Jolly Christmas for FabFri96

Today’s FabFriday’s color challenge pulls together an unlikely trio of colors – Delightful Dijon, Emerald Envy and Very Vanilla.  I was initially skeptical that I could pull off this combination, but I am pleased with the outcome.  I’m so glad Mindy Backes put them together for us.  I used some old (but still wonderful) products and some brand-spankin’ new products to create a sweet and simple card.  Here’s my project for this week’s FabFriday challenge:

Holly Jolly Greetings, Oh What Fun, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

And here’s the banner for the challenge that inspired my card:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Delightful Dijon, Emerald Envy, Very VanillaTips, Tricks and Reminders

  • I Used Glitter Stampin’ Emboss Powder!  Above all else, I want it to be known that I used Emerald Envy Glitter Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  For starters, I ordered the stuff.  Then I opened it in my Fungeon.  Then I embossed small panels of Emerald Envy cardstock with the glittery powder (I stamped the VersaMark pad directly on the cardstock) to create a shiny finish with the texture of Glimmer Paper.  Can’t say I loved the experience (and can’t say it was a glitter-free day), but I can say that I love the finished look of the project.Emerald Envy Glitter Embossing Powder, Stampin' Up!
  • Sweet Tree.  The starry paper from Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack and the cute combination of sentiments were my starting place for this card.  I added the little tree and all that glittery powder once I started playing.  Do you know where the tree is found?  I’ll give you a hint (because I know you love playing guessing games and because I know you won’t look ahead)…it’s not a Christmas set of dies.  I used the Outdoor Adventure Framelits Dies that coordinate with the Always an Adventure stamp set to create a super-fun bundle.  The tree I cropped from a glittery green cardstock is the one to the right of the tent below:

    Outdoor Adventure Framelits, Stampin' Up!

    Outdoor Adventure Framelits, Stampin’ Up!

  • Anchored Banners.  I wanted two little banners to shoot out of the left side of the sentiment square – a simple layout!  By the time I started assembling, though, I was uncomfortable that everything was just floating in the middle of the card.  Sometimes that works, sometimes it doesn’t.  I extended the banners to the right side of the card (see them over there?) to anchor them to the card.  Aaaah!  Now I can breathe.  🙂  Several years ago I was lucky enough to tour Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater home in Pennsylvania.  The house is famous for its architecturally gorgeous style and its cantilevered (a structured element where only one side is attached to the support from which it protrudes) balconies – check out this amazing house here.  I want to believe that my cantilevered banners are on par with the amazing designs in this famous house.  It’s not a stretch at all to say my card is a comparable addition to the world of art as this multi-million dollar home.  Don’t you agree?

Stamp Sets:  Holly Jolly Greetings, Oh What Fun  Papers:  Warmth & Cheers Designer Series Paper Stack, Emerald Envy, Very Vanilla  Inks:  Emerald Envy, Archival Basic Black, VersaMark  Accessories:  Outdoor Adventure Framelits Dies, Emerald Envy Glitter Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Heat Tool,  Stampin’ Dimensionals

Just check out the shine of this Emerald Envy Glitter Stampin’ Emboss Powder:Holly Jolly Greetings, Oh What Fun, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

I hope you’ll pop over to the FabFriday 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. Really like this card. I also bought the glitter embossing power, thanks for giving me an example.

  2. This is so fun. Love the glitter – of course!

  3. I love your very sparkly, little tree . . . sweet detail with the flagged strips!

  4. Wait —- glitter? On a card by Brian?? Love it!

  5. Grat card! My eyes bugged out when I spotted the glitter – well done! We visited Falling Water in 2014 and it is amazing! Yep, Frank would love your card too:-). Have a great weekend!

  6. Saw all the other cards from the challenge and have to tell you the only one I am going to CASE is yours. The best by far!
    Thanks for sharing, Brian.

  7. Wow. Glitter, card from Brian, pretty unusual combination. Great card. We’re all happy you let out your inner glitter.

  8. I was shocked at first, then enamoured with your gorgeous, glittery card, Brian!! You pulled it off beautifully. And, yes, Frank would have been honoured!

  9. Okay you have won the hearts of many by using that pretty EE glitter and it really looks good. Now that sentiment is a surprise to me because I have not seen it used and I think it is so cute ! Guess I will have to get that set that I overlooked plus I want that Outdoor set (no I don`t camp ),but I think it is adorable ….especially that bear !!
    Last .but not least loved the tour of Frank`s house and I really like your card !!

  10. Love the design and colors…glitter does have it’s place, hee hee!

  11. First, thank you for the architectural lesson! Loved that you “connected” us to the Wright Designed home! Now the card: It NEVER ceases to amaze me how you combine images and sentiments from different stamp sets onto ONE card…that brain of yours is amazing…BTW, just noticed your name has all the letters of the word “brain”…coincidence?

  12. My heart be still! I am sooooooo proud of you Brian that I’m almost giddy. Our Brian has finally used glitter! Are pigs flying?

    Love this sparkly, shiny, beautiful Christmas card. Spectacular would be a good descriptive word for it. Hey, did you call Mary and tell her you used glitter? Did she believe you? LOL Thank you Brian for this gorgeous creation.

  13. The card is fantastic! And I’m VERY proud of you for using glitter. Now, it wasn’t that bad, right? ?

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