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Inking Royalty Blog Hop – Christmas in July

Posted by on Jul 15, 2020 in Uncategorized | 19 comments

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s July Blog Hop! During this year’s blog hops, we are enjoying a year of celebrations. This month’s projects celebrate Christmas in July. Demonstrators have been able to order new products from the upcoming August-December Mini Catalog, so prepare yourself for a gorgeous mix of new products, products available in the Annual Catalog, and returning favorites. What fun! 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 have been trying to find my crafty mojo.  Life has created many distractions as I’m sure it has for you as well.  When I’m feeling overwhelmed by it all I normally just want to be left to myself and be creative.  Lately, I have just wanted to do nothing, and those times that I have tried to be super creative I really had no ideas/didn’t like what I was creating.  It just was not working.  This is when I decided that I need to step back and create for the sake of creating. Not caring about the outcome.  (Creat for the trash can) So, I taped my fingers and thought about what to make.  That’s when I remembered this month was The Daily Marker 30 day coloring challenge.  And I thought yes! This is perfect. I will just color some images and see what I come up with.  Knowing this hop was all about Christmas. I pulled out the Christmas Rose Stamp Set and some watercolors and begin to play.

Christmas Rose Bundle

This rose is so much fun to color!  I was enjoying it so much that I colored the rose three times on Sunday afternoon.  That means you get three versions of one card idea!  Such fun!  One of the things I like best about paper crafting is there’s always something you can do.  Not feeling creative, then work on that stack of cards you never put together (I know you have at least one stack). Feeling creative but, don’t know what to do?? Work on your UFO pile (I know you have a pile of unfinished objects) Not sure what to do??? Color an image to use later for a card,  CASE a card design or technique, let Designer Series Paper do all the work. There are so many ways to get creative even when you are not nessacearly feeling very creative.

  • I started by heat embossing the image with what I thought was gold embossing powder on watercolor paper.  Then heat set the image  This was the moment I decided I put the wrong lid on the embossing powder.  Cause,  that’s not gold y’all
  • Then I set out to watercolor. Talking my time and just trying to relax and enjoy the process.
  • Two things I want to work on 1. Adding contrasting colors to each section.  2. Adding dark shadows.  These were things I knew I needed practice with  #practicemakesprogress
  • The designer series paper is out of the In Good Taste paper pack
  • The sentiment is from the Itty bitty Christmas greetings

  • This was the second attempt at getting darks dark and lights lighter.  One of the things I am trying to learn is how not to lose the lights while still adding darker colors on top.
  • For each card, I used the green to create shadows in the red. Then red to create shadows in the green
  • This card was heat embossed with silver… well, cause I couldn’t quite figure out why my gold embossing was not gold!!!
  • It was after die cutting out the flower and picking the Designer Series Paper I wanted that I decided something wasn’t right. What was bothering me???  I thought maybe it’s the white edge.  So I painted the edges very lightly and gently with green and blue.  And wha-la it was all better!
  • The designer series paper is a returning paper in the August-December mini  catalog, Toile Tidings paper

We are on the home stretch! One more card to go! Who’s missing baseball???

  • For this card, I used my favorite piece of Designer Series Paper!  I adore these watercolor stripes so much! They are from the Forever Greenery Designer Series Paper
  • This heat embossing is actually gold!!! I opened a new container of embossing powder so I know this is actually gold!
  • A die I use that has not even been mentioned that is definitely worth the mention is Stiched So Sweetly dies! Y’all these dies are AWESOME!!! I really could use them on every card

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Jackie Beers at Blueline Stampin There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it! I’m going to leave you with this up-close of who knows what color of embossing powder that is. I want you to see the way the green adds an awesome shadow to the rose. And vice versa how the red adds interest to the green leaves. The key (which is easier said than done) is to add a very very small amount of contrasting colors.

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

I just want to take a moment and tell Janneke thank you for hopping along with us today! Guest hoppers always make the hop extra special!  I’m looking forward to seeing what Janneke and all the Royals have to share today!

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

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Ann Murray at Murray Stamps Ink
  3. Janneke Dijkstra-de Jong at Happy Stampin
  4. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  5. Linda Krueger at The Stamp Coach
  6. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  7. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  8. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  9. Joanne Brown at Stamping with JoJo
  10. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  11. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  12. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  13. Sheryl Sharp at Sharp Notes by Sheryl
  14. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping

Thank you for being here today! Let’s all go and have a good day and remember to find a little time to be creative!

Peace my friends-


Green with Envy – Blogging Friends Blog Hop

Posted by on Jul 10, 2020 in Uncategorized | 9 comments


Welcome to the July Blogging Friends Blog Hop!  We are super excited to be hopping today sharing projects that show our favorite Stampin’ Up! green.  I call myself a red girl.  But, there’s something about a good green that I love to work with.  Maybe, it is because green is red’s complementary color that has green sneaking in as a favorite.  Maybe it is my recent obsession with pool colors that has me swooning over the more green side of life.  Whatever the reason, I will say Stampin’ Up! has some beautiful greens to work with.  Everything from soft seafoam and mint macaron to shaded spruce and mossy meadow to just about anything in-between.

When thinking about what to create for you guys. I had a few Ideas.  I thought about making a green rainbows. Which I still might do one day. Then I considered doing something like K. Warner’s dip-dye watercolor technique.  But, when I went to make today’s card I was not really feeling being creative.  This seems to be a side effect of living through a pandemic.  So, I decided to look through the Forever Greenery Designer Series Paper.

Forever Greenery Designer Series Paper

It was flipping through the paper that I decided to use the watercolor looking green stripe paper.  This strip is beautiful to me. All my favorite teal greens together in one place!!!  A little Old Olive and  So, that was decided. I will definitely be using this paper…. Now, what?????

My next thought was to use the stamp set that coordinates with this beautiful paper. Forever Fern.

Forever Fern Bundle

I got busy stamping and die cutting all the fern in the stamp set with Colors from the striped paper Pretty Peacock, Shaded Spruce, Soft Sea Foam.  I add in old olive

  • Some are stamped on watercolor paper and then using just a little water and a paintbrush I moved the color around
  • Some are simply stamped and die cut.
  • Some are just the coordinating dies cut with colored card stock.
  • Some are ink blended paper then die cut.

The plain was to use some from each way to create interest and texture on the card.  And here is a second look at all the pretty die cuts I decided not to use!  Just look at what I have ready to go for another crafty day!

All the beautiful greens just make me swoon!

This is where the card took a turn, I was looking around for sentiment and landed on the Happy Birthday from Seaside Notions.

Seaside Notions

I also stumbled across the Stitched So Sweetly dies… What I love about Designer Series Paper and a good sentiment combination is that it does all the work for you! And when you are not feeling particularly creative you can still make beautiful cards with just a few really nice products! So, perfect!!!

  • Clean and simple to allow the beautiful stripes shine
  • The stiched so sweetly dies to add a little interest to the sentiment
  • Slimline size can vary. This one is 4×9. It will barely fit into a #10 envelope

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

Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you will use the link below to continue along with the hop! I know there will be lots of beautiful projects along the way!


I hope you have a good day and have a few moments to create some joy today!

Peace my friends-