Up and Away for CTS287

I’m so excited for this week’s CAS(E) This Sketch challenge – it’s the second of several sketches I submitted to the team. I’m not quite sure what I was thinking with I created this sketch (it was hard for me to get something on paper with this sketch) – but I’m super-excited about what I made with it. I hope you’ll play along with this challenge, too, so I can see where you mind takes you. Here’s my summery-sweet card:

Up & Away Thinlits Dies, En Route, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, CTS287And here’s the banner for this week’s sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch:

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  • Up & Away. While there’s a coordinating Lift Me Up stamp set (that I’ve used often over the past few years), I only used the Up & Away Thinlits Dies today. I love these dies – they are a 100% must-have for anyone who likes cheery cards that celebrate or comfort. Here’s a look at these amazing dies: Up & Away Thinlits Dies, Stampin' Up! 142748I used the large balloon Thinlits Die shown above in the top, left in this set of dies – it’s a gorgeous, balloon with lots of detail. While you can layer the pieces shown in the bottom, right corner above with colors behind the balloon, I used the cropped frame of the balloon to trace the outline and crop it out so that I could add a panel of this Tranquil Textures Designer Series Paper behind it. Here’s a closer look:Up & Away Thinlits Dies, En Route, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, CTS287
  • Rainbow of New Colors. Without setting out to do this, I created a rainbow with a collection of colors that are new (or returning) colors to Stampin’ Up!’s color collection this year. Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape, Coastal Cabana, Granny Apple Green, Pineapple Punch, Mango Melody and Poppy Parade. Here’s a graphic to show the colors I used to make this balloon with thin strips of cardstock: An Awesome Rainbow with New Stampin' Up! Colors, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, CTS287Before the new colors arrived, I shared a post with several color suggestions for building a beautiful rainbow and included several samples. CLICK HERE to see that post.
  • Tranquil Textures. My rainbow look bold and gorgeous against this textured Balmy Blue, don’t you think? I wasn’t initially a HUGE fan of the Tranquil Textures Designer Series Paper, but it’s really grown on me – I especially love this textured blue that is perfect for either sea or sky. Here’s a look at the colors and patterns in the Tranquil Textures Designer Series Paper: Tranquil Textures Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, 146331Because the balloon got lost in the mix of patterned paper and rainbow, I filled the back of the balloon with the Tranquil Textures paper, allowing you to better see the amazing texture in the balloon. You’re welcome. <3

Stamp Sets: En Route  Papers: Tranquil Textures Designer Series Paper, Night of Navy, Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape, Coastal Cabana, Granny Apple Green, Pineapple Punch, Mango Melody, Poppy Parade, Thick Whisper White  Inks: Night of Navy  Accessories: Up & Away Thinlits Dies, 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.

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  1. Great interpretation of the sketch Brian!

  2. I, too , love the Up and Away set for its versatility. Great take on the sketch and love your card, Brian. Enjoy your day!

  3. Great card. You can never go wrong with a rainbow.

  4. Great sketch…..and the rainbow is fabulous! Beautiful card!

  5. Awesome card…love the rainbow and your sketch. Will be making my card later today!

  6. The rainbow is genius and I love the movement of the balloon as it floats away!

  7. This is one of those “knock your socks off” cards Brian, especially since today is gloomy, hot, sticky and just plain yuk! So fun to see the beautiful bright colors. Thanks for brightening a yukky day for me. Love it!

  8. Great interpretation for this sketch. Well worth the struggle!

  9. At this time of the year we forget to use some of the awesome sets in the AC. Thanks for the reminder and for the graphic! Love this! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Great sketch and card, Brian! Itโ€™d be great for a child heading off to college… among other occasions ?

  11. Brilliant idea for this sketch, the colors are poppinโ€™ ?

  12. One of my favorite dies~I’m never giving it up! Masterful use of colors on this card, and a perfect reflection of the sketch.
    I went back to make sure I had saved your color family rainbows [I had], and now I want to CASE this card in some of the other color combos. Thanks for the continued inspiration.

    • Yay! I’m so glad you like it, Linda! Making rainbows like this can be so fun – especially with all the colors we can choose from. I appreciate your kind words! <3

  13. Hey Brian,

    Terrific sketch for CAS(E) this week. Your card is amazing, so many layers upon layers of delicious texture and bold colors.

  14. Great sketch and take on it!

  15. It seems a little strange to say this, but what a great job you did with {your own} sketch! I’m familiar with the strange phenomenon of creating a sketch and then not knowing what to do with it(!) But your balloon floating over the rainbow is fantastic! An adventure, indeed!

    • ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks so much, Jen! I had lots of fun with it – and I always have time for a fun rainbow. It was refreshing to make it with these new colors.

  16. Brilliant choice of colors (new!) for the rainbow!!! The new colors are so yummy. I love this thinlit too!!!

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