Birthday Blooms Sneak Peek for GDP014

I’ve shared several floral projects with the Birthday Blooms stamp set and the Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper – both are available in the January 2016 Occasions Catalog.  You can see these recent projects here and here.  While the flowers are certainly a standout in this set and in the designs of this paper, the colors are also perfect for a sweet celebration.  Today, I’m sharing a card for the Global Design Project’s sketch challenge that features a sugary sweet pattern from the Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper.

Here’s my card:Birthday Blooms, Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, GDP014And here’s this week’s Global Design Project sketch that inspired my card:

GDP-014Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Pattern Combinations.  While this piece of Designer Series Paper with the ice cream cones is super-adorable, the patterns and colors create a very busy piece of paper.  I happily showcased this paper but minimized its business by adding a panel of Mint Macaron polka dots from the 2015-2017 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack.  This mostly-solid panel creates a calm in the center of the card while the ice cream cones dance in the background.  If you missed my video about combining Designer Series Paper patterns, you can see it hereBirthday Blooms, Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian King.
  • Snipping Cones.  I snipped a couple of ice cream cones from this paper before wishing there were an easier way – I like to snip, but these cones are tiny.  Hmmm…what do we have in our inventory of products that’s shaped like an ice cream cone?  Flipping, flipping.  Looking, looking.  Aha!  There’s actually an ice cream cone die in the Snow Friends Framelits Dies.  The cone die works just fine with these ice cream cones.  It’s not a perfect fit, but it works really well.  You’re welcome.

    Snow Friends Framelits Dies, Stampin' Up!

    Snow Friends Framelits Dies, Stampin’ Up!

  • Sweet Color Combination.  What makes this card so super-sweet is the combination of this pale aqua, pale pink and brown.  The ice cream cones perfectly bring these three colors together to make a sweet card that’s perfect for anyone.   If you like these colors, too, please feel free to save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Mint Macaron, Blushing Bride, Soft Suede

Stamp Sets:  Birthday Blossoms  Papers:  Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper, 2015-2017 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack, Mint Macaron, Soft Suede  Inks:  Soft Suede  Accessories:  Ovals Collection Framelits, whisper White Baker’s Twine, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll pop over to see the cards by the design team members – they are pretty amazing – and to play along with this week’s challenge at the Global Design Project challenge.

Thanks for stopping by today!



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  1. Love the colors and these ice cream cones are the cutest . I agree about the pattern being super busy . Almost makes you dizzy ….but you subdued that with the MM dsp. Cute card !

  2. Suzie Patt Cullen

    CUTE card, Brian, and I love the colors!

  3. Love this card Brian – and great tip for the ice cream cones 🙂

  4. Whoa – the cones fit? Unreal. I didn’t even notice that paper in that package – love it.

  5. Sweet as can be! Love that ice cream cone tip!

  6. Such a SWEET card, Brian! Love the framelit tip! Your colors are beautiful together and I love the little twine bow!

  7. I am so glad that you are now posting so that the entire email can be read in email. I always hated having to go out of email to read more than the blurb. In fact, on many days, if the blurb did not catch my attention, I just deleted and went on to next email. I do like your ideas and sense of humor. Thank you for the change.

  8. Leave it to you Brian to find a framelit to fit the cones. How the heck do you remember every piece of every set? Those cones are so soft and the colors so beautiful. Thank you for yet another “short cut” to sitting and snipping. LOL

  9. I was going to say the ice cream framelit is genius. Then I saw you already said “you’re welcome”. So I not comment; you already know. (Can you hear the lol?)

  10. Wow, I love this card Brian! My brother owns an ice cream store, so Ialways have my eye out for “ice cream cards.” 🙂

  11. SQUEEEEE!!!!! That’s me…squealing with delight! LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS. (she screams out loud). The colors are fantastic, and the papers are just perfect for this yummy card. And I didn’t buy that framelit set, but now I may have to. Only you would discover that the ice cream cone fits the paper design. You are so brilliant! 🙂

  12. Awesome tip on the cone framelit Brian! I am sitting in my craft room in the heat of summer wishing I could lick this card and cool down!! The colours are gorgeous and look good enough to eat!

  13. Love these colors!

  14. Lots of great advice and tips in this lovely card Brian. Thank you! This one really does remind me of an old fashioned ice cream parlour!

  15. Beautiful! I really like the layout on your card. It works so well how you changed up the sketch a bit. TFS!

  16. Love that color combination Brian, and such an adorable card. And hmmm, had I realized there was an ice cream cone in this die set, I might have purchased it, how smart of you to find that!
    Great card.

  17. I love your card and the little cute ice cream cones 🙂

  18. Brian … I love this! Okay … I know you’ve heard it before. But, facts are facts. Thank you for your keen eye & inspiration!

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