Sparkly Seasons for PPA267

This week’s Pals Paper Arts challenge feels like a bit of a curve-ball – and I absolutely love it!  Crushed Curry, Pool Party and Tangerine Tango – so bright and cheery.  I really, really wanted to make something with products from Stampin’ Up!’s 2015 Holiday Catalog, but what?  I was quite stubborn – kicking and screaming and pouting and … “I don’t know what to … OH!  I know!”  And here’s the card I made with these colors and the Sparkly Season stamp set:

Sparkly Season, Happy Scenes, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PPA267

And here’s the banner for the challenge that inspired my card:PPA267

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Thick Whisper White to the Rescue.  It all started with this adorable snowman, trapped in a super-fun snow  globe.  I knew from the start that I wanted my snow globe to pop off the front of the card – and with Thick Whisper White, I was able to achieve that without adding additional layers of cardstock under the white.  This paper is sturdy, so it won’t bend or break during transport – we wouldn’t want any of that snow leaking out during the mailing process!

    Thick Whisper White cardstock, Stampin' Up!

    Thick Whisper White cardstock, Stampin’ Up!

  • Cutting Down the Gold Base.  I had already used Crushed Curry on the snow man’s scarf but needed to pull it into another element of the card.  What to do?  What to do?  The base of the globe had originally been stamped in black and felt really heavy on this small card front, so I gave Crushed Curry a try.  I was surprised at how golden it looked!  Just what I wanted.  I snipped around the image and cut off the bottom layer (with careful precision-snipping) to better fit the petite card front I was creating.

    Sparkly Seasons stamp set, Stampin' Up!

    Sparkly Seasons stamp set, Stampin’ Up!

  • Playing with the Layers.  This 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ card base is host to a lot of layers of cardstock – I LOVE playing with layers and will keep going until I get the exact feel I’m looking for.  I tried a Tangerine Tango card base and a Whisper White card base.  I tried to make that central panel Pool Party and tried to frame the square of Schoolhouse Designer Series Paper.  Before reaching this collection of squares, I must have tried every possible combination of layers – but when I got here, I knew I had the combination I wanted.  It’s so fun to play with the paper until it sings.

Stamp Sets:  Sparkly Season, Happy Scenes  Papers:  Schoolhouse Designer Series Paper, Pool Party, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White, Thick Whisper White  Inks:  Crushed Curry, Archival Basic Black, Pool Party, Stampin’ Write Markers (Tangerine Tango, Crushed Curry)  Accessories:  Seasonal Frame Thinlits Dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll pop over to the Pals Paper Arts challenge 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. Brilliant! This card is perfect with these colors.

  2. My goodness! I would not have picked the crushed curry myself….but it works!! Nice work Brian.

  3. As always a great card, great combination of colours.

  4. So glad you made a square card for this, it’s just perfect. Interesting color combination for a snow person card, but you made it work. Genius!

  5. This is just such a smart way to flip this color combination into winter. Focus on pool party and let the other two colors be the touch of splash!

  6. OH my Brian, you certainly do get snippy! LOL Of course that’s a compliment!!! Sorry, I just couldn’t resist. Anywhoooo – this is just the sweetest card. I love that little snowman and I really love the “snow” in the air stamp in this set. Super card Brian.

  7. These layers are fantastic and I can really appreciate all the steps you went through to achieve this card. Great card Brian.

  8. When I saw this all I could say was Brian, Brian, Brian, Brian…..Love!!!!@

  9. Great way to use the colors in the challenge- super crafty. Love it!

  10. I am usually more of a stalker than a commenter but I just had to tell you this card is the bomb! Love the striped outer layer and the non traditional Christmas colors. You outdid yourself on this one!

  11. I can hear your card singing all the way across the country! Very fun and the colors are great together. Love the idea of orange with the traditional winter & blue together. It really works!

  12. Post looks great…..card is adorable… rock!

  13. Super cute! I would have never thought to put those colors together, love it!

  14. Fantastic card! Loads of lauers

  15. What’s not to love about a snowman? Absolutely nothing, even though they’re cold as ice they warm our hearts. This little snowman is adorable and looks quite dapper decked out in Crushed Curry and Tangerine Tango. So cute and such a great job

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