Wednesday, February 20, 2019

InKing Royalty Birthday 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. 
Hello everyone!
Today's project is a quick birthday card that I can make multiples of and keep in the card stash to have on hand.




I started with a piece of the How Sweet It Is DSP from the occasions catalog. It has a lot of bright colors and sweet prints that would make an excellent base for a fun birthday card. I really liked the bold stripes of the paper and it has several of my favorite SU colors included, so it really called to me. 
I've been itching to use my Piece of Cake bundle - I do love my punches. I stamped the cake in Granny Apple Green and paired it with a Gorgeous Grape cake stand. Purples and Greens are one of my favorite color combinations. I used dimensionals to attach the cake to a piece of Melon Mambo CS I cut using the layering ovals dies.
I added the sentiment from the Sweetest Thing stamp set to the bottom in Granny Apple Green, and used glitter enamel dots for a little extra punch.


Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you'll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie . 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. 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

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Happy Tails- InKing Royalty Blog Hop



Welcome to InKing Royalty's January Blog Hop! This year's Blog Hop themes are inspired by a single word - and this month our projects are centered around LOVE. You're certain to see some amazing ideas for Valentine's Day in the hop, but there are other ways to honor love in the lineup, too. What fun! 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.
Have you ever thought about how many different versions of love there are? I don't think I've really thought about it as much as I did when I sat down to work on my idea for this months blog hop. What kind of love was I looking to express? My love for my husband, or my love for my child, maybe even the love I have for my mother or my sister. Any of those would do, although making a card for my husband would be kind of pointless as he doesn't like cards ( yeah, I don't get it either). I could create something to express my love for my Sister-in-law, or my nieces...so many options! So many different kinds of love...the same, yet different. I finally decided that I would make a card for another important love- my best friend.
I met my best friend at work about five-ish years ago. She's overly blunt and take-no-prisoners, and I'm pretty quiet and standoffish (at first, anyway). Our friendship was sort of miraculous. She knows all the good, bad and ugly about me and loves me anyway. In my darkest hour she showed up, no hesitation, and took care of my family like we were her own. She's my family by choice, and I don't know what I would do without her. 
She's had a lot of sickness in her little family the past few months, and I haven't been able to see her much since we no longer work together and our schedules are very different.  So I decided to make a little something to send a smile her way. 
I knew I wanted to use the new Happy Tails bundle from the occasions catalog. When I saw this set in the catalog, I knew it would be on my first order. I have so many people who would love something created with these cute pups! Mackinzie used to operate a dog rescue, so I knew I would need to have this set for her, and the fact that it is a punch bundle- well. Punches are my absolute favorite.
I made a 3x3 card with Whisper White cardstock, then added a layer of Coastal Cabana (from the brights DSP stack) and stamped the sentiment in Night of Navy. I used the Melon Mambo Glitter Enamel Dots for a little pop of color on the collars.
It's simple, but sometimes simple is the way to go. Although I did agonize over it for hours :)
Thanks for stopping by and reading my rambling post about love. Did I mention the love that I have for that Maggiano's Pasta that I daydream about, or the new Starbucks Cinnamon Shortbread Frappuccino? I could write poetry about that deliciousness...perhaps another time :)




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
  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  3. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  4. Katie Ferguson at Cottage Paper
  5. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  6. Windy Ellard at Windy's Wonderful Creations
  7. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  8. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  9. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  10. Nina King at InkPaperSequins   <you are here
  11. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  12. Lynn Kolcun at Avery's Owlery
  13. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  14. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie's Crafts

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

    InKing Royalty Birthday Blog Hop

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