Hanging Garden for GDP117

Lots of great things to share today! For starters, Stampin’ Up! is giving us a FREE SHIPPING day today! What a wonderful gift! I can’t think of a year when we’ve had TWO free shipping days – this is a first (the first one as in November). I know you have a wish list that you keep updating over and over – so all you have to do is grab that list and place your order today. 🙂 What a great time to stock up on papers and supplies – or to look back at some of the great bundles in the Annual Catalog you have been waiting on. It’s also a great time to take advantage of the Retiring Items (some are priced-reduced) while supplies last. Yay!

The next gift is this week’s color challenge at the Global Design Project – Real Red, Lemon Lime Twist and Crumb Cake. What a great combination for either Christmas or Spring. I chose to showcase a sweet, new set from Stampin’ Up!’s upcoming Occasions Catalog and a fun, new accessory. Here’s my card:

Hanging Garden, Bunch of Blossoms, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, GDP117

And here’s the banner for this week’s Global Design Project color challenge that inspired my card:

Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Real Red, Lemon Lime Twist, Crumb CakeTips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Hanging Garden. While the new Hanging Garden stamp set is paired with the Stampin’ Blends Markers in Stampin’ Up!’s 2018 Occasions Catalog (it’s such a sweet set to color with the new Blends), I used Stampin’ Write Markers and a Blender Pen to color the sweet basket. The colors for this challenge are just perfect for this sweet basket – leaves, flowers and soil-filled basket. How could I NOT use this image for this challenge?! Here’s a look at this fun set:
    Hanging Gardens, Stampin' Up!, 146239

    Hanging Gardens, Stampin’ Up!

    I had just enough room at the base of this card for the sweet sentiment from Bunch of Blossoms. Here’s a look at this fun set:

    Bunch of Blossoms, Stampin' Up! 141573

    Bunch of Blossoms, Stampin’ Up!

  • Design Choices. I typically center and showcase full images – it makes me sad to hack them off or only show you a piece of their beauty.  With this basket of flowers, though, I made the bold and risky choice to stamp the basket along the side of the card such that some of the image is cropped off. Ooooh! What a rebel! With the basket hanging down the side of the card, it gave me just the right balance I wanted to work perfectly with the sentiment. You can’t really see it here, but I added a little Clear Wink of Stella to my flowers when I was done. What a perfect accent!
  • New Accessory. My card base measures 2-1/2″ x 9″ (scored at 4-1/2″) – small, tall and slender. What a fun size! Stampin’ Up!’s Occasions Catalog comes with new Whisper White Narrow Note Cards & Envelopes:
    Narrow Note Cards & Envelopes, Stampin' Up! 145583

    Narrow Note Cards & Envelopes

    I used the envelope from this new item, but created my own card to go inside. The envelope is not large enough to be mailed in the United States (must be at least 3-1/2″ wide), but that’s A-OK with me. I can find 100 other ways to use these fun envies – they are perfect for gift-giving or could be tucked inside a larger envelope. FUN TIP – To create an envelope liner for my card, I punched a piece of Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper with a 2-1/4″ Circle punch and folded it in half. Easy!Hanging Garden, Bunch of Blossoms, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, GDP117

Stamp Sets:  Hanging Garden, Bunch of Blossoms  Papers:  Crumb Cake, Lemon Lime Twist, Whisper White, Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper, Whisper White Narrow Note Cards & Envelopes  Inks:  Archival Basic Black, Real Red, Crumb Cake, Stampin’ Write Markers (Lemon Lime Twist)  Accessories:  Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll pop over to the Global Design Project 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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  1. Well aren’t you a smartie with that envelope liner??? This is adorable from start to finish.

    • LOVE IT!!! So Happy they have more ‘Garden Motif in the new Cattie. Yey!!
      Love the ‘Stunning Simplicity’ of the 1- Brightly colored image adjacent to the Sentiment.
      ….Nevermind the Clever envelope liner!
      Oh, Brian– There are endless ways to learn how to create such a Elegant, Timeless card–from a wonderfully Talented Artist, such as yourself!
      Thank YOU for sharing.

      • Thank you so much, Bonnie, for the kind feedback you’ve given me. I’m so glad you like the card and am thrilled by your wonderful support. Thanks so much! <3

    • Thanks, Lydia! I want to say I saw this tip at On Stage, but I can’t be sure I saw these envelopes there. If they didn’t cover this there, then I may have been born with this information.

  2. Precious card – so glad you talked me into this stamp set. I ADORE the tip about the circle punch and envelope liner. Genius!

    • Thanks, Mary! The garden set is really sweet, and I know I’ll be creating with it more. I’m sure I saw this tip at On Stage, although I can’t quite remember ever seeing these envelopes. Maybe I have always known this?

  3. One tends to run out of adjectives to describe your cards Brian. This is simply lovely, it has a delicate feel to it. The way you created a envelope flap liner is so unique. Overall an awesome project.

  4. Sweet, sweet, sweet – and awesome. Just the right amount of white space, just the perfect placing of the images and the color combination is gorgeous. I love it when you step a little out of your norm – such a brave and daring move! LOL You are just amazing all around Brian!

  5. Oooooh! Thanks for the tip about the circle punch for a liner. Love it!

  6. Squint test is working perfectly! Great job Brian, looking forward to a new size notecards. Circle liner is brilliant.

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