It’s Your Birthday for the InKing Royalty Blog Hop

I can’t begin to explain how happy I am to be surrounded by the amazing, talented, and fun stampers on my Stampin’ Up! team (InKing Royalty).  Many of my team members (not just those with blogs) share their gorgeous projects in our online community – there’s such amazing and inspiring creativity in this group!  I’m always excited when my team’s blog hop rolls around, though, because I get to share some of their amazing work with you.  I’m just as excited to see their projects as you are, and I am proud to share them with you.

It's Your BirthdayWelcome to InKing Royalty’s February Blog Hop!  Stampin’ Up!’s Occasions Catalog is filled with amazing products to help you celebrate birthdays in style – from festive balloons to birthday buds, there’s something for everyone.  Today’s It’s Your Birthday Blog Hop is filled with inspiring projects that share great birthday ideas – 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.

Here’s my card for this birthday blog hop:

Fabulous Four, Number of Years, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, birthday card, PP282

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Celebrate.  You know how much I love a beautiful font, right?  I’ve used this word “celebrate” from Fabulous Four no less than ten times – and I love it every single time.  Dear Stampin’ Up!, please make every word in the English language into this font so I can use it every day.  Thanks!  While looking for a fun, original way to showcase balloons on a card, I noticed the long, slender stems on these letters – could it work?  Why, yes it could.  I simply drew a line from the stem of the three letters with my Smoky Slate Stampin’ Write Maker (available for individual purchase) and popped out three balloons with my tiny balloon from the Party Punch Pack.

    Fabulous Four, Stampin' Up!

    Fabulous Four, Stampin’ Up!

  • Why You Need the Party Punch Pack.  These tiny balloons are absolutely perfect!  While the Party Punch Pack is the first product shown in Stampin’ Up!’s Occasions Catalog, you might have missed them at the bottom of page four.  A tiny balloon punch, a tiny cupcake punch and a tiny candle punch.  Each punch is adorable, but this balloon is 100% necessary.  Balloons are appropriate for almost any celebration – birthdays, graduations, congratulations – they can even make their way into wedding and anniversary cards.  Probably not good for a sympathy card, but I’ll work on that.  🙂  I’m so glad I had this set of punches the moment I wanted to get my hands on tiny balloons.  Phew!

    Party Punch Pack, Stampin Up!

    Party Punch Pack, Stampin’ Up!

  • Colors.  While designing this card for our InKing Royalty Blog Hop, I knew I needed to select three balloons to launch over the word “celebrate.”  What three colors?  I peeped over at this week’s color challenge at The Paper Players and knew I’d found my answer.  What a perfectly fresh and fun combination of colors!  Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight and Pool Party – a bright orange, a bright yellow and a soft blue – these colors were perfect for my birthday celebration.

I’ve also entered my card in this week’s “Balloon Theme” Challenge at Global Design Project.  Yippee!


Stamp Sets:  Fabulous Four, Number of Years  Papers:  Tangerine Tango, Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White  Inks:  Archival Basic Black, Tangerine Tango, Stampin’ Write Marker (Smoky Slate)  Accessories:  Party Punch Pack, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Fabulous Four, Number of Years, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, birthday card, PP282

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie.  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. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  3. Shawn de Oliveira at ShawnStamps
  4. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  5. Candy Ford at StampCandy
  6. Deb Cozzone at Grand Central Stamping
  7. Natalie Bradley at
  8. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  9. Becky Volpp at Ink Blossom with Becky
  10. Lisa Pretto at InkBig Academy Stamps
  11. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  12. Karen Browning at StampWithMeKZB



  1. so clean so simple but wonderfull!!! thank you for the inspiration

  2. Brilliant decision to extend the tall letters into balloons. Sweet colors and fresh design.

  3. What a great idea for the balloons! And I thank you so much for the easy to read photos with products used shown with arrows.

  4. Another amazing card, Brian and ditto to Mary.

  5. Normally I’d say this is the best card ever, however, I’ve already seen the dog in the balloon so you’ve ruined me! But I love it dearly!

  6. Brian, your card is gorgeous…..your team has wonderful ideas, congrats on such a good blog hop

  7. Love how you worked this color combo!

  8. Cutest card ever! #wishidathoughtathat

  9. Such a nifty little card! Love the CAS design with pops of color and white.

  10. Love the way your mind works! This card is just happy, happy, happy and so clean yet effective. Love the way you put the balloon strings attached to the word celebrate. AND, the color combo oozes bright and happy which is what celebrating is all about. I just this this card is spectacular.

  11. A simple freshness gives this card an A+ in my book! Great colors and fun design make for a card anyone would love to receive. Thanks for the inspiration.

  12. Love how you used the color combo!

  13. So beautifully designed and perfectly balanced used of the challenge colors Brian! Love your card!
    Thanks for joining the paper players!

  14. Love the balloons coming out of the letters! Gorgeous card in every way.

  15. Love this style of layering!

  16. I love your new picture instructions. They make it real simple.

  17. I love this card–just finished making 2 of them. Thanks!!

  18. Such a pretty card! You always make me want to create a new card! Thanks for all the inspiration over the years!

  19. As always, a winner. Great colors, layout, and design. Thanks for sharing it with us!

  20. I love the balloons Brian. This is a super cute card.

  21. I love that font too! Very creative use for the balloons …I love how they come off the tall letters. Thanks for joining us at The Paper Players!

  22. Clean, simple and gorgeous! I always admire how neat and tidy your cards are too, Brian. Never a drop of ink out of place! Thanks so much for sharing with us this week at The Paper Players!

  23. Love that your blog hop card fit in with our challenge too Brian. Really, really love that colour combination!

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  25. Gonna CASE this for #imbringingbirthdaysback…totally brill as usually!

  26. Brian, your card is spectacular. I love the crisp lines and colors.

  27. I ADORE everything about this! Darn you, now I have to have that stamp set. You are a bad influence.

  28. Decisions, decisions, this one is my favourite as I just LOVE the striped edge detail, so classy!

  29. Crisp, fresh and inspired in a way only the King knows how! I love your fun balloon card Brian – kudos to you!! Thanks for joining us over at The Paper Players this week!

  30. This card makes me so very, very happy! It’s just perfect!

  31. I have yet to play with this bitty punch and I love what you did with it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  34. Love this card! I love the clean and simple. It’s so nice.

  35. Hello Brian,
    your card ist beautiful and I love the fresh colors you choose! 🙂
    Greetings from germany,

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  37. Your crisp lines, color combinations, and simple designs are perfection!

  38. Hi Brian, I’m visiting you from a link. I absolutely love your card. The design is great. What a fun idea to attach the balloon strings to that beautiful celebrate. Barbxx

  39. Every time I see this card I smile. Lovely card and quite ingenious too! I am the hobby demo from VA. But….. Moving to sleepy little Valdosta in mid June. Maybe our paths will finally cross…perhaps on I- 75. Lol.

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