Let’s Cheer You Up!

If you need a pick-me-up, there’s nothing better than a big burst of yellow – there’s a reason why sunshine, lemons and sunflowers are such positive, uplifting images. On a bed of pink stripes, the sunflower on the card I’m sharing today is sure to provide a pick-me-up for the recipient. If the recipient doesn’t see the tiny flower on the card, then the sweet sentiment is sure to bring a smile. Here’s my card:

Celebrate Sunflowers, Lovely You, Stampin Up!, Brian KingThis card was created for the FabFriday challenge that goes live today – I loved playing with this mix of five colors. Here’s the banner for the challenge that inspired my card:

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  • Two New Bundles. It’s always fun to play with new products. It’s even MORE fun when those products are completely amazing. My card features elements from two new bundles in Stampin’ Up!’s 2020 Annual Catalog, and I love both of them. The large flower and leaves are stamped with the Celebrate Sunflowers Bundle and cropped with the Sunflowers Dies. Here’s a look at this incredible, new bundle that’s available in Stampin’ Up!’s 2020 Annual Catalog (available on June 3):  Celebrate Sunflowers Bundle, Stampin Up! 154065The sentiment is from the Lovely You stamp set. I didn’t use the coordinating Lovely Labels Pick a Punch on this project, but you’ll see it soon! Here’s a look at the Lovely You Bundle:Lovely You Bundle, Stampin Up!, 154070
  • Brilliant Sunflower. Mindy’s color combination for this week’s challenge includes three pinks and two retiring 2018-2020 In Colors (Pineapple Punch and Call Me Clover). When these colors retire on June 2, the Pineapple Punch and Call Me Clover Stampin’ Blends will also retire. I gave these Stampin’ Blends one last hurrah on today’s card. Celebrate Sunflowers, Lovely You, Stampin Up!, Brian KingI stamped the flower on Thick Whisper White cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and cropped the flower with the Sunflower Dies. As soon as the Memento Tuxedo Black ink dried, I colored the flower with Pineapple Punch Stampin’ Blends. The center of the flower is colored with a Light Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blend, and the leaves are colored with Call Me Clover Stampin’ Blends. There’s so much depth and dimension to this gorgeous flower.
  • Striped Background. The yellow flower really pops against the striped background. I glued strips of pink cardstock to the Crumb Cake card base and snipped the strips along the edges. Here’s a closer look:Celebrate Sunflowers, Lovely You, Stampin Up!, Brian KingThe Blushing Bride strip (1) in the center is 1″ thick. The Melon Mambo strips (4) are 1/4″, and the Flirty Flamingo strips (2) are 1/2″ thick. Not only was it an easy way to incorporate the colors from this FabFriday challenge, but it’s a great way create a fun pattern on a card.

Bundles: Celebrate Sunflowers  Stamp Sets: Celebrate Sunflowers, Lovely You  Papers: Crumb Cake, Melon Mambo, Flirty Flamingo, Blushing Bride, Pineapple Punch, Call Me Clover, Thick Whisper White  Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin’ Blends (Pineapple Punch, Call Me Clover, Crumb Cake)  Accessories: Sunflower Dies, 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.

Thanks for stopping by today!


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  1. Beautifully colored sunflower! You really incorporated the challenge colors well while still staying true to your style. Great card!

    • Thank you so much, Sue! I don’t typically plan to incorporate more than three colors, but this was a fun challenge. Always love to hear from you! ♥

  2. Colorful, creative and cool!

  3. Well, this is bright and cheerful ! What a jolt to see that Sunflower on all that pink !! At first I thought you were using our new HOT Magenta !
    That Sunflower is sooooo pretty ! It does cheer you up just by looking at it and I love it !

    • Yay! I’m so glad you like it, Sonny! I really had fun making it. Didn’t really pay attention to how gorgeous the sunflower is until I was coloring it for this card – it’s really beautiful. Thanks, my friend! Hope your weekend is amazing!

  4. Hi Brian:
    You’re putting me “broke” and I haven’t even seen the new catty yet! LOL I love the huge sunflower so this bundle will be right at the top of my wish list. Great card – nice and cheerful.

    • Thank you so much, Grace! The new products are quite amazing – I know you’ll systematically place your orders over time, but you are right to think you’ll have a really, really long list. ♥

  5. So cheerful! Love the layers of pink behind the beautiful sunflower.

    • ♥ Thanks, Liz! I was a little thrown off at first by all five of the colors, but I knew the flower would stand out against the pinks. So glad you like it! ♥

  6. Who wouldn’t LOVE a sunflower card……But I especially LOVE it because of the 3-pink colors you used. FABULOUS!!!

    • Thank you so much, Kadie! This was definitely a fun card to pull together – I would have never used these pinks without the FabFriday color challenge – such a fun stretch. ♥

  7. You did an awesome job with this color combo..perfect layers! Love the coloring on the sunflower! Awesome card!

  8. We can all use some cheering up at this point…thanks Brian! Love those cool stripes. Have a great weekend!

  9. I would say you met this color challenge and won! It is a very cheery, bright card and the recipient will be thrilled. Great coloring. Enjoy your day!

    • Thank you so much, Hilda! I’m usually a little stumped with five colors, but this one was a real inspiration for me. So glad you like it! ♥ Hope your weekend is wonderful!

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