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!


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