Monthly Archives: September 2015

Inking Royalty Blog Hop-Tricks or Treats



Welcome to InKing Royalty’s September Blog Hop.  We are helping to prepare you for October with super-fun Tricks OR Treats.  Our projects center around fun techniques (tricks) or creative ways to package up Halloween goodies (treats).  In some cases, you might get BOTH!  What fun!  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 love Halloween and I love treats!!  StampinUp! has done a phenomenal job with the Halloween stamp sets, DSP and embellishments this year and I have had so much fun playing with them.  For this project, I decided to use the “Box in a Bag”.  I found a great tutorial with a video on Splitcoaststampers (, and once I decided on the papers I wanted to use, the construction of the box was a snap!  It looks like it takes a long time, so you can really impress your recipient!  Of course I had to use one of the awesome spider web doilies, too!  The sentiment and doily are popped up with dimentionals, and the bag is tied shut with bakers twine.  I like the size of this bag-I followed the directions from the tutorial, so it is 5 1/2 inches high and it has plenty of room for candy or home made treats.  If you want a smaller bag, all you have to do is cut the DSP down to the size you want.  I love that versatility!



Stamps:  Howl-o-ween

Ink:  Memento Black

Paper:  Tangelo Twist, Whisper White, Happy Haunting DSP

Misc:   Basic Black Baker’s Twine, Spider Web doily, Circle Framelits, Scallop Circle punch

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations.  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. Candy Ford at StampCandy
  3. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  4. Lydia Fiedler at Understand Blue
  5. Shawn de Oliveira at ShawnStamps
  6. Lisa Pretto at InkBig Academy Stamps
  7. Sharon Walker at Stamp with Sharon W
  8. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  9. Becky Volpp at Ink Blossom with Becky





Global Design Project 001


My upline, Brian King, is part of a design team that has started a new challenge, and I decided to play along!  The challenge was to use three colors: pink pirouette, smoky slate and so saffron.  I was all ready to get started when I realized that I didn’t have any smoky slate paper, and I never got around to ordering the smoky slate ink pad–oops!  I was beginning to panic until I remembered that a past My PaperPumpkin kit had used Smoky Slate, so I started rooting through my stack of orange boxes, and thankfully found the inkspot and an unused card base.  Whew!

Now–this is not a color combination that I would have thought of on my own, and I had to play around with the layout a little bit, but I admit that I am really happy with the end result!  For the sentiment, I know it looks a little washed out–the ink spot was probably a bit dry, but it does add some extra contrast!  I had the label bracket punch laying on my desk from another project, and I just happened to try it out-and it fit!  I like the different look.  I did pop the sentiment up with dimentionals.  The pink butterfly helps fill in the big blank area in the upper right of the card–you could also use a flower, but I’m on a butterfly kick these days!  A few pearls for some bling, and I think it is perfect!


Stamps:  I Think You’re Great

Ink:  Smoky Slate

Paper:  Smoky Slate, So Saffron, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White

Misc:  Label Bracket Punch, Elegant Butterfly Punch, Circle framelits, 2 3/8″ scallop circle punch, corner rounder punch, pearls, dimentionals

Go check out the challenge here:


and play along!



Get Well Soup


Today I decided to pull out my Get Well Soup stamp, put it together, and actually USE it!  I have an awful lot of stamp sets that I have not even opened yet–it’s a little embarrassing to admit that to the blog world–but I decided that if I actually shared it with you all, it might make me do something about it!  This is a really cute stamp, and it’s a nice size–it’ll fill up your card so you don’t have to add much more to finish it off.

I haven’t done paper piercing in a long time, so I decided to use that for the bowl.  I don’t have a big selection of current paper (let’s not talk about my massive hoard of retired papers–) but when I was flipping through the Cherry on Top DSP stack, and saw the paper with the swirls on it that mimicked the steam coming off the bowl of soup, I knew I had to use that as my background!  The other paper with the tiny colorful hearts was perfect for the bowl.  The hardest part of this card was cutting out the heart that goes in the center of the bowl–AND, if you look closely, it appears that I used paper that had a design on it, but that was just from my chewed up cutting pads when I passed it through the Big Shot!  I thought about redoing the heart, but I decided I kind of liked it!

I colored the inside of the bowl, the soup, and the hearts on the handle of the spoon with markers, and then finished it off with a candy dot in the middle of the heart on the bowl.


Stamps: Get Well Soup

Paper:  Cherry on Top DSP, Pool Party, Whisper White

Ink:  Memento black, Watermelon Wonder marker, Daffodil Delight marker

Misc:  Oval Framelits, Subtles Candy Dots



“Can You Case It” Challenge #84


I had to make the card that you never want to have to make tonight.  It was for a friend who lost her 23 year old son to an overdose.  Such a sad, sad situation.  I have been thinking of her and the family constantly since I heard, so I knew that I wanted to use a “Thinking of You” sentiment, and butterflies just seemed appropriate.  I chose yellow and green because I love that color combination, and it just seemed soothing to me.

When I saw the CYCI layout, I knew it would work perfectly for my card, so I got to work.  I tell you guys, I am really late to the party using all these challenges, and I really regret all the time I used to spend agonizing over creating a card!  I am starting to enjoy working with my hoard now!

I chose to layer the wax paper cut out of the butterfly underneath the mossy meadow cut out to create a little more depth.  I used my new favorite fine tip glue pen to adhere them together–I LOVE that thing!  A line of mini pearls and the sentiment stamped in white, and the card was done in less than an hour.  Amazing!  Here it is:


Stamps:  Wetlands

Ink:  Craft White

Paper:  English Garden DSP, Mossy Meadow, Hello Honey, Very Vanilla

Misc: Butterfly thinlits, Pearls

Ya’ll, hug those that you love extra tight tonight, tell them you love them, and DON’T DO DRUGS!