Thinking of You with Love with Blended Seasons

This week’s Color Challenge for the FabFriday challenge features four colors that are perfectly bright and cheery – Call Me Clover, Lemon Lime Twist, Calypso Coral and Poppy Parade. This mix of colors is perfect for a floral card, a birthday card or a card of congratulations. I reached for my Blended Seasons stamp set to make a 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ Christmas card with these colors. Here’s my card:

Blended Seasons, Beautiful Blizzard, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingAnd here’s the banner for the FabFriday color challenge that inspired my card:

Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Call Me Clover, Lemon Lime Twist, Calypso Coral, Poppy ParadeTips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Time is Running Out for Blended Seasons. During August (or when supplies run out), Stampin’ Up! is offering a selection of new products that should definitely be on your “must have” list. Here’s a look at the products that are now available:
    • Blended Seasons Bundle – 149893 (wood) or 149894 (clear)
    • Blended Seasons Stamp Set – 149019 (wood mount) or 149016 (clear mount)
    • Stitched Seasons Framelits – 149013
    • Watercolor Pencils (Assortment 2) – 149014

    The stamp set is pretty spectacular (it’s a wonderful, all-year-round set), and the Framelits are a must-have. Here’s a two-page flyer that shows you everything in the bundle:

    Blended Seasons Bundle, Stampin' Up! 149894I used the gorgeous holly leaves from the Blended Seasons stamp set to create a holly frame for my card. I stamped my leaves with StazOn ink, meticulously lining up the boughs to create a perfect square, and then colored them with the four colors for this challenge. Such fun! I used a Blender Pen to lightly apply Lemon Lime Twist to the leaves and Calypso Coral to the sprig offshoots. I then used a Blender Pen to Layer in a little Call Me Clover. Finally I colored the Poppy Parade berries with a Poppy Parade Stampin’ Write Marker.Blended Seasons, Beautiful Blizzard, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

  • Thinking of You With Love. You can currently order all of the things you need to stamp and color the frame of holly. In fact everything on this card is currently available to purchase. With the “thinking of you with love” sentiment, though, my card features a sneak peek at a stamp set from Stampin’ Up!’s 2018 Holiday Catalog. Blended Seasons, Beautiful Blizzard, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingThe catalog goes live on September 5. I shared a project with Beautiful Blizzard on Monday (you can see it here). In both cases, I’ve not showcased the full beauty of this bundle – the elements from this bundle are not the focal point of either card – but both projects are perfectly accented by the amazing set. Here’s a look at the Beautiful Blizzard Bundle:Beautiful Blizzard Bundle, Stampin' Up! 149921
  • Unexpected Layer. When you are reaching for Christmas paper, the last place you might expect to find a beautiful pattern is in the Animal Expedition Designer Series Paper – but it’s there! The 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ that serves as a frame for this card is from the Animal Expedition Designer Series Paper. What fun! Here’s a look at the colors and patterns in this pack of papers: Animal Expeditions Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up! 146902I used the last page in the patterns showcased above.

Stamp Sets: Blended Seasons, Beautiful Blizzard  Papers: Poppy Parade, Call Me Clover, Very Vanilla, Lemon Lime Twist, Animal Expedition Designer Series Paper  Inks: Call Me Clover, Lemon Lime Twist, Calypso Coral, Brights Stampin’ Write Markers (Poppy Parade), Jet Black Stazon  Accessories: Blender Pen, Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll pop over to the FabFriday 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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August Promotions

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For every $50 you spend on an order in August, you will earn a $5 coupon to be redeemed in September. How fun is that? To learn more, click on the image below:

Bonus DaysI’m also excited about Stampin’ Up!’s Limited-Time Release (through August 31 or while supplies last) of Color Your Season products. Click below to read more about these wonderful, new products:

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  1. Beautiful card. Great coloring. It has a WoW effect. Bravo !

  2. The colors come together so beautifully in your card Brian. Love all the gorgeous mattes!

  3. Who would have thought these colors would be so magical! I love the coloring and sweet frame around the sentiment.

  4. I think this is one of your best blog posts and your creation is wonderful!

  5. Great blending. I am very impressed with what you did with this color combo and love the layers!

  6. If someone had given me that color combination I’m not sure what I would have come up with but you, oh mighty King of color, had no problem. What a fabulous job you did and your coloring is impeccable!

    • πŸ™‚ Thanks, Grace! I had to group and blend the colors to make them feel logical for me. I’m glad you like what I did. NOW do you think you could use them to make a beautiful project? <3

  7. Excellent Brian, great way to put these colors together! AND, I love your shading.

    • Thanks so much, Katrina! I originally saw this card as bold-and-bright. The blending allowed me to make a softer look for the leaves. So glad you like it. <3

  8. This card is absolutely awesome!

  9. A beautiful color combination and gorgeous layering, these Holy leaves create a fabulous frame for your sentiment.
    Elegant and beautiful!!
    Thank you for sharing.

    • Thanks so much, Maria! This card came out much more beautiful than even I expected. I thought it would be really bold and bright. Glad you like it! <3

  10. This is great, Brian! You always come up with the most amazing color combos. I think I have to CASE this one!

  11. Great card. I need to try my hand with those blender pens. Who knows I might get as good as you and your coloring. What a color combination. My email had been hacked into and I have not been able to access it for a few weeks. I need to catch up. For now Chris R. from Iowa lives on as Chris from Pella. Looking forward to what I have missed on your blog.

    • Hey Chris! Welcome back! You’d be wonderful with Blender Pens – it takes very little practice to get the “touch” you want to make them work. Glad you like the project. <3

  12. Gorgeous! You are great with that blender pen….me not so good!

  13. Dang it, Brian. I’m vacillating on this set. Love the dies! The Animal Expedition paper is perfect on this card. Brilliant!

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