Stampin’ Up!’s Merry Patterns

During September and October, Stampin’ Up! orders greater than $300 earn an amazing, new photopolymer stamp set called Merry Patterns.  This limited-time set features two-stamp images (you stamp the outline and the patterns that fill the image).  You want this set!  Today’s project pairs this beautiful set with two sentiments from Watercolor Christmas.  Here’s my card:

Merry Patterns, Watercolor Christmas, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

I’m excited to be sharing this card with the Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge.  Their theme this week is “joy”.  What fun!  Here’s the banner for the challenge that inspired my card:

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  • Merry Patterns. I’m so excited that Stampin’ Up! is offering this amazing stamp set for orders over $300 in September and October.  You can save up to make sure you get everything you already wanted, or you can combine orders with a friend.  If you want to earn this set, please reach out to me – I’m happy to help (I’m giving like that).  Here’s a look at this set:  Merry Patterns, Stampin' Up!A gorgeous collection of candles (with three solid stamps to color the images), a fun sweatered deer and a beautiful sentiment.  How fun is this set?! Here’s a video to show you some great samples and great benefits of this amazing set:

  • Masking to Build a Sentiment.  All three of the words on my card are masked to eliminate certain parts of the sentiment.  I removed the flourish and “’tis the” from my Merry Patterns sentiment by inking the stamp and then adding tape over the parts I didn’t want on my card.  The “of” and “joy” sentiments are from stamps in the Watercolor Christmas stamp set.  For those red rubber stamps, I taped over the parts I didn’t want on the card, inked, removed the tape and then stamped onto the cardstock.  You can build all kinds of sentiments if you are willing to take the time to mask.  Such fun!  Don’t you just love the sentiments in this amazing set?!

    Watercolor Christmas, Stampin' Up!, 144838

    Watercolor Christmas, Stampin’ Up!

  • Diagonal Band.  I’m quite fond of a bold diagonal band across the back of a card.  You can see one in many of my projects over the years.  It can be an accent or a distraction.  As I was about to glue down all the components of this card, I wanted to hide the fact that the focal panel is wider than it is tall (how did that happen?!).  I added this diagonal panel to distract you – and then wrote about it here.  Since most of you won’t read this, I might still be safe.  🙂

Stamp Sets:  Merry Patterns, Watercolor Christmas  Papers:  Be Merry, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, Garden Green, Whisper White  Inks:  Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Crushed Curry, Archival Basic Black  Accessories:  Stampin’ Dimensionals

Do you really want this stamp set?  Of course you do.  If you have friends who order Stampin’ Up! (even if they live in other states), I’m happy to help you combine orders so that you can earn this set.  Please email me at so we can set a plan.  🙂

I hope you’ll pop over to the Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge 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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My Favorite Things.  On Saturday, I shared the list of My Favorite Things from Stampin’ Up!’s 2017 Holiday Catalog.  Did you miss it?  If you’d like to see what I love most, CLICK HERE to take a look.

Brian’s Bundles.  Have you ever wished there was an “I Want Everything Button” for the launch of a catalog (I’m sure I could work one up for you if you need one)?  This new catalog is AMAZING, and I’m thrilled to share it with you!  To help you make the most of your 2017 Holiday Catalog purchases, I’ve created four, limited-time bundles with select bundles in the Holiday Catalog:

  • Christmas Quilt
  • Merry Little Christmas
  • Painted Harvest
  • Spooky Night

I added up products for each of these bundles (each already includes a 10% off bundle) and took off at least 10% more on each.  That’s like getting free shipping!  You’ll definitely want to review my bundles…








  1. I read all your posts.

  2. Beautiful card, Brian! I’m going to shamelessly CASE it!! 🙂

  3. Beautiful and really makes the stamp set sing. I love how the “season” layers!

  4. Yes, I noticed the diagonal panel, and yes, I read about it. I love how you create sentiments that were not there originally!
    Cute card.

    • 🙂 Thanks, Dianne! I really enjoy “making” sentiments. Some can be very complicated – good for a one-time only card. Others can be reproduced over-and-over with ease.

  5. I love everything about this card! The patterned season and mixed sentiment are perfect.

  6. Hi Brian! Its been a long time. I remember years ago you used to do product shares when the new catalogs come out. Do you still do this? Thank you!

  7. I agree with Jackie that I love everything about this card. The diagonal layer is a nice addition. I really like the sentiment and the pretty candles. Have a great day!

  8. Great card Brian. I really like the dsp and your layout is unique, love the diagonally placed cardstock.

  9. A very alluring card – even with the issues you say are apparent with the band! You are the master of stamp combos.

  10. Oh Brian you silly boy! Why would you think that your faithful followers don’t read every single word on your blog? We wouldn’t want to miss a thing! I have been influenced by you as far as the diagonal bands go. I find myself quite often putting them on my cards. SHHH – don’t tell anyone but sometimes I do it to cover up a stamping boo boo. LOL Gorgeous card today and I do love this set.

  11. Yes ,on Grace comment, I don’t want to miss a thing , I might always comment, but let me tell you , YOU got some great stuff , and great tips and great ideas, so my friend you just keep on TRUCKING, WERE LOOKING, lol
    We love you ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️

  12. Beautiful done..even the distraction!

  13. Ops , and that card is BEAUITFUL, love it ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️
    Hugs again ,

  14. Not read your blog…and miss out on your nuggets of humor…no way!

    I love this stamp set, perfect pairing on this sentiment, can’t wait to case this card! Also, one of my friend is attending your WCMD, I’m so jealous.

  15. Lovely card, love that burgundy red colour. x

    • Thanks for your comment, Debra! It’s called Cherry Cobbler – it’s a rich, elegant shade of red. Very popular – especially around Christmas. I appreciate your kind words.

  16. Gorgeous card! The combo of sentiments is brilliant. I try looking at stamps with my Brian glasses on, but I still struggle to see those magical combinations. I’m not giving up tho? And oh yea, you’re never safe with me – I read every word?

  17. I love creative mash ups! This is a beauty! Wonderful holiday card!

  18. Linda W. (ScrappinBari)

    Wonderful card, Brian! Just love the combo of stamps & papers! Thanks for joining us at Merry Monday!!

  19. Sorry Brian but I read to the end so you didn’t get away with it!!! Mind you, I had to go back for another look as I hadn’t even noticed your ‘imbalance’! Loving this card, as always, and your humour . So wish I could come to one of your workshops. One day, maybe! x

    • Thanks so much, Lorraine! I’m so glad that my diagonal band kept you unaware of my imbalance. 🙂 I would LOVE for you to make it this way sometime. Fun!

  20. FABULOUS card Brian and love how you masked to get the sentiment you wanted…LOVE it! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Merry Monday! :0)

  21. Brian, your posts are always worth reading! I feel deprived if I miss one : ) Great card (as always) <3

  22. Gorgeous card Brian! I love ho you masked the sentiments! I can’t wait to get this stamp set!

  23. Awesome card. Thanks for joining us this week at Merry Monday.

  24. Fabulous card Brian, it is so festive. Thank you for joining us for Merry Monday.

  25. Your cards are so always so beautiful. This Joy card makes me itchy to go hide in my craft room with some music on.

    • Awwww….thanks so much, Amy! It was a fun card to make – I’m so glad you like it. I haven’t turned on my Holiday music in my craft room yet, but it’s about time. <3

  26. Another great card! Love the diagonal and whatever you were trying to distract from worked because I can’t see anything off 🙂 .. I haven’t inked this stamp set yet but getting close. This has to be one I make. Thanks for the inspiration

  27. I too read your whole post and find great design tips, and just plain funny stuff…we Atlantans must stick together!
    But you are right on this one…I didn’t notice the oh so slight difference until I went back and looked very closely…I usually use a vertical strip but love this diagonal idea…Definitely a keeper, as are you!

    • Thanks so much for the kind message, Patti! I’m so glad to know that my work is appreciated. So glad you like this card, Patti! Thanks so much. <3 Atlanta!

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