Better Together for PPA306 & PP300

I’ve been using a lot of blues lately, so I’m taking a short breather from blue to focus on orange – I’m sure I’ll be back to blues soon…errr…tomorrow…yup, tomorrow’s card is blue.  Anyway…today’s clean-and-simple card was created for Mary Fish’s sketch at the Pals Paper Arts (PPA306) and Jaydee’s special 300th challenge celebration at The Paper Players (PP300).  What a fun combination!  Here’s my card:

Better Together, Party with Cake, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Does it get any cleaner and simpler than that?!  Here are the banners for the challenges that inspired my card:


Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Pairing Stamps.  When pulling an image from one stamp set and a sentiment from another, it’s important to consider whether the styles of the two will work together.  A finely sketched image might not pair with a loopy, flowery sentiment, and a silly image won’t look good with a scripted font.  No matter how much you want the words and image together, the words have to match the style of the image.  The thick typewriter font from Party with Cake pairs perfectly with these fun hats from Better Together.  How could I not use them together in a card?
    Better Together, Stampin' Up!

    Better Together, Stampin’ Up!

    Party with Cake, Stampin' Up!

    Party with Cake, Stampin’ Up!

  • Nope!  That Didn’t Work.  My original plan was for my front panel to be Pumpkin Pie.  I stamped three little hats on Peekaboo Peach and colored the little dots with my Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Write Marker.  A couple of quick snips, and I was ready to adhere the tiny hats.  Nope!  It didn’t take me long after snipping them out to realize that my finished hats looked more like slices of pizza.  I’ll store that tidbit away for a pizza-themed card in the future, but it wasn’t what I had in mind for this one.Better Together, Party with Cake, Stampin' Up!, Brian King
  • Sweet Orange Combination.  I called it orange, but technically this card combines pumpkin with peach.  Pumpkin Pie and Peekaboo Peach pair perfectly to create a sweet color scheme – don’t you think?  It feels like a Dreamsicle.  How yummy is that?  If you like this combination of colors, too, feel free to save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Pumpkin Pie, Peekaboo Peach, Whisper White

Stamp Sets:  Better Together, Party with Cake  Papers:  Pumpkin Pie, Peekaboo Peach, Whisper White, Thick Whisper White  Inks:  Archival Basic Black, Stampin’ Write Marker (Pumpkin Pie)  Accessories:  2016-2018 In Color Enamel Shapes, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Better Together, Party with Cake, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

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

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  1. Hahah! See? That’s what you when you stray from blue! Pizza hats!!

    Actually they are adorable and I didn’t see pizza till you said it. Hilarious.

  2. How funny, who knew the party hat stamp could double as a slice of pizza. Thanks for the tip. Cute card.

  3. Really cute, fun card today. It’s comforting to know that even the King of cards has do-overs. You have such a great eye for color combos and proper placement and I like that you give us all the tips. Have a great day!

  4. I LOVE your Pizza Party Hats!! Your card is really a slice of cuteness! 😉

  5. Those adorable hats make me do the happy dance. Love your interpretation of the sketch!

  6. So cute and I too love the pizza party hats!

  7. CAS perfection! This is adorable! And yep definitely pizza on the first try!

  8. I think I’m hungry – for pizza and dreamsicles! Super fun and festive card Brian.

  9. Cute card Brian, I love the party hats. I don’t have the eye for color that you do and your pairings really help me. Oh BTW pizza slices say party too.

  10. Fun card and am really liking the color combination.

  11. Brian, this is such a great way to combine both challenge! Such a festive, fun card to help us celebrate the 300th challenge at The Paper Players this week! SO happy you joined us! XX

  12. Love this one Brian! It reminded me of what a difference it makes when you pop a panel up with dimensionals. I too am so very grateful to you for providing us with the color combinations. You have the artistic eyes and well, I just have plain old eyes. So, in the end, I always defer to the combinations you use. You are the color combo king for sure. LOL

  13. Love it!!!

  14. Such a fun card, Brian! I am actually going to store this idea away for my grandson, who loves pizza! Love the color combo too!

  15. You gotta love a birthday card that comes with Pepperoni !
    Cute !!!!

  16. Love your clean and simple style.

  17. I love your CAS party hat card Brian – not a pizza slice in sight! Removing the colour makes all the difference. Thanks for joining us over at The Paper players for your 300th celebrations this week!

  18. I love that card and of course all of your cards, all of the time! Simply adorable. I will be CASing it 😉

  19. I love your design and clean layout. It’s adorable.

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