Marquee Messages – A Second Peek

Yesterday, I was excited to share with you a new stamp set from Stampin’ Up!’s 2016 Annual Catalog – Marquee Messages.  If you missed that project, you can see it here.  What an amazing stamp set with a cool graphic and sentiments!  Today’s project was designed for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge (a sketch by Amy O’Neill) and showcases the versatility of this stamp set.  Here’s my card:

Marquee Messages, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FMS233, Sneak Peek

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

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Awesome Sentiments.  Like I mentioned yesterday, this set is filled with amazing “woo hoo” sentiment – You Are Invited, You Are Awesome and It’s Your Birthday.  The tagline sentiments are just as fun and coordinate perfectly.  How fun are these taglines:
    • No, really, you are! (I used that one yesterday)
    • Party like a rock star! (it’s on the balloon above)
    • …and I appreciate everything you do.
    • So excited to see you!
    • So proud of you!
  • Two Balloons.  Amy’s sketch calls for something to pop out from behind the rectangular panel.  Because I’m a mischievous rule-breaker, I let it pop from the front of the panel.  You might not get a clear view of this from the photo above, but I punched the balloon with Crushed Curry and Night of Navy.  I lined them up – one on top of the other – with Stampin’ Dimensionals between the layers.  It adds depth to the balloons – almost like there’s a little shadow.

    Balloon Bouquet punch, Stampin' Up!

    Balloon Bouquet punch, Stampin’ Up!

  • Striped Band.  The thick band across the front panel of my card is from the Regals Designer Series Paper Stack (Crushed Curry).  While that paper is striped at a diagonal, I cut into the paper to create long strips of horizontal stripes.  You know I love to cut into my paper to change the direction of the stripes, right?

    Regals Designer Series Paper Stack, Stampin' Up!

    Regals Designer Series Paper Stack, Stampin’ Up!

Stamp Sets:  Marquee Messages  Papers:  Crushed Curry, Night of Navy, Whisper White, Regals Designer Series Paper Stack  Inks:  Night of Navy, Crushed Curry, Stampin’ Write Marker (Smoky Slate)  Accessories:  Balloon Bouquet punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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 Amy’s challenge.

Thanks for stopping by today!


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One-for-One Card Swap Update.  The swap cards have been sorted and stuffed and are on their way out.  What a gorgeous collection of amazing cards!  I can’t wait for you to receive your card in the mail.  I’ll start sharing these sometime next week – please be on the lookout for your card (so you can see what everyone has to say about it) and the card you received (so you can leave a kind note on that day).  Looking forward to it!


  1. Cute ! I love this Balloon Punch and I like your “shadow balloon”.
    Plus I will thank you again for introducing me to the Smoky Slate marker !! I agree there are some keeper sentiments in this set !!

  2. Thanks for the teaser! Seeing as my last name IS Marquis, guess I’ll need to own this set!

  3. Another great card from that new stamp set. Thanks for the tips. Love the idea of the shadow balloon. Keep the “sneak peeks” coming.

  4. Love this card Brian. I prefer cards that are sleek and clean yet pop when you look at them. The crushed Curry/Night of Navy/Whisper White combo is eye candy for sure. You really hit this one out of the ball park.

  5. It may be that I am not fully awake this morning, but how did you get the shadow effect on the words>

  6. My kind if card! Love how you changed the direction of the strips.

  7. You are rockin’ that set..may play with it later..trying figure out some color combos with new in colors!

  8. Brilliant change up for the stamp set. Love the simple stripes and use of the balloon!

  9. WOW! Your card is “rocking” it! LOVE IT!!

  10. Great card Brian

  11. Cute card, Brian! Love how you put the sentiment in the balloon and I love your creative cutting on the dsp. It’s always good to see you in the gallery at FMS!

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