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Posted by on Aug 21, 2019 in Birthday Cards, blog hop, InKing Royalty Blog Hop | 14 comments

One word Vacation!!

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s August Blog Hop! This year’s Blog Hop themes are inspired by a single word – and this month our projects are centered around VACATION. While many are reminiscing about their summer vacations, others are looking forward to the long weekend just around the corner. 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.

When I was a freshman in high school my family took a huge vacation to the New England States.  One of my musts sees things was a moose.  I also wanted to visit Boston to see where the New Kids On The Block lived, go to Walden Pond, and see a humpback whale.  This vacation was epic!! We did everything from the Fourth of July with the Boston Pops, went to a cranberry bog, saw Plymouth Rock, had poached Pears in Amherst,  and Lobster in Mane, Cape Cod,  Kennebunkport, and a beautiful covered bridge somewhere in Vermont.  So, of course, I had to use the Merry Moose Stamp Set.

Merry Moose Stamp Set

Merry Moose Stamp Set

I have been in kinda a desperate need for some “guy” birthday cards.  And this stamp set just seems to fit the bill to me. By combining it with Itty Bitty Birthday Greetings stamp set, the Buffalo Plaid, and Burch background stamps. A guy card was sure to appear!

Itty Bitty Birthday Stamp Set

Itty Bitty Birthday Stamp Set

I really have enjoyed having this wonderful greeting set around for all my birthday card needs!! I love all the different fonts and combinations of greetings!

Birthday card using the Merry Moose Stamp Set

  • The first thing I did was to create a Burch background. It was stamped with Gray Granet.  Then using my ink pans and brushing it over certain areas of the stamp to add some contrast. And stamped again. Then I did the same technique with black ink.  The next step was to clear heat emboss on top.  A  positioner tool makes this process very easy. Finally, I added some sponging of gray granite ink for more color variation.
  • The buffalo plaid background was stamped with mossy meadow ink on mossy meadow paper.
  • The moose was stamped in gray granite. Then using a “rock and roll” technique. I added gray granite and soft suede on top.   Then finally stamping with the detail outline stamp

This second card has a completely different feel to it!  It is more like those moments of quiet you seam to be able to capture while on vacation. Finding beauty in the simple moments of life.

Watercolor birthday card using the Merry Moose Stamp Set

  • This card had a watercolor background. The colors used are Poppy Parade, Mango Melody, and Mossy Meadow.
  • The dark shadows were naturally created when I watercolored Mossy Meadow over the dried sunrise.
  • The trees were stamped with mossy meadow ink
  • The moose in the foreground was created the same way as the Moose on the first card.

Each of your comments makes me smile! Please, comment HERE.

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

  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. Sheryl Sharp at Sharp Notes by Sheryl
  4. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  5. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  6. Linda Krueger at The Stamp Coach
  7. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  8. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  9. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  10. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  11. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin

Happy hoping. I’m sure you will enjoy seeing what all the Royals have in store for us today!!

Peace my creative friends-



  1. Both are great cards, Jennifer, but I’m in awe of the technique you used on the birch background in the first card. Just gorgeous! I’d love to visit New England, too. ♥

  2. I love the moose! You showcased him perfectly on both cards.

  3. Jennifer. The birch background is just stunning. I’m always impressed with your artistic talents

  4. Hey Jennifer! Beautiful cards. Both backgrounds are beautiful. I like the birch background and how you inked it up for a stunning layer. I look forward to using the moose punch.

  5. Both cards are gorgeous. I love the backgrounds – trees are my favorites and you’ve done such a beautiful job with them. Your cards remind me of one of my favorite TV shows Northern Exposure?

  6. As always, you’ve created a couple of artistic beauties. They’re both wonderful!

  7. What an epic vacation indeed! Love that NKOTB was a priority! You crack me up. But the question remains… Did you see a moose? Love your card xoxo

    • *cards

  8. Wish I were there. That’s how realistic your card is!

  9. In love with your moose cards! The first one is perfection. Also as a stamper I love that you showcased the stamp sets first. Couldn’t wait to scroll down to see what you created with them!

  10. Beautiful cards Jennifer, but I would expect no less from you with your creative self. The mountain retreats you created with your cards is so inviting, I love it. Gorgeous job Jennifer

  11. I love your cards Jennifer they actually make me want to go to the mountains. Awesome job Jennifer

  12. Your watercoloring is always superb, and the second card is just that. I love the birch background stamp and am going to have to get it on my next order.

  13. Stunning cards!!!

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