Celebrating Valentine’s Day 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

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s January Blog Hop! During this year’s blog hops, we are enjoying a year of celebrations. This month’s projects celebrate Valentine’s Day, so prepare yourself for lots of hearts and beautiful showcases of love. 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.

Love for Little Ladybug

Stampin’ Up!’s January – June 2020 Mini Catalog introduces us to some great, new love-themed products that are perfect for Valentine’s Day. While the Little Ladybug stamp set was not designed as a Valentine’s Day stamp set, I have used it to make a sweet card that’s perfect for someone you love this February 14. Here’s my Valentine’s Day card with Little Ladybug:

Little Ladybug, Ladybugs Dies, Stampin Up!, Brian King, Valentine's Day card

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Little Ladybug and From My Heart. Sale-a-Bration is a 3 month sales promotion during which customers can earn exclusive, free products when they shop during January, February and March. It’s always such fun! My card features the Little Ladybug stamp set, which can only be earned during Sale-a-Bration. The set is a Sale-a-Bration Host Stamp Set that is FREE when you place a qualifying $300 order (whether that’s all you or combines orders with your friends). The stamp set is a BONUS that’s given on top of all the other Sale-a-Bration items you can earn with your purchases. Here’s a look at Little Ladybug Host Stamp:Little Ladybug Host Set, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingHow cute is that?! My card also features a sweet background of hearts from the From My Heart Specialty Designer Series Paper. There are so many bold, cool patterns in this pack of papers, but the subtle hearts on this page make me so happy. Here’s a look at the colors and patterns in the From My Heart Specialty Designer Series Paper: From My Heart Specialty Designer Series Paper, Stampin Up! 151189
  • Coordination Product Release. My sweet ladybugs are cropped with the Ladybugs Dies, part of an upcoming promotion you’ll want to study. Starting in February, Stampin’ Up! is kicking off a Coordination Product Release during which you can buy dies and papers that coordinate with items found in this year’s Sale-a-Bration brochure and January – June 2020 Mini Catalog. Demonstrators can buy these items now (and even add them to their Starter Kit when they sign up). Here’s a look at the Ladybugs Dies (grass, and flowers and ladybugs, oh my!):  Ladybugs Dies, Stampin Up! 153588The stamp set is wonderful, but the dies really add to the versatility and usefulness of the stamp set. I love that! You can see all of the items offered in the Coordination Product Release that kicks off in February here:Stampin Up! Coordination Products stampwithbrian.comThere are some incredible offerings in this two page release. The new items have changed my mind about how much I need some things from Sale-a-Bration and the Mini Catalog. How about you? Incentive to plan ahead? ♥ What fun!
  • Sweet Color Combination. You may have noticed that my ladybugs are not red – how unconventional! While there are red and pink hearts on this card (did you notice the little red heart in the flying ladybug’s hand?), I focused on the softer tones of Flirty Flamingo. I added pops of Coastal Cabana to add a little blue to these sweet colors. Love it! If you like this combination of Coastal Cabana, Flirty Flamingo and Real Red, please save this:Stampin Up! Color Inspiration - Coastal Cabana, Flirty Flamingo, Real RedSpeaking of the little red heart in the ladybug’s hand, here’s a closer look at the heart that was cropped with the Detailed Hearts Die: Little Ladybug, Ladybugs Dies, Stampin Up!, Brian King, Valentine's Day card

Stamp Sets: Little Ladybug  Papers: From My Heart Specialty Designer Series Paper, Real Red, Coastal Cabana, Flirty Flamingo, Thick Whisper White  Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin’ Blends (Flirty Flamingo, Petal Pink)  Accessories: Ladybugs Dies, Detailed Hearts Dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Ann Murray at Murray Stamps Ink.  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. Ann Murray at Murray Stamps Ink
  3. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  4. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  5. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  6. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  7. Sheryl Abernathy at Elegant Sentiments
  8. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  9. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  10. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  11. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  12. Linda Krueger at The Stamp Coach
  13. Sheryl Sharp at Sharp Notes by Sheryl

Here are links to the products I used in today’s project:



  1. Love toning down all the “warm” colors with the coastal cabana. Such a cute card.

  2. Darling card. Especially love the ladybug delivering the heart!

  3. I love this as a valentine card. Those ladybugs are adorable!

  4. This card is cute as can be, Brian! I love what you did with the mattes.

  5. Adorable! Love e verything about this card. The colors, the layers, the little lady bug and that cute little heart! Ping – ping- ping go my heart strings.

  6. Adorable…I love the layers here!

  7. The term “cute as a bug in a rug” came to mind as soon as I saw this card, before I even read the sentiment. It is adorable!

  8. Super sweet Valentine’s card Brian. Love the DSP and the dimension.

  9. Super cuteness, Brian! I love how the coastal cabana subtly pops the panels off the page. Love this!

  10. Oh Brian! You always know how to make my heart go pitter patter! Loves it!

  11. Love your dudebug giving his heart to your ladybug! Such a sweet card and I love that pop of blue!

  12. So cute! I love the lady bugs with the hearts for Valentine’s Day. This was a fun hop; thank you for organizing it.

  13. These little ladybugs are so cute! Sweet card!

  14. This is one of the nicest cards I have seen using the Little Ladybugs set. Very well designed!

  15. I love your card and would like to CASE if that is ok! Would you be willing to share the dimensions of the layers you used?

    • Hi Juleen, I’m so glad you like the card and happy you want to CASE it. Unfortunately, the measurements are not “standard.” I started by cutting the DSP along the white lines of the hearts to build a grid of hearts and cut my layers around that at 1/8″ thicker and 1/8″ wider than the layer beneath. Similarly, I cropped the inside Coastal Cabana piece to fit just inside the hearts at the center of the DSP and cut each panel 1/8″ thinner and 1/8″ less wide than the panel above. As such, some of the layers are odd 1/16″ measurements. I hope that helps so you can recreated the card. ♥

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