Chase Your Dreams for the Global Design Project

When you venture out to almost any mall in America, you’ll find anchor stores that are often the draw for mall shoppers – Belk’s, Dillards, Macy’s.  Like a shopping mall, Stampin’ Up! catalogs are filled with marquee products – amazing, must-have items like the Special Reason Bundle and the Beautiful You stamp set.  Between all these anchor products, though, are some brilliant sets that might go unnoticed.  Today, I’m sharing one of those sets – Chase Your Dreams from Stampin’ Up!’s Occasions Catalog.  Such fun for folks who’ve traveled to these places or who just love to travel.  Here’s my card:

Chase Your Dreams, Places You'll Go, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingAnd here’s the banner for the challenge that inspired my card:GDP070Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Chase Your Dreams.  There’s something so wonderful and adventurous about people who are well-traveled.  The bulk of my “see the world” travels came during my four years in public accounting – I saw ALL of the small manufacturing cities across the United States.  I didn’t get to enjoy many of them, but I bet I was there.  Since then, I like an occasional trip, but I mostly love staying home.  That doesn’t mean I don’t still love the idea of great travel and cultural experiences.  I recognize all of the structures in the Chase Your Dreams stamp set, but I admit that I can’t name all of them – I love them all the same.  These fun sketches can be used for notecards or to create a fun pattern that incorporate all of the structures.

    Chase Your Dreams, Stampin' Up!

    Chase Your Dreams, Stampin’ Up!

  • Tips for Easy Layering.  There are two parts of this card that use layering to achieve a desired look.  The first is the “random” stamping of the international structures with a sprinkling of fun sentiments.  When creating a background of images like this, I always start with the larger images and then fill in the spaces with the smaller ones.  I intentionally planned the placement and angle of the structures so that I could fit most of them on the small panel (still, one was covered by the sentiment).  The second showcase of layering is with the strips of Dapper Denim and Tip Top Taupe above the panel of stamped images.  I cropped thin strips of cardstock and glued them to the main panel (it’s easy to snip away the edges after the strips were glued down).  It’s also easy to “tuck-in” the layers by sliding them close to the layer that was already glued down.  It’s a simple effect, but it’s fun to do.
  • Colors.  I love the simplicity of the three colors used on this card – Dapper Denim, Tip Top Taupe and Very Vanilla.  Nothing more.  While the this combination is certainly a great choice for a masculine feel, the colors aren’t necessarily restricted only to men.  Most women would also find this combination appealing, right?  If you like these colors together (pairing a 2016 In Color with a 2015 In Color), please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Dapper Denim, Tip Top Taupe, Very Vanilla

Stamp Sets:  Chase Your Dreams, Places You’ll Go  Papers:  Moroccan Designer Series Paper, Dapper Denim, Tip Top Taupe, Very Vanilla  Inks:  Dapper Denim, Tip Top Taupe  Accessories:  2″ Circle punch, Layering Circles Framelits Dies, Stampin’ DimensionalsChase Your Dreams, Places You'll Go, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

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 challenge.

Thanks for stopping by today!


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  1. You’re too clever Brian. Perfect match, love …❤️️

  2. Stunning card Brian, love it!

  3. Bonjour! Brilliant use of the Chase Your Dreams stamp set.

  4. Love this interpretation of the sketch! Looks like DSP.

  5. Brian, I love this card! Your colors are perfect for any world traveler, The layers are perfect and the sentiment goes so well with the buildings! Gorgeous!

  6. Now, THIS is one stunning card, Brian!!! I love the way you stamped the panel & then the sentiment in the coloured ink to match the Dapper Denim. Very well thought out card, my leader!

  7. I love everything about this! Fabulous color combo…..wonderful stamping……great design!

  8. Love the sentiment because I LOVE LOVE Dr. Seuss !! I also love what you did with these images. Great card !

  9. Brian, only YOU could take a stamp set that I was not fond of, and turn it around for me. (and us). The colors are beautiful; the layout is divine! And your masterpiece of creating the background is nothing short of spectacular!

  10. Your card is just brilliant! LOVE IT! 🙂

  11. Hi Brian:

    Dapper Denim has become my “go to” blue. I just love it. Today’s card is gorgeous. You really know how to pull colors together so that you have the exactly perfect amount of each. Such a beautiful card.

  12. The DSP you created is BEAUTIFUL…spacing, color and stamp size are all perfect!

  13. Gorgeous card!

  14. I really like your card. i also liked what I saw on the global page; Many talented people and I did get some ideas for the stamp sets I was on the fence about now I will be placing an order for them.

  15. Great card! I love your layering techniques. I tried to find the “Oh the places you’ll go” stamp but had no luck. This stamp fits the card perfectly!

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