Be Inspired by Red & Green

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 creating projects inspired by a color combination that’s pretty popular this time of year. We are creating projects with a mix of reds and greens. How fun! If you aren’t starting the hop here, then you probably just popped over from the project shared by my talented friend Carolynn Sander.

A Season Decorated with Happiness & Wonder

Greens and reds…I have used a lot of rich, regal greens this season, so I decided to mix bright greens and bright reds on my card today. To further allow them to pop on my card, I built a muted, neutral-toned background to best showcase them. Here’s my card:

Decorated with Happiness, Stampin Up!, Brian King, Christmas cardMy card features a sentiment and some amazing pine branches from the Decorated with Happiness Bundle, new in Stampin’ Up!’s July-December 2022 Mini Catalog and retiring soon. Here’s a look at this incredible bundle:

Decorated with Happiness Bundle, Stampin Up! 159711

Starting tomorrow, the Decorated Pines Dies (#159710) will be marked 50% OFF, so tomorrow would be a great time to pick up this bundle – but be sure to add both items individually to take advantage of the sale price – Decorated with Happiness Stamp Set (#159704) and Decorated with Pines Dies (#159710).

Now I’m going to walk you through how I built this card in three easy steps.

STEP ONE: With 1/4″ strips of Smoky Slate, Gray Granite, Sahara Sand and Basic Gray cardstocks, create a pattern on a scrap piece of paper (I used a piece of copy paper and then cut to the edges). I framed this 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ panel with Thick Basic White cardstock. The neutral tones allow the greenery and bright sentiment to shine.Build a card background with thin strips of paper, Stampin Up!, Brian KingSTEP TWO: Add an assortment of greenery that will pop out from above and below the sentiment. I held them together with strips of tape and then glued the to the tiled panel. I added Stampin’ Dimensionals to the flattest parts of the greenery at the center and then placed the sentiment on top (vs. adding the Stampin’ Dimensionals to the oval and trying to fit it on the greenery).

Building a Christmas Card with Decorated Pine Dies, Stampin Up!, Brian KingSTEP THREE: I heat-embossed the sentiment with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder and my Heat Tool. I cropped the sentiment with one of my Framed Florets Dies. I accented to sentiment oval with Red Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

Building a Christmas Card with Decorated Pine Dies, Stampin Up!, Brian KingHow easy was that?!

Here’s a look at the neutral tones I used to build the backdrop for my pines and my sentiment. While Sahara Sand has more brown than gray in it, the color played well with Smoky Slate, Gray Granite and Basic Gray.

Stampin Up! Color Inspiration - Smoky Slate, Gray Granite, Sahara Sand, Basic GrayThe bright greens and reds I showcased are VERY bright – and I love them very much. If you like this mix of Parakeet Party, Granny Apple Green and Poppy Parade as much as I do, I hope you’ll save this for future reference:

Stampin Up! Color Inspiration - Parakeet Party, Granny Apple Green, Poppy Parade

I hope you like my project today! I hope you’ll continue the Be Inspired Design Team Blog Hop to see more projects by my talented friends – I’m sure you’ll love them. The next stop is my friend Angela Meiritz-Reid. 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!



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

Bundles: Decorated with Happiness  Stamps: Decorated with Happiness  Papers: Basic Gray, Smoky Slate, Gray Granite, Sahara Sand, Parakeet Party, Granny Apple Green, Poppy Parade  Inks: Versamark  Accessories: Decorated Pines Dies, Framed Florets Dies, Red Rhinestone Jewels, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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Last Chance Sale Starts TOMORROW

Stampin’ Up!’s Last Chance Sale for retiring products in the July-December 2022 Mini Catalog starts TOMORROW, December 1. If you’d like to learn more about this sale (you need to be prepared for tomorrow morning), please click on the image below to see my post that bundles everything up for you. ♥

Last Chance Sale - Starts December 1

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The new Fitting Florets Collection is now available – and you don’t want to miss out on these goodies! To learn more about this amazing collection, click here. To see these items in my online store or to place your order, click on the image below:

Fitting Florets, Stampin Up!

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  1. Suzanne Patt Cullen

    WOW! What a great background design ā€¦ Iā€™m definitely taking a screenshot of that. šŸ˜‰

  2. What an incredible background and the two greens are stunning against grays!

  3. Lovely card and perfect paper piecing (PPP) for the background! šŸ™‚

  4. Wow!!! Another fabulous card!

  5. Such a great card today Brian! That background you made is amazing!! You always have such creative ideas when it comes to making backgrounds. The colors you chose are so compatible. Must try to CASE. Thanks for the inspiration.

  6. Oh that background! Love this!

  7. Love your card Brian, that background is amazing x

  8. What a pretty card. I love the pieced background with the bright greenery and red sentiment. Outstanding! Enjoy your day!

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