Today is a special day and to celebrate this special day, four of us are participating in a blog hop. What’s so special about today you ask? Well, it’s Brian King’s birthday! Brian is our Stampin’ Up! upline and “King” of our “InKing Royalty Team”. We hope that you enjoy our little blog hop dedicated to Brian as he celebrates his special day. I’m number 3 in the list; the full blog line up with links to all of our blogs is listed at the bottom of this post. I hope you’ll click on each link to see the special cards that we’ve made for Brian. And, when you’re done, you may want to check out Brian’s blog. He always has something amusing to share with his readers.
When I set out to make a card for Brian, I knew a couple of things I wanted to do with it. I wanted it to reflect things that I have learned from Brian over the last year. I wanted it to be Brian-worthy, no small feat there. And I wanted him to like, ok, LOVE it.
1. It couldn’t be a standard size card. Brian is always showing us how to use cards of varying sizes. My card today is 5 1/2 x 5 1/2. Check
2. I wanted to use brighter colors, specifically something in the orange family and Island Indigo. He and I had a phone conversation several months ago where he told me I absolutely had to get some Island Indigo paper because it is gorgeous. He was right. I have a stash of Island Indigo now and used it as my card base. That was another Brian thing, the darkest color should be the base of the card, to ground everything else. Check.
3. I wanted it to be fun. Not Christmas-y in the least. Having a birthday 9 days before Christmas is something I’m familiar with. My daughter was also born on Dec 16 and I did my best to make sure she had birthday presents and birthday cards separate from the looming Christmas holiday. The paper I used today is from the new Watercolor Wonder DSP, available Jan 2. I saw this paper and it just looked like a Brian kind of thing and not in the least like a holiday print. And did you see how I lined up the colored chevrons on both pieces of DSP. Another Brian-ism. Check.
4. This is where I then just got stumped. I was trying to use a different stamp from the new Another Great Year stamp set available Jan 2, but it just wasn’t working. That was when I realized I needed to revisit the other stamps in the set. The little Wish Big stamp was perfect, and I could watercolor in the image to match the paper.
5. Final touches. I thought I was finished. I had the paper, the candy dots, the sentiment, the ribbon on the sides….but it just looked like it needed something else. I already had candy dots, sentiment, ribbon. What else could I possibly add to the top portion. Then I saw it, thrown on my stamping table amongst all the scraps from my disasters (see above), another new stamp set, Banner Blast with a coordinating banner punch. Stamped in all the colors from the paper, punch, string and hang across the top and I’ve got the perfect addition. Check and Whew.
Brian, it’s in the mail on it’s way to you as you read. Promise!
I hope you enjoyed our blog hop today and will stop on over at Brian King’s own Stamp With Brian blog site and wish him a very happy birthday 🙂
- Kelly DeTommaso at Kelly’s Creative Corner
- Katie Ferguson at Cottage Paper
- Lynn Kolcun at Stamping with Avery’s Owlery You Are Here
- Brian King at Stamp with Brian — Don’t forget to leave him a comment to wish him a happy birthday