REMEMBER 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 May Blog Hop! This year’s Blog Hop themes are inspired by a single word – and this month our projects are centered around REMEMBER. This word can mean different things to different people – fond memories, respectful tributes, special occasions that we’ll never forget. 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.

I Forgot to Remember Your Birthday

I’m not very good at remembering birthdays. With so many distractions in the world, I tend to find out that I’ve missed an important birthday when that person generates their “thanks for all the kind birthday wishes” post on their Facebook page. Argh! When you miss a big birthday, though, you have to make up for it with a big-and-over-the-top Happy Belated Birthday card. Here’s my card:

Broadway Birthday Bundle, Itty Bitty Birthdays, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, belated birthday card

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Carrying Over (Kind of). My card features a fun sentiment from the Itty Bitty Birthdays stamp set and a cool party hat that’s is stamped and cropped from the Broadway Birthday Bundle. The Itty Bitty Birthdays stamp set (which debuted in the 2019 Occasions Catalog) is carrying over into Stampin’ Up!’s 2019 Annual Catalog, and I couldn’t be happier. Here’s a look at Itty Bitty Birthdays:Itty Bitty Birthdays, Stampin' Up! 148618While the Broadway Birthday stamp set and the Broadway Lights Dies will be carrying from the 2018 Annual Catalog into the 2019 Annual Catalog, the bundle of the two will not. That means you only have a short time to buy both at a 10% savings. Who doesn’t love that?! Here’s a look at he Broadway Birthday Bundle:Broadway Birthday Bundle, Stampin' Up!, 148321
  • Party Hats. The 4-1/2″ x 2-3/4″ panel on this card is covered with festive party hats. Even though I forgot your birthday, there’s still a party to be had. I alternated between three colors of hats (Balmy Blue, Poppy Parade and Crushed Curry) on a backdrop of Mossy Meadow. Broadway Birthday Bundle, Itty Bitty Birthdays, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, belated birthday cardTo broaden the sentiment without covering up all the party hats, I added a 2-1/4″ circle of Vellum Cardstock behind the sentiment. What a great way to add volume to a card without taking away from the pattern or backdrop!
  • Remembering in a Retro Color Scheme. I built my card with a quartet of colors that remind me of a 1970’s kitchen – Balmy Blue, Poppy Parade, Crushed Curry and Mossy Meadow. While I certainly don’t expect the recipient of the card to see the connection, I wanted to pull colors together from a time gone by. Broadway Birthday Bundle, Itty Bitty Birthdays, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, belated birthday cardThey are certainly still great colors today (these are some of my favorites), but together they are very reminiscent of the past. If you like this combination of Balmy Blue, Poppy Parade, Crushed Curry and Mossy Meadow, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration - Balmy Blue, Poppy Parade, Crushed Curry, Mossy Meadow

Bundles: Broadway Birthday Bundle  Stamp Sets: Broadway Birthday, Itty Bitty Birthdays  Papers: Balmy Blue, Poppy Parade, Mossy Meadow, Vellum Cardstock, Whisper White  Inks: Poppy Parade, Crushed Curry, Balmy Blue, Basic Black  Accessories:  Broadway Lights Dies, 1-1/2″ Circle Punch, Layering Circle Dies, 2-1/2″ Circle Punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin.  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. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  3. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  4. Jan Dufour at Stamp Me Silly
  5. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  6. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  7. Sheryl Sharp at Sharp Notes by Sheryl
  8. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  9. Nina King at InkPaperSequins
  10. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  11. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping

Here are links to the products I’ve shared on today’s project:

Product Shares

I posted my 2019 Annual Catalog Product Shares this weekend – and I’d love for you to check them out. What a great way to “kick the tires” on all the wonderful, new papers, ribbons and embellishments in the new catalog! Designer Series Paper Swatch Books, Stampin' Up! 2019 Annual Catalog, Brian King,



  1. This is a great birthday card! I love the colors and the many party hats.

  2. Suzie Patt Cullen

    Such an adorable card, Brian! I love how you used the party 🎉 hats 🥳

  3. Why do i never think to do that with vellum. Such a great ad but not overpowering. Love it.

    • Thanks so much, Lynn! I knew I needed something more there but didn’t want to cover up all my party hats. Vellum to the rescue! Glad you like it! ♥

  4. Love the way you used the party hats! I, personally, should just make Belated Birthday cards and love the Itty Bitty Birthdays stamp set for that reason alone! Can’t wait to see the rest of the hop, I know there will be some great inspiration.

  5. That sure is a “Big or Go Home” kind of birthday card my friend.

  6. Good intentions paving the way…I, too, should make a pile of belated birthday greetings cards. That stack would probably dwindle faster than my stash of regular birthday cards!
    Love the colors you chose for your fabulous card and the velum is the perfect spotlight.
    Great hop this month. Thanks for all the inspiration.

  7. BK . . . I love the theme of the hop and adore all your little hats for the belated birthday. Brilliant!

  8. Wonderful card! The colors are fabulous. And layering the sentiment on the vellum is the perfect touch!

    • Thanks so much, Susan! I needed something more in the middle of the panel but didn’t want to cover up all of the fun hats. Glad you like it! ♥

  9. Brian you mentioned you finally settled on these colors, so glad you did.
    I guess I don’t play long enough with colors, never would have thought to put Balmy blue with these colors….and I love it! The hats are so cute and they shout party and fun!

    • Thanks so much, Katrina! I didn’t write this above, but I needed a blue that would keep this card from going “Christmas-y”. Balmy Blue was an obvious choice to me, and I was happy with how it worked. Thanks!

  10. What a happy, happy, happy card today Brian. I just love it. Good to be back home and trying to play catch up.

  11. Well how fun is this card?!? Love it! Always an honor to hop with you, my friend!

  12. Awesome way to make your own DSP! Love the bright colors on black! Genuis card!

  13. Love the retro colors and the cute alternating party hats! This card just makes me happy! Great blog hop! All are amazing!

    • Thanks so much, Pam! I am so happy with how these colors came together – glad you like them, too! Thanks for participating in the hop – it’s a good one! ♥

  14. Love all the bright colors! Great card for Kids too.

  15. Cute cute cute !!! The hats are clever in that you used a bunch ! I also agree with every one that your vellum idea/solution is perfect .
    I went on the BLOG HOP and really enjoyed reading all the references to REMEMBER !!! Fun !

    • Thanks so much, Sonny! I didn’t know where this design would take me so I had several more hats of each color left on the table when I was done. I guess I overshot my hat production. The hop was pretty great, huh? Thanks! ♥

  16. What a great way to play with the theme! You’re card is awesome and so are you!

  17. Robbye Hamilton

    Great card Brian

  18. What a fun card!

  19. I love “a time gone by”, lol! What a fun way to use birthday hats, love them!

  20. sweet card with a fun color scheme!

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