InKing Royalty Holiday Fun Blog Hop


Welcome to the very first InKing Royalty Blog Hop.  For our very first hop, we’re excited to share projects that showcase the fun on the holidays – from Halloween through Christmas, this certainly is the season to be jolly!

You may have started the Blog Hop here or may have hopped over from Katie Ferguson at Cottage Paper.  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.

Before I share my post, I want to say that I’m so proud of my group – InKing Royalty is the name of my Stampin’ Up! team – demonstrators from all over the U.S.  For this hop, I’ve also invited Pam Morris (my upline), Mary Fish (her upline) and Lisa Pretto (her upline) to join us.  We’re such a close group, so we all know one another well.  I’m so happy they were able to join in.  Now, back to the hop…

Get Your Santa On

I’ve been fascinated by the dancing Santas in the Santa & Co. photopolymer stamp set from the very start.  Wasn’t always in love with them but always fascinated.  While I was studying these dancing Santas, I wondered if they would stack on one another – could I create a stack of perfectly-balanced Santas?  I’m not one to sit around wondering, so I put my thoughts to the test.  By finding the balance in each image (that place where the weight of each Santa is perfectly aligned), I was able to create a 6″+ stack of Santas.  Yippee!

Santa & Co., Get Your Santa On, Stampin' Up!, Brian King But, what do you do with a 6″+ tall pile of Santas?  They are really too tall to really put on the front of a card, yet they are too adorable to not share with others.  After a little pondering, I turned my Santas into a festive door hanger:Santa & Co., Get Your Santa On, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingI colored these jolly men with Blendabilities and cropped the sentiment with my Project Life Cards & Labels Framelits.  The base of this hanger is 4″ wide x 11″ tall.  I cropped the hanger circle with a 2-1/2″ Circle punch.  The panel of Santas is 2-1/2″ wide x 6″ tall.

Santa & Co., Get Your Santa On, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Stamp Sets:  Visions of Santa, Get Your Santa On  Papers:  Real Red, Pool Party, Marina Mist, Whisper White  Inks:  Real Red, Blendabilities (Cherry Cobbler, Coastal Cabana, Night of Navy, Smoky Slate, Nude, Color Lifter)  Accessories:  2-1/2″ Circle punch, Project Life Cards & Labels Framelits, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Santa & Co., Get Your Santa On, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

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


  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Deb Cozzone at Deb Cozzone’s Stamping Zone
  3. Candy Ford at StampCandy
  4. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  5. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  6. Bonnie Garrett at Stampin’ Bon
  7. Kelly DeTommaso at Kelly’s Creative Corner
  8. September Gray at
  9. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  10. Angie Coleman at Coastal Stamping
  11. Alison Bilohlavek at Ribbon and Brad
  12. Lisa Pretto at DIY Royalty
  13. Katie Ferguson at Cottage Paper
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  1. What a clever idea! I love the door hanger.

  2. Only you could make something this cute with this stamp set, I mean it Brian, you have a fabulous way to imagine fabulousness on just about anything!!!!!
    Thank you for the very early smile.

  3. So proud of you and your first InKing Royalty blog hop! I love your clever Santa’s on your project. How do you come up with this stuff?!? I’m going to hop along now…..

  4. Brian, you are so creative! That’s the best use of that stamp set I’ve seen so far! Those santas kinda creep me out but your door hanger makes them tolerable… haha! The door hanger would be perfect for hanging at work.

  5. What a brilliant way to stamp and showcase these Santas Brian!

  6. Good Morning, what a great surprise … a new blog hop, and by InKing Royalty no less. Congrats to all! I love your Holiday Blog Hop Sign? I think this hanger would also look great hanging on a bottle of wine too. Those balancing Santas are really funny and cute. Great imagination and great results. 🙂

  7. Cute ! This is sooooo crafty !!! What a fun idea ! Now I am wondering what other stamps I could use like this ???
    Loving this first Hop . Yay for The InKing Royalty !

  8. These Santas are so much fun. You’ve convinced me- I need them! Thanks for such a fun project. These would make a fun little goodie to send my friends to announce “it’s Chrimstams time”, day after Thanksgiving, of course!

  9. Love it! This stamp set cracks me up SO much!!!

  10. I don’t know if “genius” adequately describes the acrobatics for these adorable Santas! Well done!

  11. Great “crafty” idea for the dancing Santas, Brian, and congrats on the blog hop!

  12. Holy Cirque du Santa!! I have been waiting for you to rock this stamp set and you did it brilliantly! Pinning it and sending it to all of my friends:-) Love it!

  13. Very clever indeed! Can’t help but smile with this one!

  14. This is a hoot and made me Ho Ho Ho! Congrats on your group’s first blog hop! Hope there is more!

  15. Hilarious!!!
    LOVE that!
    Perfect for up the side of my son’s scrapbook page about Christmas!!!
    He’s 14 so it’s a perfect fit!!!
    Thanks Brian!!!

  16. Shut the front door! That is the funniest thing ever! It almost makes me want to get that set, lol! You are genius!!!

  17. Love the Door Hanger! I can think of lots of ways to use this with stamping. Don’t you just love the Blendabilities for coloring? Great use of this stamp set!! Love your project.

  18. HO, HO, HO….what a clever idea, genius in fact. I love the idea of balancing Santa ‘s. I am thinking of having an unfolding card vertically to reveal Santa after Santa. PS. great BlogHop. Love all the ideas gleaned from visiting them. Thanks for hosting,

  19. I haven’t seen a door hanger since the 80’s! What a super idea! And of course, only you would figure out a way to have those Santa’s balanced so perfectly! Love this project and your creative genius continues to amaze and delight! Thanks for sharing!

  20. Simply adorable Brian. Every time I look at that set I think . . . Not too sure about that one. However you created something I really like, so I’ll ponder a bit more.

  21. Is this the very first hop or the first this year ? Thank you for the inspiration , I’ll hop …let’s see how far 🙂

  22. Love these guys! You always make me want to push myself out of my comfort zone. Thanks for the inspiration!

  23. Just finished the Hop. I did it backwards starting with me at the end. I can’t believe all the truly fantastic projects and this was the perfect grand finale!! Great job all around Brian!

  24. Brian, in addition to everything else you do, you now “juggle” Santas as well!! Brilliant!!

  25. You really did a bang up job of balancing all these santas. And the door hanger…perfect. Now if I caould only like this stamp set. Guess I am just to old fashioned about a Christmas theme.

  26. Golly, what a great project! I love the balancing act, so perfectly done. Had to rush over to the catty to see the rest of the set. 🙂

  27. I knew those Santas were fab-dancers, but never would have pegged them for being such great acrobats! Way to make ’em work harder, Brian–SUCH a cute project! And congrats on your group’s first hop!

  28. Love the balancing Santas!!! Great colouring job.

  29. Oh my goodness Brian! This is too much! You have totally sold me on this stamp set!

  30. Love it!!! Can’t wait to “hop” around and see all the Wonderful ideas!!!

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