Pretty in Petals & Paisleys for PP310

Before I share today’s project for the Paper Players, I want to give a big “thank you” to Laurie Schmidt for selecting my Back to School project from two weeks ago as her pick (you can see that project here).  I wasn’t able to play along with last week’s Paper Players challenge, so I’m offering my gratitude here.  I play along with challenges for inspiration and fun, but it’s always wonderful to be singled out by the design team members.  Thanks, Laurie!

Nance Leedy created a fun sketch for this week’s Paper Players challenge – I am glad I was able to play along.  My card showcases the Petals & Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Papers.  Here’s my card:

Thankful Thoughts, Petals & Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PP310

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


Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Petals & Paisleys.  Nance’s sketch gave me a perfect foundation to showcase my Petals & Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper.  With so many gorgeous prints to choose from, I chose these two pieces that feature Cajun Craze and Very Vanilla.  These papers are perfect for all times of year and are the closest we have to Fall-themed papers in the Holiday Catalog.  Not to worry, though, these colors are warm and rich – perfect for Autumn.

    Petals & Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!

    Petals & Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper, Stampin’ Up!

  • Simple Sentiment.  “Sending thanks” is isolated from a longer sentiment in Thankful Thoughts.  The stamp image says “Sending thanks to a very gracious giver.”  While I like that entire sentiment, I wanted a small, modern sentiment for my banner element.  I simply added tape to the clean stamp (covering the words I didn’t want on this banner).  I inked it up and then removed the tape.  So easy!  If you missed my video about isolating images on a stamp, you can see it here.
  • Color Combination.  I’ve often times said, “Mint Macaron pairs with everything.”  Never, though, would I have imagined that to be a wholly true statement.  I was surprised by how beautifully Mint Macaron pairs with Cajun Craze.  Who’da thunk it?  Well, someone at Stampin’ Up! know it when they pulled together this brilliant Petals & Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper.  If you like this unexpected combination of colors, too, feel free to save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Cajun Craze, Mint Macaron, Very Vanilla

Stamp Sets:  Thankful Thoughts  Papers:  Petals & Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper, Cajun Craze, Mint Macaron, Very Vanilla  Inks:  Cajun Craze  Accessories:  Handheld Stapler, Stampin’ DimensionalsThankful Thoughts, Petals & Paisley Specialty Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PP310

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

Thanks for stopping by today!


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2016 World Card Making Day Event – November 4 (Friday before On Stage in Atlanta).  For the fourth year in a row, Pam Morris and I are hosting a World Card Making Day in Atlanta for our demonstrator friends.  This year, we are hosting the amazing event on November 4 (a month after World Card Making Day) to coordinate with the Stampin’ Up!-sponsored event that will be there the following day.  We’d love for you to join us!  To read more about the event and register, CLICK HERE.

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  1. Okay this makes me want that paper, which I didn’t get. Really cute.

  2. What a beautiful fall card. Love the mix of pattern, especially the touch of houndstooth!

  3. Beautiful card! Yep – I need that paper now too:-)

  4. Wowza, Brian…I do LOVE these colors and your card is awesome!

  5. Great card to showcase the sketch and those beautiful fall colors.

  6. This is a beautiful card! Mint Macaron really does go with EVERY color. I never would have thought to put it with Cajun Craze, but look how pretty it is! I love your layers on this card, they showcase those pretty papers so well! Thanks for the inspiration, Brian! Also, congrats on the mention over at Paper Players!

  7. Love the colors! Who knew Mint Macaron went so well with Cajan Craze? Love the fall feel of your card.

  8. Wow, this is gorgeous, Brian! Love the colors and those handsome papers. So glad you joined us this week at The Paper Players!

  9. The colors in your card are so pretty…I didn’t get this paper because I didn’t really think I liked the colors, but IRL, they’re much nicer! A great card with a great mix of patterns! Sure happy you shared this with us at the Paper Players this week!

  10. Brian, I love your mix of patterns! This is one of my favorite new items! Cajan Craze is the perfect Fall color! So happy you joined us at The Paper Players this week! XX

  11. A great paper pairing and I love the stapled banner sentiment too Brian. Thanks for joining us over at The Paper Players this week!

  12. What a beautiful way to highlight these gorgeous papers and I love the mix of patterns you chose. So glad you could join us at The Paper Players!

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