Happy Happenings for PPA322

My friend Susan Itell is hosting this week’s sketch challenge at Pals Paper Arts this week.  True to Susan’s clean-and-classy style, the layout of her challenge is simple and fun – stripes and a big circle (you can really use any shape you want).  I immediately reached for one of the use-it-all-year-round pieces of paper from the Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack to create a neutral thank you card.  Here’s my card:

Happy Happenings, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingAnd here’s the banner for Susan’s challenge that inspired my card:

PPA322Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Strips of Warmth & Cheer.  These four 1/2″ strips of printed paper are cropped from a page of stars in the Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack.  This paper is filled with colorful holiday prints, but there are some great prints that can be used throughout the year.  I particularly love this Crumb Cake and Basic Black page.  The stars are perfect for Christmas cards, birthday cards, congratulations cards and thank you cards.Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack, Stampin' Up!
  • Layering the Sentiment.  With my bands of starry paper in place, I wanted to make sure the sentiment was a standout.  For starters, this “thank you” is a favorite of mine – it’s all over my blog – because it’s GORGEOUS!  Casual, yet formal.  To make sure this great sentiment is appropriately highlighted, I layered it with Basic Black and Crumb Cake circles.  Here’s what I used (from the top layer to the bottom):
    • Whisper White – 1-3/4″ Circle punch
    • Basic Black – 1-7/8″ Layering Circle Framelits Dies
    • Stampin’ Dimensionals
    • Crumb Cake – 2-7/16″ Layering Circle Framelits Dies
    • Stampin’ DimensionalsMeasurements for Stampin' Up!'s Layering Circles Framelits, Brian King
  • Three Neutrals.  Crumb Cake, Basic Black and Whisper White are a beautiful combination – they can lend themselves to a masculine card or a soft, beautiful card.  While I kept my project to these three colors, you could totally change the look of these colors by simply adding one color.  Can you imagine how different this would be with a pop of Melon Mambo or a dash of Pumpkin Pie?  Even an ounce of Dapper Denim would be quite striking.  If you like this combination of colors, feel free to save this (and make a note to add one more color):Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Whisper White

Stamp Sets:  Happy Happenings  Papers:  Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack, Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Whisper White  Inks:  Archival Basic Black  Accessories:  1-3/4″ Circle punch, Layering Circle Framelits Dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Happy Happenings, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingI 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.

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  1. Love this color mix and love love that DSP paper stack ! I think it has all kinds of cards for Xmas and Winter in my card making plans
    I think Susan`s sketch is a keeper ! Your card is perfect for the guys on my Xmas card list !! Thanks you two !!
    Now I am headed to the Pals Paper Arts blog site !

  2. Perfect example of simple, clean and neutral. Love for a masculine card idea, too!

  3. Love the simplicity of your card along with a neutral feeling that really works!

  4. Hi Brian:

    CAS cards are always my favorite! I sometimes have to stop myself from adding too much to a card instead of letting the card just speak for itself as yours does today. As always, magnificent job!

  5. Love a clean & simple thank you card! The pop of black just sets your card off nicely. Thanks for playing with the PPA this weekk Brian.

  6. Gorgeous card Brian, I love neutrals and you used them beautifully.

  7. Good one Brian!

  8. Great masculine card. Love your layers.

  9. Love the clean and simple design. Perfect for male and females.

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