Setting Sail with a Sneak Peek

When I was asked to give a presentation during our Stampin’ Up! incentive trip, I was both honored and elated.  Six demonstrators shared projects and tips over a three-hour period in the Stampin’ Up! Hospitality Suite while many of the top demonstrators from all over the world stood in front of us to listen to our presentations.  No pressure – no, none at all.  Here’s a quick photo of me at my table:

Brian King, Stampin' Up!, Incentive TripWhat a handsome fellow, huh?  🙂  This picture was snapped by Becky Roberts – it was so fun to hang out with her and her family this past week.  As part of my presentation, I shared my takes on the 2014-2016 In Colors – a comparison of the 2014-2016 In Colors to similar colors in our color current color family (you can see those cards here) and some pairings of the 2014-2016 In Colors with complementary colors (you can those cards here).  I also shared some projects I made with a new stamp set called What’s Your Type?.

What's Your Type?, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

What’s Your Type? is a two-step photopolymer stamp set (available in the 2014-2015 Annual Catalog).  While the set is brilliantly designed to create every letter of the alphabet (in combination with one another), the shapes and patterns are perfect for other images.  They can be used to make an abstract background pattern or to create actual images.  In yesterday’s project, I created a flower-pot (see that project here).  In honor of this trip, I also combined the shapes to create a boat.  Here’s my card:

What's Your Type?, Work of Art, Itty Bitty Banners, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingTips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Let’s All Do the Wave.  To create this look of waves at the base of the Whisper White card stock, I stamped this zig-zag pattern from Work of Art (available in the 2014-2015 Annual.  I repeated the image on the base of the card stock to continue the waves beyond the surface of the circle.
  • Boat Builder.  The boat is built from the combination of the shallow moon shapes (solid and striped) and the triangle shape (solid and striped).  I stamped the striped triangle a second time and then snipped the longest band to use as a mast.
  • Banner.  This banner was the perfect accent for my boat.  It helps to add a little motion to the scene.  I stamped the image from Itty Bitty Banners, cropped it with Bitty Banners Framelits and then cropped off part of the right end so that the banner would be flush with the mast.

Stamp Sets:  What’s Your Type? (sneak peek), Work of Art (sneak peek), Itty Bitty Banners  Papers:  Pool Party, Real Red, Whisper White  Inks:  Early Espresso, Pool Party, Real Red, Crumb Cake  Accessories:  Circles Collection Framelits, Bitty Banners Framelits, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I’m sharing more about this trip tomorrow, so please come back.

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  1. Brian. You showcased the versatility of this stamp set beautifully. I need to add this to my wish list. Congrats on being selected to present in the hospitality sweet. What an honor and privilege.

  2. Brian, I definitly had this set on my wish list but it’s definitly moved to the top thanks to your great sample. Congrats on being selected to present! Well deserved.

  3. Love the handsome Fella! And the black tie! Oh and this little boat, just adorable! Pinning the handsome Fella!

  4. Oh, what a FUN card! Perfect design for your cruise demonstration! I do think this stamp set MUST go on my wish list, too 😉
    Thanks so much, Brian! Welcome back!

  5. On my, you look so daper in your black tie. Having a big smile and spark in your eye, you look so relaxed. No pressure at all. Such a cute card. When I saw this in the new catty, it automatically went on my wish list.

  6. What an honor to be asked to demonstrate! Congrats to you.

  7. Germaine Meilach

    You are right it is a wonderful set, great versatility. Stampinup does recognize talent when they see it. Congratulations.

  8. Brian you’re such a creative genius! This card is another “WOW” but yet CAS! Love it!

  9. Cindie McDuffee

    I do concur that you look dashing…..and totally in your element! It’s always amazing to see your creations, as you sway my opinions of sets I had previously glossed over (like this one)
    And the new catty list grows ever longer…….thanks B!

  10. Brian…..great job on the card! I already have this stamp set on my ‘wish list’ as I went to the premiere & have my catalogue. I now have a VERY long list. I really like your card, & it looks like all of you had a great time on the cruise! Safe travels home!

  11. I just love the little sail boat Brian, I think little boy when I look at it. I’m in love with this stamp set, it’s so versatile. I’m sure your presentation was stellar. I hope you’ll be sharing more about the cruise.

  12. I like your Zig Zag waves ! They look great going across the circle ! And when I look at your cute little boat I can almost hear Christopher Cross singing “Sailing “.
    Interesting stamp set . It sets your imagination into gear !

  13. I loved the projects you have shared! And It was great to have met you.

  14. Oh Brian: You truly look like a King with your white shirt and black bow tie. Very handsome indeed and I agree with the other ladies, you look quite relaxed to me. I would literally be shaking in my boots to be put in the “presenter” position when it’s a group of my peers I’m presenting too.

    When are the new catties coming to us non demonstrators so we can start drooling?

  15. What a fun card using the stamp set…love the sail boat! Big congrats on giving the presentation! Great photo of you!:-)

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