SNEAK PEEK – Crafting Forever (Day Three)

I had so much fun playing with the Crafting Forever stamp set when preparing for my Stampin’ Up! OnStage presentation earlier this month.  I’m thrilled to share them with you, too – I’m spreading them out over several posts to make sure I can say everything I want about each project.  This Angel Policy stamp set is absolutely a must-have when the 2017 Annual Catalog is released on June 1.

If you missed the first two posts with this set, you can see them here:

The progression of my projects follow the path of an artist – it started with school supplies, made its way through snips, stamps and twine and lands on a bucket of brushes (with a knife and pencil).  I loved this pot of brushes from the beginning and wanted to showcase it in a beautifully simple way.  Here’s my card:

Crafting Forever, Stampin' Up!, Touches of Texture, Brian KingTips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Sweet-and-Simple Layout.  While this beautiful pot of brushes is the headliner for this show, I gave the sentiment a starring role by positioning it on a Real Red oval and offsetting it in the bottom, right corner.  This sentiment is wonderful – perfect for all customers or team members (we all should do something creative every day).  There’s something I really like about this simple layout – the light stamping of Crumb Cake from the Touches of Texture is just a filler for all the “business” going on inside the focal square.Crafting Forever stamp set, Stampin' Up!, Brian King
  • A Second Project.  This card was designed as a perfect card to send to a wonderful customer or excelling team member.  What happens, though, when that customer or team member deserves something MORE than just a card – like, maybe, a gift?  I created a tag to coordinate with this card:  Crafting Forever, Stampin' Up!, Popcorn Box Thinlits Dies, Brian KingHow sweet is that?!  While it’s mostly the same layout and idea as the card, can you tell that the shape is a little lop-sided (it’s not a perfect rectangle)?  I cropped the tag and coordinating layers with the Popcorn Thinlits Dies (cropping the ends to create one layer).  I tied the tag with a couple layers of Linen Thread that pairs perfectly with the warm colors in the tag.
  • Color Palette.  I pulled the colors for this card – Crumb Cake, Real Red and Soft Suede from a two- or three-year-old Designer Series Paper from a past Holiday Catalog.  I loved the richness of these three together.  I stamped the brushes in Soft Suede and the background pattern in Crumb Cake – and , of course, the sentiment is displayed on a big, red oval.  If you are inspired by this color combination, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Real Red, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede

Stamp Sets:  Crafting Forever, Touches of Texture  Papers:  Real Red, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Whisper White  Inks:  Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, White Craft  Accessories:  Popcorn Box Thinlits Dies, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Linen Thread, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I think you’ll agree that this sweet set is at the top of your list, right?  There’s still one more post with this set – please come back tomorrow!

Thanks for stopping by today!


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Retiring List.  Stampin’ Up!’s retiring list was announced this past week – you can see all the items that will soon go away here:

IN WITH THE OLD & IN WITH THE NEW.  In conjunction with the Retiring List, I’m excited to share my very own promotion from now until the middle of May.  When you spend at least $50 with me and add your order to the current Hostess Code (TF2V6MNU), I’ll happily send you:

  • A printed copy of the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog (I send them to all of my current customers) AND
  • A Free Product from the Upcoming Annual Catalog.  I’ll send you an incredible, new accessory from the upcoming catalog when it’s released in June.  While I can’t yet tell you what it is, I’ll tell you it’s valued at $5, and you’ll love it!

If your order is over $150, I hope you’ll use all of the Host Rewards you’ve earned.  Otherwise, I’d love for you to add your order to the current Hostess Code (TF2V6MNU).



  1. I’ll in love with this set immediately. But this card is just the top on the cake. Love, love it!

  2. Look at those layers…wow, great card!

  3. You really went to town with this stamp set Brian. Love the card with all those beautiful layers and the tag is so cute with it’s “artistic lines”.

  4. Beautiful use of this set. You are responsible for lots of sales by inspiring all of us with these projects! Love how you used the texture stamps for the background.

  5. Yup – this set goes from the “wish” list to the “gotta have” list in a millisecond after seeing your amazing creations! Love it!

  6. This better be part of the pre-sale because me likey and me wanty. I fell in love with your projects at OnStage. I have to say the more I’ve looked at this the more ideas I’ve had.

  7. Like your colors a lot ! I also like your subtle background . Really like that adorable gift tag !!! What a great sentiment for all of us !!!

  8. Chris R. from Iowa

    Very creative!

  9. Jennifer Spiller

    You really out did yourself with this stamp set!!! Love all you have shared over the past 3 days

  10. I love this card….period…..

  11. Oh my friend this is your kind of stamp set , you are blowing this baby out of the park , lol
    Loving it
    Tfs hugs
    Frenchie ♥️

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