Thankful Thoughts for the InKing Royalty Blog Hop

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.

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s October Blog Hop!  There are so many ways to say, “Thank you!” – today’s blog hop is filled with projects that share our gratitude.  Stampin’ Up!’s catalogs (both the Annual Catalog and the Holiday Catalog) are filled with so many fun products that help us show our gratitude – and we are excited to share our creations with you today.  After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

A Christmas Thank You

We spend so much time preparing the Christmas cards we send to friends and family before the Holiday that we often forget that we might also have lots of thank you cards to send after Christmas.  As such, I’ve created a Christmas-themed thank you card that’s perfect to send to those who give you gifts or who visit with you at Christmas.  Here’s my card:

Seasonal Chums, Thankful Thoughts, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, Christmas thank you card

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Seasonal Chums.  How adorable is this little guy?  Please let me answer that question for you – he’s VERY cute!  While this reindeer (there’s a snowman and jack-o-lantern in the set too!) is designed as a two-sided tag, each image can be showcased individually, too.  I stamped him with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored him with an Ivory Stampin’ Blends alcohol marker (more on that later).  I just adore this set – the characters are perfect for any Fall holiday card or gift bag.  Here’s a look at this fun set and coordinating dies:

    Seasonal Chums Bundle, Stampin' Up!

    Seasonal Chums Bundle, Stampin’ Up!

  • Christmas Around the World Designer Series Paper.  This gorgeous plaid is one of two amazing plaid designs in the Christmas Around the World Designer Series Paper.  The bold, rich plaid (Real Red, Garden Green and Basic Black with a touch of Crushed Curry) give a warm backdrop to this simple band and adorable character.  The papers are filled with so many great images of how Christmas is celebrated all over the world.  What fun!  Here’s a look at the patterns and colors in this pack of papers:  Christmas Around the World, Stampin' Up!, Brian King 144629During October, Christmas Around the World Designer Series Paper is one of many papers that’s part of Stampin’ Up!’s “Buy 3, Get 1 Free” Promotion.  To see all of the papers in this promotion, please click here or on the image below: 
  • Build-a-Border with Blends.  I adore this reindeer (stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Ivory Stampin’ Blends.  Ivory is one of the Stampin’ Blends colors offered for skin tones.  Since there’s no cardstock that would mimic the Ivory Stampin’ Blend marker, I painted a piece of Whisper White with the marker.  Perfect!  Use Stampin' Blends to cover a panel on your card. Seasonal Chums, Thankful Thoughts, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, Christmas thank you cardStampin’ Up! has released a new set of alcohol markers to demonstrators – these new Stampin’ Blends markers will be offered to customers starting November 1.  The alcohol markers (offered in a dark and light shade of select colors) are so easy to use – they give such a uniform wash of color (with one marker) or beautiful depth and texture (with more than one color).  Stampin' Blends, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingWith nestable, press-fit lids, these markers are designed to stay sealed so the markers stay inky long-term.  I also used Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler and Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends markers on my project to color the deer, the bow and the bell.  I used the Color Lifter to strategically pull away some of the color to lighten things up a bit.

Stamp Sets:  Seasonal Chums, Thankful Thoughts  Papers:   Christmas Around the World Designer Series Paper, Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White, Thick Whisper White  Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin’ Blends Markers (Ivory, Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight)  Accessories:  Stampin’ Dimensionals

Seasonal Chums, Thankful Thoughts, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, Christmas thank you card

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping.  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. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  3. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  4. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  5. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  6. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  7. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  8. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  9. Karen Browning at
  10. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
  11. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  12. Racheal Shedeed at Bluebonnet Stampin’

Here are some of the products I used in my project today:


  1. You are the clever one Brian. Great idea to make your own matching cardstock! Such a cute card…I enjoy plaid anything!

    • Thanks so much, Dawn! It was a “make it work” moment for me – that’s when I usually find the solutions I like the most. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • I agree, so clever to create your own cardstock and “make it work”. You’re not a Project Runway fan, are you? I can almost imagine Tim Gunn’s voice echoing throughout the fungeon. Anyway, this is such a cute card, thanks for the inspiration today and everyday!

  2. I never would have thought to create a layer using the blends. What a great idea and how perfect for your card?

  3. Adorable card Brian, I love the dsp

  4. I love your colored little deer he is so cute! And your blended cardstock is super smart! You have used that beautiful plad again that is so gorgeous.

  5. Such a deer card. I adore the soft coloring and my favorite plaid!

  6. Great card. Love the idea of using Blends to create perfect color card stock. The hop is amazing.

  7. I’m very blessed in that I normally have a lot of Christmas thank you cards to write. I sometimes draw a blank as to a design fitting the time of year and color choices to use. The card you made today is absolutely perfect as it carries the traditional colors of Christmas with a cute and sweet character. Love it!

    • Thanks, Grace! I don’t think Christmas themes have to end the day of Christmas. I find it 100% appropriate for thank yous from Christmas to follow the theme and colors. ๐Ÿ™‚ So glad you like this card. You are too kind.

  8. Adorbs! I get real deer in my yard all the time in Colorado. So, this little guy touches my heart! Hard to believe, but all my alcohol markers from the first round are working fine. I think I was one of those that pre-ordered and I just rechecked them. They are totally awesome. When I use some of mine up I will reorder from you. That ivory marker will be the first used up! Looks fantastic. Your cards are the best of the best my man!

    • Thanks for the comment, Nancy! This deer is super-adorbs – don’t need too much else to make a sweet card. My Blendabilities are all inky and fine, too, but I really like these new markers. They are so easy to use. I appreciate your kind words. <3

  9. What a super idea! And of course the perfect card. Thank you for another idea for the blendies as well!

  10. What a beauty, I love everything about this card! Looking forward to the new Blends!

  11. Me: I don’t really care for that paper or stamp set.
    Brian: ::Makes adorable card out of same paper and stamp set.::

    • Oh, Denise! I’m so happy that I can inspire you to like things you didn’t already know you liked. ๐Ÿ™‚ Your comment makes me laugh – thanks!

  12. Christmas “Thank You” is adorable, to say the least! Love him and the paper, Brian. Really enjoy your cards!!! : )

  13. Love your card! That little deer is a little dear!

  14. Love your card and the use of the blends!

  15. He is adorable and you are brilliant! It looks fabulous!

  16. So stinkin’ CUTE!! I love how you make paper your own…DSP and now cardstock layers! Brilliant. Thanks for the inspiration

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