Stampin’ Up!’s From the Herd for FMS175

Since the moment I set my gaze on the 2015 Occasions Catalog, I’ve been fascinated with From the Herd, a super-fun and super-cute stamp sets with a pile of adorable animals.  I had a load of fun when I pulled out the stamp set to create today’s card for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge.  Here’s my card:

From the Herd, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FMS175And here’s Jennifer Brum’s sketch that inspired my card:FMS175Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Stampin’ Blendabilities.  Blendabilities are a perfect way for you to get a “coloring fix” – to escape for a bit with a little mindless painting of images with beautiful colors.  You can also paint on Designer Series Paper (for more information, click here) to customize it to the colors you desire.  Today, I painted a white embossed image with Blendabilities to create a super-fun image.  The entire list of colors I used here is listed below.From the Herd, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FMS175
  • A Snippy Balloon.  The pile of adorable animals was really cute, but it needed something festive and fun to honor the birthday for which the card is intended.  The balloon added a little intrigue to the image, but it also added the bright pop of color this card needed.  While the bottom of the balloon’s string is glued to the card base, the balloon pops over the white Painted Blooms cotton twine.
  • Oopsies.  Doh!  I cut my Early Espresso base larger than I intended.  Once I painted it all and added the white border (I couldn’t give that up), the pieces were really, really close to the edges of a standard card front.  Since I wasn’t willing to recreate this card front (this time), I decided to increase the size of the card base so that everything fit the way I wanted it.  Using a 12″ x 12″ piece of Crumb Cake card stock, I cut this piece to 12″ x 4-3/4″ and scored at 6″.  All fixed – and thanks to the envelope punch board, I can create an envelope in which this card fits.  🙂

Stamp Sets:  From the Herd  Papers:  Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Whisper White  Inks:  Early Espresso, Stampin’ Blendabilities (Pink Pirouette, Cherry Cobbler, Skin Tone Assortment, Smoky Slate, Pumpkin Pie, Coastal Cabana, Wild Wasabi, Daffodil Delight)  Accessories:  White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Painted Blooms Cotton Twine, Project Life Corner Rounder, Stampin’ Dimensionals

NEW SALE-A-BRATION ITEMS.  Starting March 1, Stampin’ Up! will be adding FOUR NEW SALE-A-BRATION ITEMS to the lineup of products you can earn with each $50 purchase.  Mine arrived late yesterday, and I’m excited to share them with you today.  Here are the four new items:

Four New Sale-a-Bration Items - March 2015, Stampin' Up!

  • Nature’s Perfection Stamp Set (set of 5)
  • For Being You Stamp Set (set of 4)
  • Sheer Perfection Designer Vellum Stack (24 6″x6″ sheets)
  • In Color Accessory Pack (5 yards of five colors, 30 small designer buttons)

How exciting are these options?  To see more about these new options, click on the flyer below:

STAMPIN’ BLENDABILITIES.  Awkward!  Today’s post was supposed to excite you to finally purchase all the shades of Blendabilities or earn them through Sale-a-Bration.  Unfortunately, though, Stampin’ Up! has turned off all the order numbers for Blendabilities while they work through some quality issues.  As such, you won’t be able to order them now.  If you have them, please try this – it’s super-fun.  🙂

I hope you’ll pop over to Freshly Made Sketches to see the other cards with this sketch or to play along.

Thanks for stopping by today!


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  1. Okay, so Brian…. this is absolutely genius! When I first looked at the card, I thought “How did he do that!”… Great use of the markers. Love it.

  2. Brian I just received this stamp set and it will be on I work with today. The critters are so cute! Love your creation!

  3. Wow who would ever think of coloring on the embossing! You would! Fabulous!

  4. )MG such a great idea! Can’t wait to try this!

  5. Fabulous card…love it!!!

  6. HI Brian:

    I just love that saying…………..pasture birthday……………cracks me up! GREAT card and your coloring is perfect. Love it.

  7. This card is adorable Brian.

  8. This card is adorable! I love to see stamp sets used that I probably may have overlooked. What nice color combinations on the darker background!

  9. What a cool idea! The animals almost look like a neon fixture against the Espresso base. Very fun! Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches again this week!

  10. B.R.I.L.L.I.A.N.T!

  11. I love this and will definitely be giving a try myself. I have this stamp set and I love it – it’s so me with all my animals 😀

  12. Never would I have thought to use my blendabilities I an embossed line. Love this! And the bigger card is perfect to give in the office from a bunch of people.

  13. Cute, cute,cute!! I love using this technique and this stamp set is super with it! Glad to see you at FMS!

  14. Brian, this is a new technique for me!! Thanks for sharing. =)

  15. I know this is really late, but I just wanted to let you know that I would buy this herd just to make this card. It is so adorable! I’ve got to do this technique for myself even thought officially there are no more Blendabilities;-) Love the card! Thanks!

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