Happy Birthday with Design a Daydream

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

Today I’m sharing a sweet-and-simple birthday card I made with two pages from the AMAZING Design a Daydream Designer Series Paper and two stamp sets that have carried forward into Stampin’ Up!’s 2022 Annual Catalog from previous books. Here’s the sweet 4-1/4″ square card I made:

Biggest Wish, Count on Me, Stampin Up!, Brian King

Despite the printed words on page 179, this pack includes 48 pages (4 each of 12 double-sided designs). This is a host product that is only available with Stampin’ Rewards for just $18. That means you can pick up this pack of paper with a $150 order – a great incentive to stretch that order just a little bit more. 🙂 Here’s a closer look at the patterns and colors in this pack of papers:

Design a Daydream Host Designer Series Paper, Stampin Up!, 159161I stamped “happy” and “BIRTHDAY” on a 3″ square piece of Basic White cardstock. There are many combinations available in the Biggest Wish stamp set – the scripty “happy” and blocky “BIRTHDAY” gave me just what what I wanted for this card. Here’s a look at this must-have sentiment stamp set:

Biggest Wish, Stampin Up! 155052

The little balloon-holding penguin was pulled from the adorable Count on Me stamp set, a carryover from Stampin’ Up!’s January – June 2022 Mini Catalog. After I glued my card down, I decided my penguin needed a little color, so I shaded him in with a Basic Black Watercolor Pencil and Pumpkin Pie Watercolor Pencil:

Biggest Wish, Count on Me, Stampin Up!, Brian King

I often create balanced layers on my cards. I wanted something a little different for this simple, festive card, so I twisted the layer between the base and the focal panel on the card. That left the sentiment straight (compared to the base of the card), which makes it easier to read. The card feels a bit caddywampus, but only one layer is askew. Maybe it helps to explain why the penguin is a little off balance…

If you like the mix of Daffodil Delight, Pool Party and Blackberry Bliss (pulled right from the Design a Daydream Host Designer Series Paper) as much as I do, I hope you’ll save this for future reference:

Stampin Up! Color Inspiration - Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Blackberry Bliss

Stamp Sets: Biggest Wish, Count on Me  Papers: Design a Daydream Host Designer Series Paper, Pool Party, Blackberry Bliss, Basic White  Inks: Pool Party, Blackberry Bliss, Memento Tuxedo Black, Watercolor Pencils  Accessories: Paper Snips, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by today!


Design a Daydream Host Designer Series Paper, Stampin Up!, 159161


Super-Awesome Fun Time Card Kit

On Monday, I launched this month’s card kit I’m offering with my friend Emma Goddard, a super-talented friend from the UK. I hope you’ll take a look and sign up to join us for the fun!

To learn more about the kit, watch our informative video and sign up for the project kit, please click on the image below:

Super-Awesome Fun Time Card Ki

Check out the New Catalog!

2022 Annual Catalog Cover, Stampin Up!Stampin’ Up!’s new catalog is live now. If you haven’t already downloaded it, I hope you’ll take a look! CLICK HERE to read all about the new book and download one for yourself! ♥

In Color Starter Kit Promotion

I always love the opportunity to introduce new stampers to my InKing Royalty team. In May, Stampin’ Up! is offering an amazing promotion to make the decision to join easier for you. ♥

In Color Join Promotion, Stampin Up!, Brian KingTo learn more, CLICK HERE. If you have thought about joining and want to be a part of an amazing online community of stampers, please email me today. I’d love to answer your questions or set up a time to chat with you. If you are ready to purchase the Starter Kit and join our incredible community of stampers, wait until May 4 and then CLICK HERE.

Shop with Brian Host CodePlacing an order today?  Of course you are! If you are placing an order for $150 or more, I want you to enjoy all of the Host Rewards you have earned.  If your order is less than $150, I’d love for you please add this Host Code – EUQM69GR when prompted. Thank you!


  1. I adore the penguin balancing himself on the “Y!”

  2. Suzanne Patt Cullen

    Sweet, sweet card, Brian, from the cute stamp set to your choice of colors! Well done! And I agree with Mary’s comment about your “balancing penguin”. 😉

  3. So, so sweet. All in favor of giving that penguin a big hug, say “Aye!”

  4. Linda Callahan

    Such a happy card! Cute as can be!

  5. Sonny Peterson

    CUTE and love love the mix of the patterns in your DSP !
    This is a card that could be for a lot of people !!

  6. Doesn’t get any HAPPIER. TFS!

  7. Adorable card and layout!

  8. Brian it’s soooo cute! The paper piecing in the balloon adds to the fun!

  9. The adorable penguin will bring a smile for sure! Enjoy your day!

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