It’s All About Spring for InKing Royalty’s April Blog Hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s April Blog Hop! This year’s Blog Hop themes are inspired by a single word – and this month our projects are centered around SPRING. Spring is a special time of year!   It’s fun to celebrate the beauty of nature and to get back outside during this transition of the seasons. 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.

Fun Fold Card with Happiness Blooms DSP

Last Friday I watched Connie Stewart’s video for a window card, and I was so taken with it I used it to make 20 Easter cards before Sunday morning.  Yes, it’s that simple, but it looks like it took a whole lot of time and work.  Super simple fun fold card is always a hit!  

Here’s my card for the blog hop:


Doesn’t this Happiness Blooms DSP pattern scream “Spring is Here”?  I paired it with the Bloom by Bloom photopolymer stamp set and Dandelion Wishes for the sentiment.

The Bloom by Bloom stamp set, DSP, and Happiness Blooms enamel dots were in the Ocassions catalog, but are still availabe.  The colors are fabulously bright and truly happy.  

Here’s the DSP picture from the catalog for your viewing pleasure:

colorful flower paper    Fun patterns, right?   I used two of the patterns for my card:  the flowers on the front and the dots as a mat on the inside.

Layers, Ribbon, and Dots

For the card base, I used Pineapple Punch cardstock.  Since I’d already picked the DSP floral pattern, I needed to get a mat layer between the cardstock and DSP.  I chose to use Lovely Lipstick, pulling from the centers of the little flowers.

In order to create the window, I used the Layering Squares Framelits.  Please watch Connie’s video for the simple directions.  Simple, truly simple, but awesome results!

By closing the window on just the Pineapple Punch base, I was able to figure out where I wanted to place the stamped flowers.  I wanted the flowers to be much lighter than the Lovely Lipstick sentiment I knew I wanted to use.

After I did all the stamping, I popped up DSP/cardstock layer on dimensionals.   This allowed me to add ribbon without bumps and lumps.  I also chose the Lovely Lipstick ribbon from the 2018-2019 annual catalog and tied it in a square knot.

I thought I was finished, but decided that I would add some of the Happiness Blooms enamel dots on the stamped flowers.  Look carefully and you can see the two colors of dots on the centers of the flowers.

Pretty Darn Pleased

The 20 Easter cards I made with this fun fold were a hit with my family on Sunday.  Here’s a quick look at one of those cards:


Knowing how easily this card can be created was part of the reason I chose it for the blog hop.  The other part is because it’s just so much fun to create.  Thank you, Connie Stewart!

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Jackie Beers at Blueline Stamping. You don’t want to miss all the inspiration that can be found in this group!

Have a Peachy day!


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. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
  3. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  4. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  5. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  6. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  7. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  8. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  9. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  10. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations

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!