Awards for InKing Royalty Halloween Hop








Welcome to InKing Royalty’s September Blog Hop!  We are excited to share some super-fun creations with you today!  This month’s Blog Hop is filled with inspiring projects that feature each artist’s take on the spookiest time of year – Halloween.  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.

This is the hop I’ve been waiting for! Anyone who knows me knows that I am a huge fan of Halloween. My husband and I throw a party every year and invite all our friends. Some people fly cross country for it. We’ve even had folks cross an ocean for it!

We always have a costume contest, and I like to make the awards. A few years ago I found some little plastic skulls with spines on stands in a bargain bin somewhere (probably Target or Michael’s.) They were super cheap and I knew I would be able to use them at some point, so I got them. This is their year. The party theme is Circus, so I’m making creepy little clown trophies out of them.



Here’s how I did it:

I made the hat from a piece of paper from the Playful Palette Designer Series Paper Stack and Emerald Envy Solid Baker’s Twine. I’m the first to admit that I am an abysmal pompom maker, but for this project I don’t think it matters so much. The loops of twine along the bottom of the hat are also messy. I think it adds to the creepiness of the overall look. The hat is put together, and attached to the skull, with Fast Fuse, Mini Glue Dots, and Tear & Tape adhesives.

I used the 1″ Circle Punch to cut a piece of Real Red card stock and attached it to the nose with 4 layered Stampin’ Dimensionals.

For the bowtie, I used the Bow Builder Punch to cut a piece of Basic Black card stock. I photocopied the pieces at 300%, and cut out the larger pieces. I used these to cut out the bowtie pieces from a piece of Petals & Paisleys Designer Series Paper. I assembled the bow with Fast Fuse, and attached it to the spine with Mini Glue Dots.

I haven’t made the tags yet for each award: Scariest Costume, Prettiest Costume, etc. I’m still trying to decide exactly what I want to do. Please let me know if you have any suggestions!




Thank you for hopping along with us. I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Lory Robinson at The Robin’s Nest Designs. There’s a lot of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!

If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  3. Shawn de Oliveira at ShawnStamps
  4. Becky Volpp at InkBlossom with Becky
  5. Karen Browning at StampWithMeKZB
  6. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  7. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  8. Lory Robinson at The Robin’s Nest Designs
  9. Imogene Thomas at
  10. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin


Here’s what I used:



Thanks for stopping by today, and Sweet Stamping!


Subway Swaps

A couple days ago I showed you my card for the team meeting swap at Subway. You can see that post here. Today I’m showing you the wonderful projects from the other team members who participated in the swap. Enjoy!

Anne Burr, Christmas card

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Brian King, birthday card

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Julie DiMatteo, ornament

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Karen Browning, Christmas card

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Pam Morris, hello card

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Robbye Hamilton, thinking of you card

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Sharon Walker, ornament

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Thanks for stopping by today, and Sweet Stamping!

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Out of This World Halloween Costume Party


This year the theme of our Halloween party was Outer Space. The invitations were made of Stampin’ Up! products old and new.

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The card base and alien were made from Old Olive card stock (or Pear Pizzazz when I ran out of Old Olive.) The background is from the Happy Haunting Designer Series Paper in the current Holiday Catalog. The flying saucer body is made from Silver Foil Sheets cut with the Ovals Collections Framelits Dies. The bubble is made from Window Sheets cut with the Circles Collection Framelits Dies. The inside floor of the flying saucer is Silver Shimmer Paper (retired) – not to be confused with Silver Glimmer Paper which is still available.

The alien is from a retired stamp set called Make a Monster – I stamped it on several sheets of the Old Olive or Pear Pizzazz card stock, about 25 aliens per sheet. There were way too many to fussy cut, so I used my Brother Scan ‘n Cut, which did a pretty good job. I glued on the little googly eyes and assembled the card.

For the inside, I printed the invitation info on 8-1/2″ x 11″ sheets of card stock, then scored them and cut them in half for two invitations from each sheet.

Here are the current products I used:

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We decorated the house with lots of blue lights and silver lamé to give the feel of a UFO. Our patio has brick walls but no roof, so we rented a large tent. That’s where the food was. We hung long silver foil fringe around the tent with blue lights. We made UFOs out of aluminum pie pans and hung them with clear fishing line. The long center food table was covered in silver lamé and had lots of tiny battery operated blue lights strewn on it. My nephew graciously offered his huge Lego Star Wars Death Star as the centerpiece. At the far end you can see the chafing dishes for the hot food. There were ice buffets at the other end for sushi and other cold foods.


The Lego Death Star.


Here’s a photo of the stamping studio turned bar area, before we dimmed the lights. The whole place had silver lamé and blue fairy lights, giving it an eery glow.

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Here’s a snapshot of the living room. Most of the furniture was covered in, you guessed it, silver lamé. We had alien balloons that had lights inside. They were filled with helium, but didn’t stay afloat very long, so they just piled up. They did stay inflated for days afterward.

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Every year we get our cake from Mark & Becky Brickman of Bakers Man, Inc. in Alpharetta, GA. Here they are delivering it. Their wonderful assistant Elizabeth did most of the designing on this one. She did a phenomenal job! It’s a flying saucer that has crashed in the desert and there’s an alien hiding behind a rock. Essentially everything you see is edible, including the alien, the mountains and rocks, and the top half of the flying saucer.

If you’re in the Atlanta area, I highly recommend Bakers Man. Their cakes are always delicious, but the carrot cake is amazing. Not only is it the best carrot cake I’ve ever had, it’s probably the best cake period.

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Here’s a close up of the flying saucer. Everything from the widest part up to the top was cake.


And here’s the alien made of sugar. The detail on this little guy was astounding.

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There were some great costumes. Here are just a few: Space Chick, Diet Coke, Twister game, One-Eyed One-Horned Flying Purple People Eater, Soylent Green cracker, Men In Black, guy on safari, Carl Sagan and the Cosmos, Star Trek characters, binary star, a couple dressed in bubble wrap, the constellation Orion, black hole, Saturn, and the Big Dipper.

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Neal and I were Mal & Kaylee (older, chubbier, bespectacled versions) from the Firefly TV show.


Okay, so that was the first event in the last month that took my time away from my blog. Next was the Stampin’ Up! Rising Star Retreat in Utah….to be continued.

Thanks for stopping by today, and Sweet Stamping!

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Where in the world is Stamp Candy?


image © Stampin’ Up – from the Traveler stamp set


Hello, Sweet Stampers!

I haven’t forgotten you! Of course, I had the best intentions of prescheduling blog posts for all the time I would be away from home, but alas, I just didn’t get it done. Between traveling, recuperating from traveling, traveling more, recuperating,… – you get the idea – I’m afraid my energy for blogging has been lacking.

It’s been a wacky few weeks, and the wackiness continues. As it has turned out, mid-October through late November is just a crazy chunk of time in my 2015 schedule. While I’m extremely grateful for the opportunities I have had to travel, spend time with friends, and attend wonderful events, I’m pooped! And I’m afraid my blog has suffered for it.

I plan to post photos from my adventures. First was our huge annual Halloween party – it took weeks to put together, and then a week to recuperate afterward. Here’s a sneak peek of the invitation and the living room:

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Then I got to attend Stampin’ Up’s Rising Star Retreat in Utah, where five fabulous demonstrators from around the country and myself were pampered and trained and given an inside look at Stampin’ Up! Then I went on a week long crafting cruise around the Caribbean.

I’m on my way now to attend Stampin’ Up’s OnStage Local event in Tampa, FL. Then there’s another cruise, a family gathering at my brother’s house in the Smoky Mountains, and Thanksgiving with my husband’s family at the Georgia coast. Phew!

I’m looking forward to December when I can sit in my stamping studio with my cats and make stuff!

Thanks for stopping by today, and Sweet Stamping!

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Using Leftovers for InKing Royalty Blog Hop


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Welcome to InKing Royalty’s September Blog Hop. We are helping to prepare you for October with super-fun Tricks OR Treats. Our projects center around fun techniques (tricks) or creative ways to package up Halloween goodies (treats.) In some cases you might get BOTH! 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.

I’ve used a few tricks (sponging, heat embossing, crumpling) and leftovers from the Witching Decor Project Kit, to create this candle label. The candle itself is a battery operated black candle from the local Halloween store.

For the label, I used four leaves, a label, and a Spider Web Doily from the kit. I flipped the black doily over to the white side and inked it up in Cajun Craze.

I sponged the label in Delightful Dijon, Cajun Craze, Tangelo Twist, and Soft Suede inks to create a mottled effect. I thought about embossing in clear and inking in Basic Black or Early Espresso – the Joseph’s Coat technique. But then I decided to heat imboss the image in gold.

I crumpled the leaves with my hands and inked them up in Soft Suede.

I glued all the parts together and glued the label onto the card stock belly band.

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The raven’s eye is a Pearl Basic Jewel colored with a black Sharpie marker

Halloween candle label a

And here’s my completed Witching Decor Project kit, whose leftovers I used.

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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 StampCandy <— YOU ARE HERE
  3. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  4. Lydia Fiedler at Understand Blue
  5. Shawn de Oliveira at ShawnStamps
  6. Lisa Pretto at InkBig Academy Stamps
  7. Sharon Walker at Stamp with Sharon W
  8. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  9. Becky Volpp at Ink Blossom with Becky


Here’s what I used:

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Thanks for stopping by today, and Sweet Stamping!

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More New Holiday Products!


I am sooooooo excited about the new Holiday Catalog that begins on September 1! Here’s a video showing some more of my pre-preorder items.

It took me longer than I anticipated to get this video posted, so when I say “yesterday” in this one, I’m actually referring to the video I posted 6 days ago. 😀


By the way, even more new holiday products were just delivered, so I’ll get a video of those done as soon as I can. I’ve already used some of them, and they are amazing. There is a new tool that will blow your socks off! So stay tuned!


Be sure to check the Events tab at the top of this page often. I’m scheduling more and more classes. Space is limited, so sign up now!



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Thanks for stopping by today, and Sweet Stamping!

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