Hello with Peaceful Poppies

I’ve had a small pile of 1″ circles sitting on the edge of my desk for about a month. I didn’t want to waste a scrap of Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper, so I punched a handful of circles to eventually use on a card. This week’s CAS(E) This Sketch challenge turned that little pile of circles into a sweet-and-simple card. What great inspiration! ♥ Here’s my card for this week’s CTS challenge:

Label Me Bold, Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper, Stampin Up!, Brian KingI turned the sketch on its side so I could fit five circles on my card. Here’s the banner for the challenge that inspired my card:

CTS364This challenge (CTS#364) is a Retro Sketch that takes us back to CAS(E) This Sketch’s very first challenge – CTS#1. How fun is that. If you’d like to see the projects for this first challenge, click here.

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Peaceful Poppies. Poppy Parade is the star of this card and provides a bold, bright foundation for the simple design. The five circles, though, are cropped from a panel of Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper, making this designer paper a strong, supporting role on this card. Here are the colors and patterns in the Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper: Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up! 151324If you’d like to see some other projects I’ve shared with this Designer Series Paper, along with some great color combinations in this pack of papers, CLICK HERE.
  • Fun Elements.  Despite the bold color and row of gorgeous circles, the star of this card is the bitty “hello” and embossed flower. Here’s a closer look:Label Me Bold, Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper, Stampin Up!, Brian KingI’ve used the Label Me Bold stamp set WAY more than I ever thought, and I have zero regrets for proving myself wrong. I just love it! Stamp it and make a couple of snips to have a perfect sentiment for almost any card – turns out it’s the perfect height for Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals. ♥ Here’s a look at the Label Me Bold stamp set: Label Me Bold, Stampin' Up! 151631Soon after the January – June 2020 Mini Catalog was released, the Peaceful Poppies Elements were sold out. They are back, so I can now showcase these incredible elements. There are some bold images, watercolor images that are embossed, vellum images that are embossed and some great black banners and elements. It’s easy to overlook this pack of elements, but you shouldn’t! Here’s a look: Peaceful Poppies Elements, Stampin Up! 151327
  • Simple Layers and Easy Layering. I don’t often use a large panel of cardstock with no stamping or embossing on it, but this sketch called for it, and I couldn’t be happier. The five circles measure 5″ wide, but the panel they are on is 5-1/8″ wide. I lined the panel up on my Stampin’ Grid paper to find a base for the circles and placed all of the circles down. I glued them down (one-by-one) starting with the far-left and far-right circles and then made my way to the center to make sure the circles remained balanced on the card front. Here are the layers on this card, starting with the card base and working the way up:
    • Poppy Parade – 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″
    • Whisper White – 5-1/4″ x 4″
    • Poppy Parade – 5-1/8″ x 3-7/8″
    • Pleasant Poppies Designer Series Paper – five 1″ circles
    • Vellum cutout from Peaceful Poppies Elements
    • Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals
    • Thick Whisper White

Stamp Sets: Label Me Bold  Papers: Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper, Poppy Parade, Thick Whisper White, Whisper White  Inks: Tuxedo Black Memento Black  Accessories: Peaceful Poppies Elements, 1″ Circle punch, Mini 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 knockout interpretation of the sketch! 💕 Thanks, too, for linking the original post from CAS. Now that we’re “social distancing”, I have all the excuse I need to spend a little extra time scrolling through past galleries for inspiration. Fun to see how personal styles develop!

    • Thank you so much, Linda! I couldn’t agree more – it’s interesting to see how styles have progressed since 2012. Glad you like it. Be safe! ♥

  2. Roberta Miller Sullivan

    This card is very striking! It is definitely going on my list to CASE. The base colors are perfect and bring the eye to the DSP circles. The added touch of the vellum flower really completes this lovely design. What a great way to use our small DSP scraps that are left over. Thank you Brian…

  3. Such a cute card with the dsp circles! I probably would never have thought to punch the paper for the circles.

  4. LOVE what you did with this sketch. Your card is FANTASTIC.

  5. You are right Brian, we want to use every corner of that gorgeous DSP! Such a bright and cheerful card.

  6. Ohh!! I agree, this card is a stunner, love how you turned the sketch on the horizontal, I think the 5 circles look more beautiful that way.
    And your vellum flower truly shines even if it’s sheer, I think that’s what makes it stand out!!!
    Thank you for sharing.

  7. It seems Jackie had great foresight in designing her sketch. What a great way to use your circles for this beautiful card. Love the embossed vellum. Enjoy our day!

  8. What a brilliant way to turn your leftover circles into creative coolness!

  9. Now THAT is an eye grabber of a card. Just goes to show that sometimes less is better. The striking vellum flower really does turn this card from beautiful to magnificent! I love that sketch and will be using it for sure. Thanks Brian. I did look back at the original post and every one of those cards were great.

    • Thank you so much, Grace! I think Poppy Parade is such a brilliant color, and I love it in this Designer Series Paper and cardstock. So glad you like the card – I always appreciate your kind comments. ♥

  10. What a great CASE! I love the colors and the DSP you chose. ITs a very elegant combination. Well done!

  11. Stunning card and design.

  12. What a way to use your scraps! This is currently one of my favorite DSP!
    Great sketch!

  13. simple and beautiful

  14. Ingenious! I love sketches that I can use scraps of DSP.

  15. Brian, you’ve done it again! Don’t you ever stop??? LOL I keep scraps around for awhile, but these circles, with the pop of that white layer, are perfect! I am SURE you must have been an architect in a previous life, because your cards are always spot on! Beautiful! TFS

  16. I love the Label Me Bold Set as well but not as much as I love this card! Fabulous in oh so many ways – perfect take on the sketch and oh that sweet vellum flower!

    • Thank you so much, Linda! I wasn’t sure how I’d use that set, but I reach for it ALL THE TIME. I want all the sentiments in blocks like that – all of them. 🙂

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