Be Inspired: Bling & Shine

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 blinging up our projects with diamonds, gold, glitter…you name it! 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.

Bling and Shine

For today’s project, I reached for two of my favorite birthday bundles in Stampin’ Up!’s current catalogs – I combined the stamp set from the Birthday Cheer Bundle (in the Occasions Catalog) with the dies from the Broadway Birthday Bundle (in the Annual Catalog) for a bright, blingy birthday card. Here’s my project for this Be Inspired Blog Hop:

Birthday Cheer, Broadway Lights Framelits Dies, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Birthday Bundles. This bright-and-shiny card is an exciting blend of my favorite elements from my two favorite birthday bundles. This gorgeously scripted sentiment feels very “at home” on this retro cutout and retro backdrop. Here’s a closer look a the front of my card:Birthday Cheer, Broadway Lights Framelits Dies, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingThe sentiment is from the super-fun Birthday Cheer Bundle in Stampin’ Up!’s 2019 Occasions Catalog. This bundle is close to selling out and going away forever, so buy it now if you love it like I love it. I isolated the sentiments with masking tape, breaking one sentiment image into two. Here’s a closer look at the Birthday Cheer Bundle:Birthday Cheer Bundle, Stampin' Up! 150576The fun marquee sign is cropped from the Broadway Lights Framelits Dies, part of the Broadway Birthday Bundle. I just love this bundle – so versatile and so fun. Here’s a closer look at the Broadway Birthday Bundle:Broadway Birthday Bundle, Stampin' Up!, 148321
  • Shine On. There are two elements of shine on this card that lend to the spectacular celebration that’s about to take place – the foil background and the stylish gold pearls. Here’s a look at the project that shows off the brilliant shine of this foil:  Birthday Cheer, Broadway Lights Framelits Dies, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingThis panel of retro foil paper is from the Broadway Bound Specialty Designer Series Paper. What a gorgeous collection of colors and textures! This paper is a celebration of its very own. Here’s a look at the colors and patterns in the Broadway Bound Specialty Designer Series Paper:Broadway Bound Specialty Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, 146277242 pearls come with the Metallic Pearls embellishments – 121 gold pearls and 121 silver pearls. They are tiny and adorable – and were perfect for this blingy project. Here’s a look at the Metallic Pearls:Metallic Pearls, Stampin' Up! 146282
  • Bold Trio. It can be tricky to find colors that work well with gold. For this card, I chose two colors that are polar opposites of one another. Petal Pink is as soft and sweet as can be, while Basic Black is bold and offers no apologies. Together they worked beautifully with the gold foil and gold accents. If you like this combination of Petal Pink, Gold Foil and Basic Black as much as I do, please save this: Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration - Petal Pink, Gold Foil, Basic Black

Stamp Sets: Birthday Cheer  Papers: Broadway Bound Specialty Designer Series Paper, Petal Pink, Basic Black, Thick Whisper White  Inks: Basic Black  Accessories: Broadway Lights Framelits Dies, Metallic Pearls, Classic 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. Gotta love that bling!!!

  2. Masterful combination of retro elements and the coolest color combination EVER!

  3. I love how you used that sentiment in the sign! Splashy and spectacular!

  4. Perfect wow card! Love the bling!

  5. Love all the elements you pulled together for this gorgeous card, Brian. I know you had fun making it. Bling is always on trend. Have a great day!

  6. Love all the bling. Can’t imagine how I’ve missed getting the 242 pearls. Will work on that!

  7. this whole card screams: retro! l LOVE IT!!! perfect color combo to tie that all together. yet also kinda reminds me of The Jetsons too!

  8. I LOVE this DSP pack. You’ve got me inspired to get moving on some creative birthday cards. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Stephanie A Atterbury

    Love these colors together!! I had such a hard time getting the bling to stick in the tiny holes, but you did it expertly as always! Will give it another try. TFS your great ideas!

  10. Bling Bling!
    I love the color combination Brian 😉 Amazing card!

  11. The adorable little pearls look like mini marquee lights for sure !
    Really cute card and reminded me to go pull out that dsp !! Also the pearls go on my April order !!

    • Thanks so much, Sonny! Glad you like the card – the pearls are super-cute, and this paper (as you know) is wonderful! So happy to inspire you to pull it out and work with it. ♥

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