Happily Hitched for PPA298

There are few things on this Earth I love more than Ginger Toivonen.  Ginger is my dear friend from Butte, Montana and a longtime member of the Pals.  Ginger is a quiet, gentle soul – such a sweet person – with a super-sharp sense of humor that I adore.  Ginger is the Featured Designer for this week’s Pals Paper Arts sketch challenge – with all this love I have for Ginger, how could I NOT play along, right?  I decided to make a fun and flirty wedding congratulations card.  Here’s my card:

You're Sublime, Writing Notes, Happy Happenings, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PPA298

And here’s Ginger’s sketch that inspired my card:

PPA-298

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Perfect Pairing.  The combination of the trailer from You’re Sublime and the “Happily Hitched” sentiment from Happy Happenings is almost perfect!  I reached from the sentiment set, thinking I might use “Bonjour, Beautiful” as a fun send-off.  The moment I saw the “hitched” sentiment, I knew I had to use it.  How could I not?!  Both of these sets are carrying over to Stampin’ Up!’s 2016 Annual Catalog, but you need them now (if they aren’t already in your collection).  🙂  Take a look!
    You're Sublime, Stampin' Up!

    You’re Sublime, Stampin’ Up!

    Happy Happenings, Stampin' Up!

    Happy Happenings, Stampin’ Up!

  • Avoiding the sketch.  Early in the design of this card, I decided I would use the lopsided panels from this sketch as a background for my trailer and sentiment, but I knew wouldn’t rely on those shapes.  I simply snipped the trailer and punched the circles and placed them on these fun panels.  I think Ginger’s fun panels served me well.You're Sublime, Writing Notes, Happy Happenings, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PPA298
  • Wooden Panels.  Did you notice the wood panels on my trailer?  Want to know how I created those on this fun trailer?  Of course you do!  First, I inked up the Writing Notes background stamp with Crumb Cake and stamped it on Crumb Cake cardstock.  Next, I inked up the trailer from You’re Sublime with Archival Basic Black and stamped it over the Crumb Cake stripes.  I colored all the borders of the trailer with a Crumb Cake Stampin’ Write Marker, which adequately covered the around those pieces.  The remaining components of the trailer (the window, the door, the wheel, the flag) were covered with snipped pieces.You're Sublime, Writing Notes, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Stamp Sets:  You’re Sublime, Happy Happenings, Writing Notes  Papers:  Soft Sky, Melon Mambo, Crumb Cake, Whisper White  Inks:  Archival Basic Black  Accessories:  1-1/2″ Circle punch, 1-3/4″ Circle punch, Project Life Corner Rounder, Stampin’ Dimensionals

 

You're Sublime, Writing Notes, Happy Happenings, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PPA298

I hope you’ll pop over to the Pals Paper Arts site to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with Ginger’s sketch challenge.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Brian

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DAY ONE: One-for-One Card Swaps

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DAY ONE: Spring 2016 One-for-One Swaps

DAY ONE: One-for-One Card SwapsToday’s the day!  After a couple of weeks of collecting GORGEOUS cards in my mailbox for my Spring One-for-One Card Swap, I have the pleasure of sharing them with you.  Today I’m sharing SEVENTEEN amazing cards from YOU.  To top that off, those of you who participated have already begun to receive your fun mail in return.  This Spring One-for-One Swap was filled with beautiful inspiration, and I know you’re going to love these projects.

In a series of several posts over the next week, I will share these cards with everyone.  I love these swaps because they showcase beautiful projects from cardmakers at ALL SKILL LEVELS – some are brand new to the craft, and others have been creating for years.  Please look them over, admire their beauty and then let the creators know how beautiful their cards are (I already know you’ll be kind with your comments, but I am going to request it, anyway).

If you participated in the swap and don’t see the card you received here, please wait to comment on the card when it debuts here.  That way, the creator of that card will be sure to see your comments.

The collection of cards I’ll be sharing might not all have current Stampin’ Up! products, but every card gives good ideas for color combinations, layouts, techniques.  They are sure to inspire you.  Without any further ado, here is the first batch of your beautiful cards:

Connie Howard, Macon MO, Stampin' Up!, card swap

Susan Currey, St Cloud MN, Stampin' Up!, card swap

Constance Adkins, Anderson IN, Stampin' Up!, card swap

Diane Lethbridge, Lake Placid FL, Stampin' Up!, card swap

Dot Thompson, Clarksville TN, Stampin' Up!, card swap

Heidi Wolters, Plymouth MN, Stampin' Up!, card swap

Imogene Thomas, Mentone AL, Stampin' Up!, card swap

Julie Barkley, Sartell MN, Stampin' Up!, card swap

Millie Vazquez, Woodbridge VA, Stampin' Up!, card swap

Paulette Birkbigler, Edwardsville IL, Stampin' Up!, card swap

Rosanne Mulhern, Chadds Ford PA, Stampin' Up!, card swap

Rosemary Sayre, Bristow VA, Stampin' Up!, card swap

Ruth Norton, Albuquerque NM, Stampin' Up!, card swap

Seletta Henry, Gainesville FL, Stampin' Up!, card swap

Sharon Haster, Beaverton OR, Stampin' Up!, card swap

Sharon Rowland, Christiansburg VA, Stampin' Up!, card swap

Stephanie Stringfellow, Mobile AL, Stampin' Up!, card swap

What do you think?  Aren’t those awesome?!  Please leave a comment below to let these artists know how much you love their heartfelt creations.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Brian

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