When You Have Good Company

There are so many ways to make awesome Valentine’s Day cards.  If you are going for a mushy, lovey-dovie card, then hearts and flowers are the perfect solution.  Lots of red and pink, too!  But what if you just want to say “my life is good with you” and save all the mushy stuff for the inside?  I have a solution for you – a clean and simple card I’ve created for this week’s Paper Players and Global Design Project challenges.  What fun!  Here’s my card:

Beautiful Ride, Project Life Let's Get Away, Going Places Designer Series Paper Stack, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PP278, GDP019 And here are the banners for the challenges that inspired my card:

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Such a Beautiful Ride.  Yesterday I shared a project with the Love Bug featured in the Beautiful Ride stamp set – this set is filled with lots of great sentiments and a Volkswagen Bug that’s the focal image of the set – if you missed that project, you can see it here.  Today, I just used one of the great sentiments from this set for my statement of love – “no road is too long when you have good company.”  Love it!  I paired it with this cute, little car and camper (they are going on a wonderful trip) for a clean and simple image.
    Beautiful Ride, Stampin' Up!

    Beautiful Ride, Stampin’ Up!

    Project Life Let's Get Away, Stampin' Up!

    Project Life Let’s Get Away, Stampin’ Up!

  • Customizing my Designer Series Paper.  I love to take a beautiful piece of printed paper and customize it for the project I’m creating.  Have you ever noticed that?  Rather than just leave this [already gorgeous] piece of paper alone (the original print is in Basic Black and Very Vanilla), I randomly colored in some of the paths with my Calypso Coral Stampin’ Write Marker to tie-in the background paper with the other colors on my card.  What fun!Beautiful Ride, Project Life Let's Get Away, Going Places Designer Series Paper Stack, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PP278, GDP019
  • Color Combination.  This combination of colors doesn’t exactly scream “VALENTINE’S DAY!!”, but I think they work well here.  I love how Calypso Coral pops against Basic Black and how Smoky Slate just adds a light touch.  If you also like this combination of colors, feel free to save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Basic Black, Smoky Slate, Calypso Coral, Very Vanilla

Stamp Sets:  Beautiful Ride, Project Life Let’s Get Away  Papers:  Going Places Designer Series Paper Stack, Calypso Coral, Whisper White  Inks:  Smoky Slate, Calypso Coral, Archival Basic Black, Subtles Stampin’ Write Marker (Calypso Coral)  Accessories:  Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll pop over to the Paper Players and the Global Design Project 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. wonderfull card love you style

  2. I like this card – definitely my kind of style 😀

  3. Oh so cute Brian. Love the adorable car and van. The colours scream fun and friendship too. 😊

  4. What a fun way to combine these images and sentiment!!! Perfectly CAS happy valentine fun cozy card….all in one run-on sentence! Thanks for sharing this at the Players this week! It’s sweet!

  5. Oh Brian – that is the absolutely perfect card for all my friends that head south to Florida in their RV’s for winter. AND the saying is so sweet. Thanks for such a lovely card.

  6. Love it ! Great card ! Also I want to try coloring on dsp . I think it looks like fun and I keep forgetting about trying it ….thanks for the memory poke !

  7. Another charmer, BK. Love the touches of coral on the road map!

  8. The colors, car, travel trailer, and map all work great together! Did you draw the map?

  9. I agree with Mary, Brian…the touches on the road map really make it! Love this card, my friend!

  10. I agree too Brian, love it my friend !!!!
    Hugs Frenchie

  11. Some of us need several reminders about coloring on DSP, I better write it down this time. Great card!

  12. Perfectly simple! Love it!

  13. Oh Brian, this card is adorable, my mom used to have a light blue Volkswagen, it was stick shift, I adored this little car.
    Thank you for the trip down memory lane.

  14. This card is what I would call an understated Valentine’s Day card that says a lot . Totally non-traditional, but totally awesome. Great job Brian.

  15. Super cute! But my favorite part is the fact that you added the color to the DSP! Wonderful detail!

  16. Aww Brian this card is so sweet! I envision going on a romantic road trip with a special someone. Absolutely terrific sentiment, too. Thanks so much for playing along with my Valentine Challenge at The Paper Players!

  17. Brian that cute car and caravan is the perfect pairing with that sentiment – just adorable! What a clever idea to custom-colour the roads too – just like a personalised route map. Thanks for joining us over at The Paper Players this week!

  18. Perfect!!!! What else is there to say?

  19. Oh what fun indeed Brian! This is a perfect card for many of my peers at the moment, who are taking off on a “Grey Nomad” journey in their retirement! Love it! xx

  20. Playing along this week! Look at all the free time you have – show off! And to boot the card is mad cute!

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