Pop of Paradise for CTS#174

When I saw Nora Noll’s sketch this week at CAS(E) this Sketch, I knew I couldn’t stay away.  I adore the simplicity of the sketches on their site, but this one stood out to me, and I almost immediately knew what I’d do.  Here’s my card that features a new stamp set (Pop of Paradise) and a returning favorite (Petite Petals) in a beautiful mix of colors:

Pop of Paradise, Petite Petals, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, CTS174

And here’s Nora’s sketch that inspired my card:


Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Thinking of You.  The star of this card is the Thinking of You sentiment that fits perfectly inside the heart from Pop of Paradise.  I stamped the image with VersaMark (the words are the negative space on the surface of this stamp, so the ink picked up the background that appears white in the heart) and sprinkled it with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  Once it was heat set with my Heat Tool, I cropped it with a Sweet & Sassy Hearts Framelit.  Perfection!  The Sweet & Sassy Hearts got a little shout out in Mom’s video yesterday – if you missed it, you can see it here.  Here’s a look at the new Pop of Paradise stamp set:

    Pop of Paradise, Stampin' Up!

    Pop of Paradise, Stampin’ Up!

  • A Soft Bed.  Although Nora’s sketch appears to showcase a burst of shapes coming from a larger one, I chose to lay my heart on a soft bed of sweet flowers.  The Wisteria Wonder (stamped off once) and Pool Party (stamped at full color) flowers are supporting roles in this card but are still very important to the overall project.  I stamped randomly, sat back and figured out where more needed to be.  There was a lot of squinting and head-tilting before I found a balance that made me happy.Pop of Paradise, Petite Petals, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, CTS174
  • Sweet, Unexpected Color Combination.  Cherry Cobbler is sometimes so unexpected outside of the Christmas Holidays and Valentine’s Day.  It’s such a rich, regal color that it’s perfect anytime of year.  For this Thinking of You card, I paired Cherry Cobbler with two soft, sweet colors that really made the Cherry Cobbler pop – Wisteria Wonder and Pool Party.  If you like this combination, too, feel free to save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Cherry Cobbler, Wisteria Wonder, Pool Party

Stamp Sets:  Pop of Paradise, Petite Petals  Papers:  Cherry Cobbler, Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White  Inks:  VersaMark, Wisteria Wonder, Pool Party  Accessories:  Sweet & Sassy Hearts Framelits, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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. Good Morning Brian!

    I would never, ever, ever have thought of putting that color combination together and yet you, being the color genius that you are, came through with a fabulous card using it. Just gorgeous.

    I want to thank Mary for doing the video (she really is becoming a pro) and for gracing us with her presence once again. It’s always nice to see her. You have yourself an amazing Memorial Day weekend!

  2. Cute card and I have that stamp set on my list .
    And I will ditto Grace`s comments above since she covered my thoughts also !
    Happy Sunday !

  3. Robbye Hamilton

    Beautiful card Brian, I love the color combination you selected.

  4. Lovely background! Soft and pretty.

  5. Oh, this is so pretty! Wonderful take on the sketch!

  6. What a great take on the sketch! I love how the flowers seem to be just floating around the heart. Thanks for playing along with us at CAS(E) This Sketch!

  7. Wonderful take on the sketch, Brian! Love the color combo, too!

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