You’re Sweet: Pals Blog Hop


Welcome to the February Pals Blog Hop. This month we are sharing what we love – our favorite Stampin’ Up! products and our favorite crafting techniques.

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine. Use the full lineup below to move along from blog to blog so you see all of the new projects.

Customizable Designer Series Paper

I love Stampin’ Up!’s color families, and I adore our Designer Series Papers.  The combination of the two makes me a little bit nutty.  Lately I’ve been rather obsessed with a collection of papers that allow us to make our very own, customized papers – Irresistibly Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper, Back to Black and Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper Stack.  With markers or daubers or sponges, we can convert these awesome papers into our very own creations.

I filmed a video about this very thing for yesterday’s post – CLICK HERE to watch it now.  For today’s project, I customized a piece of black-and-white Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper Stack to give it a new life.  Here’s my project:

You Plus Me, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Customized Paper.  As I mentioned above, there are so many ways to customize black-and-white papers to achieve the look we want.  This detailed pattern from Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper Stack was especially fun to play around with.  I selected three colors (Real Red, Calypso Coral and Coastal Cabana) and then colored the tiny heart in the middle of each shape.  I created alternating rows.  Super-fun with not a lot of room for error.  The options are endless!You Plus Me, Stampin' Up!, Brian King
  • Customized Ribbon.  Stampin’ Up!’s 5/8″ White Organdy Ribbon is a wonderful accent to any formal card – it’s so shiny and silky.  Slap a strip of washi tape over the silky part, and you can dress this ribbon down for any project.  🙂  The arrows on this Retro Fresh Designer Washi Tape coordinate so well with this sentiment and give me the perfect means to ground this sentiment so it isn’t just floating out there.
  • Color Combination.  I do love a fresh and fun color combination.  I paired Real Red and Calypso Coral (both very big in this year’s Valentine’s Day paper) with Coastal Cabana for some added brightness.  If you like this combination, too, please feel free to save this:Color Inspiration, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Stamp Sets:  You Plus Me  Papers:  Coastal Cabana, Basic Black, Real Red, Whisper White, Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper Stack  Inks:  Jet Black StazOn, Stampin’ Write Markers (Real Red, Calypso Coral, Coastal Cabana)  Accessories:  Ovals Collection Framelits, 5/8″ White Organdy Ribbon, Retro Fresh Designer Washi Tape, Hearts Border Punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by today!


The next stop is Martie Pollard at The Crafty Bandit on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting and I’ll see you next month.


  1. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  2. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  3. Natalie Bradley at Natalie Bradley Events
  4. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  5. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  6. Amy Hoptay at Inking of you
  7. Beth Beard at My little craft blog
  8. Susan Lankford at Stamp and Create With Susan
  9. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  10. Rae Harper at
  11. September Gray at
  12. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  13. Becky Volpp at
  14. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  15. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
  16. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  17. Martie Pollard at The Crafty Bandit
  18. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  19. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  20. Kalyn Shubnell at The Stamping Chronicles
  21. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  22. Amy Whelan at Amy’s Inklings
  23. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Blog
  24. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  25. Shannon K Jaramillo at Shannon Kay Paperie
  26. Peggy Noe at
  27. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  28. Jane Knudsen at see jane stamp
  29. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  30. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  31. Angela Curry at Kindred Stampers


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  1. Once again, Brian, you spoil us with a beautiful and simple card. You are so creative, and I love visiting you in the mornings to see what inspiration you have treated us to each day 🙂
    Love it, thanks for sharing!

  2. Love the way your card came together only a hint of red yet that little ❤️ Heart POPS! Well done!

  3. You proved your point about using the Stampin’ Write Markers in your video yesterday. This card turned out great!

  4. You’re pretty sweet too……and so is the card!

  5. I agree with Katie Jones, 100 and 10 percent!! Thanks for loving what you do and sharing what you love. Have a blessed day….

  6. What a fabulous DSP you created Brian, this idea of customizing is brilliant. Love that little red heart, it really make a statement surrounded by the other softer colors.
    Great card, thank you for sharing.

  7. Brilliant my friend! You are pretty awesome yourself.

  8. What a great idea to combine ribbon and Washi tape. Love it! You are a man of great patience, I see!

  9. You have such a calming way of bringing colors together for clean crips work. Great card.

  10. Shut the front door! Washi tape on ribbon? I’m going to do this right now!

  11. Love the customized paper and ribbon. Great card!

  12. Fantastic Washi idea Brian! TFS!

  13. Great card! I love your suggestions about ways to customize our DSP.

  14. Great card Brian, the way you customized the DSP is really interesting.

  15. Uniquely colorful DSP, Brian…love it …and a great video about expanding possibilities!

  16. Oh Brian…I so miss getting your blog updates – I have signed up a few times and nothing…hoping that you can help me get back in (will try again after I finish this blog hop!) Watched your video – and will definitely play with color on the Back to Black DSP..and love what you did with the Valentine paper stack…wow…I sure do miss your ideas and suggestions. Great job on this card!

  17. clean, simple yet stunning! how do you do it?

  18. Brian, this is lovely! I am excited to see how your tip from yesterday became a fun creation. Such a great idea!!!

  19. Wow, lots of coloring and I love it! And the washi tape on the ribbon…..seriously great idea! Congrats on a very appealing card!

  20. Again, I LOVE your customizing of the DSP. I usually wait until DSP goes on sale to buy it, because there are typically some colors or color combos that I don’t care for making it less useful. With this technique, I will be putting the black & white DSPs on my “to buy” list even at full price. I hope the designers at Stampin Up are paying attention to your ideas as they develop new lines.

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