SNEAK PEEK – Lovely Friends for FabFri112

Do you like big, bold sentiments?  Of course you do!  They are the perfect addition to a soft, beautiful patterned paper or a quick-and-easy way to turn a piece of cardstock into a wonderful card.  For today’s project (a FabFriday color challenge), I heat embossed a beautiful, large sentiment from the Lovely Friend stamp set (available in Stampin’ Up!’s 2017 Annual Catalog) over top of three strips of cardstock.  Here’s my card:

Lovely Friends, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FabFri112Here’s the banner for the FabFriday challenge that inspired my card:

Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Calypso Coral, Rich Razzleberry, Dapper Denim

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  • Lovely Friends.  The inside of this card says “…and you are one of the best.”  Love it!  I adore sets that give me a matching sentiment for the inside of the card.  The super-stars of this card are “Good friends are hard to find” and “You make me ridiculously happy.”  Both are uplifting, fun sentiment with so many ways to complete each on the inside of the card.  Here’s a peek at the Lovely Friend stamp set:

    Lovely Friends, Stampin' Up!

    Lovely Friends, Stampin’ Up!

  • Lovely Laurel Framelits Dies.  As if this stamp set weren’t already enough, the set is paired with a set of Framelits at a bundled at a 10% savings.  Yay!  Here’s a look at the Framelits (a mix of Thinlits and Framelits Dies):
    Lovely Laurel Thinlits, Stampin' Up!

    Lovely Laurel Thinlits, Stampin’ Up!

    What is all that?!  The Framelits are a little different from anything we’ve seen before – and they are really cool.  The laurel can be used to create a pop-up wreath like the one below (the sentiment pops up when the card is opened):

  • Please Don’t Zoom In!  Have you ever looked in one of those makeup mirrors that zooms right in on every pore on your face?  It’s frightening.  Everything looks fine and dandy until you zoom in.  I was in a rush when I made this card and didn’t properly remove static with my Embossing Buddy.  As a result, I spend a lot of extra time brushing off stray embossing powder flecks with a fine-tip brush.  They were all over, and I (stubbornly) didn’t want to restart.  I know!  I should have prepared it all upfront – but I didn’t.  So, please don’t zoom in on this card, and you might not notice all the strays.  🙂

Stamp Sets:  Lovely Friends  Papers:  Crumb Cake, Calypso Coral, Rich Razzleberry, Dapper Denim  Inks:  Whisper White Craft  Accessories:  White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Heat Tool

Lovely Friends, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FabFri112

I hope you’ll pop over to the Fab Friday site to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.

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  1. Two thumbs up, love this bright bold card…totally fun!

  2. That big bold sentiment is brilliant on the big blocks of bright bursts of color! (I was so in the mood for alliteration today!)

  3. I love the way the blocked colours are graduated in size! Fantastic card, Brian…and I love large sentiment!

  4. Just perfect! I love all of it. A definite CASE card.

  5. Robbye Hamilton

    When will you learn? The minute you say don’t at least one bad little Royal will. Even with a few very small imperfections your card is gorgeous. The sentiment is so eye catching especially against the color blocking. Awesome job Brian.

  6. Awesome, bold sentiment. Gorgeous with color blocking!

  7. Wowser ! This is a dynamic card ! Color and sentiment are major on this one !

  8. WOW!! This is one stylish and elegant masculine card, (well, that’s what I think), no bows or sequences to distract you from that awesome sentiment.
    Fabulous embossed in white on top of those rich colors.
    Off to pinning this one to my Masculine Pinterest board.
    Thank you for sharing.

  9. Great card Brian! I would love to share this on my blog for ‘My Crafty Friends Monday’ -as always I give you credit and link back to your blog!.

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