You Are My True North

It’s so easy to get off-track in life. With so many things coming at us all the time, small distractions can cause us to lose our direction or to lose sight of what’s most important to us and the people we love. That’s why it’s important to periodically step back, take a breath and reorient. We have to reset our compass to North so we know where we are. It’s also important to have someone in your life who reminds you of what matters – someone to reorient your compass and send you back in the right direction. Here’s my card for that person:

Sailing Home, Come Sail Away Designer Series Paper, Be Mine Dies, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingMy card is inspired by a sketch by my friend Donna Mikasa. Here’s the banner for this week’s CAS((E) This Sketch challenge:

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  • Sailing Home Bundle. The Sailing Home Bundle (complete with a lighthouse, boats, anchors and nautical ropes) is the star of the Come Sail Suite of Products. Featured on the front of Stampin’ Up!’s 2019 Annual Catalog, the Sailing Home Bundle is certain to be one of the most popular products soon headed your way – you’ll want to order it as soon as you can. Here’s a look at the Sailing Home Bundle:Sailing Home Bundle, Stampin' Up! 151066And here’s a look at the gorgeous Come Sail Away Designer Series Paper – a mix of blues, greens and browns that perfectly coordinates with the products in this suite. Here’s a look at the colors and patterns in the Come Sail Away Designer Series Paper:Come Sail Away, Stampin' Up! 149481
  • Sweet Touch. Like the sketch that inspired my card, the sweet sentiment extends across the focal panel of Come Sail Away Designer Series Paper. I tried several different accents behind my sentiment (the compass is an obvious choice, but I wanted something even sweeter). I cropped an oblong heart with Terracotta Tile cardstock using the Be Mine Stitched Dies. Here’s a closer look:   Sailing Home, Come Sail Away Designer Series Paper, Be Mine Dies, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingI glued the sentiment to the heart and then popped up both with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Here’s a look at the Be Mine Stitched Dies that are carrying over into Stampin’ Up!’s 2019 Annual Catalog:Be MIne Stitched Framelits Dies, Stampin' Up!, 148527
  • Sweet Masculine Color Combination. Masculine cards don’t have to be all brown and blue. This card features warm brown, soft green and brick red that are beautiful but still lend to a card you’d be happy to give to the man in your life, right? If you like this combination of Mint Macaron, Terracotta Tile and Soft Suede, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration - Mint Macaron, Terracotta Tile, Soft SuedeTerracotta Tile is one of Stampin’ Up!’s 2019-2021 In Colors. Isn’t it gorgeous?! You can click on the picture below to read more about these new colors:Stampin' Up!'s 2019-2021 In Colors - Purple Posy, Seaside Spray, Rococo Rose, Terracotta Tile, Pretty Peacock

Stamp Sets: Sailing Home  Papers: Come Sail Away Designer Series Paper, Soft Suede, Terracotta Tile, Mint Macaron, Thick Whisper White  Inks: Tuxedo Black Memento  Accessories: Be Mine Stitched Dies, Subtle 3D Embossing Folder, 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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  1. What a stunning design! Love this card. Another reason to love the Sailing Home suite.

  2. Love this suite and love your card more. I’m sure it will be happily received.

  3. The true north sentiment says “love” to me at an even deeper level. Beautiful layout and concept, BK.

  4. Linda Callahan

    Oh that Terra-cotta is fabulous! Beautiful card…..and that subtle DSP behind the heart is perfect!

  5. Every single detail on this card is PERFECT.

  6. My eye went right to the texture you created with the embossing folder and love the way you used the DSP and you know I love perfect!

  7. Great take on the sketch, Brian. I love the DSP with the Terracotta Tile heart with the sweet sentiment. Enjoy your day!

  8. I like that color combination and that sentiment, well, I loved it the first time I saw it! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Love this suite. Your card is gorgeous! Love the color coordination! Thank you for sharing your creativity!

  10. Great card Brian! That set just arrived at my house, can’t wait to crack it open!

  11. Oh Brian, I just got the Subtle Dynamic EF and it’s absolutely stunning in person, I just love the amazing texture it gives to ordinary card stock.
    And your Nautical card is gorgeous, love every single detail on it.
    Thank you for sharing.

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