Way to GO!

Do you remember when you went to take your first driver’s test?  Oh, the anxiety – “Did I remember to adjust the mirror?  Did I wait long enough at the stop sign?  What did the instructor just write down?  Is it good, is it bad?  Am I going to have to take this test again?”  Regardless of all the anxiety, passing sure is a great payoff!  It’s a rite of passage – especially in car-dependent Atlanta.

Pam’s son, Daniel, recently passed his test and now has a car.  How do you congratulate that wonderful rite of passage?  You acknowledge it with a greeting card, of course.  Here goes:

Tips, Tricks and Reminders:

  • See it for what it’s not.  The image used to make the stoplight is from Label Love, a new stamp set in the 2013-2014 Annual Catalog (that, by the way, is offered in a bundle with the coordinating punch).  By now, you know that I love to find different ways to use products – to use them in ways for which they weren’t designed.  You have to see things for what they aren’t to do that. 
  • Line it Up.  My last “tip” was to see things for what they are not.  This one is similar – look at things from a different angle when you want to line things up.  For example, when I wanted to line up these traffic lights, I turned the Basic Black strip sideways to give me a different perspective.  It allowed me to see them in a different way so that my judgement about how the final image SHOULD look didn’t impair my ability to get it lined up properly. I do the same with small sentiments – position them corner-to-corner on the clear block – it forces me to really see whether it’s lined up – without being fooled by the edges of the clear block.line it up

line it up

  • Watch those colors!  I have lots of layers of card stock from the design of this card.  I tried different combinations but had to abandon plans at almost every pass.  Why?  The green and red combination kept looking like Christmas – definitely not what I was going for when I made this card for Daniel.  🙂

Stamp Sets: Label Love, Delightful Dozen  Inks: Jet Black StazOn  Papers: Gumball Green, Daffodil Delight, Basic Black, Real Red, Whisper White  Accessories:  Artisan Label punch, 3/4″ Circle punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals 

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Swatch Books and Product Shares

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Last Day to Order from the 2012-2013 Annual Catalog

Here we are – the day we thought would never come.  It’s the last day to order retired items from the 2012-2013 Annual Catalog.  Have you put off purchasing that stamp set that’s retiring?  Did you want to stock up on that product that’s going away?  Today’s the last day to get it – and you can add-in some wonderful items from the 2013-2014 Annual Catalog while you’re at it.

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  1. OMG, that is adorable! Great card!

  2. Very cute idea, that’s why I follow you!

  3. excellent idea!

  4. How very clever!

  5. Maria Rodriguez

    Great, fabulous card!! It’s going into my “Fabulous Cards” folder for sure. My oldest granddaughter just turned 15!!! and I can’t even begin to imagine her having a drivers license but, when the time comes, here it is, the perfect card to celebrate that milestone. Daniel will have the thrill of having his drivers license and to top it all, a card by Brian King.

  6. Great one! 😉 Love it X

  7. This is a brilliant card!! So clever!

  8. What a great card I would not have thought of that.

  9. WOW ! How creative you are ! That white line makes the traffic lights really pop. I love love it !!

  10. Brian, you are so stinkin’ clever!

  11. What a super idea for a congrats on getting your driver’s license! That set/bundle was already on my wish list. And the stamp you used caught my eye right away. And your tips today are both perfect for me because I seem to struggle with lining things up regularly
    I’ve even started using my SU! grid paper all the time, but still struggle 🙁

  12. I hate how great this card is. I actually feel the opposite of hate towards it.

  13. There you go again, reaching far beyond the galaxy to capture your over the moon creation. No I am not a Star Trek fan. That just popped into my mind. Back to todays feature presentation…. this is totally cool and amazing! Congratulations to Daniel !

  14. What a clever idea! I’m sure Daniel was thrilled, first for passing the test, second because he received this awesome card from a good friend. Talk about thinking outside the box…..you truly are amazing Brian!

  15. I love it!!! I think the ‘Dont give your mother a heart attack’ stamp would have been so much more appropriate though. I think it is a great suggestion for the next catty! Thank you Brian!

  16. So clever and cute! You are really good at looking outside of the box. I passed my test on the first try in a 1964 Dodge Dart convertible (with the top down) AND three on the tree! Such fond memories:-)

  17. Brian, this is soooooo clever! Love it!

  18. Cindie McDuffee

    Symbolism! The green on the base represents moving forward ( getting his license), while the second layer of yellow reminds to do so with caution. What a great idea for a card, Brian.

  19. Excellent card, Brian! I know it’s been said before, but you are so darn creative! And I loved yesterday’s staycation card, too.

  20. Awesome!!!!

  21. I never cease to be amazed at what you come up with Brian. This is why I always click on your email first – to see what clever and creative idea you will share with us!

  22. Such a fabulous card Brian. I hope Daniel will think of this beautiful card while driving defensively in Atlanta! What a challenge for him. I’m impressed everyday at your talents!! Keep them coming!!!

  23. OMG Brian, this card ROCKS! Way to think outside of the box. This is perfect for a new driver card or even a “sorry about that traffic violation ticket “card. Thanks for sharing.

  24. I am speechless! Your card ROCKS!

  25. That is clever, Brian! I just bought this set at Angela’s Open House in Nashville this weekend and I never saw that idea. So smart!

  26. Carol Carriveau

    You are so wonderfully clever…but then you know this as we are always telling you so! Daniel is a very lucky guy to have this wonderful rite of passage acknowledged in such a great and adult way…congratulations, Daniel! And to you Brian as well! Good luck to mom and dad!

  27. Brian, this is such a cute card idea. I know several little boys who are crazy about cars and trucks who will just love this. Thanks for your inspiring designs.

  28. O.K., O.K., O.K………………………..so, because I sleep late everyone has said the things I was going to say about the card. So what can I say about this card that hasn’t been said before? Not a dang thing! Fantastic card from one hugely creative guy. Wish I could come up with things like this!

  29. OMEGA, Brian!!! You are the super, duper, uber talented one!! Always LOVE how you think outside the box, and this one is over-the-top, drop-dead gawjus!! Oh mighty one, thanks for sharing your creative genius! I copy all your cards into my inspiration folder to CASE!!

  30. Brian–that is an absolutely adorable card. REALLY creative and clever. Thanks for sharing it

  31. Perfect timing!! I have 16 year old triplets starting driving school next week! This will be perfect for them! Thank you!

  32. Fantastic! Love it! I’m going to do my best to start “seeing things for what they’re not”. I love when you come up with something creative like this!

  33. Love this card. You are so clever. You do such wonderful things outside the box.

  34. Brilliant!

  35. WOW! My daughter will be getting this card for sure when she gets her license. I love that you are always thinking outside the box! So fun to see what you come up with each day!

  36. what a terrific card! and I love that the green light equates to the sentiment ‘way to go’

  37. Now I have to find someone who is getting their license for the first time, just so I can make this card. So FUN!

  38. This is SO clever, Brian! I love it!

  39. How cute. I love special cards and thinking outside the box. I’ll be Caseing this one. Thanks for sharing

  40. This is a great card! Love this idea!

  41. Excellent ideas would like to be added to your email

  42. Great idea! thanks for sharing. This will be on my inspiration blog post.

  43. Am I the only one wanting to know how you did the white behing the black? I want to make this for my granddaughter but need to know this part to finish it. Thanks and I love this card better than others I’ve seen. Please let me know asap.

    • Thanks for the comment and question. It was certainly a fun card to make. I stamped the image from Label Love with Basic Black ink on Whisper White cardstock and punched it out with the Artisan Label punch. The colorful circles on the inside were cut with a 3/4″ Circle punch (just a little bit smaller than the white circle in the middle). I hope that answers your question. If not, please let me know.

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