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Holiday Cheer InKing Royalty Blog Hop


Holiday Cheer

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s December Blog Hop!  Today’s hop is filled with inspiring projects that share lots of Holiday Cheer.  We are excited to share our projects and hope you’ll find great inspiration from our talented team members in this hop.  After you read my post, I  hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

Wow!  How can it almost be Christmas already!  I think this is the most wonderful time of the year–and it is also one of the busiest times for everyone!  It is CRAZY busy at the hospital where I work–with that, and getting ready for the holidays, I feel like I am meeting myself coming and going!  Luckily, I have stamping and crafting to help me relax!  When I was trying to decide what to make for this blog hop, I knew I wanted something fairly simple, but still awesome!  I saw a picture of a quilt with this Christmas tree design on it, and decided it would be perfect to showcase some of our DSP!



I ran into a little problem with the star–I had nothing that was the right size, and I really wanted it to be “country”, so I hand cut one.  I was flipping through all of my DSP, and I was really glad to find one for the star in the Cherry On Top stack.  I was also happy that the sentiment fit perfectly in the bottom strip.  I finished it off with a little bow.  I love how it turned out!

Stamps:  Versatile Christmas

Paper:  Real Red, Old Olive, Soft Suede, Cherry on Top DSP, Merry Moments DSP, Home for Christmas DSP

Misc.:  Tiny Triangles Embossing Folder, Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine

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

  1. Lisa Pretto at InkBig Academy Stamps

. 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. Shawn de Oliveira at ShawnStamps
  3. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  4. Becky Volpp & Megan Quillen at Ink Blossom with Becky
  5. Deb Cozzone at Grand Central Stamping
  6. Sharon Walker at Stamp with Sharon W
  7. Lisa Pretto at InkBig Academy Stamps
  8. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  9. Candy Ford at StampCandy
  10. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owler

{{{hugs}}}  and Merry Christmas!!!



So Grateful InKing Royalty Blog Hop

                                                  So Grateful

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s November Blog Hop!  Today’s hop is filled with inspiring projects that share the gratefulness of the season.  Whether you are ready to celebrate Thanksgiving this week or just feel reflective of the things that make you thankful, we are sure you’ll find great inspiration from our talented team members.  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 Thanksgiving!  The warm colors, the cute turkey and Pilgrim decorations, and the wonderful scents!  There’s just something about smelling turkey and pumpkin pie baking–yum, yum!  I also love punch art, and what better way to say Happy Thanksgiving than with a sweet little punch art turkey!


I toyed around with several different sentiments, and was delighted when I found that the stamp from the Wickedly Sweet Paper Pumpkin set fit perfectly on the belly of the turkey!  I wanted to use the washi tape on this card, too, but was disappointed at first because it is so thin I could see the line between the DSP and the cardstock base.  I solved that problem by cutting a half inch strip of pumpkin pie paper and adhering the tape to it.  I used several different punches (I am a punch-a-holic, lol!) including making the beak out of a petal snipped off of one end of part of the Festive Flower Builder punch, and using one of the petals from the Petite Petals punch to make the wattle(I used the Petite Petals punch for the feet, too).   Easy and fun to assemble!

Paper:  Soft Suede, Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight, Into the Woods DSP

Stamps:  from Wickedly Sweet Paper Pumpkin kit

Ink:  Memento Black

Punches:  Festive Flower Builder, Petite Petals, 2 3/8″ scallop circle, 1 3/8″ circle, 1″ circle

Misc.:  ’14-’16 In Color Designer Washi Tape, googly eyes


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!



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



Bundled Up for the Holidays InKing Royalty Blog Hop


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Welcome to InKing Royalty’s August Blog Hop.  Stampin’ Up!’s 2015 Holiday Catalog is just around the corner (it’s live on September 1) – and this amazing book is filled to the brim with incredible bundles at discounted prices.  Who doesn’t love to save with bundles?!?  Today we are Bundled Up for the Holidays as we celebrate these amazing stamp set bundles from the Holiday 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 think this has to be the best holiday catalog ever!  I know that I pretty much want everything in it, and I had a hard time limiting myself on my first order!  The first bundle I had to play with was the adorable Howl-o-Ween Treat stamp set and the matching Boo to You framelits.


That cute bat (or is it an owl?) just makes me smile!  As a matter of fact, as I was creating this card, I was reminded of a book I read growing up–“Sam and the Firefly” by P.D. Eastman.  I was a little tempted to color his eyes yellow, haha!  I resisted, though, and used black candy dots instead to make his eyes stand out.  I also popped him up with dimentionals.


I used the Happy Haunting DSP to choose my colors, and way back in the olden days, before I met Brian (King), I would have been happy with just one layer on my card, but he has pulled me over to the dark side, and now I have to layer everything!  It really does make a difference!  Did you notice the whisper white layer under the sentiment?  Yeah, I saw that on one of Brian’s cards, too.  I tried every which way I could think of to get one of the spider web doilies on this card (I LOVE them!), but it just didn’t look right, so I had to settle for some bakers twine.  This was such a fun card to make, and I can’t wait to see what everyone else has created!

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



InKing Royalty Blog Hop Lineup
Thank you for stopping by! Please hop over to the next person in the list for more inspiration and exciting bundles from the Holiday Catalog:

PP259, Howl o ween Treet


Hello again, Blog world!  It is the start of my favorite time of year–fall!  I’m still waiting for cooler weather, but I am already playing with some of the new fall products from Stampin’ Up!  This year there are some really cute Halloween stamp sets to choose from, and I just had to use two of them for this card!

I started with this Sketch Challenge:

I knew I wanted to use that cute little witch.  I have fond memories of dressing up as a witch on multiple occasions, lol!  I used a blender pen to color the image, and circle framelits to cut out the black glimmer paper base (love it!!) and the image.  For the pumpkin, I masked off the handle using tape:


which works really well, unless you are not paying attention, and you forget to take the tape off before stamping:


oops, LOL!

Now, I have to confess that I used my old favorite, Pumpkin Pie, to stamp the image, even though I was using Tangelo Twist throughout the rest of the card.  Tangelo twist ink just made the pumpkin look too muddy to me.

I colored in the eyes, mouth and stripes to make them pop, and cut it out with my handy Boo to You framelits.  SO fun!!!  I am seriously like a kid in a candy store with all these fun holiday bundles!

I used the washi tape punch to cut out the sentiment, and the banner triple punch for the banner–makes those banners SO much easier!!

Here’s the finished card.  It was a lot of fun to make–now I’m really getting in the mood for FALL!!!







World Card Making Day


This last weekend I celebrated WCMD in Atlanta, at an event hosted by Brian King and Pam Morris.  It was SO much fun!  We started the weekend on friday night with a food fest at Maggianos.  Can I just say, Italian food to die for–and cheesecake!–and tiramisu!!  Yum, yum!  I love food!  There were plenty of laughs, too!

On Saturday, we signed in and picked up a cardstock covered notebook (orange, yellow or red–I chose red) and proceeded to be entertained royally by Brian and Pam!  They play off of each other SO well, and kept us laughing throughout the day.  They had the cutest table favors for us–the day was divided into Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, so the water bottle and candy corn filled fry box greeted us first, then they handed out the other two favors as we started each section.


There were make and takes throughout the day, too!

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And, of course, lots of prize patrols!!!  LOTS of prize patrols!  Not only that, but everyone received a gift!  Remember the cardstock covered notebooks?  Orange=Halloween, Yellow=Thanksgiving, Red=Christmas!  So, I won a  Christmas themed package!  A wood mount case filled with a package of notecards, the frosted sequins and All is Calm washi tape!

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Brian and Pam both presented fun ideas for projects, and of course there was lots of competition for which group could “oohh and ahhh” the loudest, lol!  I’m quite sure Brian thinks he won, but we were pretty loud for both of them!

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Dawn Griffith from the Stampin’Up! home office came for the weekend, and she gave a great presentation, as she always does!  Among other things, she showed us the stars from the upcoming Many Merry Stars Simply Created Kit.  Oh my WORD!!  They are AMAZING!!!!  I cannot WAIT to get mine (can you tell I’m a little bit excited, lol!)  The pictures in the supplement don’t do them justice. They are even more adorable in real life!







Saturday evening we had a card making marathon, and eneded up with over 400 Halloween, Christmas and Thank You cards to donate to one of our local Children’s Hospital–where I proudly work–Scottish Rite.

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Sunday morning we were still going strong!  Lisa Mayer Pretto from InkBig Academy spoke to us about using social media to grow our business.  She is an awesome speaker, and I learned SO much–including how to take a selfie, hahaha!  So, I now have a business facebook page–come follow me at Stamp with sharon w–AND an instagram  account (which I am still trying to figure out totally, lol!)

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OH–and how can I forget the SWAPS????  W0w–everyone made amazing cards!



This was my swap–of course I had to use the new tree punch–I am IN LOVE with it! AND the Trim the Tree DSP paper stack–I adore the traditional Christmas colors, and these are so rich and vibrant!


It was just a fabulous weekend!  I ate too much, laughed SO much, made new friends and caught up with old friends, and learned A LOT!  I can’t thank Brian and Pam enough for all their hard work!





Happy Father’s Day!


I had so much fun making this card for the men in my life (love you, Dad and Charlie!) and for my co-workers, who snapped up 25 of them!  This is a design that has been around for a long time, and although it is pretty simple to make, it is very impressive!  Now, I cannot begin to tie a necktie in real life despite multiple attempts, but give me a 4×4 piece of DSP and an awesome you-tube instructional video, and I’m good to go! I carried on the theme this morning with my 3rd grade Sunday School class, and gave them these bags filled with candy for their Dads. I found the instructions for the bag and tie on pinterest, but actually just made bags out of a sheet of cardstock, and freehand cut a tie out of DSP!


I hope everyone has had a nice, relaxing day with their families!  We ate at Chili’s (LOVE their quesadilla explosion salad) and then came home and watched movies.  Funny story–my daughter and I stopped at Kroger on the way home to get a cake mix and we ended up accidentally buying a brownie mix instead of a cake mix–didn’t realize that until we were ready to pour the batter in the pan!–but that was AFTER we somehow got the spatula tangled up in the mixer and spewed batter all over us and the kitchen!  There was a lot of laughter going on in our house!  I’m glad to report that the brownies were delicious after all of that!