Life’s Short for CTS302

I had loads of fun with Animal Outing for this week’s CAS(E) This Sketch challenge. Not only did I love playing with the sweet giraffe, but I positioned him against two panels of giraffe-print paper and added some leaves for him to peek through. I combined two sentiments to make the perfect combination of words to go with my giraffe. Here’s my card:

Animal Outing, Lemon Zest, Home to Roost, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingAnd here’s the banner for Donna Mikasa’s challenge that inspired my card (this challenge goes live at 10:30 am EST):


Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Peek-a-boo. Giraffes are tall, peaceful creatures. I love this guy from Animal Outing. I stamped him with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on Thick Whisper White and colored him with my Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends. I cropped him with a Framelits die from the Animal Friends Thinlits Die. I added greenery from the dies, too. Peek-a-boo!Animal Outing, Lemon Zest, Home to Roost, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingHere’s a look at the Animal Outing Bundle from Stampin’ Up!’s 2018 Annual Catalog:Animal Outing Bundle, Stampin' Up!, 148324And here are the colors and patterns in the Animal Expedition Designer Series Paper – such a great complement to the Animal Outing Bundle: Animal Expeditions Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up! 146902January’s Paper Pumpkin kit coordinates with the Animal Outing Bundle – you won’t need it to complete the kit, but you’ll want the bundle if you get the kit – and you’ll want the kit if you have the bundle. It’s that easy! Click below to sign up for January’s Paper Pumpkin kit:
  • Building the Sentiment. The sentiment at the center of my giraffe card is a little ironic, don’t you think? A tall creature peeking over a “life’s short” sentiment – just what I wanted for my giraffe. “Life’s short – Enjoy the simple moments” is the perfect combination of irony and sweetness. Here’s a closer look: Animal Outing, Lemon Zest, Home to Roost, Stampin' Up!, Brian King“Life’s short” is from Lemon Zest. Here’s a look at the images and sentiments in this stamp set:Lemon Zest, Stampin' Up! 143808“Enjoy the simple moments” is from Home to Roost (a stamp set that’s available to be selected with a $50 order during Sale-a-Bration). Here’s a look at this fun set: Home to Roost, Stampin' Up! 149736
  • In Nature.  While the Crumb Cake panel of giraffe print is Crumb Cake, I really wanted my giraffe to pop with a bright yellow creature. The colors on my card are inspired by nature – yellow giraffe, green leaves and an earthy backdrop. If you like this combination of Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz and Crumb Cake, please save this: Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration - Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz, Crumb Cake

Bundles: Animal Outing  Stamp Sets: Animal Outing, Lemon Zest, Home to Roost  Papers: Animal Expedition Designer Series Paper, Pear Pizzazz, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Thick Whisper White  Inks: Tuxedo Black Memento, Stampin’ Blends (Daffodil Delight)  Accessories: Animal Friends 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. This is adorable! Love that giraffe peeking over the top! The combined sentiment is perfect!

  2. You always know how to “stretch” your creativity. Love the combination of the two sentiments!

  3. Adorable card and bundle, Brian! ?

  4. Ditto what my friend Suzie {above} wrote !!
    I fell in love with that cute giraffe ,but what really caught my eye was that SILLY little frog on the branch !!
    Don`t have this bundle ,but thank you for the hint about January`s PP ! I get it monthly and love it when they coordinate with catalog products ….You have INSPIRED ME TO ORDER !!!! Giggle !!

  5. Awwwww, my friend , that’s my happy go to guy , he in every corner of my home , he makes me happy always , since I was little, ops that’s a long time ago , lol????
    Thanks for sharing ,
    Hugs Frenchie ♥️♥️♥️

  6. So cute and oh so true. Looking forward to that paper pumpkin kit. Love when there is a tie in. Happy holidays everyone.

  7. Brian this card really makes me smile!
    You are not falling short of your King status on matching up sentiments.
    This is perfect along with the giraffe. Too Fun!

    • Yay! Thanks, Katrina! I’d hate to fall short of my status – <3. I searched and searched for the perfected sentiment to coordinate with "LIFE'S SHORT" - this was one was just what I wanted. <3

  8. Wonderful card! Brillliant combination of sentiments, and love that it’s showcased.

  9. Love your take on the sketch with this cute, fun card. I know you had fun designing it. Enjoy your Friday!

  10. Fun card..loved how you mixed the sentiments and popped that giraffe in!

  11. I just love everything about this suite of products, and your giraffe card is another reason why I am so taken with it. Such a happy card, and it will make anyone’s day even brighter.

  12. This is so darn clever. I never would have thought to use the giraffe like that and it is PERFECT!! I also adore the sentiment. It is so true!! GREAT take on the sketch!!

    • Awww…thanks so much, Nora! This giraffe is playing peek-a-boo, and this sketch gave me a great foundation for the card. So happy you like it! Thanks! ♥

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