Celebration Time for GDP134

My past two posts have focused on the old and the new. On Saturday, I introduced you to the new 2018-2020 In Colors (what a bold, lovely group of colors!) by sharing color comparisons and suggesting color combinations with each (to see that post, click here). On Sunday, I shared the colors and products that are retiring at the end of this catalog period (to read that post, click here).

All that coming and going got me excited to play around with some retiring products in an effort to give them one last spin around the block before packing them away. I love each of these retiring products and will miss them very much, BUT I’m thrilled about the new products we are welcoming in the upcoming catalog. Here’s my card for this week’s Global Design Project sketch challenge:

Celebration Time, Lots of Labels, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, GDP134, wedding cardAnd here’s the sketch for this week’s GDP challenge that inspired my card:GDPD134Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Five Retiring Products. My sweet-and-simple card is jam-packed with retiring products. Can you find all five of them? I know you are able, but you also know I’m going to tell you what they are anyway, right? Here are the five products I used on this card that are going away at the end of this catalog period (May 31) or sooner (as these items will be sold while supplies last):
    • Celebration Time Bundle (#145369). I love the sweet simplicity of this bundle of cakes and happy celebrations. The bundle is perfect for birthdays, weddings or other celebrations that call for cake. This bundle makes it SO EASY to create a classy, stylish project.
    • Pink Pirouette. While Stampin’ Up! makes room for an amazing assortment of new colors, some of our favorites are being retired, too. Pink Pirouette is one of the colors that’s going away. To read more about the colors that are retiring, click here.
    • Lots of Labels Framelits Dies. The fun shape that frames the cake and sentiment on my card are from the Lots of Labels Framelits Dies. These dies have been around for so long that they feel like a permanent part of our collection. What a great shape with seven dies in the collection!
    • Archival Basic Black Ink. If you’ve enjoyed working with the Archival inks (Basic Black and Basic Gray) for the past several years, now might be a really good time to stock up. There will be another option for a permanent black ink in the new catalog.
    • Metal Rimmed Pearls. These embellishments have been around for a while and will be missed. If you work with these a lot, be sure to stock up.
  • Build-a-Cake. This sweet cake was so easy and fun to build – and it looks so sweet and classy on this card, don’t you think? Celebration Time, Lots of Labels, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, GDP134, wedding cardHere’s what I did to build my cake:
    • I stamped the cake with Archival Basic Black ink on Pink Pirouette cardstock.
    • Using the cake and pedestal die, I cropped the cake and snipped it along the top and bottom of the cake.
    • Using the same die, I cropped the cake and pedestal with Basic Black cardstock.
    • I glued the pink cake to the black shape beneath it.
    • I added a small metal rimmed pearl as a accent between the cake and the bow.
    • I stamped the sentiment on Thick Whisper White and punched it with the Classic Label punch. I snipped the left side straight and added a banner on the right side.
  • Classy Combo. Pink Pirouette is such a soft pink with a touch of gray (while others like Blushing Bride have more brown). I think it looks so wonderful with black and gray. Since Smoky Slate also have a silver quality to it, the combination of Pink Pirouette and Smoky Slate is very classy. If you like this combination, too, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, Smoky Slate

Bundles: Celebration Time  Stamp Sets: Celebration Time  Papers: Smoky Slate, Pink Pirouette, Basic Black, Thick Whisper White  Inks: Archival Basic Black  Accessories: Lots of Labels Framelits Dies, Celebration Thinlits Dies, Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Metal Rimmed Pearls, Classic Label punch, 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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Be sure to check out the retiring list – these items are offered for sale through May 31 or while supplies last. Just click on the image above to see all of these items in my online store or CLICK HERE to read my post about the retiring items.



  1. Suzie Patt Cullen

    Thank you, Brian, for walking us through this Retiring & Revamping. There is a LOT to process and figure out. Your day-by-day help is much appreciated! ?

    • Happy to roll it out slowly. For customers, the changes won’t take place until June, so we have plenty of time to get through it all. πŸ™‚

  2. Your metal rimmed pearl is just the “icing on the cake” for this sweet card Brian!

    • Thanks so much, Dawn! I happened to have them sitting on my desk when I glued all of this down (I used the large ones for a Spring Stamp-along project). Happy to have them there for inspiration, too! <3

  3. Perfect pearl placement and love how that cake is tilted! Sweet card!

  4. What a beautiful job showing off the retiring products. I love this little cake the the curvy frosting!

  5. I love the color pallet of this sweet card! Just beautiful!

  6. Great job with the sketch. Impressive number of retiring products artfully used for tis cute card.

  7. Love your take on the sketch, Brian. The pretty pink cake on the solid gray label with the Softly Fallen EF as the base really makes a great card. Have a great day!

  8. You have definitely been checking all my boxes lately , especially with your color choices. Let’s hear it for Neutrals with a pop of color. I so love the pink and gray combination. Great job Brian

  9. Just admit it ….you were hungry for cake !!
    Cute card ! I am sorry to see Pink Pirouette leave ,but there are so many pretty colors coming ! YAY !!

    • It does make a cute cake, huh? πŸ™‚ I’m excited about the new colors, too! Can’t wait to get my hands on all the new inks. Thanks, Sonny!

  10. I love the colours in this card Brian – the pink and grey go so well together. That little pearl just finishes it all off. We still love retired sets over at my FB group – you should come and join us if you ever get a minute.

    • Thanks so much, Fiona! There are several sets I’ll never get rid of – count on that. I just don’t share them on my blog after customers aren’t able to purchase them. Thanks so much!

  11. Love your take on the sketch. Sweet card!

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