Simple Saturday: Dot, Dot, Heart

Today is Saturday, and what a week it has been!  While today’s card is fitting for a Simple Saturday post (the concept is super-simple), the layout of these cards can be a little tricky.  Don’t worry, though, because I’m going to show you some tips that will help you to recreate it (if you so choose – is it wrong for me to assume you want to recreate this project?).  Without any further ado, here’s my project – a couple of 3″ x 3″ Valentine cards :

Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Color Flip.  Would you agree that one of these cards is perfect for a guy, while the other is perfect for a girl?  Both cards use the exact same colors – Night of Navy, Strawberry Slush and Pink Pirouette.  With a simple switcheroo of the colors, though, the entire feel of the card changes.
  • Lining it All Up.  If you are going to place items in a grid, it’s important to make sure they line up nicely on the card front.  While I could make a light lines with a pencil on the front of the card that could be erased afterward, I chose to create the grid on the back of the cardstock and then marked the crosspoints by punching holes at those points.  I then flipped over the cardstock and centered the circles and heart over the holes.  How easy is that?Stampin' Up!, Brian KingStampin' Up!, Brian King
  • No Sentiment Needed.  This card does not include a sentiment.  In general, I think a card should have a sentiment.  In some cases, though, a sentiment would distract from the overall design of the card.  I don’t think this card needs a sentiment, so I’m happy to let the dots and hearts speak for themselves. 

Papers:  Night of Navy, Strawberry Slush, Pink Pirouette  Accessories:  Small Heart punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (Circle), Stampin’ Dimensionals

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I’m a cross between a hobby and business demonstrator right now.  Brian is there to answer questions and offer support no matter which way I decide to go. – Lisa A.

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Good news!  I know you’d be upset with me if I withheld good news from you, but I have two pieces of good news to share with you.  First, I promoted to Manager with Stampin’ Up! this past week.  Woo hoo!  Second, I have just been added as a Design Team Member for Fab Friday, a design blog site with a team of very talented designers.  My first card challenge with this group will be on February 14.  Woo hoo!


  1. Brilliant idea, thank you!

  2. Love the cards Brian and the useful tips (we all like to recreate your cards <3. Big congrats on your two pieces of good news this week; will have to add Fab Friday to my watch list.

  3. Love the opposite cards! They look super. Congrats on your great news! 🙂

  4. Congratulations on your promotion to manager and becoming a design team member!! Never of these two surprised me!! If I would have guessed I would have said these two things had already been done!! You are SO talented in every way. GO YOU!!!

  5. Laurie Burns Gachewicz

    Night of Navy is one if my favorite blues (the tropical blues are all up there too, like Island Indigo, Bermuda Bay, and Coastal Cabana) and Strawberry Slush is my favorite pink right now (with Melon Mambo a close second) so this card is CAS, colorful perfection!!! And now that you shared your brilliant behind-the-scenes piercing tip, it is CASE-able too!!! Thank you & I really enjoy your new Simple Saturday blog feature!! And a big CONGRATULATIONS to you Brian on your promotion and your Fab Friday design team membership!!! 🙂

  6. Cute cards and I like the pokie hole tip ! You are such a clever one !
    Big congratulations on your promotion to Manager and a double yay for the design team selection for Fab Friday !

  7. Congrats, Brian! Great news!

  8. Love, love, love the cards. Great tips.
    Congratulations on your promotion!

  9. Congratulations on your “good news” …well deserved! Love this card and as always thanks for the tips!

  10. Congrats on both accounts Brian. and what a clever way to line up the dots. Thanks for the tip.

  11. Big congrats on your promotion to manager! Wow Brian, you rock! Congrats for being on the Fab Friday design team, too!

  12. I would NEVER have thought to make the grid on the back of the mat! What a great idea; thank you so much, Brian. I WOULD use my SU! grid paper, though! I LOVE that! Such a fun card idea! I am going to do this!!!
    Congratulations on your promotion and the design team!!! Definitely a great week!

  13. Brilliant Brian, you have done it again. What great ideas-Thank you so much for your daily inspiration. More so, Congratulations on promoting to manager-you have worked very hard for that. I can’t wait to see what you bring to the Fab Friday Design Team.

  14. Adorable 3×3’s!! And a great tip!! Congratulations on your promotion – you SO deserve it:-). I am heading over to Fab Friday to subscribe – can’t wait to see your first contribution (no pressure)!

  15. Congrats on the promotion and the Design Team position! how exciting!

  16. Cute! Cute! Cute! 🙂
    I love the opposites to completely change the feel of this card. And I will definitely be using your “grid-poke” tip. Thanks!

  17. Congrats on the promotion and design team status, Brian! More great things are coming your way!
    Your grid and pokie hole tip is a good idea that may prove itself in other layouts that need to be lined up, too. I am off to experiment with squares and hearts. Thanks!

  18. Congrats, Brian, on the promotion and Design Team Member! Sharon Cline introduced me to your blog, and I have to say what a huge fan I am 🙂

  19. What great cards these are, Brian! Thanks for the tip about how to line up rows and columns! I have shied away from doing something like this because I didn’t want to have to erase lines. Now I can do it!

  20. Oh my Brian – after reading the other 18 responses there isn’t much left I can say. Of course the cards are fabulous, I would expect no less on this site and of course you would get a promotion – again I would expect no less with all the wonderful things you do for your customers and down line. My question would be why did it take so long for you to be so recognized? LOL Just kidding, you are fabulous and all of us know that and just love you to bits!

  21. CONGRATS on your promotion!!!! Cute card and great tip!

    You’re the best!!

  22. Congrats Brian!! All are well deserved. I love the tip on hole punching the back to make everything line up!!! I appreciate the tips so much, thank you! But where is the pink pirouette (my favorite color?)???

    • Jen, Thanks! The Pink Pirouette is the panel behind the circles and heart. It might come across as white in these photos, but it’s definitely Pink Pirouette. 🙂 Brian

  23. Love the tip for making the grid onthe back! A big Congratulations to promoting to manager and look forward to seeing more of your FAB designs! Way to go!!!!

  24. Great cards, Brian! And your tip for centering all those dots is wonderful! I would not have thought of that. But most of all….CONGRATULATIONS on your promotion to Manager, and being a Design Team Member! I am totally NOT surprised at either one of your promotions, my friend,. You are such an inspiration to all of us…. thank YOU for what you do every day!

  25. A well deserved promotion. You have the talent and patience to give us your helpful tips.
    These cards are cute and the poking tip will be a great help. Thank you!

  26. Amazing design and ‘how to’ as always.

  27. Congratulations; great card and thanks for the tip.

  28. Great tip on lining up the dots. Thank you.

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