A Pocketful of Sunshine for FMS301

As soon as I saw Jen Brum’s super-fun, odd-shaped sketch for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge, I knew I’d be creating something fun with my Pocketful of Sunshine Bundle.  How is that shape NOT a pocket?!  My five-sided polygon doesn’t quite match the dimensions of Jen’s, but the inspiration is 100% there.  Here’s my card:

Pocketful of Sunshine, Bunch of Blossoms, The Little Things, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FMS301And here’s the banner for the challenge that inspired my card:

FMS301Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Pocketful of Sunshine.  If you are looking for a five-sided polygon, the Pocketful of Sunshine bundle just may be for you.  On the surface, it’s a silly pocket, but there are so many great ways to showcase this set – you can pop it up (the dies are created with tabs underneath the pocket to tuck in a little gift card – or you could crop two to create a 3-D bag as shown in the catalog).  I swiped my Dapper Denim pocket with Marina Mist ink before adding the flower to help separate the pocket from the Dapper Denim background.  How fun!  Here’s a look at this fundle (fun bundle):

    Pocketful of Sunshine Bundle, Stampin' Up!

    Pocketful of Sunshine Bundle, Stampin’ Up!

  • Solutioning.  As I planned out this card in my head, I really wanted a flower to hang over the edge of the pocket- I thought that would add a bit of sophistication to the pocket and give it a really sweet feel (like I just picked a flower for you).  I created petals and leaves with the Bunch of Blossoms stamp set and Blossom Builder punch.  Pocketful of Sunshine, Bunch of Blossoms, The Little Things, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FMS301What I needed, though, was a swirly cutout for the flower stem – it couldn’t come straight down from the pocket.  What to do?  What to do?  I looked everywhere before realizing it was sitting right in front of me.  Just look at the tail that flows off the first “y” in the following die. With just a little snipping, I created the stem I dreamed up:

    Happy Birthday Thinlits Die, Stampin' Up!

    Happy Birthday Thinlits Die, Stampin’ Up!

  • The Little Things.  With the little flower hanging out of the pocket, this card celebrates the little things.  That’s why this sentiment was perfect!  I will be reaching for this sentiment a lot – it’s from a new stamp set (conveniently) called The Little Things.  Here’s a look at this new set (available in the 2017 Holiday Catalog starting September 1):
    The Little Things, Stampin' Up!

    The Little Things, Stampin’ Up!

  • Three Colors.  How could I not start this card with Dapper Denim?  With a “blue” in place, I needed a “green” and “red” to complete the trio of basic colors.  I created my flower and leaves with Old Olive and Calypso Coral – and then created a Calypso Coral base for my blue, blue card.  I love this combination.  If you like these colors, too, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Dapper Denim, Old Olive, Calypso Coral

Stamp Sets:  Pocketful of Sunshine, Bunch of Blossoms, The Little Things  Papers:  Dapper Denim, Old Olive, Whisper White  Inks:  Calypso Coral, Old Olive, Marina Mist, Craft Whisper White, Archival Basic Black  Accessories:  Pocket Framelits, Blossom Builder punch, Happy Birthday Thinlits Die, Classic Label punch, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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  1. This is the best pocket card I have seen! The colors and the flower are exceptional! You nailed this one. ❀❀

  2. You’re quite the solution-er, Brian! I don’t think I’d have ever found that “stem”! It definitely worked and helped you create another beautiful and fun card!! πŸ™‚

  3. What a GREAT card! Brilliant – as always! I totally overlooked The Little Things stamp set – now I need it!! Have a great weekend!

  4. Jennifer Spiller

    Wow!!! This card is everything! Love it

  5. This is a great interpretation of the sketch. Your pocket card is a wonderful mix of stamps, diecuts and color. Adorable.

  6. Wow what a great card! Good eye to see the tail as a stem. Love it! TFS

  7. I wish I’d thought of that! The pocket, the stem, all so clever! Love it!

  8. Shut the front door! The tendril came from the Happy Birthday Thinlits Die? Brilliant!!!

  9. You are a wizard ! LOVE that flower ….made me think of a little boy with a flower for his mom or CRUSH !!
    I am impressed ! Love it !

  10. Leave it to the creative genius of the Brian I know and admire so. I’m not sure how your mind works so beautifully but I do Love it! The pocket stamp set and die cuts have become one of the most fun sets I’ve ever purchased. You can use it for ANY holiday because it’s so versatile. Thanks for sharing your genius with us once again Brian. We all just look forward to your blog every day.

    • You’re always so good to me, Grace. I appreciate your kindness and am glad you like this card. This was a fun stamp set to play around with for this challenge. <3

  11. I really think I should be jealous of all the cleverness you have, but I’m not. I get to enjoy the fruits of all your cleverness and. creativity every day. Who else other than you see a flower stem in a letter? Your color choices work together beautifully. Awesome job Brian

  12. I love how you made the swirly stem! Clever! The flower is as sweet as can be trailing out of the pocket! Love this!

  13. Brian your cleverness has no end!

  14. I’ll say it again: GENIUS. You never fail to wow with your design aesthetic and execution. I was TOTALLY unmoved by the pocket bundle until I saw your card today. Now I’m hooked!! And the stem is so clever…Yup. Genius.

  15. Love this cheery pocket card, Brian. The flower is so cute. I have made pocket cards but usually for males. I love this idea of making it for a female. Thanks so much. Hope you’ve had a wonderful Saturday.

  16. Don’t let this go to your head but this is the best card I have seen with the pocket! Well done my friend!

  17. What a fabulous card Brian! Love that pocket and the flower! So fun! Thanks for joining me this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

  18. I have seen a lot of other creations for this set. None of them gave me the “Wow” feeling like this card has. This card would definitely make me want to purchase it, if I didn’t already have it.

    I was just st looking at my current stamp sets and came across this one wondering why I purchased two Stamp Sets.

    Hope you don’t mind if I case this card for a class next year.

    • Becky, Thank you so much for your kind words. I’m so happy that my card inspired you to play with this set. I would be happy for you to CASE this card with your class. What fun!

  19. LOVE your denim pocket!! And how totally sweet to have the flower over the edge! Thank you for playing along with us at Freshly Made Sketches.

  20. Wow you are sooo clever! And thanks for all your tips and wonderful ideasβ€” I really enjoy your blog!

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