Santa’s Sleigh & Christmas Pines for GDP097

After receiving a copy of Stampin’ Up!’s 2017 Holiday Catalog on the Incentive Trip to Thailand last week and after carefully studying and admiring every page since then, my head has been stuck in the Christmas clouds.  I can’t stop thinking about Christmas cards.  Since I can’t yet show you projects with the new sets, I’ve reached for some great sets that are in the Annual Catalog – there’s still a great collection of Christmas products there.  THis week’s color challenge for the Global Design Project – Crumb Cake, Berry Burst and Wild Wasabi gave me a perfect opportunity to create a fun Christmas card.  Here’s my card:

Santa's Sleigh, Christmas Pines, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, Christmas card, GDP097

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

Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Crumb Cake, Berry Burst, Wild WasabiTips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Santa’s Sleigh and Christmas Pines.  This card features two returning favorites from Stampin’ Up!’s 2016 Holiday Catalog that were carried over into the 2017 Annual Catalog.  I created a fun background of simple presents  with Crumb Cake, Berry Burst and Wild Wasabi from Santa’s Sleigh:
    Santa's Sleigh, Stampin' Up!

    Santa’s Sleigh, Stampin’ Up!

    I added the gorgeous sentiment from Christmas Pines:

    Christmas Pines, Stampin' Up!

    Christmas Pines, Stampin’ Up!

  • Tag!  You’re CASE’d.  The background of my card was inspired by a tag on page 119 of the 2017 Annual Catalog.  I love the way these simple packages line up to create a fun pattern.  I assigned each package shape to a color and started with a Berry Burst package in the center of the Whisper White cardstock panel and worked my way from there.  With careful planning, it’s easy to balance between three shapes/three colors.  Here’s a look at the tag that inspired me to reach for the presents in Santa’s Sleigh:Santa's Sleigh, Stampin' Up!
  • 2-1/4″ Circle Punch.  While I adore Framelits and Thinlits, I love my punches.  I wish we had circle punches in every 1/4″ between 1″ and 5″.  I would use each and every one!  That’s why I was so excited to see that a 2-1/4″ Circle punch was introduced in the 2017 Annual Catalog – and it’s perfectly framed by one of the circles in the Layering Circles Framelits Dies.  Yay!  Here’s a look at my favorite new circle punch:

Stamp Sets:  Santa’s Sleigh, Christmas Pines  Papers:  Crumb Cake, Berry Burst, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White  Inks:  Crumb Cake, Berry Burst, Wild Wasabi  Accessories:  2-1/4″ Circle punch, Layering Circles Framelits Dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Santa's Sleigh, Christmas Pines, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, Christmas card, GDP097

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.

Bonus Days 2017

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  1. Love, love, LOVE! What a gorgeous card!!

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. I think this card is brilliant. I love the colors and I admire your patience.

  3. Incredible background with the gifts. It’s perfect spacing and balance!

  4. Jennifer Spiller

    Love love love this card!!! I can’t waite to case it!

  5. My gosh Brian! Your mathematical brain is amazing. How perfectly spaced each package is on this card. I honestly thought it was DSP. Perhaps you should start designing DSP for SU! Absolutely, perfectly gorgeous!

  6. Brian how much squinting did you do? “You Got Skills”!

  7. I like this card ,but I like your PUNCH PROMOTION more !! I love my BS circle sets BUT you can`t beat that INSTANT satisfaction feel of punching out something for a quick card or whatever !! That Starburst Punch is a good one to have also.
    I have a PUNCH on my next order list !! LOVE those punches !!

  8. So cute! I love that background paper!

  9. This is a great card, Brian! I like the way you think outside of the “box”!

  10. I love your card and how youve stamped the background. Looks just like DSP ?

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