Birthday Cheer for InKing Royalty Blog Hop


Welcome to InKing Royalty’s February Blog Hop! This year’s Blog Hop themes are inspired by a single word – and this month our projects are centered around BIRTHDAY. It’s always special to celebrate the birthday of someone you love, so handmade birthday cards are always fun to share. 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 new I had the right idea for my card when Brian sent the banner for today’s Blog Hop.  The design in the banner is what I used on my card.  I had to laugh.  So, seeing that DSP you can imagine that my card is very bright and colorful.  Here it is.


Birthday Cheer Bundle, 150576


I love purple.  It was my Mother’s favorite color, so of course I did not like it in my young years.  But as those things go, it is one of my favorite colors now.  I definitely thought of her in making this card.  I used the Gorgeous Grape as the base, and I added the Dot To Dot Embossing Folder in Whisper White to separate the color a bit.  I then went crazy with color and layered two pieces of the How Sweet It Is Designer Series Paper.  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!

The sentiment is a combination of two different ones.  The main sentiment is from the Stitched All Around stamp set.  The added “It’s All About You”, which I thought was just perfect, is from Birthday Cheer. My original plan was to have that as the inside sentiment.  I thought about it a minute, and decided I liked it as an added bit of humor for the front panel.

The hat and cupcake are stamped in Gorgeous Grape and colored with Stampin’ Blends, using the DSP as a color source.  My post yesterday commented on the use of regular ink for coloring with the Stampin’ Blends.  Today’s pieces are another example of how well that can work!

I die cut the cupcake but had to fussy cut the hat.  They are both raised with Stampin’ Dimensionals to give the card a bit more depth.  The Glitter Enamel Dots were the finishing touch.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Mary Fish at There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!  My complete supply list is at the bottom of the post.

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. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  3. Nina King at InkPaperSequins
  4. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  5. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  6. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  7. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  8. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  9. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  10. Deb Cozzone at Grand Central Stamping
  11. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
  12. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  13. Katie Ferguson at Cottage Paper
  14. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps




For the Ultimate Shopping Experience is to purchase the Starter Kit. Please read through the next items and think about it.  If you love paper crafting as much as I do, I believe you will want to talk with me.  I hope you will consider it.

  • There are 2 Starter Kit choices:
  • You create your own kit.  You get to choose ANY Stampin’ Up! products (includes bundles)  However, SAB and Host stamps are excluded from the Starter Kit (but not your next order)!
  • You will receive a 20% discount on all future purchases through July 31, 2019.  But there is no obligation to ever order anything else.
  • It’s a great way to Get Your Feet Wet, so to speak.  Just see if you like being a demonstrator.
  • Hobby Demonstrators are welcome.  I was one for about ten years, and really still am!
  • You will be the first ones to see the new catalog when it debuts in June, plus preorder from it.
  • There are NO OBLIGATIONS to continue or ever place another order.
  • The First Bonus is that you become part of my Team.  I would love to have you and enjoy sharing my love for stamping and paper crafting with you.
  • You become a member of my Upline, Brian King, and his InKing Royalty group.  There are great ideas and thoughts shared on our Facebook page.


Now for the 2 options and the Bonuses:

  • The first option costs $99.00 and you get the usual $125.00 worth of products (of your choice) PLUS an additional $50.00 of product for a total of $175.00 at a cost of only $99.00 to you.  And did I mention FREE shipping on that order?  That is another 10% off.


  • The second option costs $129.00.  You get the same amount of products as the first choice, ($125.00 worth of your choice of products, Plus the additional $50.00 of Free Products, FREE Shipping) and the AWESOME new Craft & Carry Tote which is valued at $50.00.  Basically you are paying an added $30.00 for the Craft & Carry Tote.  

(I had the option to purchase, and of course I did.  It is well worth the $50.00 and is a Fabulous deal for $30.00)

Here is the Tote.  It is a great size, has dividers that can be moved for whatever products you are carrying each use.  There are two outside pockets that are large enough to hold punches, and much more.  There is a zipper outside pocket.  It has regular straps as well as a shoulder strap. It has the Stampin’ Up! logo.  It is made of a great heavy weight canvas.  And it is so Pretty!!

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Price: $110.00



Hoppy Thursday

Sorry I am late today.  I was fighting with the Year End Closeout links.  As you can tell if you have been following me for any length of time, I am not a whiz at computer technology!!! Yikes.   But I hope the awesome sale prices will be worth the wait.

Another great thing is that you can now order the Stamparatus Carry Bag.  I have had the icon at the bottom of the post for a few weeks now.  Well the time is here.  And it is really the perfect bag for your Stamparatus, plus other uses as well.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

Now for today’s card.  It is another Sneak Peek of the upcoming Sale-A-Bration stamp sets.  Did the Blog Title give it away?  Of course it did…. Frogs!!!


Stampin' Up!, So Hoppy Together, Animal Expedition, Jackie Beers

Animal Expedition DSP 146902


Aren’t the little frogs adorable?  I believe they will be the same big hit that last year’s SAB Pandas were.  The name of the stamp set is So Hoppy Together.  I linked to the DSP, because the graph for the stamp set is not available yet.  I will update once I can get that link.

BUT….do you see how wonderfully it pairs with the Animal Expedition DSP?  There are several pieces in that pack of paper which pair beautifully with this set. Hint, Hint….

Thank you so much for stopping by this morning.  I hope you will check back tomorrow.  I will be on time in the morning.

Click on Closeout to see all the specials.

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Wedding Wishes

Before I get started on today’s post I wanted to give you a heads up!  I am going to be traveling after today.  I will not return until the end of the month.  Woohoo for me!  A big vacation / girl trip!!  But that means that I will not have new blog postings.  I just have not had the time to plan ahead.  I apologize and I hope you will come back the end of the month when I return.

So for today’s card I have another card from the awesome set Wishing You Well.  I really do love this set. The card I am sharing today is one I gave for a wedding over the weekend.  What better use of “Wishing You Well” than for a bride and groom.


Wishing You Well, 147864


I think of this as a simple elegance.  I hope you do as well.  I utilized the Subtle Textures Embossing folder on the So Safron layer.  The flowers are stamped in Crushed Curry to stand out more.  I then topped each one with a small pearl.

Even though in the picture it looks almost black, the dark layer is Blackberry Bliss which matches the bow.  That bow is my favorite stamp in the entire Stampin’ Up! inventory I believe. 🙂

Thank you for visiting today.  I apologize for going to be absent for a little over two weeks.  I will post some photos when I return.








Frosty Congratulations

I have used one of the stamp sets from the Holiday Catalog that is not necessarily a holiday set.  That sounds confusing!  The set is the First Frost Stamp set.  It has beautiful floral and sentiment stamps.  It also pairs wonderfully and expectedly with the Frosted Floral Designer Series Paper.  The paper is shimmery and just gorgeous.


Frosted Floral , 148420


I have an odd, odder than normal, layout and a mixture of colors.  All of the colors came from this designer series paper.  I love the thistle on here.  It reminds me of Scotland.  And I unintentionally  made a Scottish cross with the glimmer paper.  I really did not plan that.  I was just trying to add some glimmer but not be just a straight piece and to ground the sentiment.

The colors are all from the DSP.  To mimic the thistle on the paper, I colored the stamp with the Night of Navy Stampin’ Write Marker and then used the Blackberry Bliss one to go over the end of the bud and the little side pieces.

Thank you for visiting today!  I appreciate it and hope you will return.  All of the supplies I used are listed at the bottom of the page.  I hope you have a wonderful day!




  • 8 1/2 X 5 1/2, folded in half
  • 4 X 5 1/4
  • 3 3/4 X 5
  • 3 1/2 X 4 3/4








Tropical Wreath

I am showcasing two great Stampin’ Up! products today.  The beautiful Designer Series Paper, and the Amazing Stamparatus.  I love, love, love both of these products.  This is a card I shared with my Stamp Club yesterday to show them some special abilities of the Stamparatus.


Stampin' Up!, Stamparatus, Tropical Chic, Colorful Seasons, Jackie Beers

Stamparatus Wreath, 146276




I added the fourth color to my combination to make the flower pop.  I love Blushing Bride, but it is a bit too shy to POP!

This Tropical Chic DSP is one of my favorites.  I love bright colors and this is right up my alley.  The flower from Colorful Seasons seem to be the perfect flower for this card.  It fit perfectly with the size template I had made for the Stamparatus Wreath technique.

Here is a picture of my template. I think it pretty much explains the process to make your own very easily.  Just find the center, line up the die, cut and turn it from square to diamond and cut again.


Wreath Template for Stamparatus

I hope you will give this technique a try.  There are several videos already out there with directions so I did not create one. I would love to see your version if you decide to try it.   I appreciate you stopping by today and hope you will return tomorrow.  All of the supplies I used are listed at the bottom of the page.



  • Base is 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 scored and folded in hald
  • Spruce layer is 5 3/8 X 4 1/8
  • DSP is 1 X 5 1/4, and 3 X 5 1/4
  • Square Spruce layer is 3 X 3
  • White layer is 2 7/8 X 2 7/8


Don’t forget that it is BONUS Days!!  Check out the link below!









A Fall Blended Season

I debuted the Blended Seasons Bundle during the July InKing Royalty Blog Hop.  You can see that card HERE.   This stamp set is only available during August and While Supplies Last!  The stamps are perfect for Spring/Summer, Fall, and Christmas.  But the Framelits are spectacular.  They match a few of the stamps but the best part are the three layers that are stitched!  They are stitched inside the cutting line and leave stitching around the outside of the cut out.  It’s a super look!  Take a look at today’s Fall inspired card.


Blended Seasons Bundle, 149894



I used one of the layering dies from the matching framelits so you can see the stitching.  The background is the Subtle Embossing Folder.  The leaves are part of the Blended Seasons set as well as the Die Cut leaf.

I stamped the leaves in Cherry Cobbler Ink and then used the Watercolor Pencils and a Blender Pen to color the leaves.  The sentiment is from the precious Host Stamp Set – Very Vintage.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you have a great weekend and will return to see my Monday project.  All of the supplies are listed at the bottom of the page.

Don’t forget about Bonus Days!!!  For every $50.00 you spend (at one time) during August, you will receive a coupon code worth $5.00 to use in September.  It’s like getting paid to shop!