You Brighten My Day

This past week, I needed a “thanks for being awesome” card and instinctively reached for the fun and colorful pages of the new Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper.  The paper inspired me to make this quick-and-easy, fresh-as-can-be card:

Sunburst Sayings, Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper.  I really wanted a bright, cheery card.  While I was originally attracted to the page of lemons in the Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper, this page of watercolor washed dots really spoke to me.  There are several pages that could have given me the bright feeling I was looking for, but it doesn’t get more sunshiny than this.  While some of this page appears to be speckled with Crushed Curry, the shades are definitely Daffodil Delight.  Is there a better foundation for a summery thank you card?

    Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!

    Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper, Stampin’ Up!

  • Other Elements.  This super-simple card features a beautiful paper (we’ve already talked about Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper) and a fun sentiment (from Sunburst Sayings), but the dies and punches are what really bring these elements together to one beautifully simple card.  Here are the punches and dies used, working my way up from the base of the card (you can click on any of these items to see more in my online store):
  • Refreshing Color Combination.  Is there anything more refreshing than a lemon-lime combination?  It’s clean, it’s crisp, it’s refreshing.  I love the brightness of Daffodil Delight paired with the soft murkiness of Pear Pizzazz.  This combination definitely brightens my day.  If you, too, like this combination of colors, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz, Basic Gray

Stamp Sets:  Sunburst Sayings  Papers:  Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper, Pear Pizzazz, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White  Inks:  Archival Basic Gray  Accessories:  Fiesta Time Framelits Dies, Project Life Corner Rounder, Flower Medallion punch, 1-3/8″ Circle punch, 1-1/4″ Circle punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Sunburst Sayings, Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

After I cropped the Flower Medallion with Pear Pizzazz paper, I curled the petals a bit with my bone folder to add a little lift to the flowers – the flower is lifted off the Fresh Fruit panel with Stampin’ Dimensionals, and the 1-3/8″ circle of Daffodil Delight is lifted off the flower.

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  1. Carla Schechner

    This card is perfect for the steamy days we have been having down here!!

  2. Love this Fruit Stand DSP. Add that great summer color combo and the font on that sentiment ….!
    Great card !

  3. I love how the punched flower brings the sentiment to life and gives it a softness! Sweet!

  4. I love how soft, yet bright this card is, Brian! It really makes me smile!

  5. I like this card with this color combo. I agree with Mary that the punched flower gives a pop to the sentiment with the daffodil and whisper white layers. Great card!

  6. Awwww, thank you Brian, my day needs to be brighten today, my grand daughter left to California last night after 2 1/2weeks , I miss her ,
    This card is beautiful, tfs,
    Hugs Frenchie
    Btw, she’s 22, so we had a great time together,
    Hugs Frenchie

  7. Oh Brian:

    What a beautiful and touching card! It immediately brought to mind one of my friends that deserves a card that says “You Brighten My Day”. The color combo is just delishly summer. It’s another card that you should send me so I could send it to you because you DO brighten my day, every day.!

  8. Beautiful card today. Unusual colors that work so well together. You have a great “eye” for color. Very nice card!

  9. Robbye Hamilton

    Super summery card that I’m sure would brighten any recipient’s day. Great job Brian

  10. Love the color combo!

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