CASEing Connie Collins with Going Global for GDP020

Connie Collins is one of the most talented people I know – everything she makes and shares on Constantly Stamping is kissed with perfection.  Connie, a two-time Stampin’ Up! Artisan, makes clean projects with a touch of shabby chic – at least that’s how I’d describe them.  It’s been almost a year since she and I sat next to each other in the Orlando airport after Stampin’ Up!’s Leadership Conference.  When we started chatting, I was unaware of who I was talking to (I’ll talk to just about anyone) – I was tickled to find out I was talking with THE Connie Collins.  Here’s quick proof that we are best friends (we were sitting with Jason Wright who was keynote speaker at the event):

Connie Collins I was excited when I saw that a CASE Connie Collins challenge was scheduled for Global Design Project.  To CASE (Copy and Share Everything) is to find inspiration in someone else’s work and then make it your own – the sketch, the colors, the layout, the theme, the images – and then make it your own.  What a fun way to find inspiration – from a project by another artist – and to pay tribute to their work!  Connie’s card inspired me to make this clean-and-simple (but still very layered) card:

Going Global, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, GDP020And here’s the banner with Connie’s project that inspired my card:GDP020Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Inspiration.  The horizontal stripes are the most obvious element I CASE’d from Connie’s card.  I used the beautifully striped page from Farmer’s Market Designer Series Paper.  I’ve used that several times – I just love it – and it seemed an appropriate base for my card today.  I was also inspired by the “love theme” of her card, the placement of the central image and the red heart.  This “you mean the world to me” sentiment from Going Global might as well say “I love you,” right?  Side-by-side, my card is a different card, but it’s easy to see where the inspiration is found.
  • Glossy Globe.  I’ve tried to use this globe from Going Global several times but haven’t been happy with how it looks in the projects I’m creating.  The globe either stands out too much or fades into the background.  For this card, I found the balance I was looking for.  I stamped this globe in VersaMark on Pool Party cardstock and heat embossed it with Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder and cropped it with a Circles Collection Framelit.  Framed with a 2″ Circle punch of Basic Black cardstock, I had the perfect image I wanted for this tall and thin card – the globe is a statement piece without being the focal point.

    Going Global, Stampin' Up!

    Going Global, Stampin’ Up!

  • Punch and Framelits Layering.  The base of this card is 3-3/4″ x 5-1/2″ – I love to play around with “differently shaped” cards – but I am super-jazzed about finding layering combinations that work for me.  The combination of shapes I used here won’t work ver every situation, but they worked well for me on this card.  Here are the layers I used on the top panel of this card, including the placement of Stampin’ Dimensionals:
    • Very Vanilla – 2-1/2″ Circle punch
    • Stampin’ Dimensionals
    • Basic Black – 2″ Circle punch
    • Pool Party – Circles Collection Framelit
    • Stampin’ Dimensionals
    • Basic Black – Washi Label punch
    • Very Vanilla – Large Oval punch
    • Cherry Cobbler – Owl Builder punch (heart)

Stamp Sets:  Going Global  Papers:  Farmer’s Market Designer Series Paper, Pool Party, Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler  Inks:  Archival Basic Black  Accessories:  Clear Stampin’ Emoss Powder, 2″ Circle punch, 2-1/2″ Circle punch, Circles Collection Framelits, Washi Label punch, Large Oval punch, Owl Builder punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll pop over to the Global Design Project site see the cards by the design team members (they are pretty fantastic this week) and to play along with this week’s CASE Connie Collins challenge.

Thanks for stopping by today!


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  1. Wonderful card Brian! Love the picture of you and your bestie Connie. I really like how you have layered the globe like that. Fantastic idea. TFS

  2. I love your card Brian! Clean and simple – but with a lot of pizazz! 🙂

  3. The globe really pops with that background…GREAT card!!! Have a fantastic week Brian, thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Outstanding CASE Brian; it’s very different but obvious where the inspiration came from. Love the Globe and all the layers.

  5. Love your take on Connie’s card Brian. The little details like your micro borders around the DSP panel and globe, and the clear embossed globe make this card shine. xoxo

  6. Great card, Brian. The little black border around the globe sets and ties the entire card together. Thanks for sharing your design.

  7. Fantastic CASE, Brian! So love everything about this gorgeous card!

  8. So perfect! Love the layers and all the wonderful demention it gives to your card

  9. Brian, I did not give this stamp set a 2nd look, but now you have made me want it. You are so good at that. I love this card, and I love that very often your cards are great inspiration for a more masculine style, that is a bit difficult for many of us.

  10. Aaaaaaaa, my friend your so sweet , yes you talk to everyone, and your so loved , thanks for sharing her projects, love them , and yours to my friend,
    Hugs your friend Frenchie ,

  11. Talking to everyone is a Great Trait! What a beautiful place the world would be if everyone did!!!

    Initially this stamp set wasn’t on my list, this card makes me re-think.
    Thank you BK

  12. Love both your project (right down to the wee heart) as well as Connie’s!

  13. Very, very nice card! I LOVE turquoise and with black – just gorgeous!

  14. Oh Brian…you are so sweet! It has been such a pleasure to get to know you. You are one of the nicest people I have ever met and I consider you a dear friend. I love your CASE of my card…perfect in every way. XOXO

  15. A little bird told me you love comments Brian! 🙂 Love what you have done with the globe and I REALLY love the precision of that fine black border around it! Thanks for the tip on how to achieve this, something I will definitely be using in the future! xx

  16. Love, love, love that you took the bold stripes as inspiration. The blue world map focal point looks amazing against the stripes, and I love the little pop of red with the heart. Another cool card!

  17. Love your card Brian! The stripes are one of my favourites – I would love to buy a pack of just the stripes! D x

  18. A great card Brian! I had no idea that the two of you were BFF’s!!

  19. Wow!! Love that you’ve used the oval punch with the washi. What a great combination!

  20. I have saved me your idea! Thank you for sharing :o)

  21. The striped background is just the perfect accent to the feature of your card, it really makes it pop, love it and how funny that you were happily chatting to Connie without knowing she was SU royalty! x

  22. i am amazed on how the black and white stripes Mae the tone on tone globe pop!

  23. I love this card, lots going on but still clean and striking. Perfect!

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