Lift Me Up for CTS231

While I was away on vacation, I missed playing along with great online challenges.  It was fun to create a card this weekend for this week’s CAS(E) This Sketch challenge.  Yay!  I love this sweet and simple sketch – it gave me the chance to make a soft, sweet card with a mix of “old” and “new” products (there are a lot of great products on this simple card).  Here’s my card:

Lift Me Up, Bunch of Blossoms, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, CTS231

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


Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Lift Me Up.  I love the hot air balloon theme in Stampin’ Up!’s Lift Me Up stamp set and coordinating Up & Away Thinlits Dies.  They are perfect for a soft, sweet encouraging card.  I stamped this little balloon with Archival Basic Gray ink.  Once the archival ink dried, I colored the balloon with three Stampin’ Write Markers – Soft Sky, Lemon Lime Twist and Peekaboo Peach.  Such intricate details!  When I was done, I cropped the little balloon with a Framelit from Up & Away Thinlits and added a few Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back.  If you don’t already have these in your collection, grab them today!  Here’s a look at the stamp set:
    Lift Me Up, Stampin' Up!

    Lift Me Up, Stampin’ Up!

    And here’s a look at the coordinating Thinlits:

    Up & Away Thinlits Dies, Stampin' Up!

    Up & Away Thinlits Dies, Stampin’ Up!

    REMEMBER – in July, you earn a free $5 coupon to be used in August for every $5 you spend in July.  That means you can earn a coupon for just buying these two items.  Win!

  • A Soft Cloud.  While there are some small clouds in the Up & Away Thinlits Dies, I didn’t use them to create the fun cloud in the center of my little collage.  This cloud was punched with the Pretty Label punch – how fun!  I punched the cloud from Thick Whisper White cardstock:
    Pretty Label punch, Stampin' Up!

    Pretty Label punch, Stampin’ Up!

    Before adding the balloon and before adding the fun cloud to the card front, I washed the image with a Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush:

    Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush, Stampin' Up!

    Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush, Stampin’ Up!

    What an easy way to add a little shine!  The effect is subtle in the picture, but it’s there. Here’s a closer look:This cloud was punched with Stampin' Up!'s Pretty Label punch and covered with Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush for a shiny texture

  • A Soft Lemon Lime Twist.  I think we were all shocked (in a good way) to see Lemon Lime Twist in the lineup of 2017-2019 In Colors.  This bright and sassy color is like no other color in the collection.  It’s BRIGHT when paired with dark colors or other bright colors but SOFT when paired with other soft colors.  I love how sweet it looks with Soft Sky and Peekaboo Peach – don’t you?  If you like this combination, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Soft Sky, Lemon Lime Twist, Peekaboo Peach

Stamp Sets:  Lift Me Up, Bunch of Blossoms  Papers:  Soft Sky, Lemon Lime Twist, Thick Whisper White  Inks:  Archival Basic Gray, Stampin’ Write Markers (Soft Sky, Lemon Lime Twist, Peekaboo Peach)  Accessories:  Pretty Label Punch, Up & Away Thinlits Dies, Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Mini Stampin’ DimensionalsLift Me Up, Bunch of Blossoms, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, CTS231

I hope you’ll pop over to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.

Bonus Days 2017

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  1. An absolute stunner and beautiful translation of the sketch into a BK signature piece!

  2. LOVE this card and love this color combo!!! And I don’t say this much because I’m terrified of sketches, but that sketch is ADORABLE. Glad you are home!

  3. What a fabulous card. Love all the layers.

  4. Your Label Punch cloud is the cutest!

  5. I never would have seen the label punch as a cloud until looking at your fun card. Love it Brian and thanks again for opening my eyes to something new.

  6. Jennifer Spiller

    Oh Brian, I love this so much! Beautiful card.

  7. Gorgeous card Brian. The Soft Sky and Lemon Lime Twist play so well together.

  8. Great color combo for a really cute card, Brian. Enjoy your day!

  9. okay ….you went all cute and crafty with this one !! Love your PUNCH CLOUD ! Also love that trendy “TWIST” color !! So fresh and perky and just like others have said it plays well with others !!
    Wouldn`t it be fun to have a PUNCH CHALLENGE ??

  10. Great take on the sketch!

  11. You are wonderful with color….and in general…?. The lemon lime is fabulous with soft sky!

  12. Another awesome card! Love it!

  13. Love this ❤️

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