Happy Halloween for FMS209

Ooooh!  I just love a super-clean, super-simple sketch.  My mind races with all the ways I can use that sketch to create a fun and festive card.  I immediately begin the steps to narrow down my options before heading to the Fungeon for craft time.  What fun!  This week’s sketch from Freshly Made Sketches – a simple tree (you can use any shape) and sentiment – gave me the excuse to pull out Sheltering Tree and the Color Me Irresistible Specialty Designer Series Paper (both items have been on my “you need to use this more often” list for several weeks) and put them to work for this project.  Here’s my card for this week’s FMS sketch:

Sheltering Tree, And Many More, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FMS209

And here’s Jen Brum’s sketch for this week’s challenge that inspired my card:FMS209Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Honey Moon. I created this Hello Honey moon by stamping the Sheltering Tree image on a piece of Hello Honey cardstock and punching it out with a 1-1/4″ Circle punch.  The fun part was then lining it up perfectly with the tree branches that were also stamped on Whisper White.  Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue is a lifesaver in times like that – you can actually slide it around a tad before the glue dries completely.
  • And Many More.  We all love Sheltering Tree stamp set – that is a fact.  It’s a perfect stamp set to pick up during this week’s 15%-Off Stamps sale (see more below).  The images are bold and perfectly adorable.  Let’s not forget, though, that sentiment stamps are also on sale – and if you don’t have And Many More, then now’s a perfect time to snatch it up.  🙂  These sentiments will last you all year long.  Just take a look – each font is wonderfully designed to coordinate with the sentiments – love it!

    And Many More stamp set, Stampin' Up!

    And Many More stamp set, Stampin’ Up!

  • Color Me Irresistible.  As I mentioned above, I’ve been wanting to use this gloriously embossed Color Me Irresistible Specialty Designer Series Paper for quite some time.  The clear embossed stripes are just divine – perfect for an elegant project – or a wonderful platform for a super-spooky Halloween card.   I added a little “umph” to the paper by gluing down strips of Hello Honey and Basic Gray along the center diagonal.  The strips are a little less than 1/4″ – perfect to add a background accent.

    Color Me Irresistible Specialty Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!

    Color Me Irresistible Specialty Designer Series Paper, Stampin’ Up!

  • Color Combination.  I love black and yellow together.  With just pops of yellow, you can create a super-classy card.  With just pops of black, you can create a cheery celebration on the front of a card.  I’ve combined them here to offer a spooky mood.  The addition of Basic Gray to the Basic Black and Hello Honey gives me weight without too much darkness.  If you like this combination, too, feel free to save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Hello Honey, Basic Gray, Basic Black

Stamp Sets:  Sheltering Tree, And Many More  Papers:  Basic Gray, Hello Honey, Color Me Irresistible Specialty Designer Series Paper, Whisper White  Inks:  Archival Basic Black, Archival Basic Gray  Accessories:  1-1/4″ Circle punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals


Sheltering Tree, And Many More, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FMS209I 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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  1. Truly this couldn’t be more perfect with the stamped moon and those yummy strips of paper tucked into the embossing!

  2. I love, love, LOVE this card. It’s probably my all-time favorite Brian King card. Great creative use of all of those products. And I, too, love the color combination of yellow, gray and black. Awesome!

  3. Love the clean look of this card. It’s a winner!

  4. As if people needed another reason to purchase Sheltering Tree. LOVE this Brian. Great job! Love your incorporation of Color Me Irisistable too.

  5. Love the moon matched up behind the tree, and the color combo.

  6. Been wondering how to use the Call Me Irresistible paper. Great idea. Lovely card.

  7. Cool card, Brian!

  8. Oh, love the way you added those strips of paper to the embossed panel, what a super fabulous idea, Mr. King!!!
    Beautiful CAS card, thank you for sharing.

  9. Sharp and very clean. A very masculine card too.

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  11. Amazing card, Brian! I love your posts, because they almost always bring out something I didn’t notice in the catty.

  12. Fabulous….just love CAS card designs and you used such wonderful items…bravo!

  13. Your are such a master at making marvelous clean cards look simple, yet I know they aren’t simple because I always find myself asking, “how did he do that?” or “what product did he use there?” I love this card, Brian! Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches this week!

  14. Fab card, Brian!! Love this spooky tree. Glad to see you this week at FMS!

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