Grateful Bunch for CTS#190

Before I share today’s project, I want to give a huge thank you to the Design Team at CAS(E) This Sketch who selected my project from a week ago as a Favorite for last week’s challenge – you can check see that project here.  What an honor!  You already know that I play along with a lot of online challenges that offer me so a great starting point for my projects (they give me a little nudge to get started), but it’s always nice to be selected as a winner – especially among so many other amazing projects!  Thanks!

This week’s CAS(E) This Sketch challenge offers another fun sketch that’s a great starting point for cards – especially around the holidays.  There are so many options for a split sentiment and a fun image between.  I chose to go with a Fall theme and pulled out some great items from Stampin’ Up!’s Annual Catalog to complete this project.  Here’s my card:

Vintage Leaves, Grateful Bunch, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, CTS#190 And here’s the banner for this week’s challenge that inspired my simple card:

CTS190Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Split Sentiment.  I had so much fun pairing down my options with the split sentiment in the CAS(E) This Sketch challenge this week.  I started with “Merry & Bright” before moving on to “comfort & joy.”  When I decided I wanted to make a clean-and-simple Fall card, I knew the leaf from Vintage Leaves would be a perfect centerpiece, so I started looking for sentiments.  I inked up the “and I am totally grateful” stamp from Grateful Bunch and then taped off the portions of the sentiment I didn’t want to use, effectively pulling out portions of the sentiment I didn’t want (the “and” and the “totally”) and then splitting the remaining words.  What a sweet starting point for a sweet sentiment!

    Grateful Bunch, Stampin' Up!

    Grateful Bunch, Stampin’ Up!

  • There’s more!  The sentiment splitting didn’t just stop there.  Inside the card, I used a sweet sentiment from Bunch of Blossoms, masking off the word “Grateful” to just capture the last of the sentiment.  Fits perfectly inside this card, don’t you think?  In full, the card reads “I am grateful for a friend like you.”  As we prepare for Fall, I always feel so sentimental about my card making – I embody the spirit of Thanksgiving during this time of year.  It’s a great time to show thankfulness to others.Bunch of Blossoms, Stampin' Up!, Brian King
  • Color Combination.  Cajun Craze can be tricky because it has some reds, some oranges and some brown built into it.  I inked up this leaf with Cajun Craze and stamped it off twice before stamping it onto this card front.  While it still looks lovely, the color has layers – the remaining leaf looks almost like an orange leaf, rather than a lightly stamped Cajun Craze leaf.  Not a problem – except that it doesn’t perfectly pair with the full-on Cajun Craze pattern from Moroccan Designer Series Paper.  I still like the way it turned out.  If you like this color combination, too, feel free to save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla

Stamp Sets:  Vintage Leaves, Grateful Bunch, Bunch of Blossoms  Papers:  Moroccan Designer Series Paper, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla Inks:  Cajun Craze, Early Espresso  Accessories:  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. the bare essence of fall and sharing gratitude. absolutely gorgeous!

  2. This is so easy to leave a comment…..just 2 words –

    LOVE IT!

  3. Simple but strong. Very powerful card.

  4. Such a clever guy! Love the splitting of the sentiments. Well done my friend!

  5. I love this! Just gorgeous with the leaf and split sentiment!

  6. I am presenting this card with a Blue Ribbon for best in show! Your use of the DSP which is brought to the forefront with that teeny black border is just incredible. I love it.

  7. Very nice–love the combo.

  8. Just beautiful! Classic elegance in all of it’s beauty :>

  9. Wonderful take on the sketch! Such a handsome card!

  10. I am grateful for your card designs! I am always amazed!! It’s so simple, but so elegant. Love the colors!

  11. You are on a CTS roll, Brian!! Congratulations on the well-deserved win this week!! Your card is stunning for autumn and well done on the inside sentiment masking!! Hugs, Darnell

  12. Congrats Brian on this card being chosen as the winner! The card is wonderful and the sentiment says it ALL.

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