My Kind of People for CAS(E) This Sketch

Boy, have I got some good news to share with you today! For the last three years, I’ve been playing along with the amazingly talented designers at CAS(E) This Sketch – a popular, online sketch challenge. Each week, we participants make clean-and-simple cards with the sketches they share. Always such fun! I’m excited to share that I am now a Designer at CAS(E) This Sketch – this is my first week! How cool is that?! I am honored to be a part of this group of amazing artists!

It’s A-OK to get a little loosey-goosey with online sketches, but I stayed pretty close to this week’s fun sketch. I used three piece of cardstock and one stamp set to make this sweet-and-simple card:

Hanging Garden, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, CTS253

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


This week’s sketch (CTS253) a flashback to a three-year-old sketch, CTS107. CTS107 is one of the first CAS(E) This Sketch challenges I played along with back in 2015. If you want to see what I made with this sketch before, CLICK HERE.

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Hanging Garden.  Stampin’ Up!’s 2018 Occasions Catalog kicked off yesterday with lots and lots of amazing, new stamp sets and bundles. There’s just something wonderful about the simplicity of the hanging baskets and fun sentiments in the Hanging Garden stamp set. I stamped this basket of flowers on Very Vanilla and again on Soft Sky (in the exact position). I then cut the Very Vanilla piece all the way to the basket on either side and then trimmed around the base of the basket:Hanging Garden, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingBecause there are four leaves that were pruned in the process, I snipped the tiny leaves and glued them back on the Soft Sky panel – didn’t quite grasp how small they were until I started snipping. Here’s a look at the Hanging Garden stamp set:

    Hanging Gardens, Stampin' Up!, 146239

    Hanging Gardens, Stampin’ Up!

  • Color Blocking. Color blocking is used in fashion to showcase large blocks of bold colors that are often at opposite ends of the color spectrum. Here’s how color blocking plays out in fashion:While the colors I used on my project aren’t bold and bright like these, I showcase three large panels of color from three of Stampin’ Up!’s color families – Daffodil Delight (Bright), Soft Sky (Sublte) and Very Vanilla (Neutral). The layout comes right from the sketch, but the colors really play well together on this project.
  • Sweet Color Combination. Yellow and blue are always lovely together – almost any combination works. I love how the bright Daffodil Delight plays with the soft Soft Sky. The two are further softened with Very Vanilla. If you like this combination as much as I do, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Daffodil Delight, Soft Sky, Very Vanilla

Stamp Sets:  Hanging Garden  Papers:  Daffodil Delight, Softy Sky, Very Vanilla  Inks:  Archival Basic Black, Pear Pizzazz, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry, Flirty Flamingo, Smoky Slate, Crumb Cake  Accessories:  Blender Pens, 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. Maria A Rodriguez

    Well Brian, look at you my dear, WOW!! a designer for this fun, fun challenge!!! that is AWESOME!!!!!
    And your first card is over the top fabulous, beautifully done and so sweet too with this adorable hanging baskets.
    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! and thanks for sharing this great news.

    • Thanks so much, Maria! I appreciate your support. I was so excited to be asked to join this design team. Such fun! So glad you like my card, my friend. πŸ™‚

  2. Brian you really teach me to pay closer attention to the sentiments. Often, on a combo stampset (artwork & sentiment) the art work draws me in and I over look the wonderful sentiments. I love the one you chose today! Lovely job on the snipping!

  3. This is really lovely, Brian. So sweet with the pastel colors. Your fussy cutting skills are amazing.

  4. Congrats and a perfect card!

  5. Beautiful card . . . I love how you snipped out the bowl and paper snipped the little leaves!

  6. Very cool news indeed! You are a wonderful addition to that terrific team of designers! Lovely card with great color blocks and perfect paper snipping!

  7. Congrats on the Design Team gig at CAS(E) this Sketch. Always a fun spot. Hanging Basket is one of my fav’s from the Occasions catalog. Love how you did the color block treatment with it.

  8. Congratulations! CAS(E) is going to loooooove having you on the design team! -I mean, really, who wouldn’t love having such a talented, energetic and enthusiastic designer ??!

    I always love your innovative eye and this sweet card keeps the Parade o’ Delights going.

    • Awww…thanks so much, LaVae! I’m so happy to have you in my life. Thanks so much for your amazing support and friendship. I’m so glad that I can share what I make and that it’s inspiring to some. <3

  9. Congrats, B! This card is a great way to start off your new position…and of course, your scissor skills amaze!

    • Thanks, Cindie! I’m still thrilled that pulled off the snipping of those little leaves. I questioned my sanity as I tried to snip out those little guys. πŸ™‚

  10. Awesome card! Congrats on the designer gig! Well deserved!

  11. Congratulations on the new design team position Brian! I know you will “rock” it (pun intended). Fun to see both of your interpretations of the sketch.

  12. Welcome aboard, Brian! You’ve started off your DT duties beautifully!

  13. I love the colors you chose! It’s been cold here in Texas-as low as 17Β° so I love the spring feel of you Card! So pretty! Congrats on becoming s Designer for the sketches. I’m excited to see what you will create!

    • Thanks so much, Carrie! I was so happy to use these Spring colors – it’s been terribly cold here, too, so I was happy to pull out these colors.

  14. Congratulations, Brian, on being chosen to be one of the designers for this fun challenge. Love your cared ?

  15. A well deserved honor for such a talented guy. Your cards and designs inspire me a lot. Love both of your interpretations of this challenge. Today’s and retro.

    • Thanks so much, Robyn! I was completely floored when they invited me to join – and am still a bit over-excited. So glad you like both of my cards with this sketch! Thanks so much!

  16. It’s so exciting to have you on the team, Brian! LOVE your inaugural post and your wonderful take on the sketch–it’s going to be a fun year!

  17. Congrats on the new gig, Brian! Just one more way for you to inspire the masses!

  18. What a lovely card. I think your color choices work really well together and I find them very soothing. You did an excellent job executing the challenge.

  19. Congratulations Brian!! I have always enjoyed your cards and this first challenge is a good one. Love your card πŸ™‚

  20. Congratulations Brian!!! Wahoo! I love the color blocking here ! You always bring such a crisp and beautiful perspective.

  21. Welcome to our awesome team, Brian! Your card is very pretty and I love your wonderful take on the sketch!

  22. Congratulations! Love this card, it is so pretty!

  23. Drum roll please….I am pleased to present to you the super-fussy-cutting award of the century! Never saw anything like that before. No way. My eyes were crossing just contemplating your mad cutting skills. πŸ™‚ So pleased to have you along with us Brian. And your redux of the sketch is pretty fabbo (fussy cutting aside). This looks very like the hanging basket is being dipped in a pool of cool blue water. Awesome!

    • I’d like to thank the academy…thanks so much, Jen Mitchell. I’m so excited to be a part of this amazing group and am grateful for your kind, over-the-top comments. So glad you like my card. <3

  24. We are super excited to have you with us and I love your card! What a fun and imaginative take and I love the way you split the image and the colors…well just about everything!

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