Time for a Spectacular Celebration

Today is a very special day that is in need of a cheery, sweet birthday card. It’s my Mom’s birthday today. While I can’t see her today, I look forward to hanging out with her next week. ♥ Happy birthday, Mom!

This week’s layout for the CAS(E) This Sketch challenge gave me the perfect foundation for the birthday card I wanted to make. My card features a couple of wonderful, new products (one from the Occasions Catalog and one from the Sale-a-Bration brochure) and a gorgeous collection of Stampin’ Blends. I finished this card on Tuesday after work – in time to share it with my InKing Royalty team on our monthly Facebook meeting – what fun! I hope you love the card as much as they did. Here’s my card:

Birthday Cheer, Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingAnd here’s the banner for Chrissy Larson’s challenge that inspired my card (this week’s CAS(E) This Sketch challenge goes live at 10:30am EST):

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  • Birthday Cheer. It’s not the birthday images of the super-fun Edgelits Dies in the Birthday Cheer Bundle that made me buy this bundle – it’s the over-the-top, must-have sentiments that got my attention. I spy five sentiments that were 100% going to make it into my stamp collection. How gorgeous is this “Time for a Spectacular Celebration” sentiment?! Once the bundle arrived, I gave the images another look. So happy I did. Here’s a look at the Birthday Cheer Bundle:Birthday Cheer Bundle, Stampin' Up! 150576I’m not sure how I feel about gift packages on cards – because it seems that cards go on gift packages – but I love this sweet, lopsided package. Love. I stamped it on Thick Whisper White with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and colored it with Pool Party, Granny Apple Green and Calypso Coral Stampin’ Blends:Birthday Cheer, Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian King
  • Bold Stripes. Have you been wondering where I picked up the fun striped bands on my card? Well, let the mystery end. Here’s one of the pages of paper in the Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper, one of the products you can select for free with a $50 purchase during Sale-a-Bration (you can click on the image below to see the pages in my online store):Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up! 149622I simply cut the paper into strips (along with the stripes) and swiped four colors of Stampin’ Blends across the white stripes in this paper. Both easy AND fun. Here’s a look at all of the patterns and colors in this pack of papers:Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, 2019 Sale-a-Bration 149622
  • Four. My card features four gorgeous colors that are a mix of soft and bright. I used all four on the stripes and three on the package to tie the gift into the background pattern. If you like this combination of Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Granny Apple Green and Pineapple Punch, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration - Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Granny Apple Green, Pineapple Punch

Stamp Sets: Birthday Cheer  Papers: Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper, Pool Party, Pineapple Punch, Thick Whisper White  Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin’ Blends (Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Granny Apple Green, Pineapple Punch)  Accessories: Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll pop over to the CAS(E) This Sketch 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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  1. What a clever idea with the stripes on this adorable card!

  2. Perfect card for this week’s sketch!

  3. Very cute card! Thank you for a very clever idea!
    Hope your mom has a very happy birthday!

  4. Wow I love everything about this card!!! Tell mom I said happy birthday!

  5. card perfection. i love how you used the strips as blocks of color in the background. so striking.

  6. You are a master of tweaking DSP. Great representation of the sketch, too. Happiest of birthdays to your Mom!

  7. I love this! The bright stripes are fabulous! Happy Birthdya to your terrific mom!

  8. Wow! You had me there with the stripes! So clever. Wish Mom a happy day!

  9. Hi Mary – wishing you a magnificent birthday and enjoy your time with Brian!

    Your card is so happy, bright and colorful – just the way any birthday should be. I hope you have some special treats (besides this gorgeous card that your Mom will love) in mind for your Mom. Great take on the sketch Brian and I just love the colors.

  10. This is a wonderful design with such happy colors! Have fun celebrating your Mom’s birthday!

  11. With such a fun and special card like this, who needs presents? Looks like you have to fussy cut the present but it is pretty easy to cut out. I cut out two of the frogs out yesterday and that was a pain! Anyway, no surprise, your card is always the best. Wishing your mom a very happy birthday.

  12. Clever stripes and great color combo. Fun card!

  13. What a fun card for a very special Mom!

  14. Happy Birthday Mary! I hope you have a fabulous day! Lovely card Brian, great design and love the colors.

  15. Happiest of Birthdays to your Mom, with many happy returns!

  16. Love this! The black stripes really make a bold statement! Happy birthday to your Mom!

  17. Denise Mouton Ferguson

    Great card Brian! I love your color combination and the diagonal direction of the pieces really pop. Thanks for sharing!

  18. Ooh Brian, I love how you coloured that striped background, it reminds me of a licorice allsort!!!! Yum!

    • I knew there was something sweet about the stripes – now I see that they are like licorice allsorts! Love it! Thanks so much, Kate! Glad you like it! ♥

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