Celebrate Real Nice with a Sneak Peek of Balloon Bash

There are so many wonderful holidays throughout the year that honor important events and people.  These special days are a time to reflect, to share or to celebrate.  Few holidays are as important or meaningful as the one we celebrate today – people all over the world come together to recognize December 16 as Brian King’s birthday.  Did I aptly over-emphasize the importance of this day?

I’m kicking off my special day with a card I made JUST FOR ME (unless it shows up in your mailbox – at which point I made it JUST FOR YOU).  I enjoyed playing around with two products that will be available when the Occasions Catalog launches January 6 – Balloon Bash Photopolymer Stamp Set and Birthday Bash Specialty Designer Series Paper.  Here’s my card:

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  • Font-tastic.  I love beautiful fonts – and I love witty sentiments.  Balloon Bash has both, so I’m a happy boy.  I would never have imagined sending a card that says “Celebrate Real Nice,” but it seems so appropriate when written so stylishly.  I love it!  Here’s a peak at the rest of the set, styled with the Birthday Bash Specialty Designer Series Paper.  What a great ensemble!Balloon Bash, Stampin' Up!
  • Birthday Bash Specialty Designer Series Paper.  Since you are already looking at it, let’s talk about this paper.  It’s absolutely gorgeous, don’t you think?  The combinations of patterns and colors are perfect for almost any celebration and can be paired to create a masculine birthday card, too.  Sure, this piece I used has curvy flourishes on it, but they coordinate so well with the stamp set image.  What makes this paper a “specialty” paper?  Two of the pages include shiny, gold foil images.
  • Color Combination.  I love this combination of colors – I combined them with the suggestion from the Specialty Designer Series Paper.  I think they provide a perfect balance of “masculine” and “celebratory.”  Do you agree?  If you like these colors together, too, feel free to save this:  Color Inspiration, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Stamp Sets:  Balloon Bash  Papers:  Night of Navy, Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Birthday Bash Specialty Designer Series Paper  Inks:  Night of Navy, Bermuda Bay  Accessories:  Stampin’ Dimensionals

Balloon Bash, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingThanks for stopping by today!  It makes me so happy to know that you are checking in on me each day.


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  1. Happy Birthday dear Brian, hope you had a super day! I like your card and the DSP.
    Wow you had Cindy sing a solo to you.(So low we couldn’t hear her) and Liz did the Brian squint, no charge!
    You have a great following. Everyone has a wonderful sense of humor and eye for your talent. Thank you for all the joy you bring us.
    Happy Birthday!!

  2. Happy Birthday Brian! This IS a special day…. 🙂 Love your card and it’s perfect, like you! Thanks for all you do for us….. Have a fantastic day…

  3. too funny. happy birthday brian!

  4. Two GREAT artists born on the same day. Beethoven and Brian King!!!

  5. Laurie Burns Gachewicz

    Best wishes for an AMAZINGLY AWESOME and very happy birthday Brian!!! Your combination of blues on this card is simply fabulous!! Enjoy your special day!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  6. Dec 16th is my birthday too! I share the same bday as The King!! Yippeeeee!! Coud there be anything any cooler? “Happy Birthday to us, Hapy Birthday to us…” Thankfully you can’t hear me singing 🙂 Anyway, Brian, I just want to tell you that you really do rock and I hope you had a rockin’ birthday because you truly deserve it. Have a great Holiday Season!! PS…I think it’s cool that you made yourself a Bday card, since we tend tobe forgotten when our bday is only 9 days before Christmas! HaHa

  7. Note to self…proofread posts BEFORE you hit the “post comment” button, NOT after. Hopefully you can overlook my typos since WE SHARE THE SAME BIRTHDAY! Yippee again! 🙂

  8. Brian, I feel so bad that I missed your birthday! My perpetual calendar arrived this week and I will be writing your birthday in it to never miss sending you a birthday card again! I hope you had a terrific day! Be sure to “Celebrate real nice” this weekend!

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