Something New (to Me), and Something Blue, for June’s InKing Royalty Blog Hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s June Blog Hop! Each of this year’s Blog Hop themes is inspired by a single word – and this month our projects are centered around NEW. With the launch of Stampin’ Up!’s 2019 Annual Catalog, NEW gives us the opportunity to showcase new products and play with new colors. You will see a variety of project which celebrate new occasions (babies, weddings, graduations)  in this hop. 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.

Something New, and Something Blue

While I have had the Happy Tails photopolymer stamp set and coordinating dog punch for a few months, I am finally using it for the first time.   My card could be used for a new pet, or a tried and true four- legged family member. However, in this case, I created a card for a friend whose much loved dog, Gumbo, recently crossed the Rainbow Bridge. 

Here’s the front and inside of my card:


Gumbo was a black lab mutt mix, and his “overcoat” was the Blueberry Bushel color, both of which inspired my color choices.  My color palette consists of  Blueberry Bushel, Grey Granite, Smokey Slate, Basic Black, and Whisper White.  

I didn’t have any coordinating DSP, therefore, I created my own by using 4 of the individual stamps from the Happy Tails set.  Since I didn’t want to stamp all four individually, I put all of them on one acrylic block and just stamped away in Basic Black.


I Love Creating Window Cards

Window cards with a middle mat require 3 cuts, so I used the Square Nesting Die set.  This set, as in all the nesting sets, makes it so easy to get even layers.  I used Blueberry Bushel for the card base, the ink for the sentiments, and the heart.  This adorable, perfectly sized heart is punched out of the dog punch, which makes it so easy to get a proportioned heart.

I wanted to have just that much more dimension, so I used dimensionals to pop up the top layer.  The dog is dimensional as well, but that’s more of a happy accident.  Since I used blends to color the dog, the color bled through the cardstock.  I didn’t want the backside to show when the card was opened, so I punched a Whisper White dog for the underlayer.  The first dog I colored, and attached to the underlayer, was too dark once I got it on the card.  Therefore, I stamped and colored another dog using only the light Smoky Slate blend.  The dark Smoky Slate blend was only used as an outline and highlighter.  The placement of the dog in the window was intentional so that it would cover “So sorry for your loss”.

After I put the card together, I decided that I didn’t want just a sentiment showing through the window.  Therefore, I pulled the paw print stamp out again and used Smokey Slate to stamp the diagonal pawprints.  

That’s it.  I am ready to mail this card to my friend and her family.

Many Thanks and Have Fun Hopping!

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hopBrian King at Stamp with Brian, our fearless leader.  You don’t want to miss all the inspiration found in this group, so please sit back, relax, and enjoy all the creations.

Have a Peachy day!


Thank you for hopping along with us. The following line-up will help guide you if you get stuck during the hop:


What a fun hop today! I’m always excited to see the beautiful variety of projects y’all make – and these “new”-themed creations were no exception. Such great inspiration! ♥

Please update the links on your blog at some point today to keep the hop evergreen forever and ever and ever. Links are below.

Please let me know when your post has been updated.

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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. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  3. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  4. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  5. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  6. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  7. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  8. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  9. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
  10. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  11. Linda Krueger at The Stamp Coach
  12. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  13. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping

Little Miss Sass’ second birthday for FMS341

Miss Sass is turning 2!

Miss Sass is my great-niece and she’s turning 2!  I’ve already done the baby shower for my pregnant niece.  Last summer I did the vast majority of Little Miss Sass’ first birthday party.   Both parties, the decorations, and the themed snacks, were a big hit.  I’ve been working with my niece for a number of horse-themed 2nd birthday party ideas since Miss Sass is a HUGE horse lover.  My sister has 5 horses who love Miss Sass as much as she loves them.  

This card for Freshly Made Sketches 341 was my sample for the thank you cards after the party.  My niece loved them, and the Melon Mambo boots match Miss Sass’.  Melon Mambo, and other pinks, are the party colors.  Fun!

Here’s my card:

Here’s the sketch for Freshly Made Sketches 341:

FMS is the Perfect Sketch for this card

When I knew I  needed to have a card with the boots and also a sentiment, I remembered this week’s sketch.  Impeccable, and lucky, timing!  I used the Country Living stamp set for the boots then colored them with the Melon Mambo, Basic Black, and Petal Pink (top inside of boots) Stamping Write markers.  A quick layer of Wink of Stella clear and the coloring was done.  

The longest part of this card was trying to figure out what shape would be best for both the boots and the sentiment.  I tried all kinds of sizes of circles, and then started with squares.  Happiness followed when I was able to match the boots’ dimensions with a square from the Stitched Shapes die set.  I pulled out the Melon Mambo marker again to outline the stitched ditch.  

The All Things Thanks stamp set provided the sentiment, and it is perfect for this card.  I know the sketch calls for the sentiment in the middle of the card, but I needed an element on the bottom left side.   I cropped the sentiment using the Layering Squares framelits.

Garden Impressions DSP boasts a gorgeous set of patterns in this 6 x 6 stack, and it provided the perfect center banner.  The card needed something else in the middle, so I pulled out the retired Melon Mambo ribbon, which was leftover from Miss Sass’ baby shower. 

Hint of Layers

The banner, boots, and sentiment needed a mat, but I didn’t want to put an actual mat underneath each piece.  Therefore, I outined these elements with Melon Mambo ink and I achieved the look of a mat without actually creating one.

My final decision was to use the Decorative Dots embossing folder for the Whisper White layer.  I really think these dots create a playful element to the card.

One down, 19 to go

I’ve got 2 months to make 19 more of these.  However, we are moving in a month and 4 days.  These will be done before we move, as will as many decorations as possible.  

Thank you for stopping by my blog!

Have a Peachy Day!