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.



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.

Ribbon of Courage, 143855


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.


This Little Piggy

I have been waiting since OnStage for This Little Piggy set.  I have had it for a couple of days and have  made probably a card a day with it!  These little guys are just so cute  🙂



This Little Piggy, 143922


My Color for today are:


I know the Pink Tourette doesn’t quite look right with Basic Black and Crushed Curry, but what choice did I have for a cute little pig ?  HaHa!!!

Doesn’t that cute face on the piggy bring a smile to you?  All of the pigs in the set are this cute!  The Pick a Pattern DSP helps the young and happy feeling of the card I do believe.  It is so eclectic that it is a perfect background for the cute little focal point.  This DSP is a sleeper in a way.  At first glance it has more child-like designs but when you look at the other side of the paper, at least for me, it was a “WOW” .

There are extra layers to this card, but that could be narrowed down if you didn’t want it to me as heavy. I wanted this to be a really nice card and added the extra background layers to help make it pop.

  • I started with a base of Thick Whisper White
  • The Basic Black layer is 5 3/8 X 4 1/8
  • The Whisper White layer is 5 1/4 X 4
  • The DSP layer equals between the two pieces a width of 3 7/8 X 5 1/8
  • The piglet is stamped on Whisper White with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and colored with Pink Pirouette marker
  • The grass is done with the Old Olive marker
  • The balloon is stamped in Crushed Curry ink on Whisper White and punched with the Balloon Bouquet punch
  • The edge of the balloon is shaded (it doesn’t show well in the picture) by dragging the Basic Black marker around the outside of the ballon.  It sort of mimics the circles in the DSP.
  • The bow on the balloon is Black and White Baker’s Twine.


I will definitely be posting more Little Piggy cards in the coming weeks. Thank you for stopping by today.  I very much appreciate your comments.

The supplies I used are listed below:  You can click on any item and be taken directly to my On Line Store.


Welcome Friend

I was experimenting with new products and ended up with a “different” sort of card.  It was pretty much what I had envisioned, I just had a hard time getting it there.  Don’t you hate that!  A lot of my “visions” never work, so I was very happy with this one.


Wood Words, 143928


This card is a little more difficult to explain that most of the ones I come up with. But please stay with me 🙂

  • The base of the card is Thick Whisper White cut to 4 1/4 X 11, and folded in half
  • The wood layer is stamped directly onto the card front with the Hardwood background stamp in Crumb Cake
  • The wooden box is a scrap of the Wood Textures DSP Stack
  • The flowers are from the Wood Words stamp set.  They are stamped in Sahara Sand and then touched up with markers
  • The Farmer’s Market sign is From Wood Words and stamped in Pear Pizzaz and then punched with 1 1/4 circle punch
  • The backing of the sign is from another scrap of the Wood Texture DSP punched with the 1 3/8 circle punch
  • The banner is Sweet Sugarplum stamped onto Whisper White card stock and punched with the Duet Banner Punch
  • The little loop is out of Linen Thread and the “nail” is a Metallic Enamel Shape
  • The flowers and the Welcome are raised up with Stampin’ Dimensionals


Thank you for stopping by today!  I love to  hear your comments.  And if you would like to place an order you can click on the card, an item in the supply list, or the “shop” button and be taken directly to my online store.




today’s supply list:


Truly Artistic

Today’s card is made partly with the first stamp set I fell in love with when it was debuted at OnStage.  Brian King presented it and showed such beautiful cards that I knew it would be coming to me as soon as I could order it.  Since we are all about crafting, who could not love this set.  And for today’s card I went a little more neutral with it to show it’s versatility.  Of course the sentiment, even though from another stamp set, fits perfectly with the theme.


Crafting Forever, Truly Artistic


What do you think of the more neutral look?  The Fresh Florals DSP is almost as much a star as the Crafting Forever and Just Add Text stamp sets.  I do believe these two stamp sets compliment each other.

I only used Tranquil Tide and Very Vanilla on this card, With the exception of Memento Black ink for the pens and then I colored them with the Bermuda Bay Watercolor Pencils.  I think it blends well enough with the Tranquil Tide.  Those pencils and the colors provided in them tend to work with most of our colors.

Thank you for visiting today!  I truly appreciate your comments.  And if there are any questions, or you need assistance with a purchase, please let me know.

The products I used are listed below:


An Eastern Note

When I first saw this suite I was not sure that I would use it.  Then as I saw the cards and ideas that were being created  with it, I thought “This may be ok”.  And when I played with it…. I was hooked!!  Oh My!  The entire suite is just the best.  Today’s card is another of my play dates with this stamp set and the new InColors.


Eastern Beauty Bundle, 145308


I would apologize for continually using Lemon Lime Twist…..But I cannot….. It is my current addiction.  I just love how it seems to coordinate with everything.

I did use the New (actually an old item returning) Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets!  If you use the framelits, and especially the word framelits, this is a must have.  You adhere the sheet to your card stock and then use the framlit  to cut out your design or words.  NOTE: Remember to put the adhesive side on the bottom.  You don’t want your words to be upside down!  I used the adhesive sheets on all three pieces of my design. After die cutting just remove the paper and it is covered in sticky goodness.  No more glue everywhere for me.

As you can see there is very little stamping on this card.  The base of the card is Thick Whisper White card stock. I used four of the new InColors and then just stamped that cute saying underneath.  The center of the design is one of the Glitter Enamel Dots.

I hope you will give this wonderful Eastern Beauty Suite a chance.  It is definitely a keeper!!

The products I used are listed below.  Thank you for stopping by and I thank you for your comments.