Ribbon of Courage Valentine for GDP124

When I think of Australians I love (it’s just something I like to do every once in a while), my thoughts go to Nicole Kidman, Andy Gibb and Olivia Newton John. Before any of those, though, I first think of Louise Sharp, an amazing friend and wonderful talent. She thinks Patsy Cline is a famous Australian, but that’s a story for another day. This week at the Global Design Project, we are CAS(E)ing a gorgeous project by Louise. It’s always one of my favorite challenges – to CASE (Copy and Share Everything) a project that one of the designers has made. Inspiration can be pulled from the layout, the colors, the theme, the images, the sentiments – must I go on?  Here’s my card:

Ribbon of Courage, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, ValentineAnd here’s the banner for the challenge that inspired my card, including Louise’s project that inspired mine:

GDPD124At first glance, you might not be able to tell see where my card pulls from Louise’s, but the inspiration is definitely there. Louise’s card features a wreath made with succulents, each one watercolored in pale blue, green and pink. I was inspired by the shape of the card (mine is a 3″ x 3″ square), the colors and the soft floral images.

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Ribbon of Courage. While Louise’s project features a beautiful assortment of succulents in a soft variety of colors, I chose the sweet, flower-filled heart from Ribbon of Courage for the focal point of my small, square card. I stamped the image with Archival Basic Black and colored the flowers with a mix of a Blender Pen and Stampin’ Write Markers. I cropped the heart. I stamped the same image twice on the card, leaving a soft ghost of an image behind the focal point. <3 While the Ribbon of Courage set is designed with images and words of support, they work wonderfully for a Valentine’s Day card. Here’s a look at the Ribbon of Courage Bundle:
    Ribbon of Courage Bundle, Stampin' Up!, 145342

    Ribbon of Courage Bundle, Stampin’ Up!

    I masked the “Sending Love and Hugs to You” sentiment to just say “Sending Love.” Perfect for a 3″ x 3″ card – and perfect simplicity for your Valentine. <3

  • Decorating the Envelope. I decorated the background of my simple card with a Soft Sky panel of Coffee Break Designer Series Paper (I LOVE this pattern). Here’s a look at the other colors and patterns in this pack of papers: Coffee Break Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!I also added the same paper to the envelope flap – and added a small heart from the stamp set, too! What an easy way to make the envelope more special!Ribbon of Courage, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, Valentine
  • Sweet Colors. There’s nothing more standard than the combination of blue, red and green – but there are so many shades you can use to make that combination more special. With a soft blue and bright pink and green, the combination is really special. If you like this combination of Soft Sky, Melon Mambo and Old Olive, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Soft Sky, Melon Mambo, Old Olive

Bundles: Ribbon of Courage  Stamp Sets: Ribbon of Courage  Papers: Coffee Break Designer Series Paper, Soft Sky, Thick Whisper White  Inks: Soft Sky, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Archival Basic Black  Accessories: Blender Pens, 3″ x 3″ envelope, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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.

Thanks for stopping by today!


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  1. So clean and perfect and sweet. I love it. <3

  2. I adore the sweet and soft background images that mimic the colorful heart!

  3. Good morning my friend, thank you so much for your lovely comments and support with lots of love , your the best ,
    We’re getting there ,

    I love that heart with all those beautiful colors , I forgot I had that set with that heart , going to pull it out ,
    Thanks for sharing and reminding me that I have it ♥️
    You have your self a beautiful day , love to Mom ♥️♥️
    Hugs Frenchie

    • Thanks so much, Frenchie! It’s a lovely set that’s far more versatile than we might realize. I hope you can make something beautiful with it today. <3

  4. You sure know how to pull beautiful colors together Brian!

  5. Brian, you’re the King of sweet simplicity. Have a great week.

  6. 3×3 cards are so much fun, easy to mat with your scraps of left over paper. This one is so cute with the matching envelope.

  7. This beautiful little card sure has a lot of dimension and you know how I love dimension. It’s sweet, it’s beautiful and the “sending love” actually is about all one needs to say to get their feelings across. Can you tell I love it?

  8. My heart was like fireworks when I saw this classic card first thing this morning. Thanks for the inspiration, Brian!

  9. I thought Andy Gibb was born in the Isle of Wight, like his older brothers.

  10. Actually we’re both wrong. According to Wikipedia, he was born in Manchester , England.

  11. MargaretAnn Hammond

    A beautiful card

  12. The color palette is amazing. I often forget that this bundle includes a heart. You created a really beautiful card.

  13. I agree with others, Brian, that this is the sweetest card. Love the colors and your coloring. Great CASE!!

    • Thanks so much, HJ! I’m so glad you like it. It started as a 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ card and kept getting whittled down and whittled down. Glad you like it! <3

  14. COME ON!!! Thrown straight under the bus….I can still feel tyre marks! I always thought as a child that Pasty was Aussie!!! She’s an honorary Aussie.
    Anyhooo….you card is super ADORABLE. I love the sweetly coloured heart (because I know you would have coloured this as sweet as sweet can be) and the colour combo is a sure favourite. Cute matching envelope and hopefully it’s not too small that it doesn’t go missing in the post 😉
    Thanks for CASEing my card, always thinking of Australians and most of all thinking of me when Pasty is playing! Love you. <3

    • Oh, Louise! It really sounds like you love and embrace my card and don’t pay any mind to the words I write. I love that about you. Thanks for the wonderful inspiration and support! You rock! <3

  15. Love the softness of this card..beautiful coloring!

  16. I love this card Brian! What a simple but beautiful
    Card! Please add me to your e-mail list so I can see what you post.

  17. what a lovely card <3
    clean, but really awesome 🙂

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