Thinking of You with Stampin’ Up!’s Happy Scenes

I try to keep an upbeat and positive charm about my blog – and I think I succeed about 99% of the time.  Who wants to hear me go on and on about stuff that’s un-wonderful?  Recently, there have been lots of items making their way to Stampin’ Up!’s “backorder” list.  Somewhere along the say, someone miscalculated how overwhelmingly popular some items would be.  Take the Hearth & Home Thinlits, for example.  We all knew these Thinlits Dies would be popular, but maybe we didn’t know just HOW popular they’d be.

Anyway, the Hearth & Home Thinlits are still orderable – but if you order them today, you won’t receive them until December.  I still want you to order them (because you will love them – and it’s bundled with an amazing stamp set, Happy Scenes), but I wanted to show you how you can still use the stamp set until you receive the backordered Thinlits.  See – that’s upbeat and positive, right?

Here’s my card with Happy Scenes:

Happy Scenes, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Without Thinlits.  If you order this bundle today, you can work your way around the delay in receiving the Thinlits by using circles and squares and other shapes to capture these gorgeous scenes – who says you have to see them through a window?  For this focal point, I used Circles Collection Framelits to crop out the scene and the Pear Pizzazz frame.  The Pumpkin Pie frame was cropped with a 2-1/2″ Circle punch.  Before I could order the Hearth & Home Thinlits, I created a spooky window with a 1″ Square punch – it’s more work than the Thinlits, but I’m sure you can get by until your Thinlits arrive.  You can see my video here.
  • Easy Painting.  This Autumn scene is quite adorable – who doesn’t love the crispness of the air when leaves are falling, that time between too hot and too cold?  I stamped the image with Archival Basic Gray ink and then colored the images lightly with a Blender Pen and Classic Inks – I used Pumpkin Pie, Pear Pizzazz and Crushed Curry.  That’s one color from all four color families – SCORE!  I only outlined the green grass and didn’t feel pressured to color it all in.  I think it gives a nice, clean effect.Happy Scenes, Stampin' Up!, Brian King
  • Unexpected Color Combination.  As I mentioned in my last bullet point, I pulled one color from each of Stampin’ Up!’s color families for this card.  The principal colors, though, are orange, green and gray.  I love Pear Pizzazz with Basic Gray – the Pumpkin Pie pairs nicely in moderation.  If you like this combination of colors, too, feel free to save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Pumpkin Pie, Basic Gray, Pear Pizzazz

Stamp Sets:  Happy Scenes  Papers:  Thick Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Gray, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White  Inks:  Archival Basic Gray, Pumpkin Pie, Pear Pizzazz, Crushed Curry  Accessories:  2-1/2″ Circle punch, Circles Collection Framelits, Blender Pen, Washi Label punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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BACKORDERED ITEMS.  If you have questions about the items that are currently on backorder, please reach out to me.  I’m always happy to assist any of my customers before they place orders.


  1. Wonderful change-up cropping with the circle!

  2. Another wonderful display of your talent. Thanks!

  3. You are so right (as always) Brian. You don’t have to have the framelits to create a beautiful card. I do have to admit though, they are fun to use. LOL This is a great card and I just love the saying.

  4. Great advice! Thank you for the tips!

  5. My dear friend, your just to good !! That’s all !! Love it , yeah my friend ordered it a week ago or 1 1/2 and it’s just coming today , I hate to see disappointment, also her 2 DSP were back ordered, :((, oh well , I shared mine with her ,
    Thanks for sharing, I do love those colors ,
    Hugs Frenchie,

  6. Great color combo and great card…love your matting!

  7. Great color combo for your awesome fall card!

  8. Love your color combinations. Clean, fresh, and modern.

  9. This is such a Wow card! I’m loving what you did with the different sizes of circles. And the gray background!!!!

  10. Brian you know how they say great minds think alike…well good and great think similar. I used the circle vs the thinlets, however your matting is far more “eye catching”, I absolutely love it! Thank you!

  11. Fabulous as always. Great showcase of the stamp set sans Thinlits. Great layout, too!

  12. Great looking out Brian. Your card is gorgeous (surprise … not) and definitely show alternatives to using those particular thinlits.

  13. Selina Kilpatrick

    Great way to turn it into a positive, and the card is just gorgeous!

  14. Yes, very upbeat and positive… and a great idea for using the set – whether or not you have the thinlets! Thanks for a beautiful idea.

  15. Leave it to you to take lemons and make a beautiful card! Love the color combo too!

  16. Great use of this set my upbeat and wonderful friend! Another awesome creation. xo

  17. great design,positive message. I appreciate different ideas about how to use a set.

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