Otterly Awesome Sale-a-Bration for the InKing Royalty Blog Hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s January Blog Hop! We are having so much fun with our new Sale-a-Bration products and are excited to share some of that fun with you today. This month’s projects feature papers or stamp sets (or both!) from Stampin’ Up!’s January – February 2022 Sale-a-Bration (SAB) brochure!


Here’s my card, which features both a SAB stamp set and a 6 x 6 inch DSP pack:



  • I used Balmy Blue for the base, which measures 4-1/4 inches by 11 inches, scored at 5-1/2 inches to create a tent card.
  • The black mat for the front of the card measures 4-1/8 inches by 5-3/8 inches.
  • The Simply Marbleous DSP (designer series paper) measured 4 inches by 5-1/8 inches. Then, I cut it in half, which left the blackcardstock showing in the middle. I also trimmed a piece of the DSP to 6 inches by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap, which I adhered and trimmed right away.
  • I used the stitched rectangle measuring 2-7/8 inches by 3-1/8 inches. However, I stamped and colored the adorable otter before cropping it out.
  • The black mat under the otter/sentiment rectangle measures 3 inches by 3-1/4 inches.
  • The white cardstock panel for the inside measures 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches.
  • I decided to use the reverse side of the DSP for a strip along the bottom of the inside. It measures 4 inches by 1/2 inch.
  • Both birthday hats were stamped onto scraps of the same DSP as the front of the card.

What I Did:

  • The Awesome Otters SAB stamp set is just that – awesome! There are three otters in the stamp set and each one is so stinking cute! I’ve already made a card using this DSP and stamp set and you can find that card here
  • I used the Momento Tuxedo Black ink pad to stamp all the images and sentiments. This ink allowed me to use blends to color in the images.
  • Both otters’ bellies have been colored with the light and dark Crumb Cake blends.
  • Then, I used the light and dark Soft Suede to color the rest of the otters.
  • The water, balloon on the inside, and the cute birthday hats were colored using the light and dark Balmy Blue blends.

Creating the Inside:

  • I can’t begin to tell you how stinking pleased I am with the way the inside of the card came together. The balloon comes from the Mischievous Mice stamp set found in the January-June mini catalog. Since both stamp sets are cling stamps, there’s no easy way I could’ve gotten the balloon and the otter’s hand to line up without the Stamparatus.
    • I used both plates for the Stamparatus; the balloon stamp was on one plate and the otter on the second plate.
    • I was able to practice the placement of the stamps on a piece of the Stamparatus sized grid paper.
    • Once I had both stamps lined up correctly, I stamped the otter and then the balloon. Instead of trying to mask off the rest of the balloon stamp, I used the black Stampin’ Write Marker to color just the parts of the balloon I wanted to use.
    • After coloring the otter and the balloon, I used the tuxedo black ink pad to stamp the sentiment.
    • Then, I fussy cut both balloons and adhered one to the otter on the front and the second one on the otter on the inside of the card.
    • Finally, I adhered the DSP strip on the bottom of the cardstock.
  • After I’d finished the inside and outside of the card, I punched a 1 inch circle for the seal. As always, I ran it through the XYRON create-a-sticker.
  • With that, I’d finished this coordinated card, envelope, and seal set.

Back to the InKing Royalty Blog Hop:

We are 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!

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  3. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  4. Renae Novak at Blessed by Cards
  5. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  6. Ann Murray at Murray Stamps Ink
  7. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  8. Joanne Whittington at The Inky Dragon
  9. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  10. Jan Dufour at Stamp Me Silly
  11. Marilyn Jones at Stamp with MJ
  12. Sheryl Abernathy at Elegant Sentiments
  13. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Have a Peachy Day!


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Shades of Blue for C4G # 276

Welcome to another Cardz 4 Guyz challenge! Dawn chose “shades of blue” for the theme for #276. I hope you will pop over to the C4G blog to see what the rest of the design team created as well!

Here’s my card:

This card falls into the easy-peasy category when using the Stamparatus. I can’t imagine trying to do this card without that tool.


  • The Night of Navy base of the card started out measuring 5-1/2 inches by 8-1/2 inches, scored at 4-1/4 inches.
  • Next, I trimmed off 1-1/4 inches from the top, outside part of the card.
  • The white cardstock on the front measures 5-3/8 inches by 2-7/8 inches.
  • The white cardstock on the inside panel measures 4-1/8 inches by 5-3//8 inches.
  • The DSP panel for the inside of the card measures 4-1/8 inches by 1-1/2 inches.
  • I also trimmed a piece of the DSP to 6 inches by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap. Since I have a tendency to put the envelope DSP pieces away, I adhered it to the envelope flap as soon as I trimmed it down.
  • At the same time, I punched a 1 inch circle of coordinating DSP and ran it through my XYRON create-a-sticker machine for the envelope seal.

Stamparatus for the Win!

  • I used the Biggest Wish photopolymer stamp set from the annual catalog for the sentiment words.
  • First, I used a piece of printer paper trimmed to the same size as the white cardstock on the front. That way I could make sure that I wouldn’t wind up with half a sentiment. I could also make sure that I had almost the same white space at the top and bottom of the front of the card.
  • Using the second plate of the Stamparatus, I placed “happy” where I wanted it to be stamped, and tried it out on the copy paper. Success! On to the white cardstock!
  • I first stamped all the Balmy Blue “BIRTHDAY” sentiments going down the front of the white cardstock. To accomplish this, I simply moved the Stamparatus plate down one notch and restamped four more times.
  • Then, I stamped the Night of Navy “happy” using the same process of moving the plate down one notch after each stamping.
  • That’s it! The result looks so cool!

Finishing Up:

  • Next, I adhered the DSP panel to the right side of the white cardstock for the inside. At first, I thought I would have the stripes line up vertically. However, the vertical stripes with the horizontal lines of the sentiments did not look good at all together. Once I changed the stripes to horizontal. everything on the front of the card flowed nicely.
  • Since I adhered the DSP first, I was able to pick out a birthday sentiment that would fit on the remaining white panel. I chose “wishing you your BEST year yet” from the Best Year stamp set, also in the annual catalog. I used the Night of Navy ink pad for the inside sentiment.
  • That’s it. This card came together very quickly. It just might become my go-to card layout when I need something fast!

Have a Peachy Day!

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What’s New? Since you asked, it’s the DSP SALE! The sale ends on Monday, August 2nd.

What’s Your Favorite DSP?

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155841130BEAUTY OF THE EARTH 12″ X 12″ (30.5 X 30.5 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPER$11.50 USD | 15.75 $ CAD
$9.78 USD | 13.39 $ CAD
155696131BLOOM WHERE YOU’RE PLANTED 12″ X 12″ (30.5 X 30.5 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPER$11.50 USD | 15.75 $ CAD
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155499131HAND-PENNED 12″ X 12″ (30.5 X 30.5 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPER$11.50 USD | 15.75 $ CAD
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152494132IN GOOD TASTE 12″ X 12″ (30.5 X 30.5 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPER$21.00 USD | 29.00 $ CAD
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155807132PANSY PETALS 12″ X 12″ (30.5 X 30.5 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPER$11.50 USD | 15.75 $ CAD
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It’s Almost Time for the Mini-Catalog and Sale-a-Bration launch!

I can’t begin to tell you how excited I was to see the new Mini-Catalog and Sale-a-Bration catalogs! Both catalogs go live on Tuesday, August 3rd! While I can’t show you the inside pages YET, I can share a card I made for a future blog post!

How stinking cute are those sheep?!? The Counting Sheep stamp set is FREE with a $50 purchase. The Sheep die set, including all the cropped shapes on the front (with the exception of the stitched rectangle die for the sentiment) is also FREE with a $50 purchase. That means, for a $100 total purchase, you can earn the stamp set AND the die set. Score! Contact me to find out how!

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Honey Bee Bundle for CTS #356

I knew I wanted to use the Golden Honey Specialty DSP (FREE with a $50 purchase!) for this challenge. The first time I created a card for this challenge it definitely didn’t turn out clean. I like it, as did my husband, but it’s not clean.

The second card follows the sketch, is clean, and I still used the Golden Honey Specialty DSP. Did I already say this gorgeous paper is FREE with a $50 purchase?

Here’s my card:

Here’s the challenge banner:

Diagonal from DSP

Let me start by saying I love math. That being said, it should have been much easier to create the diagonal DSP piece. When I finally wound up with a diagonal with which I was satisfied, I found that I was just a very tiny smidge off on the top, right corner. At that point, I had two choices: start over and try again or fix the piece I had. Of course, I chose fix the piece I had, and did so using the Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker. After I outlined the diagonal DSP piece using the marker, I glued the piece down using my fave, TomBow multipurpose liquid adhesive. I just needed to use the bullet end of the marker to color the smidges of white in the corner. Easy peasy, and definitely easier than starting over.

While trying to keep a definitely clean card, I didn’t even use the Subtle 3d embossing folder for the background. The sentiment banner consists of a layer of the Golden Honey DSP, although you can’t really see the pattern and gold foil. I cropped both of those pieces using the Banner Triple punch. The sentiment is from the Honey Bee stamp set and fits perfectly on the white banner.

When I stamped the sentiment, I stamped the beehive as well. I did stamp it using my Stamp-a-ratus to ensure a dark enough hive. The Detailed Bees die set made it easy to crop the beehive and the bees, which are on the DSP. I had the option of stamping then cropping the bees, but I chose the easy way to go by cropping the DSP.

Putting It All Together

In order to achieve dimension on the card, I used the mini-black dimensionals on the bees and the beehive. When I dry-fit the beehive on the banner, I realized I could place it so the gold foil shows through on under the entrance to the beehive.

One of the bees actually covers a tiny smudge of black ink. Happy accident. I chose not to pop up the sentiment so only the beehive and bees would hover over the card.

Finally, I stamped three bees on the front of the envelope and added a piece of DSP on the envelope flap.

I keep looking at the card wondering if I have enough to make it interesting. Then I start thinking “clean and simple” over and over. I need to just leave it alone.

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 blog.

Have a Peachy Day!


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Sale-a-Bration and the Mini-Catalog are Here!

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A Bright Color Combo for Fab Friday


At first glance, Pumpkin Pie and Melon Mambo on the challenge banner appear bright and almost as if the brightness with these two colors will clash.   Since Basic Black gives the eyes some place to rest, it fits with these colors very well.

However, it soon becomes apparent that this is a fabulous color combination with loads of potential!

Here’s the challenge banner:

Here’s the birthday card I created:

The Stamparatus is the Star for this Card

I already had all the pieces cut and happily residing in my “scrap” 8×8 page protectors, one for each SU color of course.  I even found the much punched out (6 circles are punched in the paper) bottom Basic Black layer in one of the “scrap”  page protectors. The Whisper White frame came from the white “scrap” page protector already cropped to size.  My only real dilemma was to figure out what to do with all the pieces.

I decided to try to create a birthday card using these colors because I thought they would just create a fun, happy card.The sentiment fitting inside the frame also steered me to a birthday card, so I decided to use the Amazing Life photopolymer stamp set for everything on the front.  I needed to figure out how to get the sentiment perfectly dark enough since I’d previously run the Melon Mambo through the Big Shot using the Subtle embossing folder, .  Enter the wonder tool, the Stamparatus!  

Truly, this tool needs to be on your must have list if you don’t already have it.  It’s so wonderfully easy to get beautiful results no matter how many times an item needs to be stamped.  In this case, I lined up what I needed, picked up the sentiment stamp, and then stamped and reinked three times.  The result is a perfectly dark, legible sentiment.  Who wouldn’t love that?!?

Next, I lined up the birthday cake on the frame.   I decided to use  the Stamparatus again just in case it needed to be restamped.  I was daring and stamped “Happy Birthday” straight onto the frame.  Instead of using the blends to color the decorations on each layer, I used the blunt end of the Stamping Write markers..  I simply alternated the colors on the layers, including the candle and flame. 

Finishing Touches

After stamping and coloring, I just needed to assemble the pieces.  I decided I really wanted a clean birthday card  and just let the stamps and colors do all the work.  I used the Picture Perfect stamp set to stamp “happiest of birthdays to you” and confetti in Pumpkin Pie and Melon Mambo on the inside.  With that, I’d finished the card.

As always, I created a coordinating envelope by using a piece of the Melon Mambo DSP from the 6×6 Brights Collection.

With that, I’d finished my card and coordinating envelope.  Easy peasy!  Very, very easy peasy!

I hope you find inspiration in this color challenge as well.  It closes on 10.24.2019, so pop on over to, see the design team’s cards and all the entries.  I’d love to see what you create!

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!


If you don’t already have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I would be honored to work with you.  Please contact me or visit my shop to order the supplies for this card.  

If you are ordering $150 or more, please contact me first so you earn all the Stamping Rewards for your order.

If you are ordering less than $150, please use the host code,  49KJF94R when prompted.  I use the combined rewards for gifts for customers.  



Brights DSP, item # 149613

Amazing Life stamp set, item # 148750

Everything Festive stamp set, item # 150566

Stamparatus, item # 146276

Whisper White cardstock, item # 100730

Melong Mambo cardstock, item #  115320

Pumpkin Pie cardstock, item # 105117

Stitched Rectangles die set, item # 148551

Subtle 3D embossing folder, item # 151775

Memento Tuxedo Black stamp pad, item # 149617

Medium Whisper White envelopes, item # 107301132708

Tombow Liquid Adhesive (my fav!!), item # 110755

Paper Pumpkin Specials

I am super excited about the October and November Paper Pumpkin coordinating kits!  I recieved the shipment notification email for my October kit today.  It’s on it’s way!!  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: 




PP #397 Color Challenge meets #GPD142 sketch

I Love Two-fers

When I am able to marry a color challenge with a sketch challenge, all kinds of happy things happen.   This Paper Players #397 color challenge of Calypso Coral, Lemon Lime Twist, and Crumb Cake (other neutrals are also ok) has been rolling around in my head for a few days.  I’d thought of doing thin stripes of the Coral and Lemon, but it wasn’t working.  

I sat down today with the marble background stamp and pulled out the Stamparatus my card idea suddenly became clear.  Since I was able to place both pieces of Whisper White cardstock in the exact same place on the grid, I was easily able to match up the stamp pattern on the Calypso Coral and Lemon Lime Twist stripes. 

Sounds confusing, but it really wasn’t.  Here’s my card:


Here are the challenge sketches:

For this card, I took the sketch as it was with no rotation of flipping.

Matching the Pattern

I first cut both stamped images into one inch strips.  Since each piece was stamped in the exact same place (thank you, Stamparatus), I was able to match up the patterns so it looks more like double time stamping.  

I wanted a clean outline border on each stripe before I put it down on the Soft Suede.  Therefore, I used my Stamping Write markers to lightly color the ends of the Whisper White.  

I’ve enlarged and cropped a portion of the card to show the sublty of the outline of the stripes.  It also shows how I used the Soft Suede marker to outline the scalloped oval cut from Crumb Cake.  

Easier Than It Looks

While the two colored stripes may look difficult to line up, the Stamparatus was the key to getting both colors on exactly the same spots.

I’d love to hear what you think, or even see a picture if you try to CAS(E) this card.

Have a Peachy day!