SNEAK PEEK – Special Celebrations for GDP087

This week’s Global Design Project theme is “Cooking, Baking and Making.”  Projects can be just about anything – as long as it somehow relates to food.  I didn’t have any goodies to wrap up, so I decided to make a birthday card that features a teeny-tiny cake (from the new Tabs for Everything stamp set) and a wonderful new sentiment (from Special Celebrations).  I love this little cake – and I really love this sentiment.  I paired them with a vibrant (albeit a bit unusual) color combination that I love.  Here’s my card:

Special Celebrations, Tabs for Everything, Pick a Pattern Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, GDP087And here’s the simple inside of the card:

Special Celebrations, Tabs for Everything, Pick a Pattern Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, GDP087Here’s the banner for this week’s Global Design Project theme challenge:

GDP087Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Three New Products in Today’s Project.  There are three new products showcased in today’s sweet-and-simple card.  We received Tabs for Everything at OnStage in April – it coordinates with a new Circle Tab punch – perfect for labeling.  I used the three stamps shown in the bottom, right corner of the below picture – the cake outline is stamped in Basic Black, the cake base is stamped in Flirty Flamingo, and the candle lights are stamped in Crushed Curry.  How cute are these tiny images (Pam loves teeny tiny stamps):  Tabs for Everything, Stampin' Up!This card also showcase an awesome new sentiment stamp set called Special Celebrations.  Each of the celebrations represented in this set has a perfect saying for the front of  the card and for the inside of the card.  Yay!  I flipped them and put the birthday sentiment that’s designed for the inside on the front and the starter sentiment on the inside.  Did you notice that I flipped them?  They worked perfectly that way.  Special Celebrations, Stampin' Up!This card also features two patterns from Pick a Pattern Designer Series Paper – this is such a fun pack of papers with so many brilliant ways to showcase it.  I used the Crushed Curry stripes and Crushed Curry dots:Pick a Pattern Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!
  • Painting the Designer Series Paper.  The base panel of this card features a dotted piece of Crushed Curry Designer Series Paper.  The printed paper has a Crushed Curry background with little black circles and slightly offset white centers.  Such a fun pattern!  I wanted to incorporate Flirty Flamingo into the paper, so I simply colored in a handful of the black circles with my Flirty Flamingo Stampin’ Write Marker.  Such an easy way to slightly alter this paper so that it gave me just what I wanted!
  • An Unusual Pairing that Works.  If it weren’t for this pack of paper, I don’t know that I ever would have paired Flirty Flamingo with Crushed Curry.  The two are almost so diametrically opposed that they look wonderful together.  This combination was a risk that paid off.  If you like this combination, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Flirty Flamingo, Crushed Curry, Basic Black

Stamp Sets:  Tabs for Everything, Special Celebrations  Papers:  Pick a Pattern Designer Series Paper, Flirty Flamingo, Basic Black, Whisper White  Inks:  Archival Basic Black, Flirty Flamingo, Crushed Curry  Accessories:  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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  1. I love your flipping of sentiments and your DSP choice!

  2. SQUEE! That tiny cake is so cute! Love that you colored the DSP – it’s a Brian thing!

  3. Perfect! Loving the coloured DSP…Brian’s Syle!

  4. I like that itty bitty cake also! I also LOVE that itty bitty elephant and that itty bitty shopping cart ! I will definitely get that stamp set !!
    Oh and I like your verse switch on your card plus coloring the dsp !!
    Just so much fun !!

  5. Another great “Brian idea!”

  6. Darling! I love the added dots of Flirty Flamingo added to the designer series paper!

  7. Always love your DSP coloring tips!

  8. Sweet card today, Brian. Love the simple design and fun DSP. I think this sentiment collection is going onto my wish list. Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. Great choice Brian, love it!

  10. FAB-O… Birthday is in October….just sayin’

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