Remembering Your Birthday for FMS225

I took a little creative license with this week’s Freshly Made Sketches layout – and I hope Jen Mitchell approves.  When I saw Jen’s super-simple sketch, I knew exactly what I would make.  I decided on colors and immediately got to work on this card.  By the end, though, I had flipped the sketch around and moved some things around.  You can still see Jen’s sketch there…if you squint and stand back from your screen and turn your head a bit.  🙂  Here’s my card:

Remembering Your Birthday, Back to Basics Alphabet, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FMS225

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

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Products Used.   This card starts with the joy of the Remembering Your Birthday stamp set and finishes with the fun of the Back to Basics Alphabet stamp set.  I paired those with bright, colorful balloons from the Balloon Bouquet punch to complete the look.   Remembering Your Birthday, Back to Basics Alphabet, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FMS225
  • Balloon Strings.  I’ve shared this before and can’t help but share it again – the easiest way to create fun balloon strings is with a Smoky Slate Stampin’ Write Marker.  The good news?  This is one of a few markers that are sold individually.  Stock up on these, and you’ll not have to worry about your balloons strings any longer.  You’re welcome – glad I could help.Smoky Slate marker
  • All Brights.  I don’t typically draw all colors for a card from one color family.  For this festive birthday card, though, the Brights just felt right.  If you like this combination of vibrant colors, feel free to save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Tempting Turquoise, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight

Stamp Sets:  Remembering Your Birthday, Back to Basics Alphabet  Papers:  Schoolhouse Designer Series Paper, Tempting Turquoise, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White  Inks:  Archival Basic Black, Smoky Slate Stampin’ Write Marker  Accessories:  Balloon Bouquet punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals


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 Jen’s fun challenge this week.

Thanks for stopping by today!


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Stampin' Up!, Brian King



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  1. Really cute card, Brian. I love the bright colors you chose and your design. Thanks for the tip about using Smoky Slate marker. Have a great day.

  2. Great card Brian! Love the balloons and the bright colors. The combination is great and I can’t wait to try those three colors together.

  3. Especially love the YOU! Very clever and cool, BK!

  4. I’m with Mary! Genius spelling out YOU on the balloons!! I love the bright, cheery colors as well! Great birthday card! 🙂

  5. Hmmm … I may need to get the Back to Basics stamp set now. I love the way you stamped each balloon with it. Great card!

  6. Adore! And , Mary’s right you are definitely clever to spell out you!

  7. Love the full description of your card !!! Wish everyone would do that !
    Thanks, Betty

  8. I adore this wonderful Birthday card, Brian! Way to go!!

  9. “…if you squint and stand back from your screen and turn your head a bit.” Is the Hokey Pokey next? Seriously, great card. I love any opportunity to use the Balloon Bouquet Punch. Oh, and another smashing color combo. You are genius.

  10. Love this!

  11. Love, love, love this one Brian! It is NOT a Happy Birthday card! It’s a Happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy Birthday card! Getting this card would be like winning the card lottery!

  12. Love the bright colors…..and love the card!

  13. Cute card and love the balloon YOU ! Waiting on my Balloon Punch (BO) I think it will be one of my favorite punches !! Thanks for the Smokey Slate Marker tip !! On my next order for sure ! Thinking about getting that balloon animal stamp set next . I think it is a hoot !!

  14. Great card Brian! Love those balloons and the fun colours ! So perfect for celebrating a birthday! Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

  15. Brian, I love the pictures with the black box comment sections. It rocks! As always love your creativity.

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