SUNSHINE 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 July Blog Hop! This year’s Blog Hop themes are inspired by a single word – and this month our projects are centered around SUNSHINE. The Sun is the single most important source of energy for life on Earth – it guides our clocks, calendars and planting schedules. We may be enduring a heat wave this week, but we still associate the Sun with positivity, joy and renewal. 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.

InKing Royalty Blog Hop - Sunshine

Sometimes it’s hard to remember that the Sun will rise again tomorrow. When we get bogged down in the intricacies of our day-to-day lives, hard times can really hit us hard. When bad times happen to someone you love, what better way to let them know you care than to make a sweet card and offer a hug? For today’s SUNSHINE-themed blog hop, I created a “I’m here for you” card that tells a simple story. Here’s my card:

Friend Like You Bundle, Here's a Card, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Friend Like You & Here’s a Card. The Friend Like You Bundle only slightly drew my attention until I paid attention to the amazing samples in the 2019 Annual Catalog. There are so many artistic and beautiful ways to showcase these fun sentiments and amazing dies. Can’t you just imagine the variety of landscapes you can create with these dies? Here’s a look at the Friend Like You Bundle:Friend Like You Bundle, Stampin' Up! 151084I pulled the sentiment for this card from the Here’s a Card stamp set – such a variety of great sentiments in this set. “I’m here if you need me” is such a powerful statement that I love – it says a lot in just a few words. Here’s a look at the Here’s a Card stamp set:Here's a Card, Stampin' Up! 149438
  • Layering. My first thought was to create a black silhouette with these dies – how gorgeous would these shapes look against a big, full moon? That would look incredible – except that this is a sun-themed challenge. 🙂 I glued the Pineapple Punch sun to the Seaside Spray background before gluing down the Old Olive flora. Here’s a closer look at the layers:Friend Like You Bundle, Here's a Card, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingThese dies are so fun to play with and so easy to use.
  • Color Combination. This simple card follows a simple color scheme – blue, yellow and green. I picked a soft blue, bright yellow and regal green for this card – and I think they work wonderfully together. If you like this combination of Pineapple Punch, Seaside Spray and Old Olive, save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration - Pineapple Punch, Seaside Spray, Old OliveI extended the color scheme to the envelope flap, too, by adding a checkered Pineapple Punch pattern from the 2018-2020 In Color 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper:Friend Like You Bundle, Here's a Card, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Stamp Sets: Here’s a Card Papers: Gray Granite, Basic Black, Seaside Spray, Old Olive, Pineapple Punch, Blushing Bride Inks: Tuxedo Black Memento Accessories: Friendly Silhouettes Dies, Stitched Labels Dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping.  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. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  3. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  4. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  5. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  6. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  7. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  8. Jan Dufour at Stamp Me Silly
  9. Katie Ferguson at Cottage Paper
  10. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  11. Sheryl Sharp at Sharp Notes by Sheryl
  12. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
  13. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  14. Linda Krueger at The Stamp Coach


  1. I love the textures from this stamp set! It was not on my radar…..until now. You made a gorgeous card.

  2. Powerful card Brian – I like the textures and the colors you used. Pretty.

  3. Love this simple design and the perfect little heart to “punctuate” it!

  4. Maria A Rodriguez

    Love the dimension and depth of this card, it totally looks like the sun is either rising or setting, either way, it looks amazing.
    I too love that teeny heart, it’s a sweet and lovely detail.
    Thank you for sharing.

  5. Totally missed that stamp set and dies in the catalog, now I have to go search for them!

  6. Love the card. Can’t believe I never noticed that bundle before.

  7. Jennifer Spiller

    This is absolutely perfect my friend! I love how you made this look like first light! So pretty

  8. What a terrific card. Anyone would love to receive that and be cheered up.

  9. Perfect colors…love the sentiment and feel of the card!

    • Thank you so much, Windy! While I could have easily made it “dusk” with a darker silhouette, I was happy to make a “dawn” or “mid-day” card with this big, bold sun.

  10. So clean but so impactful. Love the color combination. I agree, this would look amazing on a moonlit card as well. This set was already on my wish list, but I might just have to move it up somewhat.

  11. This card is so sweet and elegant. And the sentiment is from one of my favorite new stamp sets.

  12. This card transports you to a hillside at dawn. Sets a calm mood! Love that you used this bundle; it’s on my wishlist.

  13. Beautiful card! That’s my favorite die set. I’m inspired to crack it open and use it!

  14. Brian this is simply beautiful. I love it

  15. Such a gorgeous card today Brian. I too completely overlooked this bundle but will take another look. I also very much enjoyed doing the blog hop. Such beautiful cards, wonderful color combinations and artistry. Thanks to all for sharing.

  16. Beautiful card……looks be the diecut! Your team is on it today…..saw some terrific cards!

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