Birthday Blooms for PP328 and CTS205

In yesterday’s post, I showcased the “for you” sentiment from Stampin’ Up!’s Birthday Blooms stamp set for a 3-D gift box – if you missed that post, you can see it here.  While the stamp set was out on my desk, I decided to use the flower from the same set to make a sweet Valentine’s Day Card.  I made this card with inspiration from the Paper Players (clean-and-simple with a flower) and Cas(E) This Sketch (a great, layered layout).  The combination of Cherry Cobbler, Basic Gray and Whisper White made this card rich and regal.  Here’s my card:

Birthday Blooms, Sealed with Love, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PP328, CTS205, Valentine's Day card

And here are the banners for the challenges that inspired my card:



Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Make it Special.  I make a lot of cards that seem plain and simple, but I like to include at least one “wow factor” on each card project – something that stands out from the rest of the card.  I love the layers that were created with inspiration from the Cas(e) this Sketch challenge, and I was happy with  the placement of the focal panel in the right corner of the card.  It’s the overlapping leaves, though, that make my heart flutter on this card.  As I was trimming down the layers to get exactly what I wanted (believe me – there are lots of little rectangles of Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White and Basic Gray on my Fungeon desk), I decided to cut right up to the leaf on the left and bottom with my trimmer and then snip around them.  That, I believe, is my “wow” on this card.Birthday Blooms, Sealed with Love, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PP328, CTS205, Valentine's Day card
  • Sealed with Love.  A sophisticated flower in a sophisticated color scheme deserves a sophisticated sentiment.  I wouldn’t expect to find a beautiful, scripted sentiment in the playful, fun Sealed with Love stamp set, but that’s exactly where I found it.  How sweet is that script?  My club members were pleasantly surprised with the set this past weekend – it’s far more versatile than you’d expect it to be.  If you have already written off this set, please challenge yourself to take another look at the great images and sentiments in this set:

    Sealed with Love, Stampin' Up!

    Sealed with Love, Stampin’ Up!

  • Sophisticated Love.  Cherry Cobbler comes out in the Fall and becomes very popular at Christmas.  It gets mentally “packed away” with my Christmas set at the end of December, though.  It’s so rich and luxurious, so it felt like a perfect pick for a sophisticated Valentine’s Day card.  Once I paired it with Basic Gray and Whisper White, I was in love.  While these colors helped me present a mature look on this card, they can be very playful, too.  If you like this combination, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Cherry Cobbler, Basic Gray, Whisper White

Stamp Sets:  Birthday Blooms, Sealed with Love  Papers:  Cherry Cobbler, Basic Gray, Thick Whisper White  Inks:  Basic Gray  Accessories:  Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll pop over to the Paper Players site and the Cas(e) This Sketch 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. The WOW factor is definitely here! Love how you snipped out the tips of the leaves and layered the gray and cherry!

  2. Definitely a WOW! Love how you snipped the tips of the leaves and layered the handsome gray and cherry together

  3. Oh WOW!! another winning combination of colors that I would’ve never thought of!!!
    Love the layering and the snipped leaf tips, that’s what precision, a steady hand and a brand new blade can do.
    Awesome card, Brian.

  4. Absolutely stunning! I will be keeping that colour combination on hand. Thank you.

  5. Yes ! That added detail of the leaf over hang is just what makes everything on your card pop ! It certainly does generate some creative possibilities in my mind !
    I like it !

  6. Cutting around the leaves was PURE GENIUS.

  7. Took my breath away! I love this card! You are a genius!

  8. I haven’t done this often, Brian, but when it IS done {trimming, then snipping} it always leaves my heart fluttering, too! Great job and beautiful card, my friend!!

  9. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous.

  10. You are absolutely, 100% right (well, have you ever not been?)! LOL The colors are rich and regal and your design with the partial borders is exquisite! Of course the cut leaves are a WOW factor but just one of several. A most beautiful, creative, stunning card. We bow to you our card making King!

  11. This is so stunning! love it so very much!!! #bestbkcardever

  12. Absolutely love this card. Snipping around the leaves was ‘genius” and a real WOW!

  13. Gorgeous card

  14. I love the colors you chose for this card it’s gorgeous.

  15. Beautiful Brian, I am not one to do much fussy cutting – but think I could handle this. Very elegant.

  16. Soooo stylish! And yep total wow with the leaf peeking over the edge!

  17. This is my most favorite card of yours to date. Just WOW!!

  18. What a pin-worthy card (all of your cards are, though)! Love the snipped leaf, so fabulous!

  19. Thanks for the permission to cut the flower, nice job, great layering and color combo.

  20. LOVE this card, and so nice to see that you do not have to add “hearts” to a Valentine card!

  21. Very stylish, classic and definitely full of wow!!! I am amazed how one single image can look so amazing! You’ve got the gift!! Thanks for sharing this with us this week at the Paper Players!

  22. Chris R. from Iowa

    Stunning! Love the snipped leaves and the colors are gorgeous together. Well done as always!

  23. Really, really, really. really love this!

  24. Mary Alice Bellis

    Wow! This is one of the most unusual cards I have seen in a long time. You always pull off something unusual, but this one intigues me. Is it the colors? They are different. Is it the way the flower is cut off? that’s cool, too. The way you laid it out? Wow. I love it.

  25. WOW is an understatement!!! This takes my breath away!??

  26. I LOVE THIS!!! I love you too.

  27. Love this color combo….. so crisp, clean and beautiful! Just perfect for CTS #205!

  28. Love this Brian – a fabulously elegant colour combination and your layering shows off this bloom to perfection. Thanks for sharing your talents with us over at The Paper Players again this week!

  29. Brian, there is definitely wow factor galore with this card! What a beauty! Thanks for joining us at CAS(E) This Sketch!

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