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Christmas Cheer for Blogging Friends Blog Hop

Posted by on Nov 1, 2019 in blog hop, Blogging Friends Blog Hop, Christmas Card, November 2019 | 5 comments


I’m super excited that today is the Blogging Friends Blog Hop! Christmas Cards are one of my favorites to create! But, even more, exciting is that my friend Ann Murray, a fellow Inking Royal, is hopping along!!!  She is super talented!  I know you are just going to love her almost as much as I do!!

There is a huge resurgence in fiber arts.  Macrame, knitting, punch art, and cross-stitching are all Super popular. Wich only makes sense in all things the ’80s are back.  I grew up in the ’80s and I had friends who grew up doing these awesome crafts.  I learned to cross-stitch at a friend’s house. She helped me with my very first cross-stitch.  My mom made cross-stitch ornaments that I still hang on my Christmas tree each year.  The new found love of fiber arts was my inspiration for today’s creation.  That 80’s cross-stitch pattern…

Countdown to Christmas is one of the pretest stamp sets in the Holiday Catalog! Not only is it pretty, but it is also very versatile!  I can completely see using this set for envelopes, adding small accents to cards, and creating gift tags!

Countdown to Christmas

Countdown to Christmas stamp set by Stampin’ Up!

I completely love the vintage feel of this set!  It is classic yet modern. Just like today’s take on the fiber arts.  The two border-style stamps were just perfect to create a graphic background that is reminiscent of modern and vantage cross-stitch patterns


  • The pattern was created using the two border stamps and inks Merry Merlot and Mossy Meadow
  • The sentiment is from Itty Bitty Christmas stamp set
  • The layers bring the card together

The second card takes the same stamp set and basic card idea but, yet creates a completely different card!  I have been itching to make a background using the greenery.


  • The colors are classic Christmas Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, and Garden Green
  • The stitches rectangles add just the perfect touch of detail
  • The Itty Bitty Christmas getting stamp set really just perfect something for every card!

I completely enjoyed creating these cozy Christmas cards for you guys today!

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

  The hope line up is below so you can hop and see all the awesome Christmas Cheer we are sharing today!  Be sure to share some blog love along the way!  And please give my friend Ann a big welcome to the Blogging Friends Blog Hop!


One Word “Autumn”

Posted by on Sep 18, 2019 in Uncategorized | 9 comments


Inking Royalty Blog Hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s September Blog Hop! This year’s Blog Hop themes are inspired by a single word – and this month our projects are centered around AUTUMN. There is so much to love about the transition from summer to winter, and we are excited to share our Autumn-themed projects 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.

Fall is such a fun time of the year! Football game, crisp air, pumpkins, leaves changing color, and here in the south cotton boles for decorating.  Unlike the days of old, the machines leave a lot of cotton behind.  I have more than one memory of going out to the “country” and finding the picked cotton field.  Why???? So we could use the leftovers for decorating in fall arrangements…

My Granny’s family moved from the North to Mississippi to make a life for themselves. One of the things they grew was cotton.  And my Granny has many a stories about picking cotton. The entire family participated in the process.  They were extremely pour and It was what put food on their table. So, when I see cotton I think about my sweet Granny and the hope of a better day.

Just in case you haven’t figured it out, I’m using the Country Home stamp set. This set is so very versatile! I love the galvanized pitcher and the boquets of fall foliage.

Country Home Stamp Set

The cattails and cotton bur  remind me of my childhood home.  Thought, I’m not sure we ever had artichokes around for flower arrangements.

Country Home

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

I have been having issues with my white balance in my photography of cards ever since we moved. I just have not found that spot that has the perfect lighting. Below is a second picture of today’s card. The colors are more true. But, unfortunately the details of the card were not captured.

Country Home

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

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

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Linda Krueger at The Stamp Coach
  3. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  4. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
  5. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  6. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  7. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  8. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  9. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  10. Sheryl Sharp at Sharp Notes by Sheryl
  11. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie

I’m going to leave you with a story from my Granny’s younger days picking cotton with her family.

Granny was in the field picking cotton with her brother Larry and her father, Popee. Larry often tried to find a green cotton boll, which was as hard as a rock, and would throw it to hit Granny when no one was looking. The bolls would leave red whelps and bruises on Granny and hurt like the dickens. This memorable hot afternoon Larry found his weapon, rared back and aimed the green boll at Granny. Just as the boll left Larry’s hand Granny bent over. The hard boll missed Granny but landed solidly upon Popee’s head. He promptly said, God Dame, where did that come from?

Well, that was the day Larry decided to never throw another cotton boll at Granny!

Go and be creative my friends-