Good Thoughts for PPA286

My dear friend, Linda Callahan, is the Featured Designer on the Pals Paper Arts this week.  She has created a wonderfully simple sketch that is sure to inspire lots of great cards.  I love Linda’s clean and simple style, so it makes sense that I’d be crazy about the sketch she created, huh?  Well, I AM crazy about her sketch.  Here’s my card for this week’s PPA Sketch Challenge:

Perfect Pennants, Botanical Blooms Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PPA286

And here’s the banner for Linda’s Sketch Challenge that inspired my card:

PPA-286-Feb04Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Products Used.  Rather than bore you with a long write-up of all the products I used to create this card, I decided to make a graphic that’s easy to see and easy to save.  Perfect Pennants, Botanical Blooms Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PPA286Clearly, the star of this card is the Botanical Blooms Designer Series Paper – I used it for the dark backdrop and the sweet Hello Honey panels.  What great colors and patterns!  All of these products come together perfectly to honor Linda’s wonderful sketch.
  • Finding Balance.  I love the placement of the stripes in Linda’s sketch.  Once I had my panels in place and my strips glued down, though, something was missing.  Things were slightly out of balance.  I added a tiny Mint Macaron flower (with a Cajun Craze Candy Dot) to the top, left corner of the sentiment panel to balance things out.  Not only does the flower cut into the black space a bit, but the Mint Macaron balances the thick strip of Mint Macaron.  Shapes – check.  Colors – check.  Tiny flower saves all.
  • Color Combination.  I pulled these colors from a beautiful page from Botanical Blooms Designer Series Paper.  With a Basic Black background, the paper features tiny Cajun Craze, Hello Honey, Mint Macaron and Mossy Meadow flowers.  These little flowers pop against the dark background – seems like a wonderful piece for a “thinking of you” card, right?  I would have never paired these colors without this paper, but they are pretty spectacular together.  If you like these colors, too, feel free to save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Basic Black, Hello Honey, Cajun Craze, Mint Macaron

Stamp Sets:  Perfect Pennants  Papers:  Botanical Blooms Designer Series Paper, Hello Honey, Basic Black, Mint Macaron, Cajun Craze  Inks:  Archival Basic Black  Accessories:  Itty Bitty Accents Punch pack, Regals Candy Dots (Cajun Craze), Stampin’ Dimensionals


I hope you’ll pop over to the Pals Paper Arts Challenge site to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with Linda’s challenge.

Thanks for stopping by today!


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  1. I love this card Brian! It’s amazing how those small details make a massive impact. Great use of the sketch!!!

  2. Beautiful card, Brian! I love the colors and would never have thought that cajun craze and mint macaron belong together, haha! This card is so warm and sweet…nice job!

  3. Darling use of the paper and brilliant interpretation of the sketch!

  4. Love the way you are showing us all the products you used on your samples. The callouts are great! Thanks for sharing

  5. First of all – this card is FABULOUS. Next, I have to agree with Kristen, the way you are showing us the products used is superb! The color combo you used is definitely eye candy and satisfies my sweet tooth for sure. LOL You have a fantastic day Brian and thank you for all you do.

  6. This is such a Brian card. Love it! Don’t use that stamp set enough, I’ll have to remedy that!

  7. Oh your card is fabulous and makes my sketch look great! Again you are amazing with how you use DSP! And I love the graphic you have created to identify products used on your card! So easy to follow!

  8. I’ve never commented on your blog before, but when I started seeing your product graphics I had to let you know how wonderful they are. It makes it so easy to keep track of everything needed for each card. Thanks for your time, talent, blog, and videos.

  9. Oh Brian that a beautiful card, love the colors and sketch also, you worked good my friend !!!
    Hugs Frenchie ,

  10. Love, love love the use of the old with the new. The color palette and your use of it is superb. Your cards are always on trend. Hope to see you in SLC in April.

  11. Great card, Brian, colors are wonderful. Yummy!

  12. That’s a really great, bold card. Very Brian. Love it.

  13. Love how you stamped on the DSP….That is such a great print! A “KING” Classic….AGAIN!!!!

  14. I love your new way of describing how to make the card. The breakout diagram is great. Thanks again for all you teach us.

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