Here for You for The Paper Players

Sandy Mathis created a super-fun sketch for this week’s Paper Players challenge.  A circle with an object and a banner with a sentiment.  Boy, there are so many avenues for this sketch.  I chose to make a soft and sweet card and to feature the image along-side the circle.   Here’s my card:

Love is Kindness, And Many More, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PP233 And here’s Sandy’s sketch that inspired my card:

I just love these tulips.  I colored a bunch of them in Pink Pirouette with Stampin’ Blendabilities back in December and shared a Blendabilities video.  If you’d like to see that project and video, please click here.

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Snipping Tips.  Let’s see – how can I get the beautiful bouquet of tulips to be my featured image along side the circle…hmmmm…I guess I’ll have to snip them out.  That’s a lot of snipping, but (as you know) I enjoy it.  When working with thin images with deep cuts (like the stems on these tulips), you have to plan ahead.  When you pick the side of the image you are going to cut first, choose the one with the most difficult turns and twists so that you have a solid piece on the other side.  You really have to study the image to set your plan of attack.Snipping Tips, Stampin' Up!, Brian King
  • Clean Circle and Border of Dots.  My initial thought was to just add a panel of polka dots in the clean circle in the middle of the page.  When I pulled out the paper, though, I realized I was really close to having a perfect band of dots around the So Saffron base.  I snipped a little into each side of the So Saffron to achieve the perfect size to border my front entirely with dots (and have the soft dots inside the circle, as well).
  • Balanced Banner.  I always stamp my banners a little bit longer than necessary because they are so easy to trim down as needed (but not nearly as easy to lengthen).  When I placed this banner down on my cardfront, I was happy that it was long because I really wanted it to “grab on” to the side of the panel.  That decision pushes the limits of the sketch a bit, but I’m OK with that – I needed that additional length to balance it all out.

Stamp Sets:  Love is Kindness, And Many More  Papers:  Soft Sky, So Saffron, Whisper White, Subtles Background Designer Series Paper Stack (Soft Sky)  Inks:  Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, Stampin’ Blendabilities (Soft Sky, Wild Wasabi)  Accessories:  Circles Collection Framelits, Hexagon Punch (for banner tips), Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll pop over to see the cards by the Paper Players design team members and to play along with this week’s sketch.

Thanks for stopping by today!


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  1. Love this stamp, it’s one of my favorites of the new stamps. Thank you for the tips on fussy cutting, of which I do a lot.

  2. This is one of those Ahhh! cards, Brian. So pretty.

  3. So pretty and bless all the fussy cutters out there!

  4. I love the look of the snipped tulips, I’m going to have to have some quiet time with my paper snips. Thanks for the tips.

  5. All that fussy cutting. You sure know how to make life difficult. But……boy was it worth it. Great card!

  6. Such a sweet card! I love the circle in the center showing off the paper underneath. Great idea.

  7. Soft and pretty. Love those tulips!

  8. Oh words, Brian…love this one. Layout, color combo and content!…B

  9. Brian – you have the patience of a Saint! There is no way I would sit and snip out those tulips but your patience obviously paid off big time. This is an amazing card and I love it!

  10. I LOVE IT!!!

  11. I REALLY LOVE this card, Brian! I’m using it for my March Wallpaper Background for my computer now, so I can look at it every day and be inspired! Thanks Buddy! 🙂

  12. This would make a fun Mother’s Day card, add her picture in the circle and she will keep it forever!

  13. Gorgeous is the only word to describe this card. The painstaking attention to detail with the fussy cutting. Several things I truly hate come to mind as things I would rather do than try to cut out those tulips. Beautiful job Brian.

  14. Love this card, Brian, especially your fussy cut tulips. You are the King of fussy cutting. Thanks for the tips, so I can try it without too much stress.

  15. Beautiful, beautiful! Your attention to balance makes this card work. Thanks for the tip on creating borders. I always like learning something new.

  16. This card is gorgeous Brian! I love how you used Sandy’s layout and the fussy cut tulips were so worth it – they look fabulous. Thanks for joining us again over at The Paper Players – I missed you for my ‘feathered friends’ challenge last week!

  17. you are the fussy cut Master! absolutely beautiful card. thanks for the fussy cut tips.

  18. Beautiful card, Brian. I love the snipped out tulips with the little dots. Very classy!

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  20. Really pretty card Brian! Love those tulips and the soft paper you chose to go with them.

  21. so SIMPLE, so NICE. Great blend of colors for the paper, with the Blue tulips. Like it Brian!!

  22. This card is definitely soft and sweet! The tulips are so beautiful in a soft blue and I love how you interpreted the sketch. Thanks so much for joining us at The Paper Players.

  23. Hi Brian
    Wow, this card just melted my heart. I have everything but the tulip stamp. I am going to get it and case for my ailing daughter. Then, I will use this in a May advanced class with the tag line April showers bring May flowers. That will give me enough time to conquer fussy cutting with your great instructions and video. I think I will show your video in class to get my prior demonstrators back on board so they can experience how great it is to have such an awesome up line. Plus, so many of my stamping friends poo poo fussy cutting. I am going to become an expert like you and convert them! Wish me luck! I know I can, I know I can. Yes, I was a cheerleader in my younger years.

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