April Showers – InKing Royalty Blog Hop

InKing Royalty Blog HopWelcome 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 September Gray at SeptemberGray.com.  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.

Let’s Celebrate Baby

I couldn’t be more excited to share today’s project – it’s simple and clean, but I really love how it turned out.  On the outside, it might look like a simple card.  With a closer look, though, it’s an interactive extravaganza.  If you were invited to this baby shower, here’s the card you would receive in the mail:

Sumthin' Sumthin', Baby How We've Grown, Four Your Party, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, baby shower invitations

The sentiment on the front of the invitation is attached to a belly band that wraps all the way around the card.  The sentiment is a combination of two stamps that are on Stampin’ Up!’s Retiring List – “Let’s Celebrate” from Sumthin’ Sumthin’ and “Baby” from Baby, We’ve Grown.

When the recipient pulls away the belly band, a secret invitation is revealed.  Ooooh!  You’re Invited – it must be a party!

Sumthin' Sumthin', Baby We've Grown, Four Your Party, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, baby shower invitations

Inside the Craft Cardstock base of the card is a Celebration Basics Invitation (another retiring product) that’s temporarily glued to the card base.  The craft envelope comes with the craft invitations.  Super-easy, super-simple.

Sumthin' Sumthin', Baby We've Grown, Four Your Party, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, baby shower invitationsOne more thing (and this item isn’t being retired) – the Project Life Journaling Pens are a wonderful tool for filling out these invitations:

Sumthin' Sumthin', Baby We've Grown, Four Your Party, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, baby shower invitationsI hope you like this project – I had a lot of fun putting it together, so it’s exciting to know that the recipients of this interactive invitation will enjoy taking it apart.  I had so much fun that I created this video to share additional details about this fun project:

Stamp Sets:  Sumthin’ Sumthin’, Baby We’ve Grown, Four Your Party  Papers:  Celebration Basics Invitations, Craft Cardstock, Calypso Coral, Whisper White, Sweet Dreams Designer Series Paper, Lullaby Designer Series Paper   Inks:  Jet Black StazOn, Stampin’ Write Markers (Calypso Coral)  Accessories:  2-1/2″ Circle Punch, Circles Collection Framelits, Starbursts Framelits Dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Sumthin' Sumthin', Baby We've Grown, Four Your Party, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, baby shower invitations

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Amy Whelan at Amy’s Inklings.  You certainly won’t want to miss any of these projects.


Shop Now

  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

What a day we had yesterday!  The announcement of Stampin’ Up!’s Retiring List was coupled with slow access to the online ordering for customers, but the persistent made it through – and many products are disappearing quickly!  Today, though, many of those items are still available AND the Clearance Rack has been updated with new items – and don’t forget about this week’s Weekly Deals.  Click on either of these pictures to see these items in my online store:

Clearance Rack - Up to 80% Off!




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  1. What a fabulous and clever idea for an invitation Brian, I love that the actual words for the invite are hidden, this would indeed be a surprise for the recipient.
    Love the colors too, beautiful design and layout, thank you for sharing.

  2. What a great project. I could see me making something like this!

  3. Such a Pam card! You have no idea how close I came to using this color combo too. Great hop today!

  4. Love this beautiful and clever invitation. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us every day.

  5. The color combination just amazes me. It’s not one I would go to, or at least not before seeing your creation. I love it…and the surprise hidden behind the belly band, genius. The way you combined the greeting makes me want to look more closely at my stamp sets. You are an inspiration!

  6. Hi Brian:

    Wish I had seen this one when I made the invitations to my daughter’s birthday party. Such a fun way to invite someone to a gathering! You are quite the little trickster! LOL

  7. Such sweet baby invitations, I am sure Allie will love them!

  8. Cute cute cute ! Love the colors and the whole card make up !
    I must say that I was a happy SU Retired List Orderer ! My order was processed immediately and shipped by 3pm ….yay ! But then I ordered really early yesterday morning (really early) !!

  9. Sooooo nicely done!

  10. Absolutely genius!!! What a great combination of stamp sets and kits! This will not soon be forgotten as I’m pinning it to my Pinterest Board of Entertaining to copy it on our next Cawthon edition.

  11. Love this Brian! It is beautiful, simple and makes me want to come! 🙂

  12. Awesomeness! I especially love the way you mixed the sentiments. So perfect. It really is an interactive extravaganza! 😉

  13. What a cute invitation Brian! And so many great ideas to enhance it and make it extra special.

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