Happy New Year with 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.

Happy New Year Blog HopWelcome to InKing Royalty’s December Blog Hop! During this year’s blog hops, we are enjoying a year of celebrations. This month’s projects celebrate New Year’s Day, a special day to start anew and prepare for the coming year. 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.

Your Best Year Yet

We can all agree that we will be happy to turn the page on 2020 and move on to 2021. No one can confidently say 2021 will be better, but we have to believe it will be better than the year we’ve all just experienced. This year’s New Year’s Eve celebration will be like none other (lots to celebrate from home or in very small groups). When I think about New Year’s Day, I think of formal parties in tuxedos and flowing ball gowns. I’ve never been to such a fancy party (I’m not THAT cool), so I wanted to make a card with the formality of a fancy party and a little bit of fun. Here’s my card:

Best Year, Detailed Bands Dies, Stampin Up!, Brian King

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Strike Up the [Detailed] Bands.  The card I’m sharing today is not the card I set out to create. I started with the formal backdrop from the Detailed Bands Dies, available in Stampin’ Up!’s 2020 Annual Catalog. How gorgeous is that cutout? Here’s a closer look at this amazing set of dies:Detailed Bands Dies, Stampin Up! 149549While the black background is a standout on this card, I layered my card with three dies from this set. Here’s a closer look: Best Year, Detailed Bands Dies, Stampin Up!, Brian KingThe background band is cropped from Basic Black, the next layer is cropped from Blushing Bride and the top layer is cropped from Basic Black. I tried several color combinations – and knew I had it when I reached this one.
  • Best Year. I considered a variety of sentiments for this card, but I went with a sentiment you are likely to see in other projects during the blog hop. “Wishing you your best year yet” is a great sentiment in the Best Year stamp set, which features great sentiments to be used all during the year. Here’s a look at the wonderful sentiments in this set:Best Year, Stampin Up! 152568The new year sentiment fit perfectly inside the oval from the Detailed Bands Dies – it’s almost like the dies were designed for this set, right? Here are some of the other sentiments I was considering (each has its own merits):
    • “Hope this new year is filled with promises of many bright tomorrows.” from A Wish for Everything
    • “Adventure awaits!” from Beautiful World
    • “Hello beautiful” from Butterfly Gala (this was my cheeky choice as we welcome the new year)
  • Color Combination. I don’t often play with pink, but it’s the “playful” in my otherwise “formal” celebration.  Blushing Bride is so formal (think weddings), while Flirty Flamingo is so casual-fun (think quinceañeras). Together, they are unexpected magic. If you like this mix of Blushing Bride, Flirty Flamingo and Basic Black as much as I do, I please save this for future reference: Stampin Up! Color Inspiration - Blushing Bride, Flirty Flamingo, Basic Black

Stamp Sets: Best Year  Papers: Blushing Bride, Flirty Flamingo, Basic Black, Vellum Cardstock  Inks: VersaMark  Accessories: Detailed Bands Dies, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Linda Krueger at The Stamp Coach. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!

Thanks for stopping by!


Shop Online with Brian



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. Linda Krueger at The Stamp Coach
  3. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  4. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  5. Rachel Brumley at Artistic Designs by Rachel
  6. Renae Novak at Blessed by Cards
  7. Ann Murray at Murray Stamps Ink
  8. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  9. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  10. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  11. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  12. Sheryl Sharp at Sharp Notes by Sheryl
  13. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy

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



  1. One word: GORGEOUS!

  2. Hi Brian! Wishing you a very happy birthday! I know I say this every year, but…how did I get so lucky to be able to share my birthday with The King!? Lucky me. :). Thanks for always inspiring me with your artwork, and for making me smile and laugh while reading your posts. You are a true gem. Have a wonderful day!

  3. PS: All possible best wishes for a spectacular birthday. You deserve that and more.

  4. Happy Birthday ! Hope your special day is filled with LOVE AND LAUGHTER !
    ENJOY !!

  5. This is fabulous, Brian! Wishing you a Happy Birthday!

  6. Mary B. Hildebrand

    Happy Birthday Brian! I really enjoyed the blog hop, being able to see all the different designs the team had to share! I am always inspired by others and seeing their designs helps us to learn new ways to use SU products.
    Unfortunately some of the sites listed, their blog did not pop up. This was disappointing, who knows what inspiration we might have missed ?.
    Wishing all a healthy and happy new year. Praying for healing in our world to allow us to gather together again to share our craft, laughter and love.

    • Thank you so much for your comments, Mary! Unfortunately, there were issues with the links in the hop that were resolved later in the morning. I hope you’ll have a chance to hop back through again – they are all up now and pretty wonderful projects. Thank you so much for your kind message – I feel the same. Sending love back to you.

  7. Suzanne Patt Cullen

    Good Birthday ? Morning, Brian ???
    You definitely do deserve the very best birthday!
    Very pretty card today … great color palette ?
    At first I thought the vellum layer was Purple Posy!
    (In my defense, I don’t have my readers on and I am reading this on my i-phone 8?)
    Again, Brian, Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday ?

    • Thanks, Suzie! I truly love to hear what you think you saw before you had your glasses on. It makes me happy to know that you are so excited to check things out so early in the morning. Much love to you!

  8. I love the Formal card. A great idea! And Happy Birthday!!

  9. I love this card Brian. The colors are unexpected and the design is stunning – so intricate. Have a happy birthday and a happy new year.

  10. Spectacular! Your color combos never disappoint.

  11. Your card is packed to the top with ‘PRETTY’.
    Wishing you a very Happy Birthday my sweet friend.

    • Thank you so much, Kadie! It was fun to play with these pinks – a change of palette from the blues, reds and greens I’ve been playing with. Thanks for the birthday wishes. ♥

  12. That I love your card is pretty much a given, so I want to wish you a fabulous birthday!

  13. Love the bright party colors! Perfect with the black frame! Here’s to a better 2021 for sure!

  14. Absolutely stunning mix. Feels luxe and retro . . . definitely a “fancy party” themed card!

  15. Your card design is spectacular and the verse you used is perfect…as usual, your creation is top of the line! AND…have a wonderful birthday!

  16. Happy birthday Brian!! You certainly started your personal year off in style. This card is absolutely gorgeous!

  17. Love your card Brian! It’s fun to share a birthday month with you.
    Enjoy all the love thats spouting from all these messages. We are grateful for the the funny light you shine….joy is everything!

  18. Such a pretty, elegant, fancy pants card! A perfect card to start an amazing hop. And HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

  19. That black on flirty is gorgeous! Love your card! And love you birthday boy! Hope you have loads of fun and many blessings on your on your day!

  20. Happy Happy HAPPY BIRTHDAY Brian! Hope you have a fabulous day!

  21. Happy Birthday!!!Make it great.

  22. Stunning card, B! Absolutely stunning. Happy Birthday!

  23. Wishing you a most Happy Birthday Brian!

  24. Gorgeous card as always Brian. It’s so neat that we are having a virtual party for your birthday with a blog hop. Love, love, love it. AND, it looks like a lot of folks have been invited to share this day with you. You are well loved and admired my friend.

    • Thank you so much, Grace! The birthday wishes along the hop were a pleasant surprise. It’s a special group we have here. ♥ So glad you like the card and enjoyed the hop.

  25. Happy BDay! Interesting color palette. I like the 2 pinks and a black.

  26. Wow! Absolutely stunning! Your use of color never disappoints! Happy Birthday-hope you are having a fun day! So blessed to hop with you on your special day!

  27. Happy Birthday, Brian

  28. Beautiful card, Brian! The black really pops against that pink. And Happy Birthday to you (cue the music) ~ I hope this next year is your best year yet!

  29. Your layers are perfection, as always, and those colors are stunning! Happy birthday! Hope you do something special to celebrate the special person you are.

  30. Brian, FYI: I would like all Stampin’ Up sentiments to be of BOLD lettering. I find Stampin’ Up stamps leave such a “crisp” image whether it is an image or a sentiment, however, SU has several sentiments written in “fine” lettering, script or block style font and the image does not stamp as crisp and clear. I would like to see all SU sentiments stamp BOLDLY!
    That’s my 2 cents!!

  31. First of all – WOW. Such a stunner. You were spot on with your color and sentiment choices. It’s beautiful

  32. I love your great new year’s card in the pinks and black combination. I hope you have a great day however you choose to do. Happy, happy birthday, Brian.

  33. Love the card. I didn’t know that going to a fancy New Year’s Eve party made you cool. WOW! I have been cool for years and never knew it. 🙂
    Most importantly, happy birthday!

  34. Love your card and its contrast between black and pink. And Happy Birthday – enjoy your day!

  35. Beautiful card! Happy birthday or New Year, it’s perfect! Happy birthday, Brian!!

  36. Stunning! Love the colors. Happy Birthday!!

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