Merriest Wishes for PPA319

My friend, Peggy Noe, is hosting this week’s Color Challenge at the Pals Paper Arts.  Peggy selected three colors for this week’s challenge, and boy do they look great together:  Flirty Flamingo, Emerald Envy and Mint Macaron.  I added a little Crumb Cake to pull all three together for my sweet and simple Christmas card:

Merriest Wishes, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PPA319, Christmas Card

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

Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Flirty Flamingo, Emerald Envy, Mint Macaron

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Merriest Wishes Bundle.  I adore the Merriest Wishes bundle that debuted in Stampin’ Up!’s 2016 Holiday Catalog.  The combination of the stamp set and coordinating Framelits/Thinlits provide so many great options for holiday tags.  What fun!  I used one of the intricately-designed Thinlits to crop the circle with the deer and tree cutouts from Thick Whisper White.  That image fit perfectly over the same ornament shape that was cropped with Mint Macaron – they fit together perfectly.  I simply snipped off the ornament hanger part of the shape for both.

    Merriest Wishes Bundle, Stampin' Up!

    Merriest Wishes Bundle, Stampin’ Up!

  • Snippy, Snippy.  After I cropped the intricately-designed Thinlit from Thick Whisper White, I cropped it again with Crumb Cake and Emerald Envy.  The idea of snipping these tiny images (the deer and tree) can feel overwhelming, BUT I only had to snip them at their feet, along the snowy ground.  I then placed the cutout pieces over the shapes of the exact same size – oh, so carefully.  This is an easy and quick way to paper piece.  Such an easy task.
  • Repetitive Panels.  The rim around the top of the ornament leaves a thin, white border.  To tie this shape to the outside of the card base, I added a thin, white border around the Crumb Cake panel.  It adds a little bit of repetition in patterns – and I find that pleasing to the eye.  It also allows that panel to pop against the Emerald Envy panel beneath it.  Two for one – win!

Stamp Sets:  Merriest Wishes  Papers:  Emerald Envy, Crumb Cake, Thick Whisper White, Mint Macaron,  Presents & Pinecones Designer Series Paper  Inks:  Flirty Flamingo  Accessories:  Merry Tags Framelits Dies, Layering Circle Framelits Dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Merriest Wishes, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PPA319, Christmas Card

I hope you’ll pop over to The Pals Paper Arts 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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  1. I adore how you used multiple colors for the die cut to create a scene!

  2. I just ordered this bundle for my daughter, so I’m sending her a pin to your card – it is awesome!! Thanks again for the inspiration and “how to” – it’s greatly appreciated😀

  3. Hey, Brian! Darling card! But aren’t they usually! I don’t comment much but I’m still reading every day!

  4. Thank you ! Finally somebody demonstrated these adorable tags !!
    I love this die set ,but could not find it even on Pinterest . So I have not gotten it because I thought there was a reason .
    Your card is so cute ! I think the round die might make a cute Shaker card .
    Happy Thursday !

  5. I like the white border…everything pops!

  6. O.K. Mr. Genius of Creativity! When I saw this set in the catty I just glanced and passed over it thinking “why would I need that, I don’t make tags?”. Then along comes the King and with him comes this fabulous mini Christmas scene that I can now think of a dozen uses for. Dang it Brian – you are going to put me broke! Well, at least it will be happy broke. Have a day as special as you are.

  7. Oh, my, Brian! I love the way you made this gorgeous card! Thanks so very much for the deets!

  8. Beautiful card Brian. I’m thinking I may start calling you “Mr Scissors” . You were already the King of fussing cutting and now you’re wowing me with your snippity snipping. I love everything about this card. Great job

  9. What an adorable card Brian! Those dies are so much fun and good for so many things. Adorable and simple, a great combo.

  10. Hello Brian,
    I’m a french fan of what you do !!! All is simply … beautiful !
    And i can see the new sets earlier than in France web site !!
    Continues, it’s great !
    PS: excuse my poor English language ….

  11. Clean and crisp! Love the white layers! Already pinned… 🙂

  12. Love all your tricks and tips! You can always find an answer when you come over to the King’s Court…. thank you so much for sharing always! 🙂

  13. This is a really pretty, sweet card, Brian. I love the scene and all the details of how you did it. Why should we reinvent the wheel, when you’ve already done it for us. TFS

  14. A very woodsy kinda card which I would have not thought with these colors…you always amaze me!

  15. Such a sweet card, Brian! I love the white layer and the addition of crumb cake. Perfection!

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