Simple Saturday: You Make Me Happy

The Pals Paper Arts team has a gorgeous color combination for us this week.  Never would I have thought to pair Island Indigo, Gold and Whisper White, but I sure love how they look together.  Not only did I use this opportunity to combine some gorgeous colors, but I was excited to use some new products from the Occasions Catalog and this year’s Sale-a-Bration items.  Here’s today’s project:

Perfect Pennants, Banner Blast, Stampin' Up, Brian King, PPA186

And here’s the banner from this week’s Pals Paper Arts challenge:PPA186 Jan 2

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  •  Embossed Sentiment.  When Gold is one of the color options, how could I NOT choose to emboss this “You Make Me Happy” sentiment?  While it’s difficult to get a good photograph of the embossed sentiment, it’s both striking and easy to read in person.  Because it doesn’t show up well in the first photo, I’m sharing a different view below.  One more disclaimer – I was a good boy and used my Embossing Buddy, but the design of the stamp actually has speckles inside the words so they were (obviously) picked up in the embossed image.
  • Banners in a Flash.  Perfect Pennants is possibly my favorite stamp set in the Occasions Catalog – remember, these don’t have to be paired with banners to make a beautiful card.   I also love the Banners Framelits Dies.  Does it go without saying that I absolutely love the Perfect Pennants Bundle that combines the two?  Whether you are layering the banners or just need a quick accent for a project, the Banners Framelits are an amazing accent.  The small banners are cropped with the Banner punch (available in Sale-a-Bration).
  • A Checkered Border.  There are a lot of patterns on the front of the card – the polka dots, the gold, the tiny banners.  With its diagonal pattern, I knew I wanted to use the Gingham Garden Designer Series Paper on this card.  I featured it in the background, though, which allowed all components to shine on this card.

Did you notice?  I created a hanging banner on this card, but there’s not a strand of string to be found.  Cool, huh?

Stamp sets:  Perfect Pennants, Banner Blast  Papers:  Island Indigo, Whisper White, Gold Foil Sheet, Gingham Garden Designer Series Paper  Inks:  Island Indigo  Accessories:  Banner Framelits Dies, Banner punch, Mini Metallic Clothespins, Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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  1. Great design. Love the pennant bundle. Your embossing is exquisite. Something I NEED to work on this year. Happy Saturday! 🙂

  2. …Fit for a King, by a “King”!! Gorgeous, striking, detailed – pure loveliness!!

  3. For sure I thought you’d use Gold glitter! 😉 I love your card and the layout Brian 🙂

  4. Well, I would have never put gold and gingham together….but, look at that ! You did a Wowie ! So much fun new stuff to play with from the Spring catalog . Like this card a bunch !!

  5. Oh Brian….YOU make ME happy too!!! Can’t wait to see you in Houston! Great card for the challenge!!! Woot-woot!

  6. Makes me happy just to look at this card! : )

  7. Absolutely gorgeous colors together and I love how you have shown the versatility of these stamp sets in your cards! I’ve added them to my list of ‘must haves’ ! Thanks, Brian!

  8. Oh Brian – fabulous card, as always. I really think the gold foil paper puts this card over the top. Island Indigo is just the most beautiful color and paired with the gold it really does equal gorgeous. I would not have thought that gingham in any way shape or form could look elegant and yet, whoa la – it sure does on this card. I guess I better start a new wish list………………

  9. You make me happy too! Such a combination of elements to this card. Country meets elegant, you make it work!

  10. This card makes me happy Brian! LOVE it and that gingham against the gold is striking. and ooohhh the gold embossed banner… so perfect! Great card! (as always)

  11. Brian, as always, your card is over the top and those clothespins are the best! Love it!

  12. Another smashing card from you Brian. I am crazy about the new banner templates and punch and I can see you are too! The gold embossing on your banner is perfect. Love, love, love your card.

  13. I love it. Another great card. Yes. I am stalking you website. Huge fan.

  14. Great card Brian! Love all of those sweet banners. Thanks for having fun with the Pals this week!

  15. Brian, Pal! I love this! Simple yet very special. Thanks for joining the Pals Paper Arts this week. See you next week!

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