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.


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. 


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.  


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 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

A two-fer for CTS # 267 and #tttc043

Congrats on your retirement…….but you will be missed!

I chose the bottom row for the Tic Tac Toe Challenge #043 of square, die cut, and dots.  The very first dots I thought of were the Crushed Curry, Basic Black, and Whisper White dots from Pick-a-Pattern.  I have loved this DSP set for a year and am sad to see it go.  But change happens, and new colors and DSP are on the horizon.  Demo pre-order period starts May 1st, and I am waiting with bated breathe.  In the meantime, I am waiting for my Gotta Have It All pre-order.  What a huge deal!  Details at the bottom of this post.

Back to the card…..

Here’s my card:


Once I knew the DSP I would use, I had to figure out the layout, so I decided to check out other challenges.  The CAS(E) This Sketch #267 for this week was perfect! The combination of these two challenges really works well!  I knew the black mat couldn’t be plain, so I ran it through the dots embossing folder for added texture without adding another pattern.  I needed something for the stripe across the top, so I put in a strip of Crushed Cury and used the Basic Black bakers twine wrapped it around three times and tied a simple knot. 

Here are the challenge boards:


Die Cut Decisions

I really like the Sunshine Wishes die set, so I cropped out 3 “congrats” greetings, white, Crushed Curry, and Basic Black.  Thankfully, I have the Xyron sticker made and ran all three pieces through the sticker maker.  Since I use the dryer sheet technique to get my detailed die cuts to release, the brush has been just sitting with the other tools.  I knew that the more rubbing I did before I pulled of the top sheet, the cleaner the stickers would be.  Therefore, I found that using the brush to really go over the stickers until the top layer starts to release, the cleaner the adhesive will release as well. Before running the sentiment through the Xyron, I tried different layers of color combinations, and settled on white on the bottom, Crushed Curry in the middle, with black on top. 

Once the layers and placement of the sentiment was decided, I thought I really needed something else.  I went back to the Sunshine Wishes dies and decided on the butterfly.  Once again, I cropped it in the three colors and started playing around with the layers.  I decided to use the black as the base and the white for the top.  Since a plain butterfly is boring, I daubed Crushed Curry on the white so the top would have dimension.  The butterfly was still too plain, so I used the Gold Wink of Stella on both sides.  That worked, as did the three black enamel dots for the body of the butterfly.  After adding the gold and enamel dots, the black base looked sad.  Clear Wink of Stella took care of that concern, and I was done. 

It’s difficult to take a picture of Wink of Stella, but this close-up shows the gold and the little twinkles are the bling left behind.

As promised, here’s the banner for the exclusive pre-order with three different levels of goodness!  Contact me if you are interested.  Levels start with a beginner set, there’s a middle level set, and the Gotta Have It All deal.  That’s what I ordered.  Three free items, including an exclusive to this kit’s stamp.  Can’t wait to have it delivered.

Have a Peachy Day! 




Petal Palette for FMS331 and PP387

Paper Players 387 and Freshly Made Sketches 331

I’ve been looking at this theme challenge all week.  I knew I wanted to use the Music Sheet background stamp and the Wood Words stamp set has the sentiment I needed.  Two color combinations were floating around in my head: Basic Black and either Cherry Cobbler or Crushed Curry.  Crushed Curry would provide a striking contrast to the Basic Black, so that’s what I chose.

Then I saw the FMS challenge for this week and it all came together in my mind.  I paired the Music Sheet and Wood Words with Petal Pallete stamp set and Petals and More thinlits.   My original thought was to emboss the Crushed Curry mat.  But then I decided to keep it simpler by stamping the music sheet in Crushed Curry on the mat.  This gives a very subtle, but much needed, texture to the base of the card.

Here’s my card:

Here are the challenge sketches:


Completely Hooked on the Petal Pallette Bundle

I am absolutely and completely hooked on this bundle.  During SAB, demonstrators were notified that the stamp set and die set are carrying over into the next annual catalog.   YEAH!!  These branches, the sentiment tag, the detailed banner, and this adorable watercolored bird stamp have been used in a number of cards over the last week or so.  

In order to ensure that the sentiment tags would not appear to be floating on the card, I simply wrapped Basic Black bakers twine around the panels.  The twine almost disappears with everything else going on with the card, but it serves it’s purpose.

Have a Peachy Day!









InKing Royalty’s March Blog Hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s March Blog Hop! Today’s hop is filled to the brim with projects that celebrate Spring and Summer. With inspiration from Katrina & the Waves’ song “Walking on Sunshine,” we’ve created projects that share the joy and excitement that accompany warmer weather. 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.

Walking on Sunshine

I live in Central Florida and if there’s something we know, it’s sunshine.  However, my relatives on Long Island, where I grew up, aren’t as fortunate and have been getting slammed with snow.  While I am not a fan of the outrageous heat and humidity during our extended summer, I know we are lucky to not have to deal with snow, lots and lots of snow.  This card comes from being thankful for the spring weather we have been having.

Without further ado, here’s my card:

I started with some of my favorite DSP from the Pick-a-Pattern DSP.  What could be better for sunshine than Crushed Curry?   I created my own DSP using the sunburst stamp from the Amazing You clear mount Sale-a-Bration set (free with a $50 purchase, ask me how).  Each sunburst is Crushed Curry, which is stamped off once, and then lined up around the perimeter of the white cardstock.  I used two other stamps in this set for the “Let’s celebrate” stamped in Basic Black.  The “sunshine” was cropped from both black and Crushed Curry using the Sunshine Wishes thinlits from the annual catalog.  I used the Basic Black to shadow the sunshine greeting, and as mats around the rest of the card elements.  

Coloring Dimensionals

After adhering the black and Crushed Curry sunshine pieces together, I popped it up on dimensionals..  Mini-dimensionals, cut in half, and mounted on the back of the black layer.  Lots of mini-dimensional halves.  If I had been a thinking person, I would have used the Basic Black Stamping Write Marker to color the sides of all the dimesnionals before I placed it on the sunburst and white paper.  However, I wasn’t a thinking person which means I had to very, very carefully try to color the sides without getting black marker on the white sunburst paper.  Patience was required, but mission accomplished, as shown here:

Sunshine Wishes

For those of you still dealing with snow and winter, I am sorry.  I need to wait patiently before I send this card up north.  Hang in there, stay warm and dry.  

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop from Jackie Beers at

Thank you for hopping along with us. If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide, you are currently on # 6:



Have a Peachy Day!