Thanks for Being You for PPA287

Katy McGloin is the Featured Designer over at Pals Paper Arts this week, and she’s has chosen a wonderful combination of colors that’s sure to fill the gallery with gorgeous cards.  What’s not to love about Lost Lagoon, Old Olive and Calypso Coral?  My first instinct was to reach for the Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper – I knew that at least two of these colors were in those gorgeous patterns – and I’m glad I did.  Here’s my card:Suite Sayings, Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, PPA287

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


Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Pretty Petals.  Please don’t forget about Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper.  Yes, it was released last summer with the Annual Catalog, but this is a WONDERFUL time of year to buy it (or pull it out) and use it.  The colors are fresh, and the patterns are sweet.  I’ve really enjoyed using this paper – one of my all-time favorite cards (it can be seen here) uses this paper.  With dark and light patterns, the options are endless.

    Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper Stack, Stampin' Up!

    Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper Stack, Stampin’ Up!

  • Breaking Up.  I’ve said it over and over – and you can’t make me stop.  I absolutely love the variety of beautiful sentiments in Suite Sayings, a new stamp set in the 2016 Occasions Catalog.  One of my favorites says “thanks for being you.”  What a wonderful thing to say to someone!  I masked off the sentiment and broke it into two pieces (just a little tape can do the trick) – and I love how it looks side by side.  There are endless options for creating unique sentiments with these sets.Suite Sayings, Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, PPA287
  • Added Border.  I tried pulling Old Olive and Calypso Coral into the frames of the sentiment and card base, but they just seemed to fight with the base.  In the end, I decided that green or coral pulled from the beauty of the central panel of Designer Series Paper, so I let Lost Lagoon do all the work.  I added a thin layer of Very Vanilla between layers of Lost Lagoon to perfectly frame the panel of paper.  Just what I wanted!

Stamp Sets:  Suite Sayings  Papers:  Lost Lagoon, Very Vanilla, Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper Stack  Inks:  Lost Lagoon  Accessories:  1-3/4″ Circle punch, 2″ Circle punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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

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  1. That color combination called out for Pretty Petals didn’t it! Stunning card, Brian.

  2. Love that pattern paper, your layers are just perfect for this beautiful card, Brian.
    Thank you for sharing.

  3. Boy Oh Boy you nailed it!! Just love this beautiful blue card and I’m not particular to blue but it is just great! You have such a good eye for colors. Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. You know how I feel about this card – I love it!!

    I miss your face!

  5. What a beautiful card, whomever you send it to will be delighted. I’ve been on the fence about this set but your card made me realize that I Need it! Have a great Thursday.

  6. You are the KING of layering! Beautiful card, Brian!

  7. So very doable and perfect Brian. One of my favorite DSP’s. The white framing makes it look like a picture frame, cool.

  8. Glad you used the Lost Lagoon as your base layer for this card and I think there was just the right amount of Calypso Coral and Old Olive so as not to be overwhelming. Very, very pretty indeed and it’s also nice to see a card using all those wonderful SU punches that I have. Sometimes I think they get forgotten with all the framelits that are available.

  9. Love the pretty pattern and how you isolated the “thanks” sentiment into two.

  10. Thanks for the great inspiration. I have this paper stack and now another reason to use it. Very nice card.

  11. Chris R. from Iowa

    Oh, that is wonderful. I need to make a card for my neighbor who had a stroke. This will be perfect to CASE. I just bought the 2″ circle punch and that paper stack has not seen the light of day since I bought it. I love the mating on this. Now, off to find the right sentiment to fit the circle! Thanks for another fantastic idea Brian!

  12. Stunning Brian! The decision to limit the border color was spot on, perfectly highlights the gorgeous DSP.

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  14. Love the use of Lost Lagoon as your primary color… it has been such a favorite of mine!! Adding the pretty petals and the separated “for being you” sentiment just brings a smile to my face!!

  15. I love this card! You put those colors together perfectly!

  16. Wonderful card, Brian! I wouldn’t have thought to use a dsp that didn’t contain the cs but you’ve got me thinking. This is perfect.

  17. That paper does ALL the talking! Great card!

  18. Love the look of the DSP here with blue and great job separating the sentiment…beautiful card!

  19. You know just how to showcase a DSP without it ever being overpowering. I love the font in the Thanks, I am a sucker for fun fonts. Another showstopper.

  20. I just love this Brian – totally inspired me to have a go at the PPA challenge this week

  21. Great job Brian taking a busy background to make a simply beautiful card. You’re the master!

  22. Your card really stood out for me this week! I love the extra layer of Lost Lagoon with white and the sentiments you’ve used. Can’t go wrong with the Pretty Petals DSP either, perfect.

  23. LOVE LOVE LOVE this card Brian! Adore that you have the two sentiments that talk to one another – yet are seperate. Wonderful.

  24. Wonderful card Brian – Congratulations! This project is one of my most popular pins this week and is being highlighted on my blog today. Thanks for sharing. Kylie xx

  25. I totally forgot about THIS DSP! Love the layering too!

  26. Love your card! Your layering sets your cards apart from the rest. Would you mind sharing the measurements for this card so others could have your success? Thank you for your consideration. I am a demonstrator and would love be to case your card.

    • Mary, Thanks for your comment. I don’t have this card any more, so I’m going to take a stab at it. The base is a standard 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″. The next layer is likely 4″ x 5-1/4″. Each layer after that is cropped to be 1/8″ less than the previous, so 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″ and 3-3/4″ x 5″. I hope that helps.

  27. This card makes me smile! 🙂

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