Wishing You the Very Best with True Love

After anger, denial and a little bit of depression, I’ve finally reached the acceptance phase in my cycle of grief over the retirement of Stampin’ Up!’s True Love Designer Series Paper. I accept that this AMAZING Designer Series Paper will no longer be available on June 30 or when supplies run out. I have REALLY, REALLY loved working with the black-and-white pages of this pack of papers, so I wanted to give it one last run before it goes away for good. Here’s my 4-1/4″ square card that also serves as a send-off to this gorgeous paper:

Friends are Like Seashells, True Love Designer Series Paper, Stampin Up!, Brian King

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Black-and-White. Two amazing Designer Series Paper create the classy layout on this card – I cropped a black-and-white trio of flowers (with a bonus bud) from the retiring True Love Designer Series Paper and positioned them over a black-and-white, striped panel from Pattern Party Designer Series Paper (available in Stampin’ Up!’s 2021 Annual Catalog).  Here’s a look at the patterns and colors in the True Love Designer Series Paper – if you don’t have an extra pack of this paper on-hand, please consider picking one up now:True Love Designer Series Paper, Stampin Up!, 154281If you’d like to see some of my other projects with the True Love Designer Series Paper, CLICK HERE. While there are some amazing stripes in the True Love pack above, I had a scrap of Pattern Party on my desk from the card I shared on Monday. That piece worked perfectly! Here are the colors and patterns in the Pattern Party Designer Series Paper: Pattern Party Host Designer Series Paper, Stampin Up!, 155426Here’s a closer look at the marriage of these two black-and-white papers: Friends are Like Seashells, True Love Designer Series Paper, Stampin Up!, Brian King
  • The Very Best. The long, slender sentiment on my card is exactly what I wanted for the card I was making – says what I want it to say and fits the design of my card. It also gives a proper send-off to the True Love Designer Series Paper. “I’m so happy I found you” could have also worked for the latter need. 🙂 The sentiment is from Friends are Like Seashells, a bundle in Stampin’ Up!’s January – June 2021 Mini Catalog that will also be available at the discounted price in the new catalog. Here’s a look: Friends are Like Seashells Bundle, Stampin Up!, 156205I cropped the slender sentiment with one of the thin dies in the Always Dies, part of the Forever & Always Bundle that’s retiring at the end of June or when supplies run out. Here’s a look: Forever & Always Bundle, Stampin Up! 156200
  • Color Combination. I was all set to give you a fully black-and-white card, but something tugged at me and convinced me to add another color to my project. At first, I thought I’d color the flowers but decided to leave them black-and-white. The thin sentiment and thin border were my chance to add color – the super-sweet Soft Sea Foam. If you like this mix of Basic White, Soft Sea Foam and Basic Black, I hope you’ll save this for future reference: Stampin Up! Color Inspiration - Basic White, Soft Sea Foam, Basic Black

Stamp Sets: Friends Are Like Seashells  Papers: True Love Designer Series Paper, Pattern Party Designer Series Paper, Basic Black, Soft Sea Foam  Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black  Accessories: Always Dies, Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals, Stampin’ Dimensionals

All of the Designer Series Papers in Stampin’ Up!’s January – June 2021 Mini Catalog are retiring on June 30 or when supplies run out. If you’d like to take a closer look at these papers, check out my summary post about them here.

Thanks for stopping by today!


True Love Designer Series Paper, Stampin Up!, 154281


Last Chance Retiring List

Stampin’ Up! has released the list of products in its January – June 2021 Mini Catalog that are retiring on June 30 or when supplies run out. There are a lot of great products that will soon be unavailable – and MANY of them are offered at a great discount right now.To read more about the sale, CLICK HERE.

To shop the sale in my online store, CLICK HERE.

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  1. Your post made me chuckle today Brian – I will be so sad to see this paper go too (still not as much as my beloved stitched shapes frame lots though!) Your card is beautiful and I love the hint of calming green against the black and white – just lovely.

    • Thank you so much, Joanne! These retiring lists hit me in waves. I’m 100% happy to bring in all the new stuff, but it’s really sad to watch some things walk away. I’d rate the Stitched Shapes right up there, too. 🙂

  2. Beautiful card, Brian. You are so good at using small elements from different stamp/die sets to make the perfect card. Enjoy your day, my friend.

  3. Glad you are working through the “grief.” Gorgeous card.

  4. Awwwwww, my FRIEND.

    yeah I hate when this time of the year comes around and we have to say bye, to OUR FAVORITE 🥲🥲🥲
    Before we know it , will BE IN LOVE AGAIN 😜🤪
    HUGS FRENCHIE ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️

  5. It will be missed by MANY. Great square card Brian.

  6. It is all about that little sliver of Soft Sea Foam…..beautiful!

  7. I can see why your angry, however I’m sure there will be another B&W to love soon. Your card is Gorgeous Brian.

  8. Love the pop of Sea Foam! I need to use ot a bit more when I get back home, too. Lovely card!

  9. You’ll fall in love again, my friend! 🙂

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