A Random Act of Kindness for GDP#055

What is a Random Act of Kindness?  When you send an unexpected and kind note to a friend or when you compliment a stranger’s outfit in line at the grocery store, you are engaging in a Random Act of Kindness (RAK, for short).  When the stranger in the car ahead of you pays for your coffee in the Starbucks drive-through, their unanticipated kindness makes you happy – and you’ll likely pass that feeling along to someone else.  Congratulations, you RAK-engager, for already being an RAK spokesperson (even if you didn’t have a word for it).  🙂

This week’s GDP challenge is to create a RAK project – I combined some projects from Stampin’ Up!’s Annual Catalog with some great products in the Holiday Catalog to create a sweet, simple card for a friend who isn’t expecting to hear from me.  Here’s my card:

Bunch of Blossoms, Merry Tags Framelits Dies, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, GDP055And here’s the banner for the challenge that inspired my card:gdp055Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Merry Tags Framelits Dies.  While the Merry Tags Framelits Dies are designed for the Christmas Holidays, these amazing dies are not going to be packed away when Christmas is gone.  You can certainly use them to make great ornaments, but there’s great versatility to the dies – especially this one I cropped with Night of Navy cardstock.  Bunch of Blossoms, Merry Tags Framelits Dies, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, GDP055By snipping off the ornament holder and adding a non-Christmas sentiment, I’ve successfully transformed this otherwise-Christmas tag.

    Merriest Wishes Bundle, Stampin' Up!

    Merriest Wishes Bundle, Stampin’ Up!

  • Non-standard Size.  The GDP Design Team is made up of designers from all over the world.  Every week, they inspire me to re-think the standard sizes I use for my cards.  While the standards 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ card front works well for me most times, I like to step outside my box every once in a while.  The card front of this simple card is 3-1/2″ x 5-1/2″.  This card could fit into a standard, medium envelope for mailing.
  • Envelope Punch Board.  The non-standard size of the card base gave me the not-so-common opportunity to pull out my Envelope Punch Board.  With a coordinating piece of Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper, I cropped an envelope for this Gladstone-sized card.  The thing, blue stripes that are featured on the band of this card front make an appearance on the inside of this envelope for perfect coordination.Bunch of Blossoms, Merry Tags Framelits Dies, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, GDP055

Stamp Sets:  Bunch of Blossoms  Papers:  Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper, Night of Navy, Thick Whisper White  Inks:  Night of Navy  Accessories:  Merry Tags Framelits Dies, Envelope Punch Board, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll pop over to the Global Design Projects site to see the RAK 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. Wonderful card Brian – I really love what you have done with the Merry Tags Framelits. Awesome.

  2. So excited to see what you did with the tag! Great project.

  3. Beautiful my friend , love it all, still sad I can’t join you all ???
    But my heart will be there with you all !!

  4. Two of my faves that I have not ordered . Love these tags and that DSP .
    Thank you for featuring both because I really have looked at those tag dies and wondered if there was life after Xmas for them…..Just love what you did with both .

  5. Wow . . . so crisp in navy and white. Love how you used the tag as a background.

  6. I’ve always loved navy and white as a colour scheme and this just pops right out at me. I studied this card on how you made the tag and love it – very clever as always! xo

  7. Beautiful card Brian! I love the unique size and navy and white is so classic and crisp and clean.

  8. Oh, wow! I love how you think outside the box, Brian…this card & envelope are stunning! Pinning away, my friend!

  9. Love this card.
    The DSP is perfect.
    I see a casing coming on.

  10. Super cute card Brian.

  11. Beautiful card! Now I need to add the Merry Tags Framelits to my wishlist. :~}

  12. Your card is wonderful & beautiful and appropriate for anyone. Your heartfelt RAK is even greater!

  13. Beautiful card in navy and white. Love it. RAK are the best! I love giving them and receiving them. Have a wonderful Monday.

  14. Pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty! Gee, can you guess I love this one Brian? LOL

  15. Sweet card Brian, love the blue…so classic.

  16. Your transformed the otherwise-Christmas tag is great idea! Well laid out! Superb!

  17. I love the way you’ve used the Merry Tag for a non Christmas card – this is one of my favourite sets and now I can use it all year round. Thanks for the inspiration – can’t believe I didn’t think of that!

  18. A beautiful card Brian. I love your simple colour scheme.

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