XOX – for the Paper Players

It’s February 1 – can you believe it?!  Joanne James has a fun sketch for us this week at the Paper Players.  I play along with these challenges as often as I can, but I especially like this sketch.  It gave me a perfect opportunity to create a fun Valentine’s Day card that (not by design) has no stamping on it.  I used the Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack and Large Letters Framelits Dies to create this fun card:

Large Letters Framelits Dies, Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PP329, Valentine's Day cardAnd here’s the banner for Joanne’s sketch challenge that inspired my card:

PP329Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Playing with the Sketch.  While I love how Joanne’s sketch includes two panels that are divided by four shapes, I couldn’t make my vision work on paper.  As such, I switched things up to make them work for me – the inspiration is still there, though.  I changed the orientation of the card from landscape to portrait and dropped my shapes a bit as they were so narrow that they became muddled on the busy paper I chose to use.  I love that sketches can be recreated literally or can be used for inspiration.
  • Sending Love.  I’ve used this paper before (and I’ll definitely use it again), but I really love this Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack.  It’s been very popular with my customers over the past couple of weeks – they know that February 14 is just around the corner, and they will be ready with the papers they need.  I paired a white-based pattern with a red-based pattern to keep things perfectly balanced.Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack, Stampin' Up!, Brian King
  • Letters for You Bundle.  I have gotten a lot of great use out of the The Large Letters Framelits Dies Bundle.  Yes – it’s the single most expensive item in any of our current catalogs, but it’s SO worth it.  AND during Sale-a-Bration you automatically earn TWO free Sale-a-Bration items when you buy they bundle and you are really close to another one.  🙂  If you’ve been holding off, this might be the Valentine’s Day gift idea you’ve been looking for:

    Letters for You Bundle, Stampin' Up!

    Letters for You Bundle, Stampin’ Up!

Papers:  Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack, Real Red, Basic Black  Accessories:  Large Letters Framelits Dies, Sweet & Sassy Framelits Dies (hearts collection), Basic Black Baker’s Twine, Stampin’ DimensionalsLarge Letters Framelits Dies, Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PP329, Valentine's Day card

I hope you’ll pop over to the Paper Players 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. hugs and kisses for this sweet card. the red heart is the perfect touch!

  2. XOX back atcha! Fun card…love the big letters!

  3. Super cute card today! You chose my two favorite patterns from this paper set!

  4. Brian, this card is magnificent! I also love the heart & this DSP! Beautiful job. 🙂

  5. Big and bold…great card Brian. I love how you interpreted the challenge!

  6. Oh I love the bold xo
    Perfect my friend ❤❤

  7. Awwwww…..I love it ! It is so cute ! The big letters give this card so much Personality (if you can say that about a card ) Great card !!

  8. Hi Brian:

    I love the way you positioned the heart right in the O for hug. The big letter dies are fabulous and I think this is the best Valentine DSP ever. Great job as always. Gotta’ love it.

  9. Big and bold and super cute!

  10. The large letters are always a hit. Great card!

  11. Spectacular card! Using the large letter cutouts is brilliant.

  12. Fun card today and an interesting interpretation. Love how you create and put your own spin on these challenges. Love this DSP paper stack too. A great collection!

  13. XOXO this great card!

  14. Brain, this is fantastic! I love the DSP combo and the black and white twine! The XOX is perfect for the sketch! The red heart is the perfect finishing touch! So happy you joined us at The Paper Players this week! XX

  15. Two of my most favourite products – the paper and the letter framelits – combined for your fabulous card! I love that you didn’t take the sketch literally Brian – such fun! Thanks for joining in with my challenge over at The Paper Players this week!

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