A little sunshine for the InKing Royalty Blog Hop


Welcome to InKing Royalty’s February Blog Hop!

Today’s blog hop is filled with projects inspired by a Birthday Bliss theme.  What fun! Stampin’ Up! catalogs are filled with fun, festive and beautiful ways to make birthdays special and we are excited to share our creations with you today. We are also excited to welcome guest designer Michelle Last to our team’s blog hop this month.

After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.


My daughter turns 28 tomorrow, which is really weird because I’m like — 35ish.

ANYHOO, she is working hard to get her computer science degree while raising her son and because we are 1,700 miles apart, I can’t be there for her as much as I would like. Lately, she hasn’t been feeling well, so I wanted to make her a cheery birthday card to raise her spirits.

To make this card, I used the Cupcakes and Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack, which is filled with gorgeous and whimsical designs, like the sunburst print I chose for the top layer.

Next, I used the “Happy Birthday” sentiment from the Big on Birthdays stamp set and stamped it in Pumpkin Pie ink on a Very Vanilla card stock circle.

I then hand cut a banner in Very Vanilla card stock and layered it on a larger one I cut from So Saffron card stock, which is what I used for the card base, as well.

Finally, I cut a So Saffron “sunshine” die cut from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies. I think the font is so fun, especially next to the more staid “Happy Birthday.”

I hope this card brings a smile to my daughter’s face as much as the gift card I put inside it will.

Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Candy Ford at Stamp CandyThere’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group and you don’t want to miss it!


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. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  3. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  4. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  5. Karen Browning at StampWithMeKZB
  6. Katie Ferguson at Cottage Paper
  7. Imogene Thomas at MomoMakes.com
  8. Michelle Last at MichelleLast.co.uk
  9. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  10. Lory Robinson at The Robins Nest Designs
  11. Shawn de Oliveira at ShawnStamps
  12. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  13. Lisa Pretto at Ink Big Academy Stamps


  1. Brian | 15th Feb 17

    Denise! I love, love, love this, my 35ish-year-old friend. Your daughter will love it, too! Such a clean, crisp way to use this vintage, weathered paper. So glad you hopped with us today.

  2. Julie DiMatteo | 15th Feb 17

    Oh my goodness, I LOVE this cheery birthday card! All of the elements come together perfectly! What a lucky girl your daughter is 🙂

    • Denise Hoepfner | 15th Feb 17

      Thank you, Julie! I love this paper I may need another pack!

  3. Natalie Lapakko | 15th Feb 17

    I love this bright and happy card, and I’m sure your daughter will, too! I love the combination of fonts with the bold “Happy Birthday” and the scrolly “Sunshine”. Both of these are on my wishlist and you make me want them even more!

  4. westsidepaper | 15th Feb 17

    I love love love this card!!!! It is so awesome!!! You defiantly hit bright and cherry on the head!!! Wonderful card 😀👑

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  6. Karen Zaring Browning | 15th Feb 17

    Totally going to CASE your card… I call my daughter sunshine! Thank you for sharing… and really you don’t look a day over 28 so happy birthday to you and your “twin!”

  7. Candy Ford | 15th Feb 17

    Spetactular card, Denise! So bright and happy. Thanks for sharing!

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    […] Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie […]

  9. therobinsnestdesigns | 15th Feb 17

    Love, love, love, love, love! We have a Yellow and White Shasta Trailer and this card reminds me of it so much! I love yellow. So cheery. I now have some new products on my shopping list!

    • Denise Hoepfner | 15th Feb 17

      Thank you! I am soooo envious of your yellow and white Shasta trailer. I think those are the cutest and I would love to have one!

  10. Imogene Thomas | 15th Feb 17

    I love the yellow and the DSP, also the big, bold sentiment! That’s got to lift anyone up. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Pam Morris | 15th Feb 17

    Wow! I gasped when I saw this. I love this card so much! Just my style!!!!

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