InKing Royalty Blog Hop Tricked Out Treats

Many of my Stampin’ Up! team members (not only 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.

Lydia FiedlerI am excited to welcome Lydia Fiedler to today’s blog hop – what an honor that she agreed to join us!  My team and I are ecstatic!  If you are active on Splitcoast Stampers or love to look at cats on Facebook, then you may already be familiar with Lydia’s brilliance.  Lydia wows me all the time with her projects on her Understand Blue blog.  So glad to have Lydia join us for this hop!Welcome to InKing Royalty’s September Blog Hop!  Today’s Tricked Out Treats Blog Hop is filled with spooky, fun projects for Halloween.  We are excited to share our creations with you today and hope these projects inspire you.  After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

Creep it Real

Halloween is a funny time.  I love playing with spooky, creepy and dark images – maybe because my sense of humor can also be dark and sinister.  At the same time, I’m a bit silly and fun-loving so cute, sweet Halloween images also appeal to me.  I chose to play with Stampin’ Up!’s Creep it Real stamp set for today’s blog hop card.  Here’s my card:

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  • Just Creeping it Real.  My card design started with a background of “Creep it Real” over and over on a panel of Very Vanilla.  The sentiment has a little gap in the top, right corner that was perfect for another sentiment to fit right in.  I used my trusty Stamp-a-ma-Jig to line up each word.  Confession:  I smudged one of the letters in the top, right corner, so I just snipped it out of the panel to create a smaller panel.  Since the sentiment doesn’t really show up on the outside (unless you work to see it), I added the “Creep it Real” sentiment to the inside, too.  Here’s a look at this super-fun and super-sweet set:

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    Creep it Real, Stampin’ Up!

  • Fun Trio.  The focal panel of this fun card is the trio of cute spooks is adorable, right?  I simple stamped each on a coordinating color and cut out the shapes.  I popped them up with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals and then sat back to clap my hands about how cute they are.  I mean, really. They are adorable!  Here’s a closer look:Creep it Real, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, Halloween card
  • Cooky Fun Colors.   I adore black and orange for Halloween, but other colors can really be sweet, too!  To the traditional Basic Black and Pumpkin Pie, I added Wisteria Wonder (a soft, gray purple) and Lemon Lime Twist (the brightest green you could imagine) for this silly, but beautifully sophisticated) card.  If you like this combination, too, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Wisteria Wonder, Pumpkin Pie, Lemon Lime Twist

Stamp Sets:  Creep it Real  Papers:  Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Wisteria Wonder, Lemon Lime Twist, Very Vanilla  Inks:  Archival Basic Black  Accessories:  Stampin’ Dimensionals, Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals

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

Thanks for stopping by!


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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. Lydia Fiedler at Understand Blue
  2. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  3. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  4. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  5. Lisa Pretto at Ink Big Academy Stamps
  6. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  7. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  8. Sheryl Sharp at Sharp Notes by Sheryl
  9. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  10. Racheal Shedeed at Bluebonnet Stampin’
  11. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  12. Karen Browning at Karen Z Browning
  13. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy


  1. Cute card, Brian. Enjoy your day!

  2. Good morning Brian,
    Very cute card and the color choices are great.
    Have a wonderful day.

  3. the perfect faces for those tricked out treats (and, Lydia’s face looks pretty good, too). i knew you wanted that stamp set and you did it proud!

  4. This is so cute! I love how your layers ended up. And making your own DSP from the words is so smart, and perfect!

    • Thanks, Jackie! Those large letters screamed to be plastered across the background (and I acknowledged their screams because I knew it wouldn’t be too tedious). So glad you like it! <3

  5. SOOOO cute! I especially love the little witchy head! Thank you so much for having me – it’s an honor!

  6. Super fun card! I love the stamped background! I am a big fan of Lydia’s and I occasionally see your comments to one another on FB so I had to stop by your blog hop and “meet” you!

    • Yay! Thanks, Angela! It’s so nice to meet you! I’m a big fan of Lydia’s too! Thanks for your comments! The background was easy to make with that huge sentiment – not a lot of labor involved. πŸ™‚ Thanks so much! I hope you’ll come back! <3

  7. Such a wickedly sweet card, Brian!

  8. This color combination is just awesomely wicked! Love those little faces! And your background stamping is the thing that really makes it extra special

    • Thanks so much, Jennifer! I wanted a bright-and-cheery Halloween project so these faces and colors were perfect. I’m so glad you like the background on my project! <3

  9. Oh, you are the “king” of coming up with amazing cards with the Creep It Real set – love it! Such a fun hop today!

  10. I love everything about this: the colors, the layering, the background, those little faces. It’s great!

  11. Cute, cute cute

  12. Love the color combo Brian. The new Lemon Lime Twist is so versatile!

    • Thanks so much, Dawn! I reach for Lemon Lime Twist for Halloween because it reminds me of fun green slime or glowing liquids in a beaker you might see around the holiday. Thanks for your comment.

  13. You did it again with the clean layers and highlighting parts of a set that would be easy to overlook (those cute faces!). Wickedly clever to make your own DSP! Such a cute card with a splash of creepy. Thank you for inviting Lydia, love her!

    • Thank you so much, Sheryl! It was a fun card to make! I’m so glad you could hop with us today, and I’m so glad you like this card. How fun that Lydia could join us!?

  14. Brian love the color combo and your awesome use of layers!

  15. Mistakes are just opportunities for embellishment or In your case, layering! Adorable card, as always.

  16. Love it, so stinkin’ cute

  17. Love those cute faces ! cute card ! I went hopping around before I stopped back to comment . Lots of cute and clever at work around the blogs ! Hey Lydia ! Always enjoy Lydia`s blog !

  18. Great card with a pretty unique design !

  19. Lots of colors, shapes and layers form a great card! I enjoying being on the SCS site. I wish i had more time to participate in more of the challenges!

  20. Cutest card of the season,Brian!

  21. You have been making great cards with this stamp set and this one is another winner!

  22. Such a fun card, Brian! I love the background stamping and of course, those cute little monsters.

  23. I love these fun little monsters! Great card…great hop!

  24. Awwwww, another make me smile card , love it my friend
    Hugs Frenchie β™₯️

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