Bright and Cheery Birthday Card for PP204

Before I share today’s card for The Paper Players, I want to thank Yapha Mason, who chose my Stars card from last week’s color challenge as A Cut Above (You can see that card here).  As I’ve said before, I have so much fun with these challenges and never expect to be selected, but it’s always nice to be recognized.

I love an excuse to make a clean-and-simple card.  If I’m being honest, I also love an excuse to make a clean-and-layered card.  An excuse to make a fussy card also sits well with me.  I guess I’m trying to say I love an excuse to make a card.  When LeAnne Pugliese’s Clean-and-Simple Card for a Child’s Birthday Party challenge was announced yesterday, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.  I did this:

Zoo Babies, Cupcake Party, Amazing Birthday, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PP209And here’s the challenge banner for this week’s challenge from The Paper Players:

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Repurposing Stamps.  Do you recognize all the stamps used in this card?  Let’s try.  There’s the lion from Zoo Babies.  There’s the banners and sentiment from Amazing Birthday.  So , what’s that the lion is standing on?  Well, I’ll tell you.  It’s a cupcake base from Cupcake Party, turned upside down.  I needed a base for the lion, and this polka-dotted shape delivered.
  • Color Inspiration.  When I find a color combination that works for me, I like to share it with you.  For this card, I used varying shades of the primary colors – red, blue and yellow.  When I think of a child’s card, I think of these most-basic colors.  Daffodil Delight would be the closest to primary yellow, but I like the richness that Crushed Curry adds.  I also paired them with Very Vanilla for additional interest.  Feel free to copy down this color combination for your own use.Color Inspiration, Stampin' Up!, Brian King
  • Layered Banners.  The three colors are repeated in the banners on the right of the lion.  For each, I stamped the banner from Amazing Birthday in the three colors.  The Pacific Point banner is stamped directly on the Very Vanilla base.  The other two are stamped on Very Vanilla and cropped with Banner Framelits that are smaller than the original image.  I stacked the banner to line up at the base of the banner (although the usual instinct would be to center them inside each other).

Stamp Sets:  Zoo Babies, Amazing Birthday, Cupcake Party  Inks:  Pacific Point, Crushed Curry, Real Red  Papers:  Pacific Point, Crushed Curry, Real Read, Very Vanilla  Accessories:  Cupcake Builder punch, 2-1/2″ Circle punch, Circles Collection Framelits, Banners Framelits, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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  1. Brian, what a darling card. The color combination is perfect for a child without being babyish. Great job

  2. you are clever – beyond clever actually – i love everything about this card!

  3. Great ideas. Can’t wait to CASE it.

  4. Love this card. Always get inspiration from your blog!

  5. Brian, this is such a beautiful and super cute card, and what a fantastic idea to repurpose the cup cake liner from the Zoo Babies set, (which is at the top of my September order) to serve as the perfect stand for this adorable little lion.
    Thank you for sharing.

    • OOOPS!!!!! The cup cake liner is NOT from the Zoo Babies set, it’s from the Cup Cake Party set, sheeesh!! I apologize for not paying attention.

  6. How adorable is this! Love your lion standing on a cupcake liner. He looks just like a circus lion! Cute card, Brian!

  7. I love how you repurposed your stamps, you have some fun ideas. Great card! Thanks for playing along at The paper Players this week!

  8. Super birthday card for kids! And I love the color palette AND the stamp sets you used! So much fun going on here! Thanks, Brian!

  9. Such a cute card! You always get my juices flowing with your out of the box thinking. Thanks

  10. Oh how simple and brilliant! Maybe if I would stand on my head and look at the Cupcake Party set, I could of come up with your brilliant idea. You’ve done it again.

  11. So many things to like! I especially am fond of the color combination. That’s a keeper.

  12. How clever to use the cupcake base upside down for your cute little lion! AND I love the stacked banners! It all adds up to a fabulous CAS kid’s card! A kid of any age would love it! Thanks for participating this week with the Paper Players, Brian!

  13. You are such a clever man, Brian! I love this card and your using the cupcake liner as a table with a tablecloth is perfect! Reminds me of going to see the circus as a kid; and those tables that the elephants stood on. Adorable! Love the colors too! 🙂

  14. Love that lion ! The banners really add a lot to your card …. Cute card !

  15. Oh Brian, that is crazy cute! I love how you put the lion on the stand! Great colors, too! Thanks for joining us at The Paper Players.

  16. Gosh Brian, I keep saying… I love the way your brain works. When I read your descriptions, it’s almost like I can see your brain churning and your finger tapping your cheek – saying “hmmm” 😉

  17. Genius Brian – such a clever way to use the cupcake case! The primary colours work really well too for your fun circus-themed birthday card. Thanks for joining us over at the Paper Players this week!

  18. Brian, I love the striped banners… what a great use of the ribbon and it really evokes a circus – perfect with your little lion. A fabulous kiddie card. Love it.
    So glad you joined the Paper Players this week

  19. Man you keep using all the sets I want but haven’t been able to get yet. Darling card – perfect for any child’s birthday!

  20. Super cool, Brian! Great idea and tips, thanks loads.

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