Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Merry and Bright - December InKing Royalty Blog Hop




Welcome to InKing Royalty's December Blog Hop! This year's Blog Hop themes are inspired by popular songs - this month's song is "Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons." As you can guess, our Blog Hop today is filled with projects that are inspired by beautiful paper and beautiful ribbons - how clever! 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.

Hey everyone!

It's the last InKing Royalty Blog Hop of 2018, and this month I have 3 projects to share with you (whhaaaat? I know, right?)

My projects this month are inspired by some wrapping paper I found. When I saw it in the store, I was quick to snap it up- I loved the non-traditional, bright colors. My Christmas tree is decorated in purple and silver (not counting all the family ornaments) so I knew this paper would look fantastic on the presents under the tree.


Isn't that so wonderfully bright? Gorgeous Grape, Melon Mambo, Pacific Point, and Granny Apple Green, what a great combo :)


Project 1: A Merry and Bright card
I used the Whisper White Narrow Note Cards as a base, and added a strip of 2" x 4.5 " Gorgeous Grape CS. I cut the trees from the Brights DSP pack, using Pacific Point, Melon Mambo, and Granny Apple Green. I pulled the tree punch out of the Retired Vault of Amazing Awesomeness, but if you don't have it you can make triangles the same size from paper 1.5" x 2".
The sentiment is from Making Christmas Bright, stamped in Whisper White Craft ink on Melon Mambo CS.


Project 2: An Oversized Tag
I used a 2" x 6" piece of Granny Apple Green DSP as the base of the tag. I punched the tree shape out of a 3" x 4" piece of Gorgeous Grape CS, and stamped the snowflake pattern in Whisper White Craft. The snowflakes came from the Candy Cane Season stamp set.

Project 3: Initial Tag
I love a good monogram or an initial on all sorts of things, so I thought I would give it a try on a Christmas gift tag. For this tag I used a strip of 1.5" x 4.5" Gorgeous Grape CS, and topped it with a piece of the DSP measuring 2"x3". I used my favorite Large Letter Dies to cut out the "N" and attached it with foam adhesive strips. I finished off both tags with Gorgeous Grape Mini Striped ribbon. I love how a tag can be so simple to make, and yet bring such a personal touch to a gift:)





Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you'll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps . There's lots of inspiration to be found in this group - and you don't want to miss it!

Have a magical day!
Nina





Thank you for hopping along with us.  If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:




  • Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  • Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  • Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  • Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  • Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie's Crafts
  • Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  • Rachael Shedeed at Bluebonnet Stampin'
  • Nina King at InkPaperSequins
  • Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  • Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  • Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  • Wednesday, November 28, 2018

    We Are Family - InKing Royalty Blog Hop


    Welcome to InKing Royalty's November Blog Hop! This year's Blog Hop themes are inspired by popular songs - this month's song is "We are Family." As you might guess, our Blog Hop today is filled with projects that are inspired by family - we have a wide variety of projects today! 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. 

    Hello everyone!
     I can't believe it's almost December! This year is just flying by and Christmas is fast approaching. Christmas is my favorite holiday, and for many reasons. One of my favorite things about Christmas are the holiday traditions. When I was growing up, one of my favorite Christmas traditions was making cookies with my Grandma. She would make buckeyes and so many stacks of cutout Christmas sugar cookies. I remember helping to frost all the trees and stockings and Santas...so many cookies, I don't know how she did it! She also made these little folded cookies with fruit filling that I believe are called Kolacky. I haven't had them since she passed over 20 years ago, and this year my goal is to find a good recipe and try my hand at making a batch to surprise my mom. If anyone out there has one they'd like to share with me, I'd be so grateful :)
     Christmas traditions are also what inspired my project today. A Christmas tradition I'm sure you are familiar with  are performances of The Nutcracker. The dance studio that my niece and daughter attend puts on a performance every December. My daughter is still too young to participate, but my niece has been performing for several years now. This year, my Mother-in-law is driving down from Michigan to surprise her and watch the performance. So since this year will be a little more special, I thought I would make her a special gift.

      Today's project:



    Christmas Colors: I started my ornament with Festive Farmhouse DSP. It's such a pretty plaid, I knew it would make the perfect base. I made my rosette using 2 strips of DSP 1.5" x 12" long. The Rosette on the box used 2 strips of Cherry Cobbler CS 1"x 11" long.
    Stay Frosty: One of my favorite (new to me) things in the Holiday Catalog are the shimmer paints. Here I used the Frost White, and I used it on the circles of Mossy Meadow on top of the Rosettes, and I also used it to cover the pizza box. I love that pretty dose of shimmery shine!
    O, Candy Cane: The candy canes are not only a Christmas staple, it's also one of my nieces roles this year. Obviously, a candy cane was a must!
    A Personal Touch: Last, but not least, the finishing touch was to add her name to the box, and the year to the ornament. I did both using the Make A Difference stamp set.



    These cousins are as thick as thieves! My Natalie (L) and her favorite Belle Belle (R)



    Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you'll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping . There's lots of inspiration to be found in this group - and you don't want to miss it!


    Have a magical day!
    Nina





    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 Stamp Candy
    3. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie's Crafts
    4. Lynn Kolcun at Avery's Owlery
    5. Allison Okamitsu at Nice People Stamp
    6. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
    7. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
    8. Nina King at InkPaperSequins    <you are here
    9. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
    10. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
    11. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps


    Wednesday, October 17, 2018

    Still Night- October InKing Royalty Blog Hop


    Welcome to InKing Royalty's October Blog Hop! This year's Blog Hop themes are inspired by popular songs - this month's song is "Monster Mash." As you can guess, our Blog Hop today is filled with fun projects that are inspired by the spookiest night of the year - Halloween. 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.

    Here comes Halloween! 
    I don't send a lot of Halloween cards, but they sure are fun to make! During a recent #royalchallenge in the InKing Royalty Facebook group, I made quite a few. I got in a groove and made several different cards, mostly using the Cauldron Bubble bundle. One of my favorites, however, was a card I made using the cat punch and some inks (with an assist from the September Paper Pumpkin) I liked it enough I wanted to make another version. Today's card:



    Still Night: At first I didn't think I would use this set very much, so I wasn't going to get it. But then I saw all the beautiful samples, and I decided it was more of a must have. I can't wait to make some lovely Christmas Cards with it. In the meantime, it's perfect for Halloween!

    Blending the Sky: I used four inks to blend the sky: Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Berry Burst and Blackberry Bliss. I used a circle about 2.5 inches to make the moon, and blended the other inks out around it. Then I used Crushed Curry to color in the moon. 



    Bats, just because: it's Halloween. Bats are a requirement for a spooky card :)


    My original card:





    Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you'll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping . There's lots of inspiration to be found in this group - and you don't want to miss it!

    Have a magical day!
    Nina




    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 Shawn Stamps
    3. Nina King at InkPaperSequins
    4. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
    5. Rachael Shedeed at Bluebonnet Stampin'
    6. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
    7. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie's Crafts
    8. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
    9. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
    10. Lynn Kolcun at Avery's Owlery
    11. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp

    Wednesday, September 19, 2018

    Harvest of Thanks InKing Royalty Blog Hop






    Welcome to InKing Royalty's September Blog Hop! This year's Blog Hop themes are inspired by popular songs - this month's song is "September Morn," a Neil Diamond classic from the late '70's. As you can guess, our Blog Hop today is filled with projects that are inspired by the beauty of Autumn - September is when the air becomes crisp and the leaves start to fall. 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.

    Hello everyone!
    It's time for another InKing Royalty Blog Hop! I always look forward to the Royals' hops; I love being a part of such a creative community! I always feel so inspired after I see all their projects:)

    I've been itching to use my Falling For Leaves stamp set and Detailed Leaves thinlits dies since they arrived in my Holiday preorder. With my new work schedule and my daughter heading back to school (and dance classes, etc ) I just haven't been able to really play with all my goodies like I would like to. I was so ready to break this set out, and I'm so glad I did!
    Today's card:






    Rich Fall Colors: I love using deep purples, oranges, and yellows for fall. Today I used Pumpkin Pie and Blackberry Bliss.

    All the Copper: I added shine and bling with copper foil sheets and the copper glimmer sheets from the Joyous Noel Glimmer paper stack. The copper accents are a perfect compliment to Blackberry Bliss and Pumpkin Pie. I used the new sprig punch for the copper foil leaves.

    Brusho at Last!: I purchased the Brusho crystal colours months ago, but to be honest, I was a little too intimidated to actually use them. I finally jumped in and tried them...and I am in love! It made the watercolor background SO easy! I just used my Stampin' Spritzer to spray some water on my watercolor paper, and sprinkled some yellow Brusho on. I swirled it around with a brush a little, then added a little more water and a slight sprinkle of the Gamboge brusho. I zapped it with the heat tool to set it quickly.

    A Favorite Secret Weapon: There's a little "sand spatter" stamp in the Magical Mermaid set that I like to use to add a little more texture to my backgrounds. I used it with Pumpkin Pie ink on my Brusho background to give it a little more depth. 


    Isn't the font on this set just beautiful? I'm so glad I finally got to use this set, it's going to be my go-to for fall!




    Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you'll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Linda Krueger at The Stamp Coach. There's lots of inspiration to be found in this group - and you don't want to miss it!

    Have a magical day!
    Nina



    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. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
    3. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
    4. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
    5. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie's Crafts
    6. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
    7. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
    8. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
    9. Rachael Shedeed at Bluebonnet Stampin'
    10. Nina King at InkPaperSequins
    11. Linda Krueger at The Stamp Coach
    12. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping





    Wednesday, September 12, 2018

    Takeout Treats: September Pals Blog Hop


    Welcome to the Pals September, 2018 Blog Hop. The 2018 Holiday Catalog from Stampin’ Up! Is out and the Pals are excited! Sit back while we share creations from “Our Favorite Holiday”.

    You may be starting the hop here or coming from a previous Pal’s blog. Either way, you’ve come to the right place. You’ll find the the full line-up below to help you move, or “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

    Hello everyone!

    The new 2018 Holiday Catalog is absolutely full of wonderful new stamps and accessories to make any holiday better this season. On my first look-through, I decided I wanted basically everything in it! Obviously, this isn't really feasible, so like everyone else I whittled my list to a good starting amount. I really tried to focus on purchasing only my most favorite bundles or sets for each holiday, then a few extra and multi-holiday sets.
    That quickly went out the window!
    Needless to say, I had a marvelous "un-boxing" of my first shipment of goodies!

    Which brings me to today's hop, "our favorite holiday". While Halloween isn't my absolute most favorite holiday (that distinction belongs to Christmas), it is definitely my second most favorite. I love using purples and greens, I love to decorate, and it happens in the fall when the air is crisp and sweaters are the norm. Man, I love fall!
    Today's project:
    Bundle Up: One of the bundles at the top of my list was the Takeout Treats bundle. It has images  suitable for several different occasions, and the thinlits include a die to make a sweet little "takeout" box. Now, I tend to forget to check the measurements on these little boxes, and I didn't realize how tiny this box is. So for all of you out there, just know its on the tiny side. It will hold a couple tealights or nuggets, or other small candy. It will be perfect for little gifties for the littles in your life. I think it will work great for Halloween handouts for my daughters class this year.
    The cute witches hat came from the Cauldron Bubble Bundle. A very cute set with an adorable witch and her accessories.

    A New Favorite thing: Shimmer Paint is back! I wasn't a stamper when this was offered before, so it may be new to you like it is to me. I had to fall down the YouTube rabbit hole to find ways to use it. For this, I put a couple drops in the lid of the Frost White shimmer paint, then used a sponge dauber to pick it up and dab it on the tiny candy stamp from Takeout Treats. It looks so amazing on Basic Black Cardstock! The other colors are at the top of my list for my next order.


    A Scary Good Halloween Color Combo: Gorgeous Grape meets Granny Apple Green with a touch of Mango Melody. Halloween perfection! The paper rosette on the front was made from two strips of Granny Apple Green striped paper from the Brights DSP pack. I cut the strips 3/4 in. wide, and folded them accordion-style every two stripes. 

    And to Top it all off: A touch of Gorgeous Grape mini striped ribbon, a touch of bling courtesy of sequin trim, and a tiny tag to give a hint to the goodies inside:)

    To my fellow Carolinians and others in the path of Hurricane Florence: Please stay safe and follow any evacuation orders! If you have any ill or elderly people in your life, please check in on them (and their pets). Love to all <3


    Now it’s time to use the Blog Hop Line-up below to see what the rest of my Pals have created to inspire you.. Don’t forget to show us some love by commenting on our creations.

    Mark your calendars for Wednesday, October 10, 2018 for the next Pals Blog Hop. October is time for some wicked fun with “Wicked Folds” where the Pals will show you creations that are anything but a standard card fold. Don’t miss the fun.

    Blog Hop  Line-up: 


    1. Mary Fish at Stampin' Pretty
    2. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin'
    3. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin' Hoot!
    4. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
    5. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
    6. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
    7. Terri George at StampMeCrafty
    8. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
    9. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin'
    10. Jill Killeen at Killeen House Studio
    11. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
    12. Nina King at InkPaperSequins      <You are here :)
    13. Lori Pinto at LollyPop Paper and Ink
    14. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
    15. Leah O'Brien at Stamping By The Bay
    16. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin'
    17. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
    18. Rachael at Shedeed
    19. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
    20. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
    21. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
    22. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
    23. Linda Suarez at All Night Stamping
    24. Rae Harper-Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
    Thank  you for stopping by today!
    Have a magical day!
    Nina

    Wednesday, August 15, 2018

    Happy Fall, Y'all : August InKing Royalty Blog Hop



    Welcome to InKing Royalty's August Blog Hop! This year's Blog Hop themes are inspired by popular songs - this month's song is "Dog Days Are Over." While we still feel the heat from a long, hot summer, August is a perfect time of year to start planning our Fall-themed cards. The projects in our hop will showcase Autumn, back-to-school and warm colors - you might even see a dog or two! 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.


    Hello everyone!

    It's only mid-August, but my mind is already on the cool weather of fall. I can't wait! Fall is my favorite season, and I'm so looking forward to the cooler temperatures. I also love the beautiful, rich colors I associate with fall. With those colors in mind, I created today's project.



    I love a good banner. Like, more than any normal member of society should. I made very elaborate banners for my daughters first couple birthdays, and I saved them because I loved them so much. Though that might not be particularly newsworthy, since I'm known to be a bit of a hoarder and save everything :)



    I was going to just make a banner, but then I thought it might be nice to attach it to a wreath so I can hang it easier. I'm going to take this one to work for the office door...I think my residents are going to love it.


    A touch of nature : I started with Wood Textures and Nature's Poem Designer Series Papers. The wood textures stack is so versatile, and it makes the perfect base for the banner. I chose two sheets from the Nature's Poem papers: a Blackberry Bliss with thicker stripes and a Cajun Craze patterned piece. 

    Large Letters to the Rescue : My large letters framelits are some of my most frequently used dies. I keep them on a large magnet sheet I glued to an acrylic picture frame from the dollar store. They sit right on my desk all the time, so they're easy to get to and use.

    A touch of ink, but no stamping : Not every project has to have stamping to make it work, but I love to use ink in other ways when there's no stamping involved. I made my letters from Crushed Curry cardstock, then used a sponge to lightly sponge Crushed Curry ink to give them a little more depth. On the sunflowers, I used a dauber to add a little Mango Melody ink around the centers of the flower to make them a touch more special.




    So many punches : So easy. So versatile. So many! I used The Banner Triple, Tailored Tag, Daisy, 1" circle, and Lemon Builder punches.  I made the daisy into a sunflower by scoring down the middle of each petal with the scoring stylus, and doing two layers. I used a 1" circle of Early Espresso for the centers, that I topped with a piece of Copper Trim that I pulled apart. I love the added bit of texture.

    I love this rich color combo, perfect for fall:

    To be fair, I love Blackberry Bliss with pretty much anything but I really love it with Crushed Curry. Autumn perfection!




    Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you'll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Lynn Kolcun at Avery's Owlery.
    There's lots of inspiration to be found in this group - and you don't want to miss it!

    Have a magical day!
    Nina



    Saturday, August 4, 2018

    A Magical Mermaid card for GDP#149

    Hello Everyone!

    Today's card was an idea that popped into my head a couple days ago, and I just knew I had to give it a try. Then I checked out this weeks color challenge at Global Design Project, and I was so inspired!


    Night of Navy and Bermuda Bay are such a classic combo, and the addition of Lovely Lipstick makes for a beautiful update on the classic.

    My card:
    My idea was to make a "mermaid scales" card, but I thought using the colors as is would be a little too dark for what I was looking for. Instead, I used my Stampin' Sponges to watercolor on Shimmery White paper. I really wanted a touch of whimsy and sparkle for the scales.

    Punch, punch, punch and punch some more : My 1" circle punch got quite the workout punching out all the scales, but I knew I wanted the texture and 3D effect of individual scales. Punches are one of my absolute favorite tools to use! I know I could have done it with dies if I needed to, but seriously y'all : ain't nobody got time for that! :)
    A close-up of my shimmery scales:


    A little cutie: I was seriously bummed when Magical Day retired a few months ago. It's collection whimsical creatures quickly became a favorite, and I didn't want to see it go. Well, if you love it..use it! Magical Day came out of the Secret Vault of Retired Amazingness to be the perfect final touch for my card.

    I hope you enjoyed my shimmery mermaid scale card, and be sure to check out all the beautiful submissions for this weeks GDP#149. Thanks for stopping by!

    Have a magical day!
    Nina



    Merry and Bright - December InKing Royalty Blog Hop

    Welcome to InKing Royalty's December Blog Hop! This year's Blog Hop themes are inspired by popular songs - this month's s...