Happy Birthday with Twinkle Twinkle

Today is the last day of September. That means it’s your last chance to take advantage of three great promotions – and I don’t want you to miss out. Here’s a quick summary of each of these:

  • Brian’s Grab Bag Promotion. During the last half of September, I’ve been offering a grab bag of goodies for $75 purchases that are attached to my current host code (or added to a $150+ order of your own). That promotion ends today, and I’m excited to get these grab bags out to you. More information included at the base of this post.
  • Bonus Days Coupons. During August, you may have earned Bonus Coupons for your $50 purchases. If so, today is the last day to cash in – the coupon codes expire tomorrow, so jump on it! <3
  • Dashing Along. On Friday I shared a project with the limited-time Dashing Along Designer Series Paper, a September-only promotion for purchases over $250. If you would like to see my project and read more about this paper, click here. Today’s the last day you can earn this elegant paper.

Birthday cards should ALWAYS be festive and fun! Whether you are making a card for 4 year old or a 94 year old, birthdays are celebrations! When I sit down to make a card for a friend or family member, I try to incorporate the things that person loves most – doesn’t always have to be candles, cake or streamers. Here’s a sweet-and-simple birthday card I made with a gorgeous sentiment from Stampin’ Up!’s Special Celebrations stamp set and a fun mix of patterns and colors from Twinkle Twinkle Designer Series Paper:

Special Celebrations, Twinkle Twinkle Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, birthday cardTips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Fun Layers. With all the thin borders around the layers on this card, there are a total of 8 layers of cardstock on this card – and two of those layers are popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The base of Pool Party paper with white stars and the coordinating Gray Granite stripes are from the Twinkle Twinkle Designer Series Paper. Here’s a look at the colors and patterns in the Twinkle Twinkle pack of papers that helped me to build these gorgeous layers:Twinkle Twinkle Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, 146284The sentiment was stamped on Bermuda Bay cardstock with Whisper White Craft Ink and heat embossed with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder. This cute sentiment is from Special Celebrations, a sentiment set I love – the sentiment fits perfectly inside a Pretty Label punch. Here’s a look at this stamp set:Special Celebrations, Stampin' Up!, 143885
  • Playing with the Layers. I have really great advice for building fun layers on a card. The big secret is – play with the layers until you find something you like. This combination of papers and shapes were whittled down and rearranged many, many times until I found a combination that made me sit back and smile.  The panel of Gray Granite paper worked its way from a rectangle to a smaller rectangle and then to a square before I was content. I had fun with it and just played with the components – such fun!Special Celebrations, Twinkle Twinkle Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, birthday card
  • Color Combination. I love this combination of blues and gray – I like it far more than I thought I would when I set out to make it. Even though Bermuda Bay isn’t found in this pack of Designer Series Papers, it’s great as a pop for the sentiment and the frames of the layers. If you like this combination of Pool Party, Bermuda Bay and Gray Granite, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Gray Granite

Stamp Sets: Special Celebrations  Papers: Twinkle Twinkle Designer Series Paper, Bermuda Bay, Gray Granite, Whisper White  Inks: Whisper White Craft  Accessories: Pretty Label Punch, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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Earn a Grab Bag from Me!

I love to share with you – and I love when you buy from me. From now until the end of September, I’m offering you a Grab Bag of goodies when you (a) place a $75+ order with me and add your order to my host code (NZESKGNB) or (b) place a $150+ order with me and takes the host rewards for yourself. At the end of the month, I hope to send out a bunch of grab bags (the grab bags will actually be little boxes of Stampin’ Up! goodies – it could be ribbon or accessories or papers). It’s a mystery that I know you’ll love!Brian's Grab Bag

Placing an order today?  Of course you are! If you are placing an order for $150 or more, I want you to enjoy all of the Host Rewards you have earned.  If your order is less than $150, I’d love for you please add this Host Code – NZESKGNB when prompted. Thank you!

Clearance Rack

Don’t forget about the new items in the Clearance Rack – many of these items are marked up to 60% off! These deals are offered while supplies last, so don’t wait to order the goodies you can’t live without.


  1. I love this color scheme. Lovely. Might be using this later in Oct for a baby shower!

  2. Brian, you are definitely the king of layers. Love the different shapes, papers and colors you used. The recipient will be delighted. Enjoy your day!

  3. I just LOVE the layering and mix of simple patterns! The punch makes the sentiment look like a cloud. Cool!

    • Thanks, Mary! I’ve used this punch for a cloud before but didn’t intend it here. It’s cool, though, since it floats over a backdrop of stars. Maybe I SHOULD claim it was intentional. <3

  4. Like that layout and the patterns of DSP!

  5. Spectacular color and paper pattern combination!

  6. Brian you set back at the right time, the layering is very appealing to the eye, and the DSP patterns also adds a fun flair. Love the colors.

  7. Ohh!! Love the combination of these patterns and how you arranged them on your card, as always, your unique eye for layering is spot on.
    Love the font on the sentiment and the fun punch you used to pop it up!!!
    Awesome color combination too.
    Thank you for sharing.

  8. Hard to say which is my favorite part – the yummy colors or the fabulous layers!

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