Dropping in to Say Hi

Do you want to see something so cute that you’ll have to take a double-take an your computer screen to make sure you are seeing what you think you are seeing?  I’m excited about today’s card – it’s possibly the cutest thing I’ve ever made.  Every time I look at this card, I tilt my head and say “awww…”.  All of the images on this card (four images from four different stamp sets) came together perfectly to form the card I wanted to create.  Here’s my card:

Bear Hugs, Weather Together, Acorny Thank You, Stampin Up!, Brian King

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Three B-List Sets.  Here’s what I think I love most about this card – it features three stamp sets that were on my B-list at the release of the catalogs they debuted in.  I earned them through host rewards and ended up loving them for very different reasons.  You can see images in all of these stamp sets in the supplies list at the end of this post.
    • Acorny Thank You first debuted in the 2015 Holiday Catalog.  This is the first time I’ve inked up this sentiment from Acorny Thanks – I’ve never really had a reason to use it, but it fits perfectly here, don’t you think?!  Now that I’ve broken it in, I’m certain I’ll find more ways to drop in to say hi.
    • Bear Hugs first debuted in the 2016 Occasions Catalog.  I was not a straight-out-the-gate fan of these bears, but I’ve really grown to love them.  While I’ve used them several times (here and here), this is the first time I’ve shown bear feet on a card.
    • Weather Together first debuted in the 2016 Annual Catalog.  This set was only on my B-List because I don’t have much of a use for frilly, delicate umbrellas.  I’ve really found ways to use this set, though – and this parachute makes me love it.
  • Basic Black Baker’s Twine.  The back of this parachute and the back of the baby bear are filled from edge to edge with tape that are holding down the strands of Basic Black Baker’s Twine.  Both are popped up with Dimensionals.  I stuck the parachute down before pealing off the backings of the Dimensionals on the bear.  Once I pealed those off, I pulled the bear tightly to make sure there was no slack in the twine when I stuck him to the card base.  Fun!

    Basic Black Solid Baker's Twine, Stampin' Up!

    Basic Black Solid Baker’s Twine, Stampin’ Up!

  • Sand, Sky, Artichoke.  I’m using a lot of Fall colors lately while trying to keep a fresh, summery spin on them.  As a general rule, any shade of green looks great with any shade of blue.  I rarely reach for Always Artichoke, but it made sense with this parachute.  Sahara Sand and Soft Sky helped to lighten the weight of the Artichoke a bit.  If you like this combination, too, feel free to save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Always Artichoke, Sahara Sand, Soft Sky

Stamp Sets:  Acorny Thank You, Bear Hugs, Weather Together, Balloon Celebration  Papers:  Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack (Soft Sky), Always Artichoke, Sahara Sand, Basic Black, Whisper White  Inks: Archival Basic Black, Soft Sky Accessories:  Umbrella Weather Framelits Dies, Bear Hugs Framelits Dies, Basic Black Solid Baker’s Twine, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Bear Hugs, Weather Together, Acorny Thank You, Stampin Up!, Brian King

Did that live up to the cute factor I promised?  I sure hope so!

Thanks for stopping by today!


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  1. LOL, what a graceful, floating bear. You didn’t even cover his toenails. Brian, I think you went out of the box for this one. The sentiment is perfect. Have a great Sunday.

  2. Carla Schechner

    Oh I see great alternatives with this card–love, love everything!!!!! Have a great day!!

  3. For a girl like me who wasn’t sure about the bears at first, you have managed to WOW! me with the possibilities! Come on . . . a parachute!

  4. Oh Brian!! you are truly something else!!! Not only this card is beyond adorable but having the imagination to use the umbrella as a parachute speaks loud and clear about how marvelous you are!!
    You put a smile on my face on this grayish Sunday morning, my dear.
    Love the perfect pairing of the sentiment with this super cute little scene.
    Have a fabulous day!!

  5. Oh my gosh! Your right brain really came through with this card! Wow! I can hardly stand it – it is so stinkin’ CLEVER!! Love. Love. Love it!!

  6. Love, love, love this one Brian! Using the umbrella for a parachute was super but attaching it to the bear with twine was pure artistry at its best! You are one “out of this world” amazing guy for sure. AND one generous guy to share these talents with us. Thank you so much Brian.

  7. This card is just the cutest, Brian! I love the twine for the parachute and the sentiment is perfect for him. Great color choices, too.

  8. This is a really cute, fun card that anyone would enjoy receiving. These colors look great together. Your creativity never ceases to amaze me, especially putting 3 stamp sets together for this card. Have a great day!

  9. This is so clever and oh so cute! Adorable!

  10. Mr. Brian! What a great idea!! I’ve a cousin who would just love this, may I borrow your idea? I can’t wait for your next post. Thanks so much for sharing.

  11. Brian this is just ONE OF MANY of the CUTEST cards you have created!! Once again you’ve out done yourself! Love it! 🙂

  12. Marlene Salvato

    Great Card!!

  13. Brian, I love your card but more than that I love how you showed the stamp sets and where you used these sets on your card and the colors you used. Great job!

  14. Pretty darned adorable, Brian!

  15. Dianne Mcdonald

    Awwwwwwww!!!! Adorable!

  16. BWAHAHAH OMG this made my year!

  17. Very very creative Brian! I love this card!

  18. This is definitely a card worthy of repeated “Awww”-ing! Such a darling little scene

  19. 2 Cute, great use of the umbrella.

  20. Your card is just beautiful Brian, it would work for so many different occasions and I love the muted palette you’re using for this card.

  21. THIS IS AMAZING!!! Wow.
    I love how you have used the poor B list stamp sets and made them A listers! The umbrella as a parachute – genius!!!

  22. Brian!!! This is genius! OMGosh …
    I would love to allow the bear to float across my class display with your permission!

  23. Love this card!

  24. LOL! This is beary cute! Oh my goodness!

  25. Just love this card! You inspired me to include it as one of my cards in my August class. I just love critters and this idea is awesome. Hope I can return the favor one day.

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