Big News for PPA301

Rae Harper is hosting this week’s Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge, and she’s selected three colors that shine during this time of year – Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry and Pool Party.  What a brilliant combination of colors!  I decided to make a fun, high-spirited card to accompany these colors.  Here’s my project:

Big News, Perfectly Wrapped, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PPA301

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


Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Big News.  Big News is one of the stamp sets that’s retiring with the close of the 2016 Annual Catalog.  I’ve come to terms with a lot of the stamp sets that are leaving (we have to make room for the new stuff, right?), but I’ll still feel a little raw about this gem of a set being marked as “not available” when the month rounds out.  I love these big, bold sentiments that are perfect for so many occasions – baby, wedding, birthday and celebration of plain-old awesomeness!  If you don’t have this set, you may want to quickly reconsider.  🙂  Just sayin’.  BONUS!  It’s one of the stamp sets that’s been marked 25% off on the retiring list.  Who can resist that kind of savings?
  • Color Blocking.  I had completed this entire card with all the background layers and the front panel – but I never glue anything down until I’m completely happy with the finished card.  The front panel needed something to anchor it to the card, so I added the three strips of colored cardstock (1″, 1/2″ and 1/4″ wide) on the left side of the flower-stamped layer.  Not only did this anchor the top panel, but it pulls in all three of the colors in this card.  This touch of color blocking helped me to finish off this design perfectly.
  • Fun with Grammar.  The inside of this card is emblazoned with a big “yes” which might not be the response you’d expect.  I wanted to answer the question posed on this card – and the grammar rules make the answer a bit strange.  The “no” in the middle of the sentence really sends your brain on a logical journey.  Let’s test it:
    • Q: Is there a limit to your awesomeness? A: No, there is not a limit.
    • Q: Is there no limit to your awesomeness?  A: Yes, there is no limit.

Stamp Sets:  Big News, Perfectly Wrapped  Papers:  Crushed Curry, Pool Party, Bermuda Bay  Inks:  Archival Basic Black, Crushed Curry, Stampin’ Write Marker (Bermuda Bay)  Accessories:  Stampin’ Dimensionals

Big News, Perfectly Wrapped, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PPA301

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 this week’s challenge.

Thanks for stopping by today!


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  1. Beautiful color combination. Love it.

  2. Great card, love the layers….i can see how my brain works for the inside, “yes” would be correct because “no” would be a double negative LOL
    Nowadays all play on words work!

  3. You need to mail this card to yourself! 😉 Love it!

  4. Great card today, Brian. This bold but tailored card design is a keeper. Thanks for the inspiration.

  5. Love your card, Brian! The color panels on the side really add a lot, especially cut in different sizes. And you had me thinking twice about the NO on the inside! Clever! Tonya’s right! You need to mail this to yourself!!

  6. Awesome is right! Awesome card, perfect with the PPA colors and just fab!

  7. What stamp set did you use for the “yes” — or did you die cut the letters? Just wondering….

  8. There really is no limit to YOUR awesomeness…great layout and layers and flowers and colors and well..all of it!

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  10. Awesome card, Brian! Such a wonderful design and perfectly neat!

  11. This card is a great example of your precision. The cuts are perfect and the grammar is correct. Thanks for the laugh.

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