Wishing You Joy for FMS200

Wow!  Congratulations, Freshly Made Sketches, on your 200th amazing sketch challenge!  What an incredible celebration you have over there this week!  I’m excited to play along.  This week’s sketch gave me the inspiration to finally break out the super-chic Hearth & Home Thinlits Dies to make a crisp and cool winter scene that’s nothing like what we ever see here in Georgia.  I feel like I’ve just gone on vacation!  Here’s my card:

Wonderland, Hearth & Home Thinlits, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FMS200

And here’s the banner for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge that inspired my card:

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Hearth & Home.  I’m head-over-heals for the fresh, new Hearth & Home Thinlits Die in Stampin’ Up!’s 2015 Holiday Catalog.  There’s so much to love about a window throughout the year – but it’s especially “homey” during the holidays.  Whether you are peering out at a gorgeous landscape or peeking in at a warm and festively decorated home (OK, that could be a little creepy), this window allows us to decorate and accessorize.  I cropped a second window and trimmed the top ledge to create a chair rail molding for my beautifully festive wall.

    Hearth & Home Thinlits Dies, Stampin' Up!

    Hearth & Home Thinlits Dies, Stampin’ Up!

  • Tree Chic.   The trees featured in Wonderland will go down in the history books as one of the most gorgeous collections of trees ever cast into a rubber stamp.  Mark my word.  I only used the tree tops – but the rest are equally beautiful (see below).  I first stamped the trees in Pear Pizzazz, alternating their placement on a piece of Very Vanilla.  I filled in with a layer of Garden Green trees, again alternating their placement and height.  It was so easy to create a beautiful landscape of trees – who wouldn’t want to be inside that house, looking out at the trees?
    Wonderland stamp set, Stampin' Up!

    Wonderland stamp set, Stampin’ Up!

  • Layering the Window.  The popped-up window and landscape is constructed with several layers of materials and ink.  Here’s a run-down of the layers, starting with the base:
    • A piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  I stamped the green trees in Pear Pizzazz and Garden Green and added a few stars and snowflakes from Holly Jolly Greetings in White StazOn ink.
    • A window sheet.  I filled the window sheet with stars and snowflakes from with the same stamp set and the White StazOn ink mentioned in the previous step.  I carefully glued the window sheet to the Very Vanilla cardstock – only adding glue to the outside edges.
    • Soft Suede window frame.  The combined cardstock and window sheet are taped to the back of the window frame – I was too chicken to glue them down for fear that I’d mess up the placement of the frame.  Turns out it worked out just fine.  Yippee!Wonderland, Hearth & Home Thinlits, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FMS200

Stamp Sets:  Wonderland, Holly Jolly Greetings  Papers:  Sweet Li’l Things Designer Series Paper, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Window Sheets  Inks:  Pear Pizzazz, Garden Green, Archival Basic Black  Accessories:  Hearth & Home Thinlits, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll pop over to Freshly Made Sketches 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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Stampin' Up! Convention 2015, Brian KingGet Your Own Copy of Stampin’ Up!’s 2015 Holiday Catalog.

This Holiday Catalog will be live on September 1, and it is really amazing!  There are so many wonderful, new products to choose from for the holidays.

I have mailed out Holiday Catalogs to all my current, active customers.  If you want to make sure you are on that list, please email me.  If you don’t currently work with a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and want to be my customer, I’m happy to mail you a copy of this awesome catalog.  Please email me at [email protected].


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  1. The card is beautiful. I’m convinced. I need the Hearth & Home Thinlit.

  2. This is gorgeous…..simple and oh so elegant!

  3. Gorgeous card. Now you’ve done it–made me put this die on my already long list of wants from the catalog.

  4. Wow. I love those trees. And the “snow” on the pane was a great idea, as was the pane of window sheet to make it glossy. ( guess it’s why they call it “window sheet” haha) Such a good detail to finish the card completely. Nice card, Brian.

  5. The first thing I noticed was the chair rail. It is perfect! The complete card is very lovely, homey, and yes, makes you wish you had a window like that. I, too, have been telling myself I didn’t need that framelit, but my resolve is getting pretty thin.

  6. Love, love, love this card Brian. I especially like the way you separated the “wallpaper” from the painted portion of the wall with the “chair rail”. Just an all around perfect winter/Christmas card that looks like it came right out of the northeast. Stick a moose in that window and whoa la – perfect for a card from Maine! LOL

  7. So pretty and I love everything about it. Those trees are indeed special . Your Chair Rail (sp) is super creative . This is a winner !

  8. So in love with this card!!! Amazing beauty?

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  10. THANK GOODNESS I GOT TO SEE THIS! It’s gorgeous. Can’t wait to crack mine open. x

  11. THANK GOODNESS I GOT TO SEE THIS! It’s gorgeous. Can’t wait to crack mine open. x

  12. Beautiful! The chair rail is genius, as is the window sheet with snowflakes on it! The colors you chose for the trees is perfect. What a great card for “happy winter wishes”, pre- or post-Christmas.

  13. Love this card!! Perfect scene for that window.

  14. Suzie Patt Cullen

    Brian, the scene out your ” window” is beyond beautiful! And the way you added the chair rail and the “wallpaper” below it really completes the “scene”. Figured your missing blog yesterday was just a technical glitch! ?

  15. OMGosh, so lovely and homey! Love this card.

  16. I love this card. I keep looking at it to try to figure out what makes it “pop”. It is the black layer and ink. The card would be beautiful without the black, but it is stunning with it.

    • Linda – I struggled with this card for a couple of days. I got the window just how I wanted it but couldn’t settle on the background. I had a panel of Pear Pizzazz in the background when I texted a picture to my dear friend Lydia (www.understandblue.com). She suggested a black panel. I thought she was crazy but gave it a try. Agree! It really made this front panel pop.

  17. Ok I just yesterday away trying to decide how toke a chair rail to use on a card. You are brilliant! Oh and I was one of the tens that didn’t receive an email on your post yesterday so I’m so happy I went back to check it out today!

  18. As I sit here smiling and shaking my head, it is perfectly clear to me why your last name is King. You are one of the reasons I love this craft. You never cease to amaze me with your ideas. Brian this is so beautiful it makes me want to kick up my heels. Perfect in every way! ?

  19. As I sit here smiling and shaking my head, it is perfectly clear to me why your last name is King. You are one of the reasons I love this craft. You never cease to amaze me with your ideas. Brian this is so beautiful it makes me want to kick up my heels. Perfect in every way! ?

  20. I love this stamp set and framelit, and am looking for different ways to use them. Your card is gorgeous, love the addition of a window sheet – thank you for the inspiration.

  21. Another home run . . . Wow

  22. Such a wonderful and inviting card – so awesome!!!

  23. Aren’t you clever with the sketch?! Love this window scene. Thanks for joining our celebration at FMS!

  24. Hi Brian
    this card is absolutely stunning and I love it!
    I hope you don’t mind but I have linked back to it from my blog.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Eve xx

  25. Love the extra attention to detail of adding “wallpaper” and “chair rail”. Another great Brian-card! Thanks for helping us celebrate this week at FMS!

    • Merrillyn Taylor

      Very beautiful card. It now makes me want to get the framlet and start creating. Just wanted to let you know I have that view from my windows here in Salmon Idaho and a few deer now and then resting under my trees, and I live in the city limits. The deer are a very special herd. They are the in town group and can not be bothered or hunted. So greatful for the beautiful card that reminds me of that. Thanks Brian!!!

      • Thanks, Merrillyn. I live inside the city limits of Atlanta (encircled by interstate) and have deer that bounce through my yard, too. They walk up and down the creek and pop up every once in a while – and I love to see them.

  26. Just beautiful Brian!! I love this!!
    Thank you so much for joining us at FMS!!

  27. Beautiful card Brian!! Love the elegant simplicity. 🙂

  28. love this card. Although I want everything in the new catalog. And glad to finally run across an active demonstrator from GA. Thanks for sharing

  29. Beautiful

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