Back to School with the August InKing Royalty Blog Hop!

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s August Blog Hop! Can you believe it’s already time for schools to start back up?! The return to school after summer vacation is a really big deal for students, teachers, school workers and the parents who are left home alone. To honor this big event, we have created projects with a back to school theme. We are excited to share our creations 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.

Here’s what I created for Back to School:


Last month I had to explain my Summer Fun card for July’s IRBH.  Now, I need to explain how these cards fit with the Back to School theme for August.  I teach high school, and our kids came back to school a week ago today.  Our school colors are black and gold, and the mascot is a hornet. I mass produced these 3-1/2 by 5 inch notecards using the Gingham Cottage DSP (designer series paper) found in the current holiday catalog.  To create each of the hornets, I used the ladybug builder punch, black cardstock, and two sets of wings punched from vellum  cardstock  I handed them out to friends at school on the first day.


  • The Basic White bases measure 7 inches by 5 inches, scored at 3-1/2 inches to create a tent fold.
  • Next, I trimmed Crushed Curry cardstock to 3-1/2 by 5 inches for the front of the card.
  • I trimmed the Gingham Cottage DSP to 3-3/8 by 4-7/8 inches.
  • I cropped the Painted Label die under the hornet from Crushed Curry cardstock.
  • The notecard envelopes didn’t get any special treatment, mainly because I didn’t have enough Gingham Cottage DSP.
  • That’s it for the measurements. Simple, sweet, with a perfect sentiment.

The Hornets:

  • I started by punching ladybug bodies from black cardstock.
  • Next, I used a gold Sharpie marker to draw three lines on each body. Then, I went over the gold line with my gold Wink of Stella pen to add shimmer.
  • I punched two sets of vellum wings per “hornet” and added a light coating of clear Wink of Stella for some sparkle.
  • Then, I used the clear Wink of Stella pen to outline each “hornet” for more sparkle.
  • I cut one set of wings in half to be able to glue them separately for the top set of wings. Then, I added the bottom set on top of these. Since I knew I’d cover the center of the wings with matte black dots, I used small dots of multipurpose liquid glue to adhere the vellum.
  • Hornets have stingers, so I added tiny triangular stingers cut from black cardstock.
  • Finally, I added the googly eyes. Who doesn’t love googly eyes? Since I have more than 1, 100 of them, I get to use them as much as I want.

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, Renae Novack at Blessed by Cards. 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. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
    3. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
    4. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
    5. Marilyn Jones at Stamp with MJ
    6. Jan Dufour at Stamp Me Silly
    7. Jessica Atchison at Stampin with the Atchisons
    8. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping<<— YOU ARE HERE
    9. Renae Novak at Blessed by Cards
    10. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin

Thank you for stopping by my blog today!

Have a Peachy Day!


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2022 – 2024 In Colors for the May Pals’ Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Stampin’ Pretty Pals’ Blog Hop!

This month, the theme is New 2022-2024 In Colors. We really hope that you will be inspired by all the amazing creations the Pals are sharing with you! As you hop from blog to blog, we would love for you to leave a comment. You will find the lineup at the end of my post to help you “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

I can not get enough of the Hello Ladybug stamp set and punch! The ladybugs themselves are so cute, but I’ve been adding googly eyes and they are just so stinking adorable! I decided to keep the front of the card relatively simple so I could show off all five new In Colors for 2022 – 2024. I just love these bright colors, and they look fabulous together, as the In Colors always do!

Here’s my slimline ladybug card:

I have no idea why the googly eyes on the Parakeet Party ladybug look so funny. Here’s a horizontal view of the card:

What I Did:

  • The Starry Sky base measures 7 inches by 8-1/2 inches, scored at 3-1/2 inches.
  • I trimmed the front white cardstock panel to 3-3/8 inches by 6-7/8 inches. The inside white cardstock measures 8-1/4 inches by 3-1/4 inches.
  • I used tuxedo black ink to stamp the sentiment and matted it on Starry Sky cardstock.
  • In order to get all the leaves on the front of the card, I needed a mask of the leave. Masks work much better if you use copy paper rather than cardstock. After stamping and fussy cutting the leave, I started stamping on the front of the card. I started with Parakeet Party on the bottom, and then Tahitian Tide, Orchid Oasis, and ended with Sweet Sorbet on the top.
  • I punched out the ladybug bodies from black cardstock.
  • Next, I used the same four leaf colors to stamp the dots on the wings on vellum cardstock. Make sure you give the ink on the vellum time to dry before punching the wings out. While I liked the subtle look on the vellum, the wings faded into the background leaf. Therefore, I punched four white wings and adhered the vellum to the wings. I almost cheated and put tiny dots of multipurpose adhesive on the back of each dot on the vellum. Finally, I adhered the the white cardstock wings to the black cardstock bodies.
  • These googly eyes are the perfect size for the ladybugs, and I think they just make the ladybugs that much cuter.
  • I used Sweet Sorbet ink to stamp the trio of flowers on the diagonal corners of the inside white cardstock. To add interest, I used the tiny three dot stamp to each trio of flowers.
  • Then, in order to tie the front to the inside, I stamped the trio of dots five times around the leaves.
  • Finally, I stamped the trio of flowers and black dots on the front, bottom left-hand corner of the envelope.

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 June 8th. Our theme will be “CASE the Catalog” when our Design Team creates a project found in the new Annual Catalog and CASE it with their own creative twist.

Until then, have fun in your craft space.

  1. Stampin’ Pretty Pals Blog Hop

    1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
    2. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
    3. Windy Ellard at Windy’s Wonderful Creations
    4. Lori Pinto at LollyPop Paper and Ink
    5. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
    6. Deb Walker at Deb Stamps Life
    7. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
    8. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
    9. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
    10. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
    11. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
    12. Debbie Crowley at expressively deb…
    13. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
    14. Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping
    15. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
    16. Jill Loveland at Simple Stamping
    17. Amanda Howard at Papercrafting With Amanda
    18. Melissa Seplowitz at The Stamping Ninja
    19. Lori Webb at Clever Copies

Thank you very much for stopping by my blog today!


Have a Peachy Day!


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Again, thank you for stopping by my blog today!  I appreciate your comments and your time.