Shine On with Serene Scenery for GDP40

I’m really excited about this week’s Case the Designer challenge at the Global Design Project.  Not only is Shawn de Oliveira one of the most talented card designers I know (there’s something about every one of his projects that makes me sit back and say, “aaaaah!”), but he’s also a member of my InKing Royalty team.  Shawn shares his amazing projects on his blog, Shawn Stamps.  I’m thrilled to honor him this week with a CASE of his work.

When you CASE someone’s work, you are using their finished project as inspiration to create your own.  You might be inspired by the layout or the color scheme.  You might love the stamp set or the theme of the project.  There are so many ways to be inspired by wonderful projects – this week, we are CASEing a Butterfly Basics birthday card by Shawn.  Here’s my card:

Sunshine Wishes Thinlits, Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, GDP040And here’s the banner for this week’s Global Design Project challenge that inspired my card:

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  • Inspiration.  There’s so much inspiration in Shawn’s card – I was first inspired by the layout of Shawn’s card.  I love the simple layers and the placement of the focal panel.  I am also struck by Shawn’s amazing watercoloring.  I could never watercolor at that level (have I mentioned what a talent he is?), so I turned to the Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack for the focal point of my card.  So that I could best showcase the tall, beautiful picture on this paper, I created my card on a 6″ x 4″ base of Crumb Cake.
  • Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies.  Last week I shared a project with the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies (you can see that card here), and I’m sure I’ll be using it lots more.  While the set of Thinlits contains four words (hope, love, sunshine and congrats), I snipped away at the words to create the inspirational sentiment above.  Although you may not be able to tell in the photo, I cropped the letters from Shimmery White cardstock to give them a little sparkly shine.Sunshine Wishes Thinlits, Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, GDP040
  • Color Inspiration.  When I first cropped this piece of Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack, I thought it would pair with Crushed Curry – turns out that was too bright.  The papers list Delightful Dijon, so I gave it a try with great results.  Thanks, Stampin’ Up! for the heads-up about the proper yellow to use.  If you like this combination of colors, too, feel free to save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Crumb Cake, Delightful Dijon, Whisper White

Papers:  Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack, Shimmery White, Crumb Cake, Delightful Dijon, Whisper White  Accessories:  Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Sunshine Wishes Thinlits, Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, GDP040I hope you’ll pop over to the Global Design Project site to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.  Here’s a closer look at Shawn’s awe-inspiring card that serves as the inspiration for our projects this week (you can click on the photo to see Shawn’s original post with this project):

Butterfly Basics, Stampin' Up!, Shawn de Oliveira

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  1. Very clever use of the sentiment Mr King!
    And I know this may come as a shock….I didn’t even notice the DSP in the catalogue until now! I wondered why you were using a photo – was it to boast about your amazing photography skills of grass?! LOL :/
    Another awesome clean and brilliant creation. xo

  2. Love this Brian. Those crisp white layers totally make this card. Oh and what a brilliant idea with the sentiment! You are such an inspiration! xx

  3. Shine on – you clever guy…….I just ordered these and now I just learned I can make another sentiment!

  4. You, my virtual friend, are a genius! (Have I mentioned that already?)

  5. I admire Shawn`s cards and this one is a great example of his talent.
    I like what you did with yours by using the new dsp .
    And wow on your sentiment /altering . I like it !

  6. Love the “change” for the sentiment. Very clever. Your card is beautiful, simple and makes a big statement!

  7. I would never have thought to cut a sentiment to create a new sentiment. Dang! You are so GOOD!

  8. Oh Brian, this is such a clever use of the word die. This card is amazing! XOXO

  9. Brian, we can always count on you to get the most out of our product!
    Thank you ever so much!

  10. Debra Foster-Brunst

    Very clever Brian.
    I really like the new format in your daily posts where you show one picture with all of the steps. Thank you

  11. Mary Alice Bellis

    You are so clever, as usual. Love the cut up sentiments to get a new message. Have to do it ASAP to show it at my open house display. I don’t have the Serene Scenery yet, but now that I have seen a few of the images, I want it!

  12. I LOVE this use of this dsp! Great color coordination. This dsp is a must!

  13. So beautiful. Thank you for showing how to create new words from the original sentiments. Brilliant.

  14. I don’t have that DSP, but I want it now thanks to this beauty. Aren’t the thinlit words divine?!!I love you colour scheme this week too Brian.

  15. Masterfully done!

  16. 💗💗💗

  17. I just love how you could see more in those sentiment dies. Thanks for the amazing CASE. It’s been a fun year working with you and so happy I joined your team! Thanks for everything.

  18. Ok so you made me buy the DSP! And now I’m going to be checking what other words can be made out of the sentiments from all my word dies! You are just too cool! Love your card 🙂

  19. Making other words from the sentiments dies?!?!?!? Mind Blown! Thanks for a fabulous idea!

  20. So simple but soooo great, Brian! Now I know that I really need this DSP!

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