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Posted by on Mar 14, 2018 in A Good Day, Banners for You, Coloring Tools 2017, Die Cuts 2017-2018, Flying Home, Layering Circles, Layering Circles, Layering Ovals, Layering Ovals, Layering ovals, May Flowers, May Flowers Die, Perennial Birthday, Stampin' Blends, Stiches Shapes Dies, Tutti Frutti Card Bases, Uncategorized | 7 comments

Spring has sprung…

Spring is just around the corner! Here in Alabama the trees are beginning to bloom and all the early spring flowers are up, daffodils, tulips, and others.  We had a warm February that got things rolling towards an early spring .But, old man winter is not through with us yet . The mornings have been cold (Alabama cold, mind you) and crisp . The birds are chirping there happy songs and the Pals are hopping along .


Welcome to the Pals March 2018 Blog Hop. Our theme this month is “Spring has Sprung”. The Stampin’ Pretty Pals will inspire you with Spring or Spring-related projects. You may see floral, Easter or other general Spring-inspired designs. You may be just starting or hopped over from another Pal. In either case you’ll find the line-up toward the end of my post to help you move along.

I love this time of the year when the birds start chirp their happy song.  It means Spring is right around the corner! One stamp set in the Occasions Catalog brings all the spring Birds home!  Flying Home makes me think about all the migrating birds flying back to their favorite backyard bird houses.

Flying Home Stamp Set

I think this may be the sweetest stamp set I have ever seen!   It just screams cute!!  In some ways it is very retro . In other ways it has a modern feel . So, as it once was said… what once was old is new again!

  • The bird houses were stamped with memento ink. Then colored with the Stampin’ Blends. Often I use my Prisms Color Markers along with the Blends .But, lately I have been trying to just use my Blends .
  • The card base is from Sale-A-Bration .The Tutti Frutti card bases and envelopes!  These card bases and envelopes are amazing! I love the colors . And the patterns make it easy to add anything you want on top!
  • The Hello is from Banners For You

The next two cards are actually the inspiration to create the card above as a clean and straight lined version!  Not all cards have to have lots of texture to be beautiful!  I love the straight forward version above as much as I love the full of layers and texture versions below!!!   All three cards could be made either way and still be beautiful!

  • Layers of texture are  like the branches, twigs, and twine that birds gather to build a nest. Layers of twine, ribbon, and vellum come together to build a backdrop for a sweet nest of birds
  • The stamped image is once again colored with the blends . To be honest, this would be a great set to also color with the. Stampin’ Write markers . The images for the most part are small enough that streaking is not an issue if you work fast . So, please do not feel that you must have Stampin’ Blends to color these images
  • The Hello Friend is from the Stamp Set A Good Day!

  • Yet again lots of layers and texture
  • The flower and the vellum leaves are from the dies May Flowers .These dies are perfect for all your Spring crafting needs
  • The flower and the vellum leaf are steeped up a bit .  I used my Stampin’ Blends in the light Daffodil Delight to quickly color both .
  • The sentiment is from the Perennial Birthday Stamp set . It was to long for the space .So, I simply cut it in half . That was after trying several , and I mean SEVERAL different options . Finally, yesterday morning it just came together like magic .
  • The final touch was to add the enamel shapes

I always live decorating my envelopes! The Tutti Frutti envelopes are so pretty it really does not take much to add a little something special to them.  I used the little small birds and butterfly’s in the Flying Home set to add the extra touches for my envelopes

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

Thank you so much for hopping with the Stampin’ Pretty Pals today. Please take a minute to mark your calendar for our next hop on April 11, 2018 for our Family First Hop. Now hop along using the Blog Hop Line-up below. Don’t forget to leave us a comment. We really like that.

Blog Hop Line-up:

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Rae Harper-Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  3. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  4. Corinne Blake at The Creative Compendium
  5. Linda Suarez at All Night Stamping
  6. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  7. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  8. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  9. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  10. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
  11. Lori Pinto at LollyPop Paper and Ink
  12. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  13. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  14. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  15. Nina King at Ink Paper Sequins
  16. Rosanne Mulhern at Heartfelt Stamping
  17. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Habit!
  18. Sara Hicks Stuart at Sentiments by Sara
  19. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  20. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose

Thank you for stopping by! I love sharing and will be back soon!  I hope each of you will hop along with us today! Please feel free to leave comments with those of us who you especially like there work! We, I know I do, love hearing from you guys!!!



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Posted by on Feb 21, 2018 in annual catalog stamp sets 2017-2018, blog hop, Coloring Tools 2017, Happiest of Days, InKing Royalty Blog Hop, Layering Ovals, Layering Squares, Occasions Catalog 2018, Petal Passion, Stampin' Blends, Stiched Shapes, They Say It's Your Birthday | 23 comments

You say it’s your birthday….

Happiest of days! The Inking Royalty blog hop is here!!! And we are celebrating Birthdays!!

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s February Blog Hop! Today’s Blog Hop today is filled to the brim with projects that celebrate birthdays. The opening line from The Beatles’ “Birthday” song ran through our heads as we joyfully created the birthday-themed creations we share 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.

My favorite birthday set is Happiest of days  So, of course I had to use it today for the blog hop!!! I love the sweet feel of this set! It is also perfect for coloring! Witch makes me very happy 😍

There is so much wonderfulness in this set! The adorable cake! The sweet presents! And the extra elements! Not to mention how perfect the sentiments are!

  • Using Stampin’ Blends I colored the dots in the designer series paper, the paper doily, the flower, and the leaves .
  • The next step was to add texture by adding layers of ribbon, bakers twine, and paper doily.
  •  Finally the sentiment is popped up with the layers of ovals!

I decided that because we were celebrating birthdays that I would decorate a matching envelope!

The decorated envelope brings all the happiness of the Birthday moment to reality!

The second card, I decided to do a little extra coloring to completely change the look of the designer series paper.  The Petal Passion Designer Series Paper is perfect to alter with color.

This paper is a must have from the Occasions Catalog! I love it as is! But, it is also loads of fun to add color to the paper making completely unique for your card!!

  • By coloring the background pool party it completely changes the feel of the Designer Series Paper
  • The layers of texture add a Vintage feel to the card
  • The final delicate touch was to add  the Tutti Frutti sequins

Here again I used some of the extra elements from the stamp set to make a super special envelope!

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

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

​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. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  3. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  4. Nina King at InkPaperSequins
  5. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  6. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  7. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  8. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  9. Rachael Shedeed at Bluebonnet Stampin’
  10. Lisa Pretto at InkBig Academy Stamps
  11. Imogene Thomas at
  12. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
  13. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps

I am so glad that each of you stopped by today!!!  I know you will enjoy the rest of the Birthday Celebrations throughout the Royal Blog Hop!!!



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Posted by on Jan 24, 2018 in Berry Burst, Brusho, InKing Royalty Blog Hop, watercolor | 12 comments

I Think I Love You!

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s January Blog Hop! This year’s Blog Hop themes will be inspired by popular songs – the first is “I Think I Love You.” Our Blog Hop today is jam-packed with projects that are perfect for Valentine’s Day or that showcase love. How sweet is that?! We are excited to share our love-themed 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 was thrilled when Stampin’ Up! added Brusho in the Occasions Catalog!  I love making backgrounds for cards with this crystalized form of watercolor.  Brusho makes this process super fun and easy!  Stampin’ Up! offers 5 colors Moss Green, Brilliant Red, Gamboge, Perssian Blue, and Yellow. I tried out all the colors and they are amazing. I can’t wait to do more with these watercolors. In my process, I did add two ink refill colors to the mix Berry Burst and Wisteria Wonder .   I ended up not using the Perssian Blue and Moss Green backgrounds that I made. I did save them for cards later on, so you will be seeing them soon.

To make all the backgrounds I used what I call smooch & slide.  It is basically, using a block for the smooching technique. The twist is that I slide the block around after smooching it to the paper.  Most of the background has layers of watercolor. Created by using a heat tool to dry the paper between layers of smooching. The heat drying creates the hard edges you see.

After the backgrounds dried, I started making the cards.  I originally was going to use the Lots of Lavender set from Sale-A-Bration.  But, quickly decided that the backgrounds were two bold for such a delicate stamp set.  So, I decided to pull out the Sweet and Sassy framelits.  And then I thought a little more about the song for today’s hop …. I Think I Love You.  And that’s when I knew I had to use the Celebrate You Thinlit Dies from Sale-A-Bration. You get them FREE with $100 purchase during Sale-A-Bration. And,  I Think I Love You is exactly how I feel about these dies! They are a must have!!!

The two cards above use the same heart. The top one is outline after die cutting. I had a hard time trying to figure out how to make the heart pop.  I finally landed on the Foil Frenzy Specialty Designer Series Paper. If I was doing this again I might would make it into a shaker card.  The one right above is the actual heart.  This card came together quite quickly! The heart and the you popped up,  to say Love you. And a splash of thread added a little interest. I love making fun backgrounds. Cause it lends itself quite well to clean and beautiful cards. I wish I had added a few sequins to it for a little extra bling…work was calling so I kept things super simple.

This card is the only card I did no Smooch & Slide with. I simply sprinkled on Brusho and spritz water. And repeated. Then let it dry.  The heart is Berry Burst ink refill that was watered down a bit and I used my wink of Stella pen to add shimmer to it.

It is hard to tell but, the shimmer add a lot of shine to these simple cards.

This is my version of an Eclipse Card. I make them a little different from a lot of people.  Most eclipse cards, for the popped up part they use demintionals.  What I like to do instead is use the die shape stacked on its self. So here I stacked 4 Berry Burst hearts and then the one watercolor heart in top of that.  This give a cool look even from the side! And you can decide how much you want to pop something up!

I hope you can tell how the Berry Burst shows from the side!

The you are simply is from the coordinating stamp set Amazing You. It is FREE with a $50 purchase during Sale-A-Bration. The amazing is die cut from a piece of watercolor background that I did not like as well as the ones I used!  It was perfect for this word die!

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hopalong to the next stop on the blog hop,Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie. 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. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  3. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  4. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  5. Louise Sharp at
  6. Katie Ferguson at Cottage Paper
  7. Rachael Shedeed at Bluebonnet Stampin’
  8. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  9. Lisa Pretto at Ink Big Academy Stamps
  10. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
  11. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  12. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  13. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  14. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy

I have completely enjoyed sharing with you guys today! Please hope along with the rest of the Royals! I’m sure they all have amazing projects for you today! This group is full of such talent! A special thank you to Mary, Lisa, and Louise for joining us!  You guys are an inspiration to me every day 😘😘😘


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Posted by on Oct 18, 2017 in Coloring Tools 2017, Holiday Catalog 2017, InKing Royalty Blog Hop, Painted Autumn, Painted Harvest, paisley and Posies | 9 comments

Thankful Thoughts with the Inking Royalty

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s October Blog Hop!  There are so many ways to say, “Thank you!” – today’s blog hop is filled with projects that share our gratitude.  Stampin’ Up!’s catalogs (both the Annual Catalog and the Holiday Catalog) are filled with so many fun products that help us show our gratitude – and 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.

There are so many things in life to be thankful for, friends, family, a job you love, having time to create.  My Inking Royalty friend are some of my most cherished friendships. Living the creative life connects us in a truly unique way. We share what we have made with each other, we encourage each other,  we support each other, and we celebrate accomplishments with each other! The Royals are truly awesome people. I have said many times before that one of the things I love most about the card making world is the amazing sense of community.

One of my most recent purchases was the all New Stampin’ Blends (alcohol markers) and the Color Me Happy Project Kit (Available Nov.1)   The Stampin’ Blends are a must have coloring tool. And the new Limited Time, Color Me Happy Kit and Stamp Set are just awesome.  I loved one of the card designs so much I decided to CASE it today!

  • I love the simple design with the diagonal cut paper
  • I love the touch of metallic
  • And I adore the pretty envelopes

I decided to take these elements and make them into two cards for you today! For the first card I used the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper and the Painted Harvest Stamp Set.  Both of these are perfect for fall cards.

  • The colors used are Cajun Craze, Peekaboo Peach, Chocolate Chip, Sierra Sand, and Soft Suede
  • For the touch of metallic I used copper foil paper.
  • To make the diagonal Designer Series Paper, I cut a piece of the Painted Autumn paper to 4 by 41/4 inches. Then I cut from one side to the point of the paper on the opposite end.

  • For the envelope I used the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper on the flap.
  • The Painted Harvest stamp set was used on the form of the envelope

There are many “mistakes” in this card and the envelope. The stamping is most definitely not perfect. But, I decided to share it with you as is. So you would know stamping and creating is not an art of being perfect! It is about creating something to share with others.  The recipient will never know you stamped the acorns a bit two far apart or that the sunflowers are not aligned up right.  They are going to see a beautiful card!

The next card, I decided to flip the diagonal, use stamps that I could color with the blends to create my own designer series paper, and change-up the size of the sentiment.  You can still see the inspiration in the card design. It just takes CASEing a little further from an exact copy.

  • The colors used are Whisper White, Night of Navy, So Saffron, and Silver Foil
  • On the Whisper White I stamped in tuxedo black memento ink the Paisley and Poses stamps
  • They are colored with the new Stampin’ Blends. Colors used Light and Dark Night of Navy, Light Daffodil Delight, and Light Smoky Slate
  • I used the fine tip nib with a very small circular motion to create a smooth coloring with the Stampin’ Blends. Then when I had very little space to work I used a very light touch when adding color.

  • The envelope is also stamped with the Paisley and Poses stamp set.  Then colored with the Stampin Blends
  • A strip of silver foil was added to the top of the flap
  • When coloring with the blends on the thin envelope paper, I use a piece of scrap paper between the layers of the envelope

I can’t tell you how much I have enjoyed using the Stampin’ Blends. They are awesome in coloring. They make blending two colors together a breeze. Or you can use them as single colors like I did to get an even colouring!  I’m so excited about having alcohol markers in Stampin’ Up! colors. These wonderful markers will be available November 1!!!

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

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hopalong to the next stop on the blog hopDenise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie 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. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  3. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  4. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  5. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  6. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  7. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  8. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  9. Karen Browning at
  10. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
  11. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  12. Racheal Shedeed at Bluebonnet Stampin’

​Below is a about the  Stampin’ Blends! Be sure to check it out!

Thanks for stopping by on this hop day! I hope that you enjoy the amazing creativity in this group! I promise the Inking Royalty are the best group ever!

Peace and love my creative friends-


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Posted by on Oct 2, 2017 in annual catalog stamp sets 2017-2018, Coloring Tools 2017, Remarkable You, Remarkable You, Thankful Thoughts, Watercolor, Watercolor pencils, Watercolor pincles | 0 comments

Remarkable You

Sometimes I like to give myself a challenge! So when I set out to make this card, I challenged myself to work on making a collage style card!  I love the look of this style of cards.  So, I decided to give it a try! This all started when I was watercoloring some leaves from Remarkable You Stamp Set!  I love this set so much. And it had been neglected lately by me! So I was watercoloring and thanking about what I could make ….

Remarkably You

Like I said, I adore this beautiful set! It is just perfect in every way. The bold graphic feel. The ease of coloring. And so on…

  • The leaves were stamped on watercolor paper with Basic Black Ink. Then watercolor with the Old Olive pencil and a aqua painter
  • The pink layer is watercolor paper painted with the Calypso Coral pencil. Creating a gradient effect.
  • The doily is lightly water colored with the Bermuda Bay pencil.
  • The sentiment is from Thankful Thoughts stamp set. And is stamped and Basic Black Ink on Very Vanilla.

The card base is 5 1/2 by 5 1/2 square card in Bermuda Bay.  To make a square card use a 8 1/2 by 11 sheet of card stock. Cut it at 5 1/2 inches on the 8 1/2 side. Then score at 5 1/2 on the 11 inch side. The next layer is 5 3/8 by 5 3/8 inches in Powder Pink. The Basic Black Layer is 5 by 5 inches.  The Wood layer is 4 7/8 by 4 7/ 8 inches.

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

We have lots going on right now in the Stampin’ Up! world. Designer Series Paper is buy 3 get one FREE!!! The Wood Texture paper used today is apart of the sale!!!

There is also a sale. Celebrating World Card Making Day!  There are some awesome stamp sets in the sale. Also when you buy a Fast Fuse adhesive you get two refills for FREE!!! The More Cards and Envelopes are part of this awesome sale!!! everything in the sale is 15% off!!!

Have you heard that Paper Pumpkin in October and November will coordinate together for all your Holiday Crafting!!

  • To receive October’s kit, customers must subscribe at by 11:50 PM (MT) on October 10.
  • Remember, the October and November kits coordinate but they also stand alone. You DO NOT need both kits to create a complete project.

Below is a list of products used!  If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

Supply List

 Thank you for stopping by! I love sharing with you guys! I hope each of you have a amazing Monday. And that you have time to be creative!!!
Peace my friends-


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