Much Gratitude for the Be Inspired Blog Hop

It’s time for another Be Inspired Design Team Blog Hop – what fun! The Be Inspired Design Team is a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from all over the world who are excited to share our themed projects with you. I’m so honored to be a part of this group of talented stampers!

For today’s Be Inspired Blog Hop, we are sharing projects that with a Happy Holidays theme. I imagine you are going to see gorgeous, Christmas-themed creations (one can never find enough inspiration for Christmas!) from this global design team, but I took a little bit of a different turn. We hope our projects inspire you and that you leave with lots of fun ideas! If you aren’t starting the hop here, then you probably just popped over from the amazing project shared by my talented friend Carolynn Sander.

Much Gratitude

Since tomorrow is Thanksgiving (my favorite of all the holidays) in the United States, I couldn’t NOT share a gratitude-themed project for today’s Happy Holidays Hop. I paired a beautiful sentiment with two panels of GORGEOUS Specialty Designer Series Paper for a warm, Fall-themed thank you. Here’s my card:+

Heartfelt Wishes, Blackberry Beauty Specialty Designer Series Paper, Stampin Up!, Brian King

The two panels on my card feature pages from the Blackberry Beauty Specialty Designer Series Paper – such a beautiful collection of colors and images for Fall! The base panel mixes Cinnamon Cider and Early Espresso, while the top panel is a mix of Early Espresso and gold foil. The background of this top panel is an off-white that almost looks silver. Here’s a closer look at the patterns and colors in the Blackberry Beauty Specialty Designer Series Paper:

Blackberry Beauty Specialty Designer Series Paper, Stampin Up! 156458 This paper has been one of the most popular I can remember. It sold out quickly when the catalog was first released and was quickly restocked. It sold out again and was restocked. Then it…you see where this is going, right? It’s currently unavailable in the United States, but there’s a new shipment arriving next week (the week of November 29). If you didn’t listen to me the last time I told you to quickly order this paper, then you’ll want to be ready to place an order next week. ♥

Heartfelt Wishes, Blackberry Beauty Specialty Designer Series Paper, Stampin Up!, Brian King

The “much gratitude” sentiment is a beautifully written sentiment from the Heartfelt Wishes stamp set, new in Stampin’ Up!’s July-December 2021 Mini Catalog. While the sentiments are focused on Christmas, many can be used throughout the year. Here’s a look at this stamp set:

Heartfelt Wishes, Stampin Up! 156541I don’t normally like to cut off an image with a die, but this Stitched Rectangles Die cropped my sentiment evenly, allowing the flourishes at the beginning and end of the sentiment to flow right off the rectangle. I added a white frame, which allowed the heat-embossed sentiment to melt right into the frame.

Heartfelt Wishes, Blackberry Beauty Specialty Designer Series Paper, Stampin Up!, Brian King

It might seem strange to reach for the Blackberry Beauty Specialty Designer Series Paper and then make a card with no stitch of Blackberry Bliss in it. These two panels are just SO beautiful that I couldn’t resist. While Blackberry Bliss is a beautiful color for Fall, I really love this mix of warm colors. If you like the combination of Gold Foil, Cinnamon Cider and Early Espresso as much as I do, I hope you’ll save this for future reference:

Stampin Up! Color Inspiration - Gold Foil, Cinnamon Cider, Early Espresso

I’m so glad you stopped by today, and I hope you like the projects I’ve shared. I hope you’ll continue the Be Inspired Design Team Blog Hop to see more projects by my awesome friends – I’m sure you’ll love them. The next stop is my dear friend Stesha Bloodhart. Click on the banner below to continue through the hop:

I hope you’ll hop through the rest of the projects in this lineup. In case you get off-track at any point during the hop, here’s a listing of all the participants in this hop:

Thanks for stopping by today!


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Here are the products I showcased in today’s post:

Stamps: Heartfelt Wishes  Papers: Blackberry Beauty Specialty Designer Series Paper, Early Espresso, Thick Basic White  Accessories: Stitched Rectangles Dies, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Heat Tool,  Stampin’ Dimensionals


  1. Brian, this DSP is so beautiful, I love these flowers that looks a lot like Queen Ann’s Lace.
    And, as always, the layers on the front panel are perfectly arranged to frame these sweet flowers.
    The sentiment font is beautiful as well, this stamp set might make me break my resolution of not getting any new stuff😁
    Thank you for sharing.
    Stay healthy and safe.

    • Maria, it is great to see a comment from you. The other day I was wondering how you are because I hadn’t seen a post from you in quite a while. I hope you have been well. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  2. I second my friend Maria`s liking of the font in this sentiment set ! So pretty ! Love your card`s rich colors and yes, it captures the late Fall shades . Fall is by far my fave !!
    BTW …glad I have my Blackberry Beauty DSP since it is going into Never Never Land !!
    Happy Thnx Gvg …eat lots !

  3. I love this beautiful card, Brian. That DSP is so pretty. The font of the sentiments in this set is elegant and fun at the same time. Love them. Enjoy your day!

  4. Mouth open in awe! Love this layout and how you used the DSP.

  5. What a BEAUTIFUL card my friend. That DSP has become one of my FAVORITES!

  6. Seven perfect layers; this card makes me weak in the knees. What a superb use of these DSP patterns.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. Beautiful card with beautiful paper!

  8. Today’s card belongs in an art museum! If I received this card I would put it in a photo frame. It IS fabulous!

  9. Beautiful card.

  10. Your card is absolutely perfect Brian, I love how you have layered the DSP and added the sentiment on Early Espresso x

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