SNEAK PEEK – I’m Wild About Pieces & Patterns for GDP084

There are so many attractive goodies in Stampin’ Up!’s 2017 Annual Catalog – gorgeous designs, fresh colors and fun patterns.  The Pick a Pattern Suite is filled to the brim with eye-popping colors, cute-as-can-be images and can’t-live-without-them products.  My project today features two items I was able to order after OnStage earlier this month – the Pick a Pattern Designer Series Paper and the Pieces & Patterns stamp set.  Oh, my, these are SO ADORABLE!  Here’s my card:

Pieces & Patterns, Pick a Pattern Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, GDP084

And here’s the banner for the challenge that inspired my card:GDP084This week’s Global Design Project challenge is the CASE (Copy and Share Everything) this adorable and sweet card by Michelle Last.  I was inspired by the simple layout on Michelle’s card, her use of nature, the woodlands backdrop and the scallop-bordered sentiment.  Such a great inspiration!

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Pieces & Patterns Meets Lovely Friends.  I mean, really, how adorable are the images in the Pieces & Patterns stamp set?  It’s such an eclectic group of images – not sure why a dinosaur, bear, pencil, flower, camera and mushroom go together except that they are all fun and cute as can be.  The bear and dinosaur are painfully cute!  I used the “WILD about You” sentiment from the stamp set:  Pieces & Patterns stamp set, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingBut I needed a little more to make the statement complete, so I flipped through all of my sentiments to see which one could turn the Pieces & Patterns sentiment into a complete thought.  I found “I’m Honestly” in Lovely Friends that almost mirrors the “about you” in the first stamp.  I isolated that to complete the thought.  Perfect!  The sentiments in Lovely Friends are HUGE (shown at 75% on the cover of the set):Lovely Friends stamp set, Stampin' Up!, Brian King
  • Scalloped Border.  While Michelle created a cool frame around her focal image by cropping a square inside a scalloped square, I needed more of a rectangle.  Here are the steps I took to convert my scalloped square to a scalloped rectangle:
    • I cropped a scalloped square with a Layering Squares Framelits Die (the scallops show on the other side of the die):1 - Crop a scalloped square
    • I flipped the die over and lined up the scallops part way down the die:2 - line up the scallops along the die
    • I carefully flipped it over again and ran it back through the Big Shot:  3 - run the die back though the Big ShotHow easy was that?!
  • Eclectic Colors.  I wouldn’t normally think to pair Flirty Flamingo and Crushed Curry – so why do they look so great together?!  I don’t know, but they do!  Look how adorable the patterns are in this paper:  Pick a Pattern Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!I pulled the colors for this card (including Sahara Sand as a neutral base for the two) straight from the paper.  If you like this combination of colors, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Flirty Flamingo, Crushed Curry, Sahara Sand

Stamp Sets:  Pieces & Patterns, Lovely Friends  Papers:  Pick a Pattern Designer Series Paper, Sahara Sand, Basic Black  Inks:  Archival Basic Black, Stampin’ Write Markers (Sahara Sand, Flirty Flamingo)  Accessories:  Layering Squares Framelits Dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll pop over to the Global Design Project 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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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 love this layout. It’s just perfect for so many great sayings. And even though I told myself I did not need this DSP, now I’m rethinking that!

  2. OMGGGGGG this is so cute!!!!!!! AND, we are blogging the same stamp set today 🙂 Love it. Love you. Love the fact that I thought you colored that – guess I should open my DSP 😀

  3. Jennifer Spiller

    Super adorable!!! I always love seeing how you combine stamps for something brand new!!!!

  4. Super cute card, Brian. I love how you made a rectangle from the square die and put two sentiments together to make this perfect one. The big reveal is coming soon…YAY! Have a great day!

  5. I love your card! This DSP is so great, I love every pattern in this diverse pack! As always, thanks for the inspiration!

  6. What a totally super fun card you made for us today Brian. I love the colors and the fact that you can put phrases or single words from different stamp sets together to make the perfect saying. You continue to amaze me every day!

  7. Love what you did with the DSP and the stamp set! So darn cute and would be a great card for many occasions. I love how you combined the two sets to make the sentiment – you always make it look so easy!

  8. I love this! That DSP is too cute! I might have to use it with Glamper Greetings? Great combination of sentiments – brilliant!!

  9. I’m “wild” about this card and loved your tip about creating a rectangle out of a square!

  10. Brian, your card is very lovely, it’s so nice and I love the idea.

  11. Oooooh YES , thanks my friend
    Love it !!
    Hugs frenchie

  12. Great tips Brian! I wasn’t too wild about this paper, but I think you have converted me with this gorgeous card!

  13. Such a cute card Brian! I am totally in love with the bear!!!

  14. Truly a fantastic and fun card!

  15. I love your card – it is such fun! I sadly wasn’t able to go to convention so am having to wait to order goodies from the new catalogue …. I can’t wait!

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