Choose Happiness for the Friday Mashup

The Friday Mashup gives us two challenges this week (a technique and a sketch) – and I’ve really mashed things up by accepting both challenges.  Woo hoo!  Before I share the technique and sketch, I am excited to share my project.  Here it is:

Choose Happiness, And Many More, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FM170

The inspiration for today’s card comes from a (1) a technique (creating a Delft tile background) and (2) this sketch by Tara Bourgoin:

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Creating Tile.  Delft Tile refers to the beautiful blue and white Dutch tiles.  So, I didn’t really create the Delft Tile look because I got a little heavy-handed with my sponging, but I really like the way it turned out.  I scored 1″ squares on a piece of Sahara Sand and the started sponging with scrap paper to cover the scored lines.  Part way through, I realized I could just punch a 1″ square on scrap paper and move along more quickly.  Genius!  (well, maybe more efficient).  I sponged Soft Sky over the Sahara Sand and then lightly sponged some Wisteria Wonder over that to add a little umph.
  • Color Combination.  The pairing of Soft Sky and Blackberry Bliss was inspired by July’s Paper Pumpkin kit (I just loved them together).  I opted for Sahara Sand as the alternative to white.  If you like this combination as much as I do, feel free to copy the picture below or save it off for future reference:Color Inspiration #4, Stampin' Up!, Brian King
  • Circle Layers.  I’m so happy to have the 2″ Circle punch in the 2014-2015 Annual Catalog.  It allows me more options for layering circles without having to walk over to the Big Shot.  I LOVE my big shot, but my punches and I are really tight.  The layering of this sentiment (from the sentiment out) is 1-3/4″ Circle punch, 2″ Circle punch, 2-1/2″ Circle punch.  I mimicked the differences in these layers on the borders around the central panel of the card.

Stamp Sets:  Choose Happiness, And Many More  Papers:  Sahara Sand, Soft Sky, Blackberry Bliss, Whisper White  Inks:  Soft Sky, Wisteria Wonder, Blackberry Bliss  Accessories:  Simply Scored Scoring Plate, 1″ Square punch, 1-3/4″ Circle punch, 2″ Circle punch, 2-1/2″ Circle punch, Hexagon punch (for banner tips), Stampin’ Dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by today!

Brian

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Happy Umpteenth Birthday for The Paper Players

I’ve been waiting for the right time to use this cute, cute, cute stamp from Oh My Goodies.  I’ve also been waiting for the right time to use this bright, energy-filled Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper.  This week’s sketch from The Paper Players delivers the opportunity to use both.  Woo hoo!  Here’s my card:

Oh My Goodies, Good News, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PP206And here’s the sketch from The Paper Players that inspired my exuberant birthday card:

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Sugary Sweet.  Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper is DEFINITELY sweet and sugary (I had to come up with another word because it wouldn’t make sense to say the paper is sweet and taffy-y).  Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry and Tempting Turquoise all come together on a Whisper White base to create bright and cheery designs.  Go, Sweet Taffy!
  • Leave it Alone.  Since I first saw this cute sentiment from Oh My Goodies, I knew I wanted to layer the word “umpteenth” in a different color.  When all was said and done, it was just too much.  I decided it would be best to just leave it alone.  The sentiment still stands out without the added layer of color.
  • Rich Razzleberry Base.  The Melon Mambo sentiment sits all bright and cheery on top of this bright and cheery paper.  To reduce the sticky sweetness a bit, I added a Deco Label layer of Rich Razzleberry between the sentiment and the paper.  Rich Razzleberry is still rich and bold but less than any of the other colors featured in this paper.

Who wouldn’t love to receive this cheerful card?  Don’t you agree that the bright colors and super-cute layout are a great way to send birthday wishes – even if your friend is umpteen years old?  :)

SURPRISE!  It’s also LeAnne Pugliese’s birthday, and the Merry Monday team is celebrating with a parade of birthday cards.  I’ve included this card as a cheery birthday wish for LeAnne.  Woo hoo!  Check out the other cards here.

Stamp Sets:  Oh My Goodies, Big News  Papers:  Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Sweet Taffy  Inks:  Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry  Accessories:  Deco Labels Collection Framelits, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Hexagon punch (for banner tips)

Thanks for stopping by today!

Brian

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Buy 3, Get 1 Free Designer Series Paper.  The end of July is upon us, which means Stampin’ Up!’s awesome Designer Series Paper promotion is also about to end.  Don’t miss out!  Ten great papers are eligible for this promotion – to see them, click here.

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