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!
- Brian King at Stamp with Brian
- Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
- Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
- Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
- Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
- Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
- Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
- Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
- Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
- Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
- Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
- Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
When at first you don’t succeed………
Fab Friday 134 posted a four color challenge consisting of Night of Navy, Soft Sky, So Saffron, and Powder Pink. You are thinking that sounds easy enough. It wasn’t, not for me, not this week. Suffice it to say that I have one card that came out more like CASE the designer, one that was posted for #tttc041, one that is still in pieces (and will be made into a card in the very near future), and this one today. I was in the blue room (craft room, aka room of random…..stuff) for a long while today trying to figure this out. Once I got it, it was just a matter of putting all the pieces together.
Here’s my card:
Here’s the challenge post:
Stamp sets, die sets, adhesive, oh my.
When I finally had the idea in my head I started searching for stamp sets to match what I was seeing. I started by stamping the So Saffron dots from the Timeless Textures stamp set. Then I went back with the larger floral stamp from Amazing You clear mount stamp set. I finished with the Powder Pink small flower from Petal Palette. I also used the tag die (top and bottom tags) and the die peeking out from under the top tag from the Petals and More thinlits. The amazing focal point is from the Celebrate You thinlits. Oh, and in my jar of bakers twine I found some Night of Navy twine from what must have been a Paper Pumpkin kit. Score!
Night of Navy for the win
Three of the colors were soft, whereas Night of Navy is regal. I knew the Navy needed to be the bold pop of color on this card, so I used it on the top, middle, and bottom for balance. The bottom “to me” tag was an afterthought, but I am pleased with the subtle impact it makes, while also grounding the twine.
My next challenge was giving dimension to the amazing die cut. Can you even begin to imagine how difficult it would have been to use mini-dimensionals for that? No way I could. I remembered some eclipse Christmas cards and some of the demos said they added layers to their letters for stability. So, I did the same thing for this amazing sentiment. There are four layers of the cropped word, which does give the dimension I wanted. Thankfully, I have a Xyron sticker maker, and it was relatively easy to get these layers to form one piece.
Here’s a close-up of the layers:
This close-up also highlights the Fine-tip Glue Pen dots for the centers of the pink flowers. It’s a bit difficult to tell, but I also went back and topped each and every yellow dot with Clear Wink of Stella. It is just so hard to get that to show up in pictures.
CAS(E) the Designer for Global Design Project # 124
I just love the beauty of this flat stamp, free with a $50 purchase during Sale-a-Bration, and have used it a number of times. I’ve said it before, but it’s important to remember that you do not want to to over-ink this stamp for the best results. If you over-ink it, you will wind up with an ugly blob instead of a beautiful floral print. For this card, I used Basic Black and Pacific Point on Whisper White. I think this color combination is stunning, and it can also be elegant with the additional of silver metallic enamel shapes and silver thread for embellishments.
Copy and Selectively Edit for this CAS(E)
While I have been glancing at this sketch all week, this card idea literally popped in my head today. Nothing like last minute because the challenge link closes in 4 hours. Louise Sharp is this week’s designer, and her inspiration card follows:
The center element was created by cropping out the Bloom using the Layering Circle Dies, including the scalloped circle. Two layers of dimenstionals really allow this element to pop up off the cardstock. My first edit is with the thread, which I put behind the circle layers. My sentiment is on the bottom right corner instead of top right, mainly because it fit there. The silver metallic enamel shapes were a last minute addition because I felt the card just needed a little something.
Freshly Made Sketches # 323
FMS sketches are always clean and simple. I pulled out the Picture Perfect DSP for the sketch, and then decided to use the sentiment from Magical Day. Pieces were cut, mats were trimmed, circles cropped, sentiment stamped, card assembled, then I felt something was missing. Enter Party Pandas, and the sitting Panda holding the balloon seemed perfect.
Here’s my card:
I just love, love, love this 6 x 6 DSP stack, so much so that I’ve already ordered another stack. The two sides of this paper coordinated beautifully, as always. The circles on the left and chevrons on the right are very graphic and seem to balance each other. I left open space on the black mat which gives the appearance of matting without actually doing it. The peach scalloped circle was cropped using the Layering Circle die set from the bottom mat to cut down on carstock waste. Whisper White sentiment base was cropped using Stitched Shape circle dies. A Bermuda Bay Stamping Write marker highlights the stitching in the ditch of the circle. Stamping Dimensionals gave some height to the sentiment.
Last Minute Party Panda
Once I got everything together, I started to think that there was nothing connecting the sentiment to the card. I have thoroughly enjoyed using the Party Pandas, so I thought… why not here as well. What could be more magical than a sitting panda flying off the large senitment circle layers? I stamped him, then fussy cut him out and popped him up using the mini-dimensionals, which allowed the string to tuck under the sentiment.
I saw the sketch for CTS#258 this morning and decided to try out the SAB stamp set (free with a $50 purchase) Beautiful Peacock. I’ve seen some absolutely gorgeous cards on Pinterest using this set, and it was very helpful when trying to figure out how to use the set. I wound up using a mixture of full ink stamps with elements stamped off. Trust me, you want to play around with this set before you start on cardstock, and my current sheet of grid paper is a testament to playing around.
This stamp set is just gorgeous.
I knew I wanted something bold, and started with the DSP from Eastern Palace making Tranquil Tide and Dapper Denim the coordinating colors. Base and front of the card are Very Vanilla, which allowed the colorful peacock to shine. It’s a little difficult to tell in the picture, but there is a layer of Dapper Denim between the Very Vanilla top and Eastern Palace base. At first I was concerned these colors would be to intense. However, I’m pleased with the color choices for the body and feathers for this gorgeous bird, including the triple stamped off trailing feathers.
I wound up fussy cutting the body of the bird and popped it up on mini-dimensionals for interest. The sentiment is from the Beautiful Peacock set and trimmed down to be a thin piece. When matted on Dapper Denim, then punched, the denim peeks out from the top and bottom. I didn’t want to create a dove-tailed banner for the sentiment and wound up using the Pretty Label punch. There are many videos on YouTube showing how to use punches for just the ends. Frankly, I was amazed that both ends lined up pretty much perfectly.
CAS(E) This Sketch #258 challenge
There are so many fun possibilities with this sketch. What will you do with it?
As always, I would love to hear your comments.
Have a Peachy Day!
An Inspiration for Fab Friday #130
Many thanks to fellow InKing Royal, Lucy McFarland, (her card can be found at the bottom of this post) for her entry in our current #royalchallenge. She used the “grass” stamp from the Sheltering Tree stamp set to ground the panda, and I quickly wanted to copy it. Once the colors from the Fab Friday #130 challenge popped in my head, the card pretty much created itself, and the Emerald Envy grass really grounds the panda. The colors just scream happy, and what could be happier than a cute birthday card? Layering these sweet colors for the balloons and the mats was easy.
This absolutely adorable stamp set is free with a $50 purchase during Sale-a-Bration until March 31. I love each of the 3 pandas and the simple sentiments in this set. Cuteness overload!! I used the sitting panda and masked off the top half of the the string and the balloon. The balloons were created using the Balloon Bouquet stamp set and punch, then layered with dimensionals. The balloon strings were then easy to add using the Basic Black Stamp Write marker.
Lucy McFarland’s adorable Valentine’s inspiration card:
Isn’t this precious? Love it!
I’d love to hear your thoughts, please leave a comment below.
Above all else, have a Peachy day!