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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 Sep 26, 2017 in annual catalog stamp sets 2017-2018, Happiest of Days, Lemon Lime Twist, Season of Whimsy, Teeny Tiny Wishes | 1 comment

Happiest of Days

I am back today with a quick and quick and easy little card featuring the Happiest of  Day stamp set! I love the sketched look of the stamps  and that it is super sweet!  It is just one of those sets that a girly girl loves.

Oh Happiest of Days stamp set

This set is perfect for those who like to color! Or add doodling to a card.  I have seen lots of doodling lately on cards. It is defiantly an on trend thing! And it adds lots of personality to your handmade cards.  Rambling Rose Studio is amazing at doodling. You should definitely check out Billie’s work! Her cards are awesome and she will defiantly make you want to try your had at doodling.

  • Everything is stamped in basic black.
  • The three packages were colored with prisma color colored pencils. The colors used were Chartreuse (pc989), vert printemps (pc913), and eaugepále (pc1089)
  • The corner stamp is from the Host Set in the Holiday Catalog, Season of Whimsy
  • The last thing to do was add the doodling lines! I used a zig millennium 05 to do this.

The card base is a 4 bar size. Stampin’ Up! makes great 4 bar note cards and Envelopes. These are perfect for little cards like this. The Lemon Lime Twist layer is 3 3/8 by 4 7/8 inches.  The stamped Whisper White layer is 3 1/4 by 4 3/4 inches.

You guys know I love to decorate my envelopes.  So I added a little doodling to it as well and a Happy Birthday from Teeny Tiny Wishes

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

I’m going to leave you with an up close of the coloring. It was quite simple to add just a little bit of shading by layering the three colors on top of each other! Also, adding thin layers of color helped to build the color up!

Below is the supply list! Happy Stampin’ Remember you will also need a fine point pen for the doodling. And a way to color this awesome set!

Thank you for stopping by today! I hope each of you have a wonderful Tuesday!  Stay creative my friends!




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Posted by on Aug 19, 2017 in Berry Burst, Heat Embossing, InColors 2017, Lemon Lime Twist, Lift Me Up, Silver Embossing Powder, Thoughtful Banners, Touches of Texture, Up & Away | 4 comments

Take 2 with #GDP1000

The Global Design Project is celebrating their 100th challenge!!! How fun is that. Earlier this week I cased the fabulous, Brin King.  You can see my card here.  Today, I am caseing my friend Shawn DeOliveira.  Shawn and I officially met last year at World Card Making Day in Atlanta!  Though we know each other in the cyber world much longer.  So, I knew I had to CASE his awesome card for the Global Design Project 100th Challenge!

I love this card so much! The colors are awesome! The use of metallic is just perfect! One think that always impresses me about Shawn’s cards is the graphic feel they have.  That, and how he uses ribbon is beyond amazing!

Here’s the banner for Global Design Project. I hope you all will hop over to see the design team’s cards for this very special challenge!

I wanted to use metallic, like Shawn did! I also wanted to case his card design.  I love the clean and beautiful feel his card had.  I loved the texture of the background so, I wanted to case that as well.  That gave me a starting place…Matallics, design, and texture!!!

So the only thing let to decide on was the stamp set!

I decided on Lift Me Up! Mainly because, I thought the dies and stamped balloons would work as a focal point. Much like the sentiment, vellum, and ribbon all draw the eye to a certain point on Shawn’s card.  And, well, I love this set! And I had not used it recently.  So, it was time to dust it of…

Lift Me Up Stamp Set

I love how cute this stamp set is! And it is even better that the stamp set and coordinating dies work together to make verity of balloons.  What fun!!!

  • I decided for the metallic I would use the Foil Frenzy Designer Series Paper paired with silver foil.  What a fun combination! Lemon Lime Twist and Berry Burst complete the color combination
  • For the texture I added silver embossing with the touches of texture stamp set. This was added to the Berry Burst background and to the large balloon
  • The sentiment is outlined with a banner border from Thoughful Banners.  Look how wonderfully the sentiment fits right in there!

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

A new live class registration is open.  We will be using the Coffee Cafe’ and Merry Cafe’ stamp sets! The class is August 26th from 1-3 at Westside  Coffee Place & Café

Sign Up now!

The Holiday Catalog goes live on September 1st!! If you would like a copy just let me know via email. I will be happy to send you one!

The Carols of Christmas Early Release is now available for you to purchase. You are going to love this set so much. It is my must have from the Holiday Catalog. It is amazing!!! So very easy to use and just simply perfect!!! It will remind you of why you love stamping in the first place. The stamp set pairs with the Card front builder dies! These dies rock!!!! They will make every Holiday Card sing in glory!!!!

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 [email protected]


Price: $110.00


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Posted by on Aug 17, 2017 in Aqua Painters, Big Shot, Copper Embossing Powder, Global Design Project, Heat Embossing, InColors 2017, ink as watercolor, Pick a Pumpkin Bundle, Tranquil Tide, Watercolor, watercolor | 11 comments

Happy 100 to Global Design Project #gdp100

The Global  Design  Project  is celebrating  there 100th challenge!  I remember  how excited  I was when this challenge  started!  I was even more excited  to participate  in that very first challenge. Now, 100 challenges later we are all celebrating the designers.

Each designer designed a card.  Those of  us playing along, are picking a designer to case.  What fun! For today’s  card I picked my friend,  Brian  King! His clean line card is amazing. I love the pop of gold he used!!!

I love  the clean lines with the marbled background!  And the bold focal point is awesome!

I knew that I wanted to use a metallic as part of my focal point.  So, while thinking about what stamped I wanted to use I also thought  about what would look awesome  in metallic. I decided on a new stamp bundle in the  upcoming  Holiday  Catalog  (available  September 1) Pick a Pumpkin bundle is beautiful  and has a pumpkin in the dies I know  I wanted to guild! Perfect!

Pick A Pumpkin Bundle

I wanted  a basic  background  that would allow  the pumpkins and gourd to shine.  I went to my default  background  technique, and ,adequate a watercolor background!  I sed the ink refill for the watercolor.  Initially, I was just going to use two colors and make a soft background.  But, the watercolor  had something else in mind.  I love how the unexpected  addition  of Tempting  Turquoise is to this Pool Party and Tranquil Tide background.

Pool Party
Tranquil Tide
Tempting Turquoise

I have several pictures to share with you today .  They will show you the process  I used in making my watercolor  background.


The first step is to gather the supplies up that our will need!  You will need watercolor  paper, ink refills o your  choice, a aqua painter, versamark ink, a heat tool, and embossing powder.  I also used a clip board and some  painters tape.

Let’s talk  just a second about watercolor  paper. Watercolor  paper comes in three forms normally.  hot press, cold press, and rough.  Stampin’ Up! watercolor paper is cold press paper.  For this particular project I wanted a paper that had more tooth.  So, I pulled  out  some rough paper.  I am addicted  to watercolor  paper and use all three types.   Hot press is awesome for stamping because  it has a smother  surface  than the other two.  You  could make this card with Stampin’ Up! watercolor paper without any problem

The first thing I did was to tape off a border on the watercolor  paper. I used my grid paper to help lign it up straight. I did not really press down my tape  to the grid paper because,  I transferred the whole thing over to a clip board.

The next step  was to use my aqua painter to add water to the paper.

The next step, is to start adding color! I started off with Pool Party. I added a few drops of ink and water to a flat dish. Using  a aqua painter, I  added the color. I started with up and down strokes. Then dropped  in color in a few spots

At this point, I used my heat tool to dry the paper.  After each addition of color the paper was dried with a heat tool.  This added some harsh  lines between layers of color

The second  layer of color was Pool Party and Tranquil Tide.  The color was added in the same fashion.   By starting with up and down strokes, them dropping  in color.

Again,  I heat set the panel adding definition between  layers of color.

The final watercolor step was to add Tempting Turquoise  ink and Pool Party ink.  This layer was added with almost  a dry brush.  Again, using an up and down motion with the Tempting Turquoise.  Then I added a little  more water to my brush and added Pool Party ink.

Watercolor always looks it’s worst right before it looks good. So keep going and practice.  Practice is key in learning how watercolor works.  The final step is to heat set the watercolor  one last time. Carefully,  remove the tape.

After the watercolor panel is dry, it is time to add the copper  embossing.  To do this you will need embossing power,  versamark ink, and a heat tool

I used the edge of the versamark ink pad to add inkto the paper.  Then added the embossing powder.

At this point my embossing looked quite messy.  So, I  used a paint brush to swipe away any unwanted embossing powder.  Then used my heat tool to set the embossing.

I love the final results! The copper really adds a fun fall feel to the background.   It also brings in the copper guiding flakes used on the pumpkin.

I love to watercolor and don’t get the chance to use the rough paper very often.  I love the results of the inks on this paper.  The difference  in color  between  this panel  and the one on the card is that this one turned out darker.  That’s because,  I used less water in my ink dishes.  Also, no two watercolor panels will ever come out exactly  the same.

  • The images were stamped and die cut out. The small pumpkin in Peakaboo Peach. The gourd  in Bermuda bay.  The fun leafy flower thing in Tranquil Tide on Pool Party  paper.  The large leaf stem is die cut with Tranquil Tide paper. The small curly q is die cut with soft  suede paper
  • The large pumpkin is die cut out and has gilding added to it.  I used mostly copper. But, there is a little silver and gold also. I used whisper white paper and added the new adhesive sheets to both sides.  Then cut out the die. And added the leafing to one side.  The same process was used  for the large curly q
  • The card base is Soft Suede with a copper layer on top
  • The final steps was to decorate the envelope!


Thank you for sticking with me through so many pictures! I know it was a lot, but I really wanted to share with you my process.  Hugs to you who stuck around!!!

Below os a list of products used. If you have any questions about Stampin’ Up!, products used, or today’s card feel free to contact me via email at [email protected]


Price: $110.00

I have a new class registration  open.  We will be using the Coffee Cafe’ and Merry Cafe’ stamp sets! The class is August 26th from 1-3 at Westside  Coffee Place & Café

Sign Up now!

The Holiday Catalog goes live on September 1st!! If you would like a copy just let me know via email. I will be happy to send you one!  The Pick a Pumpkin  bundle will no doubt be popular for fall crafting.  And because  it’s a bundle, you save 10% YEPPIE.

The Carols of Christmas Early Release is now available for you to purchase. You are going to love this set so much. It is my must have from the Holiday Catalog. It is amazing!!! So very easy to use and just simply perfect!!! It will remind you of why you love stamping in the first place. The stamp set pairs with the Card front builder dies! These dies rock!!!! They will make every Holiday Card sing in glory!!!!

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

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Won’t you join me in celebrating Global Design Project 100th challenge!!!! I hop hope each of you have an awesome day! Let’s all be creative  every day and share it with those around us! And just incase you are wondering who won the very first Global Design Project Challenge,  you can check it out here!



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Posted by on Jul 31, 2017 in Berry Burst, Heat Embossing, ink as watercolor, Magical Mermaid, powder Pink, Silver Embossing Powder, Tranquil Tide | 2 comments

Mermaid Dreams …

Saturday I got the opportunity to stamp with some friends. I love it when we get the chance to get together and learn from each other. We worked on learning a few new techniques. We worked on making faux Lenin three different ways. The first two were very similar techniques. The third though, used tissue paper to make a background. This technique did not (for me) really turn out looking like Lenin. Thought, I will keep it in my stash. Because, it is beautiful. We had fun stamping and creating backgrounds for future cards. I loved all the chatting and catching up, it is always the best part!

There is a beautiful stamp set in the annual catalog that will have you dreaming of mermaids… The Magical Mermaid stamp set is just one of the most gorgeous sets I have ever seen. The mermaid is so perfectly drawn and lends its self to all sorts of coloring. Especially, watercolor!

Magical Mermaid

The Stampin’ Up! samples for this set are just so perfect. They used the little mini mermaid for gift tag. How cute would that be for a pool party or beach party. It is paired with a card that is watercolors that brings all the magic of the mermaid to life.

I love how clean and fresh these samples are. They are just so awesome! The stamp set is so pretty that it takes so very little effort to make it look amazing! And as stampers we love this!

  • For the background Take a piece of tissue paper and stamp all over it with a “texture like stamp” I used the stamp that had little crabs and shells mixed with sand and the dotted texture stamp that is like water bubbles. The crab and shells stamp I stamped in Pool Party. The Texture stamp I stamped in Tranquil Tide
  • At this point you take the tissue paper and wad it up into a ball. Then un-wad it. This adds lots of texture to the tissue paper
  • Then I started to decide on a background color to admire my tissue paper to. This is when, I decided that the pool party stamping really did not show up on the tissue paper. So, I sat a few minutes and decide to re-stamp the crabs and shells in versamark and use silver embossing powder. this turned out beautifully, but you really can’t tell that they are crabs and shells
  • The next step is to add the sea weed in Tranquil Tide
  • I decided to use Bermuda Bay as my background. I added glue from a glue stick to the front on the panel and adhered the tissue to that. Then flipped it over and attached the tissue to the back of the panel
  • The next step was to and silver embossing to the edges of the panel and to the Berry Burst layer with the texture stamp.
  • On a piece of shimmery white paper silver emboss the Mermaid. Then using Berry Burst, Flirty Flamingo, Powder Pink, So Saffron, Daffodil Delight, and Peekaboo Peach watercolor the mermaid with a aqua painter.
  • Then after the mermaid is dry, fussy cut the mermaid out.
  • The sentiment is stamped in Berry Burst on shimmery white and layered with an embossed sliver layer and Tranquil Tied.
  • The sentiment and the mermaid are popped up with dimensionals
  • And finally add a few metallic enamel shapes.

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

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 [email protected] 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 [email protected]


I so enjoyed making this card. It was loads of fun learning something new. And then making it work for something totally different is just part of the awesomeness of the learning process. I so enjoy sharing with you guys! I hope that you have a great day and find some moment to be creative!
Peace & Happiness-


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