Pretty Thankful for FMS198

Before I share my super-sweet project for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge, I want to thank Cindy Hall for selecting my Halloween window project as her pick in last week’s challenge.  What a wonderful group of projects in that challenge!  I’m always happy to be singled out.  If you missed that project, see it here.

This week’s sketch has so many possibilities.  I just love the offset pieces that are the stars of this sketch.  Once I decided to feature the Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper Stack, the entire project just fell into place.  Here’s my card:

Pretty Thankful, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FMS198 And here’s the banner for Cindy Lovell’s challenge that inspired my card:


Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Pretty Thankful.  One of the most understated stamp sets in the 2016 Annual Catalog is also one of the sweetest.  With a variety of sweet frames and sentiments, this set is a must-have.  I have used this set for personal cards and to add tags to the gifts I gave my team members who attended Convention, but I’ve never showcased it here.  Shame on me – because you need this adorable set.  I don’t want you to miss out.  🙂  Just look at all the combinations of sentiments you can create:

    Pretty Thankful Photopolymer Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!

    Pretty Thankful Stamp Set, Stampin’ Up!

  • Straight, Tilted, Straight.  Before gluing down the askew panels on this card, I knew I wanted the darker piece of Pretty Petals to be the base of the two – it’s aligned straight up-and-down with the orientation of the card.  The sweet floral print is then tilted to match the layout from Freshly Made Sketches, but my sentiment (cropped with a Large Oval punch) is aligned straight up-and-down – no head-tilting necessary.  I also lined up the bottom edge of the Banner punch with the bottom edge of the black banner – a little symmetry never hurt anyone.Pretty Thankful, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FMS198
  • Color Combination.  Designer Series Papers are a wonderful source of inspiration.  The pages of the Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper Stack are filled to the brim with excellent color combinations.  I just love the contrast of this pale mint with the rich black.Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Basic Black, Mint Macaron, Very Vanilla

Stamp Sets:  Pretty Thankful  Papers:  Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper Stack, Mint Macaron, Basic Black, Very Vanilla  Inks:  Tuxedo Black Memento  Accessories:  Large Oval punch, Banner punch, Project Life Corner Rounder, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll pop over to Freshly Made Sketches to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.

Thanks for stopping by today!


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  1. Love this colour combo! Great seeing your interpretation of the sketch Brian. The rounded corners are a great spin on the sketch. TFS

  2. Your videos are great, Brian, and I really appreciate you adding links to past videos with techniques I missed….like making the window! Thanks!

  3. An idea I would have never come up with, this is so inspiring. AND, the colors are perfect!

  4. Thank you, Brian, first for a lovely card, and second for a great card for my beginners’ stamping class later this month. Love the floral print! And the color combination. Well, I just love the whole durn thing!

  5. HI Brian! I absolutely LOVE this card! I love the rounded corners! Your paper choices are awesome! I like the way you show it all off with your signature white layers. Definitely CASEing.

  6. Oh Brian,this card is SO beautiful!! I adore the beautiful patterns and fabulous colors!!
    Thank you so much for joining us at FMS!!

  7. HI Brian:

    Of course this card is just fabulous! Love the softness of it and the sayings in this stamp set are diverse enough to cover just about every kind of thank you one would need. You always set such a high standard for us and then make it easy to achieve with your hints.

  8. Love the layout, the colors, the DSP you choose, and just everything about it!! 🙂

  9. Love this card, Brian, with the sweet DSP. I’m not much for using black, but the small amount used on this card really works. I’m adjusting my thinking on using it myself, thanks to your inspiration.

  10. Such a beautiful card Brian. I love the rounded corners and your mix of DSP! Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches. And congratulations on last week’s pick!

  11. Love how striking this card is Brian – it’s a real standout in the gallery with those gorgeous colours and perfect mix of DSPs! Thanks for joining us at FMS this week!

  12. Is there a trick to fitting the DSP to the envelope flap or do you just glue it down with some hanging over the edge and trim it off?

    • Hi Stephanie,
      I glue down the flat side along the top of the envelope flap and then snip around the rounded edges. It’s surprisingly easy and fun. 🙂 I hope that helps.

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