My Favorite Technique for Be Inspired Blog Hop

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 themed 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 Technique.”  How fun is that?!  I don’t dabble in techniques very much – when I do, I usually play around with it once or twice before moving on to something new.  One tried-and-true technique that I always come back to, though, is Paper Piecing.  That’s what I’m showcasing on my fun card today!  If you aren’t starting the hop here, then you probably just popped over from a visit with my adorable Aussie friend Louise Sharp at  She only shares amazing things!

Here’s my fun card for this hop:

Pieces & Patterns, Garden Grown Framelits, Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Paper Piecing.  Paper piecing (not to be confused with paper piercing) is an easy way to use scraps of paper to give scraps of paper a starring role on a project.  How does paper piercing work?  It’s simple!  I stamped the “WILD ABOUT YOU” sentiment from the Pieces & Patterns stamp set on a piece of Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper and again on a piece of Whisper White.  I snipped the letters from the Lemon Lime Twist piece of patterned paper and then glued them on top of the ones in Whisper White.  How easy is that?!  Paper piecing is best with images that are designed with chunky lines or sketchy lines because those stamped images are easiest to snip.  I also stamped this sweet bear (also from Pieces & Patterns) on a piece of wood grain paper from Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack, snipped him out and planted him right between the “I” and “L”.  How cute is he?!Pieces & Patterns, Garden Grown Framelits, Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian King
  • A Sign of Love.  Is this bear participating in a protest march?  I think not – bears aren’t typically politically motivated.  Instead, he’s carrying a sign with a heart and standing outside your window to let you know just how much he loves you.  How sweet!  The little sign fit perfectly in the bear’s hands, don’t you think?  Wanna’ guess where I got that gem?  I’ll tell you!  It’s a little Thinlit die from the Garden Grown Framelits Dies that coordinate with the super-cute Grown with Love stamp set.  Quick Tip: While the Precision Base Plate is PERFECT for large or thick Thinlits, it can damage small Thinlits so I always cut those between two cutting plates on my Magnetic Platform.  Here’s a look at that bundle:
    Grown with Love Bundle, Stampin' Up!

    Grown with Love Bundle, Stampin’ Up!

  • Fun Color Combination.  Boy, I had fun with these colors.  Real Red and Lemon Lime Twist almost clash with one another, but that’s what makes them so fun together.  The big pop of white helps to sooth the clash a bit – as does the brown bear and overall cuteness of the card.  While there are lots of colors in this Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper, the Real Red and Lemon Lime Twist are the stars.  If you like this combination and feel challenged to use it, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Real Red, Lemon Lime Twist, Whisper White

Stamp Sets:  Pieces & Patterns  Papers:   Lemon Lime Twist, Real Red, Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper, Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper, Wood Textures Designer Series Paper, Whisper White  Inks:  Archival Basic Black  Accessories:  Layering Circles Framelits Dies, Garden Grown Framelits Dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I’m so glad you stopped by and hope you like my project. 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 amazing Canadian friend, Allison Okamitsu at Nice People Stamp. Click on the banner below to continue through the hop:
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  1. Chris R. from Iowa

    Fun color combinations. Your little bear looks more tame than wild but that is ok – safer that way. Plus no feet or toes to worry about! Now I am wondering what is my favorite technique? Gotta hop along now…..

  2. Oh Brian – I love bright and cheerful and you cannot get any more bright and cheerful then today’s card! I hope your having an amazing time in Thailand. Did you make the hike to see Big Buddah? Thanks for sharing even while you are away.

  3. I do like the idea of bears protesting but if you say they don’t, I believe you. Love the sign from Garden Grown Thinlits.

  4. That Eastern Palace Specialty DSP is quite versatile, isn’t it? Love the take on paper piecing too……

  5. Hi Brian,
    Nice card. Hope your having a fun time on your trip.

  6. Simply WILD about this cute card and fun stripe!

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