Harvest & Hope Blog Hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s October 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 center around Harvest & Hope, so prepare yourself for gratitude and love in Fall-themed projects. 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.

Right now, I’m just starting to play with the Time of Giving bundle from the July- December mini catalog. I love these dies & stamps& I know they’ll be a staple to this season’s cards & paper crafts.

I’ve been MIA because we had a 4 day family visit in TN & a 10 day trip. So… I haven’t created for two+ weeks. No complaints though as we had great times & I feel blessed to have been able to travel. I’ll post some pictures on Friday along with a Paper Pumpkin alternative card.

I paired the Time of Giving die-cut pumpkin tag dies with the Tailored Made Tags dies from the Annual Catalog to make these seasonal tags for my card. On Mossy Meadow card stock, the “Thankful” is stamped three times without re-inking in Early Espresso.

Time of Giving Bundle #156742

I love this Beauty of the Earth Designer Series Paper (DSP) & it inspired my colors of Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie, Misty Moonlight, Mossy Meadow and Early Espresso.

The horizontal Early Espresso Faux ribbon was frayed at the ends. The Linen thread & Brushed Metallic adhesive backed Dots add to the fall theme.

  • Supplies- All current Stampin’ Up
  • Cardstock: Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie, Misty Moonlight, Mossy Meadow
  • DSP: Beauty of the Earth
  • Stamps: Time of Giving
  • Ink: Early Espresso
  • Dies: Giving Gifts, Tailor Made Tags
  • Embellishments: Faux Suede ribbon in Early Espresso, Linen Thread, Brushed Metallic Adhesive-backed Dots

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Ann Murray at Murray Stamps Ink. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!

Happy Stampin’ , Marilyn (aka MJ)

Thank you for hopping along with us. If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

Halloween Haunting

Hi friends!

Happy October! Last week I put out our Halloween decor around the house. I love the change of seasons & I love refreshing the look of our home with seasonal decor. So I was in the mood for creating a Halloween card.

I’m just crazy about the Black Glittered speciality paper in our mini catalog. For one thing, the glitter doesn’t rub off & secondly it sparkles so very bright. Below is a close up.

You really need to see it in person! I paired it with our black glittered ribbon for a little extra sparkle.

The sketch is an old favorite. I’ll be making 11 more of this exact card for a card swap so I wanted it to be easy to duplicate but I didn’t want it to be plain. The DSP squares & the glitter paper & ribbon give it a real “WOW”.

Below is another view.

Supplies
Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Black
DSP: Cute Halloween
Speciality Paper: Black Glittered
Stamps: Banner Year
Ink: Black Stazon
Punch: Cat
Dies: Layering Circles, Tasteful Labels
Accessories: Black Glittered ribbon

Let me know what you think.

Happy Stamping! MJ

Inspiring Hope with the August Paper Pumpkin

Happy Friday! I hope you’ve had a happy & productive week. Even more, I hope you have a great weekend with a little R&R.

Today I’m featuring this month’s Paper Pumpkin called the Hope Box. Our Stampin’ Up co-founder, Shelli Gardner, designed this kit. The shipping box can be transformed into a decorative “Hope Box” to hold those things that instill hope for you. Favorite pictures, quotes, Bible verses, trinkets from travels or any memento that uplifts your spirits. The supplies to decorate the box are included.

Each month, on the 4th Thursday at 2 p.m. CST, I unbox & make the month’s Paper Pumpkin kit live on my Facebook page, Stamp with MJ. Join me or watch the replay.

The 4th Friday evening, I host in my home a Paper Pumpkin club for my subscriber friends. I’ll make my box with them. We have lots of laughs, a free alternative card to make & some refreshments. If you live in the St. Louis area, I’d love for you to join us.

Below are the cards from the kit. The envelope is peeking out from behind the card.

I made the below alternative card using the kit’s stamp set & my own supplies. My club friends will be making it too.

I cut a 5” x 3.75” piece of Pattern Party DSP; then I cut a 0.75” piece off the left side & turned it over to the b/w striped side. Using my Tombow liquid glue, I adhered the pieces to a Basic Black card base.

The Hope sentiment was stamped onto a 3” x 2.75” piece of Vellum using Stazon black ink. I stamped that cute little butterfly from the kit’s stamp set onto card stock scraps of Poppy Parade, Bermuda Bay and Granny Apple Green & then fussy cut them.

I adhered the vellum sentiment using the extra glue dots from my kit. I wrapped a piece of the gorgeous black & white gingham ribbon from the mini catalog. (I ❤️ this ribbon!)

Last, I added a white panel to the inside that was fancied up with a 0.25 piece of the DSP.

  • Supplies: Stampin’ Up
  • Cardstock- Basic Black 8.5 x 5.5; scored at 4.25 for the card base; scraps of Poppy Parade, Bermuda Bay & Granny Apple Green
  • Vellum
  • Stazon Ink in Jet Black
  • Black & White Gingham ribbon

I hope you like your kit as much as I do!

Have a great Friday!

Happy Stamping! Marilyn (aka MJ)

Awesome Autumn with Blackberry Beauty Ephemera

Hi friends! Today I’m sharing two cards I made using the Blackberry Beauty ephemera pack from our mini catalog. Same basic layout & papers, the only major difference is the die cut. The colors inspired by this suite are stunning, don’t you think?!

I started with a card base of Rich Razzleberry. I taped down a stencil from our Basic Patterns Decorative Masks. I used my silicone mat & some scrap paper to keep my work surface clean. Next I used our blender brushes & Blackberry Bliss ink to create the stenciled background.

While letting my stenciled card base dry. I embossed a piece of Early Espresso using our Hammered Metal 3D EF & layered it on a piece of Cinnamon Cider.

If you look closely at the embossing on the two cards, you will see that one has the embossed side & the other a de-bossed side. Looks great either way, right?

The sentiment panels were made with 1/2” piece of Cinnamon Cider & 3/4” piece of Rich Razzleberry. The sentiment is from Banner Year. The Lovely Labels pick-a-punch was used on both cards but I chose the two different styles offered with this punch. To finish the card, Brushed Metallic Adhesive dots were added; gold on the oak leaves card & copper on the owl card.

Have a great day! Marilyn

Autumn Card- a Mini Catalog Case

Hi friends! Happy Monday!

Today I’m sharing a card that was cased from the July- December catalog on page 54.

I just love the Harvest Season bundle & coordinating products yet; I have the DSP & ribbon but I haven’t purchased the stamps & dies yet. So I substituted Garden Wishes stamps & Dandy Wishes dies from the annual catalog (page 23).

Copyright- Stampin’ Up
Mini Catalog July- December 2021

I pulled a few tricks out of my stamping hat. First, for the dandelions… I used my Stamparatus & inked the leaves with Soft Succulent. I used my shammy to “erase” any green on the flower part & stamped on Very Vanilla card stock. Then, I used the brush end of my Calypso Coral marker & colored the flower part of the stamp. It works best if you stamp the lightest color first so if there’s a little light color remaining, it will be covered by the darker color.

My second trick was coloring the diamond weave ribbon. I used a four drops of Calypso Coral re-inker and 91% isopropyl alcohol in a small leak-proof container. I let it soak for 15 minutes & then laid it out on paper towels & let it dry overnight. The alcohol (vs. water) quickens the drying process; if in a time crunch, use your heat tool.

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Ink: Calypso Coral, Soft Succulent,
  • Stamps: Garden Wishes, Banner Year
  • Card stock: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Calypso Coral, Soft Succulent
  • DSP: Harvest Meadow, Pattern Party (scrap for Bumblebee die cut)
  • Dies & Punches: Dandy Wishes, Lovely Labels Pick-a-Punch
  • Embellishments: Diamond Weave ribbon, Bakers twine

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a great week!

Happy Stamping! Marilyn (aka MJ)

Holiday Penguin

Hi friends! Today I have a fun, non-traditional color holiday card for you.

This paper is free with any $50 purchase starting on Wednesday. It’s part of the Sale-a-bration promotion & just in time for your holiday crafting.

I started with a card base of Fresh Freesia & added a mat of Misty Moonlight for my Penguin Playmates DSP. The colors are Fresh Freesia, Misty Moonlight, Soft Sea Foam & Just Jade.

Our new holiday mini catalog starts Tuesday & includes a stamp & punch bundle featuring this Penguin. But I fussy cut my Penguin from the DSP & adhered him to a Soft Sea Foam label from the new mini catalog’s Seasonal Labels dies.

For the sentiment, I stamped in Misty Moonlight the “Season’s Greetings” from the Merriest Moments bundle.

The White Glittered ribbon is new too & so gorgeous! It’s wrapped around the DSP panel & a small piece is tied to the side. Three Fresh Freesia In- Color Jewels were added for a little extra sparkle.

I just love these colors & this DSP!

Christmas in July

Hi friends! Welcome to InKing Royalty’s July 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 Christmas! I hope you are in a Holiday mood because there is a lot of Christmas fun headed your way. 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.

Merriest Moments

As a Stampin’ Up demonstrators, we are able to “pre-order” products from the holiday catalog so we can prepare samples and classes for you. So I used a new bundle called Merriest Moments. The focal point on my card is the Merriest Frames Hybrid embossing folder; it cuts & embosses in a single pass through you die cut & embossing machine. It’s quite stunning, don’t you think?

I wasn’t sure about getting this bundle, it was on & off my wish list multiple times. But I finally decided to give the Hybrid EF a try. I’m so glad I decided to see what it was all about!!I just love it. It may end up being one of my favorites.

Blending & Shimmery Crystal Effects

After cutting & embossing the Soft Succulent frame, & using our Blending brushes, Evening Evergreen ink was added to give some depth and contrast. I layered the frame on Evening Evergreen Shimmer Vellum & the entire panel on a base of Evening Evergreen. For the inside of the frame, a piece of Tidings of Christmas DSP was used to add some color. The sentiment is from Inspiring Thoughts & it was die-cut with Stitched Rectangles. I stamped Evening Evergreen on Soft Succulent with the branch stamp from this set & die cut it & also die-cut the smallest poinsettia in Real Red.

Shimmery Crystal Effects were added to some of the leaves & an all new red Wonderful Gem was added to the center of the poinsettia.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it! Marilyn

Thank you for hopping along with us. If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

Brian King at Stamp with Brian

Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping

Sheryl Sharp at Sharp Notes by Sheryl

Marilyn Jones at Stamp with MJ << You are here

Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp

Ann Murray at Murray Stamps Ink

Renae Novak at Blessed by Cards

Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping

Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery