Helping Me Grow for FMS248

Linda Callahan is having quite a week online.  Not only is she hosting the Pals Paper Arts sketch this week (I shared my Foxy Friends Christmas project on Thursday – see it here), but she’s also hosting the Freshly Made Sketches challenge.  Linda’s design for Freshly Made Sketches got me to reach for Helping Me Grow, a sleeper stamp set from Stampin’ Up!’s 2016 Occasions Catalog.  There wasn’t much hubbub about it at first, but it slowly gained in popularity.  Here’s my card for Linda’s sketch:

Helping Me Grow, Balloon Builders, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FMS248

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

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  • Helping Me Grow.  It’s been a while since I’ve used the large flowers from the Helping Me Grow stamp set – and this is the first time I’ve showcased the lilacs on my blog.  If you’d like to another of my projects with the other flowers from this set, you can see it here.  The lilacs gave me the perfect image to match up with Linda’s sketch – there’s a third flower in the set, but I masked it off to keep just these two.  I love that they take up so much real estate on the page.  I was going to lightly color the background of the front panel, but when I was done coloring the petals, I didn’t think the card needed the extra color or texture.

    Helping Me Grow, Stampin' Up!

    Helping Me Grow, Stampin’ Up!

  • Coloring the Lilacs.  At first I thought I would stamp these flowers with a bold, dark line using Archival Basic Black or Archival Basic Gray and then color the petals with Wisteria Wonder and a Blender Pen (to achieve a lighter look than a marker).  As I was about to ink up, I thought, “Perhaps I could achieve a lighter look if I just stamped it in Wisteria Wonder and blended from there.”  How would that look?  After I stamped the flowers and blended some of the color from the edges of the petals, I decided to add even more Wisteria Wonder with a Blender Pen to create depth in the flowers.  I painted the stems with a Blender Pen and a little touch of Mint Macaron.  I like the effect.Helping Me Grow, Balloon Builders, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FMS248
  • So Sweet.  The Wisteria Wonder and Mint Macaron clash a bit with each other in the photographs of his card, but they look amazing together in real life.  While Wisteria Wonder has a natural grayness to it, Mint Macaron makes it look a bit purplier (that doesn’t appear to be a word, but it should be) than normal.  If you like this combination, too, feel free to save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Wisteria Wonder, Mint Macaron, Basic Gray

Stamp Sets:  Helping Me Grow, Balloon Builders  Papers:  Wisteria Wonder, Mint Macaron, Basic Gray, Whisper White  Inks:  Wisteria Wonder, Mint Macaron, Archival Basic Gray  Accessories:  Blender Pen, 1-1/4″ Circle punch, 1-3/8″ Circle punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Helping Me Grow, Balloon Builders, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FMS248

I hope you’ll pop over to the Freshly Made Sketches 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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2016 World Card Making Day Event – November 4 (Friday before On Stage in Atlanta).  For the fourth year in a row, Pam Morris and I are hosting a World Card Making Day in Atlanta for our demonstrator friends.  This year, we are hosting the amazing event on November 4 (a month after World Card Making Day) to coordinate with the Stampin’ Up!-sponsored event that will be there the following day.  We’d love for you to join us!  To read more about the event and register, CLICK HERE.

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  1. I struggle with this stamp set and you showed how simple and pretty it can be!

  2. Beautiful card. And yes, ‘purplier” should be a word. I also discovered this stamp set just as we were into the new catalog. Worth the search, however, as your card shows.

  3. Yes, I remember you using these giant flowers before and what attracted me to this set was that fancy corner stamp !
    This is a pretty blend of colors . Kinda like the Mint M. mixed with these purples .
    Pretty card !

  4. Talk about coincidence!!1 I was just considering getting this set too :0) Your color combo rocks!!!! LOVE, LOVE it!!!!!

  5. Beautiful card, Brian. Love the wisteria lilacs. Great coloring!

  6. Yes, Brian, “purplier” is a word in my book! You are a hoot! I je’dore your gorgeously colored flowers!

  7. Good Morning Brian:

    Your color combination for today is just plain gorgeous. It just eludes softness and warmness. The kind of color combo I would also use on a feel better or get well card. I told the hubs that Brian made a “hug” card today. He kind of looked at me as if I was weird until I showed him the card. The he told me that if a hug could be made with card stock, this would surely be it. So, you even impressed the hubs today with this one. Have yourself an amazing Saturday my friend.

  8. This is so soft and pretty! I love the subtle shading you did…..perfect! And wow you made my sketch look great!

  9. So soft and beautiful card!

  10. You always have the greatest color combinations. Thanks for the inspiration.

  11. Love the color combo! May I please leave work now to go home and make this card???

  12. Beautiful card Brian. I love the colors you chose, the Mint Macaron and Wisteria Wonder works so well together.

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