You Are Wonderful, Mary Fish!

When I joined Stampin’ Up! over four years ago, I had no idea that I would make friends all over the world.  What a great joy!  It was Mary Fish who introduced me to the idea of sharing my projects online with a blog.  Her leadership is a great example to so many, and I’ve learned so much from her.  More than that, though, I am proud to call Mary a friend.  She’s a wonderful human being with an amazing sense of humor.  I love to push her buttons until she says, “Oh, stop it!  You’re being naughty.”

This past week, Mary became the latest Stampin’ Up! demonstrator to cross over the $1,000,000 sales mark.  What a huge milestone!  I’m so excited for her – she has worked really hard to get there and deserves all the applause she’s received.  Of course I had to make a card for Mary to let her know how happy I am for her.  Here’s the card:

Wonderful Year, Cottage Greetings, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Wonderful Year.  Do you recognize the beautiful, scrolled “wonderful” in this card?  I’ll give you a couple of hints while you dig back into the back of your mind to figure out this puzzle.  (1) the stamp set is found in Stampin’ Up!’s 2016 Holiday Catalog and (2) the sentiment is isolated from other words on the stamp.  The word is pulled from this GORGEOUS sentiment from Wonderful Year – I could have pulled out “the most wonderful” or just “most wonderful,” but “wonderful” gave me exactly what I was looking for.  This lady is wonderful.

    Wonderful Year, Stampin' Up!

    Wonderful Year, Stampin’ Up!

  • A Simple Accent.  Instinct pushed me to add more to this card, but I wanted to make a card that Mary, the Queen of clean and simple, could admire.  To the bold panel background and the simple sentiment, I added a single flower (cropped with the Tree Builder punch to coordinate with the base of the card) and a large Pearl Basic Jewel.  It tied in my colors and added an element of interest to Mary’s congratulatory card.  Such an easy addition!

    Tree Builder Punch, Stampin' Up!

    Tree Builder Punch, Stampin’ Up!

  • Color Combination.  I’ve always adored the combination of Watermelon Wonder and Pool Party.  The colors seem to clash a bit but look gorgeous at the same time.  Watermelon Wonder is a perfectly bright and cheery color that’s perfect for this celebration.  If you like this combination of colors, too, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Watermelon Wonder, Pool Party, Basic Black

Stamp Sets:  Wonderful Year, Cottage Greetings  Papers:  2015-2017 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack (Watermelon Wonder), Pool Party, Basic Black, Whisper White  Inks:  Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker, Watermelon Wonder  Accessories:  Tree Builder punch, Pearl Basic Jewels, Stampin’ DimensionalsWonderful Year, Cottage Greetings, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

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  1. Mary should be thrilled. It’s a wonderful card for a wonderful achiever.

  2. A great card for a great achievement ! Yay for you Mary Fish !!

  3. Yep she is wonderful…..and so are you….sweet card!

  4. I’m beyond words (and that’s unusual). I adore how you captured the two sentiments to create something entirely new and beautiful to say. I’m so fortunate to have you in my life, even on your “naughty” days (fueled by your wit and charm)!

  5. Love it! You are so good at isolating words and images! Perfection! Lucky Mary:-)

  6. I love Mary’s comment & your wonderful card, Brian! She’s so derserving!

  7. That is so sweet! I love the color combination. You are so good at masking sentiments, too! I think it is so nice that Stampin’ Up! creates such a great community that you can make friends from across the world.

  8. Great card for a great lady. I love your masking and how you inspire us to look at what’s in our stash that will work for what our design needs. Have a great day!

  9. I can’t agree more Brian. Mary is a very, very, very special lady. Actually I need to sit down and write her a letter. Five years ago she touched my heart and did something very special for me. I will never forget her.

  10. Big Congrats for Mary!! Your clean, fresh, wonderful card is perfect for Mary. I too, just love how you pull different stamp sentiments together.

  11. SUCH a fabulous way to show how you feel by masking the stamp. I just love it for her and for you. You need to make a card to yourself because you’re wonderful, too! Mary is one in a “million!” Love you guys!

  12. Love the card Brian! In addition to being wonderful Mary can see talent! I love your style!

  13. This is incredible, and perfect for Mary Fish! I love how you pulled the wonderful out!

  14. An awesome card for an awesome lady. You did good Brian

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