Big Reasons to Smile

I love to laugh and smile – and I love it when others do the same.  Sure, I have occasional “dark cloud days” but the “sunshine days” are always better (for me and everyone around me).  Today, I’m sharing a bright and cheery card with all-new products and giving you several reasons to push back from you computer screen and show me a BIG SMILE.


Project Life This is the Life, Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingDoes it get any happier than this preppy green-and-pink card?  What’s so smiley about this card – other than the fact that it clearly instructs you to smile?  Let’s see…

  • 2015-2017 In Colors.  You are probably bored with this statement already, but I’m totally in love with Stampin’ Up!’s 2015-2017 In Colors.  In.  Love.  There’s a beautiful variety of colors from all color families (Brights, Subtles, Regals and Neutrals are all represented), but…two colors stand out from the rest because of their bright, almost-neon luster:
    • Cucumber Crush.  This bright, cheery green couldn’t be more vibrant.  The color is captured on the base of this card, the stitched background print from Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack and the stems/leaves of the cherrys (also from Cherry on Top).  SMILE!
    • Watermelon Wonder.  Cherries are certainly not watermelon-colored, but these cherries really pop with this beautiful color.  The sentiment (heat embossed with Whisper White) also pops against the Watermelon Wonder circle.  Pop!  SMILE!
  • New Designer Series Paper Stacks.  I do love Designer Series Papers and have always adored the Paper Stacks.  In this new catalog, these stacks have changed from 6-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ to 6″ x 6″.  I like it!  SMILE!
  • Bordering on Adorable!  I could have created this card with Watermelon Wonder base and borders, but I chose to keep it all green.  I really wanted to create the “wow” with the Watermelon focal point.  SMILE!


2015-2016 Annual Catalog CoverThere’s not much else to say about this one – except that you can find my “pre-order planning guide” here and my recap of my Favorite Things in the catalog hereSMILE!


Join Promotion - stampwithbrian.comDuring the month of June, Stampin’ Up!’s new Join promotion gives you LOTS more reasons to smile – one of those reasons is that you get TWO FREE STAMP SETS OF YOUR CHOICE with the purchase of your $99 Starter Kit.  $99 gets you $125 of product (your choice), 2 free stamp sets, free shipping and 30% off your first $150+ order in your first 45 days as a demonstrator.  YIPPEE!  You also earn a 20% discount on your purchases (with potential for increased discounts).  Joining MY team gives you access to an amazing online community, daily inspiration, monthly online gatherings and…well…me.  🙂

Let’s recap:

  • $125 of amazing product of your choice + free shipping for $99 – SMILE!
  • 2 free stamp sets of your choice – SMILE!
  • 30% off the first $150+ order in your first 45 days – SMILE!
  • an ongoing 20% discount on your purchases – SMILE!
  • access to amazing community and daily inspiration – SMILE!
  • monthly online gatherings – SMILE!
  • no risk to ever host a workshop and no penalty to drop – SMILE!

If you want more information about membership in my Stampin’ Up! group, please email me at  If you are ready to join, click here.


Last, but not least…

Here’s a quick picture of me at last year’s Founder’s Circle.  The entire group, comprised of the top demonstrators from North America, participates in a big pajama party during one of the nights.  I decided to wear plaid pajama bottoms and my Elf t-shirt.  I share it today just to prove that I love to smile.  🙂  Not only am I sharing my big, up-to-nothing-good grin, but my “I just like smiling.  Smiling’s my favorite” shirt about sums it all up.Smiling's My Favorite

So…did you SMILE at all while you read through this post?

Stamp Sets:  Project Life This is the Life  Papers:  Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack, Watermelon Wonder, Cucumber Crush  Accessories:  White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, 1-3/4″ Circle punch, 2″ Circle punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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  1. Brian, I ALWAYS seem to smile when I read your posts. 😀
    Love the card. 😀

  2. A fun post….who wouldn’t smile after that. Love that tshirt too ….so fun!
    SMILE!! 🙂

  3. Brian, you always make me smile. 🙂

  4. Oh my gosh, I love this card! This card makes me smile…I love the colors (I knew they would be my favorite new in colors as soon as I saw them), the layout, the sweet DDP, the sentiment…I love it! I love pink and green and Watermelon Wonder and Cucumber Crush are awesome color mates. Thanks for sharing this lovely, it made my day.

  5. You make me laugh!! Your card is gorgeous and full of fun. Can’t wait to play with the cherry on top Dsp.

  6. Cindie McDuffee

    4 things????? Breaking with tradition made me smile as much as the cheery color combo and card….glad you listed #4 because I do love that teeshirt and your smile! Happy Friday!

  7. YOU always make me SMILE!!!

  8. You’re so funny Brian! You make me smile all the time with you beautiful creations. I really like this DSP! It does so look like machine stitching. I think this Cucumber Crush green is THE BEST. It’s one of the very few actual “summery” greens I’ve ever seen.

  9. Smile! Yes, I’m smiling. All that card needs is an exclamation after the command! Love the Watermelon Wonder and Cucumber Crush combo with the cherry on Top Designer Paper. Nice work! Smile!

  10. Love the new colors and the Project Life stamp set! You make me smile too!

  11. Robbye Hamilton

    I love this card, it’s so happy. Great job Brian

  12. Brian, all your creations make me smile, and this one is no exception! Next to that, YOU make me smile, always and forever!
    Hugs and BIG SMILE!

  13. Still smiling 🙂

  14. Yes , you made me smile. I’m not so happy with the new colours right now, but maybe it is getting better … I ordered them to play with them, maybe we are becomming friends after all ;).

  15. Hey Brian! Yep, I smiled the whole way through. 🙂 (see)

  16. Love it, Brian…. You do a great job! I don’t think I gave that stamp set a second look…now I will!

  17. I love the new colors ! Even Delightful Dijon because it is really pretty with Cherry Cobbler and also Night Of Navy !
    Pink and green are happy colors for me and I love your card and I think I am going to get that PL stamp set . Fun stamping days ahead …..
    And I think I feel a smile coming on !!!

  18. I love the new colors ! Even Delightful Dijon because it is really pretty with Cherry Cobbler and also Night Of Navy !
    Pink and green are happy colors for me and I love your card and I think I am going to get that PL stamp set . Fun stamping days ahead …..
    And I think I feel a smile coming on !!!

  19. I always smile when I read your posts, Brian. Thank you for that and all your great cards ands tips!

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