Berry Burst and a Bold Butterfly for PP345

Thank you so much to Deanne K. and the Paper Players team for selecting my card from last week’s challenge as A Cut Above.  If you missed my colorful card with Lovely Inside & Out, you can see it here.  I love playing with these challenges, but it’s always nice to be recognized.  Thanks!

My friend Nance Leady is hosting a Clean-and-Simple challenge at the Paper Players this week with a Butterflies theme.  How fun!  I went right to work on a project that showcases a mix of new and been-around products, and I’m thrilled with the outcome.  “Clean” is my thing (I love clean, tailored looks) – but I sometimes lose track of the “Simple” part by creating too many layers or adding complex stamping patterns.  I kept this card “clean” and “simple.”  Here’s my card:

Bold Butterfly Framelits, Sunshine Wishes Thinlits, Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PP345

And here’s the banner for Nance’s challenge that inspired my card:


Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack.  If I had to pick a favorite pack of Designer Series Paper from Stampin’ Up!’s 2017 Annual Catalog, it might be the Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack.  I have to withhold my answer until I can play with all of the papers (and believe me, I will play with all of the papers once they are orderable).  All of the new papers will be available to customers starting June 1 – I can’t wait for you to get your hands on this paper.  So fun!  This pack features six designs (the pages front-and-back) in four colors – Berry Burst (one of this year’s new In Colors), Old Olive, Crushed Curry and Dapper Denim.  The designs include pages that looks like a paint chip (how cool!), some pages of color gradients and some with a crackle appearance.  This is a wonderful set of papers – go ahead and add them to your list.  I’m happy to help!  🙂  Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack, Stampin' Up!I cropped the butterfly with the lighter shades of Berry Burst and mounted it on a solid piece of Berry Burst and framed it with a page of the Berry Burst crackles.  It’s a lot of Berry Burst, but it all works together well.
  • Sunshine Sayings Bundle.  I’m 100% head-over-heals in love with the words, fonts and images in the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits dies –  if you have skipped past page 194 over and over in the Annual Catalog, then you may not have experienced their awesomeness.  While the dies pair perfectly with the Sunshine Sayings stamp set (I bought them as a bundle), they pair with other sets, too, or are perfectly showcased alone.  This bundle has a limited life, though.  While both the Sunshine Sayings stamp set and Sunshine Wishes Thinlits, the 10%-off-bundled-savings when you buy both goes away May 31.  If you don’t have this bundle, you may want to reconsider.

    Sunshine Sayings Bundle, Stampin' Up!

    Sunshine Sayings Bundle, Stampin’ Up!

  • Layers.  I was able to keep my card SO simple that I don’t really have much else to say about it – the Designer Series Paper and dies made this super-easy.  No stamps, no ink – definitely not a norm for me.  Because I’m out of things to say, I figured I would share the measurements I used for this card layout (starting from the base and working my way up):
    • Berry Burst – 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″
    • Thick Whisper White – 5″ x 3-3/4″
    • Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack – 4-7/8″ x 3-5/8″
    • Thick Whisper White – 3-3/4″ x 2-3/4″
    • Berry Burst – 3-5/8″ x 2-5/8″
    • Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack cropped with Bold Butterfly Framelits Die
    • Thick Whisper White cropped with Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Die

Papers:  Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack, Berry Burst, Thick Whisper White  Accessories:  Bold Butterfly Framelits Dies, Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Bold Butterfly Framelits, Sunshine Wishes Thinlits, Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PP345

I hope you’ll pop over to the Paper Players 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. Your card is definitely a winner! Love it!

  2. Your card is great Brian!

  3. I think this dsp will appeal more after I have it in hand . The price is right and I like the SU suggestion for using it . They do a great layout featuring it in the new catty . I like your big bold butterfly with this strong color ! Pretty !

  4. Simple can be so beautiful and you just proved it!

  5. Wonderful mix of the new Designer Series Paper. I “love” how “love” fits perfectly within the butterfly!

  6. The crackle DSP in the Color Theory makes a great background, thanks for pointing that out!

  7. Robbye Hamilton

    This card is so eye catching. I am in love with Berry Burst and the Color Theory dsp paper stack so I love this. Great job Brian

  8. Oh I love your use of the “paint chip” dsp for the butterfly–fabulous! So glad you played along with my butterfly challenge at The Paper Players!

  9. Absolutely love this one Brian. I too am a huge fan of clean and simple. The Berry Burst is going to be a MUST HAVE!

  10. Love that new DP…looks awesome with the butterfly! Thanks for joining us at The Paper Players!

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