Yippee! Away We Go!

Before I share today’s post, and I want to thank Ann Schach for selecting my Clean and Simple Washi Tape card (last week’s Paper Players card) as “A Cut Above.”  I play along with the challenges for inspiration and fun, but it’s always nice to be recognized.  🙂  Thanks, Ann!  If you wanna’ check out that card, click here.

This is a busy, busy week.  I’m packing to leave on Sunday for the Caribbean.  Woo hoo!  In the 2012-2013 stamping year, I earned Stampin’ Up!’s Grand Vacation aboard the Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas.  Woo hoo!  I’m working hard to make sure I have blog posts ready for you each day of my vacation.  During that week, Mom and her friend will be staying at my house – someone has to keep the light on in the Fungeon while I’m gone, right?

I’ve been itching to make a “bon voyage” card, and this week’s sketch from The Paper Players is the perfect foundation for my design.  Here’s my project:

Around the World, Yippe-Skippee, Stampin' Up!, Brian King,PP193 And here’s Anne Marie Hile’s sketch that inspired my card:


Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Yipee!  I was ready to assemble my card – the paper was cut and layered, the central image was stamped and ready to go, the candy dots were on stand-by for a last-step add-in.  I was in good shape!  Once last check of the sketch, and … ARGH!  The sketch calls for the sentiment in the bottom, right corner, and I the sentiment is included in my focal point.  What to do?!?  I scanned my entire stamp collection between 7 and 29 times before finding the perfect sentiment that would correspond with the sentiment I already had in place.  I inked up half of my Yippee-Skippee stamp and stamped it down.  Perfect!
  • Stamp it Real Good.  It’s not nice to brag, but sometimes it’s necessary.  Today, it’s necessary.  You know how the foam pad ink pads get really juicy every once in a while?  My red pad was giving me juicy attitude, so I blotted it a bit with a paper towel.  I may have achieved the most perfectly stamped image of my stamping career.  That’s all.  It’s not my skill, and it’s not my talent – I just stamped it real good.Around the World, Yippe-Skippee, Stampin' Up!, Brian King,PP193Around the World, Yippe-Skippee, Stampin' Up!, Brian King,PP193Around the World, Yippe-Skippee, Stampin' Up!, Brian King,PP193
  • Stacking Starbursts.  This starburst shape has been sitting in our Annual Catalog since June of 2013 – it’s not from the Starburst Sayings set.  As such, the edges don’t exactly coordinate with the Starburst Framelit Dies.  That doesn’t mean I can’t create the illusion that they exactly coordinate, right?  I punched the stamped image with the 1-1/4″ Circle punch and mounted it on a 1-3/8″ Circle punch of Pool Party.  I THEN mounted that on a Real Red Starburst.  Voila!  Who would know that the starbursts don’t match?  Only you because you read this entire paragraph – I’m so proud of you.

Stamp Sets:  Around the World, Yippee-Skippee  Papers:  Pool Party, Real Red, I Am Me Designer Series Paper  Inks:  Real Red  Accessories:  1-1/4″ Circle punch, 1-3/8″ Circle punch, Starburst Framelit Dies, Brights Candy Dots (Real Red), Stampin’ Dimensionals

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  1. Congratulations ! I love your winner card and of course this one too. Thanks again for your tips and tricks – they help me a lot ! Greetings, Anita from craftsfunwithanita.blogspot.de

  2. And: Have a really nice trip ! You deserv it ! Maybe you´ll post some pics? Greetings, Anita

  3. Great card and tips, (as usual). So happy you had a wonderful time last night. Can’t wait to hear all about it. 🙂

  4. Awesome card Brian, I love your choices of DSP and colors. Bon voyage

  5. That is one clean image! Great card! I know you will have a fabulous cruise. I am so proud of you!!!

  6. Have a wonderful, relaxing time ! Thanks for your blog each day, it is enjoyable. Thanks also for the card swap, I enjoyed the cards I received . Thanks!

  7. Have an amazingggg time on your cruise Brian!

    That really is a perfect stamp sweetie! I thought it was a sentiment you cut out or something! Huzzah and well done!

  8. A perfect card for such a perfect event you have earned Brian!! Congrats on your trip and have a wonderful time! 🙂

  9. Congrats on your perfectly stamped image! It really is an accomplishment…..

  10. Love your card. Have a GRAND time – you’ve earned it!

  11. Needless to say we are ALL excited for you and wish you a fantastic time on the cruise. We hope you’ll share some of your adventure with us when you return. I haven’t had a stamp pad that is “too juicy” yet but now I know if I do, I can take corrective measures to get the perfect result like you did. Thanks for the heads up Brian. By the way, absolutely perfect card for anyone headed out on any kind of vacation!

  12. The perfect card for big adventure. You so earned this trip big time! You will be thinking about all of us back here on dry land right? A shout to Mom for keeping the fungeon safe and sound. By the way, I can tell you had a super time at the premier. You have that ‘eyes glazed over’ look while holding the new catalog!

  13. Brian, have a great time, (I don’t think I need to tell you this, LOL!!) you earned this trip with your hard work and dedication and we are all so very proud of you.
    I love this card, it’s a perfect depiction of your total enthusiasm about this trip, can’t wait till you share the pictures of this awesome adventure.

  14. Bon Voyage Brian! One day I hope to be the proud recipient if a card like this for earning the grand vacation.

  15. Love this card Brian – thanks for the inspiration! I have always wanted to do a Bon Voyage card and these words don’t seem to be available from Stampin Up (I did a card class for some stranded cruise passengers, who were delayed for several weeks for technical reasons!!! – and they all wanted to do a card with the words ‘Bon Voyage’). Could you have a quiet word with someone on your cruise please!? Enjoy the cruise – I am very jealous!

  16. Totally adorable, Brian! Have a wonderful time on the cruise. I will be thinking of you 🙂

  17. Fabulous card, Brian! Love the bright and cheery colors. Have an awesome trip! Thanks so much for joining us this week at the Paper Players! 🙂

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