Happy Birthday with Eclectic Expressions

When I first saw the three colors for this week’s Global Design Project Color Challenge – Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight and Dapper Denim – I knew how perfect they’d be for a festive and fun birthday card. What I didn’t know at the time is how Eclectic Expressions would be an important part of my card. This new-to-Sale-a-Bration stamp set is one of three new items that can be earned starting on February 16. How exciting is that?! Here’s my birthday card with these three colors:

Eclectic Expressions, Birthday Wit, Picture Perfect Birthday, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, birthday cardAnd here’s the banner for this week’s color challenge that inspired my card:

Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Dapper DenimTips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Build-a-Background. I couldn’t be more excited about the three new items that will be introduced to the Sale-a-Bration offerings. Two Level One items (for a $50 purchase) and one Level Two item (for a $100 purchase) will be available starting February 16. I showcased two of these products (the Springtime Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper and Blossoming Basket Bundle) on Friday – you can see that project here. Today’ project showcases the Eclectic Layers stamp set in the background panel – such fun watercolored images that can be used in so many ways! Here’s a look at the Eclectic Expressions stamp set:
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    Eclectic Expressions, Stampin’ Up!

    Stampin’ Up! demonstrators have been able to order these three new products for a short time. Because I didn’t pay close attention when I selected my Eclectic Expressions, here’s the stamp set I actually chose:

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    Expressions Éclectiques, Stampin’ Up!

    See the difference? As you can tell, I mistakenly chose the French version of the stamp set. Hmph. It didn’t stop me from using these fun, watercolored images, though. 🙂

  • Build-a-Candle. I used the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set to add a super-fun candle to my card. The fun background can be used on almost any card, but the sentiment and candle make this background perfect for a birthday celebration. One small challenge – the candle is too small and got lost behind the big sentiment. The answer was easy! I simply stamped two candles and pieced them together to make a long candle. I covered over the pieced area with the sentiment. Here’s a closer look at the candle – I snapped a picture as I was making the card:I extended the candle by stamping two and lining them up. The overlap is covered by a sentiment.
  • Size it Up. When I started this background panel of big circles and tiny spots, I knew I wanted it to be a small panel on a bigger card. After I cropped it into this 2-1/2″ x 4″ panel, I had a hard time making it work on a 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ card – it would just get lost on a bigger card. What to do? Since the panel would take a starring role on a notecard-sized card front, I had my answer. This gem will be tucked into an envelope from the Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes. Such a fun size for a bright and cheery card!

Stamp Sets: Eclectic Expressions, Picture Perfect Birthday, Birthday Wit  Papers: Daffodil Delight, Basic Black, Whisper White, Thick Whisper White  Inks: Melon Mambo, Dapper Denim, Daffodil Delight, Archival Basic Black  Accessories: Stamp-a-ma-jig, Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes, 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.

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  1. WOW! I adore the party vibe of those stamped images!

  2. Brian, your large pop of yellow is so uplifting on a cold winters day!

  3. Ooooh noooo, my friend … I’ve done that , but it’s BEAUITFUL, love your colors , Tfs
    Hugs Frenchie
    Ps I love my card , what a surprise, oh it mad my day , thanks my friend,
    Hugs to mom too ♥️♥️♥️

  4. Bright and cheery colors make a great birthday card! Great idea to extend the candle.

  5. I just have to tell you how much I love the circle background you created!!! Love it so much!

  6. Looks like you had fun with the new SAB set…I love making backgrounds. Really fun card!

  7. Oh, what a great color combination. Can’t wait to play with this challenge. Hope my card will be as cute as yours!

  8. My first thought was “what a great DSP”! Then I read your narrative and immediately knew I absolutely have to have this set. You amaze me every day Brian and I so look forward to you cheerful and colorful blog every day, especially on these gloomy end-of-winter (I hope) days. LOL

  9. Love this bright, cheery card, Brian. Great job on making the background that I thought, like Grace, was DSP. Love those SU notecards, which are a perfect size for lots of designs. Have a great day!

  10. I wish the background was dsp! It’s so pretty!

  11. Love the thin black matte on this card. Really makes that self created DSP pop!

  12. Love the bright pop of daffodil delight! It always works so well when you make your own backgrounds, I love it! Are the circles stamped off to lighten or is that the watercolor effect of the stamp?

  13. Such a bright, sunny card, I love it and I love your simple understated style Brian.

  14. Simply gorgeous

  15. Lovely card. Do you know the size of the circle?

    • Thanks for your comment, Rose! I don’t have the stamp set with me right now, but the diameter of the circle is somewhere between 3/4″ and 1″. I hope that helps.

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