Lemon Zest 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 March Blog Hop! Today’s hop is filled to the brim with projects that celebrate Spring and Summer. With inspiration from Katrina & the Waves’ song “Walking on Sunshine,” we’ve created projects that share the joy and excitement that accompany warmer weather. We are excited to share our projects with 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.

Lemon Zest

When life gives you lemons…make lemonade. We all know how that saying resolves, right? With Stampin’ Up!’s Lemon Zest stamp set, we have a couple more endings – “chuck them right back” and “squeeze it for all it’s worth!” For today’s card, I created my own resolve to the saying. Here’s my card:

Lemon Zest, Let the Good Times Roll, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingMy version of the saying? If life gives you lemons…set up a lemonade stand and share it with everyone you know. πŸ™‚ How happy is that?!

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Three Great Bundles. Does it get any “sunshinier” than Daffodil Delight and a lemonade stand? Today’s project features two great bundles – one from Stampin’ Up!’s 2017 Annual Catalog, and two from Stampin’ Up!’s 2018 Occasions Catalog. While we still don’t know if these products will carry forward into the 2018 Annual Catalog, we DO know that the bundled pricing for both will go away at the end of the current catalog period. The sentiment and lemon-filled background of this card are stamped with the Lemon Zest Bundle – here’s a look:
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    Lemon Zest Bundle, Stampin’ Up!

    The little lemonade is created with the snack card in Let the Good Times Roll Bundle from the 2018 Occasions Catalog. This bundle wasn’t originally on my list (I’m probably not going to make a pop-up roller coaster), but I think the images are really cute. Glad I had it when this idea popped into my head. Here’s a look at the Let the Good Times Roll Bundle:

    Let the Good Times Roll Bundle, Stampin' Up! 145959

    Let the Good Times Roll Bundle, Stampin’ Up!

    You might not initially see how the Barn Door Bundle plays a role in this card, but it’s there! The rectangular focal point of the card is cropped with the door from the Barn Door Bundle – how easy! You don’t NEED the bundle to cut that panel, but it’s sure nice to have. πŸ™‚ Here’s a look at the Barn Door Bundle:

    Barn Door Bundle, Stampin' Up! 145990

    Barn Door Bundle, Stampin’ Up!

    Remember –  the bundled pricing for all three of these will go away at the end of each of these catalogs. If you want them, get them now! πŸ™‚

  • Paper-Piecing. I had lots of fun building the colors on my super-sweet lemonade stand. Since the image is not a builder image, I stamped the image multiple times and paper-pieced the cart just how I wanted. Lemon Zest, Let the Good Times Roll, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingHere’s how I built my lemonade stand:
    • I stamped the cart with Soft Suede ink on Whisper White cardstock and cropped it with the Framelits from the Barn Door Bundle.
    • I stamped the cart twice (once with Flirty Flamingo and once with Daffodil Delight on Whisper White cardstock).
    • I snipped the awning from the Flirty Flamingo image and the cups from the Daffodil Delight image.
    • I glued the awning and cups onto the Soft Suede image. With tiny images, it’s easier to put the glue on the image rather than on the tiny piece you are gluing down.
    • I punched a heart from the Cookie Cutter Builder punch with Flirty Flamingo cardstock and glued it to the front of the cart.
  • Bright and Cheery Colors. Even though there’s not a lot of yellow on the focal panel of this card, Daffodil Delight plays a huge roll in happiness conveyed here. Flirty Flamingo also plays into the joy on this card. If you like this combination of Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo and Soft Suede, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo, Soft Suede

Bundles: Lemon Zest, Let the Good Times Roll, Barn Door  Stamp Sets: Lemon Zest, Let the Good Times Roll  Papers: Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo, Basic Black, Whisper White  Inks: Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo, Soft Suede, Basic Black  Accessories: Sliding Door Framelits Dies, Paper Snips, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Candy Ford at Stamp Candy.  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. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  3. Imogene Thomas at MomoMakes.com
  4. Lisa Pretto at Ink Big Academy Stamps
  5. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
  6. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  7. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  8. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  9. Nina King at InkPaperSequins
  10. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  11. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  12. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  13. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  14. Rachael Shedeed at Bluebonnet Stampin’
  15. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  16. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery


  1. Ingenious, Brian! Love it! ?

  2. That is the cutest lemonade stand EVER! The striped awning is divine!

  3. It’s dreary and getting ready to snow here. So, your card was a real ray of virtual sunshine! Love, love, love the lemonade stand! So clever!

  4. How clever..love the background, too! Fun card!

  5. I am running out of ways of saying just how CLEVER you are! That little cart is SO cute! I am so sad that Flirty Flamingo will soon retire? Oh – thanks for the ear worm?

    • Thanks so much, Elisha! I’ve really fallen in love with Flirty Flamingo. Still holding out hope that it will one day be part of the permanent color collection. <3 Thanks for your comments!

  6. Brian, as we say in Maine, “that is wicked cute!” πŸ™‚

  7. You know what I would have done with this card? Nothing this awesome! The heart makes the cart look like an envelope. So sweet! #seewhatididthere

    • Awwww…thanks, Lydia! I’m so happy you like it. It was totally my intention to make the cart look like an envelope, so I’m happy you see that, too. #imlying. Thanks for your sweet comments!

  8. Jennifer Spiller

    The sweetest lemonade stand ever! I love that paper priced your lemonade stand to make it absolutely perfect!!! And the lemon background is amazing!!!

  9. What a sweet card! Your cart is pure genius!

  10. The lemon background is so fun and cheery and the cart speaks for itself!
    I like your version of the 2nd half of β€œWhen Life gives you Lemons”

  11. This whole thing is too dang cute! Love it!

  12. Brian, this card is so bright and happy makes me want to relax with an icy glass of lemonade. I love how you used the lemon stamp to create your background. I love the colors you chose to create this awesome card.

  13. Fabulous card as always. Seeing the bright colors and and your gorgeous little lemonade stand is helping take my mind off the snow that is predicted for tonight into tomorrow. What a happy card and perfect for those of us who have had enough of this winter. Please, send us some of your Atlanta sunshine! LOL

    • We are dropping below freezing tonight, Grace – not the same as what you are experiencing but still not the ideal weather. Glad you like the card, my friend. Thanks for commenting. <3

  14. This has got to be the cutest thing ever! I love the bright colors you’ve used…so springy!

    • Awww….thanks, Deb! I’m so happy you like it. I’m thrilled to have such great Stampin’ Up! products to play with. Thanks for your comment! <3

  15. Oh yea!! this little lemonade stand is just so adorable!!! Looking at that Daffodil Delight stamped with the Lemon rounds makes me thirsty for a nice tall glass right about now, awesome contrast with the Flirty Flamingo.
    Fabulous colors Brian, so crisp and so fresh!! love it.
    Thank you for sharing.

    • Thanks so much, Maria! I’ve really fallen for Flirty Flamingo lately. It both clashes and goes with yellow – and I love that. πŸ™‚ Thanks for your comment!

  16. Precious !! Adorable !! A cutie !!

  17. Oh my goodness! This is darling and so creative! <3

  18. I’m having trouble coming up with Lemon Zest cards, so this helps. Thanks!

  19. You know I love this! Clever and oh so adorable!

  20. Brian, this is awesome! I’ve been wondering what to do with that cute little cart from “Let the Good Times Roll” and now I am going to use it! So going to CASE this because it is just too cute not to!

    Thank you for sharing your great ideas and projects with us!

  21. This is such a cute spring card, Brian. Love the lemonade stand and the stamped lemon slices for background. We got the 4th nor’easter with about 6-8″ of snow last night and today. So glad we got home from Iceland before this storm. Great trip, but there’s no place like home. Hope you’re having a great week.

  22. Brian, cute, cute card. You are the master snipper, aka fussy cutter. Perfection personified.

  23. What a sweet card! Great colors and love the meld of all the sets you used. Thank you again for such an awesome hop today!

  24. Love the stamped background on the lemonade stand card. The colors just make me happy.

  25. Genius! Absolute genius!

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