A BIG THANK YOU & A LOT TO CELEBRATE

As we wrap up 2012, I offer you a huge THANK YOU! The fact that you log-in each day to read all the words I write (except for that one day when you were lazy and just looked at the pictures) makes me the happiest guy in the world. I have really had a great time with Stampin’ Up! and with my blog this year, and you have been so kind to consistently show your appreciation. What would I have done differently? This sounds trite, but – absolutely nothing. I hope to get to know you better in 2013 and to find more readers and to take on more projects, but I’m so happy where I am right now.

Today I want to take you on a walk down Memory Lane – wouldn’t it be great to live on a street by that name?  Incidentally, it would NOT be great to live on Elm Street.  Easy Street would be nice.  Oooh!  Rocky Road would be absolutely delicious!  Where did I just go?  Anyway, before I wax poetic about 2012, I want to fill you in on some great things that JUST happened:

  • In case you missed it, I was just named a Guest Designer for The Paper Players.  For the first 6 months of 2013, I will (along with a panel of other card makers) design weekly inspirations for the card challenges over at the Paper Players.  On Sundays, they host color challenges, theme challenges and layout challenges.  You can check out the announcement (along with a mug of yours truly) by clicking here.
  • On Saturday (just before the Meet the Guest Designers post, my submission to the Snowflake Theme Challenge was selected as A Cut Above by Helen Heil.  What an honor to be recognized.  I am still thrilled.  You can see the announcement here.

OK, so now, the retrospective of 2012.  Here are some of favorite moments.

Above all other things, I love to take an object or shape and turn it into something it was not intended to be.  When I am successful at using a stamp in a way it was not intended, I am happiest.  Here are some of my favorites from this year.  You can click on the image to see the original post.  Enjoy!

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Thank you for stopping by my blog today – and thank you for making 2012 such a great year for me.  You are wonderful!

Brian

It’s not too late!  I’ve posted my 2013 Spring Catalog Product Shares.  There are some great deals, so I’d love to include you.  Please check them out and reserve your seat by clicking here.

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Thank You, Mate & a Sale-a-Bration Sneak Peek

With the excitement of the Product Shares (please check them out here if you missed them) and my video on Friday (it’s here if you missed that one), I forgot about my original plan of dedicating the week after Christmas to Thank You cards.  To make up for the two days I lost, I am giving you THREE cards today.

Each of these cards showcases an image from Feeling Sentimental, a really great stamp set from the 2013 Sale-a-Bration catalog.  The set features a phone booth, a ferris wheel and an old-timey bicycle – all sketched and perfect for a quick and easy card. 

CARD ONE:  I stamped the phone booth in Stazon Jet Black ink and colored it in with Real Red and my trusty Blender Pen.  I added a sentiment in Real Red to complete this very clean look.www.stampwithbrian.com - Feeling Sentimental 1

Stamp sets:  Feeling Sentimental, Just Believe  Inks:  Stazon Jet Black, Real Red  Papers:  Basic Black, Whisper White  Accessories:  Blender Pen

CARD TWO:  I stamped and painted the phone booth (same as the first card), but this time I added some other effects.  For starters, I rounded all the corners to soften the card a bit.  I originally set out to create a huge Union Jack in the background, but I decided against that because it was a nightmare to create and would result with a card that’s way too busy.  I opted for a deconstructed flag in the background – I learned that from Top Chef (I took all the “ingredients” and then rearranged them in a different way).  The resulting stripes, in no way, look like a Union Jack (I get it), but they certainly pay homage to Britain, no?www.stampwithbrian.com - Feeling Sentimental 2

Stamp sets:  Feeling Sentimental, Itty Bitty Banners  Inks:  Stazon Jet Black, Real Red  Papers:  Real Red, Midnight Muse, Whisper White  Accessories:  Blender Pen, Bitty Banners Framelits, 3/16″ Corner Punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

CARD THREE:  For my third card, I decided to let the stamp set image speak for itself – and luckily the accent wasn’t so Cockney that I couldn’t understand it.  No painting and no fussing.  And look at me!  I even sponged the edges of the paper with Early Espresso – I am SOOO vintage!  🙂  I also brought back Baja Breeze to coordinate with the other card stocks.  This one just might be my favorite of the three.  What do you think?www.stampwithbrian.com - Feeling Sentimental 3

Stamp sets:  Feeling Sentimental  Inks:  Early Espresso  Papers:  Early Espresso, Baja Breeze, Naturals White  Accessories: Stampin’ Sponge

So, to recap, here are the three cards I made with the phone booth:www.stampwithbrian.com - Feeling Sentimental

Before you leave, I want to remind you of a couple of dates and upcoming events:

  • Wednesday, January 2 – the deadline to sign up for a spot in one of my AWESOME product shares – to learn more or to sign up, click here.  This is a great way to sample the items in the Spring Catalog before deciding which ones you want to purchase.  I will host additional shares if there’s a demand, but most shares will likely close out on the 2nd.
  • Thursday, January 3 – the 2013 Spring Catalog is live online. The catalog will be posted online at http://www.stampinup.com/ (I’ll also share a link here when it’s live), and orders can be placed at http://www.stampwithbrian.stampinup.net/.
  • Tuesday, January 22 – Sale-a-Bration starts.  For those who aren’t familiar, Sale-a-Bration is Stampin’ Up!’s annual sales event that offers select products for every $50 spent.  Customer and hostesses earn Sale-a-Bration products (on top of the already generous hostess benefits), so it’s a wonderful time to really rack up on some great freebies.  The stamp set featured in this post is one of the items you can earn for free with a $50 purchase during Sale-a-Bration.  Other include ribbon and button packs, a punch, DSP and other stamp sets.
  • Monday, December 16 – my birthday.  It’s never too soon to start planning.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today.  I enjoyed hanging out with you.

Brian

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