Fabulous Four Meets Paper Pumpkin

This week’s FabFriday color challenge is a beautiful combination of blue, yellow and purple: Bermuda Bay, Hello Honey and Blackberry Bliss.  Although my May 2016 Paper Pumpkin kit, Many Manly Occasions doesn’t include these colors, I reached for the white die cut panel to create my project for this challenge.  It gave me a perfect starting point for combining these colors into a fun, celebratory card.  Here’s my card:Fabulous Four, Balloon Celebration, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FabFri88

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


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  • Many Manly Occasions.  If you aren’t in the U.S. or aren’t a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, then you might not recognize the trendy die-cut background on my card.  Well, let me introduce you to the fun projects from May’s Paper Pumpkin kit – die cut backgrounds, die cut letters and a fun stamp set for almost every occasion.  I used this week’s FabFriday colors to color block my card for a fun celebration.  If you would like to sign up to receive a Paper Pumpkin each month (it’s always such a great day when the kit arrives), you can click here to subscribe.  If you have questions, please email me.

    Many Manly Occasions Paper Pumpkin Kit, Stampin' Up!

    Many Manly Occasions Paper Pumpkin Kit, Stampin’ Up!

  • Color Blocking.  Just like in fashion, large panels of color can be paired together to make a beautiful look.  If the colors look great together, the blocking can go almost unnoticed, but if they clash, then the statement can be bold and brash.  I taped panels of Blackberry Bliss and Hello Honey behind this die-cut panel to create bold, contrasting colors.  When I added the panel of Bermuda Bay to the front of the card, though, the color blocking really worked to created a beautiful card.
  • Fabulous Four.  This “celebrate” sentiment (from Fabulous Four) is probably my most reached-for and most-used stamp set ever.  I just adore the font and love the idea of a fun celebration – who doesn’t?  When the sentiment fit so perfectly against the band of this die cut, I couldn’t resist but to use it one last time before it goes away forever.  I stamped the sentiment with VersaMark and covered it with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  When I heat set it with my Heat Tool, the entire sentiment popped.Fabulous Four, Balloon Celebration, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FabFri88

Stamp Sets:  Fabulous Four, Balloon Celebration  Papers:  Many Manly Occasions Paper Pumpkin Kit, Bermuda Bay, Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey  Inks:  VersaMark  Accessories:  White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Balloon Bouquet punch, White Baker’s Twine, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Fabulous Four, Balloon Celebration, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FabFri88

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

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  1. How large are the papers in the 35.00 book??
    Thank you!

  2. Cute card today, Brian. I hope you are having a wonderful cruise. Enjoy every minute. Can’t wait for pics.

  3. Hi Brian:

    I love the way you positioned the balloon string on this card. It was the absolute perfect touch to tie in the bottom panel with the top without overdoing it. Just an incredibly gorgeous card creation for sure. Enjoy your day.

  4. Brian , I love it , that’s a great idea, love the colors, thanks my friend ,
    Have a wonderful weekend
    Hugs Frenchie

  5. Cool! Haven’t even opened my Paper Pumpkin yet, fun to get a sneak peak. Great card!

  6. Shut the front door! Outstanding! Love this Brian….you are just too cool!

  7. Great use of the Pumpkin supplies . I like these die cut cards that came this month and saved four of them for Xmas cards since they look like Xmas trees . Saving the orange corrugated paper for pumpkins in the Fall . It is fun thinking of the different ways to use these kit supplies .
    Looks like you had your creative hat on with this cute card !

  8. Robbye Hamilton

    You provided great inspiration to think a little outside the “red box” with your alternative Paper Pumpkin projects. You used two of my favorite colors. Great job

  9. Great job color blocking with our bright challenge colors! I’m kicking myself now for skipping that Paper Pumpkin! TFS!

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