We are Family 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 November Blog Hop! This year’s Blog Hop themes are inspired by popular songs – this month’s song is “We are Family.” As you might guess, our Blog Hop today is filled with projects that are inspired by family – we have a wide variety of projects today! 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.

We are Family Blog HopI’m also excited to welcome Allison Okamitsu, talented Canadian friend (she’s from Calgary, Alberta) to today’s hop. We are so excited she has agreed to join our blog hop today! What fun! Here’s a picture of Allison and me at one of our past Conventions:

Brian King and Allison OkamitsuYou’re My Chosen Family

I have an amazing family, and I know how fortunate I am for that. Sometimes, though, we adopt others into our closest circle. That’s when friends become our chosen family. My family-themed card features a “family tree” with Sheltering Tree that extends to a “chosen family tree” with the help of a new sentiment from Sale-a-Bration. Here’s my card:

Sheltering Tree, Part of My Story, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Two Stamp Sets. The sentiment on my card if created with a Sale-a-Bration stamp set that’s available to earn with a $50 purchase starting January 3. Stampin’ Up! asked demonstrators for sentiments they’d like to see in stamp sets and used those suggestions to make Part of My Story. How cool is that?! Here’s a look at the new Part of My Story stamp set: Part of My Story, Stampin' Up! 149719My tree is stamped with the classic Sheltering Tree stamps set – love that set! Here’s a look at Sheltering Tree stamp set:Sheltering Tree, Stampin' Up! 137163
  • Build-a-Tree. There’s more to this tree than you might think. I stamped the tree trunk with Soft Suede ink and then the image of leaves in Pear Pizzazz right over it. There’s another little stamp in the set with six little spots that look just like the leaves – I inked that stamp up with Old Olive and randomly stamped around the image of the Pear Pizzazz leaves.Sheltering Tree, Part of My Story, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingI punched Blushing Bride and Flirty Flamingo hearts with the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch and layered those in the tree.
  • Color Combination. There are two greens, two pinks, a brown and a black on card front. The supporting layers, though, are built with one pink, one green and one brown – a combination I love! If you love this combination of Blushing Bride, Pear Pizazz and Soft Suede, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration - Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Suede

Stamp Sets:  Sheltering Tree, Part of My Life  Papers:  Pear Pizzazz, Soft Suede, Blushing Bride, Whisper White  Inks: Smoky Slate, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Flirty Flamingo, Basic Black  Accessories: Cookie Cutter Builder Punch, 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. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
  4. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  5. Allison Okamitsu at Nice People Stamp
  6. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  7. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  8. Nina King at InkPaperSequins
  9. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  10. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  11. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps

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



  1. This is a gorgeous card! That sentiments is probably my favorite ever! ?

  2. One of my absolutely favorite sentiments and so beautifully showcased on your card. I’m going to claim one of those little hearts on the tree!

  3. This card is so soft and inviting, I want to step right into it! Such a beautiful color combination Brian. <3

  4. The Pristein matting on this card knocks me out, and the sentiment is a MUST HAVE!

  5. Love this sentiment and your card is lovely. There is a saying “You can pick your friends, you can’t pick your family”. Your sentiment says that in a much sweeter, kinder way. Love it! Love this hop. Have a great day, Brian.

  6. Beautiful tree..love the hearts and color combo!

  7. Great card Brian, whenever you pair shades of pink and shades of green you’ll get an A+ from me. This card is simply beautiful and I love the hearts.

    • Thanks so much, Robbye! I was happy with how the hearts turned out – definitely gave this tree a new look. So glad you like the card and the colors I used. <3

  8. This card is just perfect!! I adore the tree with that sentiment. Just perfect in every way!! Loves

  9. What a super card today and so perfect for the blog hop. All the designs were fabulous. Love your matting as always and that sentiment is one we all should have for sure. Of course you do realize you are my big brother on my chosen family tree don’t you?

  10. Sale-a-Bration??? I was ready to order the stamp set tonight! ?

  11. I absolutely love this sentiment, and I completely missed it every time I’ve looked at the catalog. Beautiful card! The sentiment and the tree are perfect together

  12. Such a lovely card, oth in design and sentiment. And so true! We are all lucky to be in this “family” that shares and cares!

  13. Oh, Brian, this is so sweet I want to cry. It’s a beautiful card and the sentiment is just perfect for so many people we choose to love as family.

  14. What a beautiful card! I love the tree with the sweet hearts, and the sentiment is just perfection. What a beautiful expression of love for friends. Just perfect!

  15. This is a heart-melter! I do love that sentiment set, even the giggle one!!!

    • Thanks so much, Sheryl! You know I get sappy when it comes to my awesome team (you included) – I couldn’t wait to make this card once I thought up what I’d make. <3

  16. Thank you so much my friend for inviting me to be part of your team blog hop. I had a great time going around to everyone to see their fabulous creations. Love your card too! PS I need this picture of us!

  17. What an adorable card this is Brian! Today we have so many chosen families, and that’s a good thing! We really need families, no matter if they are real or chosen! Our real familes are NOT be choice! It’s so nice to know our Chosen families are! TFS!

    • Thanks so much, Gloria! I couldn’t agree more with your definitions of family. It’s nice to know that we can share that connection with lots of different people. ♥

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