April Showers and May Flowers for InKing Royalty Blog Hop

 InKing Royalty Blog Hop - April

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s April Blog Hop!

Today we are celebrating April Showers — not only is this the season for Baby Showers and Wedding Showers, but May flowers are just around the corner, so you’re certain to see a great variety of projects along the hop.

You may have started the Blog Hop here or may have hopped over from Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp. After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next. If you get off track at any point during the blog hop, there’s a complete list of participants at the end of this post.

For my project today, I decided to think outside the A4 box and go around in a circle!

To make this circle card, I cut two circles in Wild Wasabi using the largest Circle Framelit. I went one size down to create the Whisper White circle for the front of the card, and two sizes down to create the Whisper White circle for the inside the card (for my written sentiment).

After I glued my Whisper White card to the Wild Wasabi circle that would be the back of my card, I placed it on my Simply Scored tool and scored it all the way across at 1 inch. I then used my Liquid Multipurpose Glue above the score line and adhered the front and back Wild Wasabi circles together.

This makes an easel back which allows the card to be opened without creasing the front.

I then embossed the larger Whisper White circle using the Polka Dot Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, and adhered it to the front of my card.

Next, I stamped all my flowers using the Flower Patch stamp set and cut out the flowers with the corresponding Flower Fair Framelits. I embellished each flower center with a button from the Brights collection before adhering them along the left side of the card.

I cut the “Hello” sentiment from the Hello You Thinlits and adhered it across the card.

I have to admit, it was a little tough getting my brain to adjust to this new shape. But, now that I’ve finished one circle card, I can easily see myself creating more. This would also be super cute using a scalloped circle shape.

I hope you liked my celebration of April showers and May flowers, and thank you for stopping by today!

I also hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Becky Volpp at Ink Blossom with Becky. You certainly won’t want to miss any of these projects.

Have fun hopping!


  1. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  2. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  3. Denise Hopefner at The Mountain Magpie
  4. Becky Volpp at Ink Blossom with Becky
  5. Lisa Pretto at DIY Royalty
  6. September Gray at SeptemberGray.com
  7. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  8. Amy Whelan at Amy’s Inklings
  9. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  10. Katie Ferguson at Cottage Paper
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Donny Osmond and Purple Love for PPA 247

Denise Hoepfner | The Mountain Magpie
Denise Hoepfner | The Mountain Magpie


“And they called it purple love…”

Yes, I know the lyrics are really about puppy love. When I was a preteen I had a huge crush on Donny Osmond. I loved his puffy hair, his big shiny teeth, his high singing voice. And when I learned his favorite color was purple, I made it my favorite color, too.

So when I saw that Pals Paper Arts Challenge 247 called for three shades of purple, it took me back to the days of listening to my favorite teen idol on my little plastic record player, his face smiling down from the Tiger Beat posters taped to my walls.

Donny, if you’re reading this blog (and why wouldn’t you be?), this card is dedicated to you!

These are the colors in the challenge:

To make this card, I used a Basic Black card base and cut out four die cuts using  the Striped Scallop Thinlits Die — one in Basic Black, one in Perfect Plum, one in Elegant Eggplant and one in Blackberry Bliss.

I glued the black scallop die onto my card base then took all the inserts from the three other die cuts and adhered three rows of each color in the negative space of the scallops.

Because I felt the background was busy enough, I didn’t want anything to compete with the design. (Although, I did try a lot of different things before I came to this conclusion.)

In my search for a sentiment that wouldn’t get lost among all the colors and pattern, I decided to go with the “hello there” sentiment from the Hello There stamp set. I thought it was bold enough not to get lost, but still simple enough as not to compete. I stamped it in Elegant Eggplant with a layer of the same color behind it. I popped up the circle using dimensionals to finish it off.

The most time consuming part of this card was cutting out multiple scallop dies, but at least I have three of them ready to be used on other projects.

I hope Donny approves.

Here’s what I used to make this card:

Cheerful Critters for Mojo Monday 392

IMG_0860Today I thought I would try my hand at the Mojo Monday #392 challenge. I’ve been wanting to try one of these sketch challenges, but I never seem to make the deadline. Now here it is about 45 minutes before the link closes and I’m typing as fast as I can to try to slide in under the wire while cooking dinner.

Oh, the life of a multi-tasker!

This challenge by Julie Tilman looks like this:


I chose to use my Stampin’ Up! Cheerful Critters set for this challenge because I just don’t get to use it enough. I think it’s a fun set for kids and adults alike. This set is available until June 2 from the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog, so don’t miss out!

The construction of this card is pretty straightforward, with a couple of exceptions. To get the bear to fit into my circle punch, I ended up cropping off the ends of his sign. So, I punched another bear, cut off the sign and glued it over the top of the original one.

I also wanted to use Washi tape, but the background of my card showed through the light-colored yellow. I fixed this by adhering the tape onto white card stock and cutting it out so the white stripes showed up.

I think he turned out pretty cute, and with the bears out of hibernation here in Montana, it’s also a very timely card!

Here’s what I used to make it:

A Classic Birthday


As I mentioned in my last post, we have two nieces having birthdays this month. For the younger niece, whose birthday was this week, I made this colorful card to match her vibrant personality. I also entered this card into the Paper Players Challenge 239 and it was chosen as a A Cut Above by guest designer Debbie Mageed! This made the honor doubly exciting because I am a huge fan of Debbie’s paper crafting projects.

Our older niece, who is turning 14, is more of a fashionista. For her card, I wanted to come up with something clean and classic. When I think of classic, I think of Audrey Hepburn. And when I think of Audrey, I think of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” I thought a classic blue and white card would pay homage to the jeweler’s iconic packaging and be perfect for the birthday girl.

This is probably one of the simplest cards I’ve made, but it wasn’t easy figuring out what I wanted to do. I knew I wanted to use the Happy Birthday to You stamp in the Because You Care stamp set that I earned through hostess rewards. The font seemed perfectly Hepburnesque. So, I stamped it in different colors, on different colors, in different combinations only to come back to black on white.

For the card base, I chose Whisper White and added a layer of Pool Party on dimesionals. I used my Whisper White Satin Ribbon to emulate the traditional Tiffany white bow.

Here’s where I had the opposite problem that plagued me with my other niece’s card —instead of worrying that I was adding too much, I worried that I was adding too little. I tried different embellishments on the card layer, but nothing looked right.

That’s when I remembered Audrey, or more specifically, Audrey’s pearls. I pulled out my Pearl Basic Jewels Embellishments and attached them along the top and bottom lines of the stamped image. Then, I attached two rhinestones from the Rhinestone Basic Jewels Embellishments in the center of the flourishes.

Finally, the card felt like it was finished. I hope she likes it!

Here’s what I used:

A vibrant card for a vibrant girl and PP 239

Two of our nieces are having a birthday this month so I’ve been trying to come up with cards to match their personalities.

The younger preteen niece, whose birthday is Friday, is a vivacious and outgoing redhead with a vibrant personality. I wanted to capture this by making a card with a mixture of colors, patterns and texture, something that’s a little out of my comfort zone because I’m always worried about doing too much.

Throwing caution to the wind, I pulled out my Birthday Bash DSP, which alone satisfies the colors/patterns requirement. I had thought I would use my Celebrate Today stamp set for the balloons and the paper as a background, but as I was looking at the paper I realized I would rather cut the balloons from the paper using the Balloon Framelits Dies.

I love the way the Birthday Bash DSP, like all Stampin’ Up! DSP packs, makes it easy to coordinate the colors. I chose three sheets with colors and patterns I thought worked well together. I also chose the colorful matchstick design (my favorite) for the first layer of the card and glued it to my Calypso Coral card base.

Next, to add some texture, I added a layer of Whisper White card stock that I embossed with the Lucky Stars Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, and adhered it with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

This is where I started to hyperventilate a bit, wondering if I was overdoing it. But, I breathed through my budding panic and kept going.

I used Dimensionals on all the balloons to give them some lift. (Get it? Ha-ha! I’m here all week, folks.) I then attached Baker’s Twine in Calypso Coral (no longer available), Tangerine Tango and Island Indigo (no longer available).

I made a mental note to finally order the twine in Crushed Curry and Whisper White (both good replacements for the colors used here) and take advantage of free shipping this week.


I wanted to use my Bow Builder Punch, because I hadn’t used it in FOR-EV-ER (aka since Valentine’s Day), so I created a bow from the same paper as the background and used it to gather the balloon strings.

To echo the gold accents on the confetti balloon, I added a gold sequin to the center of the bow because the birthday girl loves her bling.

The ONLY stamping I did on this card was the “Happy Birthday” sentiment from the Itty Bitty Banners set that is stamped in Calypso Coral ink. I adhered this to the confetti balloon using a dimensional I cut in half.

All in all, I think this is a really fun card! There is a lot going on, but not too much. It was a quick and easy card that doesn’t look quick and easy. I’m planning on making different variations of this card to keep on hand.

I’m also entering this card in the Paper Players Challenge #239, which calls for a project made using a die cut.


Here’s what I used to make this card (excluding the twine colors that are no longer available).