Stampin’ Up! Grand Vacation Hawaii Blog Hop

Welcome to the 2015 Grand Vacation Achievers Blog Hop!  Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators from all over the world who have earned Stampin’ Up!’s Grand Vacation will be headed to Hawaii next month to enjoy a wonderful vacation with friends and family.  I was thrilled when Louise Sharp, a talented Australian demonstrator and great friend, asked me to participate in a blog hop to celebrate this wonderful occasion.  What a fun idea!

You may have started here or hopped here from the last stop on the hop, Jacque Williams at Stamp Happy.  Either way, I hope you’ll hop along to the next blog after you read my post to see the amazing Hawaii-inspired projects the other vacation achievers are sharing with you.  If you get off track, there’s a full list at the bottom of this post.  What fun!  Let’s not waste another moment!  Wait.  OK…go!

You Are My Sunshine

Hawaii is known for its culture and landscapes and people and cuisine and music and hospitality – but I think the gorgeous, sunny beaches may be what defines it most.  You just can’t help but feel sunny and happy in Hawaii, right?  I didn’t have to reach far to find the inspiration for today’s card.  It’s a super-sunny, bright card that captures the joyous sun I look forward to on my upcoming trip.  Here’s my card:

So You, Ray of Sunshine, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingTips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Images.  The two images on this card are stamped in black ink.  The sunbeams are stamped with So You photopolymer stamp, so I used Tuxedo Black Memento ink (it cleans right off  the photopolymer).  The sentiment is from a red rubber stamp called Ray of Sunshine.  I stamped it with Jet Black StazOn because I wanted the sentiment to be be as crisp and dark as possible.  I love the combination of these two images.
  • Misty Backgrounds.  The Lost Lagoon background is from Sweet Dreams Designer Series Paper – I just love it.  While the Daffodil Delight card base is, in fact, card stock, the Daffodil Delight piece on the front of the card and inside the rays are a water colored design from Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper.  These papers add beautiful texture to the card.  A card’s gotta’ have some element of texture, right?
  • Mixing Colors.  In many designs (including the patterns in Sweet Dreams Designer Series Paper), Lost Lagoon is brilliantly paired with Hello Honey.  For my sunshiny card, I paired it with Daffodil Delight, and I love the outcome.  Incidentally – for each of the sunbeams, I stamped the image on the Lost Lagoon paper and then again on the Daffodil Delight paper.  A couple of super-easy snips – and you’ve created a bold, fun sunshine.  If you missed my paper-piecing video, check it out here.

Stamp Sets:  So You, Ray of Sunshine  Papers:  Daffodil Delight, Sweet Dreams Designer Series Paper, Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper  Inks:  Tuxedo Black Memento, Jet Black StazOn  Accessories:  Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you enjoyed my sunny card.  Please hop along to see what Louise Sharp has planned for you.  Enjoy the rest of the hop!

Thanks for stopping by today!


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  3. Love love love this! You are hopping all over today!

  4. Every single one of the 30 bloggers did an amazing job!

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  7. Very clever Brian! Love it!

  8. I love your clean lines and amazing style. Aloha! Just a few weeks now!

  9. What a bright happy warm card! I am dreaming of warm weather in Hawaii as it is freezing here in Melbourne, Australia. Can’t wait. Love the stamp sets you have used and that sentiment is so cute!

  10. Awesome card Brian! Love how you have used the DSP – I seriously have never used it as a literal sky and its about to retire lol. Thanks for being part of the GV Hawaii blog hop and for your help and guidance on all things hoppy.

  11. Love this Brian. Such a happy card.

  12. Great card, Brian! Love the creative use of that border stamp!

  13. Great card and great tips. Love the bold simplicity!

  14. Great work by all!

  15. You are just a ray of sunshine my friend….Aloha – see you soon!.

  16. Brian, I love this card! great use of that Paper and anything with sunshine makes me smile! See ya soon, my friend!

  17. It’s a gorgeous card Brian, I certainly hope Louise remembers to take you Tim Tams 😉

  18. LOVE! See you in Hawaii Brian 🙂

  19. Simple and elegant Brian! Awesome job 🙂

  20. Fantastic CAS card, looking forward to some sunshine!

  21. ENJOY!! your well earned trip to Hawaii next month.

  22. This card truly is a “ray of sunshine” – so creative and fun! See you soon in paradise.

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  24. Awesome sunny card, Brian! Can’t wait to enjoy some of that sunshine in Hawaii! See you there!

  25. Sunshine, that is what we need and this is perfect. See you soon!

  26. ROCK star Mr. Brian . Love your card and can’t wait to see many beautiful sunsets in Hawaii or is that a sunrise LOL! who cares ~ We’re going to Hawaii!!!!! Oh YEAH baby!
    ( arms waving in the air )
    See you soon my friend !
    Dawn Griffith

  27. I love all the extra details on this card that just take it to the next level ….gorgeous!!!

  28. Love your card. I never got that photopolymer set but maybe I’ll have to.
    Its been great hopping along with you.

  29. Brian! Love it and Love you! Can not wait to get a hug in Hawaii!

  30. Brian, this is simply stunning. I love the Lost Lagoon & Daffodil Delight colour combo – its very fresh! You’re a bit of a Rock Star in Australia, look after our girl Louise and have an amazing time in Hawaii!

  31. Congratulations Brian! Enjoy the sunshine! 🙂

  32. You never disappoint, my friend! Love the colors and beautiful simplicity! See you in Hawaii!

  33. That’s so cool Brian. I don’t have that set yet, but I love this! Good job!

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