My Heart Smiles for FMS228

I love a sweet “thanks for being so wonderful” card.  They have the best impact when the recipient isn’t expecting them – just an “eeeee” moment.  Today, I’m excited to share a soft and sweet card that features both rich and soft pinks.  Balanced out with a base of Crumb Cake, this card is a perfect way to say “thank you” to someone who makes you happy.  This week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge gave me the perfect starting point for this sweet card:

Timeless Love, You've Got This, Timeless Textures, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FMS228

And here’s Kim Singdahlsen’s sketch that inspired my card:


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  • Love Me.   I adore this combination of these images – the thatched background stamp with the gorgeous, scrolled flourish come together to create a soft, sweet texture on this card.  You know me, and you know I adore the font of this beautiful and perfect sentiment.  Love, love, love.  Add the sweet colors and the tiny, quirky heart from the Owl Builder punch, and it all comes together perfectly.
    You've Got This, Stampin' Up!

    You’ve Got This, Stampin’ Up!

    Timeless Textures, Stampin' Up!

    Timeless Textures, Stampin’ Up!

  • Kiss Me. The image that cascades in from the top, left corner of this card is a combination of two colors and two stamp sets:  the thatched background from You’ve Got This is stamped in Pink Pirouette, and the flourish from Timeless Textures is stamped in Rose Red.  How did I get them together?  Well, that’s easy – I used the kissing technique.  Here’s a step-by-step explanation of how I created this look, followed by a video I made last year to share this fun technique:
      • Ink the thatched background from You’ve Got This in Pink Pirouette.
      • Ink the flourish from Timeless Textures in Rose Red.
      • Stamp the flourish onto the thatched background over and over, reinking the flourish with each stamp.
      • Stamp the thatched image on Whisper White cardstock.

  • Color Combination.  I don’t usually make very pink cards outside of Valentine’s Day.  While this one has a Valentine’s Day appeal to it, I’m not sending it to a love interest – I mailed it to a dear friend.  The Crumb Cake panel helps to ground the pinks, don’t you think?  If you like these colors, too, feel free to save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Pink Pirouette, Rose Red, Crumb Cake

Stamp Sets:  You’ve Got This, Timeless Textures, Timeless Love  Papers:  Crumb Cake, Rose Red, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White  Inks:  Pink Pirouette, Rose Red, VersaMark  Accessories:  White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, 2″ Circle puncn, Owl Builder punch, Stampin’ DimensionalsTimeless Love, You've Got This, Timeless Textures, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FMS228

I hope you’ll pop over to the Freshly Made Sketches 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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Stampin' Up!, Brian King





  1. What an amazing card Brian, I love the colors ;O)

    Thank you so much for the amazing comment on my card, you make me smile when I read that ♥

  2. Awesome, awesome, awesome example of the kissing technique! And what great stamps to use for it! LOVE IT! 🙂

  3. Love the colors ….love the techniques… the video….love the sentiment and the font ….Great card ….it made my “heart smile”!

  4. This is such a sweet card Brian. I adore those colours together – sort of strawberry shortcake-ish (that’s a word!). Love it! xoxo

  5. Soft and beautiful. I love the layered of texture behind. I agree that the font of the sentiment is divine. Enjoyed seeing the video, too. Kiss, kiss!

  6. Hi Brian:

    I had completely forgotten about the kissing technique! I need to start a folder with your videos in it and then remember to look at them all on a regular basis. Awesome card today with such a sweet message. Thanks for reminding me – I love the results of the Kissing technique.

    Hey, when are we going to see Mary again? Missing her sweet little face.

    • Thanks, Grace! I’m glad you like it. I’m working on getting Mom back to Atlanta after Easter – so, maybe I can talk her into some videos then. 🙂

  7. Sooo pretty in pinks! Love all your layering and shades of pink…..and I agree the Crumb Cake anchors it all perfectly! xxx

  8. Thanks, Linda! So glad you like it. <3

  9. Great card! Love the background you created and the embossed sentiment!

  10. This is so pretty, Brian! I love that sentiment, too. It’s always a treat to see you in the gallery at Freshly Made Sketches!

  11. The colour combination is beautiful, equally as beautiful as this card. xo

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