Happy Birthday 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 February blog hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s February Blog Hop! This is a great time of year to build your stash of handmade birthday cards, so we are sharing birthday-themed projects with you today. We are excited to share our creations and hope you love them! After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

HB to Your Favorite Sports Fan

While most of the birthday cards I make feature balloons or flowers, I traveled a different path for this project. Instead of making a celebratory card that would be perfect for ANY recipient, I’ve created a birthday card for a favorite sports fan. I combined two amazing bundles (one from the 2021 Annual Catalog and one from the January – June 2022 Mini Catalog) to create this festive birthday card:

Hats Off Bundle, Your Biggest Fan Bundle, Stampin Up!, Brian King, sports birthday cardThe center of this card is a Night of Navy baseball cap stamped and cropped with the Hats Off Bundle (Hats Off set and coordinating Hat Builder Dies) from the 2021 Annual Catalog. The dies give this hat an incredible stitching that makes it a stand out on any project. Here’s closer look:

Hats Off Bundle, Your Biggest Fan Bundle, Stampin Up!, Brian King, sports birthday cardHere’s a look at the Hats Off Bundle:

Hats Off Bundle, Stampin Up!, 158361The Bumblebee stars and the stitched badge on my hat are cropped from the Hat Builder Dies, and the sentiment (stamped in Real Red) is pulled from the Nuts & Bolts stamp set.

Hats Off Bundle, Your Biggest Fan Bundle, Stampin Up!, Brian King, sports birthday cardIn case you don’t understand what “HB2U” stands for (this is a judgement-free zone), it’s “Happy Birthday to You” in text-speak. Here’s a look at this adorable set:

Nuts and Bolts, Stampin Up!, 157650The card elements behind the had are pulled from the Hey Sports Fan Suite in the January – June 2022 Min Catalog. Here’s a breakdown:

  • I cropped the large tickets from Real Red and Crumb Cake cardstock with the Sports Event Dies.
  • I cut a Crumb Cake piece to fit on my Crumb Cake ticket and stamped a few lines from the Your Biggest Fan stamp set to give it a little texture.
  • The baseball-stitched background panel is pulled from the Hey Sports Fan Designer Series Paper. The page adds a little texture to the card and serves as a great reference to the baseball hat.

You can see all of the elements in the Hey Sports Fan Suite by clicking on the image below:

Hey Sports Fan Product Suite, Stampin Up!, January - June 2022 Mini Catalog

Stamp Sets:  Nuts & Bolts  Papers: Hey Sports Fan Designer Series Paper, Crumb Cake, Real Red, Night of Navy, Bumblebee, Very Vanilla  Inks: Real Red  Accessories:  Sports Event Dies, Hat Builder Dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery. There is a lot 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. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  3. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  4. Jan Dufour at Stamp Me Silly
  5. Sheryl Abernathy at Elegant Sentiments
  6. Renae Novak at Blessed by Cards
  7. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  8. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  9. Lisa Graham at Lisa’s Little Ink Spots
  10. Joanne Wittington at The Inky Dragon
  11. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  12. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  13. Marilyn Jones at Stamp with MJ

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



  1. What a fun birthday card, Brian! You combined all the different products perfectly so it seems like they’re all from the same set. Brilliant!

  2. Always a master of combining even the tiniest details from many sources to create a striking card. Once again, a home run!

  3. I love this! Love the layers! And I would almost buy that stamp set just for the HB2U!

  4. A great BDay card Brian. My grandson would love it.

  5. Sporty and cool. Love the HB2U on the cap!

  6. What a great card to CELEBRATE.

  7. Love your card, Brian! The hat on top of the tickets I looks awesome.

  8. Love your card!

  9. What a great birthday card for the baseball fan. I love the ticket dies under the cap. Enjoy your day!

  10. I may have to rethink this set. I let the samples tell me I didn’t need it but you are right, you can just use the hat for anything. I suddenly have so many ideas!

    • Yay! I was not thrilled about the hat at first, but I love all the little elements that decorate the cap. I’ve come to love the hat and use it often. 🙂

  11. This is such a unique and creative birthday card! You have such a keen eye of merging stamps together, as always you “hit this one out of the park!” haha! It’s perfect.

    • I’m sure that’s a sports reference (since it’s in quotes), but I’m not 100% certain. Ha! 🙂 Thanks, Debbie! ♥

      • You are just so brilliant to think it could possibly be a sports reference of my comment, it in fact is! It’s an allusion to a baseball that is hit hard enough to land outside the stadium, you are spot on and also to mean to do something extraordinarily well as you did with your beautiful card design, and that baseball dsp also is perfect! Said this almost all my life when appropriate and necessary, and I’m drooling over you card, it is, well….perfect. Xo

  12. This is a great card for a baseball fan or someone like my grandson who just loves baseball caps. I totally forgot I have this set. Now I have a great idea on how I’m going to use it! Thanks Brian!

  13. Love that you took a different path. Great card, love the unique cap greeting!

  14. That is a really cool card, Brian. I’ve studied it and looked at all the dies you used. Has my brain a processing. Love the style!

  15. Perfect combo of colors and DSP! Really fun card!

  16. Love this – such a fun sporty card!

  17. What a great card….hum..maybe I do need this set!!!

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