Je T’Adore for FMS219

My friend, Cindy Hall, is hosting this week’s sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches – I love the simplicity of this sketch.  Since I already wanted to showcase some new products that fit well with the sketch, it was easy for me to make a quick card for her challenge.  This card features something old, something new, something borrowed and something French.  Here’s my card:

En Toute Amiteie, Something to Say, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FMS219, Valentine's Day Card

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

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • A Little French Lesson.  I don’t speak French (I am fluent in English and know enough Spanish to get by with a very, very patient and slow speaker).  I know enough about French to order a fancy meal and say “I love you” in the beautiful language.  When I saw “je t’adore” in En Toute Amitie (the translated version of Friendly Wishes), I knew I needed the French set.  I see “SUPER” (also useful), some flowers, a heart and some loopy drawings that can also be helpful…but I honestly have no idea what the other words are.  I’m sure they sound pretty, though.  It’s fun to peruse the Translated Stamps and products – you can see them all here.

    En Toute Amitie, Stampin' Up!

    En Toute Amitie, Stampin’ Up!

  • Going Places Designer Series Paper Stack.  The visual foundation of this card is the Going Places Designer Series Paper Stack.  The beautiful script background and soft, striped panel on the front offer great texture and a vintage look that’s still clean and crisp.  While the gorgeous stack of papers offers brilliantly paired colors that tie-in to a travel theme (lots of maps and travel-themed paraphernalia), there are still pages that can be used for projects that aren’t centered around travel.  Since my French sentiment has a global appeal, I figure it qualifies as both.  Go me!

    Going Places Designer Series Paper Stack, Stampin' Up!

    Going Places Designer Series Paper Stack, Stampin’ Up!

  • Color Balance.  Cindy’s sketch calls for “something” in the top, right corner of the central panel.  I’ll admit that my collection of hearts was an afterthought (thought of it after I had cut all my paper and stamped my sentiment).  The soft, small hearts (cropped with the Owl Builder punch and Blushing Bride cardstock lead to the heavier, bigger heart (stamped with Something to Say on Real Red cardstock and punched with the heart from the Itty Bitty Accents punch pack).  Once that was done, I needed to balance the red…so I added a super-thin strip of Real Red cardstock to the Sahara Sand panel beneath.  Squint…works for me! En Toute Amiteie, Something to Say, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FMS219, Valentine's Day Card

Stamp Sets:  En Toute Amitie, Something to Say  Papers:  Going Places Designer Series Paper Stack, Sahara Sand, Blushing Bride, Real Red  Inks:  Archival Basic Black  Accessories:  Owl Builder punch, Itty Bitty Accents punch pack (heart), Stampin’ Dimensionals

GOOD NEWS.  This week’s Weekly Deals includes Something to Say, the versatile stamp set I used to create the heart.  If you don’t already have this set, this is a wonderful chance to pick it up at a discount.  Here’s the set (marked from $22 to $16.50 through Monday of next week):

Something to Say, Stampin' Up!

Something to Say, Stampin’ Up!

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I hope you’ll pop over to the Freshly Made Sketches 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. Just gorgeous Brian. Love the layering andlove the French sentiment. Cindy will be thrilled you played along. I may have to do the same. 🙂

  2. I love the French stamp set and your style always makes my heart go pitter pat!

  3. I think French is the most romantic language of all in the world and how much more meaningful can a Valentine card be then when it is written in French! I have a nephew that is from France and I could sit and listen to him speak either language all day. Even in English the French accent enhances the language and kind of makes you sigh at the beauty of it all. Just like your card – a big sigh. Thanks for putting some romance in this Valentine’s card Brian.

  4. Your squint is dead-on, the strip of red makes it pop!

  5. Love it!

  6. Literally translated: You are the friend that all dream of having. Great card!

  7. Also: I am always there for you.

  8. And, of course: You are super.

  9. Great card! When you need a translation of any Stampin’ Up greetings, just match the non-English by placement to the English in the catalog. Happened to order a French set by mistake many years ago and this method works.

  10. Bonjour! Your French card is magnifique (I have now used all of my French vocabulary). I love the little pops of red and the fun script background. It’s always a joy to see one of your cards in the gallery at Freshly Made Sketches, Brian!

  11. I really like the way you’ve managed to romantic without being fussy, frilly or flowery. Beautiful!

  12. I adore you, too, Brian, AND your card! This is really very special and expertly designed. I love the sentiment paired with the script print DSP, which seems to make it even more romantic. And then there’s the neutrals with a subtle pop of color. It just doesn’t get any better than this, my friend. Thanks for playing along with my sketch at FMS this week!

  13. Love the neutrals with the pops of color. And that sentiment is tres magnifique! Glad to see you this week at FMS!

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