InKing Royalty July Blog Hop, Christmas in July

Christmas , Thoughtfull Branches

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s July Blog Hop!  Can you believe we are half-way to Christmas?  It might seem a bit early to start looking at wintry scenes and holiday goodies, but there are so many great products in Stampin’ Up!’s 2016 Annual Catalog that we want to share before the Holiday Catalog is revealed next month.  Today’s Blog Hop is filled with inspiring projects that feature each artist’s take on Christmas in July.  After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.
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. Linda Heller at Where the Rubber Hits the Road…
  4. Shawn de Oliveira at ShawnStamps
  5. Karen Browning at StampWithMeKZB
  6. Lory Robinson at The Robin’s Nest Designs
  7. Imogene Thomas at
  8. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  9. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  10. Becky Volpp at InkBlossom with Becky
  11. Natalie Bradley at

My description follows the picture. Here is my interpretation of Christmas in July:


All images are from the soon to be available Thoughtful Branches set (more on this tomorrow), with the exception of the word “JOY”, which is from the Labeler Alphabet set.

I started off with a layer of Shimmery White card stock. I stamped the bare trees on the right with Archival Gray ink.

The tree on the left was stamped with Early Espresso over Versamark and Garden Green over Versamark, then heat embossed with Clear Embossing Powder.

The night sky was sponged with our Stamping Sponges (I cut them into eight equal pieces, and have a separate piece for each color). I sponged the colors from lightest to darkest in this order: Peekaboo Peach, Dapper Denim, Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant, and Night of Navy. I added a few stars with my White Signo Gel Pen.

The bird was stamped with Cherry Cobbler (a perfect Christmas red), then covered with Clear Wink of Stella for a little sparkle. I popped it up on a tiny piece of a Stamping Dimensional.

The word “JOY” was stamped in Versamark and embossed with our new Copper Embossing Powder. I colored the Rhinestone Basic Jewel with a “Metallic Bronze” Sharpie. I was hoping it would be a better match for the Copper Embossing, but it is looking very gold in the photo. These letters are also on Stamping Dimensionals.

I wrapped the card front in several layers of Linen Thread, then tied a bow that is held in place with a glue dot.

The card base is Cherry Cobbler card stock.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop,


. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!




Sunday afternoon card class featuring Pop of Pink Specialty Paper

The Butterfly Thinlit was still on my desk, so I decided to use it for today’s card class at Kamama.

My card was inspired by one made by Joni Martin @

I cut a Melon Mambo card base, then layered on the Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Paper.

Next I cut the Butterfly Thinlit out of a piece of Whisper White card stock. I stamped the sentiment from Endless Birthday Wishes in Melon Mambo ink and layered the Whisper White over the Designer Paper.

The butterfly was then re-attached to the card, using glue only under the body. This gives the wings some “lift”.

As a final touch, I tied a bow of Melon Mambo Thick Baker”s Twine around the entire card front, using a Glue Dot under the bow to hold it in place.

All items used are available in my online shop, by using the “shop” button at the top of this page.

Here is my finished card. I hope you all have a beautiful Sunday!

Butterfly Thinlits, Pop of Pink, Melon Mambo, Endless Birthday Wishes, Happy Birthday







































Global Design Project #044 #GDP044 Featuring Butterfly Basics

How could I resist this fun challenge, featuring Steffi Helmschrott’s take on my favorite set, Butterfly Basics?

GDP044 Case Steffi

I wanted to watercolor, yet keep my card simple, as did Steffi. This was a good opportunity to try a technique using the stamp set and matching Thinlit Die.

First, I created a loose water color wash using our Stampin Up! water color paper, water brush, and stamp pads in Emerald Envy, Peekaboo Peach, and Flirty Flamingo.

I cut the butterfly Thinlit from the front of a Thick Whisper White card, then mounted the water color piece behind the opening left by the die cut.

The die cut was then replaced with one cut from our Gold Glimmer Paper. The card was finished off with the “Happy Birthday” sentiment, stamped in Emerald Envy, and a bow of Peekaboo Peach Ruched Ribbon.

I hope you enjoy my finished card.