Be Inspired Blog Hop: Fashion

It’s time for another Be Inspired Design Team Blog Hop – what fun! The Be Inspired Design Team is a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from all over the world who are excited to share our themed projects with you. I’m so honored to be a part of this group of talented stampers!

For today’s Be Inspired Hop, we are creating projects inspired by Fashion. Projects along the hop are designed to celebrate everything fashionable – from couches and bed sheets to shirts and dresses. This hop is pretty much about cloths, clothes and clothing. If you aren’t starting the hop here, then you probably just popped over from the amazing project shared by my talented Canadian friend Carolynn Sander.

For today’s hop I made a card that pulls its appeal from denim. Denim, jeans, dungarees – since our company moved to “casual” dress, it’s what I wear to work every day. Jeans are such a casual fashion choice that can easily be dressed up with the right shirt and shoes. My card today is a casual “way to go” card for a casual friend. Here’s my card:

Pocketful of Sunshine, Picture Perfect Birthday, Broadway Birthday, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • A Denim Pocket. The Pocketful of Sunshine stamp set and coordinating Pocket Framelits Dies have been around for a while, but they are just as fun as ever – and now that we have a Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, the pocket looks more like denim than ever! Pocketful of Sunshine, Picture Perfect Birthday, Broadway Birthday, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingHow cool is that texture?! I definitely give the pocket a denim look. Here’s a look at the fun images in the Pocketful of Sunshine stamp set: Pocketful of Sunshine, Stampin' Up! 143719And here’s a look at the Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder:Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Stampin' Up! 143706
  • Building the Banner. Once I had my pocket done, I needed to find a fun, modern way to build a “you rock”-type sentiment that stayed with the casual feel of the card. I knew I’d found my perfect sentiment when I got to the scripted “treat yourself” from the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set and completed the saying with “you deserve it” from Broadway Birthday stamp set. I stamped “treat yourself” on Smoky Slate and cropped it with the Tailored Tag punch.  I stamped “you deserve it” on a 3/8″ strip of Thick Whisper White and stamped the bottom of “treat yourself” just above so that I could overlay it on the Smoky Slate tag. So easy!Pocketful of Sunshine, Picture Perfect Birthday, Broadway Birthday, Stampin' Up!, Brian King
  • Creating a Gift Card Pocket. I know, I know. The Pocket Framelits Die (that I used to crop this pocket) has tabs that are perfect to glue to the card for a quick-and-easy gift card or money holder. Once I decided to snip off the tabs, I had to come up with another way to create a pocket (the fact that I created a pocket with a pocket is not lost on me) that gave the right support for a credit card. Creating a pocket for a credit card, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingI flipped the pocket and pocket over and placed the card right where I wanted it to “rest” when tucked inside the pocket. I surrounded the card with strips of Stampin’ Dimensionals and a trio of Dimensionals at the base. These additions lift the pocket AND guide the placement of the card inside so that it sits the way I want it to sit.

Stamp Sets: Pocketful of Sunshine, Picture Perfect Birthday, Broadway Birthday  Papers: Smoky Slate, Blueberry Bushel, Thick Whisper White  Inks: Whisper White Craft Ink, Basic Black  Accessories: Pocket Framelits Dies, Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Tailored Tag punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I’m so glad you stopped by and hope you like my project. I also hope you’ll continue the Be Inspired Design Team Blog Hop to see more projects that I’m sure you’ll love. The next stop is my dear friend from down under, Louise Sharp. Click on the banner below to continue through the hop:

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  1. Stunning, Brian.. really stunning. Makes me little bit giggle, because it fits SO perfect to a men´s card. Thanks for your inspiration.
    Hugs Tanja

    • 🙂 Thanks, Tanja! I had fun with this – so glad you like it. With a little “bling” the card can easily be perfect for a girl, too. <3

  2. I adore this one! I was wanting to pull out my old denim background stamp (yeah its from a few years back I know). Now I can use that folder!!! OMG! Duh? Thanks for yet another stamping revelation Brian!

  3. very clever!!

  4. Suzie Patt Cullen

    Great card, Brian! That embossing folder really does look like denim! Jeans ? every day, nice, by the way! I love how you showed the way you set up the pocket to hold the gift card, too. Much appreciated by many?

  5. What they all said! I especially appreciated seeing yet another use for dimensionals!

  6. Off the chain, BK! I love the crisp denim pocket and how beautifully it coordinates with the gift card. Perfection for a teen or any age!

  7. Awesome card and great use of the new Subtles emboss folder!

  8. OK Brian, I LOVE this card. Now I HAVE to have this embossing folder. Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. Oooh, I love it my friend, your just to smart , ♥️♥️
    Tfs hugs
    Your friend Frenchie ♥️

  10. This is a great card Brian. The texture is perfect!

  11. What a fantastic way to give a gift card! And the new folder texture is just perfect!

  12. Great card Brian. Don’t you love this TIEF?

  13. Love this cute, fun card, Brian. I love sending cards using the Sending a Pocketful of Sunshine to people who need a lift to their spirits. The recipient will enjoy this one with the gift card tucked inside. Love the creative way with the sentiments. Enjoy your day!

  14. Love this card.

  15. When I first looked at the card before reading your description I thought “by golly, Brian is using fabric on his card!”. I was anxious to find out how you managed to get the denim cut so beautifully without having strings all over the place. You fooled me big guy! Love this card and such a great way to present a gift card. Thanks for sharing this fabulous card. Love it!

  16. This is such a great card! When I got my Subtles folder the first thing I thought of was Pocketful of Sunshine 🙂 . I have one question though. You decided not to use the tabs on the pocket to adhere. Was it to achieve a certain look or some other reason? Before I start my card (16th b’day for my nephew) I wanted to take advantage of what you learned and your thought process.

    • Hey Debbie! I hadn’t thought through the entire card when I cut the tabs off…If you want to keep the tabs, though, I suggest (1) cut the pocket, (2) crease the tabs and (3) emboss it. The embossing makes it hard to crease the tabs after. Enjoy!

  17. What a winner card, who doesn’t need a gift card holder card, simply perfect using the pocket! AND, the embossing folder is the cherry on top!

  18. This is so sharp! Love how you got the denim look with the embossing folder! Great card!

  19. Fantastic, Brian! Genius use of the embossing folder, you are setting a trend here, my friend!

  20. I love it !!!

  21. Love, love this card, that pocket looks so real with the stitching and it’s just perfect to hold a gift card of good old cash 😉
    Thank you for sharing.

  22. Hello Brian, a great inspiration and implementation. Very nice! xo Maike

  23. Love your card Brian ;O)

  24. Wasn’t a set I was going to get, but you Inspire !!!!

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