Welcome to this month’s InKing Royalty Blog Hop! This month’s hop is dedicated to showing our thankfulness. We are celebrating with thank you notes, cards that show our appreciation and projects of thanksgiving. We are excited to share our projects with you and hope they inspire you to create! After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

water-dropletFirst let me say…

I am THANKFUL that the little water droplet, circled in red —> only destroyed sheetrock. While the cost of the repair was very uncomfortable, the potential for much greater damage was present. All that is left now is to replace a 4′ x 15′ section of sheetrock and paint- ugh.

But back to a more pleasant subject… and really why you stopped by:


For my card, I wanted to use two stamps that I love and don’t use as often as I would like, 1) Hardwood Background & 2) Definitely Dahlia. I also wanted to make this a thank you card so out came my Happy Happenings stamp set.

For the colors I really wasn’t sure which direction to go so I broke out my retired color coach and went to Crushed Curry. I guess I selected that color primarily because that’s the color of most of the leaves in my yard and remaining on my trees this time of year. As I flipped over to the suggested combo side of the card, I was surprised to find Melon Mambo as one of the suggestions! Not really colors that I would be comfortable picking but life as they say “begins outside of our comfort zone!” So, there you have it. I am still not 100% comfortable with the color combo but life goes on.

Using my Stampin’ Trimmer, I cut a Very Vanilla card base 5.5 x 8.5, a layer of Crushed Curry measuring 4 x 5.25, one more layer of Very Vanilla measuring 3.75 x 5 and finally one 2.5 x 3.5 of Very Vanilla & Crushed Curry for my sentiment. Cutting about 99.5% complete!

Inking my sentiment, from Happy Happenings, first in Versa Mark and then into my Crushed Curry I stamped onto my Very Vanilla, sprinkled liberally with SU Clear Embossing and set it with my Heat Tool. I then stamped on my Vary Vanilla layer using my Hardwood background stamp with Crushed Curry ink. Changing ink, I used Melon Mambo on the Definitely Dahlia stamp which I stamped on the left side of the hardwood background. I then used Crushed Curry and my sponge to add color around the edge of the sentiment. My inking is complete!

inking-royalty-blog-hop-zoom-10-2016Next, I used my Decorative Label punch to punch out the sentiment & a blank Crushed Curry to accent/peek out of the edges. Using my paper snips, I cut the Crushed Curry label in ½ and then cut off the center point so that I would have only additional color at the top and the bottom of my sentiment. I attached them to the back using Snail adhesive. I added Stampin Dimensionals to the sentiment and to the hardwood layer. I used snail to adhere the Crushed Curry Layer to the card base.

I used both metallic sequins (gold) and metric enamel shapes (gold circles) to add a little extra and just like that my card was complete!

For a complete list of the items used for this card… look all the way to the bottom of this post.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Becky Volpp at InkBlossom with Becky. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!

With Gratitude,




Karen Zaring Browning

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. Lory Robinson at The Robin’s Nest Designs
  3. Deb Cozzone at Grand Central Stamping
  4. Shawn de Oliveira at ShawnStamps
  5. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  6. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  7. Karen Browning at StampWithMeKZB
  8. Becky Volpp at InkBlossom with Becky
  9. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  10. Imogene Thomas at
  11. Lisa Pretto at InkBig Academy Stamps

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