My Favorite Season for Be Inspired

It’s time for another Be Inspired Design Team Blog Hop – what fun!  The Be Inspired Design Team is a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from all over the world who are excited to share our projects with you.  I’m honored to be a part of this group of talented stampers.

The theme for today’s Be Inspired Hop is “My Favorite Season” – that’s an easy one for me.  While some might have to give some thought to their favorite season, I did not.  I immediately knew I’d be honoring the cool, crisp air and warm colors of Fall.  There’s nothing quite like that time between hot weather and cold weather.  Mmmm…I feel so cozy.  If you aren’t starting the hop here, then you probably just popped over from a visit with my Aussie friend (and super-talent) Louise Sharp at  She never disappoints!

My card features a new stamp set called Wood Words.  This set will be available in Stampin’ Up!’s 2017 Annual Catalog – it pairs with an amazing set of Framelits that create a wood crate.  I’m focusing on the stamps on today’s card:

Wood Words, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Wood Words.  Wood Words is the perfect marriage between “clean” and “vintage”.  While the images (heart, star, moon, circle and rooster) are all solid outlines of the shapes, they have a cool textured design that really adds an extra “wow!” to your project.  While this bushel of flowers doesn’t (at first) seem to fit in, it works wonderfully with these images and sentiments.  I had a lot of fun with this set!  When you see the dies, papers and accessories that are part of this Wood Textures Suite, I’m confident it will “zoooom” right to the top of your wish list!  Here’s a peek at the stamp set:  Wood Words, Stampin' Up!
  • Added Texture.  As I mentioned above, I love the textures behind the shapes in this set – gives them an imperfect perfection.  With just a portion of the circle and the rooster, I wanted to add a little more texture to this card.  I inked up the bushel of flowers, stamped them off once and stamped them right where I wanted my Crushed Curry band to be.  I repeated that for the bottom of the band.  The soft addition of these flowers adds more texture than flowers.  I also used the flowers on the front of the envelope for a hint at what the recipient will find inside:Wood Words, Stampin' Up!, Brian King
  • Fall Colors.  While I started with Cherry Cobbler when creating this warm, Fall-toned card, it’s the warm browns and yellow that really stand out here.  I always adore the neutral-based combination of Early Espresso and Crumb Cake – the addition of Crushed Curry gives this combo a bright pop of color.  The addition of Very Vanilla keeps these colors warm.  If you like this combination of color, too, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry

Stamp Sets:  Wood Words  Papers:  Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Thick Very Vanilla, Crushed Curry   Inks:  Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Crushed Curry  Accessories:  Wood Crate Framelits Dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I’m so glad you stopped by and hope you like my fun 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 always-amazing Canadian friend, Allison Okamitsu at Nice People Stamp. Click on the banner below to continue through the hop:
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  • 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!

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Stampin’ Up! has loaded lots of new goodies into the Clearance Rack – most of the new items are accessories from the Holiday Catalog and most of them are deeply discounted!  It’s worth a look-see – you might really need some of these products.  🙂  To review the Clearance Rack – click here.



  1. Oh Brian!! This is so amazing!! Love everything about it – the colours the way you have used these new stamps – you rock my friend.

  2. The first thing that caught my eye in this set was that ROOSTER ! I think he is the cutest ! Then I looked at the variety in this set of images and I have it on my list for sure !
    I like your colors and Fall is my favorite also. Well, then there`s Spring with the fresh colors popping up . It is a fun challenge for you all.
    I am looking forward to this HOP !

  3. Lovely. The background is a beautiful way to use the floral images and I love how you layered the rooster with sunshine!

  4. I exclaimed a PG13 word when I saw this – I LOVE IT. LOVE. IT.

    Great design work, my friend.

  5. This is a perfect card for my friend that love Roosters!

  6. This all came together perfectly! Great colors and I love the rooster!

  7. Jennifer Spiller

    So perfectly adorable!!! The chicken with the sun, the flowers for a background❤, and your layers are just perfect!!!

  8. Love everything about this! Amazing design!

  9. Great color combo Brian and the addition of the Cherry Cobbler rooster was absolutely the perfect attention grabber! Fall is also my favorite season and the blog hop was great. It’s always nice to see what stampers in other countries are doing! Thanks for sharing your brilliance with us every day.

  10. Love the little Roo! Good colour combo 🙂

  11. Charlotte Coombes

    I’ve been ho humming about this set, but it just went on my gonna get list! Great card, Brian!

  12. Love this color combination and how you layered the panels for your sweet little rooster.
    Each season has it’s charms but, Autumn is by far, my most favorite.
    Thank you for sharing.

  13. Ohhh! I so love the layout on your card here today! If I ever get my hands on that set I will have to CASE for my fall workshops! & Fall is the best!!!?

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