Let’s Stay Up Late and Craft

“Let’s stay up late and craft.” I have never been much of a night owl, so these are not words that would normally spill from my lips. In this new, shelter-in-place world, though, I find that my hours are shifting a little bit. Since I don’t have to get out early to beat the morning traffic, I can stay up late to watch “my shows” or create projects to share with you. I wanted to give It Starts with Art one last spin before it retires on June 2, and (for the first time since I’ve owned this stamp set) staying up late to craft actually sounds fun. Here’s my card:

It Starts with Art, Stampin Up!, Brian KingAnd here’s the banner for Donna Mikasa’s sketch that inspired my card:

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  • It Starts with Art. There’s an entire suite of products in Stampin’ Up!’s 2019 Annual Catalog that celebrates our love of stamping and crafting. With pens, paper clips and binder clips, there are even elements that celebrate our love of office supplies. 🙂 I showcase the It Starts with Art Bundle and the Follow Your Art Designer Series Paper on today’s fun card. Both of these products retire soon – and both are must-haves. Here’s a look at the It Starts with Art Bundle: It Starts with Art Bundle, Stampin' Up!, 151090I don’t use retired papers a lot, but I have a small stock of this paper for future use. Here’s a look at the colors and patterns in the Follow Your Art Designer Series Paper. Follow Your Art Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up! 2019 Annual Catalog, 149489You’ve gotta love that paper, right?
  • At a Diagonal. I love to play with Designer Series Papers. While this panel of brushes, pens, rollers and spatulas is designed with the images straight up and down on the page, I cut into the paper a bit to create a pattern where these tools are angled on the page. Not only does the diagonal add a little motion to the design, but it allowed me to balance the images on the page (no row of tools was fully cut in half). To keep with my diagonal pattern, I also added my sentiment to a strip of Calypso Coral that was placed at a diagonal on the card front:It Starts with Art, Stampin Up!, Brian KingThe Calypso Coral frame around my sentiment is cropped with the Stitched Labels Dies, also only available until June 2 (or when supplies run out) – and they are on sale right now!
  • An Ocean-Themed Color Combination. I pulled all three of the colors on my card from the Follow Your Art Designer Series Paper. As I created the color inspiration graphic for today’s post, it occurred to me that all three of these colors are ocean-themed. How fun! If you love this combination of Calypso Coral, Coastal Cabana and Pacific Point as much as I do, please save this for future reference: Stampin Up! Color Inspiration - Calypso Coral, Coastal Cabana, Pacific Point

Stamp Sets: It Starts with Art  Papers: Follow Your Art Designer Series Paper, Coastal Cabana, Calypso Coral, Thick Whisper White, Vellum Cardstock  Inks:  Pacific Point  Accessories: Stitched Labels Dies, Layering Circles Dies, 2-1/4″ Circle Punch, 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. great idea to put the DSP on a diagonal for interest. the vellum is the perfect touch behind the sentiment.

  2. I appreciated seeing your idea of cutting into the paper a bit to create a pattern where the tools are angled on the page. And I am always looking for ideas on how to use vellum paper (plus the DSP peaks through).

  3. Suzie Patt Cullen

    Good morning, Brian! I love this card! And I have to admit I have the bundle and haven’t used it either ☺️ but during this stay-at-home time, I am trying all sorts of cardmaking ideas and using “ untouched” supplies.
    Thank you♥️

  4. I’m an early to bed, early to rise person too, Brian, but this is a sweet card! The vellum is the perfect touch.

  5. What a great card using this bright, cheery DSP with vellum and the great sentiment. My feeling is anytime is a good time to craft. Enjoy your day!

  6. Cheryl McAskill

    I like how you used this! I will have to CASE!
    BTW…I CASEd a Card of yours on my blog…Here’s a link for a peek!
    Also tomorrow’s card is a CASE of another one of your Cards!

  7. Really cute card esp with this sketch!

  8. Staying up LATE is my thing…….And you nailed the sketch with your AWESOME looking card my friend.

  9. I just love the bright colors in this DSP! Fun card!

  10. Sonny Peterson

    I like your way of adding more interest by slanting your paper .
    I just ordered the dies because they are only $12 plus change now ! YAY !
    The DSP is the cutest and I may have to order it again before it goes away !
    I need to use more vellum !

  11. I love how you use the vellum. I have a lot of it in my stash but I alwasys
    completely forget about it. I love the DSP and have to agree that giving it that little twist is what made this great card. Fantastic job as always Brian.

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