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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 16, 2017 in Pop off Paradise | 2 comments

Pop of Paradise 

I am so very happy that the Pop of Paradise stamp set is in this years catalog. It was one of my favorite stamps last summer. I am sure I will be using it a lot this year as well!  I have always loved flamingos.  And the pink green color combination that is so naturally flamingos.  Though I ended up not using the flamingo in this set.  It was my original idea.  That idea just went a different direction.

Pop of Paradise

The color combination is shades of pool colors.  Including Tranquil Tide, Pool Party, and Bermuda Bay.  Then I added just a splash of Flirty Flamingo.

  • The background is stamped with the Timeless Texture stamp set.
  •  Then using a Stamp-A-Ma-Jig  layering the leaves where they go.  The Bermuda Bay leaf was stamped at full color. Then stamped a seconed time after stamping off.  The other lead is stamped in
  • Both of the ribbons are NEW!! Flirty Flamingo bakers twine and Bermuda Bay mini chevron ribbon.

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

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!!

Happy Friday ! Lets all have a great crafting weekend making cards, painting, art journaling, or what ever your mojo is.

Peace and Happiness-


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Posted by on May 25, 2017 in annual catalog stamp sets 2017-2018, Lovely Inside & Out, Pop off Paradise | 3 comments

Lovely Inside & Out

The upcoming Stampin’ Up! Catalog has lots of amazing new products.  One of my favorites is the Lovely Inside & Out stamp set.  This set lends it’s self to being bold graphic and geometric.  Two of my favorite types of stamps to work with. So, when I saw this set in the catalog I knew I had to have it!!!

Lovely Inside & Out


I paired “lovely” with the pineapple from the Pop of Paradise stamp set.  Which just happens to be returning in the upcoming catalog.   This set is very graphically bold!!! So they work well together.

Pop of Paradise

I have seen several card where people have made awesome backgrounds from repeating a pattern with a single stamp.  This was my starting point for today’s card.  The next thing to do was to pick colors.  I chose Limon Lime Twist, Flirty Flamingo, and Bermuda Bay.   Now, you guys know I love Lilly Pulitzer.  Her designs are awesome!!! And this color combination is completely Lilly.

  • The pineapple is perfect for a bold repetitive pattern.
  • The gemoteric shapes pairs well with the bold pattern.  There are several rectangles that combine to create a focal point.
  • The clear faceted gems add a little contrast!!!

Envelope decorating is as fun as making the card! And it really brings the look all together!

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

The Easter Places stamp set is available NOW!!! In exclusive bundles.  The Clearance rack is stocked and Retiring Products are still available!!!!

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Thank you for stoping by! I love sharing with you! I hope you guys have a awesome Thursday and that you have at least a moment to be creative.

Peace and Much Love,


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Posted by on May 18, 2016 in In Colors 2016, InKing Royalty Blog Hop, Layering Love, Pop off Paradise, Watercolor | 18 comments

InKing Royalty Blog Hop

Sneak Peek Blog Hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s May Blog Hop!  As Stampin’ Up! demonstrators, we’ve already been able to order some fun, new products from the upcoming 2016 Annual Catalog.  What a thrill!  Today’s Blog Hop is filled with inspiring projects that feature sneak peeks of projects from the new catalog.  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 in love with the new upcoming catalog from Stampin’ Up!  There are so many amazing stamps, paper, and other products for all of us to love.  One of my favorite stamps from the 2016 Annual Catalog is the Pop of Paradise Stamp Set.  I just love the flamingo and the pineapple!

Pop of Paradise Stamp Set

Pop of Paradise Stamp Set


Another great stamp set is Layering Love.  This set has sentiments paired with amazing fonts!  Now, you know I am a fool for a good font!  And this set defiantly has that covered…

Layering Love Stamp Set

Layering Love Stamp Set

So, for you guys I decided to combine both of these stamp sets with the new In Colors for 2016.(Witch I am now completely in LOVE with!!!!!) Using simple watercolor, the In Colors, and these fabulous stamp sets for a fun artsy card.  Now, I have lots of pictures for you guys so lets get this show on the road!!!


By making simple brush strokes I was able to make a playful background!!!


Stamping the sentiment in black really makes it POP against the bold background.  I love how you can see the pattern through the words….Such fun!!!


Sometimes, Hello is all that needs to be said!!!


I love how the same basic background can be used to make many different cards that have a personality of their own!


Attaching vellum to a background can be tricky.  I adhered the vellum to the background under the sequins.  I love how the vellum adds texture and dimension without talking away from the sentiment and background! It also, helps to heat emboss the stamping on the vellum.  This helps prevent smudging….



When you have worked hard on a background it is best to keep the design simple.  This make everything come together smoothly.

Let’s talk a little about what I did.  I used my ink refills as watercolor.  A drop of ink from the refill and a little water and you have your own custom watercolor.  The more water you add to the ink the softer the color will be.  All of the strokes made on these cards were created using the Cotman Aquarelle 1 inch brush by Winsor & Newton.  This brush gives great solid strokes.  The paper I used was Strathhmore Mixed Media paper.  There was no particular reason for this.  Though it is a smooth paper that reacts well to stamps and to watercolor.  I worked with two bowls of water.  One to rinse the brush and a clean water bowl to keep my brush thirsty.


After creating each background I added the stamped image.  Using either Archival Basic Black, Sweet Sugarplum (2016 In Color), or Dapper Denim.  Then keeping with the them of the In Colors each background is backed with one of the new In Colors and placed on a card base of a coordinating In Color!  What fun…

I have one more for you…It is my favorite….IMAG3250

Because, I  watercolored with four of the In Colors I decided to use the 5th color (Sweet Sugarplum) for that to adorable flamingo.  To add some fun dimension.  I attached his legs to the card base. Then popped up the body and head using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop,

  • Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  • 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

    3. Shawn de Oliveira at ShawnStamps

    5. Natalie Bradley at

    7. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin

    9. Karen Browning at StampWithMeKZB

    11. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery

    13. Becky Volpp at Ink Blossom with Becky

    15. Lory Robinson at The Robin’s Nest Designs

    17. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations

      All new classes have been posted to the calendar of events!  Be sure to check them out!!!  Stampin’ Up! has so many new and wonderful Stamp Sets, Papers, and other products  that it just makes me want to giggle with joy!  I am over the moon excited to share these new product with you through live events!

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      Here is the supply list:

      • Stamp Sets: Pop of Paradise and Layering Love (available June 1st)
      • Paper: Vellum and the 2016 In Colors (Dapper Denim, Sweet Sugarplum, Emerald Envy, Flirty Flamingo, and Peekaboo Peach)  Available June 1st!!!!
      • Ink: 2016 In Colors in refills  Available June 1st!!!
      • Other: Multipurpose Glue, Stampin’ Dimentionals, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool
      • Non-Stampin’ Up!: Strathmore Mixed-Medium Paper and Cotman Watercolor  Brush


      The retiring products are leaving soon.  I know you do not want to miss any of the great products leaving!!!



      You can still shop the Occasions Catalog through the end of the month!!!!  Just a little over a week left for these Amazing products!  occ2016-us_01 (1)


      Thank You for visiting me today!  I love sharing with you!  And I would love to here from you.  Please leave any thought or comments below.  This is a busy time in the Stampin’ Up! world.  So much going on! Two catalogs leaving at the end of May! And in June we have a Amazing new Annual Catalog.  If you would like a copy of the new catalog contact me via email. (  I will be happy to help you out!!! You defiantly want to see all the wonderful new Products!!!!

      Much Love,


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