Season of Thanks for CTS388

I love playing with colors – bright, soft, regal – but there’s something about the neutral tones of Fall that make me very, very happy. The warm colors make me want to wrap in a blanket and sit in a rocker on the back porch. I don’t even care what I’ll be doing – I can read a book, converse with a friend or just stare into the back yard. Today’s card for the CAS(E) This Sketch challenge showcases beautiful, Fall flowers on a textured brown background – so simple, but so beautiful. Here’s my card:

Jar of Flowers, Gather Together, Stampin Up!, Brian King, Thanksgiving card

And here’s the banner for the challenge that inspired my card:

CTS388Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Two Great Bundles. My card features stamps from two bundles that need to be on your list this Autumn – one is from Stampin’ Up!’s 2020 Annual Catalog, and one is from the August – December 2020 Mini Catalog. What fun! The bouquet of sunflowers and coordinating stems are from the Jar of Flowers Stamp Set in the Annual Catalog. While these flowers can be stamped to fit perfectly in a Mason jar, I chose to let my flowers stand alone. Here’s a look at the Jar of Flowers Bundle:Jar of Flowers Bundle, Stampin Up! 154064The “Season of Thanks” sentiment is from a returning favorite in Stampin’ Up!’s August – December 2020 Mini Catalog – and I couldn’t love this set more! Even more exciting than seeing this set return in this year’s Mini Catalog is the fact that the stamp set and coordinating dies are offered at a bundled savings of 10% off (even when coordinating stamps and dies carry into a new catalog, the bundle is usually retired). Here’s a look at the gorgeous Gather Together Bundle:Gather Together Bundle, Stampin' Up! 153036
  • Gilded Autumn Specialty. The Gilded Autumn Specialty Designer Series Paper is a gorgeous pack of Fall-themed papers. I adore the colors and patterns in this pack of papers – Cajun Craze, Mint Macaron and shiny foils are set against browns in this pack of papers. I chose to showcase the browns on my card today, featuring two patterns with Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla. Here’s a look at the colors and patterns in the Gilded Autumn Designer Series Paper:   Gilded Autumn Specialty Designer Series Paper, Stampin Up! 153520You might think I added Early Espresso speckles to a piece of Crumb Cake for an artistically beautiful backdrop on this card – but no. This panel is pulled right from the Gilded Autumn Specialty Designer Series Paper: Jar of Flowers, Gather Together, Stampin Up!, Brian King, Thanksgiving card
  • Layer Measurements. The layers on this card are super-simple, but I love them so. Here are the measurements, starting with the base of the card and working my way up to the sentiment:
    • Crumb Cake – 4-1/4″ x 11″ (scored at 5-1/2″)
    • Gilded Autumn Specialty Designer Series Paper – 4″ x 5-1/4″
    • Stampin’ Dimensionals
    • Early Espresso – 3-3/8″ x 4-5/8″
    • Gilded Autumn Specialty Designer Series Paper – 3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″
    • Stampin’ Dimensionals
    • Thick Whisper White – Tailored Label Punch

Stamp Sets: Jar of Flowers, Gather Together  Papers: Gilded Autumn Specialty Designer Series Paper, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Thick Whisper White  Inks: Early Espresso  Accessories: Tailored Tag 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. This card is a tonal poem. The flowers are lovely outside their jar and the 2 choices of DSP perfectly focus the warmth of the colors. Makes me want to grab a mug of mulled cider and watch the leaves fall. Just beautiful.

    • Thank you so much, Linda! A “tonal poem” – I love that! I tried to add colors to this, but I kept coming back to these warm tones. I’m so happy you like it! ♥

  2. Margaret Ann Hammond

    A beautiful fall card.

  3. Absolutely fabulous fall card! Love the paper and fall tones!

  4. Love the colours on this Brian, a beautiful card with lovley papers and image.

  5. I can’t tell you how many times I said, “WOW!” Love the clean style and crisp sentiment. I hadn’t noticed the speckled paper! Perfect choice.

  6. Wow! Fantastic card, Brian!

  7. Couldn’t agree more with you on snuggling in a fuzzy blanket and just escaping. Your card brings a world of peace to this busy gal. LOVE!

  8. I love this look…very creative! Thanks for inspiration!

  9. I’m not really a “brown” person as such but this card really is absolutely gorgeous and I can’t imagine it being any more beautiful in another color. Just a WOW card. P.S. – If you come visit me Brian I’m sure I can find one of my quilts for you to wrap up on the porch with……….

  10. Ditto what Grace said. I love bright colors, but this card in the neutrals is stunning. So elegant. Love the bouquet without a jar. Have a great day!

    • Thanks, Hilda! I initially stamped these flowers on Whisper White and intended to color them. I love to color, but maybe I got a little lazy – and I’m glad of it. 🙂 Hope your day is great!

  11. Stunning!

  12. You are definitely operating in my wheelhouse with this cardBrian. I LOVE neutrals and this card shows how gorgeous neutrals can be all on their own. I love it.

  13. Very calming, love the neutral palette!

  14. I love everything about this card!

  15. Ooooh , BEAUITFUL Card , love it ♥️
    Tfs , my friend
    Ps (I’m loving my cutter?
    Hugs Frenchie ♥️

  16. I truly LOVE this card! Who knew that using just neutrals would be so appealing!

  17. This is fantastic!!

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