Sneak Peek: Believe You Can for FabFri162

The color challenge that goes live today at FabFriday combines 5 colors – two blues and three pinks/reds. That’s more colors than I usually work with, but it was a fun challenge to incorporate all five. It also gave me a chance to play with a new stamp set (Believe You Can) and a new set of dies (Stitched Nested Labels Dies) from Stampin’ Up!’s 2019 Annual Catalog. Here’s my card:

Believe You Can Host Set, Stitched Nesting Labels Dies, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

And here’s the banner for the challenge that inspired my card:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Poppy Parade, Blushing Bride, Petal Pink, Pool Party, Coastal CabanaTips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Believe You Can. With purchases greater than $150, customers earn Stampin’ Rewards that can be used to purchase ANY current items in the current catalogs. One of the perks of earning Stampin’ Rewards is that you can use them to select exclusive, specially-priced Host Sets that are only able to be redeemed with Stampin’ Rewards. Believe You Can is one of the new Host Sets in Stampin’ Up!’s 2019 Annual Catalog. Here’s a look: Believe You Can Host Set, Stampin' Up! 149433 Pretty great, huh? What makes this set even more special? The image I used coordinates with the Stitched Nested Labels Dies (more below) AND the sentiment in the banner can be switched for whatever occasion you want to celebrate. What fun! There’s also a wonderful stamp with a quote from Theodore Roosevelt – “Believe you can & you’re halfway there.” Love it!
  • Stitched Nested Labels Dies. Remember when you first fell in love with the Rectangle Stitched Dies that were introduced in Stampin’ Up!’s 2019 Occasions Catalog (and the love affair that still burns bright)? You’ll feel the same way about the Stitched Nested Labels Dies in Stampin’ Up!’s 2019 Annual Catalog. What a great shape (with stitching on the inside and outside) that can be used on a variety of projects – layered on alone. Here’s a look at the set of nine dies (eight elongated hexagons and one stitched line): Stitched Nesting Labels Dies, Stampin' Up! 149638Here’s a closer look at the stitched texture in these amazing dies:Stitched Nesting Labels Dies, Stampin' Up! 149638The dies can be purchased alone or as part of a bundle with the Bird Ballad Bundle. No matter how you get them, you’re going to want to have them. Go ahead – put them on that wish list. ♥
  • Colors and Coloring. I used all five of the colors from this week’s FabFriday color challenge to color the flowers, leaves and borders of this stamped image. I balanced the depth of color by applying some of the color with a Blender Pen (for a lighter, textured look) and some of the color with a Stampin’ Write Marker (for a darker, richer look). I enjoy a little coloring every once in a while – it can be relaxing and enjoyable every once in a while. Here’s a closer look at this image (which was finally painted with a little Wink of Stella for a shine that doesn’t create a mess):Believe You Can Host Set, Stitched Nesting Labels Dies, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingI also enjoyed playing with color on this card by creating an ombré effect by switching striped papers under the sentiment – did you see that on the first picture of the card? There’s a subtle difference between this pattern in Pool Party and Coastal Cabana, but the difference is there: Believe You Can Host Set, Stitched Nesting Labels Dies, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Stamp Sets: Believe You Can  Papers: Brights 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper (Coastal Cabana), Subtles 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper (Pool Party), Coastal Cabana, Whisper White, Poppy Parade, Thick Whisper White  Inks:  Stampin’ Write Markers (Coastal Cabana, Pool Party, Poppy Parade, Blushing Bride, Petal Pink)  Accessories: Stitched Nested Labels Dies, Wink of Stella, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll pop over to the FabFriday challenge blog to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.

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  1. Great color combinations! Love the card too!

  2. Fabulous colors on this beautiful card Brian, those stitched dies frame your main image perfectly.
    And, of course, your impeccable layering ties everything together beautifully.
    Thank you for sharing.

    • Thanks so much, Maria! It was a fun card to make – despite the challenging colors combination, I’m happy with how it turned out. Always appreciate your kind comments.

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  4. Wow! You are the KING of enablers! this set just went on my list!

  5. Love the new dies, adds such a great focal point!

  6. Last night I had time to look at the new catalog. I am beyond excited!! This is the best one ever- so much new and fresh!!

  7. THIS is what card making is all about. Clean. Beautiful colors and crisp details. Excited about this stamp set! Love that you pointed out the quote from the set that originated with Teddy Roosevelt!

    • Thanks so much, Mary! You and I share a similar perspective on the art of card making. Glad you like this card – it’s a great set to play with.

  8. This color combination is over-the-top AWESOME. Looking forward to getting my hands on this set.

  9. WOW! 5 colors is a lot to work with but you pulled it off beautifully Brian. Already I know I will absolutely have to have those dies. I’m so glad I got the stitched rectangle set. I use it much more then I expected I would. Congratulation on meeting this color challenge head on and conquering it.

    • Thanks so much, Grace! I love a good challenge, but five colors is a lot. The dies are the best! You’ll be so happy to have them – I have plans for these guys.

  10. Great job with these colors…I will have to think for a while when go to do this challenge. I love the stripes…they are the perfect background for the floral thank you!

  11. This is a beautiful card! And the colors are so well put together. Great job with what I consider a pretty difficult color challenge.

  12. Wow! That’s a lot of colors to incorporate into one card, but you did it perfectly. Love this stamp set with the nested dies. The ability to change the sentiment makes it so versatile and I love that about a stamp set. Beautiful card, Brian. Enjoy your day!

    • Thanks, Hilda! I was so happy with how the sentiment fit perfectly in the banner. Such a great way to make the image useful in multiple situations. Glad you like it!

  13. Wow those colors are fabulous together in your floral design! Beautiful card! My nesting dies arrived yesterday…..time to open the package!

  14. I love the way you used the two different striped DSP sheets… so clever! I wouldn’t have thought of that. I love the new label dies… Thanks for sharing.

    • I came to that idea while just playing around with the layout of the card. I’m so glad you like it, Mary! These new dies are amazing! So many great things to love in this new catalog.

  15. Thanks for sharing some of the new catty products. Beautiful card.

  16. Can’t wait to start working with those dies. Your card is beautiful!

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