So Grateful - InKing Royalty Blog Hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty's November Blog Hop! Today's hop is filled with inspiring projects that share the gratefulness of the season. Whether you are ready to celebrate Thanksgiving this week or just feel reflective of the things that make you thankful, we are sure you'll find great inspiration from our talented team members. After you read my post, I hope you'll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post!

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My project for today is a pillow box filled with treats that I'll put at each table setting for Thanksgiving dinner. The pillow box (die retiring January 4) is embossed with the Woodland embossing folder - a fan favorite (retiring January 4)! I've been on a gold kick lately and used it 3 ways on this project: the Early Espresso leaf is embossed in gold, the acorn topper is punched out of gold glimmer paper, and the tiny bow is made with one of my favorites, gold cording, that will also be retiring January 4.

I have so much to be thankful for this year. We welcomed my son, Nolan, on September 11! He joins big sister Lillie and we can't imagine life without the two of them. Here's me with my babies:

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you'll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Kelly DeTommaso at Kelly's Creative Corner. There's lots of inspiration to be found in this group - and you don't want to miss it! Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!
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If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:
  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  3. Becky Volpp & Megan Quillen at Ink Blossom with Becky
  4. Deb Cozzone at Grand Central Stamping
  5. Candy Ford at StampCandy
  6. Shawn de Oliveira at ShawnStamps
  7. Amy Whelan at Amy's Inklings
  8. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  9. Lynn Kolcun at Avery's Owlery
  10. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  11. Lisa Pretto at InkBig Academy Stamps
  12. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie (you are here)
  13. Kelly DeTommaso at Kelly's Creative Corner
  14. Sharon Walker at Stamp with Sharon W

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Origami Modular Braided Wreath

Today I'm sharing with you a beautiful origami modular braided wreath ornament that I made using our Designer Series Paper! I created it using 18 - 3"x3" pieces of Designer Series Paper folded according to the directions found here. Isn't it stunning? I'll be making a lot of these to gift for the holidays using different designs of our fabulous Designer Series Paper!

The wreath doesn't require any adhesive to stay together, but for longevity purposes I added a little bit of adhesive to the connection of each piece using the Fine-Tip Glue Pen. It was perfect for the job and my wreath won't be coming apart anytime soon! I attached the Night of Navy bow (that I made using the Bow Builder Punch) with hot glue. The bow really didn't need anything else, but I decided to add a Metal-Rimmed Pearl to the knot. And, finally, I added our yummy White 3/8" Glitter Ribbon to hang it on the tree.

Think you'll try making one of these for the holidays? If so, I'd love to see your creation! Just leave a comment with a link to your blog or email me a picture. Happy creating!

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Envelope Gift Card Holder

Today's post features a quick, easy, and beautiful gift card holder following this tutorial by a fellow demonstrator, Pam Morris! The measurements I used are slightly different than Pam's. The Designer Series Paper is cut to 4-3/8" x 2-1/4" and the card stock adhered to the back is cut to 4-5/8" x 2-1/2". Also, I cut my belly band to 1" x 6". The trick with the belly band is to hide the overlapped ends behind the sentiment!

My favorite Stampin' Up! color seems to change over time, but lately I find myself gravitating to Blackberry Bliss. And it is so stunning paired with gold! The sentiment on the belly band of this gift card holder is embossed with gold embossing powder and the cherry on top is the double bow of gold baker's twine.

This brought a big smile to the recipient. Wouldn't these be great for dressing up your gift cards for the holidays? Thanks for stopping by today!

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Happy Halloween!

Here's a quick post from me today to share this year's Halloween treat with you! I just can't hand out "naked" candy, so each year I come up with a way to dress it up! This little pocket was made very easily with the Envelope Punch Board! All you need is a 4" x 4" piece of Designer Series Paper and you make the first score line and punch at 1-3/4". Then just use the guide on the Envelope Punch Board to make the rest of the score lines and punches. Just remember NOT to score the 4th line - only punch. That's the part of the envelope that you won't close and allows you to slip a snack size Hershey's bar into it.

Isn't this cute?? There are so many other ways you could dress this up for other holidays. Let me know if you have any questions and thanks for stopping by today!

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Watercolor Swallowtail Card

Today's card showcases an easy watercoloring technique that really brings a wow factor! I took my Swallowtail stamp and colored on it with 4 of the 5 2014-2016 In Color Stampin' Write markers. I made sure to color starting with the lightest marker to the darkest marker. Then I spritzed it lightly (okay, I was a little heavy with the spritzin') with water using a Stampin' Spritzer and stamped it on some watercolor paper and -- voila! I love this technique!

I thought about adding ribbon to this card, but I really wanted the watercoloring to stand out, so I opted for just a small sentiment and some embellishments. What a great sentiment for someone going through a hard time - "you've got courage, you've got strength, you've got me." "You've got me" is stamped inside the card. This card is going to a dear college friend of mine battling cancer - who has unbelievable strength and courage. I continue to pray she wins the battle.

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a blessed Labor Day weekend!

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Swallowtail Sympathy Card

Today's card is a clean and simple sympathy card using the stunning Swallowtail background stamp. I really do love this stamp, because there are so many different ways you can use it! It looks amazing stamped in black or you can watercolor it, use your Blendabilities, stamp it using a mask - I will be trying all of these ways and sharing them with you, by the way :).

This card was inspired by this beautiful card by Brandy Cox. I love the black on white as well as the dimension she gave her butterfly by fussy-cutting a portion of the butterfly as an overlay. Hopefully you can see that in this picture here:

Trying to put your finger on the beautiful silver threads tied in a bow on this card? It's from our beautiful 1/8" silver ribbon! All you have to do is cut off one side of the white trim and then you can pull out the silver threads to add to your project! I love finding different ways to use our products!

I wish I didn't have to make sympathy cards, but I do need them from time to time. This one is for my dear friend and upline, Tina, who just lost her mom to colon cancer. This one hits home for me, since I also lost my mom to colon cancer. Would you mind saying a little prayer for Tina and her family? And if you're 50 or older (although they should change the recommendation to 40) and haven't had a colonoscopy, please do so! It could save your life! I've had 3 so far with my family history, and they're not that bad!

Thank you for stopping by today! Let me know if you have any questions and have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!

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Happily Ever After Card & Holiday Catalog Debut!

Today's card is a beautiful white and gold wedding card for a dear friend of mine. My favorite part of this card is the luscious gold satin ribbon - it's to die for! It also comes in silver, but the gold is just stunning.

I stamped the butterflies and the row of hearts using the Metallic Gold Encore ink pad, but I embossed "happily ever after" with gold embossing powder, because I wanted it to stand out. And I used Shimmery White card stock, because it has a heavier weight than Whisper White and has a beautiful shimmer to it. The butterflies were naked without a few pearls - the perfect touch!

Guess what? The amazing Holiday Catalog is now available! Click on the image below to view the jaw-dropping goodies offered! What's your favorite item from the Holiday Catalog?

Thanks for stopping by!

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