Thinking of You with a Sheltering Tree for GDP#056

I love when the “CASE the Designer” challenges come around at the Global Design Project.  This Design Team is filled with so many talented artists – and I’m honored to be included in the group.  This week, we are CASE’ing a project from Bibi Cameron, our super-talented team member.  We invite you to play along with us.  As you CASE (Copy and Share Everything), inspiration can be found in the colors, technique, layout, theme – anything.  Here’s my card for this week’s challenge:

Sheltering Tree, Best Birds, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, GDP056

And here’s Bibi’s project that inspired my card:GDP056Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • CASE’ing Bibi.  I adore the simplicity of Bibi’s sweet and simple card that features images from the Sitting Here stamp set.  She’s positioned the pillows and cat perfectly to create an inviting “thinking of you” card.  While I don’t have this stamp set, I DO have Sheltering Tree – and Sheltering Tree has a great swing.  I was also inspired by the yellow in the swing on Bibi’s sweet card, pulling that into the tree and base of my card.  Here are the elements of my card that were inspired by Bibi’s:
    • swing
    • thinking of you card
    • yellow centerpiece
    • cat (there’s a cat behind my tree – you can’t see him, but here’s there)
  • Serene Scenery.  I adore the watercolored leaves from the Sheltering Tree stamp set.  I inked them with Delightful Dijon ink, lightly stamped them off once on scrap paper and then stamped them on this card base.  Lovely!  The colors pair perfectly with this speckled piece of ombre paper from Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack.  A perfect match to create a bold, well-paired background.

    Serene Scenery Stack, Stampin' Up!

    Serene Scenery Stack, Stampin’ Up!

  • Fall Color Combination.  I’ve been using Delightful Dijon a lot as of late.  It’s such a perfectly rich color for Fall and (as it turns out) Christmas.  You might not be able to see the thin wash of Crumb that serves as the ground below this tree, but it’s there.  These three browns and yellows (Early Espresso, Crumb Cake and Delightful Dijon) are gorgeous together.  If you agree, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Delightful Dijon, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake

Stamp Sets:  Sheltering Tree, Best Birds  Papers:  Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack, Early Espresso, Whisper White  Inks:  Early Espresso, Delightful Dijon, Crumb Cake  Accessories:  Stampin’ Dimensionals

Sheltering Tree, Best Birds, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, GDP056

I 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.

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  1. Love the designer series paper you chose. Simple, pretty and thoughtful!

  2. Great card..really like the DSP behind..somehow makes the tree pop more! I am going to play along but so many ideas running through my head right now…thanks for the inspiration!

  3. I adore your card, Brian! Oh, and especially the “cat”!!! 😉

  4. I love the Sheltering Tree set and this is a great fall card. Great font for the sentiment. Have a great day!

  5. Beautiful card. Love the simplicity.

  6. Brian this card will make the receiver stop and ponder awhile, so sweet and calming. The cat didn’t want to get hit by the swing, that’s why he is hiding behind the tree. 😄

  7. Hiding kitties are always in our hearts. Love this card more because of knowing that! You old softy…..

  8. Good Morning Brian”

    I love the subtlety of this card. The colors your chose are so calming and beautiful. Your layering is always so perfect and your positioning of the saying and the tree compliment each other by their balance. I just love it. You are amazing!!!!!

  9. Great gentle soft images in today’s card. Love the simplicity.

  10. Such clever thinking using the elements from Bibi’s card the way you did. Just a shame you can’t see the wee Cat, I bet he is cute!

  11. This card makes me want to go out and find a tree swing somewhere. I love it! I also want to say that I always enjoy actually reading your blogs…I have a tendency to just look at pictures (it’s a time constraint thing)…but whenever I stop at your blog, I have to READ it…you have a great sense of humor!! Case in point, your “hiding cat”. Keep doing what you’re doing cuz it’s awesome! 🙂

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