Halloween – InKing Royalty Blog Hop

Hi friends! Welcome to InKing Royalty’s October Blog Hop! Boo! Today we are sharing scary and sweet projects perfect for Halloween. 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.

Isn’t this little silhouette image the cutest?! I just love it. I stamped the fairy princess image in Momento Black on Basic White card stock & added a layer of Pear Pizzazz across the bottom. Then I layered the “spooky” frame on top. I intentionally placed the frame with the branches on the bottom so it would appear like a thorny bush that the princess was walking by.

When I’m not sure of my placement, I use non- Stampin’ Up removable tape. Then when I have is right, I use our all purpose liquid glue to make it secure.

Next I cut the Basic White & Pear Pizzazz using my little guillotine trimmer (a SU! promotional item from years ago). I wish we had these in the catalog but you can find a non-SU!guillotine trimmer at your local craft store.

I colored the Pear Pizzazz card-stock with my Pear Pizzazz marker to make it a little darker. I created a rectangular panel using In-Color 6×6 DSP in Orchid Oasis on Orchid Oasis card stock. Also in Orchid Oasis, I stamped a sentiment from the September “Spooky Treats” Paper Pumpkin. This panel was adhered to the Tahitian Tide card base & then the silhouette scene was popped up with dimensionals.

Extra black stars from the Paper Pumpkin kit were added. Black Bakers Twine was wrapped & tied in a knot plus extra pieces were added to mimic a spider. Its hard to see but I added a bit of Wink of Stella to her wings, crown & wand.

This is definitely a different layout for me. What do you think?

A special Thank You to my fellow demonstrator & friend, Sally Nusbaum from The Gathering Place for letting me use her stamps & dies.

Thank you for hopping along with us. 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!

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. Renae Novak at Blessed by Cards
  3. Marilyn Jones at Stamp with MJ
  4. Ann Murray at Murray Stamps Ink
  5. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  6. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  7. Katie Ferguson at Cottage Paper
  8. Jan Dufour at Stamp Me Silly
  9. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  10. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Cardstock: Basic White, Basic Black, Tahitian Tide, Orchid Oasis, Pear Pizzazz
  • DSP: In-Color 6×6 in Orchid Oasis
  • Stamps: Scary Cute & September Paper Pumpkin
  • Ink: Momento Black, Orchid Oasis, Pear Pizzazz marker
  • Dies: Scary Silhouette
  • Accessories: Baker’s Twine Essential Pack (black) & leftover Black stars from September Paper Pumpkin, Wink of Stella.

Have a great Wednesday, friends! Marilyn (aka MJ)

Water Color Wash – Fall Leaves- InKing Royalty Blog Hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s September Blog Hop! This month’s blog hop is dedicated to leaves. As the weather begins to cool, the leaves begin to change colors and fall from the trees. 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.

Here is the watercolor wash process that I used.

1.Set up- prepare workspace & gather supplies

1. Gather your supplies & protect your work surface with waterproof pad. You will need a large acrylic block, markers and re-inkers, and Stampin’ Spritzers, Thick Basic White cardstock, two leaves from Leaf Label & Amber Gem Combo pack (#159969). Here I used Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil delight. I used a paper towel to catch run off (& also so you could see the block better).

2. Use Markers & Re-inkers to color your block

Step 2. Color your block. I used both marker and re-inkers to make sure I had enough rich color. Try to keep your colors separate as they will blend with the next step. TIP: Sometimes your markers will leave enough ink/color & other times you will need a drop or two of re-inkers. This is dependent on the color itself and the age of your markers.

3. Scribble on block & spritz a light mist

Step 3. Scribble the ink drops around with the same colored marker. Then use your Stampin” Spritzer to lightly mist your colored block.

4. Lay cardstock Face down

Step 4. Lay your Basic white cardstock down on your block. Do not move around as this will blend the colors & make them muddy. You want to mostly keep the colors separate & distinctive.

5. Heat dry with Heat Tool

Step 5. Lift your paper straight up & use your Heat Tool to dry the paper. Don’t worry if your piece if warped; you can fix this later.

6. Loosely apply leaves to cardstock & repeat 1-5 Steps with leaves attached

Step 6. Loosely adhere your leaves to the cardstock in the position that you want. I used just a little bit of Stampin’ Seal in the middle of the leaf. (You will want to be able pick the leaves off the paper. Clean off your block & then repeat steps 1-5.

After you’ve dried the leaves & cardstock for the 2nd time with the Heat Tool, remove one leaf & distress by curling the edges & creating a couple of creases. Replace it in the original spot with more adhesive. Repeat with the second leaf.

I adhered my panel on Crumb Cake using “green” glue or Multipurpose liquid glue (#110755). This will flatten the panel. I added a narrow strip of Crumb Cake on top of the panel and made a little ribbon adornment using Natural Woven ribbon that was colored/distressed with Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie; and then I tied two pieces of Crumb Cake twine from the Baker’s Twine Essential Pack (#155475) in the middle of the woven ribbon knot. Last, I added gems from the Leaf Label and Amber Gem Combo pack (#159969).

We will be making this at my card classes this Friday. If you’re in the St. Louis area, I’d love for you to join us.

Here’s a close look.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, my friend, 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!

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

Happy Stamping, Marilyn aka MJ

Brian King at Stamp with Brian

Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping

Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery

Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping

Jan Dufour at Stamp Me Silly

Marilyn Jones at Stamp with MJ <<==That’s me

Renae Novak at Blessed by Cards

Jessica Atchison at Stampin with the Atchisons

Katie Ferguson at Cottage Paper

Ann Murray at Murray Stamps Ink

Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin

Candy Ford at Stamp Candy

Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: None
  • Cardstock: Thick Basic White & Crumb Cake
  • Accessories: Leaf Label & Amber Gem Combo pack (#159969); Natural Woven ribbon (#159611); Baker’s Twine Essential Pack- Crumb Cake twine (#155475)

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)

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)

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!

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