Cheers! Inspiration for Sharon

Sharon Jones is the newest member of my team. I’m so happy to have her along for this amazing ride and know we’ll have a lot of fun! Sharon emailed me yesterday to request inspiration for a “way to go!” card she wants to make for her teenage son. Teenage boys fall into that category of “hard to make a card for.” Other people who fall into this “hard to make a card for” group? Men top the list, followed by teenage boys, then teenage girls, babies who can’t (or stubbornly choose not to) read and grumpy people who hate freindly greetings. Incidentally, the “easiest to make a card for” are mothers, teachers and ballerinas.

As soon as the challenge was presented, I knew what I was going to make. I went straight to my new Good Sport stamp set – I purchased it during Stampin’ Up!’s 15% off day. The set is designed for sports enthusiasts, showcasing a football, baseball, basketball and soccer ball. Are you overflowing with pride that I was able to name all three of the sports items in the set? I wasn’t sure if Sharon’s son is athletic, but that didn’t matter. I wasn’t going to throw a football or baseball on the card – I just wanted the emblem featured in that stamp set. Here’s the card I made to inspire Sharon to inspire her son to inspire him to keep up the good work: - Cheers!.jpg

Tips, Tricks and Reminders:

  • Let the stamped image shine. There’s not a lot going on in this card, but it’s beautifully balanced, don’t you think? By only adding a couple of layers of cardstock behind the emblem and sentiment, I let the stamped image take center stage. Nothing fancy, nothing complicated, so your eye goes straight to the emblem.
  • Even I make mistakes. I made a mistake once – it was seven years ago, but I remember it like it was yesterday. OK, I will admit that I also made a mistake when I was making this card. After I applied the punched sentiment into the center of the emblem with a Stampin’ Dimensional, I realized it wasn’t perfectly lined up. Easy fix! I simply snipped away the dimensional and started over. Want more? See my original post about how to easily correct a misplaced dimensional by clicking here.
  • Trimming tip. When I set out to make the piece for the center of the card, I carefully trimmed the desired lenght and width of the card stock. When I stamped the emblem, however, I was a little off center from left to right, so I trimmed the sides to get it back on track. I lined up the left-most side of the image with the inner-most edge of the my trimmer guide. I then flipped over the sheet and trimmed the other side by lining it up the same way. I layered the other card stock around this non-traditional shape. - trimmer tip.jpg

Stamp set: Good Sport, Delightful Dozen Papers: Island Indigo, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White Ink: Island Indigo, Tangerine Tango Accessories: 1-3/8″ Circle punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Thanks for stopping in today! I enjoyed it.


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  1. Suzanne Patt Cullen

    Great inspiration for Sharon and for the rest of us as well, Brian, for those “hard to make a card for” … whoever they may be!

  2. I love it! However I showed it to my 16 yr old son Levi, he thought it would be a good Graduation Card, but wouldn’t buy it for a Birthday Card. I just had to know! But I love it. If SU offered that as a Single Stamp, I would buy it! Congratulations Sharon on your new demonstratorship! Save up for Convention because it’s going to be a Big Party!

  3. Brian, you have done it again! I completely passed this stamp set by in the catalog thinking…”I’ll never use that”. Boy, am I wrong! You’ve given me a way to look at it in a completely different light! It’s beautiful and you are so talented! Congratulations Sharon on your new SU demonstratorship! You have joined a terrific group of people and the friendships you will make will blow you away! Have fun!

  4. Brian, you hit the nail on the head!! I absolutely love it! I must get this stamp, too! I did make a card for Daniel…CASED yours. I think it came out better than I expected, but did have issues at first on centering the 3 small stamps, so I made a small x with a pencil to find my center, then stamped my images. It worked! All I did afterward was to erase my pencil marks very lightly and it looks great! Even Daniel said so {which is a lot, coming from a 13-year old! ;D
    Thanks my friends for the warm welcome! I am so looking forward to meeting you all one day, but until then, I bid a giant “glad to meet you”!!

  5. You rocked this one, Brian! Welcome to Sharon!

    • Thank you so much, Carol! I just love the way Brian inspires me and I was shocked when he answered my question to inspire me! Brian is one totally awesome guy!!

  6. Maria A. Rodriguez

    Ugghhh!! I’m so late today, bake sale at the church. Anyway, great card, Brian. Guys are so hard to make cards for, specially teens but this one is a winner. It could work great for both birthdays or graduation. Congratulations Sharon, I wish I had the time to do this too. Maybe someday…..

    • Aw, Maria, I know you can do it! I’ve seen your beautiful creations! Hugz2u, and have a wonderful day…Brian did do a wonderful job, huh?!! I’m so pleased with my boss!! LOL!

    • Wow, I assumed all of Brian’s followers were Demos. I guess that’s crazy but most followers of stamping blogs Are Demos! My goodness Maria, take the plunge! You have Nothing to loose! $125. of product for $99. and a super coach like Brian King! It’s a win win! And wait until you meet the rest of the Family at Convention, You won’t regret it Sweetie! Besides, 75% of SU Demos are Hobbyist, they don’t sell a thing, just enjoy the discount. Who wouldn’t!

  7. Congratulations Sharon. I know you will have a blast being a Dem. ….I like this card and I really like the sentiment …golly ,you could use that for lots of things …passing a drivers exam…send one to your favorite politician (if they won) ….I had never really looked at this stamp to be honest . Theres something else I`d like to mention ..Carol said a week or so ago that this is her birthday month and I wanted to tell her Happy B-Day Carol ,even if it`s past . I may repeat this tomorrow because I`m nice like that !!!!! ..I think I need a sympathy card …the Panthers took a beating this afternoon. !!…later

    • Ooooh! I’m so sorry to hear about your Panthers, Sonny! Well, I’m doing great because my Saints won!!! Yeehaw!! But, your right, Brian’s beautiful card could be used for many things! I love it when a card is as versatile as Brian’s, don’t you?
      {would you like a sympathy card from me?}
      At least I can send you Hugz!

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