Love in Three Vases

Wow!  I am having such an amazing time at Stampin’ Up!’s Leadership Conference in Houston, Texas.  It’s so good to catch up with my friends from all over and to meet new people.  Just this morning, I met a woman who…wait.  I’m not there yet.  As this post goes live, I will be waking up to get ready for the trip to the airport.  All those things I said, though, are expectations of things I will be experiencing today.  In fact, my entire blog is on auto-pilot this week (unless something completely mind-blowing happens, all the content you see was written before I left for Houston).

I have a special treat for you today.  I was playing around with several shapes and colors and developed a sweet card that embodies “simple” and “sweet” (at least I think so).  I took some risks here, and I hope you appreciate them.  Here’s my card:

Bright Blossoms, Best of Love, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • A Brown Base.  It was quite a risk to build a lovely Valentine’s card where the base is all-brown.  There’s a reason I did it, and there’s a reason it works.  The focus of this card should be the three heart flowers that are growing out of these vases.  To ensure the eye went straight to the flowers, I made sure that no other colors would detract from the beautiful Crisp Cantaloupe by making almost everything else brown.  The brown layers (outside-in) are Baked Brown Sugar, Crumb Cake and Sahara Sand.  The gradation of the browns (they get lighter as you move inward) also draws the eye in.
  • Soft and Love-ly Flowers.  These flowers were born out of snips and clips and punches.  The vase is stamped from Bright Blossoms and snipped out. The Pistachio Pudding stems are punched with the Bird Builder punch (I use this punch a lot for this branch of leaves – if you don’t have it, consider it).  I flipped one of the stems over to allow the flowers to point in different directions.  The hearts are punched from the Small Heart punch and simply placed on the top leaf of the punched stem.  Easy as can be with a super-cute effect.
  • Best of Love Stamp Set.  While there are no new Best of 25 Years sets in 2014, all twelve of the 2013 sets are still available for sale.  It’s time to think about Valentine’s Day, and this Best of Love Stamp Set is PERFECT for serious cards or fun cards, old cards or young cards.  If you don’t yet have this set, please take another look.

Stamp Sets:  Bright Blossoms, Best of Love  Papers:  Baked Brown Sugar, Crumb Cake, Sahara Sand, Whisper White, Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Cantaloupe  Inks:  Baked Brown Sugar  Accessories:  Bird Builder Punch, Small Heart punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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  1. “Awwwwww…” Yes I agree, 100% – very sweet! Have fun in Houston!

  2. Definately sweet. Have a fab time in Houston – we look forward to seeing the pics!

  3. Very cute! I love your love-ly flowers!

  4. I wouldn’t expect anything less from you. Whenever you ‘take a risk’ it works. Marvelous! Bet you’re so ready for the great time in Houston not to mention getting out the deep freeze in Atlanta. Save travels my friend.

  5. Cute and different ! Who would put brown and a Love card together but,you and your Dare Devil attitude toward creating your art . I like to use those leaves from the Bird Builder Punch also . But,I haven`t ever thought of brown and hearts together except maybe for chocolate ! Happy Houston Time !!

  6. Very creative and daring and it works! Have a great time in Texas

  7. Have a fabulous time in Houston and TRY to stay out of trouble. LOL Beautiful, simple, amazing card today Brian. Bandit will miss you!

  8. Well Brian, this CAS card is truly lovely, the little vases look so pretty holding the beautiful heart blossoms and you are right, the subdued brown colors of the background totally make your eyes go to the main image. I never thought of shades of Brown for a Valentine card, I always think of pink or red but that’s why you are the master of design and color and I, your humble apprentice.
    Have loads of fun in Houston, say hello to Mary for me and take care. I can’t wait to see what you will share with us once you are back home.

  9. Another winner…!!! 🙂 I am very happy you chose a color other than pink or red… Who says a Valentine card has to be only pink or red? This works…and works WELL. Thanks for sharing it and have FUN in Houston! Can’t wait to hear all about it.

  10. Awwww… adorable! Tfs!

  11. How sweet! Love it!

  12. El, a Stampin' Pretty Pal

    Cute! Cute! Cute!

    Have fun at Leadership, Brian!

  13. Just adorable, Brian! And the color palette is unique and one I’d like to try!

  14. This is such a cute design, Brian! And the unique color palette is one I’m going to have to try!

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