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

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