Make a Difference for CTS270

Stampin’ Up! kicked off an Early Release from the 2018 Annual Catalog this week – three bundles from the Share What You Love suite of products and one bundle of the new 2018-2020 In Color ink pads. How fun! Today’s card features the Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper and the Make a Difference stamp set – a new stamp set that’s included in the “A Little More, Please” and “Gotta Have it All” Bundles. Here’s my card:

Make a Difference, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, CTS270, Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper, CTS270And here’s the banner for the challenge that inspired my card:

CTS270If you want even MORE inspiration for this sketch challenge, check out the projects from 2016 when this sketch was first introduced during CTS167. CLICK HERE to see these projects.

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Make a Difference Photopolymer Stamp Set. The Make a Difference stamp set is a must-have. At first glance, it’s just “another sentiment builder” – but it’s so much more. Here’s a closer look at this amazing stamp set: Make a Difference, Stampin' Up!, 146676I love all of the “add-ons” beneath the letters – perfect for signing the back of a card or creating a sweet tag for a gift. On my card, I used the image of the flowers and the “made with love” sentiment (I masked out “made” to just leave “with love”). Sweet, huh? You aren’t limited to names, though – these letters can be combined to make great sentiments – like “congratulations” used in this card my Stampin’ Up! designers:Make a Difference Sample, Stampin' Up!, 146676
  • Building My Card. The retro sketch for this week’s challenge features three banners and a simple sentiment. I immediately knew I wanted to create the panels with three panels cropped from the band in the Petals & More Framelits Dies. After I assembled them all – two Crumb Cake bands with a Mossy Meadow band in the middle, I wasn’t happy. The ornate ends (which are beautiful) distracted from the background panel of Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper in the background…so, I snipped off the ends and added just one Mossy Meadow panel with the ornate ends. Make a Difference, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, CTS270, Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper, CTS270I stamped the sentiment and flowers with Archival Basic Black ink and colored the petals and leaves with a Blender Pen. Adding the Rich Razzleberry and Mossy Meadow tied the floral image to the background panel of paper.
  • Rich Color Combination. How happy are you to see Mossy Meadow again? It’s one of the returning colors in Stampin’ Up!’s Color Revamp (to read more, click here)? I’m over the moon! I love everything about this rich, deep green – and it pairs beautifully with colors from all color families. With inspiration from the Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper, I combined Mossy Meadow with Crumb Cake and Rich Razzleberry. If you like this combination as much as I do, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Crumb Cake, Mossy Meadow, Rich Razzleberry

Bundles: Gotta Have It All Share What You Love Bundle  Stamp Sets: Make a Difference  Papers: Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper, Crumb Cake, Mossy Meadow, Thick Very Vanilla  Inks: Archival Basic Black, Mossy Meadow, Rich Razzleberry  Accessories: Petals & More Framelits Dies, 1-1/2″ Circle punch, Blender Pen, 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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Early Release – Get These New Products Now

The Make a Difference stamp set featured on this card is available in two of the Share What You Love bundles – and the Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper is only available in one. Be sure to check out the Early Release items that are currently available to customers. I’m so excited we get to share this suite with you – so many great products in these offerings. Click on the image below to take a look at the .pdf promotional:To read more about this new promotion, CLICK HERE.

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  1. Such a pretty card Brian! I like how the white paper off sets the darker designer paper.

    • Thanks, Dawn! The paper is gorgeous and very rich. I really had to play with the panel size to let the DSP shine without taking too much from the focal panel. Glad you like it. <3

  2. Sweet layout and pretty details. Love the floral edges!

  3. Jennifer Spiller

    What a sweet and lovely card!

  4. Love the pretty DSP, all the layers and the sweet sentiment. Very nice! Enjoy your day!

  5. A lovely card..even though you only see a small amount of the DSP it makes it!

  6. I love the deep rich colors of the paper! Sweet design….and great interpretation of the sketch!

    • Thanks, Linda! I don’t always reach for flowery paper, but the deep and rich colors in this one will have me reaching for it a lot. <3

  7. Beautiful card. I was sooooo excited to see Mossy Meadow return. Your card highlights just how well it goes with lots of different colors.

  8. Lovely card Brian and yes, that DSP is gorgeous. I am leaving for vacation the end of next week and I soooooo wish the new catalog was going to be in my hands to take with me so every night I could look and wish! LOL You did a fabulous job with this sketch and your card is incredible!

  9. Very pretty take on the sketch!

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