A Friend Like You for CTS283

I love the colors of Fall. My recent trip to Alaska and Seattle made me hopeful for the crisp air of Autumn. While the air was definitely clean and crisp in those cities, the temperature was far from Fall. Lucky me! I was able to visit those beautiful places and could still come home to find the Fall colors and textures in my Nature’s Poem Designer Series Paper. 🙂 How’s that for an introduction to a card? Here’s my card:

Bunch of Blossoms, Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, CTS283My friend Donna Mikasa created the sketch that inspired my card. Here’s the banner for this week’s CAS(E) This Sketch challenge (this challenge will be live at 10am EST):

CTS283Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Beautiful Layers. I love the layered shapes in Donna’s sketch. I couldn’t help but to reach for some gorgeous Designer Series Papers. I love the pairing of this thatched Grapefruit Grove piece of Nature’s Poem Designer Series Paper with the soft, sweet leaves on the top layer. The mix of detail and textured (almost solid) works wonderfully. Here’s a look at the colors and patterns in the Fall-friendly Natures’ Poem Designer Series Paper: Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, 146338How perfect are those pages for Autumn? Here are measurements for my layers (starting with the base and working my way up):
    • Mint Macaron – 4-1/4″ x 11″ (scored at 5-1/2″)
    • Thick Whisper White – 3-5/8″ x 4-7/8″
    • Nature’s Poem Designer Series Paper – 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″
    • Thick Whisper White – 2-3/4″ x 4-1/8″
    • Nature’s Poem Designer Series Paper – 2-5/8″ x 4″
    • Mint Macaron – 3-1/2″ x 3/4″
    • Nature’s Poem Designer Series Paper – Everyday Label punch
    • Whisper White – Darling Label punch
  • Punch-Punch. I love this sweet sentiment from the Bunch of Blossoms stamp set – lots of great sentiments in that fun set. I had fun layering these sentiment with two of my favorite all-purpose punches – the Darling Label punch and the Everyday Label punch. Here’s a closer look at the sentiment: Bunch of Blossoms, Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, CTS283Here’s how I framed this sentiment:
    • The sentiment is punched with the Darling Label Punch (part of the Darling Label Punch Box).
    • The frame is punched with the Everyday Label Punch.Darling Label and Everyday Label punch, Stampin' Up!, Brian King
  • Autumn Shades. While the colors around these panels of Designer Series Paper are Whisper White and Mint Macaron, the paper, itself, showcases three gorgeous colors that are an unexpected combination. If you like this combination of Mint Macaron, Grapefruit Grove and Cajun Craze, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Mint Macaron, Grapefruit Grove, Cajun Craze

Bundles: Darling Label Punch Box  Stamp Sets: Bunch of Blossoms  Papers: Nature’s Poem Designer Series Paper, Mint Macaron, Thick Whisper White, Whisper White  Inks: Basic Black  Accessories: Darling Label Punch, Everyday Label Punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

What do you think? Aren’t these colors and papers luscious? So fresh and clean! 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. Beautiful fall color combo and as always, love your mattes!

  2. Beautiful card, Brian. Love the tip about using the punches to get the layered sentiment. Have a great day!

  3. Great paper selections for those lovely layers.

  4. Genius on how you used the Everyday Label Punch and cut it down to match!

  5. This is beautiful! Love the papers and the colors!

  6. Love the colors and genius punching!

  7. Love the colors and wow …great introduction to your project !
    I see GAME SHOW HOST in your future !!

  8. I would have to describe today’s creation as soft and gentle. It’s the kind of card that only a true friend would be worthy of. Just gorgeous. Thanks so much for sharing your talents with us and your tips are genius.

  9. Thanks for the punch tip! I will definitely use that one!

  10. Brian, you never cease to surprise me with your wonderful ideas. The punch layout – genius – love it.

  11. Your card is so cool, crisp and soothing to the eye. Beautiful yet simplistic! Thank you for the two punch tip!

  12. Wonderful take on the sketch!

  13. Lovely card and fab ideas on the layering!

  14. Your card makes me even more anxious for fall! So close, yet so far..
    I love my punches and I really love when I can Use them in unique ways, and I love the way you used the Everyday Label punch! I never noticed the similarities, and I can’t wait to use this little trick 🙂 Awesome card, Brian!

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