Simple Saturday – Change the World

I love the challenge of making special cards for friends to give to someone else.  When my coworker asked me to make a graduation card for her daughter’s fiancée, I was happy to oblige.  Although I’m the first to say, “Put color on it!” when making cards for the men in your life, I don’t know this guy, so I played it safe – but I really like how it turned out.  Here’s my card – a gem for Simple Saturday – quick, simple and certainly guy-appropriate:

Bravo, Something to Say, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Filling the Curve.  I love the curve of this sentiment.  When also stamped at an angle, the sentiment really commands the attention on the front of the card.  The placement of the word on this card really cried out for “something” below and “something” above it.  The added sentiment from Something to Say is a bit tongue-in-cheek when paired with the Congrats sentiment (Together, they kinda’ say “Yay! You did it.  Don’t sit down – get to work.”).  I filled the emptiness above the curve with three stars.  If you squint and look at the card (careful, you’ll owe me a nickel), you’ll see these additional elements balance the card perfectly.
  • Color Combination.  The colors I used in this card were inspired by some of the colors in the Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack – Whisper White, Lost Lagoon and Basic Gray.  While they are perfectly muted enough for a masculine card, they’d also be lovely together in a sympathy card or elegant together in a wedding card or perfectly suitable for a thank you card.    Color Inspiration, Stampin' Up!, Brian King
  • Candied Stars.  The moment I started to placed my stars on the card (before gluing them down), I knew they needed something else.  Following the color scheme, I thought Basic Gray Candy Dots would add a perfect texture to the card front.  The paper has a gritty look to it, and the oval is popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The Candy Dots add a little touch of smooth-and-glossy – just what I needed.

Bravo, Something to Say, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingStamp Sets:  Bravo, Something to Say  Papers:  Lost Lagoon, Basic Gray, Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack  Inks:  Lost Lagoon  Accessories:  Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Neutrals Candy Dots (Basic Gray), Extra-Large Oval punch, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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stamp sale

Do you want lots of stampin’ supplies but want to pay very little?  Deb Cozzone, Pam Morris and I are hosting a Retired Stamp Sale at Deb’s home in Roswell, Georgia.  We’ll have food, make-and-takes, and lots of entertainment.  BUT…the real reason for the event is to get together with you (and to load our retired stamp sets and supplies into your car at bargain basement prices).  I hope you will join us!

The event will be Tuesday night, August 12 from 7:00 – 9:00 in Roswell, Georgia (just north of Atlanta).  If you are in the Atlanta area, please email me at [email protected] if you’d like to join us, and I’ll send over Deb’s address.  Between the three of us, we have hundreds of stamp sets that date back to the 1990’s, so there’s a little bit here for everyone.  My goal is to sell everything Tuesday night.  Won’t you join us?


  1. gorgeous Brian….just clean and simple…love it

  2. Great card! I love that sentiment too!

  3. I love the color combination . Great job Brian

  4. CAS and fitting, love it.

  5. Lovely card, Brian. Have a lovely “HOTLANTA”
    DAY. I used to live in Conyers and work in Decatur.

  6. Great card with lots of good tips and things to use on other cards.

  7. You are so right about making that curved sentiment commanding more attention by setting it at an angle! I never think of things like this on my own…which is why you’re here, right?! Clean and striking!

  8. Really well done Brian! Thanks for your great ideas in putting your card together 🙂

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