Cupcake & Carousels for the Be Inspired Design Team Blog Hop

It’s time for another Be Inspired Design Team Blog Hop – if you aren’t starting the hop here, then you probably just arrived from Australia where you visited with my amazingly talented friend, Louise Sharp at  Isn’t she amazing?!  The Be Inspired Design Team is a newly formed group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from all over the world who are excited to share our projects with you.  Our first hop was so much fun that we thought we’d do it again!  🙂

Today’s Be Inspired Design Team Blog Hop features projects from Stampin’ Up!’s Cupcakes & Carousels Suite of Products.  This super-fun suite features a variety of carnival-themed products – a fun stamp set, an embellishment kit, markers, cardstock and a great Designer Series Paper Stack.  What fun!  To see all of these items in my online store, click here.  For my blog hop project, I chose to showcase the Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack and a couple of other items from Stampin’ Up!’s 2017 Occasions Catalog.  Here’s my card:

Suite Sentiments, Lift Me Up, Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingTips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack.  How gorgeous is this pack of papers?  The aqua blue and coral play well together in these distressed-looking prints.  These carnival-themed pages are fun and festive but can also look sophisticated.  While I am really drawn to the pages with banners, diamonds and carousel horses, I really love this page of clouds – there’s one in Bermuda Bay and one in Calypso Coral.  You might not be able to tell that the back panel of this card is a carousel, but you don’t need to know that to enjoy the texture it creates.  Cupcakes and Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingIf you’d like to see the color charts for the other papers in the 2017 Occasions Catalog, click here.
  • Suite Sentiments.  The hot air balloons (from Lift Me Up bundle) are not from the Cupcakes & Carousels bundle, but they pair wonderfully with this paper, don’t you think?  The “ENJOY” sentiment is from Suite Sentiments (also not from this bundle), but it pairs perfectly.  Why?  Because it was designed to pair with this bundle.  In fact, each of the sentiments in the Suite Sentiments stamp set is designed to pair with one of the bundles in the Occasions Catalog.  The font and rustic appeal are made for this suite.  This is my favorite set in the entire catalog – I really like the variety of sentiments, but I love how perfectly aligned they are with the other sets I already have!

    Suite Sentiments, Stampin' Up!

    Suite Sentiments, Stampin’ Up!

  • Color Combination.  The colors I chose for this card are lifted right from the Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Stack.  While I’ve always loved the duo of Bermuda Bay and Calypso Coral, I have a newfound appreciation for how lovely they look with Early Espresso.  There’s a richness that this deep brown adds that black wouldn’t offer.  Big fan!  If you, too, like this color combination, please save this: Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Early Espresso

I’m so glad you stopped by and hope you like my festive card.  I also hope you’ll continue the Be Inspired Design Team Blog Hop to see more projects that I’m sure you’ll love.  The next stop is my super-fun Canadian friend, Allison Okamitsu at Nice People Stamp.  Click on the banner below to continue through the hop:

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Suite Sentiments, Lift Me Up, Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingStamp Sets:  Suite Sentiments, Lift Me Up  Papers:  Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack, Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla  Inks:  Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Early Espresso  Accessories:  Up & Away Thinlits Dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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  1. Fabulous Brian, love this colour combo and the textures xoxo

  2. Super sweet. Love the balloons and bold “enjoy!”

  3. Great card, Brian. I love the large sentiment and how you masked it to use only part of it. Very nice.

  4. Love everything about this!

  5. This card is so beautiful!! I love everything about it!!! The balance of color is spectacular!!!! Xoxo?

  6. Positively, absolutely gorgeous card Brian. The color combination is just eye popping and, of course, your layering is just amazing. TFS

  7. Love your card ! I have this DSP stack on my next order list . Your balloons look great against this paper ! Love the ENJOY font !

  8. Oh my, this passes every squint test, total balance!

  9. I love the colour combination. Great card!

  10. Love this layout Brian! It’s like looking at a framed piece of art! Definitely inspiring! <3

  11. Beautiful card, Brian. I’m a fan girl of hot air balloons, just so you know… XOXO

  12. I really like your card. You always do amazing jobs. I’t hard to find such talentetd men here in Germany 😉

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