Wrapped in Warmth 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.

I am excited to welcome my sweet friend, Jenny Hall, to today’s blog hop. Jenny is a super-talented stamper and makes some of the most beautiful clean-and-simple projects on her Jenny Stamps Up blog. So happy to have her join us today!

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s December Blog Hop! We have a fun Blog Hop theme today – Wrap it Up! The hop is filled with projects that are perfect for this time of year – everything from gift-packaging ideas to bundling up to stay warm. 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.

Wrapped Up

As soon as I sat down to create my project for today’s hop, I reached for the “Wrapped in the Warmth of Christmas” sentiment in Snowflake Sentiments. After I thumbed through my sets and accessories, looking for the right accents to this sentiment, I settled on a great embossing folder and image to pair with the sentient. Here’s my card:

Snowflake Sentiments, Musical Season, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, Christmas card

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Gorgeous Stamps. This card features two beautiful stamp sets – both are from Stampin’ Up!’s 2017 Holiday Catalog, and both are featured as a part of a bundle. The sentiment is from the Snowflake Sentiments bundle (both the stamp set and the coordinating dies will be available after the catalog retires on January 2, 2018, but the 10% bundled savings goes away). Here’s a look at the Snowflake Sentiments Bundle:
    Snowflake Sentiments Bundle, Stampin' Up! 146053

    Snowflake Sentiments Bundle, Stampin’ Up!

    The gorgeous branch of holly that graces the bottom of the oval is from the Musical Season Bundle. It’s not a musically-themed image, but it’s really beautiful. Don’t you think? This bundle (including the stamp set and dies) are retiring on January 2, 2018. If you want them, make sure you get them now. Here’s a look at this wonderful bundle:

    Musical Season Bundle, Stampin' Up! 146049

    Musical Season Bundle, Stampin’ Up!

  • Beautiful Texture. I don’t often reach for my embossing folders – and I’m not really sure why I don’t because this Quilt Top Textured Impressions Embossing Folder gave me the exact texture I wanted to make this panel of Crumb Cake warm and inviting. The impression of a quilt plays along with today’s blog hop theme, too – who doesn’t love to wrap up in a warm quilt when it’s cold outside? I used the Stitched Shapes Framelits to create a border around the sentiment oval – another great touch of texture. I’m inspired to play with my embossing folders more – please hold me accountable. Here’s a closer look at these fun textures:Snowflake Sentiments, Musical Season, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, Christmas card
  • Balance. You know so many things about me – I don’t like glitter or watermelon, and I love to achieve perfect balance on my layered cards. Here’s the funny thing about “balance” – it doesn’t equate with “centered.” Because I knew the branch would be added to the focal ovals, I didn’t center the sentiment on the white oval. In addition, I didn’t center the ovals on the panel of cardstock – instead, I squinted to center the entire grouping of ovals and branch.

Stamp Sets:  Snowflake Sentiments, Musical Season  Papers:  Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Thick Whisper White  Inks:  Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Lemon Lime Twist  Accessories: Quilt Top Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Musical Instruments Framelits Dies, Layering Ovals Framelits Dies, Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Jenny Hall at Jenny Hall Designs.  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. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Jenny Hall at Jenny Hall Designs
  3. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  4. Karen Browning at KarenZBrowning.com
  5. Sheryl Sharp at Sharp Notes by Sheryl
  6. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  7. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  8. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
  9. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  10. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie


  1. A very handsome card today Brian. Love the rich cherry cobbler and the garden green combination.

  2. Beautiful card

  3. I love that sweet branch as an accent…..curves perfectly! Pretty card!

    • Thanks so much, Linda! The branch was a leftover from another project – I was looking for ways to use it, and it gave me just what I needed here. So glad you like it.

  4. Beautiful card Brian. Great colors and the layering is definitely on point. The standout for me is the embossing. It adds that little something extra to this card. Great job!

  5. I love the textures and traditional color mix. Simple and a “So Brian” signature card

  6. You always know how to “frame” your cards…a sweet card Brian!

  7. Beautiful, simple and impressive – love the colors and the use of the quilting EF. Just gorgeous Brian.

  8. Another stellar card from the King. Beautiful layout, terrific colors, and the embossing folder creates the perfect background. Love the holly branch with the sentiment – you always know how to combine just the right stamp sets.

  9. Brian I love this color combination, I guess since I just finished my Christmas cards, I will make a smaller version of this for a tag!

    • 🙂 Thanks, Katrina! This is such a classic Christmas combination – I love it with the Whisper White (it’s mostly shown with Very Vanilla) for a little more crispness. Glad you like it.

  10. Love the embossed background and color, they make the other colors pop. Beautiful card.

  11. Absolutely gorgeous!

  12. Such a beautiful card, Brian! I love how you combine elements from different sets. I do love my embossing folders, and this one is on my list. Can’t believe I haven’t ordered it already!

  13. Such beautiful cards , thanks for sharing ♥️
    Hugs Frenchie

  14. Your strategic stamping is great, Brian! Your projects appear very well thought out and your eye for detail is evident. Thanks so much for having me hop with you and your amazing Team.

  15. This card is wonderful! The background is delicate but perfect. And I love the sentiment .

  16. Perfect embossing on this classic card!

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