Cracking Up with FabFri62

This past week, I wanted to make a super-cute card for a friend of mine who makes me laugh every time we talk – and the adorable bird from From the Herd will keep anyone from being in a fowl mood.  Get it, fowl?  I will probably be giggling from now until you are done reading this post.  This week’s FabFriday sketch gave me the inspiration I needed to combine colors and images into a card that makes me smile – and hopefully sends a smile to Lydia.  It also gave me a chance to use the “you crack me up” from For Peep’s Sake – a principally Easter set that doesn’t have to get stored away for next year.

Here’s my card for Lydia and this week’s challenge:

From the Herd, For Peep's Sake, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FabFri62And here’s this week’s Fab Friday sketch that inspired my card:

FabFri62Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • That bird!  Ummm…did you see that bird?!?  There are so many projects online that capture one of the animals in From the Herd and feature them in any number of scenarios.  The llama and goat get all kinds of screen time, but I was most attracted to this scattered and adorable chicken (or chicken-looking bird).  I simply stamped him twice on So Saffron and snipped him out in two pieces – the body once and the tail feathers from the second image.  I also stamped him once on whisper white to snip out his little eyeballs (that sounds terrible!) – and stamped just his feet in the Gorgeous Grunge dirt to give me a base to glue him down.  How cute is this little guy?From the Herd, For Peep's Sake, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FabFri62
  • Color Combination.  This combination of colors (first introduced to me in Retro Fresh Designer Series Paper) is one of my all-time favorite combinations – Baked Brown Sugar, So Saffron, Coastal Cabana and Tangerine Tango.  LOVE IT!  With Maritime Designer Series Paper and Retro Fresh Designer Washi Tape, I was able to tie in each of these colors.  If you love this combination, too, please feel free to save this: Color Inspiration, Stampin' Up!, Brian King
  • Cheater, Cheater.  This layout called for a strip of Washi Tape along the top, left side of the card front.  While mine does, in fact, include Washi Tape, I got there a little differently than might be expected.  After I stuck a piece of Retro Fresh Designer Washi Tape on a piece of Whisper White card stock, I cropped it out with one of the thinlits from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies.   Perfect!  I layered that on a couple of pieces of card stock – and DONE!  Oh!  I pulled apart a strand of Baked Brown Thick Baker’s Twine and tied it in a cute bow on this gold button.From the Herd, For Peep's Sake, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FabFri62

Stamp Sets:  From the Herd, For Peep’s Sake, Gorgeous Grunge  Papers:  Maritime Designer Series Paper, Baked Brown Sugar, So Saffron, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White  Inks:  Tuxedo Black Memento, Tangerine Tango, Baked Brown Sugar  Accessories:  Mini Treat Bag Thinlits, Retro Fresh This and That Designer Washi Tape, Gold Basic Metal Buttons, Baked Brown Sugar Thick Baker’s Twine, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll pop over to the Fab Friday site to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.

Thanks for stopping by today!


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  1. Great card – love the confused-looking chicken, and not even too troubled by the sideways waves in the background lol! Such fun- I’m sure Lydia will love it.

  2. What a cute card!

  3. Saw this on fab Friday this morning and immediately was drawn to it! So fun and simple! Going to attempt the FF challenge again – it’s my fave!

  4. Suzie Patt Cullen

    Just too, too cute … your friend will love it, Brian!
    Happy Friday!

  5. Love, Love!

  6. You are right Brian, the look that chicken’s face makes you laugh no matter what!! It looks surprised and confused at the same time but adorable non the less. I love your card, amazing fuzzy cutting, fantastic use of the sketch. The “dirt” you stamped with the Gorgeous Grunge set fits just perfectly, this is one stamp set that is so versatile, no matter what season of the year.
    Thank you for sharing.

  7. Brian, everything about this card is cute! I love your addition of a portion of a circle to anchor this freaky little chicken to. Fantastic card!!!

  8. Giggle giggle giggle giggle

  9. I love how you take a simple thing like washi tape and enhance it! That’s so Brian!

  10. That’s adorable Brian!…B

  11. “You crack ME up”. I’m still laughing. Love it!! Hugs!!! GBO

  12. Way cute, Brian!! Way, way cute!!!

  13. I *love* that chicken! It looks like how I feel in the mornings! And I’m so glad I’m not the only one who puts washi tape on white paper first! 🙂 Great card!

  14. Brian, this is adorable! Love the way you made the chicken, and the washi tape embellishment! Very creative!

  15. Omg , Brian, that is sooooo, cute !!! Did u fussy cut the bird ??? If you did u did a nice job my friend, wow !!! Love it !!
    Hugs Frenchie ,

  16. I LOVE this card…the little bird and the goat are my favorites from this stamp

  17. When I first saw the stamp set “THE HERD” when we got the mini catalog, I was thinking yuck-oo, but that set is truly growing on me, and YOU my friend, have put me over the top on it, and it is now time to ORDER that stamp set. Thanks Brian for starting my morning with a cute card and chuckle. Have a fabulous wk-end.

  18. That chicken has the exact “who me?” look on his face as the dog when he has chewed up a shoe or decided the destroy the box of tissues in the living room. I mean really, how could anyone look at that image and not crack up – so, you’re card is the perfect card for a friend who makes you laugh all the time. Thanks for this mornings smile to start the day. Loved it!

  19. Love love all the details !!! I am a Retro Fresh fan ….and everything on this card is an example of your talents ! I am a Washi Tape on WW user also ,but I have not thought out how to use that die from my Mini Treat Bag set ….thank you !
    This is a Wowzer card !!

  20. This is HILARIOUS and cute, too! What fun!

  21. Brian, you are so talented and an excellent teacher. Your ideas are creative, and your directions are clear and easy to follow. Thank you for all the time and effort you put into sharing.

    • Thank you so much, Pam. I truly love to create and share so that others can take away something fun, too. You are so kind to leave that message.

  22. boy do you have patience to snip all that out! awesome card! great mind to think of it! and you’re friend will LOVE it! cuz we all know that handmade means leaving a piece of you behind. enjoy your weekend!

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  24. Love this – BTW the chicken is a “Frizzle” chicken or Polish chicken – how do I know this you may ask – from my good friend Diana Gibbs – she has lots of chickens – and this is the breed she wants next….big Hugs

  25. That chicken just can’t help but make a person smile. Very fun card as so many have noted. I’m really enthused about your color selections. I’m going to include them a card soon. Thanks!

  26. Adorable, I love it .

  27. Brian, your sweet little card is gorgeous and that bird literally cracks ME up!! He’s really the only critter I dearly LOVE in that set! Bwhahaha…sorry, I just can’t contain myself and I’m going to go to bed tonight with him on my mind and a grin on my face!
    Thanks so much for sharing your funny story!
    Sunshine Sharon

  28. It is indeed a Polish Chicken. And i Love this card!! 😀

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