Christmas for July’s 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! During this year’s blog hops, we are having fun with our stamping favorites – our favorite themes for seasonal cards and projects. This month’s projects feature Christmas! I hope you are in a Holiday mood because there is a lot of Christmas fun headed your way. 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.

Sneak Peek – Christmas to Remember

The timing of our Christmas in July blog hop wasn’t a coincidence. While Stampin’ Up!’s Mini Catalog (filled to the brim with Holiday goodies) launches August 3, demonstrators have been able to pre-order the fun goodies from the catalog. We’ve also been able to earn Sale-a-Bration rewards that kick off on August 3, too, for customers. Yay!

For today’s hop I’ve made a Christmas card I made with the new Christmas to Remember Bundle, which includes the Christmas to Remember cling stamp set and coordinating Christmas Pinecone Dies. Here’s my card:

Christmas to Remember Bundle, Stampin Up!, Brian King, Christmas cardThe greenery in the background and pine cones on top are cropped with the Christmas Pinecone Dies. There are two large panels that line up beautifully to build the backdrop – so smart, so easy. Each pine cone base die (I cropped with Crumb Cake) has a detailed die (I cropped with Soft Suede) that coordinates. Here’s a look at the Christmas to Remember Bundle:

Christmas to Remember Bundle, Stampin Up!, 156806How brilliant are those dies – and how wonderful are those sentiments? Good news! The sentiments also coordinate with the Seasonal Labels Dies that are included in the Painted Christmas Suite of products. Yay!

While the catalog showcases a mix of colors for the two panels of greenery, I decided to cut mine both from Mossy Meadow. The end result was not great – it was difficult to distinguish the branches from one another. Instead of starting over with another cutout, I decided to try add color to the bottom panel with my Mossy Meadow ink pad – it gave me the depth I wanted for this layer. Here’s a closer look:

Christmas to Remember Bundle, Stampin Up!, Brian King, Christmas cardI love how the elements of these dies layer together for a beautiful card. The pine branches and pine cones are such a gorgeous image for Winter – such a classic look for Christmas.

I stamped the sentiment at the center of my card with the Christmas to Remember stamp set. I stamped the sentiment three times with Mossy Meadow ink on Pool party cardstock (I used my Stamparatus so that the sentiment would be perfectly aligned each time). I cropped it with a Layering Circles Die and popped it up on a larger circle (also with the Layering Circles Dies) of Real Red. Such a great combination! Here’s a closer look:

Christmas to Remember Bundle, Stampin Up!, Brian King, Christmas cardAs shown in the photo above, my card showcases three of my favorite colors at Christmastime – Pool Party, Real Red and Mossy Meadow. So rich! If you like this mix of colors as much as I do, I hope you’ll save this graphic for future reference:

Stampin Up! Color Inspiration - Pool Party, Real Red, Mossy Meadow

Bundles: Christmas to Remember  Stamp Sets:  Christmas to Remember  Papers: Mossy Meadow, Real Red, Pool Party, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede  Inks: Mossy Meadow  Accessories: Pinecone Dies, Layering Circles Dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Sheryl Sharp at Sharp Notes by Sheryl.  There is so much 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. Sheryl Sharp at Sharp Notes by Sheryl
  3. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  4. Marilyn Jones at Stamp with MJ
  5. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  6. Ann Murray at Murray Stamps Ink
  7. Renae Novak at Blessed by Cards
  8. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  9. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery


  1. Great colors and design!

  2. Great card ! I love all the detail to the layers!

  3. Your card today screams MAINE! Love the way you made the background and of course, the fantastic pine cones. Great cards from all the team members. It’s such fun to see how differently everyone interprets the same theme when making a card.

    • Well that’s weird – I posted my comment at 10:57 a.m. not 5:57 a.m. I was still dreaming away that early today. LOL

  4. Gorgeous! These dies are very smart, they even show where the pine cones are supposed to be placed. I completely missed that in the catalog photo.

  5. The double layers are perfect for depth on this card. Nice work!

  6. My favorite bundle from my favorite suite in this new catalog. Plus, the great color combo. What a super card! ❤️

  7. Brian -Absolutely Stunning! I love these dies and your colors are perfect!

  8. Fantastic layers. This was a must-have for me!

  9. Perfect card with all that greenery and then pop it with Red and Pool!

  10. Love all the die cuts,beautiful

  11. HOLY WOW of texture my friend. Nicely Done!

  12. Love this card, Brian! Tish bundle had not been on my wish list but now it definitely is!

  13. Whoa!!! I do love dies, and this set is a knockout! Brilliant idea to add ink for depth. This card screams Northwest, I love it!

  14. Such a cool bundle and easy way to make a WOW card. Love the pop of color on the sentiment piece. Really brings it to life! Thank you for a fun hop. Love Christmas in July!

  15. Kathy Blick O’Donnell

    Brian, really appreciate your detailed descriptions of how u make your projects! This card is nothing less than stunning!!!

  16. Yowza! You sure have a way with layers. Love the use of the ink below those gorgeous pines! Bravo!

  17. Fabulous diecuts! Love these pinecones!

  18. Terrah J Bazemore

    Brilliant idea to make a deeper color by using the ink pad!!!!!!!

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