SNEAK PEEK: Jar of Cheer for PP307

Joanne James is hosting this week’s Paper Players theme challenge with a super-fun theme – a light source.  Light bulbs, sunshine, fireflies…there are so many options.  I chose to offer a sneak peek at a sweet candle from Stampin’ Up!’s 2016 Holiday Catalog.  While I wouldn’t normally pair two greens, I couldn’t help my self here – they provide a sweet backdrop for this burning candle.  Here’s my card:

Jar of Cheer, Christmas Stockings Thinlints, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PP307

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

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • What’s New?  If you don’t already have the Jar of Love and coordinating Everyday Jars Framelits, you’ll want them as soon as you see this catalog.  If you already have them, you’ll be thrilled with that purchase because there are some creative ways to use them in the Holiday Catalog.  While I didn’t use the jars, this candle is designed to fit perfectly inside a jar – how fun!  Here are the new items I’ve featured on my card (although these items are available to customers until September 1, you can click on the pictures below to see them in my online store, along with some other projects to inspire you):
    Jar of Cheer, Stampin' Up!

    Jar of Cheer, Stampin’ Up!

    Hang Your Stockings Bundle, Stampin' Up!

    Hang Your Stockings Bundle, Stampin’ Up!

    Presents & Pinecones Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!

    Presents & Pinecones Designer Series Paper, Stampin’ Up!


  • The Pieces Parts.  While I was constructing this card, I decided to take a picture of the pieces I used before I assembled all the pieces.  I thought it would be fun to share this with you.  The components are rather simple – panels of cardstock (including pieces cropped from the Layering Ovals Framelits) and Designer Series Paper, a beautiful “Noel” cropped from the Christmas Stockings Thinlits Dies and a gorgeous candle that was stamped on Whisper White and carefully snipped :Jar of Cheer, Christmas Stockings Thinlints, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PP307
  • Color Combination.  Like I said at the beginning of this post, I wouldn’t normally pair two greens as the focal colors on a card, but I really love the peacefulness of the combination of Emerald Envy and Mint Macaron.  I’ve said it before – Mint Macaron pairs beautifully with anything.  Here’s proof.  The panels of Whisper White help to ground all the green.  If you like this combination of colors, too, feel free to save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Emerald Envy, Mint Macaron, Whisper White

Stamp Sets:  Jar of Cheer  Papers:  Presents & Pinecones Designer Series Paper, Emerald Envy, Mint Macaron, Whisper White  Inks:  Archival Basic Black, Stampin’ Write Markers (Mint Macaron, Real Red, Daffodil Delight)  Accessories:  Layering Ovals Framelits Dies, Precision Base Plate (for Noel cutout), Stampin’ Dimensionals

Jar of Cheer, Christmas Stockings Thinlints, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PP307

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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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.


  1. Simple and exciting sneak peek. Love the “noel” down the side!

  2. I like both of these greens ,but had not thought of them together .
    They pair nicely and I am loving the sets you have used from the new catty !
    Pretty and serene card .

  3. Margaret Ann Hammond

    I love this card, to me it is a nice clean, crisp card. Would never thought to use these green but it really works and I like where you place the greeting

  4. WOW! What a great card! Love the way you put the sentiment down the side and what a great showcase for the candle in the oval and the scalloped oval! The two greens and the white are really crisp.

  5. Wow this is truly beautiful and I feel like brings out the essence of Christmas in a simplistic way.

  6. Wow! Love how pretty the color combination is…and yes now I need this stamp set ?

  7. Oh Brian – this card is just luscious! The color combo is soft and elegant and absolutely perfect for Christmas cards. I can’t wait to see the new catty. Any idea when the new catalog will be sent out? I too love the way you put the NOEL on the side. I love how your artistic mind works. Wish I could be in Atlanta when you celebrate National Card Making Day!

  8. Who would’ve thought up this beautiful combo, but you?! Love, love, lovvvvveeee it! Thanks for sharing your awesomeness with us.

  9. Super cute card Brian. You always show us unique ways to use our stamps.

  10. Brian, I love it !!!
    Hugs Frenchie

    Second. I was just looking at the stamp set, thinking I didn’t need this Noel. Never would have thought to use it thus way. Thank you Brian for opening my eyes!

  12. Brian, you regularly show me something that I missed or help me to see something in a different way, and you did it again today. I completely overlooked the Christmas Stockings dies, because I have the old stocking punch and matching stamp set. So I overlooked the NOEL die in that set. You have just put the stocking set back in the running! As always, thanks for the inspiration.

  13. Love this, Brian! Such a clean card and those greens are fabulous together. So glad you joined us this week at The Paper Players!

  14. Amazing clean lines and a clever take on the challenge Brian!
    Thanks for joining the Paper Players this week !

  15. Gorgeous Brian – the greens are so calming and I love the vertical sentiment placement of the diecut. Thanks for playing along with my light-themed challenge over at The Paper Players this week!

  16. Love it Brian! I would love to share this on my blog for ‘My Crafty Friends Monday’! Please let me know if you would prefer that I didn’t share it (of course I give you credit and link back to your blog!).
    Inky Hugs!

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