Fall Forward for the InKing Royalty Blog Hop

Many of my Stampin’ Up! team members (not just those with blogs) share their gorgeous projects in our team’s Facebook 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.

For today’s blog hop, I’m excited to include my dear friend, Louise Sharp, in this month’s hop with my team.  Louise is a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator in Australia – she and I first met four years ago at Stampin’ Up!’s Convention and have been trouble-making, fun-having friends since.  🙂

Fall Forward - August 2016

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s August Blog Hop!  Stampin’ Up! demonstrators have been actively ordering from the 2016 Holiday Catalog – before it opens to customers on September 1.  We are excited to share some of our new goodies with you today!  Today’s Blog Hop is filled with inspiring projects that feature each artist’s take on the Fall months – Halloween and Thanksgiving are just around the corner.  After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

Totally Trees

My project today features two items from Stampin’ Up!’s 2016-2017 Annual Catalog and a must-have stamp set from Stampin’ Up!’s 2016 Holiday Catalog.  Let’s hear it for Totally Trees!  Here’s my sweet and simple card:

Totally Trees, Better Together, Moroccan Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Totally Trees.  History has shown that we love stamps sets with gorgeous images of tree.  Lovely as a Tree.  Sheltering Tree.  Soon we will be welcoming Totally Trees into our hearts and homes.  This is an amazingly versatile set with cute, modern trees that will look great throughout the year.  I paired this sweet tree with a Cajun Craze pattern from Moroccan Designer Series Paper and a made-for-Christmas sentiment from Better Together stamp set.  By NOT pairing it with “Merry Christmas,” the sentiment is perfect for Autumn. How many cute trees can you create with this collection of images?

    Totally Trees, Stampin' Up!

    Totally Trees, Stampin’ Up!

  • CASEing my work.  I love that my projects are often shared on Pinterest.  What a great honor!  Some of my cards are shared 5 times, and many are shared 100 times.  What fun!  One card from earlier this year has been shared over 5,000 times.  How crazy is that?!  I reached back to that card and cased the simple layout, bold background and placement of the sentiment.  I made some other changes (I changed the way the panel of cardstock borders the Designer Series Paper panel).  Any way – here’s the card I created earlier this year that serves as the inspiration for this card:  Suite Sayings, Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, PPA287Do you see the similarities?  Do you see what was changed?
  • Color Combination for Fall.  The colors on this card are gorgeous for the Fall weather – Cajun Craze and Early Espresso are so rich against Very Vanilla.  A little touch of Crumb Cake on the ground under the tree keeps it warm and soft.  Together, these colors are so warm and inviting, don’t you think?  I don’t use Cajun Craze often, but when I do, it’s an important part of the project.  If you also like this combination, feel free to save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla

Stamp Sets:  Totally Trees, Better Together  Papers:  Moroccan Designer Series Paper, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla  Inks:  Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake  Accessories:  Layering Circles Framelits, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Imogene Thomas at MomoMakes.com.  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. Imogene Thomas at MomoMakes.com
  3. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  4. Louise Sharp at Louise Sharp.com
  5. Shawn de Oliveira at ShawnStamps
  6. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  7. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  8. Karen Browning at StampWithMeKZB
  9. Becky Volpp at InkBlossom with Becky
  10. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations


  1. I can see what your card was shared 5000 times. It’s a classic. Love the simple tree for fall!

  2. Your card is a beauty! Love this stamp set paired with the Fall color scheme!

  3. Cajun Craze and Early Expresso would have thrown me ,but now that I see them together they sorta kinda remind me of FOOTBALL SEASON !!
    Yay a Blog Hop !! And I also like your card !

  4. Great layout and great card Brian. Casing for sure.

  5. Great take on the sketch. Love the fall colors and the modern tree. Very nice.

  6. Beautiful card, Brian! It is so perfectly wonderful? congrats on the big Pinterest achievement….5000 repins Whoho!!! I totally see the case…but, never would have noticed if you hadn’t told me…aka great caseing!

  7. Oh Brian – the minute I saw your card for today I fell in love with the color combination! How wonderful it is that you share your talents and artistic eye with us every day. I thank you kindly sir.

  8. Great card! Love the colors and the clean layout! Can’t wait to make some fall cards!

  9. Beautiful color combo Brian!

  10. Love these colors and this stamp set is perfection for Fall cards. I am determined to learn to make “Brian Style” cards!

  11. Great colors + simple design = an amazing card. Love the classic easily casable qualities.

  12. Woah, 5000 pins, that’s great! Congrats! I love this new card as well, it’s perfect for ANY autumn occasion not just particular holidays so it is so versatile!

  13. Gorgeous card Brian! Love the hop today! So exciting to have Louise join in. So much talent is this group!

  14. Ahhhh, you can make that 5001!

  15. As always, you’ve created a beautiful card that we all want to CASE! You are a master at finding uses for things other than the original intended one. Thank you for sharing your wonderful talent with us today, and every day!

  16. As always… FANTASTIC!!!

  17. This is a beautiful card and I love how you combined the colors. I always love CAS cards when made by someone other than me . They always look perfect and elegant. When I try, they seem plain. I keep telling myself I do not need another tree stamp but yourather card is so gorgeous it’s hard to say NO! I always enjoy viewing your creations.

  18. Beautiful creation! Love how you cased yourself. This layout really showcases the stamped image and the DSP. Fantastic!

  19. A beautiful card for Fall. Can’t wait to CASE your beautiful design!

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