You Make Me Happy with Awesome Sneak Peeks

I couldn’t be happier with Stampin’ Up!’s Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-Bration selections (available January 6).  There’s going to be a huge celebration during the first three months of 2015, and that makes me very happy – so happy that I had to make a card to share my excitement.  Here’s my card (dedicated to Stampin’ Up! and my incredible blog readers):

Crazy About You, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingThis card features four new products – Best Day Ever Designer Series Paper (Sale-a-Bration item), Crazy About You photopolymer stamp set (Occasions), Hello You Thinlits (Occasions) and Itty Bitty Accents Epoxy Stickers (Occasions).

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Cropping with Thinlits.  Here’s a tip for cropping perfect thinlits:  place them with the cutting edge facing up and run them back and forth through the Big Shot three or four times with was paper.  The sandwich looks like this:  cutting platform, cutting plate, Thinlit (cutting edge up), wax paper, cardstock, cutting plate.  After a few times through the Big Shot, the image came out crisp and clean.
  • Cutting the flower. This flower, part of the Crazy About You stamp set, pairs perfectly with the 1-3/4″ Scallop circle punch.  To add a little more dimension, I snipped from the indention from the punch to the center part of the flower.  Easy snipping with a great impact.
  • Color Combination.  I love this Crushed Curry page from Best Day Ever Designer Series Paper, one of this year’s Sale-a-Bration offerings.  The paper is a lighter version of Crushed Curry – so light that it contains hints Daffodil Delight.  When paired with Basic Gray, Calypso Coral and Pear Pizzazz, it’s perfect!  If you like this combination, too, feel free to save this:Color Inspiration, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Stamp Sets:  Crazy About You  Papers:  Basic Gray, Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzazz, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Best Day Ever Designer Series Paper  Inks:  Calypso Coral, Basic Gray  Accessories:  1-3/4″ Scallop Circle punch, Hello You Thinlits Dies,  Flower Frenzy Bigz L die,  Itty Bitty Accents Epoxy Stickers, 1/2″ Circle punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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  1. Gorgeous card Brian! My box arrived this week and I am so excited to play this weekend!

  2. Oh, Wow, this card makes Me happy too, Brian! I didn’t even notice the cuts in the flower until you pointed them out. So subtle, yet very effective! The Happy thinlit has such a beautiful font; I can see why you like it~

  3. What a HAPPY card!!! Very pretty!

  4. Love it! I can’t wait to play with my pre-order too! Yippee!

  5. I’m HAPPY too, Brian. I just ordered this set last nite, so should have it before Christmas hopefully, so I can make HAPPY cards too. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

  6. I have this set of Thinlits in an unopened box of “Goodies” . Thought it would be more fun to open closer to Christmas (kinda like Santa brought them) and I know I will be using your cutting technique ! Cute cute card ! It is a Happy card !!

  7. Awwwww BRIAN that’s a real happy card !!! Love how you did your colors , to good !!!
    Hugs Frenchie,

  8. What a super card Brian! I am so anxious to see the Occasions catalog. I just love all the word cutouts and thanks for the hint. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

  9. Beautiful, fresh, happy card Brian, a little touch of Spring in the middle of Winter, I love how you cut that pretty flower, this really gives it a lot of dimension. This card makes me Happy too. 🙂

  10. Fresh card today, Brian. Am so in love with this color combination. Will take your suggestion and try it out soon. Thanks for the inspiration! Have a great weekend!

  11. I love your card Brian, so cheerful and happy. The colors work so well together. I can’t wait to actually see the catalog and SAB brochure. {insert Charlie Brown sound here}

  12. I just love this card, Brian! Looking at it makes me happy 🙂 Well done!

  13. Pretty nifty Brian…if I have to say so myself! 😉

  14. Hi Brian,

    This is a great card! I am curious what you use as an adhesive for the thinlits? I have a problem with excess glue showing up on the card stock which ruins the whole card then. 🙁

    Thank you!!

    • Hi Jodi, I used Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue – I’ve become a “pro” at making tiny, little drops in just the right places. 🙂 Others have found success with the Sakura Glue Pen, so I might give that a try at some point. For now, I’m happy with tiny drops of Tombow. I hope that helps.

  15. This card is wonderful!! I’m going to copy, hope you don’t mind! I love love the colors!!

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