You’re Amazing for the Pals Blog Hop


Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for July.  This month we are excited to show off the new 2015 – 2017 Stampin’ Up! In Colors, namely, Cucumber Crush, Delightful Dijon, Mint Macaron, Tip Top Taupe and Watermelon Wonder. The In Color products include card stock, designer series paper, ribbon and other embellishments.  We hope you find great inspiration from the projects.

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Debra Simonis at Deb’s Stampin’ Grounds, number 7 on the Pals Hop.  If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all the projects.

My project features three of the new In Colors:  Tip Top Taupe, Watermelon Wonder and Cucumber Crush.  Here’s my card:Birthday Blossoms, Cottage Greetings, Remarkable You, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingTips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Painting the Background.  I had a lot of fun sponging Tip Top Taupe ink onto this Tip Top Taupe piece of Color Me Irresistible Specialty Designer Series Paper.  While there is a white piece of each pattern, I love that the 2015-2017 In Colors are also featured in this stack of papers.  I used a sponge to add ink to this paper, leaving a much darker shade of Tip Top Taupe – but it’s still Tip Top Taupe through-and-through.  What a fun technique to achieve a fun texture!
  • Sloppy Snipping.  There’s no need to overdo it when you snip out the leaves on this image – especially if you are about to cover them up with a flower.  I snipped out the pieces I knew would pop out from the flower and left the center of the leaves intact.  I love to snip – but I bypass it if I can’t show off my snipping skills.Remarkable You, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingBirthday Blossoms, Remarkable You, Stampin' Up!, Brian King
  • Softening the Colors.  So, I’ve got Tip Top Taupe, Cucumber Crush and Watermelon Wonder on one card – that’s three of the five new colors.  I added a little So Saffron the card (found in one of the banners and the 1/2″ Circle that’s covered with an Itty Bitty Accents Expoxy Sticker in the center of the flower) to soften the brightness created by Cucumber and Watermelon.  That little touch of Saffron gave me the balance I needed on this card.

Stamp Sets:  Birthday Blossoms, Remarkable You, Cottage Greetings  Papers:  Color Me Irresistible Specialty Designer Series Paper, Tip Top Taupe, Watermelon Wonder, Cucumber Crush, So Saffron, Whisper White  Inks:  Tip Top Taupe, Jet Black StazOn, Watermelon Wonder  Accessories:  Pansy punch, 1/2″ Circle punch, Itty Bitty Accents Epoxy Stickers, Stampin’ Dimensionals

The next stop is Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom, number 9 on the Pals Blog Hop!  Thanks for visiting; I hope to see you on next month’s Pals Hop!

Thanks for stopping by today!


  1. Jane Knudsen at see jane stamp
  2. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  3. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  4. Beth Beard at My little craft blog
  5. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  6. Debra Simonis at Deb’s Stampin’ Grounds
  7. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  8. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  9. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  10. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Space
  11. Kalyn Shubnell at The Stamping Chronicles
  12. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
  13. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  14. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  15. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  16. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Habit!
  17. Amy Whelan at Amy’s Inklings
  18. Natalie Bradley at Natalie Bradley Events
  19. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  20. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  21. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  22. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  23. Lynn Kolcun at Stamping With Avery’s Owlery
  24. Kimberly Sparks at Stampin’ Daisy
  25. Becky Volpp at InkBlossomwithBecky
  26. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  27. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie


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  1. Love the use of DSP. I’ll have to try that. Very nice techniques here and lovely card.

  2. You’re a master snipper Brian! : )

  3. Stop it with your awesomeness! I love the idea of sponging onto the colored paper. Beautiful contrast!

  4. Just a really cute card that you have made for today. Love the three colors together.

  5. Shannon Hokanson

    No, Brian, you are amazing. Love this card, especially the wood grain background.

  6. Fun card today! Love the tips on your techniques too.

  7. Carol Carriveau

    Gorgeous, Brian! Love CAS cards and love your choice of colors…so agree about So Saffron, love the softness of that yellow! Great card!

  8. Absolutely beautiful card! And I love how you explain each choice of color/technique. Thanks for sharing…love it!

  9. The way you used the InColors I could actually fall in love with them. Until now I didn`t like the Cucumber Crush … I really liked the TipTopTaupe and the Mint Macaron at first sight. Thank you for your inspiration .

  10. Love, love, love that wood grain stamp. You are not only the King of SU cards but of snipping as well. Bless your patience! LOL 🙂

  11. This is beautiful!!!!! Thank you for sharing your tips! FAB!!!!

  12. love your style of stamping!

  13. Great card…..again! Love the tip on the fussy cutting! Can’t wait to see you at convention….

  14. It’s a Pam card! Love it!

  15. So VERY pretty, Brian, colors are great. Enjoy each step of this card and your tips! Thanks and have fun at convention!

  16. Robbye Hamilton

    Cute card Brian. Hopefully you know that your “sloppy cutting” gives novice “fussy cutters” like me hope to reach your level of expertise some day.

  17. Love the bright and bold, especially considering you chose my 3 most favorite In Colors!

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