Having a Heartini with Freshly Made Sketches

Stampin’ Up!’s Holiday Catalog will soon come to an end [insert sighs of sadness here] – that means this could be your last opportunity to snatch up some of the wonderful products you’ve been eyeballing for the past several months.  They aren’t all Christmas-themed items, and many are flexible to be used throughout the year.  Here’s a card I made with Making Spirits Bright (not on the carryover list):

Making Spirits Bright, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FMS167And here’s the challenge banner for Narelle Farrugia’s sketch that inspired my creation:

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Making Spirits Bright.  You don’t have to drink alcohol to love this stamp set – there’s an image and sentiment for every occasion, from Christmas to birthday to Thanksgiving and more.  Valentine’s Day feels perfect with a little Heartini, right?  I have used this set to make a Christmas card (see it here) and Thanksgiving card (see it here).
  • Black and White and Red and Pink.  I don’t always love the combination of red and pink, but I love this pairing of Real Red (bold red) and Pink Pirouette (soft pink).  I chose the Pink Pirouette background for the card front because it gave me a chance to use my Pink Pirouette Blendabilities to color in the martini.  Everything is bordered in a thin frame of Real Red – I like that look.
  • Pattern Match-Up.  I love the Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper Stack – one side of each page is designed with reds and pinks (Real Red and Crisp Cantaloupe) on one side and Basic Black and Whisper White on the other.  Both sides have this pattern of tiny hearts – one with a white background and one with a black background.  I thought it’d be cool to pair them, so I paired them.  :)  Here’s the paper, paired with You Plus Me stamp set:You Plus Me Bundle, Stampin' Up!

Stamp Sets:  Making Spirits Bright  Papers:  Basic Black, Real Red, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White, Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper Stack  Inks:  Tuxedo Black Memento, Blendabilities (Pink Pirouette, Cherry Cobbler)  Accessories:  Circles Collection Framelits, 2-1/2″ Circle punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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Brian

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You Make Me Happy with Awesome Sneak Peeks

I couldn’t be happier with Stampin’ Up!’s Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-Bration selections (available January 6).  There’s going to be a huge celebration during the first three months of 2015, and that makes me very happy – so happy that I had to make a card to share my excitement.  Here’s my card (dedicated to Stampin’ Up! and my incredible blog readers):

Crazy About You, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingThis card features four new products – Best Day Ever Designer Series Paper (Sale-a-Bration item), Crazy About You photopolymer stamp set (Occasions), Hello You Thinlits (Occasions) and Itty Bitty Accents Epoxy Stickers (Occasions).

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Cropping with Thinlits.  Here’s a tip for cropping perfect thinlits:  place them with the cutting edge facing up and run them back and forth through the Big Shot three or four times with was paper.  The sandwich looks like this:  cutting platform, cutting plate, Thinlit (cutting edge up), wax paper, cardstock, cutting plate.  After a few times through the Big Shot, the image came out crisp and clean.
  • Cutting the flower. This flower, part of the Crazy About You stamp set, pairs perfectly with the 1-3/4″ Scallop circle punch.  To add a little more dimension, I snipped from the indention from the punch to the center part of the flower.  Easy snipping with a great impact.
  • Color Combination.  I love this Crushed Curry page from Best Day Ever Designer Series Paper, one of this year’s Sale-a-Bration offerings.  The paper is a lighter version of Crushed Curry – so light that it contains hints Daffodil Delight.  When paired with Basic Gray, Calypso Coral and Pear Pizzazz, it’s perfect!  If you like this combination, too, feel free to save this:Color Inspiration, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Stamp Sets:  Crazy About You  Papers:  Basic Gray, Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzazz, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Best Day Ever Designer Series Paper  Inks:  Calypso Coral, Basic Gray  Accessories:  1-3/4″ Scallop Circle punch, Hello You Thinlits Dies,  Flower Frenzy Bigz L die,  Itty Bitty Accents Epoxy Stickers, 1/2″ Circle punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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