Birthday Fiesta for FMS240

Festive Birthday is the first suite of products in Stampin’ Up!’s 2016 Annual Catalog – bright and playful, this suite is filled with wonderful ways to celebrate important birthdays.  Along with fun colors, papers and pom pom trim, Birthday Fiesta kicks off the fun with awesome papel picado banners (Lydia taught me all about these), a cactus, an adorable llama and sentiments you HAVE TO HAVE.  Here’s my card with this suite of products for Freshly Made Sketches:

Birthday Fiesta, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FMS240

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

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  • Birthday Fiesta.  I mean, really – how adorable is this llama?  Or is it an alpaca?  I’m going to guess it’s a llama because it’s more fun to say “llama (ya-ma)” in my Spanish accent.  And I couldn’t love this sentiment more than I do – who doesn’t want to “party like there’s no tomorrow” in Spanglish?  There are so many great ways to use this set – Jen’s sketch is just one of them.

    Birthday Fiesta Bundle, Stampin' Up!

    Birthday Fiesta Bundle, Stampin’ Up!

  • Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper.  I admit that I am smitten by the Birthday Fiesta Bundle – so many fun ways to use this set and the coordinating Framelits.  There was never a question in my mind that I would enjoy playing with these.  I was surprised, though, by how much I love the Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper.  This pack of paper is filled with brilliant colors and festive designs that are perfect for more than a Mexican-themed birthday party.  What fun!

    Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!

    Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper, Stampin’ Up!

  • Layering.  The flowery pattern on the piece of Designer Series Paper make me very happy.  While this pattern doesn’t necessarily scream “birthday,” it was my first choice for this festive card – the colors are just amazing!  Tempting Turquoise, Emerald Envy, Crushed Curry – what a great combination!  There are several layers on Jen’s sketch – not only did I flip them around to stack in the opposite direction (so the llama could be facing away from the stacked layers), but I also alternated the layers between solid patterns and this brilliant patterned paper so as to not crowd out the llama as my focal point.  All the borders are highlighted with a thin border of Crushed Curry.

Stamp Sets:  Birthday Fiesta  Papers:  Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper, Tempting Turquoise, Sahara Sand, Whisper White, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo  Inks:  Archival Basic Black  Accessories:  Fiesta Time Framelits Dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Birthday Fiesta, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FMS240I 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.

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  1. So cute ! This is another Bundle on my list ! I really like the layers and the colors in this dsp are fun ! How cute is his little blanket on his back .
    If I had a Llama I would call him Obama !

  2. Love, love, love this card, Brian! Great layout ! This suite is so much fun! This was my grandson’s favorite too. He helped me unpack my order! ?

  3. Well, this bundle was NOT on my list but that llama was so darn cute! Get out the list!!! Adorable card, Brian. Thanks for sharing!

  4. My favorite part? The little coordinating blanket. Darling!

  5. Cute, cute, cute, cute! I have to agree that my favorite part was the blanket matching the DSP. AND Brian, I don’t owe you a nickel because I didn’t have to squint to see that everything was so totally balanced! LOL

  6. Oh you are going to make me order this set! A llama with matching accessories……who knew that would be so cute?!? Love it!

  7. Chris R. from Iowa

    Too much fun with it’s matching blanket which has a name too which I don’t remember. The llama is muy bueno better than la cucaracha! Love the layers. Anyone for tacos?

  8. Brian this card is so stinkin’ cute. I love that llama and the entire fiesta themed bundle. I think bright happy colors and birthdays go together. Awesome project !

  9. Oh very festive Birthday Card! Love it.
    Happy Sunday!

  10. Your card is very festive in the bright colors. I think we’ll be seeing a lot of the llama with its matching blanket. I love the cute sentiment.

  11. What a great card Brian! I love that little llama! So cute! Great colours! Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

  12. Fabulous combination of sketch, paper, colors and your llama! Perfect for a fiesta! Thank you for playing along with us at Freshly Made Sketches.

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