Whale Done!

This past weekend was full of great fun and some worthwhile accomplishments! We went to see Mom this weekend – first time we’ve seen her since March. We delivered some furniture to her new house (she moved in May) and brought her home with us for the weekend. I also added a lot of new items to my retired store, so orders were pouring in all day. What fun! If you missed that announcement, CHECK IT OUT HERE.  It feels so good to re-home those goodies. I also hosted my first local club since the initial COVID lockdown. No hugs, no close-talking and lots of hand-sanitizing and hand-washing. I guess you could say I had a really great weekend, and I couldn’t be happier. Here’s my card that further pats me on the back for getting things done:

Whale Done Bundle, Whale Builder Punch, Stampin Up!, Brian King

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Whale Done. I couldn’t love the Whale Done Bundle more than I do. For starters, it’s a photopolymer-and-punch bundle (cue the cash register ring that tells us it’s a great deal). The images and sentiments are really great. The punch works well on its own, but why would you use it alone when you could have all of these great accessories to go with it. Here’s a look at the Whale Done Bundle:Whale Done Bundle, Stampin Up! 154053Here’s another card I recently made with the bundle – I stamped the whale from the stamp set for this card and punched it out with the Whale Builder Punch. Here’s a look at that project (you can click on the photo below to see my original post for the project): Whale Done Bundle, Stampin Up!, Brian King
  • Accessories. All of the components of the Whale Builder Punch come together to make an adorable whale. Here’s a closer look:Whale Done Bundle, Whale Builder Punch, Stampin Up!, Brian KingThere are some other accessories that make this card so special – the Forever Greenery Designer Series Paper panel in the background, the seaweed from the Smooth Sailing Dies and the large Stitched Shapes circle that serves as a fun backdrop for the sweet whale.
  • Color Combination. The Forever Greenery Designer Series Paper is filled to the brim with beautiful greens and aquas. I knew my whale would be Pretty Peacock, so I looked for a pattern of paper that would give a fun, water-like backdrop. Here’s a look at the colors and patterns in the Forever Greenery Designer Series Paper: Forever Greenery Designer Series Paper, Stampin Up! 152494While the panel I used features Pretty Peacock and Pear Pizzazz, I pulled Pretty Peacock and Soft Sea Foam from the colors in the paper and added a little Pool Party to complete the trio. If you like the combination of Soft Sea Foam, Pool Party and Pretty Peacock as much as I do, I hope you’ll save this for future reference: Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration - Soft Sea Foam, Pool Party, Pretty Peacock

Bundles: Whale Done  Stamp Sets: Whale Done  Papers: Forever Greenery Designer Series Paper, Pretty Peacock, Soft Sea Foam, Pool Party, Thick Whisper White  Inks:  Pretty Peacock  Accessories: Smooth Sailing Dies, Stitched Shapes Dies, Whale Builder Punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you like my card – it was certainly fun to make. I’m happy I can share it with you.

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  1. Suzanne Patt Cullen

    Good morning, Brian!
    I LOVE your whale card! The color palette, the DSP you chose, the adorable whale ? punch … and I have been eyeing that turtle ? in the stamp set as well? Great job! You had quite the weekend! Glad to hear your local club was able to get together, again, too.

    • Thanks, Suzie! I think the turtle in this set is pretty adorable, too! I was happy to see the club members, too. We had to take extra precautions around each other, but it was worth it. ♥

  2. I’m so glad you got to see your mother. I’m sure she has been missing you and as much as you have been missing her. What a great weekend for all of you! Your card is a perfect way to pat yourself on the back for accomplishing so much. I love the color combo. Enjoy your day!

  3. Whale look at this cute card ! I have named this big fella WALLY so I guess I am going to have to get him on my order list !
    What a busy time you have had (probably went through a lot of masks!)
    Hey Mary !! Enjoy your visit !

    • Isn’t Wally adorable?! So glad you like him. ♥ I’ve not really been “out and about” since the pandemic started, so I didn’t have much practice with the masks. Definitely learned how to tolerate them on this trip. 🙂

  4. That little whale punch is a magnificent. This is splashy and fun!

  5. Brian, I love the simplicity and clean lines of these designs. And I always adore your best ever color choices. Thanks for sharing. Karin

  6. Oh So CUTE Brian. Good luck on your upcoming club.
    And PS……Hugs to Mom.

  7. Oh Brian, Brian, Brian – my wish list keeps growing thanks to your fantastic cards! I’m in love with the seahorse stamp in this set. The whale is fabulous but that little guy has stolen my heart. As always today’s card is just the best! Sounds like you had a great weekend. I love it when I have a time that I accomplish a lot yet fit in fun along the way.
    FOR MARY – So glad you got to spend time with Brian and congratulations on your new home. When are we going to see you in
    a video? Miss your cute little face!

    • Isn’t he cute?! Thank you so much, Grace! I’m happy I can inspire you. Will have to convince Mom to do something (even though that was part of your message to her, I read what you had to say). 🙂

  8. Love these cards! So happy you got Mom time..tell her hi from me!

    • Thanks, Windy! Will do! She asked about you over the weekend (she saw your gorgeous swap card AND heard your name in the video I shared). ♥

  9. Cute card but he/she looks sad.

  10. Whale now this is one fabulous card!

  11. Such a cute card Brian, and glad you got to experience some “normal” over the weekend!

  12. Maria A Rodriguez

    Brian, I agree with what everyone is saying about this cute little whale, she is adorable, it packs a whale of a punch!!
    Tee Hee!! Pun totally intended.?

  13. You’ve done it again. I knew I liked the Forever Greenery DSP, but now I have to have it! You are killing me in the nicest way, Brian!

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