Time To Celebrate for GDP015

The Global Design Project is hosting a super-fun theme challenge this week – CELEBRATE.  There are so many ways reasons to celebrate – birthdays, holidays, individual successes – and so many ways to celebrate – cards, parties and cake.  Today’s card showcases some wonderful, new Designer Series Papers, a new stamp set and a new punch from Stampin’ Up!’s 2016 Occasions Catalog –  together, they make for a perfect celebration.  Here’s my card:

Party with Cake, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, GDP015

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


Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Fun Sentiment.  This sentiment is two-thirds of a great sentiment from Party with Cake, a new stamp set in Stampin’ Up!’s 2016 Occasions Catalog.  While the full sentiment states “It’s Time to Celebrate with Cake,” I thought it would be perfectly fun to stick with the first two lines.  I stamped the sentiment in Archival Basic Black ink and colored in the open letters with a Melon Mambo Stampin’ Write Marker.  The word “celebrate” is already solid.  I stamped it right on the beautiful, confetti-like paper from the It’s My Party Designer Series Paper Stack.  What fun!

    Party with Cake, Stampin' Up!

    Party with Cake, Stampin’ Up!

  • Sweet Balloon.  These versatile papers set the ground work for a perfect celebration, don’t you think?  The sentiment and the coordinated banners also add to the party – but what party is complete without a balloon.  My celebratory card needed a single, pink balloon to complete the party and to coordinate with the Melon Mambo base of the card.  I punched the balloon with the Party Punch Pack – three tiny punches with a balloon, cupcake and candle.  So sweet for a quick-and-easy balloon.
  • Celebratory Colors.  The panel of Crushed Curry in the background is a perfect support for this sweet sentiment and Melon Mambo balloon, don’t you think?  I pulled these colors right from the It’s My Party Designer Series Paper Stack – I’m not ashamed.  I might never have paired Crushed Curry with Melon Mambo, but I absolutely love it.  It’s almost like the colors don’t work so well that they are perfect for each other.  Does that even make sense?   If you like these colors, too, feel free to save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Basic Black, Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry

Stamp Sets:  Party with Cake, Balloon Builders (balloon string)  Papers:  It’s My Party Designer Series Paper Stack, Melon Mambo, Basic Black  Inks:  Archival Basic Black, Stampin’ Write Marker (Melon Mambo)  Accessories:  Party Punch Pack, Banner punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll pop over to the Global Design Project site 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. What a fun card Brian! I adore the It’s my party Designer Series Paper Stack – and it is cards like this that make me love it even more. Love the tips too.

  2. Love pink and black, really cute card!

  3. What a great theme for this challenge, such happy cards! I would never have teamed Melon Mambo and Crushed Curry either, but they work so well together. Thanks for the inspiration Brian. xx

  4. Simple and sweet. Love how you stamped on the designer series paper!

  5. I think the black thin borders are what really bring out the beauty of this card. Without them I think the colors would have just melted together. LOL You did a fabulous job with this one Brian and I’m getting excited to see what the new catalog has to offer.

  6. Great card Brian and great tip too! You’re encouraging to use my DSP instead of hoarding it! 🙂

  7. I love this card, Brian! You inspire me to use more DSP, too!!

  8. Cool card! Love the colors and that super balloon really “ties it off”. 🙂

  9. I like the edited version of the sentiment stamp Brian. You could use it for any number of celebrations this way. Using the colours from the DSP was a great idea. They are so festive!

  10. Hi Brian – as usual a super cute card with a Brian twist – love it!

  11. Dear Brian,
    great way to use all this colors! Your card looks like a lot of fun is waiting for a guest.
    Hugs Tanja

  12. love the layering and the combination of DSP. lovely card Brian. TFS. x hugs from Scotland

  13. Pingback: Celebrate with Cake for PPA285 – STAMP WITH BRIAN

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