Suite Sayings – a Sneak Peek for PPA280

I do love a quick-and-easy sketch to inspire my creativity.  You can always dress up a simple sketch, but it can be really difficult to simplify a very detailed one.  I feel certain that this week’s Pals Paper Arts sketch will inspire all sorts of amazing projects – I’m excited to see what others create.  My card is an always-appropriate “thank you for being such an awesome human being” card that uses several sneak peek items from Stampin’ Up!’s 2016 Occasions Catalog.  Here’s my card:

Suite Sayings, Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PPA280And here’s the Pals Paper Arts sketch that inspired my card:

12-17 PPA280

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Suite Sayings for Simply Smashing Sentiments.  I love when I can create a beautiful card where the sentiment is the featured player.  For this card, I only needed this GORGEOUS paper from Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper and a sweet sentiment from Suite Sayings.  Nothing wrong with saying, “You’re great!” – we could probably say it more often to more people, right?  I love everything about this sentiment – the font, the kindness and the way it pairs with Botanicals for You stamps set (one of this year’s amazing Sale-a-Bration stamp sets).  Here’s a peek at Suite Sayings:
    Suite Sayings stamp set, Stampin' Up!

    Suite Sayings stamp set, Stampin’ Up!

    And look how perfectly it pairs with the “add on” sentiment in this amazing Sale-a-Bration stamp set, Botanicals for You:

    Botanicals for You Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!

    Botanicals for You Stamp Set, Stampin’ Up!

  • Scoring Accents.  This sketch calls for a band with three lines near the bottom of the card.  While the band is up for interpretation (you could use twine, or strips of paper or nothing at all), I decided to meet the challenge head-on.  Instead of creating something that would make this card busier (who wants to distract from the gorgeous sentiment?), I used my Stampin’ Trimmer to score three lines in the Hello Honey strip of cardstock to create a subtle texture.
  • Color Combination.  I would typically consider Cajun Craze and Hello Honey to be Fall colors – they are rich and regal colors that just seem to fit with Autumn.  When paired with Mint Macaron, though, in this gorgeous Designer Series Paper, I’m in love with the Springy-ness of these colors.  If you like this combination, too, please save this: Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Cajun Craze, Hello Honey, Mint Macaron

Stamp Sets:  Suite Sayings  Papers:  Botanical Gardens, Hello Honey, Cajun Craze  Accessories:  White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Ovals Collection Framelits, Stampin’ Trimmer, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll pop over to The Pals Paper Arts site to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.

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  1. Love your cards and how you explain and teach us about form,style, and color. Thank you

  2. That font and sentiment couldn’t be more perfect to show off the pretty paper. Thanks for the sneak peek!

  3. Great color combo and I like the variety of fonts in Suite Sayings!

  4. I love these colors, paper and the scored band that grounds the sentiment. Super nice card, B!

  5. I’m surprised at how much I like this color combination. The lead player in your card is definitely the Cajun Craze. Lovely design and fantastic phrases. All in all a spectacular job one again Mr. King!

  6. Yowza!! Another winner! I can’t wait to play with my pre order. Happy birthday by the way. Missed being able to say that yesterday. Hope you had a fantastic day. 😉

  7. Thank you for letting me see the post in my email!

  8. I love this card! It is so cheerful!

  9. Will be using the scored band tip!

  10. Terrific card Brian! I love the scored panel for the horizontal element and it is amazing how a touch of mint macaron can transform the other “traditionally” fall colors into something fresh and spring-like.

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  12. Love love…did I say I love this card

  13. I two forget about using score lines as an embellishment, very cool.

  14. breaking up the front layer from the dsp with colored cardstock – a steadfast Brian rule!

  15. Love how that white embossing pops right off the oval. Beautiful!

  16. Very pretty and I love the seak peek at the gorgeous DSP!

  17. The burnt orange table enhances presentation the card very well. I have experimented with wood grains, single color, and fabrics below the card (table surface) as well a various vertical backgrounds. The card reflection on table surface can be too bright at times. Sometimes I spend a lot of time trying to find the optimum display arrangement.

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