Happily Hitched for PPA298

There are few things on this Earth I love more than Ginger Toivonen.  Ginger is my dear friend from Butte, Montana and a longtime member of the Pals.  Ginger is a quiet, gentle soul – such a sweet person – with a super-sharp sense of humor that I adore.  Ginger is the Featured Designer for this week’s Pals Paper Arts sketch challenge – with all this love I have for Ginger, how could I NOT play along, right?  I decided to make a fun and flirty wedding congratulations card.  Here’s my card:

You're Sublime, Writing Notes, Happy Happenings, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PPA298

And here’s Ginger’s sketch that inspired my card:


Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Perfect Pairing.  The combination of the trailer from You’re Sublime and the “Happily Hitched” sentiment from Happy Happenings is almost perfect!  I reached from the sentiment set, thinking I might use “Bonjour, Beautiful” as a fun send-off.  The moment I saw the “hitched” sentiment, I knew I had to use it.  How could I not?!  Both of these sets are carrying over to Stampin’ Up!’s 2016 Annual Catalog, but you need them now (if they aren’t already in your collection).  🙂  Take a look!
    You're Sublime, Stampin' Up!

    You’re Sublime, Stampin’ Up!

    Happy Happenings, Stampin' Up!

    Happy Happenings, Stampin’ Up!

  • Avoiding the sketch.  Early in the design of this card, I decided I would use the lopsided panels from this sketch as a background for my trailer and sentiment, but I knew wouldn’t rely on those shapes.  I simply snipped the trailer and punched the circles and placed them on these fun panels.  I think Ginger’s fun panels served me well.You're Sublime, Writing Notes, Happy Happenings, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PPA298
  • Wooden Panels.  Did you notice the wood panels on my trailer?  Want to know how I created those on this fun trailer?  Of course you do!  First, I inked up the Writing Notes background stamp with Crumb Cake and stamped it on Crumb Cake cardstock.  Next, I inked up the trailer from You’re Sublime with Archival Basic Black and stamped it over the Crumb Cake stripes.  I colored all the borders of the trailer with a Crumb Cake Stampin’ Write Marker, which adequately covered the around those pieces.  The remaining components of the trailer (the window, the door, the wheel, the flag) were covered with snipped pieces.You're Sublime, Writing Notes, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Stamp Sets:  You’re Sublime, Happy Happenings, Writing Notes  Papers:  Soft Sky, Melon Mambo, Crumb Cake, Whisper White  Inks:  Archival Basic Black  Accessories:  1-1/2″ Circle punch, 1-3/4″ Circle punch, Project Life Corner Rounder, Stampin’ Dimensionals


You're Sublime, Writing Notes, Happy Happenings, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PPA298

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 Ginger’s sketch challenge.

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  1. Oh I love this Brian! Super adorable. Love your take on the sketch too. Ginger has done an awesome job with the sketch.

  2. This card makes me want to get married all over again so I can send it to myself! The use of the background stamp? GENIUS!!! Also love your color combo. Well done, you!

  3. Brilliant….adorable – leave it to the King….Wear your crown on this one!

  4. Absolutely love it, Brian! Perfect pairing of a couple of great stamps.

  5. So clever using the lines to give it the vintage panel. I love this card!

  6. Love it Brian!

  7. Cute! I love that your paired that sentiment with the little camper.

  8. Love the snipped trailer and way you used the blocks of color from the sketch! Well done!

  9. Love this sketch and love how clever you were at making the “boards” on the trailer, Brian! Ca-ute card, dear sir! Pinned!

  10. Love the trailer! Thanks for the ideas!

  11. You are a pure creative genius . I look forward to your posts everyday!!!!
    Thanks for sharing your talent with us!

  12. A.DOR.A.BLE!!! Love this! So very clever!!

  13. I adore this little trailer, specially snipped out, so cute indeed. This is an image that looks fabulous with all the elements paper pieced, love it!!!
    Beautiful color palate, thank you for sharing.

  14. Over the top adorable! Love all the rounded edges!

  15. This is such a cute card using the sketch and your very creative mind to think outside the normal wedding card box. I love all the elements. Very fun!!

  16. Love it!!! colors, layout, stamp choices, all of it!!!

  17. ADORABLE card Brian! Love the way you combine stamps for a super fun card. My favorite element though is the fun camp trailer siding! And thanks for the sweet words about me.

  18. Brian, what a unique take on the PPA sketch challenge. I think it’s stinkin’ cute and makes me smile.

  19. You are so clever! Love the color combinations, love your interpretation, and am so impressed with your piecing together of the trailer pieces. Fun, fun card!!

  20. Brian, Brian, Brian….oh my goodness, too CUTE. At first glance (first mistake, I should never just glance at your cards. They are worth studying). 😄 Again, at first glance I didn’t notice all the snipping wow what an adorable, intricate card.

    Brian you need to not only ask for nickels for the squint test, but for everytime you make us smile. I owe you big time!

  21. This is the cutest and sweetest wedding card I have ever seen. You are such a clever, clever guy Brian (and also one of the sweetest). You even beat Godiva chocolates in my book. LOL

  22. FUN! I love the wood panels for the camper, awesome idea! This just makes the best wedding card with the adorable sentiment! Leave it to you!! Thanks for joining us this week and sharing your cute creation!

  23. OK, wow. I like how you used the rectangles in the sketch as the background, then made two great images to go over them. Totally smart and super cute card too. Bow to the King.

  24. One more thing…the wood panels on the trailer? Whaaaat! That is awesome.

  25. I want your rose colored craft glasses that gave you the inspiration to create that kind of cuteness based on a couple of angled squares! ha! I’m with Shawn– bow to the King.

  26. I love this card it’s adorable, it also has some clever elements.
    Thanks for sharing.

  27. WOW! This card is stunning in its detail and simplicity. Very well done. You are a constant source of inspiration!

  28. Oh my stinkin’ gosh! This is precious! Your adorable card makes me smile, smile, smile, smile, smile!!! I can’t wait to make this for a wedding in May we are attending! You never cease to amaze us all, such a crafting genius, you are😀Have a great weekend!

  29. Love this! Great new take on the sentiment… hugs

  30. the whole card is great but the trailer is just TOO ADORABLE!

  31. This is sooo cute, just love it

  32. Very Very cute card Brian, makes me want to own that set!

  33. This is my favorite! Please save this for my wedding! It’s going to be early next year. 😀

  34. Adorable and such a sweet post.

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