SNEAK PEEK: Love & Affection for PPA299

Peggy Noe has selected three colors for this week’s Pals Paper Arts Challenge that are perfect for each other – Pink Pirouette, Pear Pizzazz and Gold.  I might never have paired these colors together, but I’m so happy for Peggy’s influential wisdom.  These colors work perfectly together – by changing up the balance of each of these three colors,  you can easily shift from soft and sweet to fun and flashy.  Here’s my card:

Love & Affection, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PPA299

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

Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Pink Pirouette, Pear Pizzazz, Gold

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Sweetest Sayings.  You know how much I adore sentiments, right?  If you don’t have the right words, then a card can feel flat or even inappropriate – who wants a sympathy card that says “yippee!” or a congratulations card that says “thinking of you”?  If I could create a Hall of Fame for sets with great sentiments, Love & Affection would be one of the first inductees.  The sentiments in Love & Affection are not only super-sweet, but they are beautifully scripted.  Even if flowers aren’t your thing, this photopolymer set needs to be on your wish list for these sentiments alone.  Do you love them?  Love & Affection, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingI posted a card earlier this week with another sentiment from this set – if you missed it, you can see it here.
  • Tilt It.  The stripes on this Gold Designer Series Paper Stack are rather steep – I love the angle for a perfect backdrop on a card.  I trimmed into the paper a bit to lessen the angle on the stripes, which allowed me to layer in my Pear Pizzazz band and sentiment so that you wouldn’t have to wrench your neck to read it.  How super-thoughtful am I?!  This reduced-angle still honors the slant without obnoxiously slanting the words.  You’re welcome.Love & Affection, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PPA299
  • Back it Up.  I often add tiny borders around my panels that give a nice frame and additional support for popping up the layers.  I really, really didn’t want to add another layer here (I can be stubborn sometimes), so I opted to add a layer of cardstock beneath the Designer Series Paper Stack panel.  It comes right to the edge and gives me the support I need to pop it up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Stamp Sets:  Love & Affection  Papers:  Pink Pirouette, Whisper White, Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack (gold), Pear Pizzazz  Inks:  Pear Pizzazz (inside of flower), VersaMark  Accessories:  Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Pearl Basic Jewels, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Here’s a recap of the items I used on this card:

Love & Affection, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PPA299

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 Peggy’s challenge.

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  1. You balanced these colors perfectly Brian. Beautiful card!

  2. Good Morning Brian . . . I must say I did skip over this stamp set, thinking I had enough flowers . . . but they sentiments are a must have!. 🙂

  3. I like the slanted stripes and that cute flower embossed in gold . That sentiment is special and love the font !
    Great card !

  4. Another sentiment directed at me? LOL. This is simple and a great way to show off new products. A BK classic.

  5. I love this card Brian! The color combo is fabulous and, you are right again (well, I meant to say as always) when you say this saying is beautiful. I will have to check with Mary about the stubborn thing as I haven’t personally witnesses it. LOL

    Have yourself a Terrific Thursday and keep that creativity flowing!

  6. Love the way you angled the background and sentiment. The result is a simple, but WOW card.

  7. I love these colors together and the slant is great. Love the sentiment and yes, of course, you meant it for Mary!! She is a sweetheart!

  8. Ooooh your a teaser, I love it though, my friend ,
    Hugs Frenchie! ❤️

  9. Beautiful card Brian, I love the bold accents and that sentiment is perfect.

  10. Ditto the comments above, great card!

  11. Ok, Mr. King.. now I’m angry! You’ve gone and used some new product I didn’t include in my preorder and I’m &?#! stompin’ mad!

    Seriously… This is soft and snappy at the same time. You’re the master!

  12. Yep, this card is every word for lovely that I can think of. I am so looking forward to this stamp set. You did a wonderful job showcasing some the the images, Brian!! Off to pin….

  13. Beautiful color combo! Who would not love getting this card with the sweet sentiment?!? Lovely job!

  14. Beautiful! What else is there to say!!!

  15. Robbye Hamilton

    Lovely card Brian. I love the pink and green combo and the gold adds that extra something special.

  16. Such a perfect card, Brian. I love this set too, and the font really goes with the soft colors! Amazing how you can make a card both pretty and sweet and bold all at the same time!!

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