SNEAK PEEK: Thoughtful Branches

Before I share today’s project, I want to thank Joanne James at The Paper Players for selecting my Christmas in July project from last week as her “A Cut Above” last week.  I love the inspiration these online challenges offer – that’s the win!  It’s always nice, though, to be recognized by the design team.  If you missed my Christmas Joy card, you can see it here.  Thanks, Joanne!

I’m super-crazy about Thoughtful Branches – the new stamp set and Framelits bundle that Stampin’ Up! is releasing in August.  This bundle will pop right to the top of your wish list.  During the month of July, Stampin’ Up! demonstrators are able to purchase this bundle so we can create begin promoting the set.  That’s just what I’ve done.  This week’s color challenge at The Paper Players gave me a beautiful palette of colors to make a gorgeous hydrangea with this amazing new set.  Here’s my card:

Thoughtful Branches, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, thank you card

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

Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Mint Macaron, Island Indigo, Sweet Sugarplum

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Thoughtful Branches.  Ooooh eeee!  I was instantly in love with this bundle when it was revealed to us last week.  What’s NOT to love about gorgeous sentiments in an incredible font and beautiful images that can be used for all types of cards?  What’s NOT to love about these intricate dies that are sure to be a classic.  I express shipped mine (couldn’t wait to spend time playing with the bundle) and spent my entire weekend making projects.  I’m in love with it and look forward to sharing more projects with you in the weeks to come.  I’m excited for you to be able to purchase this bundle in August (or in July if you are a demonstrator).  Here’s a peek at the amazing new bundle:
    Thoughtful Branches Bundle, Stampin' Up!

    Thoughtful Branches Bundle, Stampin’ Up! Available August 2, 2016

    Thoughtful Branches, Stampin' Up!

    Thoughtful Branches, Stampin’ Up! Available August 2, 2016

    Beautiful Branches Thinlits Dies, Stampin' Up!

    Beautiful Branches Thinlits Dies, Stampin’ Up! Available August 2, 2016

  • Dressing Up the Hydrangea.  I love that the die for the leaves of the tree double as a gorgeous hydrangea.  While the shape is obvious, there was a bit of the “wow” factor missing when I cropped out my flowers.  To grant it the luxury it is due, I stamped the hydrangea with speckles from the new Touches of Texture set – it gave the flowers a bit of depth they were, otherwise, missing.  I also lathered the petals with my Wink of Stella glitter brush (I’m not ashamed to admit that I actually used glitter – the proof is below).  That still didn’t give me the depth I wanted, so I cropped two more hydrangea flowers with the die and layered them one-on-top of the other.  That gave the flower the lift I wanted (there’s no way I could trim Stampin’ Dimensionals that small!)Three Ways to Dress Up Beautiful Branches Thinlits Die, Thoughtful Branches, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, thank you card
  • Turn Your Head.  The entire card was perfectly planned so that I could have “thank you” or “your kindness makes a difference” in the lower, right corner.  Maybe “perfectly planned” isn’t the right term because the sentiment wouldn’t fit the way I had planned it.  C-.  I reached for my Vertical Greetings set to save the day but ultimately decided I would stamp my “thank you” from Beautiful Branches sideways.  You might have to tilt your head to read it, but you have to admit that it’s gorgeous.  Am I right?!

Stamp Sets:  Thoughtful Branches, Touches of Texture  Papers:  Sweet Sugarplum, Island Indigo, Mint Macaron, Whisper White  Inks:  Sweet Sugarplum  Accessories:  Beautiful Branches Thinlints, Wink of Stella Glitter Brush, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Thoughtful Branches, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, thank you card

Get Thoughtful Banners Now!  You don’t have to wait until August 2 to buy Thoughtful Banners – Stampin’ Up! demonstrators can order this amazing bundle now.  AND starting August 2, Demonstrators will be able to pre-order from the upcoming Holiday Catalog.  We’ll get an awesome Sneak Peek at the Catalog at the end of July.  That’s three great reasons to sign up to be a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator – most of my team members are hobbyist who enjoy the discount with no pressure to sell to anyone.  Please reach out to me at if you’d like to set-up a chat with me – I’d love to introduce you to my group!

I hope you’ll pop over to The Paper Players 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. Ok Brian – two for two, this hydrangea is knock-your-socks off gorgeous! I love the detail you added to the bloom and setting against the blue background panel just adds to the drama. As for the sentiment – totally works! Thanks for joining us over at The Paper Players this week!

  2. Hi Brian! Just wanted to say how much I love your cards, your inspiration and your humor. I’m always in a rush and never make the time to comment, so today I made sure I did Thanks for all you do for us crafters out there! From Vero Beach Florida!

  3. Carla Schechner

    Oh wow! These colors are so unexpected but beautiful!! Thanks for the inspiration to see beyond the usual :0)

  4. No surprise Brian that your “Christmas Joy to you” card was a Cut Above for the Paper Players. It was and is a great card.

  5. A big congrats on your win, Brian. …that is the sound of my jaw hitting the floor! I love everything you incorporated into this card…and the layers, overstamping, and Wink of Stella really did it for this hydrangea! Can’t wait for mine to come in!

  6. First, beautiful job with the colors from challenge and second, way to rock the flower with all those extra the sparkle too!

  7. You sure know how to make a girl smile because she purchased this bundle. This is drop dead gorgeous, BK.

  8. Cindie McDuffee

    Oh so pretty! Love the way you used the colors- and the WOS! (Apparently, you were not injured or glittered in any way when taking the cap off. LOL)

  9. Oh Brian: I’m going to have to go back to work at a real job if you keep tempting me with all these beautiful bundles! LOL You are so right – this is one bundle I have to have, no question about it. Your Hydrangea card is beyond beautiful! AND, congratulations on having your card once again chosen as A Cut Above by the Paper Players.

  10. I love this card with the beautiful colors. Thanks for showcasing this bundle.

  11. Chris R. from Iowa

    Gotta comment again….when I saw the thinlit I thought that looks like a hydrangea. I just looked a video from another demo and she had made a Christmas card with this set and then she mentioned the hydrangea too. Then, here you actually made it! It looks so pretty and a wonderful card. Now, I gotta go check out the Players to see your card. Great job on the hydrangea.

  12. Wow this is stunning, Brian! I love your clean, crisp use of the colors and I love hydrangeas 🙂 So glad you joined us this week at The Paper Players!

  13. Very nice! Love all of the details you’ve added. Thanks for joining us this week at the Paper Players. (I’m just going to have to order this bundle)

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