Thank You for Making Me Smile for GDP028

It’s time for another “CASE the Designer” challenge at the Global Design Project.  The inspiration for this challenge is a lovely card by Design Team Member Jessica Williams.  Jessica’s card uses the sentiment “You make my heart smile” from Timeless Love (a sentiment I used on my the projects I shared yesterday – you can see that project here).  The card I made for this challenge looks nothing like Jessica’s card (not the same layout or colors or images) – I was inspired by the word “smile” to make this bright-and-festive card:

Pretty Thankful, Stampin' Up, Brian King, GDP028And here’s the banner for this week’s GDP challenge that inspired my card:

GDP028Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Pretty Thankful.  It would be easy to overlook this adorable stamp set in the Annual Catalog, but it’s worth a look.  While there’s not much fanfare around the set or images that really stand out, the sentiments are truly adorable.  Because the set is photopolymer, it’s really easy to build the sentiments you want – and you can say thank you for almost anything.  I chose “thank you for making me smile” as inspiration from Jessica’s amazing card.  Just look at all the amazing and fun sentiments that pair with “thank you for”…

    Pretty Thankful, Stampin' Up!

    Pretty Thankful, Stampin’ Up!

  • Everyday Chic Designer Series Paper.  You already know how much I love to color on my black and white papers, right?  With four bright and cheery colors, I turned this page of Every Chic Designer Series Paper into a fun backdrop for my vibrant flower.  I was almost done with coloring this piece of paper (working my way from the top, left corner) when I decided to change course to color the insides of the images with Daffodil Delight.  I then added a thin strip of Tempting Turquoise and mounted my fun flower on that.  If you’d like to see my video about customizing Designer Series Papers, you can see it here.
  • Bright Colors.  The four colors I used in this project really help to brighten the black-and-white landscape.  Tempting Turquoise, Watermelon Wonder, Cucumber Crush and Daffodil Delight couldn’t look more like an assortment of hightlighters if I tried.  If you like this combination, too, feel free to save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Tempting Turquoise, Watermelon Wonder, Cucumber Crush, Daffodil Delight

Stamp Sets:  Pretty Thankful  Papers:  Everyday Chic Designer Series Paper, Basic Black, Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight, Watermelon Wonder, Cucumber Crush  Inks:  Basic Black Archival, Stampin’ Write Markers (Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight, Watermelon Wonder, Cucumber Crush)  Accessories:  Flower Fair Framelits, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Pretty Thanksful, Stampin' Up, Brian King, GDP028

I hope you’ll pop over to the Global Design Project site to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s CASE the Designer challenge.

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  1. So bright and happy Brian. You make me smile. Love how you have coloured in the designer series paper to give it a completely different look.

  2. You are right, I have over looked Pretty Thankful. I will remedy that! Your bright and festive card is an inspiration.

  3. I love your coloring on the DSP. I kept looking at that paper wondering where it came from. I also never remember to do this on my own projects. Maybe your project will help me remember : )


  4. Count me in with Lynn(hmmm that rhymes) I forget to color my dsp also ! This is a keeper card . It is pretty versatile and love the colors !

  5. Beautiful how you colored the black and white paper. You absolutely fooled me with the sentiment stamp . . . didn’t recognize and love how you used it!

  6. When I first looked at your card I didn’t recognize the DSP – then I read what Mr. Talented did to change it from O.K. to gorgeous. I should have known! Just beautiful. Yet another day when I think to myself “why don’t you ever think of these things?”! Good thing I have Brian! LOL

  7. I love how you change up DSP! Beautiful background for your bright flower!

  8. Brian, I love it !!
    Hugs my friend

  9. Brian, this is absolutely wonderful. I certainly don’t even remember seeing this stamp set in the annual catalog. You are right though, it is a great set and now I know I have to add it to my collection. I love what you did with the designer paper. Your colors make everything pop right off the page. And those framlits? I’ve had them ever since they came out and have never used them. I really need to stop doing that. Thanks for the wonderful inspiration.

    • Bobbi – How awesome! I may have inspired you to get a stamp set you don’t have and to use a set of Framelits you already have. 🙂 I am so glad you like the card. <3

  10. Thank you for this card. I have to admit this stamp set had passed me by, so thank you for using it and detailing it in your blog post. x

  11. Thank YOU for making ME smile with this card Brian ♥

  12. I had totally overlooked that sentiment stamp set. It’s great though isn’t it. Love how you’ve coloured the DSP as well! 🙂

  13. I love what you did with the DSP! Your cards are always brilliant!

  14. You make me smile ! I’m wondering why I haven’t bought this stampset…

  15. So beautiful! I love the colors ❤︎

  16. A totally different but fun take on my card Brian. So honoured to have had you CASE me this week. Thank you! x

  17. You certainly achieved your aim, it made me smile! Love the way you used such happy, bright colours together!

  18. What a bright and happy card Brian! I had to whip out my sunnies! xoxo

  19. I love how this card is almost entirely paper! So colorful and cheery – definitely a “smile” card!

  20. A fab card! It can be easy to over look some sets in the catalogues as there are so many to choose form! Colouring DSP is not something I have tried (yet) but is now on my techniques to try out list.

  21. A happy and bright card. Makes me smile. xo

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