A Flourish of Thanks for CTS193

This week’s CAS(E) This Sketch challenge gave me a chance to step away from Fall-themed projects to make a thank you card I really needed to make.  In an unexpected twist, I used Fall colors that make this card a great card for this time of year.  It can certainly be sent any time of year, but the soft orange and brown pair perfectly together with Very Vanilla for a soft, sweet card.  Here’s my project:

Flourish Thinlits Bunch of Blossoms Stampin' Up! Brian King, CTS193

And here’s the banner for this week’s CAS(E) this Sketch challenge by Leigh Penner that inspired my card:

CTS193Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Flourish Framelits Dies.  I adore the variety of Thinlits that Stampin’ Up! has been offering as of late.  The gorgeous flourish was really easy to create with my Precision Base Plate – if you don’t have it, it’s a must.  I wanted this large flourish to be the focus of this project – what an amazing impact!  It’s not the only image available in the collection of  dies, though.  These dies are perfect for any project at any time of year.  Here’s a closer look at the other dies in the collection:

    Flourish Thinlits, Stampin' Up!

    Flourish Thinlits, Stampin’ Up!

  • Do Over.  I created this card twice.  For my first attempt, I paired the Blushing Bride version of this gorgeous thatched paper with a Basic Black flourish.  I like pink-and-black combos, but this wasn’t working for me.  I either needed to rework the colors or change out the flourish.  Lucky for me, the Peekaboo thatched paper was a perfect replacement – the black was just too harsh against the soft pink.  It wasn’t difficult to recreate the card in a brown and orange version.  Thanks, Stampin’ Up!
  • Color Combination.  While the elements of this card are decidedly not-Fall, they fit perfectly with this time of year because of the colors.  The Peekaboo Peach and Very Vanilla panel of Playful Palette Designer Series Paper sets the stage for this Soft Suede flourish.  If you also like this combination of colors feel free to save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Very Vanilla, Peekaboo Peach, Soft Suede

Stamp Sets:  Bunch of Blossoms  Papers:  Playful Palette Designer Series Paper Stack, Soft Suede Peekaboo Peach, Very Vanilla  Inks:  Soft Suede  Accessories:  Flourish Thinlits Dies, Layering Ovals Framelits Dies, Precision Base Plate, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Flourish Thinlits Bunch of Blossoms Stampin' Up! Brian King, CTS193

I hope you’ll pop over to the CAS(E) this Sketch site to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.

Thanks for stopping by today!


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  1. Thank YOU very much for such a lovely card. Beautiful the way you used the stem in the background, a touch of pattern and simple sentiment.

  2. Great color combo, Brian. Isn’t it funny how a color combo works in our mind’s eye, but just doesn’t come together for us? Have a wonderful Sunday.

  3. Thanks for the reminder to get out those dies – that’s a beautiful card.

  4. Another splendid card. The color combination is just perfect. I love how you used Flourish Thinlits. Gotta get mine out now that I am inspired!

  5. You’re right Brian. It’s soft, it’s sweet, it’s beautiful and perfect to use to express yourself for a gift or act of kindness. I love it!

  6. Oh I like these colors ! I plan to try them out soon . I love love these dies ! I have been cutting out lots of different colors of different ones . The copper foil ones are so pretty . I still can`t understand why they did not make that big flourish work with the stamp one ??
    Your thatched background is different and I like it !

  7. Great one, love the colors, matting and the flourish as the focal point.

  8. Wonderful take on the sketch!

  9. Beautiful….. lovely colors/sentiment and the amazing Flourish die takes center stage. Just perfect for CTS #193!

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