Three Things I Like: Ginger Tiovonen

I’m leaving today for Stampin’ Up!’s Founder’s Circle, an event hosted each year for the Top 100 demonstrators (determined by a mix of sales, recruiting and leadership). I could not be more excited!  In my second year as a demonstrator, I have an opportunity to mix-and-mingle with some of the greatest demonstrators – and I get to wear pajamas with them at Thursday’s Pajama Party.  While I am not the first male to earn the distinction (Kevin Theeson earn the trip in 2001), I am the first male to attend – and thus, the first male to attend the much-talked-about Pajama Party.

Founder's Circle 2014

Enough about me.  Let’s talk about a card the Ginger Tiovonen made for me.  Ginger is my very good friend (and fellow Stampin’ Pal) from Butte, Montana.  She is sweet and kind and has a very calm demeanor (in other words, she is nothing like me).  šŸ™‚  She sent me this card as a “congratulations” for earning Founder’s Circle, and I’m happy to share it with you today.  I’m also going to share three things I like about her card (that’s right, I’m going to limit it to three).  Here’s the card I was lucky to receive:

Bravo!, Stampin' Up!, by Ginger TiovonenThree Things I Like About this Card

  • Color Combination.  Let’s start with the obvious here.  While the patterned paper is Rich Razzleberry, I believe she used Blackberry Bliss as the base of the card and for the sentiment.  Paired with the brightness of Old Olive and the Softness of Soft Sky, Ginger’s combination of rich, bright and soft colors she used come together perfectly and complement one another wonderfully.  If you’d like to try this color combination, feel free to save this:Color Inspiration, Stampin' Up!, Brian King
  • Borders.  If you pay attention (and I know you do because you are so alert and interested in what I have to say), then you know how much I adore a thin border around the elements of the cards I create.  By bordering the purple with green and the green with blue, Ginger adds a lot of depth and character to the elements of her card.
  • Random Acts of Beautiful.  I’m picking up two “likes” here, but I make the rules so I’ve captured them under the category of “beautiful”.  While I know they aren’t randomly placed on this card, but I love the smattering of stars and the surprise of little banners beneath the sentiment – both are adorable accents for this sentiment and add whimsy and fun to this card.  I also love Ginger’s use of texture – I don’t use my embossing folders enough, and this reminds me what an impact they can have.

Stamp Sets:  Bravo  Papers:  Blackberry Bliss, Old Olive, Soft Sky, Whisper White, Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper  Inks:  Blackberry Bliss  Accessories:  Lucky Stars Textured Impressions Embossing Folder,  Large Polka Dot Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll pop over to Ginger’s blog ( to check out her work there.

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  1. Brian, safe travels, enjoy the week! Great card by Ginger.

  2. I love this card. So kind of her to think of you. I agree I love the Colour combination. Have a great time . Remember to take pictures.

  3. Love the card. Have a blast….I’m sure you will have the best pj’s too!

  4. Well done Brian – have a great time! Love the card, Ginger, with the use of circles and stars – circles for Founders Circle and stars for Mr King – brilliant!

  5. I love the colors on this card and the awesome embossing Ginger did on this panels, maybe she just gave you a little push to use your EF a bit more often. Beautiful card and the thought behind it. Have a wonderful time at Convention, say HELLO to Mary for me. (Oh boy, oh boy!!! I wish I could see a picture of you in your PJ’s šŸ˜‰ )

  6. Ginger the card is fantastic. Love the boldness of the dots. Brian, have a wonderful and safe trip!

  7. Great card Ginger! Many more than 3 things to love. Have a blast Brian. Can’t wait to hear all about it! Tell Shelli “Hi” for me and give hugs to Mary, Lisa and Ann.

  8. Shall we expect pictures from the pajama party? Have fun Brian! šŸ™‚

  9. Beautiful card Ginger and thanks Brian for sharing it with us. I hope you have a wonderful time at Founders Circle!

  10. Wow. I know I’m a new customer, but I honestly thought you’ve been doing this for years. You’re attention to customers and passion for honest salesmanship got you there. Congratulations on your Founder’s Circle win. It is well deserved.

  11. Yay for you at FC. Yay for you for making cards to swap . Yay for you picking Ginger`s card for today ! I love the colors …. and details !

  12. Oh Brian – you are going to have an unforgettable time. What guy wouldn’t be thrilled to be surrounded by all those beautiful, talented women! This trip will be worthy of it’s own mini album I’m sure.

    Ginger – what a fantastic card and how nice of you to send it to Brian to congratulate him. I’m sure you custom made that for the King of Layers with the 7 layers and knew he would just love it. LOL

  13. I love the rhinestone on the exclamation point!

    Hope you have a wonderful time at Founder’s Circle.

  14. Congrats, Brian! The Founder’s Circle is lucky to have you! I’m so proud of you and grateful to read your blog. Please be sure to post “jammies” pictures. šŸ™‚

  15. It is a lovely card. I could stare at it all day, it’s so pleasing to the eye!

  16. Gorgeous card, Ginger! Enjoy your time away, Brian! šŸ™‚

  17. Only 2 years as a demonstrator and you’ve already achieved Founders Circle? Very impressive, but not shocking. It’s apparent by the cards that you make and the way that you share your talent, humor and kindness with us every day that you were made for this! Enjoy your FC celebration -you’ve earned it

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