One Big Meaning … Thank You for PPA

Beth Beard is hosting this week’s sketch at Pals Paper Arts.  I found it challenging to include all the pieces of her sketch, but I was super-happy with the outcome.  And – as you would expect – I added lots and lots of layers to frame almost every element on this card.  There’s no better way to say “thank you” than with a lovely card.  Right?  Here’s the card I created:

One Big Meaning, Petite Petals Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PPA292, GDP027

While creating my card for this week’s PPA sketch, I also incorporated a color challenge from Can You Case It? (to use three colors).  Since this week’s challenge at Global Design Project features a “thank you” theme, I’ve added my card there, too.  Here are the banners for the challenges that inspired my card:




Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Flip-a-doo.  I love this sketch, but I really wanted the circle to be the star of my card – and I wanted to square piece to be the support for that circle.  When I flipped the sketch over, everything easily fell in to place for me.  When playing along with challenges like this one, you don’t have to follow a sketch exactly.  It’s intended to be inspiration, so feel free to make adjustments as necessary.
  • Too Much of a Good Thing.  My original card had a Calypso Coral base.  I hemmed and hawed over how I could fix it before gluing everything down.  A quick squinting allowed me to pinpoint that my senses were overwhelmed by all the Calypso Coral.  A simple switch-out to an Old Olive base saved everything – it really helped me to “ground” the card in a pleasing way.  My eyeballs said, “ahhh!”  I only said that because I think it’s funny to say “eyeballs”.  Tee hee.
  • Three Colors.  Can You Case It challenged us to use three colors – I used this piece of Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper Stack as inspiration for my colors.  Calypso Coral, Old Olive and Basic Black really pair well with Very Vanilla.  If you like this combination, too, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Calypso Coral, Old Olive, Basic Black

Stamp Sets:  One Big Meaning  Papers:  Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper Stack, Old Olive, Basic Black, Calypso Coral, Very Vanilla  Inks:  Archival Basic Black  Accessories:  2″ Circle punch, 2-1/2″ Circle punch, Circle Collection Framelits, Hexagon punch (for banner tips), Stampin’ Dimensionals

One Big Meaning, Petite Petals Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PPA292, GDP027

I hope you’ll pop over to Pals Paper Arts, Can You Case It and Global Design Project 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. I like your choice of the Old Olive base . It pulls the green out in the dsp plus I have to agree with your “eyeballs” (snicker -giggle) the CC would have been way too strong !! Love the font on this sentiment and your flip of the sketch works !! Pretty card !

  2. Brian, you make a tough sketch and a tough color combination look easy! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  3. Ooooh, my friend that card is lovely , love love it !!
    Tfs , love those colors too,
    Happy st pattricks day , my friend
    Hugs Frenchie

  4. Hi Brian:

    I love the poppy DSP. I think that was a bit of a difficult design challenge but, let’s face it, when the design is too easy it isn’t much of a challenge right? Anyhow – you did a fantastic job with this one and I think your card is just gorgeous.

  5. Your squint is right on point! This thank you sentiment is my favorite and matting it in a circle is the best! Love this color combo.

  6. Clever “flip” of the design. I love the simple mix of floral and shape. The font and sentiment look amazing inside a circle.

  7. Great card! You did an amazing job creating 1 card that fit 3 challenges. I’m impressed. I too like the “flip” version of the sketch.

  8. wow!! i LOVE this card! i’m a huge fan of layers and you’re a master! Beautiful work! Thanks for joining us at Can You Case It? –Elizabeth Jeanne (Happy Stamper)

  9. Love the way you flipped the design, Brian. The layers are lovely too. Thanks for joining us this week!

  10. Awesome Brian! You made a challenging sketch look super easy! Love the colours and paper you used. Ps thanks for being such a generous and kind person. X

  11. Hi Brian. Thank you for the great inspiration. I love the colour combination .

  12. Brian i listened to a recording of you last night. My goodness you are the funniest guy. In there you said about this challenge so i have jumped on to look first up this morning. … let me say quietly im not a fan of green unless its grass or plants (hehehe) however i LOVE LOVE LOVE it with this card, it makes my eyeballs happy maybe because it highlights the plant in the dsp. Keep being awesome! Tam x

    • Tamie, Thanks for your message! Thanks so much for your kind message – I enjoyed chatting with your group, and I’m glad you enjoyed it. Keep being awesome!

  13. Sorry for all the layers but I love how you flipped it. You’re so creative!

  14. Wow! You’re a master at layering and love how you combined three challenges into one harmonious and beautiful card. Thank you for the great presentation you gave us at CC. Your kindness goes a long way. 🙂

  15. HI Brian! Love how you explain how you work towards your finished cards. Thanks for the inspiration and the very informative presentation you gave to us CC the other day.

  16. You’ve not disappointed with this card Brian. Love the “flip”, the colour combo and the Art Deco feel! Thank you for your presentation on Wednesday. We were thrilled you could do it. Xoxo

  17. Hi Brian, so many people are in CC overload. The old olive gave it a perfect base and pulled everything together really nicely! I thought flip the circle when I saw the sketch too. Lovely work!

  18. Brian ~ Your card is simply stunning ~ Thanks for joining us at CYCI ~ Wynne

  19. Great card Brian and thank you for your webinar with the CC team this week. Hearing how a demo who also works full time makes it work has really given me something to think about! Lisa

  20. Brian, Love your card with the Designer Series Paper. Very striking contrast. The old olive definitely sets the stage for the focal point of the card. Thanks for playing along with CYCI. ~Pam, DT

  21. Brian, a great take on this sketch. I love how you flipped it. A beautiful “thank you”.

  22. Are you trying to kill me, about had a heart attack from this beautiful card! lol… I do love it! CAS perfection my friend! Thanks for joining CYCI 🙂 Eva

  23. Ok Brian anytime you want to stop making FABULOUS cards. Just kidding! I just LOVE, LOVE your cards! Great colors, great use of DSP. How everything works together in great harmony!! Thanks for joining CYCI! Laura

  24. OMG! I adore this card, it’s amazing, Love, Love, Love – what’s not to love about it!

  25. Fabulous card!! Love, love, love the colors!! Clever interpretation of the sketch!

  26. I have heard that the more you love someone the more layers you have … This must mean a lot of gratitude and love!!

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