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Posted by on Sep 1, 2017 in Butterflies Thinlits, Butterfly Basics, Dapper Denim, Dragonfly Dreams, Gelli Plate, leafing, Monoprinting, Oh So Eclectic, Touches of Texture | 2 comments

Wings of nature monoprints

Hi! guys, I’m back today with another set of monoprints.  I am super excited to share these prints with you!  I used the mono prints as backgrounds for butterflies and dragonflies!  Such fun. I made these prints at the same time as the ones I shared earler this week. Actually, I used the same stamps for the printing process, Butterfly Basics.  Then, I added some extras to the prints.

Butterfly Basics Stamp Set

This set is one of my all time favorites! As I mentioned, Sunday it was time to give it some love!!

  • Each print has its own unique feel.  Yet all three work so well together.
  • The guilding and stamping on top of the prints give them an extra special feel

These prints were made very similarly to the original monoprints, used a Gelli Plate to create the prints.

  • The paper is mixed media paper and is taped with painters tape to create a border
  • The colors used are Pool Party, Crushed Curry, and Dapper Denim
  • The process is a layering of Gelli prints to create a depth of color and texture.
  • The Dragonfly is stamped in Dapper Denim. This is from the Dragonfly Dreams Stamp set

  • This print is accented with stamping and guilding.  After the print was completed, I added additional stamping to add even more texture.
  • Even more texture was added with glue and guilding. (mixed metal leafing)
  • The butterfly was guilded. I love using the multipurpose adhesive sheets for this process.  It makes leafing so easy with die cuts
  • The colors are Dapper Denim, Pool Party, and Crushed Curry

  • This print is just two colors, Dapper Denim and Pool Party
  • There are a few leaves peeping through from the Oh So Eclectic stamp set.
  • The small dragonflies are from the Touches of Texture stamp set.  They are stamped in Dapper Denim
  • Little secret, I originally was not going to use this print. It was a slight bit crucked. Then I thought. Add some guilding.  So, I did…this led to the two prints above. Witch I love!
  • The two large dragonflies add a little extra special feel, especially with all the guilding in the background

If you would like to know more about the actual printing process check out this post!  It explains the steps of the printing process. I didn’t want to repeat what I had just told you on Sunday! But, I sure did want you to see these beautiful prints.

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

Today is the day! The Annual catalog is Here!!! Lets all do the Happy Dance!!! Yeppie. I am so excited for you to see the catalog!!!

There is a Paper Pumpkin sale going on and it is pretty sweet! This is definitely the time to join!!!

Here is the supply list.  If you have any questions about today’s card, products used, or Stampin’ Up! feel free to email me at



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Posted by on Jul 26, 2017 in Christmas In July, Fabulous Flamingo, Flirty Flamingo, InKing Royalty Blog Hop, Lemon Lime Twist, Pop off Paradise | 21 comments

Christmas in July for Inking Royalty Blog Hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s July Blog Hop!  It’s Christmas in July, and today’s Blog Hop is filled with projects inspired by … you guessed it … Christmas!  What fun!  Although Stampin’ Up!’s 2017 Holiday Catalog will be released to demonstrators this week (we can’t wait to share that with you), our Annual Catalog is filled with fun, festive and beautiful ways to make Christmas special.  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 am so loving all the Christmas products in the annual catalog! We have several stamps that carried over from last year’s holiday catalog. They are wonderful stamp set and I am so glad that they stayed around. I adore Flurry of Wishes, Christmas Pines, and Father Christmas just to name a few Then there are two new stamp sets that are just awesome! Merry Mistletoe and Nature Sings. There are a few other stamps that work well for the Holidays like At Home, Wats of Occasions, and Colorful Seasons. The stamp set I am loving the most right now for the Holidays is Carols of Christmas. It is being released in August! And it is awesome. The is set pairs with the card front builder dies! They are amazing as well. You can get this set now for FREE! When you join Stampin’ Up! In July. (more about this at the bottom of my post)

Carols of Christmas

Today I paired this with two stamps that are not Christmas related. But, end up making a fun and festive card. Fabulous Flamingo and Pop of Paradise. Both of these sets have one thing in common. Flamingos!!! I love Flamingos! They are just beautiful creatures.

Fabulous Flamingos Stamp Set

I Love this summery stamp set.  Click here to see another card featuring this stamp set.

Pop of Paradise Stamp Set

This was one of my favorite stamp sets from the 2016 Annual Catalog.  I am so very happy that it is back for another year.   Click here to see another card featuring this stamp set.



  • I stamped the flamingo from Fabulous Flamingo in Archival Basic Grey.  Then created a watercolor wash around the flamingo with Lemon Lime Twist ink.  The first layer was done with a really light wash of color.  Then I went back and added a second layer of color in some places.
  • The next step was to stamp the inside of the flaming in Flirty Flamingo
  • Then using a exact-o knife I made two slits and added the felt scarf using glue dots to keep the scarf in place.
  • The final touches was the sentiment, bakers twine, and the little holly cluster.  This is from the Carols of Christmas set.  I used Lemon Lime Twist marker and Flitry Flaming marker and colored the image then stamped it.

I love how this card came out so clean and simple.  It really is just fun to step out from time to time and experiment and see what you can come up with.  The second card.  I used the Flamingos from the Pop of Paradise stamp set and the ornaments from Carols of Christmas to create a little Christmas scene.  This reminds me of a big city Christmas window display.

  • This card was done in layers.  Each image was stamped with either Flirty Flamingo, Lemon Lime Twist, or Perfect Plum.
  • The second step was to then stamp each image with versa mark and heat embossed with clear embossing Powder.  Then Heat embossing each image.
  • The third step was to add the watercolor wash in Lemon Lime Twist
  • Then for a little interest I  stamped the Lemon Lime Twist and Perfect Plum ornaments a second time.  And die cut them out.  After die cutting them, I added them on top of the existing ornaments.  Either directly or by popping them up with a mini dimensional
  • The felt scarfs are add just like the other card.  I cut little slits in the paper to feed the felt through.  Then using glue dots to keep the scarfs in place.

I really enjoyed creating these whimsical Christmas Card.  It is always fun to look at your stamps and come up with something different.  I love looking at Instagram getting ideas for cards.  I have seen a few other cards similar to this which gave me the idea to try something different with these flamingos.

If you would like to see more of my adventures with stamping.  I would love for you to check out my Instagram.   I have been posting all month-long Christmas Cards for my Christmas in July theme.  You can fallow me at @westsidepaper

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 hopCandy Ford at Stamp Candy. 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. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  3. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  4. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  5. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  6. Karen Browning at StampWithMeKZB
  7. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  8. Lisa Pretto at Ink Big Academy Stamps
  9. Shawn de Oliveira at ShawnStamps

I would love for you to join my team. My stamping friends are the best. When you join under me not only do you get to be apart of my team. But, you will also be a member of the InKing Royalty! The best stamping community around!!! Stampin’ Up! has a great July Join event going on!!! So want you join me now???? If you have any questions about Stampin’ Up! or Joining Now, please feel free to contact me at Join in July, get Free products!!! Everyone who joins in July will receive the Carols for Christmas stamp set. Don’t know that set???? It is bran new for the Holiday Catalog!!! You also get the Essentials Gift Pack. This pack includes paper snips, grid paper, snail adhesive, a bone folder, and two D stampin’ blocks. Exclusive to Christmas in July!!

When you spend $50 in July Stampin’ Up! will give you $5 to spend in August!!! For every $50 you spend in July!!! Let’s all say Merry Christmas in July!!!

Below is a list of products used to make this card! If you have any questions feel free to contact me at


Supply List

I hope you guys are enjoying the blog hop.  I am super excited to see what all my Royal friends have instore for us today!  I know it is going to be awesome!!!  Let’s all go and be creative….
Peace & Love my friends-


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Posted by on Jun 26, 2017 in annual catalog stamp sets 2017-2018, Build a Bike, Dapper Denim, Happy Birthday Gorgeous | 6 comments

Tic Tac Toe Challenge #tttc03

The Tic Tac Toe Challenge is an all new stamping challenge based upon the tic tac toe board.  I chose to make a card that was blue, one layer, and yellow. Now those of you who know me, know that one layer is super hard for me!!!  But, I really wanted to use blue and yellow…

The new build a bike stamp set is amazing!!! I just love all the pieces you put together to make your very own bike. There is even a little puppy to ride on the back or in a basket.

I used my favorite Stampin’ Up! yellow Daffodil Delight and paired it with Dapper Denim. This color combination is just so happy!!!

  • Now you see, I did it!! One layer and cute as can be! It helps to have an awesome stamp set
  • The sentiment is from Happy Birthday Gorgeous
  • The balloons are apart of the Glamper Camper stamp set.
  • The two-step stamping gives you so many different color combinations

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

Below is a list of products used to make this card and a peek at the inside.

Shop big and save!!!   We always love our host! But right now they are extra special!!!  So, when you are ready let me know!!! I am always happy to work with you. It’s a perfect time to save even more on all the NEW products!!!

The new catalog is full of Awesome New product! And some pretty amazing returning items!!


Have a great Monday.  Be creative and find some time to do what you love!!!  Happy Day.



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Posted by on Jun 1, 2017 in Flirty Flamingo, Fresh Fig, In Colors, In Colors 2016, InColors 2017, Limon Lime Twist, Lovely Inside & Out | 2 comments

Today is the Day! Stampin’ Up! 2017 Catalog

I’m so completly thrilled with the NEW catalog! It is packed full of amazing products.  Stamps, paper, dies, embossing paste, and more! Yes I said embossing paste! It is on my order today list! I am so looking forward to using the all new Stampin’ Up! embossing paste.  I can not wate to get my hands on the So Eclectic Suite of products!!! The Nature Sings stamp set is one of the prettiest stamp set ever!!  Lemon Zest just screams summer!  Petal Garden  is ao beautiful! It is just full of class!!! Can you tell I am completely in ❤….What are you super excited about in the 2017 Catalog?????

I am completely enjoying the Lovely Inside and Out Stsmp Set!  It will forever be a favorite.  I just love the gemoteric feel paired with the bold words!!!! 

Lovely Inside and Out Stamp Set

The new InColors are just awesome! I can not say enough about them!!! One of the great things about them is that they pair so well with our other colors!!! 

  • Limon Lime Twist is just simply awesome!!!  The color combination is Limon Lime Twist, Fresh Fig, Bermuda Bay , and Flirty Flamingo
  • How wonderful is it to have a stamp set that makes card making so easy!!!
  • Layers are always key in makeing a awesome card!!! #layersmakeseverycardbetter

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

Envelopes are so much fun to decorate! I love when a stamp set makes every detail shine!!! 

    I hope you are excited as I am about the upcoming catalog!!! Don’t forget to check out Floral Sentaments, Fablous Flamingo, and Quirky Critters!!

    Have a great day! Happy shoping the New catalog!!! 

    Peace and Much Love, 


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    Posted by on Nov 13, 2016 in In Colors 2016, Layering Ovals, Layering Squares, On Stage, Seasonal Decorative Mask, Thankful Thoughts | 1 comment

    Thankful Thoughts for On Stage Swaps


    On Stage was so much fun, I’m still not over the excitement.  I am super excited about the new catalog!  You are just going to love it :> Promise!!!! I am greatly missing all my friends.  So, I thought I would share just a few more pictures with you from that day.  How wonderful are all those smiles.  Just love these ladies so much.  Kim, Imogene, Pam, and Katie.


    I got to sit with most of these ladies during the day. Also, included in our table was Bobby and Shawn.  (I missed getting a table shot, so you will just have to imagine they are in this group.  We chatted about what we liked, what excited us the most, lost samp blocks, found stamp blocks, all in all fun!!! I really enjoyed seeing what excited each person the most from the upcoming Occasions Catalog.  Everyone was different, which I loved seeing.   The day was also filled with lots of swag.  20161105_143132

    This is Katie with her New Stamp Set


    And Shawn


    And Bobby with her amazing smile.

    One of the things I loved most about On Stage was everyone’s smiles.  We all mingled around and swapped cards with each other.  This was lots of fun for Kim.  I let her swap my cards. I know, Right????  Everyone was swapping early in the morning and I just was not awake enough to engage with people yet.  Thought, throughout the day people were stopping buy tables swapping cards.  How fun!!!!  For my swap cards I did a little retro technique with a modern twist.  I will fully confess that this technique was not my idea.  My friend, Lydia at Understan Blue did this very technique several weeks ago.  When I saw the video, I just know I had to try it!


    I just love how the colors mix using shaving cream, a credit card, ink, and a stencil.  I was so excited about getting to play with shaving cream that I stole Mike’s Barbasol.  And about 1/2 way through the day I was really wishing it was unscented.  Waite and buy some unscented shaving cream!  Trust me…. When I do a technique like this I make loads and loads of paper.  It just is not worth getting everything out just for one card.  And besides you will be having so much fun that stopping will be the real issue.  I followed Lydia’s instructions as well as I could.  It is best to just try  it out and see.  Then go from their.  After the shaving cream got really mixed up.  I would switch over and make some marbled cards using the shaving cream technique we all know and love.  I really like how the shimmery white paper reacts with the ink.  It just adds a little something something.

    The colors were really interesting to watch as they  would go from really bright and bold to soft and muted.  Both were beautiful.  I used Crushed Curry, Dapper Denim, and Cajun Craze.  I tried to keep the Dapper Denim and Cajun Craze from mixing too much.      Once the shaving cream turned a brown color I quit using it.  And started over.  When making a bold paper it is best to keep the rest of the card clean and simple.  I really wanted the stenciling to shine.  So I finished the card off with the Layering Ovals, some card layers, and a simple scripted thank you.

    I love how the colors soften as you work with the shaving cream.  That minty color is amazing!!!!!20161112_102243

    This card I scraped off the shaving cream   immediately after stenciling .  You can see how it makes the background  look  atmospheric. 

    The marbled paper was so hard to cut.  But, after coming up with a design that would alow the paper to shine, I was able to cut the paper.  Yea Me!!!!  Letting go of pretty paper can be one of the hardest things to do.

    20161112_102301We all love color inspiration and finding new combinations of colors.  Hear is a pinable that you can share on Pintrest!  This color combination would make wonderful fall cards using a die as a stencil.  (something like the leaflets….hint hint)slide1

    This is Lydia’s video so you can see just how amazing and quick this technique is!


    Thanks for stopping buy today.  I sure hope you will give the Shaving Cream technique a second chance.  It is quite fun and wonderful.  I love how it looks with stencils.  I hope each of you have a blesses Sunday!

    Much Love,










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