CASEing Krista Frattin for GDP032

I adore the entire team of designers at the Global Design Project.  There’s a boatload of talent and a ton of kindness in this group.  One of my favorite challenges is to CASE (Copy and Share Everything) a project that one of the designers has made. Inspiration can be pulled from the layout, the colors, the theme, the images, the sentiments – must I go on?  This week’s designer is Krista Frattin – my super-talented friend from Edmonton, Alberta.

I first met Krista on my first Stampin’ Up! Incentive Trip to the Caribbean.  She and her beautiful family were assigned to the table right behind us.  If you’ve ever been on a cruise, you might know what it’s like to run into the same people at every turn?  You could walk the whole boat and see no one you know – except that you keep ending up in the same place as that one family – Krista’s family was that family (and we couldn’t have been happier).  Here’s a picture from our trip:

The FrattinsSee!  I told you they are beautiful!  Krista’s projects have a very soft and sweet appeal.  Her style is clean, but there’s always something stylish and contemporary about her cards.  I pulled several components of Krista’s card to make this:

Watercolor Wishes, Timeless Love, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, GDP032

And here’s the banner for the challenge that inspired my card, which showcases Krista’s beautiful card that we are CASEing this week:GDP032I was not only inspired by the layout of Krista’s beautiful card, but I also loved the horizontal lines in the background, the beautifully scripted sentiment, the soft elements to the left of the sentiment panel and the soft colors.  All of these elements inspired my project.

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Bold and Soft.  While the gold doily on Krista’s card has delicate features, it’s a bold element on this card.  The sentiment, too, has a bold appeal.  It might be scripted in a pretty font, but it’s quite bold against the soft background.  I love the way she has played soft against bold in her card, so I did the same in mine.  The dark bold stripes make the sweet flowers even sweeter.Watercolor Wishes, Timeless Love, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, GDP032
  • Timeless Love.  I stamped this little arrangement of flowers from Timeless Love on Very Vanilla cardstock and painted the flowers with Pool Party ink and a Blender Pen.  I left them soft and colored them haphazardly to give them a soft, artistic appearance.  When I snipped them out, I didn’t include all the leaves (there are some that continue on but would have been more difficult to snip).  The components of the image that remain fit perfectly on the corner of this panel.

    Timeless Love, Stampin' Up!

    Timeless Love, Stampin’ Up!

  • Limited Colors.  I love that Krista limited the number of colors in this card – there’s Whisper White, Blushing Bride and Basic Gray.  This supports the softness of her project – not too many colors to distract the eye.  Love it!  Although I added a little Pear Pizzazz to the leaves of my flowers and So Saffon to the centers, I kept a pretty clean color palette.  If you like these colors, too, feel free to save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Pool Party, Basic Black, Very Vanilla

Stamp Sets:  Watercolor Wishes (part of Watercolor Wishes card kit), Timeless Love  Papers:  Timeless Elegance Designer Series Paper, Pool Party, Basic Black, Very Vanilla  Inks:  Archival Basic Black, Pool Party, Stampin’ Write Markers (Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz, So Saffon)  Accessories:  Blender Pens, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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 CASE Krista Frattin challenge.

THAT’S NOT ALL.  I’ll be back later today with a SECOND POST to share all the items that will be retiring soon and the great savings on these items.  All of these items are “while supplies last,” so you’ll want to check this out!

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  1. My goodness Brian. What a lovely card….actually both cards are lovely. I always have difficulty softening a bold pattern…this surely helps it for me. Simplistic elegance! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Love the little softly colored flowers tucked over the sentiment ! Both cards are striking in the “bold and simple” look. Cute picture of you and Krista`s family !
    Big day today ….wonder ….wonder ????

  3. I love the card you made!!! How simply pleasing – the colors, the clean open space, the font…wow. Both cards are beautiful. When I grow up, I want to have style like that 🙂 Have a great day!

  4. Both cards are beautiful with the soft colors and striking elements. I’ll have to CASE them. Don’t you meet the nicest people on a cruise? It looks as though you fit right in with Krista’s family. I’m looking forward to this afternoon’s blog about the retiring items. Have a great day.

  5. Clean, crisp and contemporary…a smart-looking card. Nice interpretation of the original.

  6. Love how the bold stripe really brings the soft, floral details to life!

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  8. That is just the cutest photo! and your card is a perfect combo of clean and sophisticated. Love the black and blue together!

  9. I love it! Brian meets Krista style!! Thank-you for your kind words. My family will miss seeing you in May. Sending you warm hugs my friend.

  10. What a beautiful CASE this turned out to be Brian. I love that you also made it in a completely different colour way to really make it your own. I am also slightly jealous that you have met Krista and she, you!

  11. Love those colours Brian – what a great take on the challenge

  12. I love that you changed up the colours on this one Brian! It’s so tempting to follow the beautiful blushing bride colour scheme. Saying that, the pool party and black are just as stunning! <3

  13. Wow! Brian. Talk about contrasting bold and soft – this is like yin and yang. The black stripes and the soft blue floral element complement each other so strikingly. Love it! xoxo

  14. Those bold stripes are so eyecatching, and the delicate flowers are the perfect contrast Brian. And the pic of you with Krista and her family is just gorgeous! 🙂 xx

  15. I love your interpretation of Krista’s card. I love both hers and yours – it’s bold and beautiful too! 🙂

  16. Wow! So, so beautiful! The color combo is amazing!

  17. Love your card Brian it really strikes a chord!

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