Three Things I Like: Kylie Bertucci

Welcome to my latest edition of Three Things I Like.  Every once in a while I find a project that I think is pretty extraordinary, so (naturally) I want to share that project with you.  As a part of this post, I also share three things – just three things – I like most about the project.  It can be difficult, but that’s what makes it fun – and I’m up for the challenge.

The card I’m sharing today was created by Kylie Bertucci, a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator from Australia, and given to me in Hawaii.  I first met Kylie on the Caribbean cruise last year and was able to hang out with her again in Hawaii.  What fun!  You might remember this photo from my summary of our stay in Hawaii (I’ve labeled it to make sure you can identify the responsible parties) – I happened to be walking by when this picture was being taken, and I couldn’t resist:

Hawaii Grand Vacation, Stampin' Up!, Brian King OK, OK, enough fun!  You are not here to have fun – you  are here to listen to me go on and on about stamping-related things.  (if you ARE here to have fun – there’s more fun at the end of this post).  Here’s Kylie’s card:by Kylie Bertucci, Stampin' Up!, I Think You're Great, Bohemian Designer Series Paper

And now for the hard part – I’m going to share three things that really stand out to me about Kylie’s card:

  • Use of Patterns.  Yesterday I shared a fun video with tips for perfectly pairing patterned papers in our papercrafting projects.  I showed some pages from Bohemian, on of the new Designer Series Papers in the upcoming catalog (if you missed that video, please check it out here).  While I suggested that you shouldn’t pair bold patterns with bold patterns, this card offers that exception to the rule.  This herringbone pattern is a perfect technique for combining slivers of these bold patterns.  Kylie strategically strategically disperses the bold patterns between the monochromatic ones.  Kylie gets no demerits from me for use of pattern.
  • Accent colors.  You already know I love a thin border to frame a focal image, right?  Kylie delivers in this card.  The Very Vanilla frame around the central panel is the perfect accent to the technique she uses on the cardfront.  Any other color would have distracted.  Why?  Because the border around her focal panel pairs well with the thin Very Vanilla border around the sentiment.  So crisp, so clean.
  • Snippy Snippy.  The sentiment is stamped with I Think You’re Great, a new stamp set from the upcoming catalog.  Love it!  This is one of those “negative image” stamps – the ink hits the entire image except for the letters that form the words. Although she stamped the sentiment in Blackberry Bliss, she also stamped it in Island Indigo and snipped those words out.  That little bit of paper piecing (no “r” in piecing) really helps the sentiment to work wonderfully with the patterns in the paper.  Yippee Snippy!

Stamp Sets:  I Think You’re Great  Papers:  Bohemian Designer Series Paper, Very Vanilla, Island Indigo  Inks:  Blackberry Bliss, Island Indigo  Accessories:  2″ Circle punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I promised there would be a little more fun later in the post, right?  Well, later is here.  During one of our breakfast gatherings in Hawaii, Kylie and I tried to portray various human emotions on her cell phone.  Why?  Who knows!  I forget the words we were portraying in each picture, but we had a lot of fun with it.  Here’s a peak into our idea of fun:


Hawaii Grand Vacation, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingIf you want see more of Kylie’s creations, you can check out her blog at

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  1. Kylie is my upline, love her heaps. She is so inspirationsl

  2. Awwww!! What do I say?? You are so good to me Brian! Heart of Gold. Thank you for posting my card. I really am speechless that you have posted this. (that is seriously saying something ask Bruno, I talk under water) Thanks for making Hawaii so much FUN! I had a blast hanging out with you and Sharon Myers.

  3. Super card! Don’t you love exceptions to the rule. Oh and glad you clarified that piercing and piecing thing!

  4. I like Kylie`s Patch work look . I love to do projects like this . Thank you for pointing out her layering because I sometimes forget how small details such as that can add to the overall visual presentation .
    I am going to go visit Kylie`s blog today ! Thanks for the introduction !

  5. This is a pretty and visually fun card, what patience to paper piece all of those strips of DSP.
    Congratulations to you Kylie, for having your card featured on Brian’s blog today.

  6. Great card, Kylie, and I always learn something from Brian’s explanations. The pictures are worth a 1000 words…fun time!! Now I’m going to check out Kylie’s blog.

  7. Cindie McDuffee

    Glad you exhonorated her today, her post yesterday was a little sad!
    Love the card, love the colors, love the snippy snip job and using washi and paper together!

  8. Brian your so cute , and love your card !!!!!
    Hugs Frenchie

  9. Well chosen card, Brian! I love bold, in your face color combos and Kylie certainly pulled no punches with this card! Glad that you were able to showcase it for her!

  10. Great post, great card! I subscribe to Kylie’s blog and LOVE her work.

  11. That is a really fun card; thanks for the introduction to Kylie. I also love the 4 photos of the two of you playing with words – especially the top left one where it looks as if you’re thinking of two different words!

  12. Kylies my upline too, and she is inspirational- as you are Brian- thanks for sharing her card, and giving us some tips!

  13. Fun card! Love the colors! I follow both of your websites. Always inspiration and fun going on!

  14. Hahaha! Love you two. I do love this card by Kylie. And LOVE your new blog…which you know already because I told you.
    Let me explain the photos
    1. Fake smile 2. Eww, I sat next to the toilet 3. OMG we are friends with Louise Sharp (hahahaha) 4. Let’s try to be serious.

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