HELLO Sunshine for the Paper Players

Laurie Schmidt is hosting a fun theme challenge at the Paper Players this week – and it’s my favorite kind of card to make.  Laurie is challenging us to make a card that uses a sentiment as the focal point.  How fun is that?!  I chose “HELLO” from the Oh Happy Day Card Kit and “Sunshine” from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Die to create a happy, fun card that places all of its focus on the fun sentiment.  Here’s my card:

Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies, Oh Happy Day Card Kit, Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingAnd here’s the banner for the challenge that inspired my card:

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  • Sunshine Sayings Bundle.  How bright and cheery is this card?  While I love Crushed Curry and So Saffron and Delightful Dijon, no Stampin’ Up! yellow screams, “happy!” like Daffodil Delight.  The beautiful font on the word “sunshine” from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies also screams, “happy!”  There’s a lot of screaming on this simple card, huh?  Geez.  I’ve never regretted picking up this Sunshine Sayings Bundle from the Annual Catalog – so many great ways to showcase these dies and stamps.  If you don’t have it, get it now and don’t look back – then you’ll scream, “happy!”  🙂

    Sunshine Sayings Bundle, Stampin' Up!

    Sunshine Sayings Bundle, Stampin’ Up!

  • Not Taking the Easy Way Out.  I’ve not always been one to take the easy way out.  I dreamed up this card and didn’t realize I could have made it easier until I was half done.  Here’s what I didn’t do – I didn’t glue down a strip of Inside the Lines Designer Paper and then glue the sentiment on top.  That would be so easy!  Instead, I inlaid the sentiment and pieces of the Designer Series Paper.  Here are the steps I took to create this inlaid sentiment:
    • I cropped the “sunshine” sentiment with Basic Black cardstock, the Sunshine Wishes Thinlit and my Precision Base Plate.
    • I lined up the same Thinlit along the top of a strip of Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper, careful to keep all the pieces that were cropped.
    • I glued the strip of Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper to a panel of Daffodil Delight cardstock.
    • I glued the Basic Black sentiment just inside the cropped panel from the black-and-white paper.
    • With tweezers, I glued the little pieces back into the sentiment, including the inside pieces (like the inside of the “s”) and the above-the-sentiment pieces (like the little piece above the swoosh between the “u” and “n”.
    • I smiled because that was fun.
  • Inside the Lines – No Coloring.  Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper is one of the amazing offerings in this year’s Sale-a-Bration catalog – you can choose this pack of paper as your free item with a $50 purchase.  What fun!  The papers were meant to be colors – and that’s all kinds of fun.  My dear friend, Louise Sharp, made a gorgeous card a couple of weeks ago without coloring the paper.  That’s when I realized how beautiful it could be when left alone.  This detailed pattern looks great without the need to color it.  Love!

    Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!

    Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper, Stampin’ Up!

Stamp Sets:  Oh Happy Day Card Kit  Papers:  Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper, Daffodil Delight, Basic Black, Brights Designer Series Paper Stack (Daffodil Delight)  Inks:  Archival Basic Black  Accessories:  Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies, Oh Happy Day Card Kit, Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

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.

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  1. Oh Brian!! I adore this – what a great way to use the Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper. Brilliant. TFS.

  2. A very smart looking card, and an effective way to use the Inside the Lines DSP.

  3. Love this! Great CAS design! And, so bright and cheery! A win-win.

  4. Awesome and beautiful!!! This is so very wonderful!! Love, lovr, lovr it!!! Such a happy card. And tve yellow, black,and whire combo is a favorite!!! #bestbkcardever

  5. What a bright uplifting card, Brian. I love your use of the DSPs. Have a great day!

  6. What a great way to combine all these elements….it makes for a wonderful, sunshine-filled, happy card! So glad you shared it with us!

  7. When I got this Inside The Lines paper I really was not sure I would use it much BUT !!! I have seen so so many examples of using it and just look at how you took a small strip and made a POW !! Love it ! Of course I love the SUNSHINE greeting because that`s my other nickname !!
    Cute card !! Color combo is fresh !!

  8. Well, yes, you could have made this card more easily. However, I’m a firm believer that “quality will out” -I’m certain that your extra effort enhances the overall beauty of the end result. 🙂

  9. Great card Brian (of course you already knew that)! Bright, beautiful and using the happiest color of all – yellow! Gotta love it.

  10. I love this! I just adore bright and cheerful cards!

  11. Brian I love this card. The colors are so bright and happy.

  12. Oh.my.goodness.Brian! I can’t believe you made it so hard on yourself…LOL! But I’ve done things like that as well so, don’t feel alone. I really, really love this card! I feel you are speaking directly to me! Hugs! 🙂

  13. lovin’ the layers of sunshine!

  14. So bright and cheerful. Love the use of the DSPs and the die cut word!

  15. A great way to feature this DSP–love it in black and white. The yellow is gorgeous with it and such a clever way to feature the sentiment. Fabulous card, Brian! Thank you for joining us at The Paper Players!

  16. Well now that little piece of black and white paper tucked in there is fabulous!

  17. Loving those bright and happy colours! Gorgeous! Thanks for playing along with us at The Paper Players.

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