Welcoming 2017 with the Blogging Friends Blog Hop

blogging-friends-blog-hop-logoA group of talented Stampin’ Up! demonstrators have orchestrated a monthly blog hop to showcase fun projects with amazing products.  I’m excited to be a guest in this month’s Blogging Friends Blog Hop.  What fun!  The theme for this month’s Stamping Friends Blog Hop covers three remaining holidays this year – Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s.

Happy New Year!

I decided to give my It’s a Celebration stamp set an initial inking to make a Happy New Year Card – my first New Year’s card of the season.  I also reached for the Large Numbers Framelits to make this card – what a great combination!  Here’s my card:

It's a Celebration, Number of Years Framelits Dies, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • It’s a Celebration.  To create the starbursts (that double as the lit end of a sparkler) and add the sentiments, I simply inked up my It’s a Celebration stamp set.  While this set is designed for a New Year’s celebration, it’s perfect for birthdays and other joyous jubilees.  I stamped the starbursts in varying intensities of Delightful Dijon by “stamping off” once, twice or three times on scrap paper before stamping onto the card panel of Whisper White.  What fun!
    It's a Celebration, Stampin' Up!

    It’s a Celebration, Stampin’ Up!

    The Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack gave me a fun backdrop for this card (also Delightful Dijon), and the “2017” is simply cropped from the Large Numbers Framelits Dies – these were on sale through Monday, so I hope you picked them up – because you need them.  🙂

    Large Numbers Framelits, Stampin' Up!

    Large Numbers Framelits, Stampin’ Up!

  • Dress Up the Envelope.  To give the recipient of this fun, New Year’s card a foreshadowing of what’s inside the envelope, I dressed up the the envelope just a bit.  While I often times cover the back flap of the envelope with a coordinating Designer Series Paper, I decided to stamp on the front of the envelope for a coordinated look.  One large starburst and the “celebrate” sentiment from the stamp set gave me exactly what I wanted  – now the recipient AND the mail carrier (and everyone in between) can enjoy the celebratory feel of the card.It's a Celebration, Number of Years Framelits Dies, Stampin' Up!, Brian King
  • Color Combination.  This year’s Holiday Catalog has evoked my love affair with Delightful Dijon.  Prior to this season, I’d not really paid attention to the gold in the color and had only seen the mustard brown hues.  When paired with Basic Black, Delightful Dijon takes on a different tone, don’t you think?  If you like the color combination of this card, feel free to save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Delightful Dijon, Basic Black, Whisper White

Stamp Sets:  It’s a Celebration  Papers:  Serene Scenery, Basic Black, Delightful Dijon, Whisper White  Inks:  Delightful Dijon, Basic Black  Accessories:  Large Numbers Framelits Dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll hop along to the next participant in the hop, Crystal Komara.  If you get lost along the way, I’ve included a list of all the participants below.


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  1. What a perfect New Year’s card, Brian. I love the color scheme … the Delightful Dijon is a great substitute for gold or even silver!

  2. As always a wonderful card! I have to break this set out and use it! It hasn’t been inked up since I got it at preorder. Thanks for hopping along with us this month!

  3. Great card Brian! I love it that you stamped the envelope:-)

  4. Hi Brian:

    Somehow you have managed to make a card that looks really sparkly without using glitter! Seeing as you absolutely LOVE playing with glitter I am very surprised at this – NOT. How did you manage to come up with this sparkling look without the “G” word? LOL Only teasing. I think this card is just fabulous!

  5. Brian, you just motivated me to get my numbers out and getting crafting. Thanks for sharing and joining us this month.

  6. What a festive New Year card! I love how you used the Large Number framelits. Those are a favorite of mine 🙂 Thanks for hopping with us this month!

  7. Handsome card with great color & layout.

  8. I LOVE this card, Brian! I don’t yet have this set, but looks like I am going to have to get one before they are gone. I love the subtle sparkles behind those awesome numbers. I also love all the layering and the colour combo is perfect for New Years! Thank you so much for joining us this month of our blog hog. Truly an honour. Happy new year to you.

  9. Fabulous card Brian! Loved how you reminded us that the envelope is just as important to decorate! Thanks so much for hopping with us this month!

  10. Love love love! I always love seeing your creative cards. Thank you so much for jointing us this month for our blog hop. Such an honor!

  11. I love this with its big bold numbers!

  12. I own this set and have yet to use it! You’ve now given me some inspiration! I’m so excited to have you in the blog hop this month. I’ve been a long time fan of yours! I feel like I’ve had a brush with fame this month!

  13. Those letters are great for welcoming in a New Year, Brian. Loud and proud! Thanks for joining our hop this month. It’s been an honor to have you, as you know I’ve been following you since your start.

  14. Love your New Year’s card and matching envelope. I wasn’t going to purchase but now I need to get that stamp set – It’s A Celebration!. Thank you for participating on our Blog Hop this month. I hope you will join us again.

  15. Thanks for blogging with us this month! This is a great card! I had debated about that set, but you’ve helped me decide!

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