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



17 comments:

  1. This is wonderful Nina! You made a perfect banner/wreath that I would love to hang! And it's a perfect "outside of the box" project!

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    1. Thank you, Jackie! I’m honored that you would want to hang this wreath :)

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  2. This is so beautiful! I love it! Please share a photo of your magnet frame for your letters. I'd love to see it.

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    1. Thanks, Rachael! I will snap a pic after I clean up my desk a little, its a bit of a hazard area at the moment!

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  3. What an adorable wreath! Oh the possibilities.....

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  4. Nina, I LOVE IT !!! And yes, I'm shouting. I will definitely be using this as an inspiration very soon.
    Robbye (aka Miss Hammie and LunaSi)

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    1. Shouting means you’re super excited, so I will take it as a compliment you’re shouting at me ;) Can’t wait to see what you create, Robbye!

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  5. What a cute wreath, Nina! The colors are perfect!

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  6. Everyone will love your wreath! I love that you use your large letter framelits so often they sit on your desk. Also love that you used punches!

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    1. Thank you, Sheryl :) The large letters are quite an investment, and they work for so many things. I keep the retired numbers on my desk, as well.

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  7. Hi, Nina. I found you from Brian King's blog. I think your project is marvelous. Have a great day.

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    1. That’s very kind of you, Ellie :) Hope you had a wonderful day as well!

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  8. Such a beautiful wreath with so many wonderful colors, Nina! I'd say you are ready for Fall if you've already created his. <3 What fun! So glad you could hop with us today. <3

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    1. I’m always ready for fall, Brian! I would skip right on over summer and enjoy my favorite season if i could :)

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  9. LOVE your wreath! you did a great job TFS

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