Oh, Happy Day!

All this gloomy weather in Atlanta has me reaching for bright colors and Spring-like shapes.  That’s exactly where I went when I sat down to make this 5″ x 5″ card:

Starburst Sayings, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

 Tips, Tricks and Reminders:

  • Layers and Layers of Beautiful.  You might recognize the central image on this card as one of the great sentiments from Starburst Sayings (from the Occasions Catalog).  I love this set which pairs well with the Starburst Framelit Dies (can you say, “necessary bundle”?)  I embossed the image in Melon Mambo Embossing Powder on a piece of Daffodil Delight Cardstock and cropped it with the coordinating framelits.  To complement the central sentiment, I cropped a circle with my Circles Collection Framelits and a flower with my Floral Frames Framelits, alternating colors at each pass.  All of these clean layers really fill out this card front.
  • Pearls Galore!  This sentiment is designed with a whole bunch of small dots running through it.  The moment I saw this set, I thought, “I wonder if one the pearl sizes would perfectly cover those dots.”  Guess what!  They do!  I grabbed the pearls with a slightly opened pair of snips (make sure you “dig” enough under them on the sheet of pearls to make sure you don’t leave the little adhesive piece behind) and then placed them over the dots in the image.  Starburst Sayings, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingIf they aren’t perfectly aligned, you can easily nudge them a little with the scissors and then press down tightly to hold them in place.  Starburst Sayings, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingHow cute are these letters when they are finished?Starburst Sayings, Stampin' Up!, Brian King
  • It’s in the Details. I spend a lot of time making choices for my cards – I will keep looking until I find something that works for me.  I contemplated several papers with Melon Mambo or with Daffodil Delight (including DSP stacks) before settling on this one from Gingham Garden.  I love that this paper, with its little Whisper White and Melon Mambo triangles, mimics the jagged edges of the starburst cutout.  I intentionally placed the paper so that the Melon Mambo triangles would point upward – it’s a happy card, right?  Woo hoo!

Stamp set:  Starburst Sayings  Papers:  Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Gingham Garden Designer Series Paper  Accessories:  Starburst Framelit Dies, Melon Mambo Stampin’ Embossing Powder, Pearl Basic Jewels, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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  1. Your blog is one of the highlights of my day, and I never miss a day. Best wishes all the way from Australia, love your work.

  2. Sunny! Love the pop of color and the Bling!

  3. Someone is going to LOVE this card. Love the thought that went into this card, as all your cards, love the layers. 🙂

  4. Oh Happy Day,,indeed it is! Such a ray of sunshine. Exactly what I need today in Ohio as we had yet another 10 inches of snow dumped on us overnight, and it’s still coming down. All the pearls remind me of the old time movie theater marquee with the twinkling blinking lights. Fabulous! Such cheery colors. Thanks for brightening my snow day.

  5. WOW, what a fabulous burst of color, love it!!! We need all the cheerful colors of Spring to be able to get by with this Winter. We woke up with more snow, so far 6″ and it’s still coming down. Lisa, I feel your pain!!

  6. Such a “sonny” card ! Oops did I spell that wrong ? Boy oh boy you really got great use of all your Framelits with this one . Thank you for the suggestions on how to frame this big boy ! This is indeed a true example of how sharp that creative mind of yours works . Love it ! Atlanta might be gloomy but,at least it`s snowless ! We had 62 here yesterday in N.C.

  7. speechless…bright and cheerful indeed!

  8. Such a bright, happy card! Ann Schach will be so proud you used all of these pearls.

  9. It is a “Sonny” card Brian. I agree with Lisa, the greeting reminds me of a movie marquee. I love the pearls. I sure Ann Schach will too :-).

  10. Just gorgeous, Brian! Love the bright colors and all the pearls! It sure brightened my day for we are having a winter storm here in NW Ohio! I am so looking forward to spring!:-)

  11. it’s ALL in the details, man, and you were certainly attentive to those today! love this card! i am growing less immune to your enablings as you continue to showcase products i don’t yet own.

    • “less immune to your enablings”? I LOVE IT! You just let me know if you ever need any of this stuff – I’m sure I could find someone who would love to sell it to you, Jenn. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  12. Such a cheerful card! (But doesn’t embossing powder give you the glitter heebeegeebies?) That card will chase anyone’s winter blues away!

    • Cindie – I have no problems with embossing powder. If it gets on my work space, I just wipe it away. Doesn’t seem to have that “sticks to everything” quality of glitter. Ugh, glitter.

  13. Sorry, I am so dumb, but I do not understand how you did the melon embossing. I just love it!!

    • Joy – This stamp has a negative image for stamping – if you inked it up, the ink would saturate all of the areas EXCEPT for the letters. I inked the stamp with VersaMark and used Melon Mambo embossing powder on Daffodil Delight paper. Does that help?

  14. Hi Brian, I LOVE your card and especially the pearls! I’m sick of winter too. I’m home from teaching today because of another snow day. At this rate I’ll be in school until July. The only good thing about this winter is that I’ve had lots of extra time in my craft room!

  15. Brian… this one made me smile!

  16. Thank you, Joy, for asking about the embossed part of this card. I actually did not comment on the card yesterday morning because I hadn’t figured out how Brian accomplished that fete! I mulled it over while I got ready for the day and finally figured it out. You were brave enough to ask 😉
    Brian, this card IS like a movie marquee with its bright and shiny effect of the embossed area, colors, and bling! Such a FUN card!

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