Number of Years for CTS269

For this week’s CAS(E) This Sketch challenge, I pulled out my beloved Number of Years stamp set and Large Numbers Framelits Dies for one last spin before they retire at the end of May. The flowers in this fun set were perfect for this sketch – and the numbers and sentiments rounded out the card perfectly. Here’s the front of my card:

Number of Years, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, birthday card, CTS269And here’s the banner for this week’s CAS(E) This Sketch challenge that inspired my card:


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  • Number of Years. There was a collective gasp across the world when we all realized the Number of Years and coordinating Large Numbers Framelits would be retiring at the end of May. We have found wonderful ways to use these numbers for all kinds of celebrations – and they pair perfectly with the Letters for You stamp set and coordinating Large Letters Framelits Dies. If you have those dies, then you’ll definitely want these. Here’s a look at the Large Numbers Framelits Dies: Large Numbers Framelits Dies, Stampin' Up! 140622And here’s a look at the awesome, coordinating stamp set that I used on this card today: Number of Years, Stampin' Up! 140653Don’t delay! These items are currently being sold on a while-supplies-last basis – if you want them (and I know you do), be sure to get them today. 🙂
  • The Inside. How bold and rich does the number on the front of this card look? I love these numbers – they are perfect for celebrating a milestone birthday or anniversary or year. With just a “45” on the outside of the card, the inside is even more special. I love this sentiment – “the number of years the world has been a better place because you’re in it.” How sweet is that?! Here’s a look at the inside of this card: Number of Years, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, birthday card, CTS269I repeated the flowers on the inside of the card, adding just a touch of them in the bottom, left corner. It adds a little something special on the inside and ties the design back to the front of the card.
  • Color Combination. I’m so happy to work with Blackberry Bliss again – the much-loved deep purple is coming back in 2018’s Annual Catalog (if you missed my post about the returning colors, you can read it here). The richness of Blackberry Bliss really helps Calypso Coral and Old Olive to pop on this card. If you like this combination as much as I do, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Calypso Coral, Old Olive, Blackberry Bliss

Stamp Sets: Number of Years  Papers: Old Olive, Blackberry Bliss, Whisper White, Thick Whisper White  Inks: Calypso Coral, Old Olive, Blackberry Bliss  Accessories: Large Numbers Framelits Dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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  1. Brian, I also was so surprised when I saw this stamp
    Set was retiring! I’ve used it so many times and love the sentiment you used in today’s card. It makes a very special card.

    • Thanks so much, Candy! This is one of the few bundles I might have to hold on to for that very reason – love this sentiment and these bold, fun numbers. So versatile! <3

  2. What a delightful card. Ah, to be 45! Won’t we miss that stamp set and those great Framelits!

  3. A beautiful card Brian and sounds like it’s a beautiful person that is receiving it!

  4. Love the bold numbers with the sweet flowers and birthday sentiment. Great take on the sketch. Have a wonderful day!

  5. Elegant simplicity inside and out. I adore how the numbers and sentiment work together!

  6. Perfect for this sketch and pretty color combo!

  7. What a fabulous card! I love the sentiment, the color combo and putting that great little stamp on the corner inside was the absolute perfect touch. The person that receives this card I’m sure will hold onto it forever. It is gorgeous.

    • Thanks so much, Grace! I’m so glad you like it! I was excited to use Blackberry Bliss again. I’m glad you like the “additional touch” on the inside. <3

  8. I see a casing coming, great card Brian. I used this stamp set a lot in the beginning and some how forgotten about it. Your card has reminded me how much I like this stamp set.

  9. Brian I love this card, plain and simple, I love it. Your color choices, Old Olive is one of my “go to” colors and it was love st first sight with Blackberry Bliss. This bundle, well it’s moved to the “Well I didn’t say you could retire” shelf. So when I’m sharing cards for friends and family you might just see it. It’s like you’ve been creating just for me lately.

    • That makes me so happy to hear, Robbye! I’m so glad you like what I’m sharing. <3 I just don't see how I could get rid of this set and the dies, either. It's a goodie!

  10. I loved today’s card. You nailed it! It is absolutely perfect.

  11. This is so pretty!! I love the way you stamped the flowers on this-kind of “pointing” to the bold numbers!! GREAT design!

  12. Such a pretty card! I’m sorry to see this retire too!

  13. Wonderful take on the sketch, Brian!

  14. A rich, bold take on the sketch! How sad that those numbers are retiring. Hopefully a newer design will take its place 😉

    • Thanks so much, Donna! I had fun with this sketch and reached for this set before realizing how perfect it would be for the design. <3 Always nice to hear from you.

  15. I love how the numbers take center stage nested amid the dainty floral corners . Of course, the bold colors make all the difference – what a great color combo!

  16. I LOVE the large numbers!!! Gosh, I have used them so much. Will have to remember that sentiment is in the stamp set, it’s wonderful. Love your card!

    • Thanks, Sheryl! I’ve pretty much decided to hang on to this bundle – it’s such a great complement to the Large Letters dies.

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