A Picnic with You for the Pals Blog Hop

Welcome to the Pals March 2018 Blog Hop. Our theme this month is “Spring has Sprung”. The Stampin’ Pretty Pals will inspire you with Spring or Spring-related projects. You may see floral, Easter or other general Spring-inspired designs. You may be just starting or hopped over from another Pal. In either case you’ll find the line-up toward the end of my post to help you move along.

For today’s hop, I’ve created a fun picnic basket, filled with surprises that are perfect for a lovely Spring day! Who doesn’t love to pack a delicious lunch and sit in the sun (or under the shade of a tree) for a nice meal outdoors? I used fun elements from Stampin’ Up!’s Picnic with You Bundle to create my basket of goodies and the Myths & Magic Specialty Designer Series Paper to set the mood for this fun picnic. Enjoy!

Here’s my card:

Picnic with You, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Picnic with You Bundle. The Picnic with You Bundle was part of my first order from Stampin’ Up!’s 2018 Occasions Catalog. So many fun images and ways to showcase this basket. You can fill the basket with food or with flowers – let’s hear it for great options! Here’s a look at this super-fun bundle:
    Picnic with You Bundle, Stampin' Up! 145980

    Picnic with You Bundle, Stampin’ Up!

    It wasn’t until I started playing with the set, though, that I thought it would be fun to put the flower in the wine bottle. Such fun! I masked the leaves on the base of the flower to shorten the length of the flower stems a bit. This “new size” works best with the bottle.Picnic with You, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

  • Setting the Springtime Mood. I knew I didn’t want to stamp my flower stem and sentiment on patterned cardstock, but I wanted to set the mood of a warm, Spring day. What to do, what to do?! I decided to let the background panel of my card set the tone. With a panel of cloudy blue sky from Myths & Magic Specialty Designer Series Paper, I created a backdrop for this focal panel. Here’s a look at this amazing pack of fun papers: Myths & Magic Specialty Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian King 145600I added layers of grass with the the Picnic Basket Builder Framelits Dies and Emerald Envy cardstock. Love this grassy die! I’ll tell you a secret, though – The grass doesn’t extend beneath the main panel on my card – I just added grass below and on the sides. Who’s got time to crop and layer a bunch of grass that’s going to get covered up?
  • Color Combination. It’s tricky to work with green and red without looking like Christmas. This scene, though, is FAR from Christmas in the United States so I was comfortable with the combination. Plus, the Pool Party breaks up the Christmas vibe. If you like this combination, too, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Real Red, Pool Party, Emerald Envy

Thank you so much for hopping with the Stampin’ Pretty Pals today. Please take a minute to mark your calendar for our next hop on April 11, 2018 for our Family First Hop. Now hop along using the Blog Hop Line-up below. Don’t forget to leave us a comment. We really like that.

Blog Hop  Line-up:

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Rae Harper-Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  3. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  4. Corinne Blake at The Creative Compendium
  5. Linda Suarez at All Night Stamping
  6. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  7. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  8. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  9. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  10. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
  11. Lori Pinto at LollyPop Paper and Ink
  12. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  13. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  14. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  15. Nina King at Ink Paper Sequins
  16. Rosanne Mulhern at Heartfelt Stamping
  17. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Habit!
  18. Sara Hicks Stuart at Sentiments by Sara
  19. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  20. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose

Here are the products I used to create today’s Spring-inspired project:

Picnic with You, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Bundles: Picnic with You Bundle  Stamp Sets: Picnic with You  Papers: Myths & Magic Specialty Designer Series Paper, Crumb Cake, Emerald Envy, Real Red, Thick Whisper White  Inks: Crumb Cake, Real Red, Fresh Fig, Emerald Envy, Flirty Flamingo  Accessories: Picnic Basket Builder Framelits Dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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  1. Such a cute card Brian. Love your idea to put the flower in the wine bottle and thanks for the tip with the grass!

    • Happy to share, my friend. I don’t drink wine (and don’t think we could drink it in the park), so a flower was my perfect excuse to showcase the bottle. 🙂

  2. I love your imagination! This is a perfect card. Unique and just wonderful!

  3. I love the scene you’ve set and the flower is an extra special touch. Always love the details you add. Today my hubby and I are off for a few days to Iceland and hoping to get a glimpse of the Northern Lights. Have a great week.

  4. So adorable..makes me want to go on a picnic right now!

    • Thanks so much, Windy! It looks like a picnic-worthy day here, but I think it’s still a little too chilly. You probably have the perfect weather for it in FLA.

  5. Great card – I can almost hear the birds chirping! The DSP is total perfection! This bundle reminds me of Colorforms – I loved playing with them as a kid. Do you remember Colorforms – or are you too young?

    • I can’t say I’m too young for them, but I don’t know what Colorforms are. I Googled them and still am not sure. 🙂 So glad you like my card, Elisha! Thanks!

  6. Wow! I’m over the moon with the sweet way you displayed the wine bottle. Darling grass and sky!

  7. Jennifer Spiller

    Such a sweet card! I Lovevtge grass and bottle with the flower! Simply adorable

  8. Cute….cute….cute ! The flower in the wine bottle is clever !

  9. What a cute, springtime card! The grass alone is enough to make me want to buy this bundle!

  10. Love your use of this set. The flower touch is perfect! I’ve been on the fence with this set but this tips the scale into the buy zone 🙂
    Thanks for the annotated picture. Makes it so easy to recreate from a saved image.

    • Thanks so much, Debbie! I’m glad you like the card and that it increases the chance you’ll buy the bundle. It’s fun. I’m always happy to share! <3

  11. I love this Brian! What a great card!

  12. Well your card really brightened my day today! We received slightly over 20″ of snow with this nor’easter so thinking about having a picnic in the grass made me smile. Just thinking about spring makes me smile these days as the weather people are talking another storm for next weekend. I’m ready to throw some burgers on the grille and eat out on the deck and your card assured me that it won’t be long until we can do that. LOL Thanks Brian, you brighten my day every day.

    • Yay! I’m so happy to bring a little sunshine your way, Grace! I can’t imagine how to cope with 20″ of snow, but I know you are prepared for it. <3 You've made MY day with your sweet comments!

  13. Brian, again. . . I love how your mine works! What a fun, loving card.

  14. Now, this makes me want to pack a picnic and go to the beach…..I hope very soon we can do just that.
    In the mean time, we can all dream about it with this fabulous card, love every detail, especially the little tablecloth hanging on the side of the basket.
    So beautiful Brian, thank you for sharing.

  15. Super and iconically Brian. Love it Mr. King.

  16. I usually shy away from a stamp set that contains too many elements… Only you can make this one seem less daunting! Your card “invites” the receiver in…love it!

  17. This card is the epitome of picnic. Actually it makes me think of concerts at Chastain.

  18. Perfect card! I love a springtime picnic!

  19. Fun! I just got this bundle and started playing with it. This card sure makes me want summer to get here faster. The fun stamps and coordinating dies will find their way on lots of cards. I can tell that my favorite will be that grass die. Great card, Brian!

    • Thanks so much for your sweet comment, Debbie! Nothing says “summer” like an outdoor picnic, right? So glad you like the card – you’ll have lots of fun with this bundle. <3

  20. This card is so sweet! I love the grass and cloud filled sky, and that flower in the bottle is the perfect finishing touch! Perfection!

  21. Suzie Patt Cullen

    Brian, this is so cute! I love it! It is so bright and happy, Brian!

    • Thanks, Suzie! We had picnic weather a couple of weeks ago, but it’s back to chilly. 🙂 So glad you like the card. I had fun with this bundle. <3

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