layers, I thought for sure I would have a difficult time getting the card in the medium SU envelope.  I was pleasantly surprised when it fit in the envelope, and have pictures to proof it.  Mind you, this card is going to need extra postage, but it easily fit in the envelope.

     

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.  There are some very talented people in this hop and you won’t want to miss any of them.  If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use the following line-up for a guide:

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  3. Nina King at InkPaperSequins
  4. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  5. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  6. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  7. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  8. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  9. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  10. Deb Cozzone at Grand Central Stamping
  11. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
  12. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  13. Katie Ferguson at Cottage Paper
  14. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps

Love! One Word InKing Royalty January Blog Hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s January Blog Hop! This year’s Blog Hop themes are inspired by a single word – and this month our projects are centered around LOVE. You’re certain to see some amazing ideas for Valentine’s Day in the hop, but there are other ways to honor love in the lineup, too. What fun! 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 front and inside, along withboth sides of the decorated envelope:

        

 

Lesson Learned

Just one of the many things I learned at OnStage/Orlando was to stop saying I am “just” a hobbyist demo.  I’m a demo with a fabulous hobby sounds so much better.  However, a hobbyist demo also means that I have to be very careful with how I choose my Stampin’ Up! products for purchasing.  My first priority is versatility and longevity.  Valentine’s Day stamps/bundles usually do not make it into my wish list, and the same goes fpr this year.  (If I still taught elementary school, I would have definitely purchased the Hey Love Cling Stamp Set!!)  

For this blog, I relied heavily on the DSP from Brian King’s DSP share.   The bold hearts in the various shades of Lovely Lipstick jumped out at me, especially for a card for my husband’s Valentine’s Day card.   While very happy and full of love, I used vellum to tone down the brightness of the Lovely Lipstick.  Score!   I needed to make sure the vibrant colors would pop, which caused me to use Basic Black cardstock to mat both the outside and inside panels.  

My next challenge required me to figure out how to adhere the vellum to the card stock.  I pulled out the epoxy hearts, again from an embellishment share from Brian King.  I used some of all three sizes of epoxy hearts and randomly spaced them out to sit on the DSP hearts, then placed tiny dots of Tombow Liquid Adhesive behind the hearts.  This trick allowed me to get the vellum attached without the adhesive showing through.  

Here’s a close-up of the epoxy hearts because they don’t really show up on the picture of the outside:

Two Stamp Sets, Two Die Sets

I’ve been pretty blocked creatively since Christmas.  However, once I picked out my DSP for this card, everything else seemed to fall into place. 

I pulled the Strong and Beautiful stamp set from the Occassions catalog, specifically for the “You are so Loved” sentiment for the inside.  The heart die and the cropped “love” is from the Celebrate You thinlit set.  Happiness abounded when my plan for the heart and sentiment on the inside actually worked out perfectly!  I cropped the “YOU” in Lovely Lipstick using the Celebrate you thinlit set.

Wood Words has the very textured heart stamp, which I used to stamp off Lovely Lipstick for the front of the envelope.  Then, I glued the same DSP onto the envelope flap, and then fussy cut it down.  

TA-DA!  Done!  Feels good to have created something of which I am proud!  Now, I feel I’m ready to take on some challenges.

Many Thanks!

Thank you for stopping by today.  If you feel inspired, please leave a comment. 

I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Katie Ferguson at Cottage Paper. You don’t want to miss all the inspiration found within this group of demos!

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

Pretty Papers, Pretty Ribbon for the December InKing Royalty Blog Hop

Welcome to the Final InKing Royalty Blog Hop for 2018!
(AKA Where in the World did 2018 Go??)

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s December Blog Hop! This year’s Blog Hop themes are inspired by popular songs – this month’s song is “Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons.” As you can guess, our Blog Hop today is filled with projects that are inspired by beautiful paper and beautiful ribbons – how clever! 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. 

Christmas Break

As I’ve said, I am a teacher and, as of the date of this post, I am on Christmas break.  (YEAH!!)  Exams are done and graded, grades posted, and I am looking forward to just enjoying and relaxing.

Today’s card looks time-consuming and complicated , but it is super simple.  At the end of this post, you will find the easy step to create this diagonal gate fold.

Here’s my very fun fold card:

            Card and decorated envelope

                              

Pretty Paper

For the top flap, I used a piece of the Joyous Noel DSP.  This paper is gorgeous, and if you like non-traditional holiday colors, this paper is for you!  The bottom flap is a piece of Merry Merlot, which was run through the Big Shot in the Basketweave TIEF.   

The Snowfall Thinlets provided the die cut snowflake flourish.  This was the most time-consuming part of the whole card because I couldn’t make up my mind for the best paper to use.  After trying a couple of other options, I finally remembered the Glossy Whisper White cardstock.  The white flourish really pops off the Merlot basketweave.  Problem solved, shine added, all is well with the card.

Making Christmas Bright

The stamping for this card is all from one set, the photopolymer Making Christmas Bright stamp set.  It’s the first Christmas set I bought this year, and the last one I used.   I didn’t want just a plain circle for my sentiment, so I pulled the starred circle and stamped it in Tranquil Tide on Whisper White, cropped with one of the Layering Circles dies.  Merry Merlot seemed like the natural choice for the sentiment, and I think the stamp set’s font is just fabulous!  The mat for the sentiment is cropped with the Stitched Shapes circle.  I used dimensionals under the top half of the sentiment only.  If you put dimensionals on the whole circle, you will adhere the gates together and it won’t open.  

I didn’t want my sentiment on the inside to just be floating on the Whisper White, so I stamped another starred circle in Tranquil Tide.  Merry Merlot was used for the inside sentiment as well.  

I did want just a touch of a border of color around the top layers of DSP and cardstock, so I used a Merry Merlot Stamping Write Marker to edge the papers.

No Naked Envelopes

Mary Deatherage, from Stamps-n-Lingers, has a fb live every Sunday evening.  During the course of the months  I have watched her lives, I have gotten into the habit of creating a coordinating envelope for my cards.  This card is no different and I used a coordinating piece of DSP from Joyous Noel for the flap.  The starred border on the front is from the Making Spirits Bright stamp set.  Love.

Card Base Directions as promised

I found this fold on a binge of YouTube videos during which I just clicked and clicked and kept clicking. Therefore, I have no idea on which demo’s video I saw these super simple steps to the diagonal gate fold card.

First, score the 8.5 x 11 cardstock at the horizontal and vertical halfway points.  Next, you will need to remove the scoring blade from your paper trimmer to cut the diagonal corners cut from tip to tip.  Be very careful with this diagonal cut, from which you will be able to get two card bases.  Make sure to use a bone folder to really crease your diagonal gates.  Sweet and simple.  

Thank you for stopping by today. 

I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Brian King at stampwithbrian.com. You don’t want to miss all the inspiration in this group!  

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Sue

 

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

A Sweet Sign of Santa for the InKing Royalty Blog Hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s November Blog Hop!

This year’s Blog Hop themes are inspired by popular songs – this month’s song is “We are Family.” As you might guess, our Blog Hop today is filled with projects that are inspired by family – we have a wide variety of projects today! 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.

Live and Learn (at least I hope I did!)

If you are like me, there are times you think you will wait to order a specific product/bundle.  Then, when you go to place your order, the products are gone.  Just gone before you ordered.  Well, that’s exactly what happened with the Signs of Santa die set and DSP.  Just gone.

However, I had ordered the stamps, and I wanted to make a sweet Santa card with this set for each of my (2 year old and 1 year old) great-nieces.  It took me three times to get something with which I was happy,  but I had so much fun creating this card, and the coloring was extremely relaxing.

Here’s the outside and inside of my “We are Family” card for my great-nieces:

         

Signs of Santa

So.much.fun.  I hope this sweet Santa card inspires you to color your own images from this fabulously adorable set.  I used Real Red for Santa and Mrs. Claus, the ribbon, and the cardstock..  The greens are Shaded Spruce, including the mats) and Soft Sea Foam.

One of the elements that caused me to try, try, and try again was Swirly Scribbles “snow”.  Even though I wanted the snow to be Whisper White,  I also wanted it to stand out just enough to be seen.  When I finally decided to crop the Swirly Scribble from the Glossy White cardstock I was able to get the look I wanted for the snow.

I needed to figure out something that would keep the presents from floating on the snow.    Thankfully, I have a Stamp-a-ma-jig and used that for the ridge of the snow line under the presents.   I used my Basic Black Stamping Write marker to color just that ridge line on the pole stamp.  It was easy to line up the ridge using the Stamp-a-ma-Jig, 

Falling snow was a necessity, but I knew I couldn’t use the Sofly Falling embossing folder since I was coloring each stamp.  I fell back on to a technique I copied from my upline, Brian King (check out his post before you leave this hop!), and used the Fine Tip Glue Pen to place drops of glue simulating snow falling. 

Adding Bling!

Finally, I wanted some subtle bling on the card.  Therefore, I pulled out my Wink of Stella clear and gold pens.  Santa’s belt buckle was the only place where I used the gold Wink of Stella.  Layers of the clear Wink of Stella are on the trim and pom pom of Santa’s hat, the snow on the pole, and Mrs. Claus’ dress.  Wink of Stella is very difficult to photograph, but I hopebits of sparkle show up on the following photos:

       

Coloring is Relaxing

I hope you try to create your own cards using the wonderful stamp set, which is still available.  Santa LOVE!  I took my time, relaxed, and colored.  I think it turned out pretty cute.  What do you think?  Leave a comment letting me know why you enjoy coloring.  Can’t wait to hear your reasons!

Don’t forget to keep hopping!

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Julie DiMatteo at http://thepaperpixie.com . You don’t want to miss all the inspiration that can be found in this group!

Thank you for hopping by my blog!

Sue

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

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