Balloons, Special Someone, and the February InKing Royalty Blog Hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s February Blog Hop! During this year’s blog hops, we are having fun with our stamping favorites – our favorite themes for seasonal cards and projects. This month’s projects feature balloons, so you are in for a celebratory treat. 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.

Here’s my card:

Special Someone

My main supplies for this adorable card are the Balloon Bouquet punch, the Special Someone photopolymer stamp set, and the coordinating Special Day die set. I could have used the balloon stamps and dies from the set, but I wanted the balloons to be much bigger. After all, the whole theme of the Hop is balloons.

This set comes with two-step stamps for this raccoon, a squirrel, and a rat. Even the rat is cute! It’s so cute, I used it on the inside of the card, shown below:


  • I used Pacific Point for the base of the card. It measures 4-1/4 by 11 inches, scored at 5-1/2 inches to create a tent card.
  • The white background measures 4-1/8 by 5-3/8 inches. I didn’t get the sandwich correct when rolling the white cardstock through the Big Shot using the subtle embossing folder. Even though the texture is very, very subtle on the background, it works with all the texture of the balloons and the layers of grass.
  • While I had the white out, I trimmed a panel for the inside to 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches.
  • Next, it was time to do all my stamping. I stamped the birthday sentiment on a scrap piece of white cardstock. tamping the raccoon on Smoky Slate cardstock using the Momento Tuxedo Black ink pad.
  • I also did all the inside stamping as well so I could put my ink pad away.
  • Then I cropped all the pieces I’d need: the raccoon, the birthday sentiment speech bubble, the two layers of grass, and the two sets of balloon strings, and a little bow for the strings.
  • Finally, I punched the balloons from some scraps of the 6 x 6 inch Brights DSP. At this point, I also trimmed a piece of the DSP to 2-1/2 inches by 6 inches to use for the envelope flap.


  • First, I layered my grass on the bottom of the card. I adhered the first layer directly on the white background and then used dimensionals to pop up the front layer.
  • Then, I popped the raccoon up on dimensionals and placed him between the layers of the grass.
  • Next, I played around with the balloon arrangement and placement. The set of balloon strings from the die set only has three strings, but I had five balloons. Therefore, I trimmed the bottom of one set of the strings and carefully adhered it to the other string set. Ta-da! I now had five strings. The strings are adhered to the white cardstock using multipurpose liquid glue. I also used a tiny dot of the liquid glue to adhere the bow to the strings.
  • The balloons needed strings on them as well. I used the bullet end of my black Stamping Write Marker to just draw little lines where the strings belonged.
  • Since I wanted all five balloons to have dimension, I used really large glue dots under the large balloons.
  • Next, I used dimensionals for the small balloons to pop them up. However, I needed to just place them up the middle of the balloons so the little bit of height of the large balloons wouldn’t be an issue.
  • I really wanted the sentiment speech bubble to stand out on the card. Therefore, I used the brush end of the Pacific Point marker to outline the bubble before adhering it with dimensionals.
  • The more I looked at what I thought was my finished card, the more I knew I needed something else. I went back to the stamp set, and grabbed the two tiny butterfly stamps. After stamping three on the front, and three on the inside, I colored them using the bullet end of the Stamping Write markers.
  • The only thing left to do was adhere and trim the DSP on the envelope flap.
  • With that, I’d finished this card/envelope set.

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 Novak 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. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  3. Renae Novak at Blessed by Cards
  4. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  5. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  6. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  7. Linda Krueger at The Stamp Coach
  8. Sheryl Sharp at Sharp Notes by Sheryl
  9. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  10. Joanne Brown at The Inky Dragon
  11. Rachel Brumley at Artistic Designs by Rachel
  12. Genevieve Ko at Stampin4Fun
  13. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  14. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  15. Ann Murray at Murray Stamps Ink
  16. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy

Thank you so much for stopping by today.

I’d love to hear what you think, and greatly appreciate every comment.

Have a Peachy Day!


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Make My Monday #125 and ctd598 – Two Cards, Circle Stencils

Welcome to the Make My Monday challenge # 125, which is all about using stencils. Until very recently, I didn’t even realize that I only have the hearts and stars Stampin’ Up! stencils, which retired a few years ago. The stars stencil would have been very helpful when trying to create this card for the InKing Royalty blog hop last week. Anyway, I really struggled with a stencil card and have two of the four cards I started ready to share with you today.

Make My Monday Challenge #125

Here’s my card:

This challenge requires stencils. After creating the ctd#598 card described below, I again used the negative space from the largest circle die in the Layering Circles die set. This time, I sponged the inner part of the circle using Pear Pizazz. When I started dry-fitting the cropped pieces over the sponged circle, I decided that I needed more stenciled images. Therefore, I used the negative space around the Forever Fern leave dies. So, I sponged a Pretty Peacock and Shaded Spruce leaves in three places around the circle.

While I was dry-fitting pieces, I realized the card needed ribbon. Therefore, I added the Mint Macaron ribbon around the center of the card, and all the layers went under that ribbon. I used my Xyron to get adhesive on the back of the vellum leaves cropped from the same die set. Looking back, I probably shouldn’t have done that. Looking back, I also decided that I probably should have added texture to the white cardstock. Then, I just needed to add the various layers and the sentiment.

I left the inside blank so a personalized note could be written on the inside. Finally, I added a piece of the Forever Greenery DSP to the envelope flap, which finished off this card/envelope set.

Color Throwdown challenge # 598

The colors for the Color Throwdown challenge #598 includes white, gold, pink, and aqua. I used these colors with the negative part of three sizes of circle punches.

Here’s that card:

Although I later realized I didn’t need to, I first masked off the center of the front of the card. Since I decided to add a strip of Whisper White to the middle of the card I really didn’t need to mask it off, but it helped figuring out the stenciling of the negative circle spaces.

What I Did:

After masking the center, I used the three negative circle stencils and sponges to sponge in a variety of circle sizes using Magenta Madness, Balmy Blue and the Delicata Gold ink pad. Sponging the gold required many layers of sponging just to get the circles I have on the card. Then, I stamped another circle of gold on a piece of scrap white and stamped it with the heart balloon stamp from the Special Someone stamp set.

Next, I stamped the raccoon and balloon string in Momento Tuxedo black on more scraps of white cardstock. Using the Special Day dies, I cropped the raccoon, heart balloon, and string pieces.

The next thing I did was to crop two pieces of Balmy Blue 6 x 6 DSP for the grass. The first piece is adhered directly onto the middle white section piece of cardstock. Then I adhered the raccoon to the first piece of DSP and added dimensionals to the second piece of grass. The dimensionals allowed me to pop up the second piece of grass so it appears that the raccoon is standing in the grass.

A mini-dimensional pops up the heart balloon. Next, I adhered the string to the raccoon and the balloon using liquid adhesive.

I used the Special Someone stamp set for the sentiments on the front of the card. Then, I layered the card front on the same Balmy Blue DSP, and used Magenta Madness for the bottom mat.

The Inside

The card base is white, as is the mat layer I trimmed for the inside. In order to create some border between the two layers of white, I used the Magenta Madness marker to outline the inside layer of white. I also stamped the raccoon on the inside with sentiments from the Sending You Thoughts stamp set.

After stamping the raccoon on the front bottom corner of the envelope, I adhered a piece of the Balmy Blue DSP to the flap. With that, I’d completed this card and envelope set.

As always, thank you so much for stopping by my blog today. I’d also love to hear what you think, and greatly appreciate every comment.

Have a Peachy Day!


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It’s About Easter for #GDP235

The Global Design project challenge for this week is Easter/Spring. Tomorrow is Easter, and I haven’t finished cards. Since I have to mail them, it’s all good.

Here’s the challenge banner:

Here are two of my Easter cards for this challenge:

Short and Sweet

These adorable animals come from the Welcome Easter stamp set. The bunny is my favorite of the three, and I don’t think I’ve even used the lamb yet. The adorable bee, which I also stamped in a line across the bottom of the front of the envelope, comes from the same set. I believe it is just as cute, and necessary, as the bunny.

Since I wanted the animals to be grounded in grass, I needed to figure out what to do without stamping it. Even though there is a grass stamp in the set, I wanted something more substantial. Thankfully, the Special Day die set contains a long grass die. I cropped the die in both Old Olive and Pear Pizzazz. Then I staggered and adhered the two strips of grass to my white background. After they were completely adhered, I used the Stitched Shapes circle die to crop the animal and grass. If you decide to use this technique, you need to make sure that you run the sandwich through the Big Shot a number, more than 3, of times.

Ribbons, More Dies and an Embossing Folder

The Layering Circle dies came in very handy for this card. There are two layers of scalloped circles under the bunny and one under the chick. I really wanted to incorporate Pumpkin Pie since I used the light and dark blends to color the chick. A plain piece of cardstock as the top mat would not have worked at all. After searching through my embossing folders, I chose the tufted folder, and I’m happy with the results.

Next, I needed to find ribbon for each card. The Gray Granite fit perfectly with the same color DSP. While I colored the bunny with the Smoky Slate light and dark blends, it all works in this Pear Pizzazz, Petal pink, and Gray Granite color scheme.

Finding ribbon for the chick card was a bit more challenging. After looking through ribbon and more ribbon, as well as baker’s twine colors, I found the brand new roll of Old Olive ribbon. This ribbon is half of the ribbon combo pack from the Ornate Garden suite. Perfect!

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Both cards use 6 x 6 DSP from the Neutrals and Subtles collections. I love being able to coordinate these papers with cards without using 12 x 12 DSP.

As always, thank you so much for stopping by my blog today. I’d love to hear what you think, and every comment is greatly appreciated!

Have a Peachy Day!


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