Rats with Sunshine Wishes

Every once in a while you need a “phooey” card for a friend who’s hit a rough patch.  When I needed to make one this week, I reached for another trusty friend – the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits.  While there are three words in the set of dies, there are other words that can be created from these three.  Here’s my “Rats” card:Here for You, Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Sunshine Wishes Thinlits.  I can’t begin to count the number of times I’ve used the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies to create flowers, hearts, butterflies (is that thing a butterfly?) and great words.  The set of dies includes “hope,” “love,” “congrats” and “sunshine” – but with a few snips or switch-a-roos, you can build some other words.  For today’s card, I snipped the “cong” off “congrats” to showcase “rats.”  How fun!  Here’s a closer look at this sentiment:Here for You, Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies, Stampin' Up!, Brian King 2And here’s a look at all of the super-fun dies in the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits.  I don’t like to tell you what to do (it can come off as quite rude), but you really need these:

    Sunshine Wishes Thinlits, Stampin' Up! 141489

    Sunshine Wishes Thinlits, Stampin’ Up!

  • Simple Layout.  You don’t have to have a complex layout to have a beautiful card.  Sometimes the simplest layout can do the trick.  For this card, I simply cut a rectangle that’s proportionate in length and width to the card base and the positioned it in the lower, right corner of the card.  I added a band (lined up with “bad stuff happens”) to anchor the panel.  Depending on what accompanies the background page of Naturally Eclectic, the paper’s design can be jazzy and festive or a bit morose.  In this case, I think it looks like a nighttime rainstorm – perfect of a “bummer” card.  πŸ™‚
  • Color Scheme.  I love any combination of blue and gray – it’s so sophisticated.  I thought it was perfect for this “meh, life can be terrible” card.  The three colors can change tone depending on the balance of the three.  An all white card with a touch of blue and gray, for example, could be quite uplifting and fun.  If you like these three colors together, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Basic Gray, Night of Navy, Whisper White

Stamp Sets:  Here for You  Papers:  Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper, Basic Gray, Whisper White Inks:  Night of Navy  Accessories:  Sunshine Wishes Thinlits, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Here are some other projects I’ve made with the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies – some are the full words from the dies, but several are partials to create new words (you can click on any of the pictures to read the original posts for each card):

Sunshine Wishes Thinlits, Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, GDP040

Climbing Orchid, Sunshine Wishes Thinlits, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FabFri124

Color Me Happy, Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies, Oh Happy Day Card Kit, Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingThanks for stopping by today!


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  1. MargaretAnn Hammond

    Thank you for the great tip. This is a great way to get the most out of a die set.

  2. You are so clever! This is a lightbulb card, to show us to look beyond. I love it!

  3. You just continue to WOW me!! Your right brain is really firing all the time!

  4. sooooo creative, Dude! : )

  5. Before reading the text, I always study your card for a minute to figure out where all the parts are from. Rats! You had me on this one. FUN!

  6. That is SO CLEVER! You know this one will be CASE’d a lot. Great job as always Brian!

  7. Your “rats” card is simply brilliant. You can get a lot of use out of that thinly! Thank you

  8. I can just imagine the twinkle in your eye when you realized you had “rats” in the Sunshine Wishes set. Clever and perfect with the sentiment!

  9. Thank you ! Love your clever discovery !!

  10. Karen Zaring Browning

    Oh my goodness. I love this card!!!

  11. What a fun way to stretch your supplies! Thanks for sharing your creativity!

  12. Woooooo, I love them all my friends, iNEED theses blends , I’m getting so GREEN about not having them , lol
    Hugs Frenchie β™₯️

  13. Seriously- its a great Rats card. Wish my mind thought like yours, but until it does I’ll be reading, giggling and marveling at your cards and blog. An entirely amusing and uplifting post. Thanks, B!

    • Thanks so much, Cindie! I play around with this stuff ALL THE TIME, so I’m very likely to bump into silly things like this. πŸ™‚ I love your comment!

  14. Gosh, you’re so clever! Thanks for the ALWAYS great ideas!! Leanne

  15. Great way to expand usage of dies. Thanks for the tip. I will look at that set in a whole new way. I love word scramble games so this will be fun for me.

  16. Look at you, so CLEVER!!! I also love when you do a roundup of past projects. Makes me want to CASE each and every one!

  17. I will never look at congrats the same way again! Love your clever snipping!

  18. Very Clever Brian! You can do “ho, ho, ho” too!

  19. Wow, just wow!! Aren’t you the clever one, Brian King! What will you think of next?!? This is pretty awesome! Thanks for sharing this.

  20. Need to pull that set out! Day Four with no power up here in Maine.

  21. I love seeing what fun ways you use these dies! Have you tried turning “hope” into “ho ho ho” yet?

  22. Good one Brian, before reading your message, I said, where in the world did he get RATS from LOL.

  23. Love this idea with the Sunshine Wishes. One of these cards will be perfect for a friend.

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