Gift of Love for FMS239

This week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge gave me the inspiration to make a super-sweet “thinking of you card” for a friend.  While I strayed a bit from the sketch to fit the pieces where they needed to go, the overall inspiration is still there.  Here’s my sweet-and-simple card:

Gift of Love, Butterfly Basics, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FMS239

And here’s the banner created by my kind and talented friend, Cindy Hall, for this week’s challenge:FMS239

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Three Quick-and-Easy Steps.  Boy, oh, boy!  I love this bushel of gladiolas.  The stamp set, Gift of Love, is one of many Host Sets you can earn with Stampin’ Rewards.  It only takes three quick-and-easy steps to create this beautiful image.  I stamped the outline in Archival Basic Black, stamped the flowers in Blushing Bride and stamped the leaves in Mint Macaron.  No messy watercoloring to create a beautiful, watercolored look – I like it!  If you missed the first card I made with this set, you can see it here.  Here’s a look at this amazing set:

    Gift of Love Host set, Stampin' Up!

    Gift of Love Host set, Stampin’ Up!

  • Three Stamp Offerings.  You likely already know that Stampin’ Up! offers three types of stamps – wood-mount rubber, clear-mount rubber and photopolymer.  Stamps are generally offered in either (a) photopolymer or (b) your choice of clear-mount rubber or wood-mount rubber.  Did you know that some of the stamps in the Annual Catalog are offered in all three types of stamps?  Butterfly Basics (the sentiment and small butterfly showcased in my card today) is one of those sets.  Here’s a list of the stamps offered in all three stamp types (you can click on the stamp names to see the photopolymer version of the stamp):
  • A Little Pop of Black.  Let’s just agree that Mint Macaron and Blushing Bride were made for one another, OK?  Thanks.  While the colors pair perfectly, it’s the thin borders of black around the flowers and the panels on this card that make these sweet and soft colors pop.  If you like these colors together, too, feel free to save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Blushing Bride, Mint Macaron, Basic Black

Stamp Sets:  Gift of Love, Butterfly Basics  Papers:  Blushing Bride, Mint Macaron, Basic Black, Whisper White  Inks:  Blushing Bride, Mint Macaron, Archival Basic Black  Accessories:  2″ Circle punch, Circles Collection Framelits (retired), Bitty Butterfly punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Gift of Love, Butterfly Basics, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FMS239I hope you’ll pop over to Freshly Made Sketches 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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Stamp Sale and Open House.  I’m hosting a sale of my retired stamps, punches, dies, papers and accessories on Saturday, June 11 in Atlanta, Georgia.  Doors will open at 9am and will close between noon and 1pm.  I hope that all of my retired items will have found new homes during those hours.  🙂  Please email me at for more information or directions.OPEN HOUSETrying to Narrow Down Your Wish List?  I’ve shared two days of My Favorite Things from Stampin’ Up!’s 2016 Annual Catalog.  Perhaps my lists can help you narrow down your choices?  You can check them out here and here.

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  1. What a pretty card! I love the black outline . . . really makes the image pop and keeps the colors soft!

  2. Robbye Hamilton

    Lovely card Brian, I love how well Blushing Bride and Mint Macaron work together.. Layering on the Whisper White and Basix Black make the other colors really pop.

  3. Gorgeously stunning card, Brian! I am so wishing to get my inky hands on this beautiful set…

  4. I love the softness of the colors with the touch of black to make everything really stand out. The little butterfly on the sentiment circle is a great feature. I love butterflies!

  5. Love the BB and MM…. so soft and the black adds drama !

  6. What a beautiful card my friend , like always , now if your selling your heart punch and your itty bity punch can I buy them from you , let me know and I’ll send u a check , ok
    But if your not no worries my friend ❤️
    Hugs Frenchie

  7. Such a soft and pretty card Brian!

  8. Truly beautiful! LOVE your soft colors and the accent of the cute little butterfly. Thank you for playing along with us at Freshly Made Sketches.

  9. Oh my gosh, Brian! This is so lovely with these colors and the black matting. Love the addition of the butterfly and the sentiment is perfect with this design. Really awesome card, my friend. And thanks for the kind words!

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