May Flowers in October

Rae Harper-Burnet is this week’s Featured Designer at the Pals Paper Arts.  She’s chosen Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry and Elegant Eggplant as the inspiration for this week’s challenge.  While the colors have a distinctly Autumn appeal, I reached for May Flowers Framelits to create a clean and simple beauty.  Here’s my card:

May Flowers Framelits, Remarkable You, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PPA321And here’s the banner for the challenge that inspired my card:

Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Elegant EggplantTips, Tricks and Reminders

  • May Flowers Framelits.  The featured flower on this card is a Thinlits die from the May Flowers Framelits Dies.  Although most of the dies coordinate with images from the Falling Flowers stamp set (available as a bundle!), I used one of the Thinlits here.  Thinlits/Framelits?  Throughout Stampin’ Up!’s current catalogs, we see a variety of Framelits and Thinlits.  What’s the difference?  I’ll give you a hint – you can’t always tell which is which by the name of the product in the catalog because many sets include both.  Framelits are the dies that include the basic shape (or frame) of a stamped image, while Thinlits include lots of intricate details that can usually stand alone.  In the May Flowers Framelits Dies (shown below), the two images in the top right and the flower in bottom left are Thinlits – the rest are Framelits.  Although May Flowers is a “set of Framelits”, I used one of the Thinlits from the set.

    May Flowers Framelits Dies, Stampin' Up!

    May Flowers Framelits Dies, Stampin’ Up!

  • Grateful for You.  Do you recognize this sentiment?  You probably have it in your stamp collection – and SHOULD have it if you don’t.  The sentiments is found in Remarkable You – if you wanted to guess, I hope you paused at the right time so I didn’t just give you the answer.  I know how much you like a good challenge.  🙂  Anyway, I masked the first half of the sentiment (“and I’m so”) to leave me with “grateful for you.”  Not only did the words give me the sentiment I needed for this card, but the bold fold works perfectly here.  I stamped the sentiment in Archival Basic Black to ground these colors just a bit.
  • Cropping the Banner.  Framelits leave an impression in the paper from which an image is cut.  Thinlits Dies don’t leave quite the same depth of impression on the “leftover piece” after you’ve cut it out.  I cropped this 3/4″ strip of Whisper White and stamped the masked sentiment on the right side of the strip.  I placed the flower die over the banner to cut out the flower.  I used the Crushed Curry flower to perfectly line up the two sides of the strip.  Such a quick-and-easy way to leave a great effect.May Flowers Framelits, Remarkable You, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PPA321

Stamp Sets:  Remarkable You  Papers:  Thick Whisper White, Cajun Craze, Elegant Eggplant, Crushed Curry  Inks:  Archival Basic Black   Accessories:  May Flowers Framelits, Precision Base Plate, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll pop over to the Pals Paper Arts site to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.

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  1. I studied this quite closely before reading the instructions. Pffft, instructions! Thankfully you know the importance of explaining your technique! Clever and beautiful. xo

  2. Great card, Brian! Definitely a CASE!

  3. I love the fall color spin you put on this with the pretty flowers.

  4. You are a genius, to cut that banner like that, Brian! I would have never thought to do that…beautiful!

  5. Love how you used the colors and how you cropped the banner…very chic Brian!

  6. Beautiful and CAS card, and the cut on the sentiment piece is wonderful. I wouldn’t have thought to do that.

  7. Oh Brian, you little maverick you. I can’t think of anyone else that would cut the sentiment piece the way you did. The effect is subtle yet gorgeous. When I first looked at the color combo I was not sure how I felt about it but the longer I looked the more pleasing it became to me. You have one heck of a beautiful design eye. Thanks for sharing and for all your little tips.

  8. Great color challenge, nicely done with the flower. The word Grateful on a card is always a winner!

  9. I think we need a video for us visual learners!

  10. Great layout and use of the die..your layers rock, too!

  11. Fabulously bold card, Brian! I love the way you pieced the white strip!

  12. Brian I love how the sentiment banner aligns with the flower. It creates such an interesting illusion. Your creative eye is a very special gift.

  13. Fabulous and fun card, Brian! I think that way you cut out this flower from the paper strip is perfect! What a lovely idea 🙂

  14. Brian, I always learn something from your posts, and today is no exception. How clever to cut the white strip around the flower! Love it!

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