Another Amazing Year for Inking Royalty Blog Hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s August Blog Hop! Can you believe it’s already time for schools to start back up?! The return to school after summer vacation is a really big deal for students, teachers, school workers and the parents who are left home alone. To honor this big event, we have created projects with a back to school theme. We are excited to share our creations and hope you love them! After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

Our theme, Back to School, was a bit of a challenge for me as we don’t have “littles” in our life, so I usually refrain from buying kid themed stamp sets. So, when Brian King (our awesome leader) wanted a school themed blog hop, I thought I was sunk & wouldn’t be able to play along on the hop. Then thought non-traditional & came up with this.

My card probably needs some explaining-after an initial look at my stamps, I knew I would need a non-traditional Back to school card. Our Tennessee Son-in-Law is a High School math teacher & the head wrestling coach. So my card incorporates his school colors- orange and black. I recently purchased the Rays of Light background stamp. Spoiler alert: I’ll be using it to make holiday cards.

The closeup pictures are over-exposed intentionally as I wanted to show you the detail of the stamp. I placed my Rays of Light stamp in the Stamparatus & stamped with Versa-mark on Pale Papaya cardstock. Then clear Emboss powder was added on top of Versa-mark & it was heat embossed.

Using a Pumpkin Pie inkpad & our SU! Blending brushes (the best!), I inked over the entire panel focusing more color in the center. Then using a soft, smooth cloth, I rubbed over the entire panel to remove the ink on the embossed ray. Likely you know this technique is called Emboss resist. TIP: You can use paper clothes, but I prefer the easier $1 microfiber dish cloth.

The rest of the card went together fairly fast. Using Stazon Black ink, I stamped words from Amazing Phrasing a Sale-a-bration & I cut them apart. There is an “amazing” stamp in this set but I chose to use The Amazing Thanks Die set & double mounted “Amazing” in Pumpkin Pie and Basic Black cardstock.

I added three Matte Black dots to finish it off & keep it masculine. Our SIL is already back at school with the kids. So I’ll get it sent off right away. In our little STL berg, our kids start on Monday. It’ll be a little less busy during the day with the neighborhood kids at school.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog , Jan Dufour, at Stamp Me Silly. 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. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  3. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  4. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  5. Marilyn Jones at Stamp with MJ
  6. <==THAT’S ME
  7. Jan Dufour at Stamp Me Silly
  8. Jessica Atchison at Stampin with the Atchisons
  9. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  10. Renae Novak at Blessed by Cards
  11. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin

Have a great Wednesday! Marilyn (aka MJ)

Wonderful World Anniversary

Hi Friends! I hope you has a great weekend & are ready for another outstanding week! Today I have an anniversary card to share with you. Last week I depleted my stash of my last two anniversary cards so I definitely needed to add a few.

Nothings prettier than beautiful flowers for anniversary wishes. So I pulled out the Wonderful World Designer Series Paper (DSP). It’s part of a stamp set & DSP duo in the Sale-a-Bration catalog; free with a $100 product purchase (before shipping & taxes).

The card base is Polished Pink card stock; 5.5 X 8.5 inches, scored at 4.25. Next is a layer of Basic White 5-3/8 x 4 4-1/8. Then the Wonderful World DSP 4 x 5.25. The flower colors in this sheet of DSP are Flirty Flamingo, Melon Mambo & Rich Razzleberry & I think the Polished Pink blends nicely. What do you think?

I added a 3/4″ piece of Basic White on the diagonal. TIP: Mark lightly with a pencil at one inch down from the top right corner & one inch up from the bottom left corner. My sentiment is from the Celebrating You stamp set in the Annual Catalog. It was stamped in Polished Pink & punched with the double oval punch. I sponged the edges with Polished Pink ink. A pretty bow in Polished Pink Open Weave ribbon.

The inside of the card uses the sentiment from Nature’s Prints stamp set; new in the annual catalog this year. Then a 1/4″ strip of the DSP was added at the bottom of the white inner panel.

Sale-a-Bration ends at the end of August so get your orders to me soon! That’s it for me today. Have an awesome day! Marilyn (aka MJ)

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Celebrating You, Nature’s Prints
  • Paper: Polished Pink, Basic White
  • DSP: Wonderful World (SAB)
  • Embellishments: Polished Pink Open Weave ribbon

Rings of Love

Hi friends! Happy Wednesday!

Ringed with Love DSP #159139

My card for today features the Rings of Love DSP which is Sale-a-bration freebie with a $50 product order. It’s so pretty & coordinates with the Ringed with Nature bundle in the Annual Catalog. It’s a gorgeous set but I don’t have it (yet). But I loved the DSP so much & had to have it.

The design is another “go-to” for me. I cut a piece of the DSP at 4 x 5.25 & then cut the 5.25 side at 2.5. The 4 x 5.25 size gives me 6 card front panels; perfect for card swaps or making multiples. On the reverse side of the birds & branches DSP, is the pretty blue watercolor paper. Using my Stamparatus, I stamped in Night of Navy the large sentiment from the Good Feelings set, new in the Annual Catalog.

A strip of 0.25 or 1/4 x 4″ piece of Crushed Curry was placed between the two papers. Then a little bling using the Fine Sparkle Adhesive backed Gems was added. One last look below.

Thanks for stopping & see you again on Friday! Marilyn (aka MJ)

Purple Pansy

Hi friends! I’m back… our move went great. We’re still unpacking & my studio is in rudimentary shape but I have my essentials close at hand.

My card today features two of the new In-Colors- Starry Sky and Orchid Oasis. I’m just over the top crazy about this years In-Colors. Tahitian Tide, Parakeet Party and Sweet Sorbet are the others. All gorgeous!

This card’s sketch is a simple one- a real “go-to” sketch. A 2 x 5.5” piece of DSP (6×6 In-Color DSP) mounted on 2.25” of Orchid Oasis. That panel was mounted on a Starry Sky card base.

The Pansy, stitched circle & sentiment used those same colors. All are dies. In the new Annual Catalog (AC), Stampin’Up generously kept the bundled price (10% off) for the Pansy Patch from the January-June mini catalog.

The stitched circle is from a new “stand alone” die set called Stylish Shapes (#159183). It’s easy to miss this new die set as there isn’t a coordinating stamp set…that said, they go with everything. You can see them on p.173 & in use on p.50 of the AC. These dies are so versatile, it’s a must have for essential tool kit.

The sentiment is from a new bundle called Charming Sentiments (#158734). Another set that you’ll likely want. In addition to the die cut sentiments, there are useful shapes like candles, hearts and stars. Look for them on p.161 & with the stamps on p.38.

Thanks for staying with during my move hiatus. I’ll be posting on Monday, Wednesday & Friday. You can follow me to get notified of my new posts. I’d appreciate it if you would like my page.

Let me know if you need paper/hard copy catalogs- remember Sale-a-Bration is happening now.

Stay cool & Happy Stamping, Marilyn (aka MJ)

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Cardstock: Starry Sky, Orchid Oasis, Daffodil Delight
  • DSP: In-Color 6×6
  • Dies: Pansy, Charming Sentiments, Stylish Shapes
  • Embellishments: Fun Flower resin shapes

Free Product = Sale-a-Bration

Hi friends! I’m blog MIA again… we’re moving from our villa to a “new to us” house. Even though I don’t have anything personally to share, I didn’t want you to miss the incredible “free with $50” promotion called Sale-a-bration.

Two of my favorites are shown below.

It’s easy to overlook this Silver & Gold 6×6 paper. Dots & stripes in silver & gold- it doesn’t get any more versatile than this. Although I love the cards shown with Amazing Phrasing stamp set, I’m thinking about holiday cards. After all, it is Christmas in July time, right!?

The Amazing Phrasing stamp set is free with a $100 product order (pre-tax, pre-shipping). I LOVE big word sets! So easy to make a wow card using our DSP, decorative masks/stencils, embossing paste… you get the idea. If not check out “The Wow Factor” on page 128 in the Annual Catalog.

That’s it for me today… an update on our move. Most of my current paper crafting supplies have been moved & I’ve packed for a crop with my bestie crafty girlfriends next weekend. Now it’s time to clean cabinets and closets at the new house. Our furniture movers arrive on Monday 7/18. WooHoo!

Stay cool or go to the pool! Hugs & Happy Stamping! Marilyn (aka MJ)

Harvest Cards

On July 1st, the July-December catalog goes live. WooHoo! Plus Sale-a-bration too! Double WooHoo! I have two super quick & easy cards for you showcasing the Rustic Harvest Designer Series Paper (DSP).

I love when Stampin’ Up gives us at least one sheet of DSP in a pack that can be cut in half at 6” x 12 & trimmed to 5.25” x 4”. These 6 pieces can be used a card fronts. Today I’m sharing two cards made with these pieces.

I used Crushed Curry and Merry Merlot for card bases. I added a piece of coordinating card stock under the DSP & on top of the card base. I stamped sentiments in Merry Merlot on Crushed Curry. Punches were used to make labels. Brushed Brass Butterflies were added to the sentiment label.

Have a great day! Happy Stamping, Marilyn (aka MJ)

Rustic Harvest DSP #159633
Label Me Fancy Punch #151297
Double Oval Punch #154242
Lovely Labels Pick a Punch #152833
Brushed Brass Butterflies #15813600

Another Splendid Day

Hi Friends! How are you? Only a few days left in June; then here comes July! And the new July-December mini & the Sale-a-Bration (SAB) catalogs. WooHoo!

My card today features a something from both catalogs. The Splendid Day Designer Series Paper (DSP) is in the mini catalog. The DSP pack has 12, 12×12, double sided sheets that have one side covered with foil & white ink. It’s stunning!

The item from the SAB catalog was also featured on my Monday’s post. The product is Pool Party & Soft Sea Foam cards & envelopes. There’s 10 Pool Party cards & 10 Soft Sea Foam & 20 coordinating envelopes. The packet is free with a purchase of $50 merchandise.

I used the Soft Sea Foam card base & 5 scraps of DSP mounted on a piece of Soft Sea Foam card stock. Then a different piece of DSP was alongside the other piece. Fresh Freesia open weave ribbon was tied in a bow.

Last, using the sentiment from Flowers of Friendship was stamped in Fresh Freesia onto Soft Sea Foam & punched out with the Double Oval punch. The sentiment was mounted on a copper foil scalloped oval from the punch. 

Have a great week! Happy Stamping, Marilyn (aka MJ)