This Just Stinks

Is there an appropriate card to send to a friend who didn’t get an offer on the job they interviewed for?  How about when your wonderful neighbor tells you they are moving?  What about when your child gets her first speeding ticket?  Yipes.  Today I’m sharing a card that will fit each of these scenarios perfectly.  Sometimes, a silly card can break the ice a bit for you to let someone else know how sorry you are for what they are going through (or to tell them that you are sad).  Here’s my card:

Here for You, Large Letters Framelits, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingHow fun is that?!  Can you guess which dies or punches I used to create this silly face?  I’m going to tell you, but I know you are smart enough to figure it out.  You are both kind AND smart – I like that about you.  If you don’t want to know right away, then don’t scroll down right away – because it’s the first think I’m sharing.

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  • Letters for You.  The idea to make this card was born from the Letters for You stamp set, 1/2 of the amazing bundle that happens to be the most expensive item in Stampin’ Up!’s 2016 Annual Catalog – it also happens to be worth every penny of the purchase.  The set was sitting on my desk when I looked down and saw something I’ll never be able to unsee.  There's a hidden face in Letters for You, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingI used the coordinating Large Letters Framelits to reproduce this image with the colon and accent mark I saw in the stamp set.
  • Here for You.  What goes better with a half-sad face than the phrase “Well, this just stinks”?  I love the casualness of this sentiment (“thinking of you” doesn’t work for every situation) and think it pairs perfectly with this casual “meh” face.  I paired that with a clean layout and a casual, relaxed color-scheme so that this card could be used for almost any situation.
    Here for You, Stampin' Up!

    Here for You, Stampin’ Up!

    You may remember that I used this stamp set a couple of weeks ago on a fun Halloween card – if you missed it, you can see it here.

  • Casual Color Scheme.  The neutral tones in this card keep the feel of the card in-line with the tone of the face and sentiment.  I adore almost any card that is black-and-white and one other color.  Black and white work perfectly with Tip Top Taupe.  If you like this combination, too, feel free to save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Basic Black, Tip Top Taupe, Whisper White

Stamp Sets:  Here for You  Papers:  Tip Top Taupe, Basic Black, Whisper White, Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack (Basic Black)  Inks:  Archival Basic Black  Accessories:  Large Letters Framelits Dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Here for You, Large Letters Framelits, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

What do you think?  Can you think of anyone who’d love to receive this simple-and-fun card?  I think you can…

Thanks for stopping by today!


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  1. Pretty darn clever, Brian. Very cute too–it would make anyone smile. Love it!

  2. What a wonderful discovery, Brian!!!! Super card idea too :0)

    Keep those eagle eyes searching for more surprises .

  3. Great card! So clever! Yep, now I’ll never be able to unsee that face either:-)

  4. I just love it! Brian, you are a creative genius! Got to have a great sense of humor as well.

  5. How cool is this card? Clever and unique; I like it lots!

  6. Love! Love! Love! This Card!! I plan to CASE the heck out of this one. There is an immediate need. Thanks for the inspiration!
    You are correct – once seen it can not be unseen! My eye will instantly go there whenever I pick up that stamp set. Too funny!!

  7. What a fantastic card; the sentiment is perfect and that face is brilliant. It put a huge smile on my face this morning!

  8. This is a great card for the special occasions you mentioned and many more. I love the simple but genius way you made the sad face. So cute!!

  9. Bwahahaha! Brian, from now on, when I see this stamp set, I will always think of you and smile… :). A must have for sure. Your card is so stinkin’ cute!

  10. Hahaha!! This is just so clever and funny!!! No one could resist a card like this one, even if they just got a speeding ticket, very sweet for someone who’s moving and really uplifting for someone who didn’t get the job!!
    Awesome, humorous card Brian, I’m grinning from ear to ear!! 🙂
    Have a great Sunday.

  11. I have to stop reading your blog. I think I have every stamp set I need/want then I see your post and HAVE to have something else!
    Great card, as always!

  12. HI Brian:

    Like everyone else I LOVE this card. I can think of a gazillion times it would have been appropriate to send to friends. Before I read the description of this card I thought perhaps the “face” came from a snowman stamp set so you can imagine how surprised I was to find out where it actually came from. I must say that Mary’s little boy really has an amazing eye for artistry. Yeah Mary! LOL

    You have yourself a Super Sunday Brian and thank you oh so much for sharing your amazing talents with us every day. Your post is my morning Dessert!

  13. Smiling is good for the soul, thanks Brian, I can think of lots of reasons for this card, turning a frown into a smile. I.e You lost your wallet, you broke your tooth, you marked your calendar wrong and missed the shower.

  14. Super cute, and super simple!!! Ideal!

  15. My Gosh! You make the cutest cards! How you come up with some of these ideas, I will never know. I’m just glad you do.

  16. Chris R. from Iowa

    I could have used this card – our next door neighbors moved last weekend. Their dog was my dog’s BFF (Best furry friend) as well as his human dad. My poor basset was a basket case and threw up from anxiety for a few days. If you need another reason to smile, see Susan Itell’s post from yesterday and today with my comments! Love the colors for your card too.

  17. That would be an Arizona Snowman… melted! SO CUTE!

  18. Love it ! Perfect card for those times or those people that you just want to touch with a thoughtful card that isn`t drab ,but has a touch of humor .
    Love Donna`s Arizona Snowman comment !!

  19. C’mon now… cute is this.!.!.!

  20. This is a superb card! It is perfect for when you need a word of support without getting all sappy. Thanks for sharing! : ‘

  21. Good card for a bad day!

  22. Guaranteed smile . . . love the layout, too!

  23. This is fanTAStic! Good on you for seeing that little face in that die set! I may have to buy it now…yes, just for that emoji! Your color combo is also simply perfect! WTG, Brian!

  24. This card is guaranteed to make the recipient smile and get that “You really understand how I feel” feeling. I love it!

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