A Whole Lot of Lovely for FabFri87 and FMS236

I love “two birds with one stone” opportunities – I often combine a color challenge with a sketch or theme challenge.  I always feel so accomplished.  It’s rare, though, to find two sketches that are so similar that you I can create one card that meets both requirements.  That’s what happened with this week’s sketches from FabFriday and Freshly Made Sketches.  Yippee!!  Here’s my single card that was inspired by both sketches:

A Whole Lot of Lovely, Sweet Sugarplum, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FabFri87, FMS236And here are the sketches that inspired my card (the FabFriday sketch is from Mindy Backes, and the Freshly Made Sketches sketch is from Rita Wright):

FabFri87 - May 13How’s that for doubling up on a sketch?

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Ink, Stamp, Emboss.  I have always loved this stamp from A Whole Lot of Lovely, one of the host stamp sets in the 2015 Annual Catalog – it’s a bold, negative-image stamp.  When you stamp it, the ink hits all of the stamp except the words, the dots and the flowers.  Make sense?  I inked this stamp in Night of Navy and stamped it onto Thick Whisper White.  I immediately peppered the image with Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder and heat set it with my Heat Tool.  That allowed me to color in the images with Stampin’ Write Markers without causing the inks to bleed into one another.  AND – My focal image has a shiny background – can’t beat that.  Fun!A Whole Lot of Lovely, Sweet Sugarplum, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FabFri87, FMS236
  • Not Just for Christmas.  Do you recognize the fun shape around the layering of circles?  It was super-simple!  I cropped the wreath from Wonderful Wreath Framelits Dies with Mint Macaron paper for a fun, textured layer (and nest) for my cropped sentiment and coordinating circles.  It adds a beautiful, soft halo around the circles, don’t you think?

    Wonderful Wreath Framelits, Stampin' Up!

    Wonderful Wreath Framelits, Stampin’ Up!

  • Sweet Color Combination.  I’m already in love with Stampin’ Up!’s 2016-2018 In Colors.  This card features Sweet Sugarplum.  How sweet is it?  The pale purple shade not only looks wonderful with other soft, sweet colors, but it pops with the deep, rich Night of Navy.  If you like this color combination, too, feel free to save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Night of Navy, Sweet Sugarplum, Mint Macaron, So Saffron

Stamp Sets:  A Whole Lot of Lovely  Papers:  Sweet Sugarplum, Mint Macaron, So Saffron, Night of Navy, Whisper White, Thick Whisper White  Inks:  Night of Navy, Stampin’ Write Markers (Sweet Sugarplum, Mint Macaron, So Saffron)  Accessories:  Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, 2″ Circle punch, 2-1/2″ Circle punch, Circles Collection Framelits, Wonderful Wreath Framelits Dies, Hexagon punch (for banner tip), Stampin’ Dimensionals

A Whole Lot of Lovely, Sweet Sugarplum, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FabFri87, FMS236

I hope you’ll pop over to the Fab Friday site and to the Freshly Made Sketches site to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.

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  1. Love your card especially the color combinations. Plus, aren’t you the clever one using the wreath die to provide the background to your sentiment! You never fail to inspire with your creativity. Thanks!

  2. Good Morning Brian, I gave a real hard look to figure out the die behind the circle. You stumped me! What a great idea. I adore how the colors and the clear embossing came out. I have not inked up my set yet, but this is gorgeous. I’m such a blue person. I hope to get to it today, but when I do, I’ll send you a picture. Have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend.

  3. Love the wreath conversion. You are clever and creative with having the ability to see how to use stamps in different applications .
    Happy Friday !

  4. What a great idea to use the wreath framelit! And I love the idea of using the embossing powder so that you clean color with your markers! Can’t wait to try both of these ideas ….

  5. Great colors and I love the clean crisp look! The embossing really makes that image pop! TFS!

  6. Susan Shelinbarger

    When I saw the Mint Macaron layer, I thought it was a new, fancy shape. I was pleasantly surprised to find out it’s the wreath, especially since I already own it. I never would have thought of using it that way. Thanks for the great idea.

  7. My first look at one of the new in-colors! (Haven’t been able to download the new catalog…computer issues). I loved the color combo you came up with Brian. Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. Your card is a “whole lot of lovely!” Clever how you used the wreath die.

  9. The embossing looks fab and I love the wrath tucked underneath! Great idea I just may have to use!

  10. Oh My Goodness! I love the embossing on the solid stamp and then coloring in the dots! How super clever!!! I also love the wreath as a mat.

    Thank you for sharing your fun techniques!

  11. A lovely card with a lovely color combination! Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches this week!

  12. Great way to show the fun new colors and the wreath die layering is fabulous! Glad you joined us this week at FMS!

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