Oodles of Love for PPA237

Stampin’ Up!’s Snuggles and Smooches photopolymer stamp set was released in January.  It’s the PERFECT set for wonderfully fun Valentine’s Day cards.  This week’s PPA sketch gave me the layout I needed to make this set come to life.  Here’s my card:

Snuggles and Smooches, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PPA237And here’s Nicole Watt’s sketch that inspired my creation:

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  • Stamp. Crop. Glue. Crop.  I love the sentiments that are included in Snuggles and Smooches – these were stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink on Whisper White.  I cropped them with paper snips, glued them on Basic Black and then snipped them again.  They are a perfect accent for this soft, sweet panel.
  • Sweet Color Combination.  While I used Basic Black as the backbone for this card – it serves as the card base and frames most of the elements on the card, the heart of the card is in its soft pastels.  I love this mix of Calypso Coral, Pool Party and Pear Pizzazz.  If you fancy this combination, feel free to save this off for yourself: Color Inspiration, Stampin' Up!, Brian King
  • A Balanced Heart.  The punched heart is not part of the sketch, but when I sat back and squinted at the sketch before gluing it down, it needed something else.  Not only did the card need a little pop of blue, but it needed a little weight in the right corner – this heart from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack delivered exactly what I needed.  [for those who are new to my blog: I’ve patented the squint technique – stand back from the project, squint and see what else it needs.  When you use the patented technique, you have to send me a nickel.  To date, I’ve earned ten cents off this worthwhile patent.]

Stamp Sets:  Snuggles and Smooches  Papers:  Basic Black, Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Whisper White  Inks:  Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, Tuxedo Black Memento  Accessories:  Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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  1. Up till now I hadn’t been tempted by this stamp set, but when I saw your great card I changed my mind about its effectiveness. LOVE your work, Brian. Always a treat and an inspiration!

  2. I love that curly Q stamp and the way you used it to create your own “DSP.”

  3. Great job with the sentiments and love the colors! Thanks for inspiration!

  4. Too cute, I love what you did with the swirlies, that the technical name. The little heart adds just the right touch. Great job

  5. I was also looking for the name of the DSP that you used. Surprise – it just popped right out of the ‘Brian Brain’. Love it, thanks for making wonderful paper designs out of stuff we already have!

  6. Ooooh, I love it BRIAN!! I need that stamp set , great job !!!!
    Hugs Frenchie,

  7. Oh goodness, I too, now need that stamp set! I love the “dsp” you made with it! Argh! LOL… thanks for sharing this great card!

  8. I’m sending you a virtual 5 cents for the squint. grin

  9. I love how you used the scribbles. I know you don’t get any comments (LOL) so I thought I’d tell you how great that card is!

  10. I love the background you made with snuggles and smooches

  11. Love what you did with the squiggles!

  12. Very sweet valentine and great color combination!

  13. Fantastic Brian! So crisp it doesn’t even look stamped!

  14. I have to say that I completely overlooked this set when it came out. Then, I kept seeing samples with all these cute squiggly circles, and they’re just so darned cute! Who says they’re flowers either? They’d look great in just about any color! Love your design this week!!

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