Be Inspired by Sale-a-Bration

It’s time for another Be Inspired Design Team Blog Hop – what fun! The Be Inspired Design Team is a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from all over the world who are excited to share our themed projects with you. I’m so honored to be a part of this group of talented stampers!

For today’s Be Inspired Hop, we are creating projects that celebrate this year’s Sale-a-Bration products. Sale-a-Bration is such a great way to earn free, exclusive product – and this year’s offerings are amazing! If you aren’t starting the hop here, then you probably just popped over from the amazing project shared by my talented Canadian friend Carolynn Sander.

Painted Seasons & Part of My Story

For today’s Sale-a-Bration-themed hop, I’ve created a sweet card with two Sale-a-Bration products – part of my Story is from the first Sale-a-Bration release,  and Painted Seasons is from the second release. In addition, I’ve showcased two products (the Four Seasons Framelits and Story Label Punch) that are part of the upcoming Sale-a-Bration Coordinating products. That’s a lot of products in one simple design. Here’s my card:

Painted Seasons, Part of My Story, Story Label Punch, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Four Products. I love to combine Stampin’ Up! products together to create a cohesive look. As I mentioned above, there are a lot of products in this simple card. The flowers and leaves are stamped with the Disinktive red rubber Painted Seasons stamp set, part of the second round of Sale-a-Bration items that were released on February 15. The Painted Seasons stamp set is bundled with the Painted Seasons Designer Series Paper and is available for free with a $100 purchase during Sale-a-Bration. Here’s a look at this bundle: Painted Seasons Bundle, Stampin' Up! 150349On March 1, Stampin’ Up! is releasing (along with some other new products) dies that coordinate with the images in the Painted Seasons stamp set. Must have.Here’s a look at this Sale-a-Bration-coordinated Four Seasons Framelits Dies:Four Seasons Framelits Dies, Stampin' Up! 150074The sentiment on my card is a favorite from the Part of my Story stamp set, part of the first round of Sale-a-Bration and still available with a $50 purchase during Sale-a-Bration. Such a great mix of sentiments in this set:Part of My Story, Stampin' Up!, 2019 Sale-a-Bration 149719The sentiment is framed with the Story Label Punch, another coordinated item that’s available starting March 1. Here’s a look at this incredible punch:Story Label Punch, Stampin' Up! 150076
  • Arranging Flowers. There’s an art to arranging flowers on a card – and it’s not a gift that has been genetically passed down to me. There are ways around that, though. I knew I wanted this sentiment to pop over the flowers, so I arranged them several ways on my card base before finding the balance that worked best for me. I cropped five flowers and five leaves before settling on the balance of three of each. When I found the arrangement and layering that worked best with the sentiment, I took a rough picture with my phone – the lighting is pretty bad, but just wanted a reference for how to place the flowers and leaves on my card:arranging flowers on a card, Painted Seasons, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingI glued them down according to my phone picture and then completed my card. Look how much detail there is in these flowers with these stamps – just gorgeous:Painted Seasons, Part of My Story, Story Label Punch, Stampin' Up!, Brian King
  • Classy Color Combination. There’s something so soothing and classy about the colors I used on this card – perfect for the sentiment I shared. If you like this combination of Mint Macaron, Grapefruit Grove and Soft Suede, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration - Mint Macaron, Grapefruit Grove, Soft Suede

Stamp Sets: Painted Seasons, Part of My Story  Papers: Grapefruit Grove, Mint Macaron, Soft Suede, Thick Whisper White  Inks: Mint Macaron, Grapefruit Grove, Soft Suede  Accessories: Four Seasons Framelits Dies, Story Label Punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I’m so glad you stopped by and hope you like my project. I also hope you’ll continue the Be Inspired Design Team Blog Hop to see more projects that I’m sure you’ll love. The next stop is my talented friend from across The Pond, Emma Goddard. Click on the banner below to continue through the hop:

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  1. Wow! Brian, this is a beautiful card. I love the color combo and the pretty flowers with the sweet, punched sentiment. Lovely card. Have a great day!

  2. Beautiful for spring and shows off the lovely new stamps and dies! Let’s hope the fabulous Story Label punch carries over into the annual catalog.

  3. Your card is terrific. You know how I love to study color combinations – this one is a hit for sure! Can’t want to hop along.

  4. Love the color combo ! Pretty pretty card .
    Love the big flowers !

  5. What a lovely looking card Brian. My fingers are crossed for the Story Label Punch to carry over.

  6. Just a beautiful card today Brian! I really do love the Painted Seasons set and as lovely as your card looks on the blog today, no photo can do justice to these stamps unless you are looking directly at the stamped image. For someone who claims not to be a good flower arranger you sure did a fantastic job arranging them on this card. Love this card – a lot!

    • Thanks so much, Grace! Even with the picture I took to guide me on placement, I was so nervous I’d glue them down in the wrong order. Phew! This set is ABSOLUTELY amazing. Wish I could just mail it around to everyone who is on the fence about it. ♥

  7. Very pretty. Great color combination. This would inspire me to get that stamp set! Love the layers as well!

  8. It really is a sweet card and a great layout.. The flowers pop on that suede background! I am not home yet.. Today traveling back to Christchurch then fly during the night to Sydney for a few days and if I come home, it will be late Monday the 4th. Then jet lag will set in…

  9. I love the pretty flower arrangement you have created on today’s card Brian! I still need to get my hands on those second release items! Love your inspiration! Thanks for hopping! & Hugs from Canada! ?

  10. Such classy combo of colours Brian and I love the bold stripes. So excited to be a part of this hop xo

  11. Love your card Brian ;O) I love the Story Label punch.

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