Wednesday, July 18, 2018

A Christmas Shaker Card for the InKing Royalty Blog Hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty's July Blog Hop! This year's Blog Hop themes are inspired by popular songs - this month's song is "I Don't Want to Wait 'til Christmas." We are half-way through the year, so there's no better time to start thinking about the joy of Christmas. 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 am so excited about today's InKing Royalty blog hop-even more than usual! Today's theme is Christmas , and Christmas is my all-time favorite holiday. There are just so many things to be happy about at Christmastime, and the joy always seems to be contagious. It seems like everyone is at their best for the holiday, children and adults alike. Another reason I love it?
Christmas is in December.
December is reasonably cold.
I live in the south, y'all! Summer is just starting to hit its stride, and I'm ready to move along to cooler weather. Bring on the sweater weather!
I was thinking of the joys of a cold Christmas when I created today's card: 

I used a few of my favorite things to make this card: the Large Letters Framelits, Under the Mistletoe DSP, punches, and...sequins! Christmas requires all the sparkle I can muster :)

Oversize is where it's at: I started with a large 5" square card of Real Red CS. The letters are about 2" tall, and I knew I wanted to have a few layers of color so I needed to start with a pretty large base. The layer of Old Olive CS is 4 3/4" square, and the layer of DSP is 4 1/2" square. The thick Whisper White layer is 4 x 4 1/2".

Punch it up: I used a 1 3/4" circle punch to cut out my ornament, and I laid the white layer over the plaid and traced inside the circle with a pencil to mark the cutout. I used a foam adhesive strip around the outside of the circle to make the shaker portion. Don't forget to go back and erase the pencil marks :)
Did you recognize the second punch I used? I used the Tailored Tag Punch to punch out the top of my ornament from Gold Glimmer paper. I used just the end of the punch - so quick and easy!

A little dimension never hurt: There are a lot of things I feel Stampin' Up! does the best, but one of best of the best is Stampin' Dimensionals. Before I discovered SU, I tried several different versions that just did NOT work at all. Sometimes they were just too thick, or too flimsy, but none of them would stay put! Stampin' Dimensionals are just right : they're just thick enough, and they stick! I always have several packs on hand, and the one time I got down to just one sheet...well, it wasn't pretty. I use them on pretty much everything, and for this card I used both the regular and mini versions. The minis are just right for using on the Large Letters.
I hope today's card has you thinking nice, joyous thoughts of Christmastime as well!

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!

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. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  3. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  4. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie's Crafts
  5. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  6. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  7. Rachael Shedeed at Bluebonnet Stampin'
  8. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  9. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  10. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  11. Imogene Thomas at
  12. Nina King at InkPaperSequins
  13. Lynn Kolcun at Avery's Owlery

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

It's A Pattern Party - Pals Blog Hop

Welcome to the Pals July, 2018 Blog Hop. We’re having a “Pattern Party”. This month our creations will feature our favorite Designer Series Papers and coordinating embellishments from the new annual catalog from Stampin’ Up!

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 annual catalog from Stampin' Up! is chock full of gorgeous Designer Series Papers, with a little something for everyone. I fell in love with the Share What You Love DSP the very first time I saw it. It has such beautiful colors and pearlescent touches that it draws you right in!
I knew I wanted to use this beautiful paper for today's hop, and I wanted to make sure that it was the focus- so I made a large 5" square card to really show it off.

I was immediately drawn to these two pages - I absolutely adore Mint Macaron, and I love how it works with the Tranquil Tide, and pops of Pear Pizzazz and Old Olive. I tend to use a lot of white card bases, but I really wanted a monochromatic look for this card and I think it really works here.
I stamped the sentiment from Love What You DO in Tranquil Tide, and punched it out with the Tailored Tag Punch. For the finishing touch, I added Tranquil Tide pearls from the  Share What You Love Artisan Pearls.
The Share What You Love Suite is definitely one of my favorites! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Now it’s time to use the Blog Hop Line-up below to see what the rest of my Pals have chosen as their “favorite”. Don’t forget to show us some love by commenting on our creations.

Mark your calendars for August 8, 2018 when we Cut it Out!  Participants will showcase projects featuring “cuts” from punches, Framelits, Edgelits, or Thinlits. . Don’t miss the fun.

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin' Pretty
  2. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
  3. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  4. Karen Hallam at Karen's Stamping Habit
  5. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  6. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  7. Lori Pinto at LollyPop Paper and Ink
  8. Terri George at Stamp Me Crafty
  9. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin'
  10. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  11. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  12. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin'
  13. Leah O'Brien at Stamping By The Bay
  14. Nina King at InkPaperSequins  < You are here
  15. Jackie Diediker at Stampin' Jackie
  16. Rachael at Bluebonnet Stampin
  17. Lisa Milligan at Stamp Create Share
  18. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  19. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin'
  20. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie

Have a magical day!

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