You Make Me Happy for CTS105

I love challenging techniques and intricate layers on a card, but sometimes simplicity wins over everything else.  While making today’s card for CAS(E) This Sketch, I unwaveringly embraced the mantra of clean and simple, and I love how it turned out.  Here’s my card:

Epic Alphabet, Hello Love, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, CTS105

And here’s Michelle Williams’ sketch that inspired my creation:

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Stacked with Love.  How much do you love the Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper Stack?  If you are like me, the answer to that question is “A LOT!”  I love the combination of soft red-and-pink patterns on one side and bold black-and-white patterns on the other.  I have wanted to use this “XOXO” pattern since I first received this paper, but I still flipped through the pack several times before settling on it.  I just love it!Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper Stack
  • Do You Know My Heart?  I’m always happy when I can use a stamp that I’ve, otherwise, overlooked.  Do you recognize this fun and flirty heart?  It’s been sitting right under our noses since July, and bold stripes are a perfect complement to pattern in this background paper.  This heart is from Epic Alphabet – it’s one of a handful of shapes that hang out with the letters in the set.Epic Alphabet Photopolymer Stamp Set
  • Leave it Alone.  I still have a hard time leaving a large span of white space on a card – and there’s a lot of white on this card.  The white space here works, though.  The bold, red heart and sweet, black sentiment balance out the white space and keep it from being overwhelming.  Speaking of the sentiment – don’t you just love this sweet saying from Hello Love, one of the stamp sets you can earn at a discounted rate when you place a $150+ order.  Woo hoo!  Please reach out to me at [email protected] if you’d like to learn more.

Stamp Sets:  Epic Alphabet, Hello Love  Papers:  Real Red, Whisper White, Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper Stack  Inks:  Tuxedo Black Memento  Accessories:  White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll hop over to CAS(E) this Sketch! to see the other projects with this super-fun sketch.

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  1. Oh, Brian, your card just SINGS to my CAS-loving heart! It’s beautiful! Thanks for joining us at CAS(E) This Sketch!

  2. Sweet card ….and I like the simplicity of it . The xoxo keeps it from looking too flat or unfinished . Love the sentiment . It makes me happy !

  3. Yep, Like that 🙂

  4. The background is the punch that takes this card beyond simple. Very well done.

  5. Even with all the white space on the main panel, the design works great with that DSP, it really fills your view and compliments the heart and the sentiment.
    Great interpretation of this sketch, thank you for sharing.

  6. Can’t beat clean and simple!

  7. Your card makes my heart happy yes indeed!
    Thanks so much for playing at CAS(E) this sketch!

  8. You’re so right, Brian, it’s easy to shy away from simple with clean lines, but oh what a mistake it is. You’ve shown us all how fun and beautiful a card can be without too much going on. I love it! Reminder to self….incorporate simple with clean lines every once in awhile to mix it up!!!

  9. Oh, what a perfect take on the sketch! So pretty!

  10. Awwww, Brian you always make me look twice with your projecs , there always so inspiring, I mean that !!!! I have that DSP and never saw that one , and I’ve look at every one 2 or 3 times , lol , like I say you make every thing look so pretty ,
    Ok ,
    Lots of hugs
    Frenchie ,
    Ps , love love your card !!!!!!

  11. I really think you did an awesome job with this card. I love the simplicity of it.

  12. Oh My Goodness… that heart really HAS been hiding! Thank you so much for pointing that out! I’m going to be CASEing this one for sure for my workshop this Saturday!

  13. I LOVE this card! Thanks, Brian!

  14. Hi Brian:

    Love this clean and simple card. An absolutely perfect paring of the DSP, card stock colors and stamp. It couldn’t be any more perfect – just like you!

  15. Love this CAS card. Congratulations! I see this card was a CTS Favorite!!!

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