Happy B-Day for FabFri199

Today’s card is a decided turn from the rich colors of Fall and Winter. I’ve made a bold, bright birthday card for the FabFriday challenge that goes live today. While there are so many great holiday-themed products I could have used for this fun layout, I chose to make an always-needed birthday card. Here’s my card, which features a fun mix of colors that all but scream “HAPPY BIRTHDAY!”:

Happiest of Birthdays, Stampin Up!, Brian King, birthday cardAnd here’s the banner for the challenge that inspired my card:


Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Happiest of Birthdays.  You know I love sentiment sets – what card is complete without the perfect sentiment (on either inside or outside of the card)? I especially love when the the sentiments are perfectly styled in beautiful or fun fashion. The Happiest of Birthdays stamp set from Stampin’ Up!’s 2020 Annual Catalog gives us four super-fun ways to celebrate the annual anniversary of someone’s birth. Here’s a look at the Happiest of Birthdays stamp set:Happiest of Birthdays, Stampin Up! 152539I used the demure “Happy B-Day” in a square as the centerpiece of my card. I stamped the sentiment with Versamark on Basic Black cardstock, covered it with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder and then heated it with my heat tool. I snipped around the sentiment with my Paper Snips. Happiest of Birthdays, Stampin Up!, Brian King, birthday card
  • Building the Layers. I love building simple layers on a card. Here’s a quick summary of how I built the layers on this card, starting with the base and working my way up to the sentiment:
    • Magenta Madness – 4-1/4″ x 11″ (scored at 5-1/2″)
    • Basic Black – 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″
    • Daffodil Delight – 3-3/4″ x 5″
    • Stampin’ Dimensionals
    • Basic Black – 3-3/8″ x 4-5/8″
    • 2020-2022 In Color 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper (Magenta Madness) – 3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″
    • Whisper White – Stitched So Sweetly Dies (trimmed scallops off top & bottom and trimmed the right side)
    • Balmy Blue, Magenta Madness and Daffodil Delight – bunched with Balloon Bouquet Punch
    • Whisper White – cropped with Special Day Dies
    • Stampin’ Dimensionals
    • Basic Black – snipped around sentiment with Paper Snips
  • Bright Color Trio. The playful pattern at the base of my focal panel is one of the new patterns in the 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Papers – perfect for a birthday, right?! I used Magenta Madness from the 2020 – 2022 In Color 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Papers. Here’s a look at the colors and patterns:2020-2022 In Color Designer Series Paper, Stampin Up! 153070Balloons are happy! I paired my Magenta Madness balloon with an (equally bright) Daffodil Delight balloon and tempered those two with a soft Balmy Blue balloon. If you like this mix of Daffodil Delight, Magenta Madness and Balmy Blue as much as I do, I hope you will save this for future reference:Stampin Up! Color Inspiration - Daffodil Delight, Magenta Madness, Balmy Blue

Stamp Sets: Happiest of Birthdays  Papers: 2020-2022 In Color 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper, Magenta Madness, Daffodil Delight, Basic Black, Whisper White  Inks: Versamark  Accessories: Stitched So Sweetly Dies, Balloon Bouquet Punch, Special Day Dies, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Paper Snips, 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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Designer Series Paper Sale

You know how much I love Designer Series Paper, right? I know you do, too – that’s why I’m excited to share that Stampin’ Up! is hosting a month-long Designer Series Paper Sale – 15% off select packs of papers from Stampin’ Up!’s 2020 Annual Catalog and August – December 2020 Mini Catalog. How fun! Designer Series Paper Sale BannerIf you’d like to see all the papers that are on sale, please click on the document below:

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  1. Suzanne Patt Cullen

    Brian, such a bright and cheery birthday card! Love it!
    Have a great weekend???

  2. Adore the white on black sentiment with those splashy colors!

  3. Love all those layers! Fun bday card!

  4. HOLY WOW Brian. This card is PERFECT in every way.

  5. What a fun take on the sketch. I love the bright colors. Enjoy your day!

  6. Great card ! It is colorful and has the design elements that I like.
    Yet ….it would be easy and quick to put together ! How fun to do a few in a variety of colors ! This is a definite CASE !!

    • Thank you so much, Sonny! It’s one of the things I love most about making our own projects – they can be so easily personalized! So happy you like it, my friend! ♥

  7. Once again the secret to this cards beauty is the way the black brings out all the other colors. I just love how bright and happy today’s card is Brian. Fit for a princess or a king.

    • I’m glad you noticed that, Grace! I originally designed this card with Whisper White frames but decided to add black at the last minute. So glad you like it! ♥

  8. So bright and fun!!!

  9. Way to say Happy Birthday! Love those splashy colors! Great card!

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