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!
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. 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 MomoMakes.com
  12. Nina King at InkPaperSequins   <You are here
  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!
Nina

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

A Tropical Chic thank you for InKing Royalty blog hop




Welcome to InKing Royalty's June Blog Hop! This year's Blog Hop themes are inspired by popular songs - this month's song is "Here Comes the Sun." As you can guess, our Blog Hop today is filled with projects that are inspired by the joy of the summer sun. 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'm so excited to share today's project with you! When I started to think about today's theme, the new Tropical Chic bundle came immediately to mind. I couldn't wait to get my hands on this beautiful set of tropical blooms and leaves. It's a must-have!
^Bermuda Bay and Coastal Cabana flowers with Soft Sea Foam and Granny Apple Green leaves
Highland Heather and Gorgeous Grape flowers with Lemon Lime Twist and Granny Apple Green leaves
^Blackberry Bliss and Berry Burst flowers with Lemon Lime Twist and Granny Apple Green leaves
Mango Melody and Poppy Parade flowers with Call Me Clover and Pineapple Punch leaves

 I made these cards with lots of bright and bold colors, but this set would look just as good with some softer colors. The sentiment comes from the Abstract Impressions stamp set- I love the beautiful fonts and I knew it would be perfect for these cards. Behind the flower clusters I used the square and circle from Swirly Frames set and embossed in silver and gold. I finished the cards with the new set of glitter enamel dots. They are some of my favorite embellishments! 


I made four of today's cards because I have several well-overdue thank you notes to send out. I hope the recipients enjoy these bright and cheery cards (and maybe it helps them to forget they received them so late!) I love that we can create beautiful cards and gifts for those we love, and to show our appreciation. Nothing says you care like a gift made by hand from the heart<3
I'm entering them in the GDP #143 this week. Don't forget to stop by and check out all the awesome inspiration!









Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you'll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Imogene Thomas at MomoMakes.com . 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
  • Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  • Nina King at InkPaperSequins
  • Imogene Thomas at MomoMakes.com
  • Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  • Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  • Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  • Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  • Lynn Kolcun at Avery's Owlery
  • Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  • Sandra Cornejo at Madly Crafting
  • Sheryl Sharp at Sharp Notes by Sheryl
  • Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  • Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  • Rachael Shedeed at Bluebonnet Stampin'
  • Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie's Crafts
  • Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping




    Wednesday, June 13, 2018

    Delightfully Detailed Birthday for Pals Blog Hop


    Welcome to the Pals June, 2018 Blog Hop. This month we’re going to Pick a “B”. Projects for Babies, Birthdays or Brides, that is. Be on the look out for creations using new products 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!
    For today's blog hop, we were to pick a "B", and I chose Birthday. It's always good to have a stack of birthday cards on hand (especially if you're as forgetful as I am).
    A great way to build that stack is using the new Memories and More Cards and Envelopes. There's a small and a large size set, perfect for using with the Memories and More card packs. What a great way to make a quick stack of cards!



    I used a large Mint Macaron watercolor-look card from the Memories and More stack, then added a smaller grid card in the same color. I next added a small die cut card, that I had flipped over and sponged in Night of Navy.
    I added the sentiments from Sunshine Sayings on Vellum and adhered over the small cards.
    It's easier to see in person, but the Mint Macaron stamped sentiments say "one more year of wonderful" around the Happy Birthday in Night of Navy.
    I used my Dark Night of Navy Stampin' Blend marker to color some Pearl Basic jewels that I added for a little extra bling. I then used Stampin' Dimensionals to attach the panel to a pre-made base from the Large Memories and More Cards and Envelopes.
    I like that the Memories and More cards are great for more than just memory keeping, I really love when its so easy to find multiple uses for a product. I hope you try out making your own stack of cards with your favorite Memories and More card pack!


    Now it’s time to use the Blog Hop Line-up below to see which “B” the rest of my Pals are using. Dont forget to show us some love by commenting on our creations.

    Mark your calendars for July 11, 2018 for our annual Pattern Party featuring projects using favorite Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Papers and coordinating embellishments.. Don’t miss it!



    1. Mary Fish at Stampin' Pretty
    2. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
    3. Lori Pinto at LollyPop Paper and Ink
    4. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
    5. Sara Hicks Stuart at Sentiments by Sara
    6. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin' Hoot!
    7. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin'
    8. Su Mohr at AromasAndArt
    9. Jackie Diediker at Stampin' Jackie
    10. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
    11. Nina King at Ink Paper Sequins <you are here :)
    12. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
    13. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin'
    14. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
    15. Karen Hallam at Karen's Stamping Habit
    16. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
    17. Leah O'Brien at Stamping By The Bay
    18. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
    19. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
    20. Terri George at Stamp Me Crafty


    Have a magical day!
    Nina

    Monday, June 4, 2018

    CASEing the King for GDP#140

    Hey Everyone!

    This week at Global Design Project is one of my favorite challenges : CASE the designer! I'm even more excited because we are CASEing the amazing Brian King. As Brian would say : How fun!!

    Let's take a look at Brian's inspiring card:


    Isn't that lovely? When you CASE a project, you can find inspiration in the colors, layout, theme...whatever strikes your fancy. For my card today, I mostly focused on the layout. I like how the flower on his card was angled off to the left, and the bold sentiment to the right. 
    My card:

    My background is watercolored in Soft Sea Foam and Coastal Cabana. I really love those colors, and together they make a beautiful ocean background. I used the sand spatter stamp from Magical Mermaid and crumb cake ink to make the ocean floor, stamping off once. 

    I used my handy Stamparatus to stamp my octopus first in Lemon Lime Twist. Then I inked up the stamp in Granny Apple Green and blotted it randomly before stamping again. I wanted just a little more depth to him, and I like the way he turned out.

    I had originally cut the algae from Bermuda Bay and Granny Apple Green cardstocks, but when I put them on the card I felt they were a touch too dark. So I cut them again from Vellum and Whisper White and used my sponge daubers to give it a softer color. 

    The bold sentiment was stamped in Gorgeous Grape which is my favorite Stampin' Up purple ever. Like, ever ever. It is indeed gorgeous! I wanted the boldness but I didn't want a flat black in my softly colored ocean scene. 

    The finishing touches were some basic pearls and Crumb Cake twine from the Nature's Twine collection.

    I hope you enjoyed today's card, and stop by the GDP to check out all the other amazing CASEs of the King!

    Have a magical Day!
    Nina

    Wednesday, May 16, 2018

    I Gotta Feeling it's the InKing Royalty Blog Hop



    Welcome to InKing Royalty's May Blog Hop! We are grinning from ear-to-ear with excitement over all the amazing, new products from Stampin' Up!'s 2018 Annual Catalog - and you're going to love what we are sharing today. Today's Blog Hop is filled with projects that offer sneak peeks at new products from the upcoming catalog. What fun! 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!

    I'm really excited about this month's blog hop theme "I Gotta Feeling" because it means I get to work with all my new goodies! I just a got a new box of fun supplies on Monday, so I knew exactly where I wanted to start...with the beautiful new color Gorgeous Grape :)

    Purple is my absolute favorite color, and I love that we now have a nice, bright purple in Gorgeous Grape. I see me using this ALOT on pretty much anything I can use it on.
    One of my favorite colors to pair with purple is green, and I knew the new Granny Apple Green would pair up perfectly with Gorgeous Grape. They're both bright, vibrant colors and they are a match made in heaven.
    Unfortunately it's been overcast and rainy here so I had terrible indoor light that isn't doing these colors justice, but when I get a little sunshine again I'll be sure to update with better pictures.
    I used a new background stamp called Handwritten. I used my stamparatus to add my versamark that I inked up only in the center, then I heat embossed it in white and did watercolor wash of Granny Apple Green over it. The sentiment is from the new set Detailed with Love. It has a beautiful font, and it coordinates with the Detailed Trio Punch which is one of my favorite new things from the new catalog.
    I hope you like todays color combo, and give it a try for your next project. I'm going to try Highland Heather with Lemon Lime Twist next...I gotta feeling they're going to get along great.

    Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you'll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie's Crafts . 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:


  • Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  • Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  • Deb Cozzone at Grand Central Stamping
  • Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  • Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  • Lynn Kolcun at Avery's Owlery
  • Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  • Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  • Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  • Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  • Nina King at InkPaperSequins
  • Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie's Crafts
  • Monday, May 14, 2018

    An explosion of flowers for Mother's Day #FF0007

    Hello Everyone!

    Today we are going into my secret vault of retired amazingness to make a Mother's Day explosion box really shine!
    What's an explosion box, you may ask?
    Only one of the coolest, most over-the-top cards that is bound to wow a recipient!
    I discovered these cool card/gift hybrids a couple years back while I was  #Pinteresting (I'm not sure if this is actually what it's called, but it should be- let's make it happen). From simple to mind-blowingly detailed, there is an explosion box for every occasion. They vary in size and layers, but the most common is a 4" square box.
    Cute, right? Looks like a really nice gift box that could hold some sweet treats, so you remove the lid to see what's inside, and...

    Ta-Da! 
    I've never failed to get an appreciative gasp when I've presented one of these...they are a crowd pleaser :)

    Features: This box really shines with the stunning Sweet Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper- I have fallen in love with this gorgeous collection of paper with silver foil accents. Every page is so beautiful, I had a hard time cutting it- but I did. Because you shouldn't keep this much beauty to yourself, you should share it far and wide!  #sharingiscaringyall  #idontwannahoardnomore 
    Sweet Soiree DSP may be retiring, but the leaf punch lives on, and I love how easy it is to add texture and dimension to a project with it. 

    Gotta have it all : I used the Make A Difference stamp set to custom design my greeting, and it was totally worth it to individually stamp each letter. I love the font and the ability to create any sentiment you wish! I got my stamp set during the early release of the Share What You Love suite...and of course I had to have it all! The bundle included Make a Difference and Love What You Do stamp sets, Share What You Love DSP and coordinating cardstock, matching ribbon and pearls and so much more. It's everything you need to get started making your own beautiful cards right out of the box.


    And a little more newness I really love: The Detailed Trio Punch is a great new punch from the upcoming catalog. It has a corner rounder, a oval hole punch, and the lovely pattern you see on the card inserts in the pockets. I used all three here : first I rounded all the corners, then I punched the pattern  on those edges, and then lined up the guide mark on the hole punch side to add the ribbon hole. So quick and easy!  This punch works best when you press down directly in the middle instead of over the area you're using. 


    The Secret Vault of retired amazingness: I love all the new and fabulous products Stampin' Up! debuts every year, and it always pains me a little to see some of my favorites retire to make room for them. When I really, really love something I can't bear to see go, I send it to my secret vault of retired amazingness (also known as the big storage tub in the corner). Every once in awhile, I'll pull something from the vault when it helps my project really shine...and this time I used two retired Bigz dies. They made the big bow on the lid and the pretty flowers in the center. The flower die can cut several pages at once so it made it a little faster for me, but if you want to make similar flowers without that die you can check out my post where I made some here.

    I'm pretty happy with how this came together, so I'm entering into #FF0007 over at the Festive Friday Challenge. I haven't been able to play along lately, so I'm glad to be able to submit for this fun challenge. 




    Thanks for stopping by today :)

    Have a magical day!
    Nina



    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 ...