Bike Ride for GDP092

Woo Hoo!  It’s time for another CASE the Designer Challenge with the Global Design Project.  There are so many placed to find inspiration for the project we make.  I love the opportunity to create a project that’s inspired by the art of my fellow team members on GDP – always a joy.  This week we are CASEing a Jar of Love project by Steffi Helmschrott, a talented Stampin’ Up! demonstrator in Germany.  Here’s my card:

Bike Ride, Happy Birthday Gorgeous, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, GDP092

And here’s the banner for this week’s challenge that inspired my card:

GDP092If you want to read more about Steffi’s beautiful card on her blog (and if you are fluent in German), CLICK HERE.

When we CASE (Copy and Share Everything or Copy and Selectively Edit), we find inspiration in a project – theme, color combinations, layout, products used – and create our own project by making changes to make it our own.  When CASEing, it’s important to give credit to the original designer – it doesn’t take away from your project at all.  I created a clean and crisp card using the same colors as Steffi – Rose Red, Pool Party and Dapper Denim.  I also accented my project with sweet flowers and a simple border around the main panel.

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Bike Ride.  Let’s talk about this adorable bundle from Stampin’ Up!’s 2017 Annual Catalog.  OK, I realize I’ll do that talking, but I want you to respond to what I’m saying with nods and verbal responses.  This set is under-featured in the catalog (it’s only on one page near the front of the book, when you are super-excited to flip through the rest of the book.  While it didn’t, at first, catch my eye, I have to say that I had a lot of fun building my bike.  With stamps and dies for every little piece, there are so many ways to build a fun bike.  You can add a little rack to the back of the bike or a basket to the front (or both!).  You can add flowers, or a picnic basket – and then there’s the adorable puppy.  There’s even pom pom streamers for the handlebars.  What fun!  Here’s a look at this bundle:
    Bike Ride Bundle, Stampin' Up!

    Bike Ride Bundle, Stampin’ Up!

    And here’s a sweet card by Stampin’ Up!’s artists that showcases the versatility of this bundle:

  • To Stamp or Blend?  This is the question.  Please go back and really study the images in this set.  Stampin’ Up! has added multiple layers that allow us to stamp an image and then color it in with other images.  For example, you can stamp the bike.  The seat and handle bars and pedals can all be stamped with a solid color with small, individual stamps for each.  How brilliant is that!?  I moved too fast, though, to see these small images and colored in these shapes on my own – and I quite like the outcome.  I stamped the bike frame in Dapper Denim.  Almost immediately, I grabbed a Blender Pen and colored in the seat, handle bars and pedal by pulling a little bit of the blue from the stamped image and dragging it into the shape.  It would have been perfectly fun to stamp these in Pool Party, too (similar to the way its shown in the sample above), but I was happy with how mine turned out, anyway.

    Blender Pens, Stampin' Up!

    Blender Pens, Stampin’ Up!

  • Colors.  The colors in Steffi’s sweet card are the perfect combination of two blues and a red – Dapper Denim, Pool Party and Rose Red.  In the United States, these colors have a patriotic feel.  The bike, I suppose, could translate to Americana, but the image and colors are pretty universal.  I love this pairing – Rose Red offers a beautiful accent to these blues. If you like this combination of colors, too, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Dapper Denim, Pool Party, Rose Red

Stamp Sets:  Bike Ride, Happy Birthday Gorgeous  Papers:  Dapper Denim, Pool Party, Rose Red, Crumb Cake, Thick Whisper White  Inks:  Dapper Denim, Pool Party, Rose Red, Archival Basic Black, Crumb Cake  Accessories:  Build a Bike Framelits Dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals, Blender Pens

Bike Ride, Happy Birthday Gorgeous, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, GDP092

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.

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  1. How cute ! This is a stamp set that is fun to play with especially since it has so many cute options .
    LOVE BLENDER PENS ! They are lots of fun to use.
    This is a FUN card !!

  2. Great take on the challenge. Love those colors together. Cute card. I can see how this stamp set is so versatile. I always have fun making cards using bikes. Have a great week, Brian.

  3. A great card for any age. I may now be sold on the bicycle!

  4. Love the strip you added for the bike path!

  5. Oh Brian – this card is just so dang cute! I love the bicycle and the fact that you have those gorgeous flowers in the basket! Your color choices are fabulous (as always). I have been through the catty several times and this set never caught my eye. Thanks for sharing your talents with us every day, I so look forward to your blog every morning!

  6. I didn’t think of it this way, but you can use it for all ages. It just has a FUN feeling to this card!

  7. Crisp, fun and the perfect sentiment!

  8. As a cyclist, I am always looking for cute bicycle things! I love this set because the bike is something everyone can relate to. The dies look great and there is a lot of versatility.

  9. No question, I LOVE your cards…this one included…BUT, your writing is so entertaining! I enjoy reading your blog every morning with my first cup of coffee…thank you!

  10. Brian you always make me smile. Love your comments and helpful instructions. You inspire me daily.

  11. I really like how you drew inspiration from her card. I think the colors work beautifully together. Awesome project.

  12. The bike is adorable The colors work is perfect together. Great inspiration.

  13. Just wonderful. I think you are a master of color combos! I really like the Rose Red with the Dapper Denim. Nice to “meet” you on the phone today.

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