InKing Royalty Blog Hop- Red, White & Blue

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s June Blog Hop! As we prepare for the July 4 holiday ahead, we are sharing projects that celebrate the Red, White & Blue. Not all projects will be patriotic, but you are certain to be inspired by all of 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.

I prepared a baseball card with the soon-to be retiring “Hey Sports Fan Suite”. The DSP and dies are 50% off; & the Resin Stars are 30%. Retiring items are only available until 6/30 or while supplies last. I’m encouraging my St. Louis stamping friends to consider it, since almost everyone I know has at least one St. Louis (baseball) Cardinals fan in their circle of family & friends. And nothing says America louder than baseball and hotdogs and ice-cream. Anyway…

Let’s get to the card! Since the DSP is double sided, I cut a piece of 5.25′ X 4″ piece. Next I cut that 5.25′ side to at 3″; this gives two pieces, measuring 3″ x 4″ & 2.25″ X 4″. I flipped one piece over for the contrasting design and adhered to my Night of Navy base. I also cut a little row of tickets in Night of Navy from the Sports Event Dies & adhered between the two pieces of DSP. This creates a border between the two papers & gives a finished look.
HINT: When placing your two pieces, ensure alignment at edges; you can use the die cut tickets to hide any unevenness where the two pieces meet.

I stamped the ticket outline in Real Red on Very Vanilla, then die cut it. Next, I stamped the “Horray” & “Happy Birthday” on the die cut ticket. More diecutting-a flag in Real Red, and the #1 circle and flag tails in Very Vanilla.

For finishing touches my card uses five (5) Resign Stars and Fan Bakers twine. The inside is finished with a row of tiny tickets in Real Red on a Very Vanilla base.

Red, white and blue colors schemes are perfect for masculine cards. I often use earth tones for masculine cards so it’s super fun creating with the bright colors.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Lisa Graham at Lisa’s Little Ink Spots. 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. Jan Dufour at Stamp Me Silly
  3. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  4. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  5. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  6. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  7. Marilyn Jones at Stamp with MJ
  8. Lisa Graham at Lisa’s Little Ink Spots

See you all again on Friday. Happy Stamping, MJ (aka Marilyn)

I’m Back with Flowering Tulips

Hi friends…it’s been a while. What’s kept me away? You might recall that I broke my wrist at the end of April. Now it’s all healed & I have great mobility! Strength is a “work in progress”. The second HUGE thing was a quick decision to sell our villa and purchase a home. We won’t close and move until mid July but most of the craziness with showing & looking is over. I’m so happy that I am able to get back to blogging.

So here I am with a pretty tulip card. The base is Fresh Freesia. I diecut a piece of Highland Heather with the tulip edge die & placed it next to my panel of Flowering Field DSP & Rich Razzleberry card stock.

The gorgeous Flowering Fields DSP is retiring & on sale (30% off) while supplies last. The Flowering Tulips stamp set & Tulip dies are available in the new Annual Catalog.

The sentiment does not have a die so I fussy cut it. Below are pictures of my process. First I stamp my sentiment in Rich Razzleberry ink on Fresh Freesia.

Next I put my block with stamp face down on a plain piece of paper. I look at the edges of the stamp, the photopolymer edge, and free cut that design.

The pretty Loose Flowers surround the sentiment.

I will see you again on Wednesday. Happy Stamping, MJ (aka Marilyn)

Pretty Abstract Beauty

Hi friends! Happy Wednesday! Today I have a pretty card for you using the Abstract Beauty DSP & the Hello Beautiful stamps & dies from our January-June mini catalog. Even though our new 2022-2023 Annual Catalog is launching in May, we still have our mini catalog until the month of June. Whoot!!

This is such a fun stamp & die set- geometric & a few little wonky shapes. And guess what? Yes- the stamp & die set are in the new 2022-2023 Annual Catalog. BUT you won’t see the bundled price carry over. To get it now, use this link: Hello Beautiful. And you won’t see this Abstract Beauty DSP again. But, ME always the optimist you can get the DSP now. Click on my store or use this link to order. I’ve added the products to the bottom for your convenience.

Here is the sketch I created. The picture is a little deceiving but the large Night of Navy hexagon’s center was cut so that the center is open & the DSP peeking thru. (Alternatively you could cut a smaller hexagon with the DSP & adhere above a solid Night of Navy hexagon but I was being stingy with the DSP. I think the floral DSP & the geometric shapes are so on trend…just like Stampin’ Up. Love these colors too.

Hello Beautiful sketch- MJ #001

I stamped the solid wonky oval in Polished Pink onto the Basic White wonky oval diecut. The sentiment is from the set & stamped in Black Momento. To add a little sparkle, I added the 2021-2023 In Color Jewels in Polished Pink. These jewels are also retiring & on sale (20% off) & they are still available as of Tuesday evening. So gorgeous!

Below are two close up shots.

That’s it for me today! I’ve been busy with creating for my card classes. I am enjoying thinking about my stamping friends & what they would like to create. Fun folds & techniques are always favorites as well as new products.

Stay well & have a great week!

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Hello Beautiful
  • Paper: Night of Navy, Petal Pink, Crushed Curry, Basic WHite
  • DSP: Abstract Beauty
  • Ink: Polished Pink, Black
  • Accessories: In Color Jewels
  • Tools: Beautiful Shapes Dies
HELLO BEAUTIFUL #158047
ABSTRACT BEAUTY 4X6 Specialty Designer Series Paper
2021-2023 In Color Jewels #155571

Ladybug inspiration from Card Class

Hi friends! I’ve got a really wonderful card to share with you. Wonderful because it was inspired by a couple of my friends & card class participants. I LOVE that we share ideas in class. I think I learn as much from the participants as they learn from me. Anyway, do you remember the ladybug card from April 6th.

The next classes are this Friday at 1p.m. & again at 7p.m. Then Sunday 24th at 2p.m. Registration deadline is today at 7 p.m. Email me if you’re interested.

I mentioned that you could flip the paper over the paper & make a black/white and red card instead of the Granny Apple Green & Crushed Curry side. Two friends did just that & it looked great. I had an extra kit cut so I decided to adapt the card using the”other side” of the paper.

Did I already mention that I love this bundle?! Ha- ha only a ‘gazillion times” right?! Anything with a punch is so quick & easy. Although I love our dies, the punches are especially good for mass production and card classes.

On this card, I flipped over the papers & added another ladybug & changed up the sentiment. I was inspired by Pinterest but this isn’t an exact copy; otherwise I would give credit to the creator. So many ideas out there- I grabbed an idea from here & there. Below are a couple of close-ups of my card.

Buffalo checks have been around for a while but still popular & I still love that black/white look! The dotted background is perfect for stamping on directly like I did with the sentiment. The Pattern Party papers will be missed as they were in a huge package of DSP as host gift. (If you love it too, you could host an on-line party before the end of April; just a $150 order qualifies. Connect with me if you’re interested).

I wrapped & frayed the ends of the black white twine from the soon retiring “Playful Pets” trim combo pack (20% off & in stock on Sunday). Black Matte dots were added. That’s it- easy peasy!

I hope you like this alternative to March’s card class card.

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

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Hello Ladybug
  • Ink: Black
  • Paper: Real Red, Basic Black, Basic White
  • DSP: Pattern Party
  • Punch: Ladybug Builder
  • Accessories: Black Matte Dots, Playful Pets black & white twine

Ladybug – Card Class card

Hello friends!! At my March card class, we created this adorable card. We kept it simple so it will be easily “mail-able” and fast. Since we had another card that was a little time consuming, it worked out perfectly.

The card base is real red so there’s an inner piece of basic white for writing a message. The black panel is topped with Pattern Party DSP, a host reward that is retiring soon. One side is colorful and fun & the other is black and white (and equally fun but more classic). I cut a very narrow strip of Basic Black card stock to place between the two patterns of paper.

I just love this ladybug.. So easy with the punch. It’s part of a bundle in the January-June mini catalog & you’ll want to grab before June so you can get the discounted bundle price. The sentiment is from the Hello Ladybug stamp set.

My next classes are Friday, April 22 and Sunday, April 24. If you live in the St. Louis area, I would love for you to join us.

Thanks for stopping by. Happy Stamping! Marilyn (aka MJ)

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Hello Ladybug
  • Paper: Real Red, Basic Black and Basic WHite
  • DSP: Pattern Party
  • Ink: Stazon Jet Black
  • Punch: Ladybug Builder

Real Red Flowing Flowers

Hello Friends! Happy Monday. I hope you had a great weekend. Today I have a pretty card for you. I hope you think so too.

I chose to use the stamp set called Flowing Flowers from the January- July mini catalog. It is a stunning flower, don’t you think? It is a one of Stampin’ Up’s DistINKive sets where the stamps create different opacities in a single stamped image for realistic depth and intensity. Look at that flower- it was stamped with a single stamp that was inked up with Real Red. Amazing, huh?

The Real Red panel is embossed with the Pretty Flowers Embossing Folder. Although much of it is covered up the parts of the panel that peek out give the card texture and depth.

The DSP is from the soon to be retiring Host DSP called Pattern Party. On one side is black and white designs and the other is colorful designs like this Granny Apple Green panel. . I’ve used it so much this year. It is on the retiring list so it’s a good time to order it along with all the other amazing products that will be retiring. I added two more retiring items. A bow in Double stitched Real Red Satin ribbon and the Holiday Rhinestones Basic Jewels.

I hope you consider taking advantage of all the last chance items which are only available while supplies last. Some are even discounted up to 40%. The stamp set will be with us at least until the end of the January-June mini catalog.

Happy Stamping! Marilyn (aka MJ)

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Flowing Flowers
  • Paper: Real Red, Basic Black, Basic White
  • DSP: Pattern Party
  • Ink: Real Red
  • Accessories: Pretty Flowers EF, Double Stitched Real Red Satin Ribbon; Holiday Rhinestones

Flowers InKing Royalty Blog Hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s March Blog Hop! As we prepare for Spring, flowers are always on our minds. We are sharing flower-themed projects with you today 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.

Forever Blossoms & Cherry Blossom dies

I have so much fun creating for the InKing Royalty Blog Hop. I try to create something special & I hope you like it. I reached for Forever Blossoms & the matching Cherry Blossoms dies, a favorite from the Annual Catalog.

A SIDE NOTE: The reason this set is a favorite is because it reminds me of a March business trip to Washington, DC. which I took many years ago. I was fortunate to be able to see the cherry trees in bloom. I didn’t have a lot of time, after all it was a business trip, but I spent an hour-ish walking among the trees. What a beautiful experience & memory!

Back to the card… Over the years, I’ve watched many videos on how to color with alcohol markers. For full effect, layering color is the trick with blends & allowing the colors to dry before proceeding with more color or lifting of color. Stampin’ Up makes it easy to know where to shade darker as the shading is “built into” the stamp design.

Even though these blossoms are more vivid than the real life version, I really like them & also I wanted to use the gorgeous Polished Pink color. It takes time to layer color with Blends but so totally worth it! Here I used Petal Pink and Polished Pink on the blooms, Soft Succulent leaves and Pool Party for the background.

I have been making Easter cards, as I send out quite a few. I think this Cherry Blossom is a perfect image for an Easter card. My sentiment is from “Celebrating You” stamp set in the Jan- Jun mini catalog. I can’t believe how much I have used this set! Anyway, I heat embossed with gold & added gold Simple Elegant trim behind the sentiment panel. A little gold bow was added to the stem of the the flower. Lastly, I added some “Loose Flowers” as an extra “wow” embellishment.

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Forever Blossoms, Celebrating You
  • Paper: Basic White, Basic Black, Pool Party
  • DSP: 6×6 In Color DSP (Polished Pink)
  • Ink: Momento Black, Versamark
  • Stampin’ Blends: Polished Pink, Petal Pink, Soft Succulent, Pool Party
  • Dies: Cherry Blossom, Layering Circles
  • Embossing Folders: Dots from Checks & Dots, Tasteful Textures
  • Gold Metallic Embossing Powder & Heat Tool
  • Accessories: Gold Simply Elegant Trim, Loose Flowers

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

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

Hello Ladybug Swap Card

I made this card for my “crafting friends” card swap. Each month we get together & stamp & we also bring cards to swap. Most often I create simple cards that are easily “mail-able”.

I just love this “Hello Ladybug” stamp and punch bundle. Sooo cute & springtime-y (that’s not a word but you know what I mean, right?) My card base is Real Red with a 4” x 5.25 Basic Black layer. Before I adhered the Basic Black layer, I added a triangle of Sweet Talk DSP.

A quick way to cut a perfect triangle is to cut a square in half on the diagonal. Here I started with a 4” square.

The large leaf was stamped in Granny Apple Green on a panel of Whisper White. TIP: When stamping a large, solid image, use your Stamp-a-ratus. So if there’s an area on your stamped image that is too light, you can ink the stamp a 2nd time & re-stamp perfectly over the first stamped image.

Next I stamped the flowers in Daffodil Delight around the Granny Apple Green leaf. The ladybug is so easy! Punch the body in Basic Black. Then stamp the wings in Black ink on Real Red card stock & punch. TIP: When adhering the wings, add glue only to the inside of the wings. Avoid glue on the edges that won’t be in contact with the body.

My sentiment was stamped in black & after drying, I “over- stamped” the Daffodil Delight flowers.

Have a great weekend! Marilyn (aka MJ)

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Hello Ladybug
  • Ink: Granny Apple Green, Daffodil Delight, Jet Black Stazon
  • Card stock: Real Red, Basic Black, Basic White
  • DSP: Sweet Talk
  • Tools: Ladybug builder punch, Stamp-a-ratus

Flowering Tulips in Poppy

Hi Friends! I’m finally able to post this card… I made it for our oldest daughter for her birthday. She lives out of town & is a loyal blog follower so I didn’t want to post before she received it.

She’s a beautiful, hardworking & intelligent 30-something young lady. But I’m pretty biased, obviously. Thus, I really wanted a pretty card so I cased our Pals’ Leader, Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty. See her card here. She made a fun fold with a tutorial but I wanted a traditional A2 card so I cased her sketch.

I always love Stampin’ Up’s DSP but this Flowering Fields DSP is one of my favorites this year. It really shouts Spring & I’m so ready for that. I wish you could see the Brushed Brass Butterflies in real life because they really shine. Our January- June catalog shows them off better. Let me know if you need one.

Thanks for stopping today! Marilyn (aka MJ)

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: none
  • Paper: Poppy Parade, Pear Pizzazz, Basic White
  • DSP: Flowering Fields, Pansy Petals (Pale Papaya plaid)
  • Dies: Tulip Dies
  • Accessories: Brushed Brass Butterflies, Bakers Twine Essentials Pack

Wildlife Wonder & Fussy Cutting Tips

I knew the minute I saw the Wildlife Wonder stamp set that I had to have it. I love making simple masculine cards especially when the Designer Series Paper (DSP) does the “heavy lifting”

I’m submitting this card to The Paper Players challenge for a wildlife CAS card.

This set doesn’t have dies but it’s easy to fussy cut. I have a few tips to make it look like it’s perfect even if it isn’t. I stamped my image on Basic White card stock & cut as close as I could without cutting into the inked area.

FIRST TIP: Color with the brush end of marker any white areas that shows around the edges from fussy cutting. Use the brush marker around the entire edge. Use the same color marker as your stamped image; here, I used Soft Suede.

Below is a close up where I colored along the bear’s back but not the legs. [some of the bear’s backside will eventually get cut off but I colored it all because I wasn’t sure exactly what would get cut off].

SECOND TIP: Stamped the image directly on the background paper before adding the fussy cut image. Here, the bear was stamped on the New Horizons DSP. Even though you won’t see the image when you add your fussy cut image on top of the background image there may be details that were cut off with fussy cutting. The bear is popped up on dimensionals.

Below are two close-ups. Look at the front paw & the chin of the bear. The details of the claw and chin hair were cut away on the fussy cut but with the image stamped on the background, these details show. It gives the bear some depth & definition.

I stamped the sentiment on a piece of the same DSP & cut it out. One last look at the card. I hope you like it!

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Wildlife Wonder
  • Paper: Soft Suede, Evening Evergreen, Basic White
  • DSP: New Horizons
  • Ink: Soft Suede, & Soft Suede marker
  • Technique: Fussy cutting