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:

Triple Gate Fun Fold Card

Happy Valentine’s Day! I have one last V-day card to share with you. It’s a fun fold so you can use the design anytime. I’m calling it a Triple Gate.

It was fun & easy to make. First step, score your 8.5 x 5.5 at 2-1/8 & at 6-3/8 (or 2 1/8″ from each side). This will give you a split center card base. Next, use three pieces of 1.75 x 4″ card stock & adhere 1-5/8″ x 3-7/8″ of DSP to each piece. . Next adhere two of these to one side of the split card base; one towards the top & the other towards the bottom. HINT: Be sure to only add adhesive to the area that touches the front flap. Next adhere the third piece between the other two but on the opposite split front panel. HINT: Be sure that the three panels do not overlap but weave together.

As you can see I rounded the corners using our Detailed Trio punch. I also decorated the inside of the card. I used the Word Wishes die cuts for the sentiment on the front.

Here’s a look at the inside when folded out.

Here is one more look at how the card folds together.

I hope you liked this fun fold in a non-traditional colored Valentine. Have a great week! Marilyn (AKA MJ)

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Paper: Pear Pizzazz, Evening Evergreen, Just Jade
  • DSP: Daffodil Afternoon (SAB)
  • Dies: Word Wishes, Bouquet of Love
  • Punch: Detailed Trio

Quick Valentine’s Day Cards

Hi friends- an extra post for me this week so I can share a couple Valentine’s Day cards.

My first card is a long & skinny (8.5 x 3.5). It’s fun to create with a different size. Stampin’ Up even has pretty envelopes in the January-June mini catalog.

I used the two pieces of the fun Sweet Talk DSP & added a 1/4” strip of Highland Heather between the two pieces. Two Real Red die cut & embossed hearts were added. A sweet sentiment “yay for love” was added.

My second card is simple stamping too. Again, the Sweet Talk DSP was used & mounted on Granny Apple Green card stock & then onto a card base of Pool Party. An embossed heart was centered with a Granny Apple Green skinny sentiment strip. The sentiment is from the January Paper Pumpkin.

I hope you enjoy your weekend!

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Happy & Heartfelt, January Paper Pumpkin- Kisses and Hugs
  • Paper: Real Red, Highland Heather, Granny Apple Green, Pool Party
  • DSP: Sweet Talk
  • Ink: Real Red, Momento
  • EF & Dies: Banquet of Love
  • Embellishments: Red Rhinestones

Stepped-Up Cactus Cuties Card

On Wednesday, I posted two simple cards using the Cactus Cuties bundle. I’m back today to share a stepped up version. Basically, I used the same layout but changed a lot of the elements.

The card base is Just Jade. I created three shades of green embossing paste by adding a few drops of ink to a small amount of paste & used a palette knife to blend. I used Soft Sea Foam, Just Jade and Evening Evergreen inks to create the ombre effect. The Butterflies and Flower Decorative Masks were used on a piece of Just Jade card stock.

The Bloom Where you are Planted DSP is mounted on a piece of Evening Evergreen. Just Jade Gingham ribbon from the Flowers for Every Season ribbon combo pack was wrapped around the DSP & tied in a bow. Layering Circle scalloped dies in Basic White and Cinnamon Cider are the base for the cactus.

Compare to yesterday’s simple cards… same basic card, but the ombre embossing, the pebble enamel shapes and the gingham ribbon take the simple card and steps it up.

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamp & Punch: Cactus Cuties Bundle
  • Paper: Just Jade, Evening Evergreen, Cinnamon Cider, Polished Pink, Basic White
  • DSP/Specialty: Bloom Where You Are Planted, Soft Succulent In-Color Shimmer Vellum
  • Ink: Soft Sea Foam, Just Jade, Evening Evergreen, Cinnamon Cider
  • Accessories: Butterflies & Flowers Decorative Masks (Mini), Just Jade Gingham ribbon, Pebble enamel shapes

Even More Daffodil Afternoon DSP

I don’t think I’m obsessed with this paper, but I am on a mission to show you how versatile our Stampin’ Up Designer Series Papers are. The cards I created today use a simple cutting strategy for a single piece of DSP as shown below. This is the same cut that I used on my card from Monday.

You get twelve pieces of DSP and there are so many ways to use these pieces. You might need to pay attention to the orientation of the design if there is a true horizontal or vertical orientation, like Monday’s card or today’s card.

This one was made by cutting the 4”x 3” into two pieces; two 2”x 3” pieces. Then a large label was placed between the two pieces giving the appearance that it is on big piece.

The card base is the standard A2 size (4.25″ x 5.5 “) in Daffodil Delight. I used the Hive 3D Embossing folder on a 3.75″ x 5” piece of Daffodil Delight paper. THen with my Blending Brush, I burnished with Early Espresso ink. Then I distressed the corners and edges a bit.

The sentiment label is cut from Bumblebee cardstock using the Tasteful Labels dies. The sentiment is from the “Celebrating You” stamp set from the Mini catalog. Last a Bumblebee Trinket was added on the label.

I have a second card for you today. Same layout, but different papers and a different piece of DSP from the same Daffodil Afternoon Sale-a-Bration paper. (free with $50 purchase).

The card base is Pear Pizzazz & a Daffodil Delight piece of card stock was run through the Pretty Flowers Embossing Folder. The label in Very Vanilla was made using the same label as the first card (Tasteful Label dies) & the sentiment in Pear Pizzazz is from the new celebrating You stamp set in the January-June mini catalog. The little flowers stamp from Hello Ladybug stamp was inked with Daffodil Delight ink & stamped off & then stamped on the label to add color and dimension. I added Bumblebee Gingham ribbon & a bow.

I hope you have enjoyed these cards. Have a great Friday & weekend! See you again on Monday. Marilyn (aka MJ)

Slimline Card

I was so excited to get the new Slim Card dies! I had so much fun making my first card. My brain is exploding with other ideas- more ideas than I’ll ever have time to make. Stampin’ Up also added envelopes to the catalog.

I wanted a design that showed off the die cut papers so I used a small sentiment from our Annual Catalog called “Happiest of Birthdays”.

I cut three pieces of paper with one of the slim card dies- Bumblebee, Pacific Point & the Sale-a-Bration DSP, Daffodil Afternoon. Yeah- I’m using it again. LOL. Next I adhered the Pacific Point frame to a base of Bumblebee. Then I pieced the angled pieces into the frame. It was so easy to put together!

I hope you’ll consider these dies- great fun & something different with which to play. Have a great day! Marilyn (aka MJ)

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Happiest of Birthdays
  • Papers: Bumblebee, Pacific Point
  • DSP: Daffodil Afternoon (yes- again)
  • Ink: Momento
  • Accessories: Shaker Shapes

More Fun with Daffodil Afternoon DSP

Hello friends; I’m here again today with more ideas on how to use “Free with $50 purchase” Designer Seriers Paper (DSP).

One of my favorite ways to cut my DSP is into 12 pieces; each 4” x 3”. There’s just so many sketches you can use to make different cards.

And so many ways to decorate even if you don’t have the matching stamp set & dies. Here I used Pierced Blooms dies in So Saffron with Flirty Flamingo centers. I added the gorgeous Champagne Rhinestones.

My sentiment in Flirty Flamingo on Flirty Flamingo cardstock & reads “you’re on my mind & in my heart”. It is from the “Celebrating You” stamp set in the January-July mini catalog; a fantastic set of seasonal sayings including Easter, Mothers Day, Fathers Day, Congratulations (graduation), Baby, Wedding, & more. It’s easy to flip past it in the catalog but pause when you get to page 65.

This particular sentiment is just so special- it let’s a special someone know that you’re thinking of them. So many have lost love ones & others are struggling with different challenges so this is the perfect sentiment. I know I’ll be using it often.

Have a great day! Marilyn (aka MJ)

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Celebrating You
  • Paper: Basic White card base; Evening Evergreen (4-1/8 x 3-1/8); Flirty Flamingo (4-1/8 x 2-1/8)
  • DSP: Daffodil Afternoon
  • Dies: Pierces Blooms
  • Accessories: Champagne Rhinestones

Daffodil Afternoon DSP – take 2

Hello, my fun friends! I’m sorry I missed you on Wednesday- life just took a minor left turn. As you may recall, my focus this week is the Sale-a-Bration Daffodil Afternoon DSP.

It doesn’t look like Daffodil DSP, does it?! For many of our Stampin’ Up designer series papers, one side is a beautiful artwork & the other side is a color-matching paper like this- diagonal stripes in Flirty Flamingo on Pale Papaya. So if you’re not crazy about daffodils, or you want to switch it up, the flip side offers another fabulous design.

I used the card sketch from The Paper Players #575. Honestly, I’ve used this sketch for years. It’s one of those “Go To” sketches & when you check out The Paper Players site, you’ll see many beautiful interpretations.

My base is Pale Papaya. Using the flowers in the “Butterflies & Flowers” Decorative Masks & Blending Brushes to first lay down Flirty Flamingo ink with the floral outline mask & then Polished Pink ink with the detailed flower mask onto Flirty Flamingo cardstock.

My sentiment is from another Sale-a-bration “freebie”; this one with $100 purchase. It’s called “Special Moments”. This is definitely a “must have” sentiment stamp set; there’s a total of 21 sentiments. I stamped in Polished Pink on Pale Papaya; & used our “Double Oval” punch for the sentiment & Flirty Flamingo scalloped oval.

Have a great Friday! Marilyn (aka MJ)

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Special Moments
  • Paper: Pale Papaya, Flirty Flamingo
  • DSP: Daffodil Afternoon
  • Ink: Flirty Flamingo, Polished Pink
  • Tools: Butterflies & Flowers Decorative Masks, Double Oval punch
  • Accessories: Pale Papaya & White ribbon, Champagne Rhinestones

Birthday Tulips

Yesterday was our youngest daughter’s birthday. She is a lovely, beautiful young adult who works very hard at a dream job in her field. She and her handsome husband live about 40 minutes away so we don’t see them on a daily basis. 😦 I mailed this card with a special “birthday present” check tucked inside from My Mister (her Dad) and I.

She loves elephants and I’ve bought & used just about every elephant stamp that Stampin’ Up has ever made (Good Luck, Henry Says, elebration birthday single stamp, little elephant stamps & builder punch to name just a few). And I still have all of them since that’s her favorite. But this year I wanted to switch it up & send just a beautiful card that represents her beauty, both inside and out.

She has always been our “little sunshine” so I decided to use So Saffron card stock as the base & topped with a piece of So Saffron that was embossed with our Tasteful Textures EF (Embossing Folder). Over that layer, I added a piece of vellum with the corner cut with the geometric collection of tiny squares from the Tulip Dies.

For the tulips the “Simply Marbelous” DSP in Bumblebee- Saffron and also Balmy Blue-Misty Moonlight from the Sale-a-bration catalog was used. It’s a wonderful collection of blended, gradient colors that work great for all sorts of images such as these tulips.

There is no “right” way to put the tulips together; you can look at the catalog images for ideas. I watched a few YouTube videos but most people had their own idea on how the pieces went together so I went with my own idea. Just pioneer your own way!

When making this card, I tried to add some bling or ribbon, but that took away from the beauty of the flowers. I just love the look of the tulips against the vellum! The sentiment is from the Flowering Tulip stamp set too; there are a lot of wonderful sentiments- I like the Thank You the best but not appropriate for a birthday card- LOL!

  • Supplies: All Stampin up
  • Stamps: Flowering Tulips
  • Paper: So Saffron, Pear Pizzazz, Vellum
  • DSP: Simply Marbleous (Sale-a bration)
  • Ink: Misty Moonlight
  • Dies/Punch: Tulip dies. Lovely Labels Pick a Punch
  • Accessories: Tasteful Textures EF

Daffodil Afternoon – Fast & Easy cards

Hi friends & Happy Monday! I have some quick & easy cards using DSP from our Sale-a-Bration catalog. The DSP is Daffodil Afternoon. On one side are beautiful floral images & the other is basics patterns.

I love taking a pack of DSP and making basic cards. For all these cards, I used the same layout. The DSP is cut at 4” x 1.75”. I took three pieces & adhered to a 4-1/8” x 5-3/8” piece of cardstock in a coordinating color. I put a narrow piece of cardstock between the DSP panels. This allows me to lay down the DSP right next to each other versus cutting the DSP smaller & centering the DSP pieces on the cardstock. The effect is similar. I learned that trick from one of Connie Stewart’s videos.

I used the double oval punch & created “thinking of you” sentiment panels using the Sale-a-Bration set called “Special Moments. The “thank you” is from “Happy & Heartfelt” set in the January – June catalog. I added coordinating ribbon & embellishments to finish the cards.

Thanks for stopping over. I hope you are having as much fun as I am with your Sale-a-Bration “free with $50 purchase”!

Marilyn (aka MJ)