A Bike Ride with Steffi for GDP128

Woo Hoo! It’s time for another CASE the Designer Challenge with the Global Design Project. There are so many places 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, All Things Thanks, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, GDP128And here’s the banner for the challenge that inspired my card:

GDPD128When 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.  As you can tell, I was inspired the floral theme of Steffi’s card – I love the layout and the long, slender shape of her card.

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Bike Ride. Spring is almost here. This weekend gave us some great “outside weather” that was perfect for sitting on the porch, taking a walk or going for a bike ride. How’s that for a great segue to to this adorable bundle from Stampin’ Up!’s 2017 Annual Catalog?! This set is under-featured in the catalog (it’s only on one page near the front of the book). While it didn’t initially catch my eye, I have had a lot of fun with the set.  With stamps and dies for every little piece, there are so many ways to build a great card.  I only used the bundle of flowers (that’s designed to be tucked in the basket of the bicycle) for my card. What fun! Here’s a look at this bundle:

    Bike Ride Bundle, Stampin' Up!

    Bike Ride Bundle, Stampin’ Up!

  • Playing with Shape. I’ve been playing a lot with tall, thin cards lately. There’s something so appealing about the different shape of them. I love Steffi’s long, slender card and was inspired to make my own long, slender card. I also created this fun sentiment based on Steffi’s card. I embossed the sentiment (from All Things Thanks), snipped it with the Classic Label punch and snipped the end for a new look. Here are the measurements for my simple card (starting with the base of the card and working my way up):
    • Sahara Sand – 5-1/2″ x 6″ (scored at 3″)
    • Basic Black – 5″ x 2-1/2″
    • Coffee Break Designer Series Paper – 4-7/8″ x 2-3/8″
  • Sweet Colors. I love the soft Peekaboo Peach and vibrant Lemon Lime Twist on Steffi’s card – both are showcased beautifully on a Crumb Cake Base. My vibrant Daffodil Delight flowers are wrapped in Sahara Sand and housed on a soft Sky Sky panel. If you like this combination of Daffodil Delight, Softy Sky and Sahara Sand, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Daffodil Delight, Soft Sky, Sahara Sand

Bundles: Bike Ride  Stamp Sets: Bike Ride, All Things Thanks  Papers: Coffee Break Designer Series Paper, Sahara Sand, Basic Black, Thick Whisper White  Inks: Archival Basic Black, Stampin’ Write Markers (Daffodil Delight, Sahara Sand), Whisper White Craft  Accessories: White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Classic Label punch, Build a Bike Framelits Dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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. Beautiful CASE Brian, love that little bouquet of flowers with that fabulous DSP in the background!!!
    Awesome way to pop the sentiment!!
    Thank you for sharing.

  2. Cute interpretation of the sketch. Love the simple bouquet of flowers!

  3. Simple but elegant! I, too, like the long skinny card, which I very seldom use. It’s just a little different but a nice change. Enjoy your day!

  4. I like the size of the card, need to try that. I’m glad it’s bike riding weather somewhere, we’re getting up to a foot of snow up here in Maine on Wednesday!

  5. I like the way you have the black mating and sentiment..pops off the blue! Cool skinny card!

  6. Lovely card. Beautiful Inspiration. I’ll have to try my hand at GDP challenge this week!

  7. Love this card Brian! It IS nice to make a size different from the A2 occasionally! You did a fabulous job (as always).

  8. Brian you have made a few long narrow cards and I like them a lot, today I write it down on my things todo because this is too fun to keep passing up. Also, liked how you snipped the end of the mat for the sentiment, very clever.

  9. Clean, simple and beautiful. Your color choices work so well together, I love their softness. Great job Brian

  10. As always, you made a wonderful card. I love the soft colors. The mention of the bike set got me thinking about the last time I was actually on a bike – probably 1966 when girls in Catholic colleges really did not wsear slacks — so I biked in an A-libe skirt and loafers! Easy after scaling down the Niagara Gorge in a similar outfit. Bravo to anyone who still rides. Those days are long gone. Thanks for the memory jog.

  11. Suzie Patt Cullen

    Regarding the GDP128 challenge: The words “so sweet” comes to mind when I look at your card, Brian.
    I love the different size of the card. I don’t think about that, but with the envelope punch board, it really would be easy! Thank you, Brian, again!

    • I’m so glad you like it, Suzie! I love Steffi’s inspiration card and just “stole” all the great things about hers. 🙂 Thanks so much, Suzie!

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