SPRING 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 April Blog Hop! This year’s Blog Hop themes are inspired by a single word – and this month our projects are centered around SPRING. Spring is a special time of year – it’s fun to celebrate the beauty of nature during this transition of the seasons. 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.

To a Wild Rose

Nothing says “SPRING” like big, beautiful flowers and bold, bright colors. My Spring-themed card features a sneak peek at the To a Wild Rose bundle and a sentiment from the Free as a Bird stamp set. Along with the mix of bright colors, this card has “SPRING” written all over it. Here’s my card:

To a Wild Rose Bundle, Bird Ballad, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingTips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Sneak Peeks. Those of us who attended Stampin’ Up! OnStage events earlier this month have been able to pre-order select items from the upcoming 2019 Annual Catalog. My card features two stamp sets that are sure to huge successes – go ahead and put these on your wish list today. Here’s a look at the To a Wild Rose stamp set (Mary Ellen Byler’s $1 Million Sales Achiever stamp set): To a Wild Rose, Stampin' Up! 149452The set coordinates with the Wild Rose Dies (#149547) and is sold as a bundle for a 10% savings – here’s a look at the dies with the stamp set:To a Wild Rose Bundle, Stampin' Up! 151073I cropped the stitched background element and leaves with the Wild Rose Dies. I used a Stitched Shapes Dies oval to crop my sentiment and bordered it with an oval from the Layering Ovals Dies – here’s a closer look:To a Wild Rose Bundle, Bird Ballad, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingThe sentiment is from Free as a Bird. The Free as a Bird Bundle (#151123) includes the Free as a Bird stamp set and the Stitched Nested Labels Dies. Here’s a look at the stamp set:Free as a Bird, Stampin' Up!, 149468
  • Beautiful Background. Since the catalog has not been published for all the world to see, you might think that my Flirty Flamingo background of white flowers is a piece of Designer Series Paper. It’s not. I stamped these flowers with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then colored the blank space with a Flirty Flamingo Stampin’ Blends Marker. I left a little of the center uncolored to show you how I’d colored it:I stamped these flowers and colored the blank space between them for a fun, modern look, To a Wild Rose, Stampin' Up!, Brian King
  • Spring Colors. This card started as a simple background that mixed Flirty Flamingo and Coastal Cabana. I needed something more, though, so I stamped and colored the leaves. That gave me just the pop of color I was looking for (on an already-filled-with-color card). If you like this combination of Flirty Flamingo, Coastal Cabana and Call Me Clover, please save this: Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration - Flirty Flamingo, Coastal Cabana, Call Me Clover

Bundles: To a Wild Rose  Stamp Sets: To a Wild Rose, Free as a Bird  Papers: Call Me Clover, Basic Black, Coastal Cabana, Thick Whisper White  Inks: Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, Stampin’ Blends( Call Me Clover, Flirty Flamingo)  Accessories: Stitched Shapes Dies, Wild Rose Dies, Layering Ovals Dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts.  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. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
  3. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  4. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  5. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  6. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  7. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  8. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  9. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  10. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations


  1. These colors are so delish! TFS

  2. Love your sneak peeks! Your home made DSP is fabulous!

  3. Wow, Brian, just Wow! This is spectacular! Love that background!

  4. The Coastal Cabana shape behind the sentiment takes your card from beautiful to amazing. Unexpected and so artistic!

  5. Beautiful color combination Brian. Can’t wait to get my hands on these new products.

  6. Oh my gosh Brian… your background is amaze balls! Love it ❤️ Thanks for a great hop today. Happy Spring!

  7. So bold and bright and love that sentiment! Happy Spring Brian! <3

  8. I love your card Brian and can’t wait to get my hands on my own Pre-Order. I honestly never thought to stamp and color the background. what a great tip. Going to try that today.

  9. Well now I have the catalog and still thought it was DSP in the background! Wowza! Beautifully done! I love how you think!

  10. Wow ! Great background design . Also love the color combo , I forget about Flirty Flamingo sometimes and it really is a fresh and pretty color . Went on the HOP and there are some really pretty cards on display today .
    Happy Spring !

  11. Love this pretty card, Brian, with the bright colors. A great color combination to save. Great cards on the blog hop. Enjoy your day!

  12. I too thought your background was DSP. I mean really – you are amazing. Now, if Spring would just actually arrive here in Maine instead of this miserable weather we’re having, I would love it! LOL

  13. Great color combo and beautiful card…but I love the background and can’t believe I have not thought to do it before. Again, I can’t help using the word genius to describe you my friend!

    • It’s fun, isn’t it?! I’ve seen a pattern in a lot of women’s fashion that has big white flowers/leaves with a Crushed Curry backdrop. Tried to replicate that. So glad you like it!

  14. you continue to amaze us with your out of the box creativity. what would we do without Brian King? it would be a sad day indeed. your masterful creativity inspires us all. you are gifted. please keep ’em coming.

  15. Brian this card is so beautifully done. Your creativity blows mw away.

  16. Oh, how beautiful is this card, full of Spring colors and a beautiful design. As always, your color combinations are both inspiring and delightful.
    Love how you created that fab background with the Flirty Flamingo marker, really awesome.
    Thank you for sharing.

  17. Brian, You’re card is so bright and cheery! I LOVE the designed-by-you background! I was sure it was DSP!

  18. Jennifer Spiller

    Oh Brian, your hand made paper is beautiful!! I adore the colors you choose. And Happy Spring

  19. Brian, I love your style of making beautiful cards. I’m somewhat new, and hope it wouldn’t be much to ask if you would include the cutting size of layers you’ve used on upcoming cards.

    I very much appreciate how you share your creativity. Thank you.

    • Thanks so much, Lee. I’m so glad you like my designs. It’s a big effort to provide measurements for all my projects, but I offer them every once in a while.

  20. Glad I read your whole post. I kept wondering what designer paper you had in the background. Love how you did that!

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