SNEAK PEEK: Stampin’ Up!’s Special Reason Bundle

You have accumulated a lot of flower stamps.  At some point, they all seem to be doing the same thing, so you’ll tell yourself that you don’t need the Special Reason Bundle that’s found on page 42 of Stampin’ Up!’s 2016 Occasions Catalog.  Here’s where you are wrong – you DO need this new stamp-and-Framelits bundle.  I’m going to show you why.  🙂  I used the Special Reason Bundle to make a quick-and-easy card for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge.  Here’s my card:

Special Reason, Stylish Stems Framelits Dies, Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FMS268

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


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    • Special Reason Bundle.  On Monday, I shared a fun-and-funky tree with a Framelit die from the Special Reason.  That little outline is just the tip of the iceberg for this amazing set of Framelits and Thinlits.  My first reaction was “not going to get those” as I flipped past them.  This set of dies, though, is unlike any others.  Here’s a look at the items that are a part of this bundle (the sentiments and layered emblem are really pretty amazing):
      Special Reason Bundle, Stampin' Up!

      Special Reason Bundle, Stampin’ Up!

      The flower that’s the focal image on my card is a Thinlit that doesn’t crop around the outside of the flower.  There’s a Framelit Die if you wish to crop around that flower.  Brilliant!  If you still don’t believe me, though, check out this video from Stampin’ Up! that showcases this amazing bundle:

  • Layers.  This simple layout yields simple layers.  I’ve strategically created layers of color and pattern that don’t match – but they go together.  The bold and structured gingham print works well with the myriad of Mint Macaron flowers because the two patterns are so different from one another.  I also created my layers sot they all work together perfectly.  You love when I share the measurements of my layers – and I don’t always have time for that – but I’m happy to share today since the layers play such an important role in this card (from the base of the card to the top):
    • Basic Gray – 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″
    • Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper – 4″ x 5-1/4″
    • Basic Gray – 2-1/8″ x 4-7/8″
    • Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper – 2″ x 4-3/4″
    • Basic Gray – 3-1/8″ x 3-1/8″
    • Sweet Sugarplum – 2-3/4″ x 2-3/4″
    • Thick Whisper White – 3″ x 3″
  • Color Combination.  Three-fourths of the colors in this card were pulled directly from the Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper pack – Mint Macaron, Sweet Sugarplum and Whisper White.  While the pack of paper showcases Tip Top Taupe, instead of Basic Gray, neither shade is featured on either of the two patterns used for this card.  The gray shade helps to calm the sweetness of the Macaron and Sugarplum.  If you like this combination, feel free to save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Mint Macaron, Sweet Sugarplum, Basic Gray

Stamp Sets:  Special Reason  Papers:  Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper, Basic Gray, Sweet Sugarplum, Thick Whisper White  Inks:  Basic Gray  Accessories:  Stylish Stems Framelits Dies  Stampin’ Dimensionals

Special Reason, Stylish Stems Framelits Dies, Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FMS268

I hope you’ll pop over to the Freshly Made Sketches 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. This die set is on my list .I like the cut out look with the flower plus you can cut out the flower with another die . Love that gingham ! Also you made me think about trying contrast in designs . It is not my usual choice ,but I`m up for the adventure (since I have every dsp known to man ) Oh and the colors are sweet .
    I like this sketch . It`s a keeper !!

    • I absolutely the cut out flowers and leaves! Just a cool change from the everyday flowers!
      The one that actually drew me to your pins was the purple with the green! I have always loved that combo. It is made even more striking by the designs that you used. I think that it actually encourages the viewer to stop and actually look over the card to see what is a little different than the ones that are done in the plain cardstock. Thanks for sharing! Lisa

  2. lovin’ the negative of the floral die cut and such a cool layout to use over and over!

  3. You are starting to convince me to consider this bundle. Your card is stunning.

  4. Love that diecut flower! Pretty colors together!

  5. I adore your card, Brian! That flower really pops against that background…thanks for sharing the video…enabler! LOL! What fun!

  6. Brian – you were reading my mind when you talked about all the flower stamp sets we have and how we couldn’t possibly need another one. THEN POW! You are right yet again when you said we would need to get this particular floral bundle. I immediately fell in love with it. I can see my Christmas money disappearing quickly once January rolls around. LOL

  7. I love your card, Brian. I like the color combo you used with the two DSPs. You are very convincing about having to put this bundle on my wish list. LOL

  8. All I can say is that there is no such thing as too many flower stamps. Or dies to go along with them. Just sayin’. 🙂 Your negative die cut is quite eye-catching and the colors and DSP you’ve chosen look fabulous together. Always a treat to see you in the FMS gallery Brian!

  9. That flower die is fabulous and you’ve used it to make a gorgeous card! Thanks so much for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches.

    • Brian, you absolutely nailed this card. You couldn’t get any better than sweet sugarplum and special reason bundle. Then you add the designer papers. WOW

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