FabFri38 Color Challenge

From day-to-day, I try to mix things up for you.  If one day’s card is soft and beautiful, then the next day will surely be bright and playful.  Today is a bit different, though.  Today is the second day in a row of floral cards in Fall-like tones.  As the weather started to cool off a bit over the past couple of days, I couldn’t resist these warm tones.  The colors in today’s card (Pistachio Pudding, Baked Brown Sugar and Sahara Sand) are selected for this week’s FabFriday Challenge.  Here’s my card:

Fabulous Florets, Gently Falling, Million & One, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FabFri38

And here’s the banner for this week’s challenge:

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Maximizing the Color Combination.  With three colors that border on neutural (that’s my intentional combination of neutral and natural), it’s almost critical to let white or vanilla play an important role int he design.  I knew from the start that I wanted a large, white flower so I turned to Fabulous Florets.  While it appears that Sahara Sand takes “backstage credit” here, it’s roll is very important.  Without the Sahara Sand background, the front panel of this card would not pop nearly as much as it does.
  • Leaf it to me.  I searched high and low for leaves that would be home to the flower (I like the base leaves in Fabulous Florets, but I wanted something different).  I tried cropped leaves from the Bird Builder punch, the Little Leaves Sizzlit.  When my eyes spied this leaf from my very-unused-outside-of-Fall set, Gently Falling, I knew I had found my leaf base.  Woo hoo!
  • Less is more.  This is one of the simplest cards I’ve made in quite some time.  That’s necessary every once in a while.  Before gluing everything down, I played with different shapes and textures behind the flower (when I say I played with different things, trust that my craft space is a royal wreck this morning) but decided that the simplest layout would work the best.  Sometimes, you just have to say “pencils down!” and move on.

Stamp sets:  Fabulous Florets, Million & One, Falling Gently  Inks:  Baked Brown Sugar, Pistachio Pudding  Papers:  Sahara Sand, Baked Brown Sugar, Whisper White, Venetian Romance Designer Series Paper  Accessories:  Stampin’ Dimensionals

Please head over to the Fab Friday challenge to see the projects by the other designers.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!


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  1. The baked brown sugar looks almost like it is embossed. Very soft and rich at the same time. Lovely!

  2. I love the soothing simplicity of this card Brian! Fabulous as always! 🙂

  3. Beautiful. A definite case for me.

  4. Very elegant & classy

  5. Love it! So glad you told what you chose for leave… I was trying, in vain, to figure out what it was!

  6. Beautiful…..love the pop of the white flower!

  7. Brian, you used one of my favorite flower sets from SU, Fabulous Florets, and I too love the leafy stamp in it but, this leaf stamp from Gently Falling, (which I luckily own) is a perfect match for this pretty flower. Lovely color combination, beautifully simple card. Thank you for sharing.

  8. Wow!! What a gorgeous card!!

    Happy Friday!


  9. Simple but stunning is what I say. I love today’s card! P.s. My craft room is a wreck too. TGIF I will be organizing it tonight. :-).

  10. I love this card I am going to try and make it you really make some of the most beautiful cards and I appreciate you sharing with us.

  11. I love that white flower….it does really pop in your layout! Great job mixing and matching stamp sets! TFS!

  12. Brian, I love this card. It’s beautiful, elegant and striking. And I think the colors remind me of spring, and new growth with, hopefully, the trees budding and the daffodils blooming.


  13. You are funny! Neutural sounds like something that should happen at a vet clinic, not a crafting term…..

    This card is simple and gorgeous, (and like Maria, uses 2 of my fave stamp sets.) The sentiment could get swapped out for so many occasions. Thank you for a wonderful idea and use of color…great challenge submission!

  14. Wowza!! Beautiful colors…beautiful card! Love that flower ..

  15. Brian love , love it , I’m a sucker for flowers , there NO ugly flowere in my eyes , love how you put the colors together !!! BEAUITIFUL
    Hugs frenchie ,
    Have a wonderful and HAPY stamping week end ,

  16. Hi Brian:
    When I saw the color combo for the FabFri challenge this week, my mind said “what the heck were they thinking?”. As it turned out it works beautifully in your card design. I should not be surprised as you are the “artiste extraordinaire” and I am but an admirer from afar! LOL You nailed it Brian!

  17. Charlotte Coombes

    Oh Brian, if only you knew how much of a lifesaver your card is today! It’s my only day off this week, and I NEED to get 22 thank you cards done and mailed today, but I’m so tired I am brain dead in my creativity right now! Then along comes this beautiful, elegant card that makes just the statement I want, and halleluiah I even have all the supplies! You are my hero!! This is going to be a TOTAL CASE kind of day! I love you, Buddy!! 🙂

  18. I love this card! I definitely have to CASE it!

  19. Such a beautiful card. Love the strong and simple statement it makes. I learned so much from your creative process. Thank you for sharing!

  20. absolutely love the simplicity of this card…. very soft and warm…. is the writing a stamp or decorative paper? I am definitely casing this card!! 🙂

  21. Brian–

    I’m new to your blog but I am loving your cards! Today’s is really a beautiful use of those colors…………..thanks for sharing…………


  22. Very beautifully crafted. Love the elegance and balance, TFS

  23. Soft and beautiful…love it!

  24. A million and one thanks to you for creating such a beauty. The single white flower shines. Reminds me of the white moonflowers which illuminate the night. Gorgeous!

  25. Brian,
    I love today’s simply elegant card. I am one of those that thinks less is more and keep my cards simple all the time. Actually, that is my style about everything I do.
    Our personal lifestyle seems to transcend to our art projects. I have a new appreciation for baked brown sugar as of today!

  26. Beverly Parkison aka Lateblooming Designs

    WOW! Thanks.

  27. What a GREAT idea to use the Gently Falling leaves with that flower (which happens to be one of my all-time FAVES)!!! So nice, Brian!! 🙂

  28. Beautiful Brian. Love the colors.

  29. You are so right, Brian, the colors really do pop against the Sahara Sand background. Soft and so beautiful. Love it.

  30. Oh so fabulous, Brian! Love, love, love this one.

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