Best. Day. Ever. – a Sneak Peak

I hope you enjoyed the first day of 2015.  I woke up early, enjoyed time in the Fungeon and savored some good food with great friends – Serina and Chris came over for a traditional, Southern New Year’s Day meal of collard greens, black-eyed peas, ham and hoe cakes (hoe cakes are savory cornbread pancakes).  Still celebrating from yesterday, here’s a super-cute, celebratory card:

Best Day Ever, Cheerful Critters, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Ooooh!  Sneak Peeks.  This card combines a sneak peek stamp set from the upcoming Occasions Catalog (released January 6) and the upcoming Sale-a-Bration Catalog (also released January 6).  Cheerful Critters is a photopolymer set that includes three adorable characters with cute, little sentiments for their signs (like “Happy Day”, “I Like Your Face” and  “Let’s Party!”).  The words I chose for their signs here are from Best Day Ever, a wonderful stamp set offering from Sale-a-Bration.  Woo hoo!
  • Blendabilities.  I stamped each of these cuties with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and the colored my fingers off with a variety of Blendabilities:  Skin Tone Assortment, Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Smoky Slate and Melon Mambo.  I even added a little Pink Pirouette (one of the new Blendabilities offered in the Occasions Catalog) on the bunny’s ears.  I love the ease of coloring with Blendabilities.
  • Color Inspiration.  So, I was sitting there with a colorful image on Whisper White and needed to stamp my words and mount it on something, right?  I decided to use the colors of the central character (we’ll call her Miss Chicky) as inspiration for the rest of the card.  Seems to balance out the overload of color, huh?  I also made an envelope with Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper – even though my card front is 3″ x 5-3/4″, that didn’t stop me from making an envelope.

Best Day Ever, Cheerful Critters, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingStamp Sets:  Cheerful Critters, Best Day Ever  Papers:  Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White  Inks:  Pumpkin Pie, Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, Blendabilities (Skin Tone Assortment, Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Smoky Slate and Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette)  Accessories:  Stampin’ Dimensionals

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Sale-a-Bration and Occasions.  Are you ready for the launch of Sale-a-Bration and the 2015 Occasions Catalog on January 6?  January’s going to be WONDERFUL, and you don’t want to miss out.  If you don’t know what to expect, please reach out to me.  If you don’t have a catalog and would like to be my customer, please reach out to me.  I’m more than happy to send you one.  Email me at [email protected]

Product Shares and Swatch Books.  I’ll be hosting product shares and selling Designer Series Swatch Books at the launch of the new catalog.  I will begin taking orders early next week – be on the lookout for more information soon.  Woo hoo!  I love to share with you.  If you would like to be on my email distribution list, please email me at [email protected] Stampin’ Clubhouse.  I have had so much fun with my current online club and have several people interested in starting one.  The beginning of the year is as good a time as any – just agree to place a $25 order each month and you’ll earn the host rewards in one of the months.  And you’ll get little gifts from me, too.  🙂  If you are interested, please reach out to me.  I’d love to get another club up-and-running.  Email me at [email protected] if you are interested or want more information.





  1. Holy cow (one of the few varmints NOT on the card!)–this is utterly adorable! Really love the way you put this together, and the color combo is SO very HAPPY! Happy January 2nd, my friend!

  2. So darn cute! So clever too using Best Day Ever! Love it!

  3. Critter cute!!

  4. Oh how nice! I love it. Very peppy!

  5. What an awesome combination of the two stamp sets! This is truly inspired, Brian. I love what you did with the sentiment and all the bright, happy colors!

  6. This card would make anyone smile 🙂
    Thanks for sharing!

  7. Really, really cute card, Brian! Happy new year to you!

  8. Seriously … you’re killin’ me with this AWESOME card!! I will be CASE’ing! Thanks Brian for another awesome card :))

  9. A great use of both stamp sets Brian. love it..

  10. Hi Brian, I had black eyed peas and cornbread too and I live in Michigan! I was born in Arkansas and my family is all from Ark. and Tennessee so I still have those traditions. Love your colorful card. So happy! Thanks for sharing.

  11. OK, I think that’s the all-time cutest card! Brilliant combining the two stamp sets together. I thought twice about ordering Cheerful Critters, but I’m so glad I did. I plan on using it for Valentines too. Happy New Year, Brian. I look forward to your inspiration throughout 2015.

  12. Adorable card. Gotta love those Blendabilities!

  13. Super cute ! Love the happy colors and sentiment!

  14. I normally do not care for cartoon type stamps but I have to admit that after seeing this card I’m having second thoughts. The colors here can only be described as “happy” and that makes me smile.

    So glad you had a nice first day of 2012. While you ate Southern we celebrated the New Year with shrimp and sparkling apple cider! LOL I love the fact that many of us still choose to celebrate in traditional ways. In these days of technical craziness it’s nice to know we can step back once in a while.

  15. Ooo,Brian I love those guys. What a cute card !!! Where is the love button???
    Hugs Frenchie

  16. Absolutely darling card! Such a cute idea!

  17. Off the chart cute! (altho they still remind me of easter egg with faces:)

  18. Brilliant!!! Love, Love, Love this!!!

  19. Now THIS made my day….THIS IS THE BEST CARD EVER! Thanks for making me smile….I needed a “pick me up”!!! Happy New Year!

  20. Brian – just love getting your emails every day. I hope to have the opportunity to actually meet you at Convention – know who you are so I will look for you. But…..other then the cards, can I come for New Year’s Day next year – yummy southern food….

    I am a demo in Nevada and you cards are inspiring and provide lots of good CASE opportunities for me to share with my group.

    Thanks again.

  21. OK…because of you, I reconsidered (and subsequently bought) the hairy Santa set from the Holiday Catalogue. Now, you’re going to make me buy the critters set from Occasions. You’re costing me too much money. 😛 Keep in mind that I’m paying Canadian prices. Ouch. Love how you combined these two sets; very clever.

  22. What a cute trio of little critters, this is a very versatile stamp, you can really put any message inside those spaces. Thank you for sharing.

  23. I just made this same idea with these two sets for a swap I am in! I love them together; almost like Stampin’ Up! planned it. I was also thinking it would be cute to do the signs as chalkboards with black CS cut to fit and using the new chalk inks, or just a white ink or embossed! love it!

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