Celebrate Real Nice with a Sneak Peek of Balloon Bash

There are so many wonderful holidays throughout the year that honor important events and people.  These special days are a time to reflect, to share or to celebrate.  Few holidays are as important or meaningful as the one we celebrate today – people all over the world come together to recognize December 16 as Brian King’s birthday.  Did I aptly over-emphasize the importance of this day?

I’m kicking off my special day with a card I made JUST FOR ME (unless it shows up in your mailbox – at which point I made it JUST FOR YOU).  I enjoyed playing around with two products that will be available when the Occasions Catalog launches January 6 – Balloon Bash Photopolymer Stamp Set and Birthday Bash Specialty Designer Series Paper.  Here’s my card:

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  • Font-tastic.  I love beautiful fonts – and I love witty sentiments.  Balloon Bash has both, so I’m a happy boy.  I would never have imagined sending a card that says “Celebrate Real Nice,” but it seems so appropriate when written so stylishly.  I love it!  Here’s a peak at the rest of the set, styled with the Birthday Bash Specialty Designer Series Paper.  What a great ensemble!Balloon Bash, Stampin' Up!
  • Birthday Bash Specialty Designer Series Paper.  Since you are already looking at it, let’s talk about this paper.  It’s absolutely gorgeous, don’t you think?  The combinations of patterns and colors are perfect for almost any celebration and can be paired to create a masculine birthday card, too.  Sure, this piece I used has curvy flourishes on it, but they coordinate so well with the stamp set image.  What makes this paper a “specialty” paper?  Two of the pages include shiny, gold foil images.
  • Color Combination.  I love this combination of colors – I combined them with the suggestion from the Specialty Designer Series Paper.  I think they provide a perfect balance of “masculine” and “celebratory.”  Do you agree?  If you like these colors together, too, feel free to save this:  Color Inspiration, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Stamp Sets:  Balloon Bash  Papers:  Night of Navy, Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Birthday Bash Specialty Designer Series Paper  Inks:  Night of Navy, Bermuda Bay  Accessories:  Stampin’ Dimensionals

Balloon Bash, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingThanks for stopping by today!  It makes me so happy to know that you are checking in on me each day.


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  1. Great card… thx for sharing. Have a good day.

  2. First, and Most Importantly, HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRIAN, enjoy your special day! You had me chuckling. : ) The way you used the dp gives a feeling of motion and excitement, like there’s a party about to happen! I agree with you about the sentiment, but it works really well on your card. Thank you for sharing, now go out and Celebrate~

  3. Happy Birthday Brian! Paint the town red and have a great day! Beautiful card too.

  4. Happy Birthday to you ! (add the music). I hope your day is as special as you are !
    I like your self made card ! It`s all swirly -twirly and fun !
    Maybe the Birthday Fairy will leave you something (if you`ve been good) !!!

  5. Happy birthday, Brian! Eat cake! Love the card!

  6. Happy Birthday, Brian! I hope you have a wonderful day, with lots of time to play, and also lots of time to be spoiled as you deserve 🙂

  7. Happy, happy Birthday!! Beautiful card~love the colors:)

  8. Wishing you a REAL NICE day, enjoy and celebrate. Look forward to your blog each day and appreciate the ideas and tips you share with us.
    Love the card by the way.

  9. Happy birthday, Brian! And thanks for my morning chuckle!

  10. Happy Birthday Brian! Have a “nice” day and I hope your year is filled with the very best blessings.

  11. The best way to get the card you really want is to make it yourself. That is also my philosophy for “gift buying”. (Yay for gift cards). Lol! Have a great day celebrating you and all you have accomplished this past year. The best is yet to come!

  12. Happy Birthday Brian! As always, TFS

  13. A very happy birthday to you!!

  14. Happy Birthday, Brian! Hope you have a fantastic day celebrating you! This is a great card you did and I love the stamp set. Cannot wait to see the new catalog!!

  15. Have a great day today! Thanks for putting a smile on my face each morning, may your year do the same for you!

  16. Happy Birthday Brian! Have a super fantastic day!

  17. Happy birthday Brian and thank you for inspiring me every day.

  18. Happy Happy Birthday to you! Enjoy your card, because mine is late! , and enjoy the day of everything Brian!

  19. Happy Birthday, Brian. Lots of ‘Kingly’ fanfare in that Birthday introduction! Hope you are taking a day off from work to celebrate in the grandest fashion today. I am so glad you introduce us to the Designer Paper. It adds a lot of ‘pop’ to this card. See ya in January for our group party.

  20. Happy birthday, Brian. You give each of us a gift every day by sharing your creativity and wit. (Full disclosure: I’d follow your blog even if I never intended to stamp another piece of cardstock) Hope your day IS all about you; may all that you give to us be returned to you ten thousand times over.

  21. Happy Birthday!!!! Love the color combination!! I don’t think I would have ever thought to pair those blues, but they loook fab!!!

  22. Happy Birthday Brian!
    Hope you get to spend some time crafting!


  23. (cue music)
    HBD Dear Brian!
    HBDTY! (end music)
    In your honor it is raining in California, you’re welcome! (And thank you, BTW) Love your card, and love your blog, your writing style is very a.a.milne to me. Always the first read in the morning. Oh happy day to you!

  24. Happy Birthday Brian!!! Hope you have a great day.

  25. Happy Birthday!!!! Have an awesome day! And what a beautiful card. Can’t wait to get my hands on that paper and stamp set. 🙂

  26. Happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, H A P P Y birthday to you Brian. I think your best birthday present this year is the anticipation of that great cruise you are planning on going on. Now THAT’s a birthday present for sure! Great card from a great guy to a great guy! Enjoy your day, avoid working too hard and eat cake! Advice from an elder. LOL

  27. Ta-Dah!!! I laughed so hard, thank you! You are such a stitch Brian.:) People across the world are leaping for joy at this most significant celebration! Oh yes, and the card ain’t bad either! lol

  28. happy birthday Brian!!!!

  29. Oh, I am still laughing…. I went from tears to laughter in no time! Leave it to you, Brian.
    … and I just marked my calendar that December 16th is officially declared “King Day”.
    BTW, the card is beautiful!

  30. Happy Birthday Brian. Have a great day and a wonderful year ahead. Love the colors on the card and the paper is fantastic too!

  31. Happy Birthday, Brian!! I love your sense of humor, maybe because it’s just like mine! Have a wonderful day!

  32. Nice card Brian. Now, go and do what it says, CELEBRATE your
    day. and new year to come. HAPPY BIRTHDAY Brian!!

  33. Happy Birthday Brian! I sure enjoy your blog every morning. You never

  34. Happy Birthday, Brian! Thank you for letting us know that it’s your special day so we can bow in admiration and gratitude for all you have shared with us. We are not worthy! (I guess we are worthy; we’re in the Stampin’ Up! family.) I am so glad I found your blog and have access to your wealth of creativity. Eat cake (and ice cream, too)!

  35. Happy, happy, happy birthday, Brian!

  36. Happy, Happy Birthday, Brian……….King for the day!!
    I enjoy reading your blog each morning……always good to start the day with a chuckle! I noticed on your Facebook page that you are missing your little snowman…….yep, those little poly stamps are tough to keep track of…….hope he isn’t MIA too long!
    Again, happy birthday & enjoy your special day!!

  37. A very big HAPPY BIRTHDAY goes out to you from me, Brian! And many more, to boot!
    Hugs and Keep Smilin’!

  38. Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday Brian King, Happy Birthday to yoooou! Now that I have what my kids call the birthday torture over (fortunately you cannot hear me singing!), I can say I love your card.
    This DSP makes think of a little boy (or one of my girls) stomping through a mud puddle! Hehehe…one more thing to put on my growing wish list!

  39. Sending lots of JOY your way Brian! Kick up your heels and celebrate from morning to night. Great card love the colors. Looking forward to this paper pack!

  40. Happy Birthday! I will have a celebratory treat in your name today 🙂

  41. A very happy birthday to you! What a great card you made for yourself, seriously. 😀 I’m already loving that stamp set, and those colors are awesome. #GoMariners lol

  42. Hi Brian,

    I stop by to see what you have to share every day. Today I laughed out loud. I frequently smile, sometimes chuckle, but have not “LOL’d” at a post until today (have been following you for about one year). Thanks for that. And for your wonderful blog posts. You are truly talented, as a card maker and also as a writer and blogger. Have a super birthday!

  43. HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRIAN!!!!! You deserve a day that is all about you!! I hope all your wishes come true my dear and that you celebrate your special day Joyfully!!! 🙂
    Many, many hugs!!!

  44. I love your card Brian. The movement in the DSP adds an unexpected element that I love.

  45. Happy Birthday Brian!!! If I employ the patented “Brian King Squint”; you don’t look any older than last year!! Enjoy your special day!

  46. HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!

  47. Happy Birthday. You are sure an inspiration. Thank you!

  48. Happy birthday to you! Long live the King!

  49. Happy Birthday to a fun, terrifically talented guy. I love your site, thanks so much for bringing a little joy in to my life every day. Celebrate til you drop!

  50. Happy Birthday, Brian! I wish you a fun year ahead.

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