Spring Flowers for the March InKing Royalty Blog Hop!


Welcome to InKing Royalty’s March Blog Hop! As we prepare for Spring, flowers are always on our minds. We are sharing flower-themed projects with you today and hope you love them! After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

Two Cards, One Blog Hop

I’ve already said I enjoy watching and learning from Jan B’s tutorial videos, and the bookbinding shutter card is what I created for the blog hop.  However, since the card is involved, not complicated, just involved, I wanted to include a more mainstream card.

Before I share the bookbinding shutter fold card, I also created a “regular” card using the same materials.  Here’s that card:

Measurements and Such:

Both sentiments come from the Easter Friends stamp set.  I could very easily make this a birthday card by simply changing the inside sentiment.  

  • The Garden Green base measures 5-1/2 inches by 8-1/2 inches, scored at 4-1/4 inches.
  • Next, the Basic White layer measures 5-3/8 inches by 4-1/8 inches.
  • The top layer of DSP measures 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches. I also trimmed a piece of this DSP to 6 inches by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap.
  • I used the Scalloped Contour dies for both the Pale Payapa DSP (designer series paper) pattern and the Basic White layer.
  • The white panel on the inside measures 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches.

Now, for the Bookbinding Shutter Fold Card:

The size of the finished fun fold card is 5-3/4 inches by 5-3/4 inches.  Therefore, I am going to have to make an envelope specifically for this card.  Here in the U.S., it’s more expensive to mail a square card, so the envelope I make won’t be a square shape.

JanB’s video is about an hour long.  One of the things I really like about her videos is that she gives you all the measurements right in the beginning.  Therefore, I write down all the measurements while she’s giving them.  Then, I pause the video and do all my trimming and scoring before proceeding with her videos.   I made another bookbinding shuttercard and a coordinating “regular” card yesterday, which will be for a future Cardz 4 Galz design team entry

HINT:  I learned a huge lesson when creating the first card:  I would strongly suggest laying out your DSP pieces before you decide on the decorations.  The following is my dry run for today’s card:


Once I had my pieces laid out, I was able to go back and decide on the embellishments for the inside.   It was much, much easier to make design decisions when I laid all these out first.  


Back to the InKing Royalty Blog 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. 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. Marilyn Jones at Stamp with MJ
    3. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping   <<———- YOU ARE HERE
    4. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
    5. Joanne Whittington at The Inky Dragon
    6. Jan Dufour at Stamp Me Silly
    7. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
    8. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
    9. Renae Novak at Blessed by Cards
    10. Sheryl Abernathy at Elegant Sentiments
    11. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
    12. Lisa Graham at Lisa’s Little Ink Spots

Thank you very much for stopping by my blog today!

Have a Peachy Day!


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It’s All About the Sentiment for the September Pals’ Blog Hop

Welcome to the Stampin’ Pretty Pals’ Blog Hop! This month, the theme is “Sentiment as a focal point.” We really hope that you enjoy and will be inspired by them! As you hop from blog to blog, don’t forget to leave comments because we love hearing from you. You will find the lineup at the end of my post to help you “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

This blog hop is all about the sentiment taking center stage on my card. While it isn’t a large or long sentiment, the “you can do this” means everything for this special card. It definitely sits front and center.

Here’s my card:

I need a special card for my aunt, who has been “sprung” from the rehab facility after breaking her hip in June. Therefore, I made another version of Connie Stewart’s fun fold card. You can see the previous one here. Please, please, please follow along with her video and create one of these for yourself. I promise, it is definitely not as complicated as it looks. There’s only one thing that I can add to the video directions: when creating the pop-out section, you are cutting 1-1/2 inches from the top and 1-1/2 inches from the bottom. Somehow I missed that part.


  • Balmy Blue backing piece measures 4-1/4 inches by 5-1/2 inches
  • Black cardstock pieces:
    • Base measures 5-1/4 inches by 11 inches. Score at 1-3/4 inches, 3-1/2 inches, 5-1/4 inches, and 7 inches.
    • DSP (designer series paper): if you follow the video, you will see Connie starts with a 6 x 6 inch piece of DSP. She will walk you through the cuts needed. When you are finished, you will have:
      • 2 @ 1-1/2 inches by 5 inches,
      • 2 @ 1/2 x 3-3/4 inches,
      • 4@ 1-1/4 by 2-1/4 inches
      • 1@ 1-1/2 inches by 2 inches (I used the gold polka dot DSP)
  • I used Balmy Blue cardstock for the front sentiment panel base. This piece measures 2-1/2 inches x 2-1/2 inches.
  • The white cardstock pieces:
    • 2-14 inches by 2-1/4 inches
    • 5 inches by 7-1/2 inches, scored at 3-3/4 inches.

What I Did:

  • Before I even started anything for this card, I had some coloring to do. I used the Balmy Blue light and dark blends combo to color all the flowers. After I finished coloring, I decided that I needed some sparkle, but I didn’t want to add any bling. Therefore, I grabbed my clear Wink of Stella and put a couple of layers on the sprays of buds and the black centers of each flower. Wink of Stella tends to be difficult to photograph, but I hope you can see it in the following picture:

  • From there, it was just a matter of following along with the video.
  • For the front sentiment and the inside of the actual card sentiment, I stamped the matching floral design from the Hand-Penned Petals stamp set.
  • There are a few color combinations that I consider classics, and blue, black, and white is one of them.

Back to the Pals’ Blog Hop:

More inspiration awaits, so use the lineup below to visit the rest of the Design Team. The Pals are excited to show you what they’ve created! Then, please mark your calendars for our next blog hop on October 13th. Our theme will be Fantastic Fun Folds and 3D Projects when participants showcase fun fold cards or 3D items that will be great for any occasion. Until then, have fun in your craft space.

    1. Stampin’ Pretty Pals Blog Hop

      1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
      2. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
      3. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
      4. Megan Cooper at Lazy Daze Stampin
      5. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
      6. Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping
      7. Windy Ellard at Windy’s Wonderful Creations
      8. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
      9. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
      10. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
      11. Deb Walker at Deb Stamps Life
      12. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stamping Habit
      13. Amanda Howard at Papercrafting With Amanda
      14. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
      15. Rae Harper Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
      16. Melissa Seplowitz at The Stamping Ninja
      17. Lori Pinto at LollyPop Paper and Ink
      18. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
      19. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
      20. Lori Webb at Clever Copies
      21. Renae Novak at Blessed By Cards
      22. Ann Murray at Murray Stamps INK
      23. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
      24. Jill Loveland at Simple Stamping
      25. Kim Webb at Just Paper, LLC

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this card.

Have a Peachy day!


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Again, thank you for stopping by today. I hope you visit the rest of the Pals’ blogs!