Shades of Love for Fab Friday 57

Woo hoo!  After a long winter’s nap, Fab Friday is back!  And we’ve got a super-fun, February appropriate color challenge that’s sure to get your heart pumping.  Calypso Coral, Real Red and Crisp Cantaloupe.  Does it get any more Valentine’s-y than that?  While I would have loved to step away from the obvious choice for this color combination, I couldn’t help but make a super-sweet, super-fun, love-filled card for you today.  Here’s my card:

Oh My Goodies, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FabFri57

And here’s the challenge banner that inspired my creation:

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • The Star of this Show.  I realize I often relate elements of my cards back to theater productions.  Who’s the star?  Who’s the supporting cast?  Without a doubt, I’d say the Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper plays the lead in this production.  Without it, this great sentiment (do you know where it came from?) and adorable heart (I do love the epoxy stickers) would be plain and boring.  OK, I’m starting to rethink the star of this production – it’s the paper, right?
  • Pairing Pretty Patterns Perfectly.  Speaking of the paper – the bold stripes (Mercy me!  These are the exact three colors of this week’s Fab Friday Challenge!) pair so beautifully with this light, thatched print.  Why?  Because bold pairs well with detailed.  Bold and bold?  No.  Detailed and detailed?  No.  One of each is a beautiful pairing.
  • Love Big.  I asked earlier if you recognize this sentiment?  Did you notice it right away?  Did you flip through the catalog endlessly, looking for the answer?  Did you just sit back because you knew I’d tell you?  Well, I’m going to tell you.  It’s from Oh, My Goodies – and it’s one of my favorites.  With a little masking, I made this stamp (the one in the top, right corner) give me just what I wanted.

Stamp Sets:  Oh My Goodies  Papers:  Real Red, Calypso Coral, Whisper White, Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper Stack  Inks:  Real Red  Accessories:  1-3/4″ Circle punch, 2″ Circle punch, 2-1/2″ Circle punch, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Itty Bitty Epoxy Stickers, Hexagon punch (for banner tips), Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll pop over to the FabFriday Challenge to see the projects by the other Design Team Members or to join in this week’s challenge.

Thanks for stopping by today!


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  1. I love this card, Brian. With the striped DSP having all the colors of today’s banner, it makes all the colors work beautifully together. The epoxy sticker heart makes it all pop. Thanks for the inspiration every day.

  2. Oh boy !!! Brian ops ,Brain lol
    Do I have to remind you how good you ARE , I love your little story , your so cute , just have to love !!
    Yes that a cute card , I said WHAT that’s not SU , lol got me again friend ,
    Great job and lovely card Brian!!
    Hugs and love !!!
    Frenchie ,

  3. Love, love, love this paper and how you combined the two patterns. This card is a dynamo!

  4. P.S. You got me trying to say “pairing pretty patterns perfectly” 10 times, but I failed.

  5. Is this “50” shades of love——-LOL. Even if it isn’t I still love it. Hugs!!! GBO

  6. Another beautiful card, and another enjoyable blog post! So enjoy reading your blog and seeing your beautiful creations!!

  7. To be honest, I don’t like this color combination. BUT, once again, Brian, you have done a masterful job of combining the colors to make a stunning card. I will probably CASE it with some substitutions because I like the design so much.

  8. well now I’m kicking myself for not getting the Stack w/ Love paper! It is the star of the show for sure! Love your CAS design! TFS!

  9. Totes Adorbs.

    Totes CASE’ing it. 🙂

  10. Brian – you are the only person I know who could successfully pull off this color combination and not only pull it off, turn it into a remarkable card. WOW!

  11. Amazing use of your sentiment stamps! Love this crisp and bold design, Brian! Yes, the DSP is the star of the show, but you showcased it beautifully with the other elements.

  12. Bravo! Another terrific card. I love how you always get extra mileage out of your stamps by thinking outside of the box and highlighting only a certain portion of the sentiment. I agree with you about the epoxy stickers also…they are great! Have a wonderful weekend.

  13. In love with that little banner strip. Brilliant!

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