A Little Kindness in the World

When I posted yesterday’s sympathy card (you can see it here), several of you mentioned the dove and sentiment would be a perfect tribute to the people affected by the horrors that unraveled this past weekend in Orlando.  What you didn’t know is that I had already made a card as a response – and I’m sharing it with you today.  I don’t talk politics or religion or world events here – this is an all-paper-crafting-zone – but sometimes we have to work through hard times.  This is one of those times.  I have no words for what happened – only love, pain and kindness for those who made it out of that horrible situation and for the loved ones of the people who didn’t.  Here’s my card:

Places You'll Go, Kinda Eclectic, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Places You’ll Go.  The sweet globe and stand are from a new stamp set in Stampin’ Up!’s 2016 Annual Catalog called Places You’ll Go.  There are so many great ways to showcase this set – this just felt like an appropriate approach when I sat down to create.  The set doesn’t limit you to a globe, though.  There are wonderful sentiments for lots of occasions and a beautiful wreath that can be used in so many ways.  I even adore the three TEENY TINY shapes that are includes in the set – a plane, a heart and a star.

    Places You'll Go, Stampin' Up!

    Places You’ll Go, Stampin’ Up!

  • Kindness Goes a Long Way.  Even though this set has plenty of great sentiments – I’ll be using ALL of them at some point – I couldn’t help but think this sentiment from Kinda Eclectic was the most appropriate.  Not only does it say exactly what needs to be said – we need to be nicer to one another – but it gave me the stylistic placement I was looking for.  Look how perfectly the globe stand rests in the valley of the sentiment – it balances the sentiment perfectly.  Made for each other?  Perhaps.

    Kinda Eclectic, Stampin' Up!

    Kinda Eclectic, Stampin’ Up!

  • Sweet Colors.  While Pool Party would have worked just as well, Soft Sky was a beautifully blue  base for this card and for the globe I cropped for it.  I accented Soft Sky with Watermelon Wonder (a super-bright In Color) and Basic Black (a neutral).  This combination can be playful or solemn, depending on the balance of these colors.  If you like this combination, please feel free to save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Soft Sky, Watermelon Wonder, Basic Black

Stamp Sets:  Places You’ll Go, Kinda Eclectic  Papers:  Soft Sky, Basic Black, Watermelon Wonder  Inks:  Archival Basic Black  Accessories:  Layering Circles Framelits, Sweet & Sassy Framelits (heart), Stampin’ Dimensionals

Places You'll Go, Kinda Eclectic, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

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  1. Beautiful. And I’ve always been glad that I have papercrafting as a way to “work through” things without the pain of discussing them. Thanks for being you.

  2. Perfect – the way the globe sits with the sentiment, and the heart pulls/balances for symmetry.

  3. Beautiful on all fronts.

  4. simply perfect… thank you Brian!

  5. Hi Brian:

    Your card says so much with so little. I didn’t even realize I had that sentiment. The Places You’ll Go stamp set was completely ignored by me but now that I see what it can do I’ll have to check it out once more. Thanks for all your creativeness and inspiration.

  6. So nice, you have a big heart Brian. <3

  7. Love and healing light to all those affected by that incomprehensible act. You make the world a better place, Brian, one card at a time.

  8. Beautiful card Brian for an unthinkable tragedy.

  9. Awww, Brian, that’s you, !! What a beautiful card !!!
    Tfs, hugs

  10. Beautiful card. Beautiful thought.

  11. Ditto Cindie!

  12. Oh Brian that is just a simple statement that goes a long way! Your card is gorgeous and thoughtful! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Beautiful Card and Beautiful Heart of the one who created it.

  14. Have I told you lately how brilliant you are? This is adorable and you make me so glad I purchased this stamp set!

  15. This is a perfectly beautiful card for the occasion. Thanks for your creative tips. TFS

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