Sure Do Love for for FMS323

I have lots of talented friends – and many of them have an eye for beautiful things. One of those friends is Linda Callahan (Stampin Seasons), who selected my card as her pick last week at Freshly Made Sketches. Yay! If you missed my barn door card, you can see it here. I love online challenges and play along with many to keep myself challenged – and they are a great starter for a card. It’s always nice to be recognized. Thanks, Linda!

This week’s sketch for Freshly Made Sketches is as inspiring and fun as the last. I was inspired by the sketch Karren Johnson created and the panels she used on her card. With two panels and a banner as inspiration, here’s what I made:

Sure Do Love You, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FMS323, Valentine's Day card

And here’s the banner for the challenge that inspired my card:

FMS323Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Color Theory. It was fun to pull out the ombré pages of the Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack. These 6″ x 6″ pages – in Berry Burst, Old Olive, Crushed Curry and Dapper Denim – are so versatile for so many projects. Here’s a look at the colors and patterns in this Colorful Seasons Designer Series Paper Stack: Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack, Stampin' Up!I cut the lightly shaded page of Berry Burst (6th from the left in the picture above) into a 3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″ panel and then cut it down the middle. I flipped the panels to flip-flop the direction of the shading. So easy! Then I added a thin Whisper White border to frame the Berry Burst panel.Sure Do Love You, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FMS323, Valentine's Day card
  • Vellum Does the Trick. I love our Thick Vellum Cardstock and have recently reached for it a lot when I need another element but don’t want to cover other elements on the card. This vellum heart (cropped with the Lots to Love Box Framelits Dies) gave me the additional element I wanted without removing the impact from the shaded paper beneath it. That little peekaboo is a nice addition, don’t you think?

    Vellum Cardstock, Stampin' Up! 101856

    Vellum Cardstock, Stampin’ Up!

  • Pink and Blue. I love when a “sassy” color is paired with a “sophisticated” color – that’s what you get when Berry Burst meets Night of Navy. The mix of a flirty pink and a serious blue is such fun – you don’t know whether the pink behaves more or the blue loosens up a bit. πŸ™‚ If you like this combination of Berry Burst, Night of Navy and accents of Whisper White, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Whisper White, Berry Burst, Night of Navy

Bundles: Sure Do Love You Bundle  Stamp Sets: Sure Do Love You  Papers: Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack, Night of Navy, Thick Whisper White, Vellum Cardstock  Inks: Night of Navy  Accessories: Lots to Love Box Framelits Dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll pop over to the Freshly Made Sketches 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. I love the simplicity or this card! Beautiful!

  2. This card makes me “flip!” Love the flipped ombre pattern to create a really modern and cool shape!

  3. Great card! I especially love the vellum heart peeking from behind the banner. So clever.

  4. Love, love, love this color combo. Brilliant card Brian!

  5. Not only a perfect color combo but awesome laying of the DSP!

  6. I have used this DSP more then I thought I would. It really does a lot of the “work” for you. Your card today is just awesome and I agree with Dianne that the vellum heart is the perfect touch for this beautiful card. TKS Brian and congrats on being the Perfect Prince on FMS.

  7. I love this color combination! And flipping the paper is a great interpretation of the sketch! Awesome card πŸ™‚

  8. I’ve been following you (cyberly only, I promise) for a few years, and you STILL surprise me with your creative thinking! Love what you did and how you did those panels! Your left brain and right brain play so well together!

  9. I love the vellum heart. The sentiment banner is perfectly placed, but that’s part of who you are and what you do daily. Great card!

  10. Delightful card- and you made me take another look at that Color Theory DSP. (Thanks I think, LOL)

  11. Beautiful card Brian. It’s stunning and I’ll be CASE’ing.

  12. Oh what a wonderful card! I adore this combination of colours you’ve used and that sentiment/heart combo is just awesome! Thanks for joining us at FMS!

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