A Thousand Thanks for FabFri37

Today is Friday, and it’s also time for a Fab Friday Card Challenge.  As a member of the Fab Friday Design Team, I get to see the challenges in advance.  This week’s sketch has puzzled me for weeks – a page filled with word bubbles.  Yikes!  It seems so simple, but it’s really quite a challenge.  I pondered it for weeks, and a new idea stuck me yesterday morning – when I finally sat down to make the card, everything fell into place.  Don’t you love when that happens?!  Here’s my card:

Lots of Thanks, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FabFri37

And here’s the sketch from Fab Friday that inspired my project:

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • MDS DSP.  With a sentiment that says “A Thousand Thanks,” it seems appropriate for there to as many thank you’s on the card.  I created a background Designer Series Paper with My Digital Studio.   I simply created a text block across an entire sheet and typed “thank you” over and over again.  I printed two pages in Smoky Slate, a page in Cherry Cobbler and a page in Coastal Cabana.  I then cropped the word bubbles with my Word Bubbles Framelits.
  • Sponging.  You know I like to frame most of my images, right?  That’s how I always end up with more layers than a Tootsie Pop (and it take a lot of licks to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop).  Anyway, I needed a border around the word bubbles but certainly didn’t want to freehand cut those, so I sponged around the ends.  The balance of sponging is somewhere between holding the sponge steady while gently swiping the paper across it and holding the paper steady while the sponge moves over it.  The sponging added just the amount of depth I wanted.
  • Color Choice and Layout.  Real Red and Coastal Cabana is a really hot color combination right now.  Instead of bright and bright, I decided to play with the rich and warm Cherry Cobbler with the Coastal Cabana (CC and CC).  I really miss Cherry Cobbler when it’s “out of season” – there’s no reason why this color should ever fall out of season.  I love it paired with Coastal Cabana and Smoky Slate.  I also popped up certain cutouts and glued down others to add dimension.

Stamp set:  A Lot of Thanks  Papers:  Cherry Cobbler, Coastal Cabana, Whisper White  Inks:  Cherry Cobbler, Coastal Cabana, Smoky Slate  Accessories:  Word Bubbles Framelits, Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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  1. Wow!! Love it! Especially the DSP, and how you made those word bubbles pop! What a great card! Can I buy one?

  2. Probably my favorite card I’ve seen you create… Very clever,creative and fun! Love it!

  3. I really love this one, of course I love a lot of your cards.

    Brian, you are able to show and give us fantastic ideas from elegant, whimsical or funny and make it achievable by any skill level paper crafter. That is a great talent. Thank you and can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

  4. Brian, I don’t know what else to say except I love EVERYTHING about this! Such a cool card!!

  5. Wow neat card, I think I would still be wondering what to do with it! Great job Brian!

  6. YOU ARE SO CLEVER! I love, love it. Now, how about a video or instructions on how to make the background paper? LOL!

  7. Christa Guntzelman

    Happy Friday to you! This card literally took my breath away! I adore everything about your card. You’re right, Cherry Cobbler should NEVER go ” out of season.” Enjoy your day.

  8. . . . I notice you even lined up the thank yous in the bubbles with the thank yous on the DSP! Great Job! 🙂

  9. Brian – you’ve outdone yourself with this one! It’s simply incredible.

  10. That is quite the sketch to work with! And, of course, you came up with a very clever design!

  11. What a fun and fabulously creative card!!!!! Love it Brian. The DSP you created was inspirational, perfectly fits that wonderful sentiment.
    Thank you for sharing.

  12. The sentiment is perfect for this. Now, how many thank you’s are actually on the card? I like to use this color combo also, so hip. Cherry Cobbler is my favorite and I use it whatever season. You came up with a good creation for this sketch. Enjoy your weekend.

  13. Brilliant!

  14. What a wonderful card, clever and very inspiring, keep ’em coming Brian!
    You Rock!

  15. WOW! WOW! A thousand WOWs! I may have to look into trying MDS now. Love the way you made your own DSP. That is one of my favorite things to do with stamps and ink. You are the KING!

  16. Wow, that sketch seems so random, yet you made it work brilliantly. A thousand reasons to check out MDS, right there. Off to see the other submissions for this challenge!

  17. WOW! What a GREAT idea. I will be Pinning this to one of my boards for sure. I send THOUSANDs of TY cards out when I get sales on Etsy…great idea!!!


  18. Every comment has captured the WOW factor of your card . It is a prize winner !
    Well done ! Very original ….

  19. Doors blown OFF!!! LOVE this!! So simple, yet so fun!! Genius!!! 🙂

  20. Wow, y’all! You really know how to make a guy blush! I really appreciate how generous you all are with your remarks. Thanks so much!


  22. And a THOUSAND THANKS TO YOU for always creating such awesome cards Brian!! You never cease to amaze us all with your creativity! 🙂

  23. Jennifer Spiller

    I totally agree with you about Cherry Cobbler! It should never be out of season! It is one of my go to colors! Can’t wate to try to combine it with Costal Cabana! Georgious card buy the way! And Happy Happy Friday to all 🙂

  24. Brian, Brian, Brian – just when I think you can’t outdo yourself you do! If I received this card I would frame it and hang it up. It’s truly a piece of art work. Love everything about it from the color combo, to the placement and most of all the message screams about how thankful you are. Super Duper card Brian.

  25. Nailed it! And not in that funny way we see all over Pinterest. 🙂

  26. I agree. You’ve outdone yourself with this one. Brilliant.

  27. Beverly Parkison aka Lateblooming Designs

    I really love this. Thanks.

  28. You are just too darn clever. Love it.

  29. Very cool!! Great job on this!! And the sponging is perfect!!

  30. This is truly inspired. Wonderful work!!

  31. You hit a home run with this one Brian! I LOVE the MDS DSP! What a fab way to incorporate “a thousand thanks”! TFS!

  32. Wow, fantastic card. I love it and I love the pun! You did so great, I am in awe.

  33. Brilliant. And I love me some hybrid cards.

  34. What an awesome idea Brian! See, we both came out with cards after all! 🙂 Great job and thanks for joining out team!

  35. Totally ingenious!

  36. Oo, that’s a cute one Brian !
    Have a wonderful weekend
    Hugs frenchie

  37. Well done! You have convinced me to get mds now… Lol

  38. Thanks a Million Brian!!!

  39. Oh my goodness! What a fabulous card! I can’t believe that you got your speech bubble thank yous to line up with your background thank yous! You never cease to amaze me!!!

  40. another home run, Brian, totally knocked out of the park!

  41. Love your take on the sketch. That WAS a hard one and that is a LOT of “Thank you’s”. Have a great weekend.

  42. You da’ man, Brian. Clever use of MDS for “thanks! “

  43. this is like, way too cool! Love it!

  44. Clever, wonderful card!

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