Always Thankful

I am using one of the beautiful Host Rewards Stamp  Sets today.  The awesome Background Bits.  This is a very versatile set.


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My Color choices for today are:


For me this is a very minimal card!  I do believe that is a good thing…  I began with a piece of the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper.  It gave me the bad of Night of Navy, with a thin layer of Whisper White.  I used the new Ruffled Embossing Folder (It is one of the extra thick ones, for Extra Dimension) .  For the focal point I stamped the flower from Background Bits Host Set colored with Pear Pizzaz and Sweet Sugarplum Stampin’ Write Markers.  I then stamped partially over the flower with the sentiment.  It is from the same Host Set.  I used the Layering Circles Thinlits Dies to cut out the sentiment and the scalloped back layer.  And that is that.

Oh, if you are wondering about the faded look on the right side of the card…. It is not poor photography!  It is the intended variation in the colors on the DSP.  Several of the Designer Series Papers for this catalog have this faded look to them.  I probably could have done a better placement of the lighter area 🙂

If you love this Host Set, as I do, the only way to get it is to be a Host, or place an order up to the  minimum Host Rewards amount.  ($150.00)  I would love to help you in getting this beautiful stamp set.  And for the month of June, Stampin’ Up! is assisting you to earn even more FREE products.

Thank  you for stopping by today!  I very much appreciate your comments.

The products I used for this card are listed below.  You can click on any item to be taken directly to my OnLine Store.


Life Is Beautiful – InKing Blog Hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s June 2017 Blog Hop! Today’s Blog Hop is filled with projects inspired by Stampin’ Up!’s 2017-2019 In Colors – Berry Burst, Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist, Powder Pink and Tranquil Tide. What an amazing collection of new colors! We are excited to share our creations with these new colors. After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.


Colorful Seasons Bundle, 145348


I began my idea with two of the five In Colors, and ended  up using four of the five!  At least I left off the one I have been using continuously ….Lemon Lime Twist.

I believe that this set of new In Colors work together better than any every have before.  I also believe that this wonderful set and bundle, Colorful Seasons, is one of the most versatile sets in the catalog.  It covers, spring, summer, fall and winter.  What a deal!

The base of the card is Fresh Fig and Tranquil Tide. The flowers are stamped in Berry Burst and Powder Pink.  A few of them are cut out using the Colorful Seasons Thinlits Dies.  The sentiment is from the set as well.  (This set has AWESOME sentiments!!)  To make the sentiment more of a focal point, I stamped it in Tranquil Tide and cut it out using the Layering Circles Thinlit Dies.  I then went around the edge with the Tranquil Tide Stampin’ Write Marker.   I felt like this was a way to help it stand out without adding bulk.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop,  Julie DiMatteo   Julie DiMatteo  @ 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. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  4. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  5. Lisa Pretto at Ink Big Academy Stamps
  6. Louise Sharp at
  7. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  8. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  9. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  10. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  11. Rachael Shedeed at Blue Bonnet Stampin’

The supplies I used are listed below.  Clicking on any item will take you directly to my OnLine Store.  Please let me know if I can assist you in any way.


Happy Birthday

My post for today is 2 for 1.  I needed a birthday card for my cousin and wanted to do something a little different.  I usually give her a gift card.  That is great, but boring!  So after watching my fellow SU Demonstrator Julie DiMatteo’s awesome video for a money envelope, I got to work.  You can see Julie’s great video HERE.  Julie is The Paper Pixie.  She is the best at videos.

Once I had Julie’s idea in my head, I had the idea… cards are great, but so is Chocolate!!!  I adapted the money envelope to fit a full size Hershey candy bar.  Now my cousin gets money and chocolate.  I do believe that is a win/win!

Here are my pair of ideas.

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You may recognize the boots from a previous post I did that was a 4X4 card.  You can see it HERE.  The card is very similar.  But she loves cowboy boots and horses, and all things country.  I just knew that’s the card I had to do for her.

The card and the Money/Candy holder are Sahara Sand and Basic Black card stock.  The Designer Series Paper is from Pick A Pattern DSP pack.  And yes, I know I have used it in almost every card for the last week!  But look back and see how different the paper is.  This is probably my most favorite DSP ever, and originally I thought it was more for children…..Silly, Silly, Me !!!

For the card, I tore the Very Vanilla card stock and sponged the edges with Soft Suede ink.  The boots are colored with ink pads and the aqua painter.  The lasso is made from Linen Thread and attached with a rolled up glue dot.

The Happy Birthday is a Must Have die cut!  It is so simple and easy but really packs a Wallop!  Alway remember to attach the Multi-purpose Adhesive Sheet to the card stock before you cut it with the Big Shot though.  That way there is no messy glue.  You just peel off the back and stick it down.  For the Chocolate Envelope I used Julie’s directions and then stamped it with the splatter from Touches of Texture stamp set.  The only difference from Julie’s envelope is the belly band.  I added 1/2″ to the length of the band due to the thickness of the candy bar versus a check or dollar bill.  The bow is from Julie’s video as well.

Remember that we alway say CASE !  That means Copy And Share Everything!  You can copy something exactly or use it as the basis for an idea.  It is always nice to give credit to the person you got the idea from too.

Thank You for stopping by today.  Please do not forget to watch Julie’s video (click above or go to to see exactly how to create this cute envelope and bow!

The supplies I used are listed below.  You can click on any item and be directed to my OnLine Store.



Country Living Birthday

My wonderful Stampin’ Up! friend Julie DiMatteo asked her friends to make a card for her Dad’s birthday.  Hopefully he will have a mailbox full of birthday wishes this month.  I am sharing the card I made for him today.


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My color combination for this card is


My beginning for this card was this lovely old truck from Country Livin’ stamp set.  Then I asked myself how I could showcase it since it was for a special person.  Of course it had to be red!  It seems all the old trucks you see seem to be a faded red color.  From there I quickly came up with a base of Crumb Cake , Real Red, and Old Olive.  A great “Go To” color combination.

I have not used this layout in some time and I wonder why?  It is so simple and really shows off with any stamp set.  All you do is start with a panel that can be easily divided into thirds.  That is all it takes.

The banner is from Banners For You and the “Happy Birthday” is from Happy Birthday Gorgeous.  I fussy cut the banner.  The truck is colored with Watercolor Pencils and an Aqua Painter.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  I love to read your comments.

The supplies I used today are listed below:



This is my first card with the Ribbon Of Courage stamp set. There is a bundle with a matching die cut for the ribbon.  This set is Patty Bennett’s Million Dollar Achievement set.  When a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator reaches one million dollars in sales, they get to help create a stamp set.  WOW !!!  I believe this set will touch everyone and be used for every program that has a colored ribbon associated with it.  But enough rambling, here is my card.

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I really love how this card turned out.  The coloring of the ribbon took a few minutes, but I feel was well worth the time.  I colored with Watercolor Pencils and then went over each color with the blender pen.  I am not sure which is the star of the show though.  The ribbon or the Ruffled Embossing folder.  Oh My!  It looks good in the picture but is just beautiful in person.

The Ruffled Embossing Folder is a new item in this catalog.  It is one of the much thicker folders so takes a little different approach when you use it.  Because it gives such dimension to the card stock, you should spritz it with a little bit of water before placing it in the folder.  Once in the folder remember that you need a different “sandwich” for your Big Shot.  You use the Multi-purpose platform, the embossing folder, and a Top cutting pad.  That is all.  You do not have a cutting pad between the platform and the embossing folder when you use these thicker embossing folders.

The ribbon is cut out using the Layering Ovals Thinlit Dies. The Marina Mist layer is cut using the next size of the Layering Oval Dies.  For a little extra zing, I added some Crushed Curry Mini Chevron Ribbon.  I stamped “Courage” from the stamp set and punched it out using the Classic Label Punch.  And for some bling I placed a purple heart from the Regals Enamel Shapes.

I hope you like today’s card.  I very much appreciate your comments.  The June Host Special is still in effect if you would like to host a party or just place an order.  I would be happy to assist you.

The items I used for this card are listed below.  You can click on any item and be taken to my Online store.