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

Yet Another Two-fer for FabFriday 140 and CTS#277

Fab Friday 140

Fab Friday bi-weekly challenges are always fun.  The current challenge is to use all five new In-Colors 2018 – 2020.   Blueberry Bushel, Call Me Clover, Grapefruit Grove, Lovely Lipstick, and Pineapple Punch are all brightly saturated and pure colors.  At first I wasn’t sold on these new colors.   However, since I now have them in my hot little hands, I am in love with them.  The DSP is so much fun and is reminiscent of the In-Color DSP stacks of the past.  LOVE!

CAS(E) This Sketch #277

This weekly challenge always provides an interesting sketch from which inspiration can be drawn.  Sketch # 277 is very clean and simple with just a sentiment and one horizontal element below the sentiment.  Even though both of these challenges were rolling through my head for a few days, I did not necessarily try combine the two.  Since I wanted my Fab Friday card to be clean while incorporating the 5 colors, I figured out that I wanted to use the “celebrate” die.  That’s when I matched up the two challenges, which allowed me to use all the colors but still have a somewhat clean layout.  I hope you will see the CAS(E) inspiration in my card.

The Result

Here’s my card:

Here are the challenge links:


The first thing I figured out was the pattern for the “celebrate” die cut.  It was relatively easy to accomplish this look.  I cropped it out of three of the In-Color DSP papers, stacked them on top of each other, and cut the letters apart.  This allowed me to line up the letters exactly no matter the color.  It also left me with letter for two additional cards.  <Happy Dance>  

In order to be able to line up all the letters again, I knew I would need a complete base on which to place the letters.  Therefore, I cropped out the sentiment from Basic Black cardstock.  I also used Basic Black as one of the mat layers to ground and unify all of the five other colors.  Even though the blue “YOU” part of the sentiment is all one piece, I also layered it on top of a black base.  Another product that allowed this piecing process to be relatively easy was my Xyron Sticker Maker.  When using this sticker maker, I use the wrong end of the SU piercing tool to rub, rub, rub before taking off the cover layer of the Xyron sandwich.

Don’t even ask about the black base layer because I cropped both pieces of the sentiment out of it.  Ugly part won’t show because with everything else layered on it.

In order to incorporate the horizontal element I simply used a knotted piece of Lovely Lipstick ribbon.  

Thank you for visiting my blog  I greatly appreciate each view.

Have a Peachy day!