Very Thankful for November’s InKing Royalty Blog Hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s November Blog Hop! This year’s Blog Hop themes are inspired by a single word – and this month our projects are centered around GRATEFUL. Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and we are grateful you’ve stopped by. We are excited to share our Thanksgiving-themed or grateful-centered 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.

Counting My Blessings

Over the course of the last couple of months, I’ve made more than fifteen different Thanksgiving cards, which I will give out on Thursday. I really felt like creating something other than a Thanksgiving card, so I created a “thank you” card. Well, actually, I created two. The first card I created is a double z-fold card using the Magnolia Lane Suite of products. As I was happily coloring, cutting, and stamping, I thought I should also create a card for the beginner or casual stampers/card-creators. No matter your experience level, I hope you will enjoy the two cards I created.

Without further ado, here’s multiple views of the double z-fold card and the more streamlined cards:

Front of double z-fold
Fully opened double z-fold
Front of streamlined card
Inside of streamlined card

The Double z-fold Card

I love fun-fold cards. I’ve created all kinds of them, and we won’t even mention my Pinterest board for just these fun creations.

Once I decided on a double z-fold card, I decided to use my brand new Magnolia Memory dies. I ordered products from this suite one at a time since I didn’t know if I really wanted all of it. Finally, I had enough with fussy-cutting and ordered the dies.

With my DSP decisions made, I happily started stamping and coloring and cropping. Just a little hint, I find it much easier to color before cropping with the dies, or punches. I used the Petal Pink blends combo to color the flowers. The leaves on the stamped images, and the leaves cropped with the dies, were colored with the Mossy Meadow blends combo. I used the brush ends of the MM blends combo and just colored a swatch of Whisper White cardstock in order to get a layered look for the die cut leaves . I traced the leaves onto the colored swatch, fussy cut them, and attached the cropped leaves to the undersides. Two of these leaves were added to the flower collage on the front. The third leaf found a happy home under the magnolia on the inside.

Bringing It All Together

Since I wanted to dress up the z-fold piece of DSP, I attached a lenth of the ribbon to the whole strip. Then I used the twine from the combo to make a bow for the front of the card.

When I dry-fit the flowers, leaves, and ribbon on the front of the card and realized my sentiment block on the inside would show more than I wanted. I already had the perfect piece of cropped petal pink cardstock, and stuck it behind the flowers. Amazingly, I was able to cover the sentiment block on the inside and the petal pink piece of cardstock fits in the collage. Win-win.

One of my favorite go-to die sets is the Stitched Rectangles, and I used that to crop the front and inside sentiment boxes.

I wanted to add something to the inside to dress up the end of the card, which would also help anchor the magnolia. I grabbed the scalloped die and cropped it, Then , I decided I could texture it with the Subtle 3D folder. Lesson learned ~ emboss before cropping. I had to use the die to rub the edge back on the scallop. Emboss, then crop.

A Clean Card is a Beautiful Thing

I used the same DSP to create this card front as I did on the double z-fold card. Same ribbon, same sentiment and cropped box with the same magnolia leaves stamped in the corners. However, I only used one magnolia on the front, to which I added a much simpler bow. Truth be told, that’s the only bow I could get out of my now used-up twine. Time to order more.

Once again, I cropped a scalloped strip of Mossy Meadow, but did not emboss it to keep with the cleaner version. I stamped the gorgeous large magnolia in Petal Pink on the inside, and added the same sentiment on top of the flower.

Both envelopes for these cards are exactly the same. There’s a Petal Pink magnolia stamped off the lower left front corner. Each of the flaps had DSP added to create a coordinated set.

Both of these cards were extremely fun to create. After all, isn’t a hobby supposed to be relaxing and fun?

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Linda Krueger at 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. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  3. Linda Krueger at The Stamp Coach
  4. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  5. Sheryl Abernathy at Elegant Sentiments
  6. Ann Murray at Murray Stamps Ink
  7. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  8. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  9. Sheryl Sharp at Sharp Notes by Sheryl
  10. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping

As always,

Thank you so very much for stopping by my blog today. I appreciate your the time you take to read, and comment, on my cards.

Have a Peachy Day!


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Supplies Used

Magnolia Lane bundle, item # 151087

OR Good Morning Magnolia stamp set, item # 149298

AND Magnolia Memory dies, item # 149578

Magnolia Lane DSP, item # 149484

Magnolia Lane ribbon combo pack, item # 149485

Mossy Meadow blends combo, item # 148547

Petal Pink blends combo, item # 147272

Petal Pink cardstock, item # 146985

Mossy Meadow cardstock, item # 133676

Whisper White cardstock, item # 100730

Memento Tuxedo Black stamp pad, item # 147111

Soft Suede stamp pad, item #

Petal Pink stamp pad, item # 147108

Stitched Rectangles die set, item # 148551

Dimensionals, item # 104430

Tombow liquid adhesive (my fav!), item # 110755

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Magnolias for Global Design Project # 210

#GDP210 ~ and it’s not even Sunday evening

I’m usually right down to the wire for the GDP challenge.  Not this week.  I finished this card on Wednesday, but am just now blogging it.  

I’ll be perfectly honest, when I first saw this Magnollia Lane Suite, I was skeptical and was just going to get the stamp set, ribbon, 3D embossing folder, and DSP.  All of those things have just been sitting in their happy little homes since I got them.  About a week or so ago, I decided to try them out.  WOW!!  I now need more twine and the dies.  This set is gorgeous!!  I’ve created 3 cards using the supplies I have in the past week, one of which I created specifically for the #GDP210 challenge.

Here’s the challenge banner:

Here’s the front of my card:

Inspired by the Sketch

I really think the sketch inspiration shows through in my card.  The placement of the ribbon for the horizontal stripe section wound up on the bottom of the card instead of the top, basically because that placement made more sense.  Everything else followed the sketch pretty closely.

The Magnolia Lane DSP is truly beautiful, and there are a number of cards in the current catalog just begging to be CAS(E)d.  I chose the Mossy Meadow leafy DSP for the background and the semi-open white magnolia DSP for the center panel.  Both are layered on Petal Pink cardstock.  

I wanted a small scallop for the bottom border of the center panel, but couldn’t find what I wanted in my stash of products.  So, I improvised and punched out 1/2″ circles from Petal Pink 6×6 DSP.   Imagine my surprise when I dry fit the circle onto the Petal Pink mat and found that I didn’t have to trim anything off the sides.

Next came the focal panel, onto which I stamped my sentiment and one single magnolia.   Coloring these magnolias is enjoyable and peaceful.   I used the Petal Pink combo for the petals.  Since I don’t have the Mossy Meadow blends, YET, so I used the Old Olive blends combo followed up with Mossy Meadow marker to outline the leaves and veins.  

I stamped the flourish from the stamp set on the bottom of the white focal panel.  Then I decided ribbon would be better, so I tied a bow over the flourish.  All is well.  Life is Good.

Finishing Touches

I added a pink faceted dot to the top, left of the focal panel because I thought I needed to create a triangle of elements for balance.

The Mossy Meadow marker allowed me to easily outline both the focal panel and the magnolia panel.  I popped the focal panel up with dimensionals, then turned my attention to the inside sentiment.  

Here’s the inside:

Once again, I anchored the sentiment with a quick stamp of the single magnolia in Petal Pink.

I used the same Mossy Meadow leafy DSP for the envelope flap.  I stamped the flourish on the front, bottom, center of the envelope.

With that, I had finished my card and envelope.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today.  A big thanks, in advance, for taking the time to leave a comment.

Have a Peachy Day!


Please visit my shop to order the supplies for this card.  I’d be honored to be your Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.



Magnolia Lane DSP, item # 149

Good Morning Magnolia stamp set, item # 149298 

Whisper White cardstock, item # 100730

Subtles 6×6 DSP, item # 149615

1/2″ circle punch, item # 119869

Petal Pink blends combo, item # 147272

Old Olive blends combo, item # 144597

Magnolia Lane ribbon combo pack, item # 149485

Memento Tuxedo Black stamp pad, item # 149617

Dimensionals, item # 104430

Medium Whisper White envelopes, item # 107301132708

Have a Peachy day! 

Paper Pumpkin Specials

I am super excited about the October and November Paper Pumpkin coordinating kits!  One kit is for cards, the other for coordinating gift tags.  So excited!  In order to recieve the November kit, you will need to sign up by November 10th.  Here’s the link for you to sign up for these kits as well: 



New Wonders for Just Add Ink # 468, Congratulations and Celebrate

Just Add Ink # 468 says Just Add “C”

For this letter challenge, Just Add Ink meets Just Add “C”, meaning the project created needs to somehow incorporate “C”.    A friend is celebrating a new job, and I created a card for her for to “celebrate” and for me to send “congratulations”.

Here’s the challenge banner:

Here’s both the inside and outside of the card I created:


I am completely and thoroughly in love with the New Wonders hostess stamp set.  While my first thoughts were not related to Christmas cards, I’ve already made two cards, which you can see here and here.  I’ve already created some I’ve yet to blog, and am sure I will have many more to share.  Love the versatility of this set!

The Process and Elements

I started going through my DSP, current and retired, and found my leftovers from the retired First Frost, but any DSP would work for this layout.  The regal Blackberry Bliss provides the background mat glued, with my go-to TomBow liquid adhesive, onto a border of Blackberry cardstock.  Since I don’t have those blends (yet!!) I needed a coordinating bold color, which I picked up from the flower banner, also from First Frost.  I’d already colored the leaves using the Mint Macaron light and dark blends, and pulled the her hair color from the Crumb Cake on the banner as well.  Coloring with the blends is such a relaxing process, and it’s interesting to play with the depth of the blended colors.

The Night of Navy flowers are just visible peaking out from the banner under and over the focal panel, so I grabbed those blends for the angel’s dress, with touches of Petal Pink for her slippers and the dots on the dress.  I also used three retired Night of Navy enamel heart dots to pull in another touch of the color.  Once again, I used clear Wink of Stella for the angel’s wings.

This sentiment and stamped image are beautiful together.   I really think the font really picks up on the whimsical nature of the stamp set perfectly.   I used the “Congratulations” stamp on the inside, and the “Celebrate” stamp on the front of the envelope.  The set also includes a single leaf and swirl.  I used it for three leaves on the inside to emphasize the “Congratulations” and also on the envelope for “Celebrate”

(See how the “C” words match the challenge?  It definitely works!)

Finally, I decorated the front and back of the envelope. I am pleased with the way the bold colors balanced with the subtle Mint Macaron accents.

Thank You and a Little Bit More

Thank you very much for stopping by my blog today. As always, I greatly appreciate your time.

Have a Peachy day!


If you live in the U.S. and are in need of a demonstrator, please CLICK HERE to be connected to my store.  I would be honored to help you create cards from beginner levels, to casual, and to avid levels.  Placing an order with me would also entitle you to a free copy of the Holiday Catalog being released the first week of September.  

Supply list:

New Wonders stamp set,  item 149426

Blackberry Bliss cardstock, item 133675

Mint Macaron cardstock, item 138337

Whisper White cardstock, item 100730

Night of Navy blends combo, item 144040

Crumb Cake blends combo, item 44601

Mint Macaron blends combo, item 147283

TomBow liquid adhesive, item 110755

Stampin’ Dimensionals, item 104430