My Best Mate for The Paper Players

The Paper Players have issued a really fun color challenge this week – a combination of Midnight Muse, Crisp Cantaloupe and Gold.  What fun!  Why is it so fun?  The challenge also allows me to mark a few items off my “to use” list.  Let’s hear it for using the supplies we have.  Woo hoo!

Here’s my card for this week’s challenge:

Hello Sailor, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PP182

And here’s the banner for Nance Leedy’s challenge:

 Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • A Masculine Valentine.  I purchased Hello Sailor when the Occasions Catalog launched in January.  While I have every intention of using the cute images in the set (the whale, the boat wheel, the anchor), I have been puzzled by the sentiments.  Sonny and I talked this weekend and both agreed that “Hello, Sailor” and “You’re My Best Mate” are tricky sentiments to use – you really have to use them for just the right person at the right time.  After our conversation, I was itching to use this sentiment – you know I like a challenge.  🙂
  • A Splash of Gold.  I added gold to this card with the Fancy Foil Designer Vellum and the little splashes (another nautical reference) of gold on the sides of the sentiment.  This was a little trick I learned at Leadership in January – I took a strand of Gold Baker’s Twine and separated the gold foil strand from the white twine.  I wadded them up and let them shine like little strands of tinsel. Hello Sailor, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PP182
  • The Colors.  When I first saw the color challenge, I was skeptical I could make these colors work together.  After Saturday’s [very exciting] debacle, I would have stayed away from Crisp Cantaloupe, but The Paper Players declared it so.  Either way, I minimized the use of Crisp Cantaloupe to let the blue and gold shine.  I used the chevron pattern from the 2012-2014 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack to resemble the waves on which your sailor friend would be sailing.

Stamp sets:  Hello Sailor  Papers:  Midnight Muse, Crisp Cantaloupe, Fancy Foil Designer Foil Vellum (Gold), 2012-2014 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack (Midnight Muse)  Accessories:  White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Deco Labels Collection Framelits, Gold Baker’s Twine, Banner punch (Sale-a-Bration), Stampin’ Dimensionals

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A Busy Week.  Tomorrow is the monthly Pals Blog Hop tomorrow, so my blog entry will be posting a half-hour later than normal.  Thursday is a Pals Paper Arts challenge, and Friday marks my debut with The FabFriday Design Team.  Woo hoo!

Come join me in Atlanta!  On Friday I posted an invitation for you to join me in Atlanta on February 16 at 2:00.  I’m hosting a Tools of the Trade workshop, where I’ll give a quick crash course in some of Stampin’ Up!’s most popular tools.  Click on the flyer below to see more:Tools of the Trade Workshop


  1. Perfect use of the “You’re My Best Mate” stamp! And a GOOD non-traditional color pallet for Valentine’s Day! My hubby travels to Australia on business and this sentiment would work perfectly for him! Thanks, Brian!

  2. Love the gold threads, great idea. Like the midnight muse behind the velum. Very nice. 🙂

  3. WOWZERS! Love the colors…….so rich and fun!

  4. I was skeptical with this color combo as well, but you used it perfectly! What a great card!

  5. Thanks Suzie ! I forgot about our friends down under ! But,the “Hello Sailor” from this set …. is funny …could be Xrated ….I just don`t know how many people you could send THAT card to ? I like these bold colors , Brian ….I probably should try them together and now I have to get the Bakers Twine so I can pull out that cute gold “Squiggly “stuff . It really adds some cuteness to your card !

  6. I love how you incorporated the colors and downplayed Calypso Coral on this nautical card. Well done!

  7. Love this Brian…unusual color combo and it works!

  8. What a sweet and lovely card Brian, the gold little hearts really look amazing against this bold Midnight Muse CS. That touch of bling with the gold threads on either side of the sentiment is a great addition to this beautiful Valentine. I can almost picture you in the Fungeon separating the gold thread from the twine, amazing patience and dexterity!!!!!

  9. Brian, another great card. Don’t you love that vellum?

  10. I love the colors and golds together! The nautical/sea theme is beautifully executed. Have a great week! Thanks for sharing. Nancy B

  11. Hi Brian: You are the King of Layers. My goodness, I counted seven layers not including the banner and sentiment. I just love the fancy foil designer foil vellum and this was the perfect card to use it on.

  12. Love all the navy, hearts, and chevrons! And, great layers with fab touch of gold for this wonderful card, Brian!

  13. love your card today as always a beautiful card. Now i am giving you permission to stay home from work. you have nasty weather again heading your better to be home and safe ( plus able to craft ) than go to work and be stuck there. be safe. !!

  14. Well, Blow me Down!!! 🙂 What a super duper great card Brian! I think you have done this set and colors creative justice! I love it! Guy cards are a challenge for me, but you have pulled this one off effortlessly. I see this card, or something like it, in my workshop future! Thanks for the inspiration!

  15. Loved your card-especially the way you separated the twine to get the good gold stuff!

  16. another beauty. i love how you used the gold as an accent with the hearts

  17. Laurie Burns Gachewicz

    Cleanly and simply AWESOME Brian!! I love everything about your card, including the perfect placement of the sentiment panel squarely (& literally!!) in the middle of those sweet little gold hearts from the Vellum paper!! 🙂

  18. You’ve managed to take a challenging color combo and turn it into something marvelous! I haven’t seen this set used too much, so it is nice to see. I love that vellum paper…perfect for the challenge!

  19. Brian, this card is masculine Valentine awesomeness! You used just the right touches of gold. I especially like the threads. The weather forecast has me worried about you though, my friend. Please be safe and stay home if you can, and take good care of Bandit! Oh, almost forgot, thanks for joining us this week at The Paper Players!

  20. Well blow me down, matey! (Sorry, I couldn’t help myself) Thi s is FABULOUS, Brian. I love your use of this stamp set and the bold chevron paper. The Cantaloupe is so perfect for a pop of color and the gold accents, well who can argue with gold?! Not me! Love it all–so glad you took my color challenge at the Paper Players! I hope you’re thawing out up there. ((Hugs))

  21. Brian, the mixture of the gold heart vellum with the strong Midnight Muse chevron is fabulous. Beautiful card.
    So glad you shared it with the Paper Players this week

  22. Great card Brian. Just love it! I have just ordered this stamp set and I’m glad I did 🙂

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