InKing Royalty Blog Hop – They Say It’s Your Birthday

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.

InKing Royalty Blog Hop - They Say It's Your BirthdayWelcome to InKing Royalty’s February Blog Hop! Today’s Blog Hop today is filled to the brim with projects that celebrate birthdays. The opening line from The Beatles’ “Birthday” song ran through our heads as we joyfully created the birthday-themed creations we share 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.

Happiest Birthday

I created a sweet and sophisticated birthday card for today’s InKing Royalty Blog Hop. My card features THREE stamp sets – can you name all three? You are pretty smart (and good looking), so I’m placing all of my bets on your ability to name them. Here’s my card:

Thoughts & Prayers, Lots of Happy Card Kit, Label Me Pretty, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, birthday cardTips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Three Stamp Sets. I asked you to guess what three stamp sets are featured on this card – and I trust that you gave it a good effort before just moving along to see the answer. I love how honest and challenge-accepting you are! Well, here they are:
    • Label Me Pretty. To create the light border around the sentiment, I painted the border of one of the Label Me Pretty stamps with my Soft Sky Stampin’ Write Marker and stamped it on Thick Whisper White cardstock. I punched the sentiment with the Pretty Label punch, which is included with the stamp set as part of the Label Me Pretty Bundle.
    • Lots of Happy Card Kit. This fun sentiment is pulled right from the All-Inclusive Kit on page 15 of Stampin’ Up!’s 2018 Occasions Catalog. It’s one of the best kits EVER – the sentiments in the included set are amazing for lots of occasions, and you know how much I love great sentiments. The kit comes with a Refill Kit, too, so you can use that stamp set over and over.
    • Thoughts & Prayers. You recognize the spray of foliage above and below the sentiment, right? I stamped these images with Old Olive ink on a Pear Pizzazz Panel. I’m sharing a little bit more in the next section…
  • Thoughts & Prayers. The Thoughts & Prayers stamp set is one of Stampin’ Up!’s longest running stamp sets. The sentiments, branch and tree are comforting and timeless. You don’t see a tree on this card, though, because I masked the tree to stamp the branches on top of one another. How simple! Here’s a closer look:Create a beautiful border for a simple sentiment with Thoughts & Prayers stamp set, Stampin' Up!, Brian King
  • Sweet Color Combination. I’ve really fallen in love with Softy Sky – it’s my go-to blue these days. I’m drawn to the softness of this shade of blue that looks great with almost any color – on today’s card, I’ve combined Soft Sky with Pear Pizzazz and Whisper White with touches of Old Olive and Basic Black. If you are inspired by this combination of colors, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Soft Sky, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive

Bundles: Label Me Pretty Bundle  Stamp Sets: Label Me Pretty, Thoughts & Prayers, Lots of Happy Card Kit  Papers: Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper, Soft Sky, Pear Pizzazz, Thick Whisper White  Inks: Archival Basic Black, Old Olive, Stampin’ Write Marker (Soft Sky)  Accessories: Pretty Label punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Thoughts & Prayers, Lots of Happy Card Kit, Label Me Pretty, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, birthday cardThank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie.  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. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  3. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  4. Nina King at InkPaperSequins
  5. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  6. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  7. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  8. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  9. Rachael Shedeed at Bluebonnet Stampin’
  10. Lisa Pretto at InkBig Academy Stamps
  11. Imogene Thomas at
  12. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
  13. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps

Here are links to the products I used on today’s card:



  1. This is very elegant! And I love the color combination.

  2. This card is beautiful and so creative how you stamped the tree to accent the sentiment. Great color combo as well .

  3. Just love how you stamps ed the time we. It looks amazing. Thought and Prayers is a great set. Do you sell your energy? I don’t know how you do it!!

    • Thanks, Maxine! That tree is gorgeous – this is a great set. There are definitely times when I feel tired and sit quietly. For the most part, though, I’m stamping or thinking about stamping. 🙂

  4. Wow! Stamping the trees like that is so clever. Thanks for the inspiration today 🙂 Happy Wednesday.

  5. 1. Great card. 2. Did not get all three stamp sets. I would have never guessed the trees from Thoughts and Prayers! 3. As usual, I love the color combination. Nicely done, my friend!

  6. Beautiful card Brian. Using the tree in the way you did was really creative. Love the colors. Great job

  7. Such a clever idea to use these three stamp sets in new ways! Lovin’ the label, too!

  8. I literally gasped. This is absolutely stunning, Brian. I love that tree, but never thought to use it like this.

  9. So pretty! I love how you used the tree as a background for this wonderful stamp! It is perfect with the label punch! Your creativity is always inspiring

  10. Well, first of all ditto to all the above comments. You seem to outdo yourself over and over and over. Every time I think I see the prettiest card you have made ever – you beat it again. I’ve been following you for several years now and you still manage to amaze me every day.

  11. I fell in love with this card the moment I saw it. I don’t have that stamp set but I’m getting it now. thanks for the inspiration.

  12. I gave the guessing game a try, only came up with Thoughts and Prayers, AND, if my totally being honest…I could picture Thoughts in Prayers in my mind but couldn’t manage to bring it to the front of my brain to say the name of it ?. Love how you brought all three together to make this delightful card.

  13. What a great card … you are so thoughtful in your designing, Brian!

  14. I love how you inverted the trees to create this really nice border around your sentiment. Lovely as usual.

  15. Such a soothing color combo Brian!

  16. Love this! Who would have thought to stamp it upside down to male such a great background for the sentiment! Love the colors too. You just constantly amaze me with your talent! Gottta make like a tree and leaf……

    • Ha! Thanks, Chris! It was a fun card to make, and I’m thrilled that you like it. I’m more than happy to “amaze” you – what a wonderful challenge for me.

  17. How clever you are to use the Thoughts & Prayers stamp as background! Great color combinations too. You are a color genius!

  18. Only you would think about stamping that tree upside down! Love it!

  19. Clever stamping…love the soft colors!!!

  20. You completely fooled me with your use of Thoughts and Prayers! Great color combo, and I am loving the flexibility of the label punch. Thanks for sharing.

  21. I love how you used the branches from Thoughts and Prayers! Sweet card!

  22. Gorgeous card. Love the layout and the colors. Such a clever use of the tree! Thanks for another great hop!

  23. Oh my! LOVE this card! What a wonderful way to use the Thoughts and Prayers stamp, and I can feel a CAS(E) developing. Fabulous!

    • Yay! I’m glad you like it, Sue! I just love these little leaves and am glad it worked like I wanted. Thanks for your sweet comments and for hopping with us. <3

  24. Love the simple beauty of this card. You always amaze me with the ways you mix stamp sets, it’s so inspiring!

  25. Hello Brian: So sorry I’m so late, but like they say, better late than never.
    I love combining stamp sets to create a card, this is what I do very often, a perfect way to stretch your stamp collection.
    This card is so beautiful, the layering is perfect as always and the colors spot on but, stamping the tree upside down to create a whole new image is so amazingly clever, you have such vision when it comes to design, I’m so totally going to CASE your idea, thank you so much for sharing.

    • Thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful comments, Maria! I’m so happy you like this card and glad you like this idea to stamp the tree twice. Have fun with it! Thanks, my friend. <3

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