So In Love for the InKing Royalty Blog Hop

I am so in love with paper crafting, and I’m fortunate that I can surround myself with other stampers I love.  I’m always excited when my team’s blog hop rolls around because I am able to share the amazing work from these awesome artists on my Stampin’ Up! team (InKing Royalty).  My team’s blog hops are a highlight for me – I’m always just as excited to see their projects as you are, and I am proud to share them with you.

So In Love

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s January Blog Hop! Today’s So In Love Blog Hop is filled with inspiring projects that share ideas for Valentine’s Day or new products we love. We are excited to share what we’ve made and hope you’ll find great inspiration from our talented team members in this hop. After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.


For today’s love-themed Blog Hop, I decided to make a fun card that showcases several different products that are perfect for any Valentine’s Day project.  I’m SO IN LOVE with all of these products that came together to make this cute card:

Beautiful Ride, Have a Cuppa Designer Series Paper Stack, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, Valentine's Day Card

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

Rather than just TELL you all the products I used for this fun card, I thought I should SHOW you, so I created a fun diagram of each product used to create this card.  You likely have many of these items already in your craft room.  If not, there’s no reason you can’t get them.  🙂

Beautiful Ride, Have a Cuppa Designer Series Paper Stack, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, Valentine's Day Card

  • Puff of smoke.  I don’t like to imply that a Volkswagen Bug would emit a puff of smoke.  If it did, though, I’m almost certain it would be adorable like this heart-shaped puff from Sky is the Limit, one of the Limited Time stamp sets offered during Sale-a-Bration.  This train of smoke pairs with an old biplane in the set – but I thought it would make an adorable addition to this love-themed card.
  • Sentiments Combined.  I didn’t feel right about just putting “LOVE BUG” on the card.  Sure, it’s an adorable sentiment, but I wanted it to say something.  Enter Something to Say stamp set – I masked the “love you” from “love you always” and then added “LOVE BUG” from Beautiful Ride stamp set (new in Stampin’ Up!’s 2016 Occasions Catalog).  If you would like to see my video on isolating images in a stamp set, click here.
  • Sweet Color Combination.  The background panels on this card were pulled from the Have a Cuppa Designer Series Paper Stack – Bermuda Bay and Pool Party.  The backdrop of the card needed to stay super-simple so that the heart-filled car wouldn’t get lost.  I adore this combination of colors – if you like it, too, feel free to save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay, Pool Party

Stamp Sets:  Beautiful Ride, Sky is the Limit, Something to Say  Papers:  Have a Cuppa Designer Series Paper Stack, Thick Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Melon Mambo, Smoky Slate, Basic Gray  Inks:  Archival Basic Black  Accessories:  Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (heart), Stampin’ Dimensionals

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


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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. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  2. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  3. Kelly DeTommaso at Kelly’s Creative Corner
  4. Shawn de Oliveira at ShawnStamps
  5. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  6. Candy Ford at StampCandy
  7. Becky Volpp at Ink Blossom with Becky
  8. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  9. Lisa Pretto at InkBig Academy Stamps
  10. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie


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  1. Ha I really dig this idea, nice one Brian!

  2. Brian!!! You’re a genius! Love the heart exhaust coming out of the punch bug! Too stinkin cute 🙂

  3. Super slug bug cute, Brian!! I love everything you did to make this so stinkin’ cute!!!

  4. perfection for this little bug, right down to the exhaust!

  5. Great card. Enjoyed it immensely

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  7. Cute !!
    You deserve the Cuteness and Clever Award for this one !
    Plus I love the new way you are showing the products and such details you used . Love it !

  8. So cute Brian! I can just picture the hippies heading down the road. LOVE the exhaust, so clever.

  9. Brian, this is the cutest card. I love how you used DSP for the car. Just imagine the car is being warmed up on one of these frosty mornings and it comes out in a heart shape. Too cute.

  10. Hi Brian:

    What a super fun little “bug” card for Valentine’s Day. I love your exhaust! Also, I want to tell you that the way you have been presenting what you do on your cards is wonderful. Not sure how you do it but I love all the little boxes with the arrows pointing to the coordinating areas. Everything is so neat, clean and organized. Thank you for all the work you do to keep us excited about product we may have overlooked.

  11. Love the cute exhaust! But for some reason whenever I see this set I want to punch the person next to me 😉

  12. You are so very clever! Am also liking the inset explanations of your products used. Very effective! I’m off to checkout the other bloggers in the hop. Thx…

  13. Okay, this is just too cute for words! I LOVE IT! What an adorable use for this great little love bug!

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  15. You never stop wow-ing me. This is soooooo stinkin’ cute!
    And the award goes to Mr. B K

  16. I want this card! OH my! Brian, you ARE a genius! The heart exhaust is brilliant and the hearts all over the VW is so adorable! What a cute little card! My hubby calls me LB (for love bug) I know, sappy, but it’s cute. You are such an inspiration to all of us. Thanks for sharing your cute card today. I love it.

  17. I love this card so much! It’s so much fun, and the colors are great.

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  19. Chris vanKoeverden

    Love this Love Bug! Now we need a video to see how you did the Bug! Your videos are always so great to watch!

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  21. Brian, this card is aDORable!!! The color combination is fun and I’m intrigued with your combination of three stamp sets. I absolutely “love’ this card.

  22. Brian, this is super cute and super fun!!! Using the DSP as the base for your Love Bug was brilliant!

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  24. This is my second time through the hop so I can leave comments and I just noticed the heart shaped exhaust. Adorable.

  25. Hat a great color combination and I can’t believe all the products you combined to make such a sweet card. They all go together so well, but my favorite part is the car stamped and cut from Designer Series Paper. Such a great idea!

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  27. Love your version of a “Love Bug” so cute! I am in love with how you used the puff of smoke!!!! Not to mention the VW stamped on designer series Paper… and the luscious color combination!!! All beautiful colors ….

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  29. ❤️❤️❤️💗💕 this card! I must have it! We call our oldest daughter “love bug” and a vw bug was her first car, as was mine back in the day!

  30. So, so, so cute! I love the color combo. Your product diagram was sheer brilliance and extremely helpful. Thanks so much!

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  32. Brian that VW Bug reminds me of cars I use to see driving around L5P back in the day. Super cute card and I love the color combination.

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