Let the Adventure Begin 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.

InKing Royalty Blog Hop - August 2018Welcome to InKing Royalty’s August Blog Hop! This year’s Blog Hop themes are inspired by popular songs – this month’s song is “Dog Days Are Over.” While we still feel the heat from a long, hot summer, August is a perfect time of year to start planning our Fall-themed cards. The projects in our hop will showcase Autumn, back-to-school and warm colors – you might even see a dog or two! 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.

Back to School

For so many people, the end of summer was a sad time that signified the end of freedom. For me, I was always excited to get back to school – I was excited to learn and happy to see all of my friends who didn’t live in my neighborhood. School was always a fun adventure for me! To celebrate the greatest time of year, I made a “back to school” card for today’s blog hop. Here’s my card:

Treehouse Adventure, Bike Ride, Swirly Frames, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, back to school card

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • A Chalkboard. Chalkboards are often depicted as black, but my middle school had green and brown boards – am I the only one? Mossy Meadow perfectly captures the shade of the green chalkboards we had in my school, and the big rectangle (I paid attention in geometry!) from the Swirly Frames stamp set is perfect for the frame of a chalkboard. I stamped this photopolymer stamp and the stack of books from Bike Ride in Whisper White Craft ink and covered them with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder. I heated them with my heat tool for a crisp, clean look. Treehouse Adventure, Bike Ride, Swirly Frames, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, back to school cardI snipped around the edges of the “chalkboard” with paper snips – I really wanted to use my Stampin’ Trimmer, but the edges aren’t perfectly straight, so snipping was easier. No worries – your eyes are so lost in the white lines that you don’t even pay attention to the uneven edges. Hey! Stop paying attention to the uneven edges – keep looking at the white lines.
  • Chalkboard Accents. My Mossy Meadow chalkboard is created with the Swirly Frames stamp set and accented with two fun sets – the books are stamped from the Bike Ride stamp set, and the sentiment is from Treehouse Adventure. You’ll want each of these stamp sets in your collection. Here’s a look at the two new sets (a link to Bike Ride is included in the links at the base of this post):Swirly Frames, Stampin' Up! 146519 Treehouse Adventure, Stampin' Up! 146468
  • Soft and Warm.  I adore the combination of deep green and pale blue – let’s face it, I’m pretty happy with how Pool Party pairs with any other color. Crumb Cake helps to blend these two colors together beautifully in this mix. If you like this combination of Pool Party, Crumb Cake and Mossy Meadow, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Pool Party, Crumb Cake, Mossy Meadow

Stamp Sets: Swirly Frames, Treehouse Adventure, Bike Ride  Papers:  Mossy Meadow, Pool Party, Crumb Cake, Thick Whisper White Inks: Whisper White Craft Ink Accessories: 1/2″ Circle punch, Layering Circles Framelits Dies, Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Banner Triple Punch, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Nina King at InkPaperSequins.  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. Nina King at InkPaperSequins
  3. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  4. Rachael Shedeed at Bluebonnet Stampin’
  5. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  6. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  7. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  8. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  9. Linda Krueger at The Stamp Coach
  10. Sheryl Sharp at Sharp Notes by Sheryl
  11. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
  12. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  13. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  14. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie

Here are links to the products I used in this project:


  1. Well, going back to school after the Summer Break is great, my grandchildren couldn’t wait till school was over but after a couple of weeks, they were already eager to go back.
    I just love, love your fabulous card Brian, the embossed frame looks crisp and PERFECTLY fussy cut, I don’t see any uneven lines at all, the little stack of books…..totally adorable.
    As always, your layers are impeccable and the color combination is a winner.
    Thank you for sharing.

  2. Brian, this is such a clever card! I love the way your mind thinks!

  3. This is so unique! And now I have to relook at the stamp set!

  4. I really like how you used the layers but especially the frame. I’ve been considering them for a while. And yes. My chalk boards were green too.

  5. I really like that “subtle” background Brian!

  6. As a retired middle school teacher (30 yrs. of middle schoolers), each year certainly was a new adventure – Lol! I started my career with black slate boards, then green boards and ended with white boards – no clay tablets? I love your card and again, the way you combine sentiments and images is so fun and CLEVER! Thanks for all you do!

  7. I like this non-tradional back-to-school card, and the color combination you used. The green is great, and the frame in white highlights the books.

  8. Such a great card. I love all the details in what looks like a simple card.

  9. This is so unexpected and creative and would make any student smile despite first-day-of-school jitters. (Also, I had green chalkboards, as well!)

  10. Great card Brian. I love the books, they’re the perfect accent for a back to school card.BTW, at the schools were I worked the boards went from black chalk boards to white boards.

    • Thanks so much, Robbye! I hate that you missed out on Mossy Meadow and Soft Suede chalkboards. We felt so high-end when those came in. I didn’t see white boards until college. <3

  11. You caught me Brian! Yes, I was looking at the uneven lines but then you got me right back on track by telling me to stop looking at them. I swear I could hear your voice in my mind! We also had green boards but our teachers used yellow chalk instead of white. Go figure. Fabulous card today, as always, Brian. Love the way everything is so balanced.

    • If anyone was going to get lost in the white lines, I knew it would be you. πŸ™‚ Thanks so much, Grace! I’m so happy you like it and always love to hear from you. <3

  12. Fun card today. It prompted me to make one for my Neice. Great color combinations as usual. Love the Swirly Frames too! Am considering a purchase! Thanks as always for the inspiration!

    • It’s a fun set, Sharon! So many fun ways to use it. So happy I prompted you to create – I’m sure your niece will love what you made. Thanks! <3

  13. Brilliant once again. You’ve combined the different stamp sets perfectly. And the chalkboard idea is genius. You da King!

    • Thanks so much, Candy! I was planning to use the frame in a different way, but it looked so much like a chalk board that I decided to go with it. πŸ™‚ <3

  14. That little stack of books is the perfect “anchor” for the card.

  15. So very clever to make a chalkboard! Perfect fall/back to school card. Fabulous hop today!

  16. Awesome embossing B!

  17. Leave it to you to put a positive spin on back to school! Love all of your gorgeous layers; can’t wait to try out my new subtles folder!

  18. What a fun card to make and give! Brian, I experienced a few green boards back in the day! It’s funny how how names stick, even though it may have been green it was still referred to as the black board. Just like all copiers were referred to as Xerox machines. ?

  19. Brian, I love your clean and simple approach to stamping. I love this card. I used to have green chalkboards also when going to school. This card brought back many fond memories of elementary school.

  20. Very cool how you made a chalkboard!

  21. I love your green chalkboard! What a super tribute to the joys of a new school year πŸ™‚

  22. Your chalkboard is perfect. Now everything is white boards or computer screens…no chalk! Oh and how have I completely missed Bike Ride? Adorbs!

  23. I love your perfect layers, and you always find just the right sentiment.
    Thanks for sharing.

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