Hello Friend with Animal Outing

Sometimes you need a card that simply says “Hello!” – no birthday, no congrats, no holiday – just a simple check-in with someone you love. For this week’s Global Design Project color challenge, I made such a card. Soft Suede, Flirty Flamingo and Daffodil Delight can be so fun together! My card is mostly brown with pops of pink a one big pop of yellow with a peek-a-boo friend from the Animal Outing stamp set. Here’s my card:

Animal Outing Bundle, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, GDP153And here are the colors – Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo and Soft Suede – for the challenge that inspired my card (this challenge goes live on the GDP site at 7am EST):Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo, Soft SuedeTips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Animals, Animals, Animals. The Animal Outing Bundle and coordinating Animal Expedition Designer Series Paper are a menagerie of fun! What a cute collection of friendly animals from all over the world! Our long-necked friend (stamped with the stamp set and cropped with the dies) is supported by this panel of giraffe patterns from the Animal Expeditions Designer Series Paper. What fun! Here’s a look at the Animal Outing Bundle (includes the Animal Outing stamp set and coordinating Animal Friends Thinlits Dies: Animal Outing Bundle, Stampin' Up!, 148324And here’s a look at the brilliant patterns and colors in Animal Expedition: Animal Expeditions Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up! 146902
  • Framing Our Friend. It wouldn’t normally be a positive thing to claim you are framing you friend – sounds like something out of an old spy or gangster movie. πŸ™‚ Here’s a closer look at the focal point of this card: Animal Outing Bundle, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, GDP153Our friendly giraffe is framed with a die from the Foliage Framelits Dies that coordinates with the Floral Frames stamp set (sold in a bundle in Stampin’ Up!’s 2018 Annual Catalog). He’s peeking through a 2″ circle and framed with a Flirty Flamingo circle from the Layering Circles Framelits Dies. I intentionally framed the panel of Animal Expedition Designer Series Paper to mimic the pink border around the giraffe.
  • “Oh, hello…”. I might say, “Hello friend” to someone I know, but the “Oh” that precedes the sentiment in this Oh So Eclectic stamp set leaves me a little puzzled, but…I was excited to have it for this card. You’re going to think I’m totally insane when I explain why. This super-sweet giraffe has his eyes closed and his mouth open – which makes me think he’s either British (when I use my British accent, my eyes instinctively close a little, so “oh, hello” sounds right coming from an ole’ chap) or sarcastic (can’t you almost hear it?). By the way, I’m TERRIBLE at accents and AMAZING at sarcasm. Either way, the sentiment works with this guy. He’s perfectly sweet.

Bundles: Animal Outing  Stamp Sets: Animal Outing, Oh So Eclectic  Papers: Animal Expedition, Soft Suede, Flirty Flamingo, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White  Inks: Soft Suede, Basic Black  Accessories: Animal Friends Framelits Dies, Foliage Frames Framelits Dies, Layering Circles Framelits Dies, 2″ Circle 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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Yay! Product Shares & Swatch Books

I’ll be sharing my 2018 Holiday Catalog Product Shares this week week – how exciting to share these awesome, new products with you. I’m also making Designer Series Paper Swatch Books (I’ll be sharing more about those this week, too). If you have recently purchased shares from me, you’re on my email distribution list. If you want to be on my list, I’ll send you an email as soon as they are post – email me here.

Here’s a peek at the Designer Series Paper Swatch Books from Stampin’ Up!’s 2018 Holiday Catalog:

2018 Holiday Catalog Swatch Books, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, stampwithbrian

August Promotions

Stampin’ Up! is hosting two amazing promotions in August.

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. As you know…I love, love , love the Animal Expedition Paper. Such a fun card.

  2. Adorable card…the flamingo and suede look great together!

  3. Darling dude and perfect colors. The animal print background is divine!

  4. So cute! I love that you occasionally make a card to send just for the heck of it. I have done that on occasion and always get a giddy phone call from the recipient telling me that I made their day. Having you make this absolutely fabulous little fun card is a reminder to me that I haven’t done that for a while. I just love this card Brian and it’s one way to say I love you or I miss you to a friend. Thanks for sharing such a great card!

  5. Fun card today! Great colors to work with in the challenge.

    • Thanks, Sharon! I appreciate it on several levels (I also picked the colors for this challenge). πŸ™‚ Glad you like them, and glad you like my card.

  6. Awwww, my friend, such a sweet and lovely card , my fav, giraffe ?
    I have them everywhere, lol
    Tfs my friend, can’t wait to see u β™₯️
    Hugs Frenchie love the brown leaves β™₯️

  7. Cheerio ol’ chap! Such fun! My husband does sarcasm AND accents – totally drives me crazy sometimes. Giraffe’s are just plain fun if you ask me with that long neck and legs. Their tongue is a bit gross – one grabbed my hat at a zoo once and left enough slobber on it and a hole in it to rival my basset hound’s goo! I can totally see me sending a card like this to a friend just like Grace commented on!

  8. Well hello sweet giraffe! You are the star of an adorable card!

  9. Cute card, Brian. Love the giraffe! Have a super day!

  10. Wonderful card design and colors. I love it! Well done, Brian

  11. Love that dsp. I have been holding on to it ….kinda like HOARDING !!
    I think this giraffe is full of himself ! Kinda like cats are !!
    They say they hum at night …maybe that is what he is doing ….??
    Cute cute card !! perfect colors !

    • I love your interpretation of his facial expression, Sonny! BUT if he’s full of himself, and he’s me, then… Nope. I can’t go with that explanation. πŸ™‚ Thanks!

  12. Amazing card for an amazing guy with an amazing sarcastic wit. Love the leaves around the focal point. They make this card just that little bit more adorable!

  13. Oh my word, so cute! So you know how I love my dies. Gah! I love the foliage on this card!!!

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