Celebrate and Eat Cake

When my order of new Stampin’ Blends arrived, I immediately organized them into my Stampin’ Blends marker holder – I ordered them by the rainbow of colors. What a lovely site! I’ve made a sweet and simple card today that I’m excited to share. Here’s my card:

Calligraphy Essentials, Blow Out the Candles, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, birthday card


Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • New Products. I was inspired to make this card when my new Stampin’ Blends arrived – I used both Poppy Parade and Pineapple Punch to color the images on the card. If you haven’t ordered your new Stampion’ Blends, now’s the time. Here’s a look at the new colors that are available now: New Stampin' Blends ColorsIf you’d like to see all of the Stampin’ Blends colors, CLICK HERE. My card also features two new stamp sets – Calligraphy Elements coordinates with the Calligraphy Essentials Project Kit: Calligraphy Essentials, Stampin' Up!, 146783The balloon that graces my sentiment is stamped and cropped with the Blow Out the Candles bundle: Blow Out the Candles Bundle, Stampin' Up!, 148322
  • CASE’ing Me. If you visit my blog every day (and why wouldn’t you?!), then you might think that hanging a balloon on the word “celebrate” seems familiar to you. That’s because I CASE’d myself. One of my most popular cards in 2016 was this card for an InKing Royalty Blog Hop (you can click on the picture to read the original post):Fabulous Four, Number of Years, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, birthday card, PP282I didn’t use the same colors on sentiment, but the overall concept of the card is similar. I also added a fun sentiment below my “celebrate” to further resolve my request that you celebrate. While I’m bossing you around and demanding that you celebrate, I also want you to “eat cake and enjoy your day” (from the Blow Out Your Candles stamp set:
  • Bright Color Combination. I was talking with a friend this week, and the conversation turned to our favorite color collection (as most discussions often do). I have so many favorite colors, but I don’t think of myself as a “bright colors” guy. When I look back on my cards, though, I’m REALLY happy to use them. Birthday cards are always great with Brights, right? When making a card that features a birthday balloon AND two of the new Stampin’ Blends, Poppy Parade and Pineapple Punch made perfect sense. If you like this combination of Pineapple Punch, Poppy Parade and Bermuda Bay, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiratin: Pineapple Punch, Poppy Parade, Bermuda Bay

Bundles: Blow out the Candles Bundle  Stamp Sets: Calligraphy Essentials, Blow Out the Candles  Papers: Poppy Parade, Bermuda Bay, Brights 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper, Thick Whisper White  Inks: Tuxedo Black Memento, Stampin’ Blends (Poppy Parade, Pineapple Punch)  Accessories:  Candles & Confetti Framelits Dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you like today’s project! Thanks for stopping by today!


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  1. Such a sweet card Brian and as always, love all your layers!

  2. It’s wonderful when you CASE yourself!! Love today’s card with its bright colors and fun sentiment. Enjoy your day!

  3. Suzie Patt Cullen

    Another “bright, fun” card, Brian! I, too, love the color combo you used. And I take a picture of your color palette ? right from my phone as I read your blog … thank you for such in-depth explanations as well. You “might be” the “king” of layering?. Happy weekend!

    • Thanks so much, Suzie! I really love Poppy Parade. I also still love Real Red, but Poppy makes it clear to me that Real Red was not very bright. <3

  4. Great, happy card. Can’t wait to see what you do with the other new colors!

  5. Any reason to eat cake works for me! This is adorable! Love th bright colors!

    • Thanks, LInda! The “cake” sentiment didn’t exactly match the balloon, but I loved it so much I had to add it. 🙂 Glad you like it.

  6. Fun & Bright card! Love the layers you created!

  7. Perfect coloring of “celebrate” and the balloon in pineapple precious “tied” to the “t!”

    • Thank you, Mary! With so many great colors to choose from, it was tough to just pick three great colors to work with. Glad you like it. <3

  8. Chris R. from Iowa

    Bright, fun and colorful just like you! The touch of whimsy with the balloon and the sentiment are just perfect additions. Love the layers too. A great card to CASE as it is perfect for all ages and genders. Love it!!!

  9. Love your card! And you are good at coloring Too! Ha

  10. Your card today is a Celebration on it’s own. I agree with everyone that the bright colors and layering are fabulous. The touch of whimsy provided by the floating balloon would make anyone smile. I think you have as much fun making these fantastic cards as we do seeing them. TFS

    • You’re right, Grace – I have such fun making and sharing. I’m so thrilled that so many enjoy seeing them. <3 Thanks for your comments.

  11. I love these Brian. I am looking forward to trying my hand at this set. Thanks for the inspiration.

  12. This celebrate card is so much fun! Fun colors and fun sentiments.

  13. Maria Rodriguez

    Love, love the color combination on this card, your layers are, as always, perfect with the most awesome choice of DSP.
    Your sentiment really stands out beautifully, the little balloon tied to the “t” is such a fun and adorable detail.
    Thank you for sharing.

    • Thanks, Maria! I’m IN LOVE with these bright, new colors. It was so easy to pull together the “fun” in this card. Glad you like it. <3

  14. What a bright beautiful card, this is happiness in the mail! The colors totally wow me and the layering is icing on the cake.

  15. I love these colors so much, and you sure know how to showcase them!

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