InKing Royalty Blog Hop- Oceans & Seas

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s April Blog Hop! As the weather gets warmer, it’s time to start planning our trips to the beach, the lake or the in-town aquarium. Today we’re sharing projects inspired by the ocean and sea – 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.

I have a double treat for you today! First, as previously mentioned the InKing Royalty’s blog hop theme- Oceans & Seas. The second treat is that I used our new Stampin’ Up In Colors & two more new things.

You probably know that every year Stampin’ Up releases five (5) on trend colors which we get to use for two years. I am just over the moon about these colors; after all, there are two blue shades, Starry Sky and Tahitian Tide. There’s a bright green called Parakeet Party. Sweet Sorbet is a pretty red & Orchid Oasis is a rich purple.

Seas the Day stamps and dies (bundle #157858) which are in the Jan- June mini catalog (page). I love that the die cuts have a large background die that cuts a panel. I diecut a 4 x 5.25 piece of Tahitian Tide. (HINT: Save those little “popped out” bubbles (circles) for later use).

The Tahitian Tide panel was mounted on a piece of In-Color glimmer paper in Starry Sky. I know it looks a little purple-y. That’s because Starry Sky has a purple undertone & the paper is ombre’. I put the lighter at the top of the card to simulate the sea with the light closer to the surface. You can’t see much of the dark at the bottom. But you’ll get a good look at Starry Sky with the inside” pics.

Did you know that our glimmer paper does not lose it’s sparkle? Remember the days when we wore sparkle from our paper as part of our outfits? No more- with Stampin’ Up’s glimmer paper your hands and clothes are glitter free. Gotta love that!

I also die cut sections of the background die for the plants (Parakeet Party) and for the coral (Sweet Sorbet). Then I adhered the plant and coral “paper pieces” on top of the Tahitian Tide. The fun octopus is a tone-on-tone with Orchid Oasis paper and ink. His eyes are Classic Matte Dots in black.

Public Service announcement: An octopus can change colors according to the environment; its eyes are low & on the side of his head. If you look at a picture of a live octopus his eyes are actually on the “neck”- the narrow band between his head and tentacles. But human-drawn octopus place the eyes higher like I did. Apparently, we humans find that high eyes make for a “cuter” octopus. Source: the internet & there is only the truth on the web, right? LOL

The sentiment from this set is inked with Orchid Oasis & stamped on Parakeet Party card stock & then die cut with the NEW Stitched Shapes dies. Seriously consider these- there are 15 total (6 circles, 5 squares, 4 banners). I already know this will probably be used over and over. I love the look of a stitched sentiment or stitched panel. Polished Dots (#158134) from the mini catalog were added to the corners.

I added those saved punched out circles on top of the glimmer paper with a fine tip glue pin (#138309). YAY!! It’s BACK! I am thrilled that we have this adhesive again. But it’s not for everyone… the tip is so narrow that it can clog easy when the pinned lid is not immediately replaced. If you can commit to capping right away, you will probably love it. If that’s not you, it might frustrate you. I’ve had mine for three years. When you need precision glue-ing, this is your pal. Just look at those two tiny circles in Starry Sky.

Here are a few pictures of the inside of the card. I stamped the sentiment & plant in Parakeet Party on white with a narrow piece of glimmer paper. The sentiment is from Nuts about Squirrels which carried over from the 2021 June-December mini.

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Seas the Day, Nut about Squirrels
  • Ink: Orchid Oasis, Parakeet Party
  • Paper: 2022-2023 In-Colors: Starry Sky, Parakeet Party, Tahitian Tide, Sweet Sorbet, Orchid Oasis, Basic White
  • Glimmer Paper- 6X6 2022-2023 In Color (#159246)
  • Dies: Seas the Day; 2022-2023 Annual Catalog- Stylist Shapes (#159183)
  • Accessories: Classic Matte Dots (#158146), Polished Dots (#158134)
  • Technique: Paper piecing

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! Marilyn (aka MJ)

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Sheryl Abernathy at Elegant Sentiments
  3. Renae Novak at Blessed by Cards
  4. Jan Dufour at Stamp Me Silly
  5. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  6. Lisa Graham at Lisa’s Little Ink Spot
  7. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  8. Marilyn Jones at Stamp with MJ
  9. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  10. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy

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

Otterly Awesome Pals Fun Fold Blog Hop

Welcome to the Pals Fun Fold Blog hop. We hope you enjoy the inspiration we have for you. You will find the lineup to the other great fun fold stampers at the bottom of my post.

The card I have for you today is a super cute gate fold flap card. I used Mary Fish’s sketch #38 only I flipped it on it’s side. Her measurements were extremely helpful.

Don’t you just love this little Otter? He and his other otter friends in the Otterly Awesome stamp is only available through the end of the month (when Sale-a-Bration ends). The paper, Simply Marbleous, is also from Sale-a-bration. I really love this paper & I’m so glad I stocked up on it as it makes the perfect background for so many cards. Anyway, the point is get your orders in before Sale-a-Bration ends on this upcoming Monday, February 28th.

The shot above and below show the card unfolded; first standing up and 2nd lying flat. As you can see, I decorated the inside. First, I cut out a small piece of the reverse side of the paper, rounded the corners & stamped my sentiment. It hides under the front flap. I added Balmy Blue panels on both sides for writing a special note & added a narrow strip of DSP to give it a little character. I also added, on the backside of the flap, a DSP diecut Scalloped Contour piece.

Here is a close up of the otter. I colored him with the light and dark Soft Suede Stampin’ Blends. For the water, I used a combination of Stampin” Blends and Stampin’ Write markers in Night of Navy, Misty Moonlight, Pacific Point and Balmy Blue. I wanted the water to look lighter than my Misty Moonlight light blend so I used the color lifter & it affected the water based markers but I love how it turned out. [Note to self: Don’t use this technique unless you’re sure it’s the look you are trying to achieve.]

I used to struggle with closure of flap cards. Some people velcro & others use lightweight magnets. Lately, I have been using a small glue dot that I have worked over between my index finger & thumb to roll it. It loses its permanent sticky-ness but is still tacky enough to hold the flap closed. I’m guessing that over time that this rolled glue dot will lose all of its tackyness.

Here is one last look at the gate fold flap card. I hope you like it! Marilyn (aka MJ)

I’m so happy to be posting today for the Pals Fun Fold Blog Hop. It is an honor to be hopping with these very talented artists. Check it out!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter
https://fresh.inlinkz.com/js/widget/load.js?id=a8b40ada7693d64e5923

Happy Birthday- Royal InKing Blog Hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s February Blog Hop! This is a great time of year to build your stash of handmade birthday cards, so we are sharing birthday-themed projects with you today. 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.

Today I am sharing a masculine birthday card, although technically it could be for any baseball lover. In St. Louis, we love our baseball Cardinals so it is no surprise that I used the bright Poppy Parade on my card.

I used a splatter technique on my Night of Navy card base. I put a few drops of Whisper White Craft ink in a Water Painter & added a few drops of water & then tapped the end opposite of the brushes over my card stock for the splatter effect.

The DSP and the Stamps and Dies are from the Hey Sports Fan suite in our January-June mini catalog (page 68). This was one of the first things I ordered because we are BIG Sports fans. There’s twine and resin stars that coordinate with the DSP & bundle. I used Night of Navy resin stars and the Poppy Parade stars were made from the dies. I just love this suite, plus it pairs nicely with the Hats Off bundle in the Annual Catalog.

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Your Biggest Fan
  • Paper; Poppy Parade, Night of Navy, Very Vanilla
  • DSP: Hey Sports Fan
  • Ink: Night of Navy, Whisper White craft
  • Dies: Sport Events, Hat builder
  • Accessories: Resin Stars

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, circling back to the beginning with Brian King at Stamp with Brian. 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:

Sale-a-brate with Royalty

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 brochure. After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

Isn’t this DSP the most fun? It is one of the products that’s free with a $50 purchase from the Sale-a-bration catalog. I just love all the happy colors and the rainbow images. My card base is Magenta Madness & on top is another Magenta Madness piece embossed with the Tasteful Textures EF.

Using my rectangle postage punch, I punch out the little rainbow and sun from the DSP. The Misty Moonlight background DSP is mounted on Crushed Curry card stock.

For my sentiment, I chose “Thanks for Brightening up my day”. This is from “Special Moments” stamp set also from the Sale-a-bration catalog (free with a $100 purchase). Check it- the entire set is sentiments in fabulous fonts for all kinds of occasions (or no occasion at all like “hang in there”, “just a little hi from me”, “thinking of you” and ‘Hello sunshine which would work great with this DSP too.

My sentiment is stamped in Misty Moonlight on Crushed Curry and mounted off the bottom edge of a Mango Melody panel. I cut two narrow pieces of DSP in Mango Melody and mounted across the sentiment panel across the bottom & extending past the edges. Last I added three small Pale Papaya Loose Flowers along the edge which are from our Annual Catalog.

Here’s one more look.

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

 

[

Royal Inking Blog Hop- Pretty Packages & Tags

Hi Friends!

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s November 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 pretty packages and beautiful tags to inspire your holiday gift-giving. 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.

Looks a little “messy” in still life but it’s actually gorgeous in real life with all the shiny papers & variety of ribbons.

I have two projects for you today- one is a “Tag” Card & the second is a treat box. The Tag Card is a fun & inexpensive way to give a set of tags. The holiday box is a pretty package that is filled filled with one candy (a Reeses’s tree); also not too expensive. These are both great if you have a large group that you wish to share a little cheer without breaking your bank account & without the receiver feeling obligated to return a gift. I used papers from the 12 x 12 Speciality DSP called Whimsy & Wonder with a few other scrap pieces that I had in my stash.

Let me share the Tag card first. Cut a piece of DSP to 10″ X 10″. Then score at 5″ on both sides. Then score one of the 5 x 5 sections at an equal diagonal.

Next fold the card into quarters with the diagonal fold on top. Next take the next 5 x 5 layer & score approximately 1″ from the original triangled piece. Repeat at approximately 1″ more for the third square. Leave the last 5 X 5 piece to serve as a base.

You’ll need large envelopes, 5-3/8” square or bigger. I have 6-3/8” envelopes that work with my 6 x 6 cards so l’ll use these.

Next I made a lot of tags using the Tailor Made Tag & the Giving Gifts dies. Also I used a punch & a die to make tags too. If you want a long tag you can cut your paper the width of your punch/die & thread it through the lower part so it isn’t cut. (See pictures below)

Here are pictures of some of the tags

Let’s look at the treat box again. I had some of the Tombstone treat boxes left from Halloween so I turned them into holiday treat boxes. I cut off the “legs” & turned it sideways & punched a hole at the top for my Polished Pink ribbon. The Tombstone package gives you 8 boxes with the top & bottom pieces being identical. But I made my own bottom for the box using Thick Basic White card stock & duplicating the box pattern (minus the decorative top). This will give me 16 boxes & I’ll use as little gifts for one of my church groups.

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

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!

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:

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