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Inking Royalty Blog Hop – Christmas in July

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s July Blog Hop! During this year’s blog hops, we are enjoying a year of celebrations. This month’s projects celebrate Christmas in July. Demonstrators have been able to order new products from the upcoming August-December Mini Catalog, so prepare yourself for a gorgeous mix of new products, products available in the Annual Catalog, and returning favorites. What fun! 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.

I have been trying to find my crafty mojo.  Life has created many distractions as I’m sure it has for you as well.  When I’m feeling overwhelmed by it all I normally just want to be left to myself and be creative.  Lately, I have just wanted to do nothing, and those times that I have tried to be super creative I really had no ideas/didn’t like what I was creating.  It just was not working.  This is when I decided that I need to step back and create for the sake of creating. Not caring about the outcome.  (Creat for the trash can) So, I taped my fingers and thought about what to make.  That’s when I remembered this month was The Daily Marker 30 day coloring challenge.  And I thought yes! This is perfect. I will just color some images and see what I come up with.  Knowing this hop was all about Christmas. I pulled out the Christmas Rose Stamp Set and some watercolors and begin to play.

Christmas Rose Bundle

This rose is so much fun to color!  I was enjoying it so much that I colored the rose three times on Sunday afternoon.  That means you get three versions of one card idea!  Such fun!  One of the things I like best about paper crafting is there’s always something you can do.  Not feeling creative, then work on that stack of cards you never put together (I know you have at least one stack). Feeling creative but, don’t know what to do?? Work on your UFO pile (I know you have a pile of unfinished objects) Not sure what to do??? Color an image to use later for a card,  CASE a card design or technique, let Designer Series Paper do all the work. There are so many ways to get creative even when you are not nessacearly feeling very creative.

  • I started by heat embossing the image with what I thought was gold embossing powder on watercolor paper.  Then heat set the image  This was the moment I decided I put the wrong lid on the embossing powder.  Cause,  that’s not gold y’all
  • Then I set out to watercolor. Talking my time and just trying to relax and enjoy the process.
  • Two things I want to work on 1. Adding contrasting colors to each section.  2. Adding dark shadows.  These were things I knew I needed practice with  #practicemakesprogress
  • The designer series paper is out of the In Good Taste paper pack
  • The sentiment is from the Itty bitty Christmas greetings

  • This was the second attempt at getting darks dark and lights lighter.  One of the things I am trying to learn is how not to lose the lights while still adding darker colors on top.
  • For each card, I used the green to create shadows in the red. Then red to create shadows in the green
  • This card was heat embossed with silver… well, cause I couldn’t quite figure out why my gold embossing was not gold!!!
  • It was after die cutting out the flower and picking the Designer Series Paper I wanted that I decided something wasn’t right. What was bothering me???  I thought maybe it’s the white edge.  So I painted the edges very lightly and gently with green and blue.  And wha-la it was all better!
  • The designer series paper is a returning paper in the August-December mini  catalog, Toile Tidings paper

We are on the home stretch! One more card to go! Who’s missing baseball???

  • For this card, I used my favorite piece of Designer Series Paper!  I adore these watercolor stripes so much! They are from the Forever Greenery Designer Series Paper
  • This heat embossing is actually gold!!! I opened a new container of embossing powder so I know this is actually gold!
  • A die I use that has not even been mentioned that is definitely worth the mention is Stiched So Sweetly dies! Y’all these dies are AWESOME!!! I really could use them on every card

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Jackie Beers at Blueline Stampin There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it! I’m going to leave you with this up-close of who knows what color of embossing powder that is. I want you to see the way the green adds an awesome shadow to the rose. And vice versa how the red adds interest to the green leaves. The key (which is easier said than done) is to add a very very small amount of contrasting colors.

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

I just want to take a moment and tell Janneke thank you for hopping along with us today! Guest hoppers always make the hop extra special!  I’m looking forward to seeing what Janneke and all the Royals have to share today!

If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Ann Murray at Murray Stamps Ink
  3. Janneke Dijkstra-de Jong at Happy Stampin
  4. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  5. Linda Krueger at The Stamp Coach
  6. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  7. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  8. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  9. Joanne Brown at Stamping with JoJo
  10. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  11. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  12. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  13. Sheryl Sharp at Sharp Notes by Sheryl
  14. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping

Thank you for being here today! Let’s all go and have a good day and remember to find a little time to be creative!

Peace my friends-



  1. Wow! Your water coloring is fabulous! Your roses look real. This is a work of art!

    • Thank you, Jackie!

  2. I’m SO HAPPY you found some crafting mojo, Jennifer, because the world needs to see these gorgeous projects! Absolute stunners! ♥ So happy you hopped with us today!

    • Thank you, Brian! I love hopping with the Royals! The mojo is definitely slowly coming back!

  3. Sista, That 3rd card makes me swoon. LOVE it. You perfected your watercolor technique in 3 tries. WOW!

    • Hi Sista! Thank you! If only it was that easy. I’m not sure watercolor and perfection goes together. I was though more pleased with it after I got the cards made. I’ll tell the other you like his design skills! He helped me greatly with deciding what to use!

  4. So very gorgeous. I always love to see your artwork, and I these roses are incredible. I also like how you used the designer paper to showcase them. Thank you for sharing these and I hope your mojo continues. 🙂

    • Thank you! The designer series paper definitely makes the roses pretter!

  5. Wow! These are so beautiful cards with your stunning coloring. Thanks for the details. Have a great day!

    • Thank you! They were fun to create!

  6. These cards are so beautiful! Thank you for sharing your talent and creativity.

    • Thank you for the kind words! I enjoy sharing with you all!

  7. OMG, I want some of your un-creativeness to come my way if this is what you do while not feeling creative. wow. I never would have thought to add shadows to red with green. Stunning.

  8. Stunning, Jennifer! (As if I’d expect anything less from you.) Your talent is amazing.

  9. Your coloring is so pretty, we’re lucky you did three to share today!

  10. They made me gasp at their beauty. Each one is a work of art worthy of framing! I have no idea what color embossing powder it was but it doesn’t really matter…lol. Xoxo

  11. No, it’s not gold, but it is beautiful as it is. I think your watercoloring really accents the beauty of these stamped images. Beautiful, as always!

  12. OMGOODESS…. those are ALL fabulous! Thanks for sharing your BEAUTIFUL creations but also your struggles and your heart. I think we’ve all been there, so you are totally encouraging me to get going again too! Hugs!

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