So Sweet for GDP001

Today is a great day!  Not only is today the last day of a three-day weekend in the United States (happy Labor Day, y’all!), but the entire world is celebrating the launch of The Global Design Project.  I can hear the cheers and chants from my back porch – and I’ll be watching for the world celebrations on the news tonight.  The Design Team for this brand new card challenge site was formed with Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators from all over the world – literally.  Demonstrators from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, England, Scotland and Germany were asked to join the team – and I’m honored to be included in the talented assembly of artists.  Global Design ProjectI hope you will play along with this week’s challenge and follow us on our super-fun journey!  The first challenge is a Color Challenge – Smoky Slate, Pink Pirouette and So Saffron.  What a soft and sweet palette!  I opted for the “soft and sweet” theme when I created my card for this first challenge – GDP001.  Here’s my card:

Made with Love, Hello Life, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, GDP001

And here’s the banner for the challenge that inspired my card:GDP-001

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Graphic Panels.  While the sweet, but somewhat insecure, bunny from Made with Love is the star of this card, the three panels from the Designer Series Paper Stacks create an interesting backdrop for the little guy.  I started with a base of So Saffron paper cut just a little bit bigger than I wanted.  I glued down a strip of Pink Pirouette paper, lining up the stripes along the So Saffron.  That meant some paper hung over the edge and was (dare I say) wasted.  I did the same with the Smoky Slate band that stretches horizontally across the front.  After the extra pieces were stripped away, I was ecstatic with the (still soft) graphic appeal.
  • A First Time for Everything.  Since long before I joined Stampin’ Up! in 2012, Stampin’ Up! has sold a paper punch called the Owl Builder punch.  The variety of shapes can be used to dress up an adorable punch-art owl.  Never once have I used the punch – but there’s a first time for everything.  While searching for a collection of sweet hearts to float above my bunny’s head, I stumbled across the skinny heart in the Owl Builder – and history was made.  I used a pair of tweezers to gently place the hearts above my bunny’s droopy ear.

    Owl Builder Punch, Stampin' Up!

    Owl Builder Punch, Stampin’ Up!

  • Paper Snipping.  This bunny is sweetly perched on the flat top of the “so sweet” sentiment – it’s like the two were meant for each other.  While I certainly could have colored in the bunny, giving him dimension and artistic flair, I decided to make him the bold, standout star on this card by snipping him from Smoky Slate cardstock.  I stamped him once on the Whisper White circle, once on the Smoky Slate cardstock and once on another piece of Whisper White (for his fluffy tail).  His whiskers just pop out from under the Smoky Slate snip – I was not about to snip around those tiny details.  🙂

Stamp Sets:  Made with Love, Hello Life  Papers:  Pink Pirouette, Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack (Pink Pirouette and So Saffron), Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack (Smoky Slate)  Inks:  Archival Basic Black  Accessories:  2″ Circle punch, Circles Collection Framelits, Owl Builder punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll pop over to The Global Design Project to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.  We’ll be back each week with more challenges – and I would LOOOVE to see you play along.

Thanks for stopping by today!


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  1. Such a sweet card! Great idea for an around the world design team too.

  2. ADORABLE! I am shocked though – the FIRST time using the owl punch. Wow. And Yes I saw the world news and noticed the GDP was mentioned. And heard the cheers too. So excited to be in this design team with the famous Brian King!

  3. What a gorgeous card. I am loving those colours. And such a cute Bunny!

  4. Good Morning Brian, I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the graphic background. This is what I like to do, to match up and make perfect. The whole card it great. Good luck with the GDP. Looking forward to seeing all the ideas.

  5. This is just fantastic, Brian! After seeing this pop up in my Feedly, I had to click over to read the whole entry and comment. Seeing the stripes line up just makes my OCD heart sing and I love the colors you used. Such a perfect card and I can’t believe this is the first time you used the owl punch either! Glad you had it on hand for this card! 😉

  6. Oh so sweet! I love how you used the DSP! And I love the owl punch, too! You’ll have to try more than just the tiny hearts, Brian 🙂

  7. Beep beep beep……cuteness alert! This is adorable!

  8. Adorable card, Brian! I SO love that little bunny, with his floppy ear and those hearts…don’t you love punches that lend themselves to more than what they were originally intended for?
    Big Hugs and Happy Labor Day to you!

  9. Sweet bunny! I can’t imagine a more perfect card for these soft and simple colors.

  10. Wow, I’m still trying to get over never using the owl punch. A real head scratcher. Love the bunny and am envious of your unsurpassed paper snipping talents!

  11. One of the MANY reasons I am drawn to your designs is your attention to details (and your use of layers). The stripes work perfectly b/c of the time you took to line them up. It is so restful for the eyes.
    You MUST make more use of the owl punch! He is perfect this time of year for Halloween(in costumes), as Santa or a penguin.
    Congrats on being chosen for the GDP. I know we will see wonderful things from you and the other designers.

  12. What a fabulous group of talented paper crafters in GDP!!!!! Oh, I am thrilled to be able to follow your blogs– thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! And Brian, you cute thing, you’ll always be my fave!!!!???

  13. Only you Brian would think to line up the DSP stripes and then execute your plan absolutely perfectly and boy, your idea really paid off. This card is so meticulously perfect. You are amazing!

  14. I adore this card! Your sense of detail is amazing. I wouldn’t think to line up the stripes of the different colors like you do. It makes the card flow perfectly.

  15. Great take on the challenge, Brian. Such a cute card and thanks as always for your tips on how you created it.

  16. Brian, matching up the stripes was pure design genius! Did you come up with that? Love it! I also sometimes need hearts and would never think of hearts in that little used, but loved punch. Thanks for Sharing.

  17. Congratulations on being chosen for such an auspicious team! Love your card very much. Love how you matched the stripes so perfectly. Great job – as usual!! Would not expect anything less from you!!

  18. Just darling – can’t you just see giving that to a child that loves bunnies – another great but unusual color combination.

  19. Perfect in every way! Just love that little bunny :> Congrats on the launch of Global Design Project. I am very excited to see what you guys create each week.

  20. Brian, your card is perfect for this challenge. I am so thrilled to be on the Global Design Project team with you. Hugs!

  21. Love the way you used the stripes. Like the others, I am shocked about the owl punch!

  22. Have to comment on this historic day (seriously, Brian, the FIRST time you’ve ever used the owl punch???). Gorgeous card! Beautiful hearts!

  23. This card is awesome, Brian. Love the way you used the DP and the little eyecatcher.
    Hugs Tanja

  24. I love this card, it’s just so, so cute.

  25. Lovely card. I look forward to trying to align stripes like this.

  26. How fun! Congrats on the Global Design Project assignment. I’m looking forward to following – and participating! 🙂

  27. Oh vary cute my friend !!! Sweet !!!
    Hugs frenchie

  28. Oh vary cute my friend !!! Sweet !!!
    Hugs frenchie

  29. Oh vary cute my friend !!! Sweet !!!
    Hugs frenchie

  30. Oh vary cute my friend !!! Sweet !!!
    Hugs frenchie

  31. Brian, this is awesome, that bunny is just adorable. I’m so excited that all of my favourite people are in one place now 🙂 🙂 🙂 Looking forward to the next challenge!

  32. Brian, this is awesome, that bunny is just adorable. I’m so excited that all of my favourite people are in one place now 🙂 🙂 🙂 Looking forward to the next challenge!

  33. It took me a while to find the end of your queque of comments Brian! Goodness!! I am not surprised though as your Bunny card is super cute! I love all the striped DSP on your background too. I am so happy to be designing with you on the Global Design Product and look forward to many more projects!

  34. Love, love, love this card! Love the colors, love the way the stripes line up (of course you would do that), love the bunny and hearts. So sweet, indeed!

  35. Love, love, love this card! Love the colors, love the way the stripes line up (of course you would do that), love the bunny and hearts. So sweet, indeed!

  36. Love, love, love this card! Love the colors, love the way the stripes line up (of course you would do that), love the bunny and hearts. So sweet, indeed!

  37. Love all the details you’ve thought of for this card Brian. Everything all matchy matchy and perfectly done. Excited to be on the team with you!

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  39. Eeek, Brian, your card is the cutest. I love the linear feel, subdued with the little, sweet, insecure bunny. Fabulous effort in your very first GDP!!!

  40. The stripes on your card line up to perfection and that bunny is just the cutest! Love your creations Brian 🙂

  41. soo cute card !!!!! thanks for the GDP blog !!! hugs from France ( French demo ) no french demo as a member of your blog :(((((((((

  42. what a clever way to use the DSP. And the stripes are lined up perfectly 😉

  43. Hi Brian I have come from Kylie Bertucci’s blog in Australia where I saw your card , just love it. So cute. I need to use this stamp set more. Thank you for the inspiration. Ange

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