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Fancy Friday – Occasions Catty CASE

Fancy Friday – Occasions Catty CASE published on 3 Comments on Fancy Friday – Occasions Catty CASE

Welcome to this month’s Fancy Friday Blog Hop!  Our team is a group of stampers who love to make beautiful things.  Sometimes they are clean, sometimes they are layered but the one thing I can say for sure is that our projects will be fancy!  If you hopped over from my friend Holly Stene, welcome to the next stop.  For April, we have decided to CASE the Occasions Catalog.  Fun, right?

Beauty Blooms by Jen Timko | Friendship's Sweetest Thoughts Stamp by Stampin' Up, Copic Coloring, Tutti-Frutti DSP by Stampin' UpI think CASEing is always a wonderful compliment to the original designer, don’t you?!  But I also think there are some nice basic “rules” that go along with it.  First, whenever possible I feel it is really important to give credit to the original designer if you are posting your card or using it for a class.  I know how happy it makes me to know that I have inspired someone!  I also believe in honoring the work that was done by the original artist.  Even clean and “simple” cards can take a long time to design because finding balance is challenging.  What is simple to copy might have taken hours to get right.  Second, when I am CASEing, I look to change at least three things.  That way the card is true to the inspiration but still has original elements.

For today’s card, I pulled out Friendship’s Sweetest Thoughts and stamped onto Thick Whisper White with Momento Tuxedo Black ink.  I really love this adorable set and have not given it nearly enough love.  I colored the image using Copic Markers but you could use Stampin’ Blends too.  I thought this fun dotted paper from the Tutti-frutti DSP pack was perfect as a base and then added some retired Pop of Pink DSP behind the image.  The sentiment comes from the stamp set and I attached the banner with a retired clip.

Stampin’ Up Occasions Catalog p. 41

Here is my inspiration card from the catalog.  What are my three changes?  Different image and coloring medium, change of designer papers, change of accessory on the banner.  So while my card is clearly a CASE, it has a fresh and original feel to it.  I wish I knew which of the Concept Artists at Stampin’ Up actually designed this card but it is just fabulous!!

I am thrilled to be joining my Fancy Friends this month.  It has been a while and I missed hopping with them.  Next up is the incredible Jennifer Picard.  I know you will love what she is sharing today!!  Thank you for stopping in.  Hope to see you again soon!

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Products used:

Stamp:  Friendship’s Sweetest Thoughts (SU); Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black; Paper:  Thick Whisper White (SU), Tutti-frutti DSP (SU); Accessories:  Mini Paper Clip (SU retired), Dimensionals

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Freshly Made Sketches #317

Freshly Made Sketches #317 published on 8 Comments on Freshly Made Sketches #317

FMS317 by Jen Timko | Lots of Lavender Stamp Set by Stampin' Up, Friendship's Sweetest Thoughts Stamp Set by Stampin' Up, Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Wood Textures DSP by Stampin' UpYes, I finally did it.  I took a break from making Christmas cards.  Yes, I still have some to finish and all of them to address but I needed a brief reprieve.  So I used this week’s Freshly Made Sketches sketch designed by the amazing Jen Mitchell to show off some new things.

Alright, alright, the sketch is actually a square.  And I really love square cards!  But I wanted to use this lavender image so badly and it just fit better on a rectangle.  The flower is from the new Sale-a-bration set called Lots of Lavender and it will be available on January 3rd for free with a $50 US purchase.  I actually heard it calling to me the second I saw it.  I used some soft Tim Holtz Distress Inks on Bristol Smooth paper to color it and the background.  Such a pretty one to work with and it hardly takes any time to color.  I wanted to use this sentiment from the new Friendship’s Sweetest Thoughts Stamp Set (Occasions 2018, available on Jan 3rd too) but didn’t want to lose any of the image.  Vellum to the rescue.  I added a small piece of Elegant Eggplant behind the image panel to try to keep with the sketch.  The whole panel is popped up on foam (I find this helps keep the panel smooth after watercoloring) and then put on a base from the Wood Textures DSP.  These woodgrains are so pretty and can be used in so many ways.

I hope you like this pretty little look at spring!  Now off I go, back to the Christmas card production line!  Thanks so much for stopping in today.  I’m back tomorrow with a fun card for Newton’s Nook.  Until then, have a great day!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp: Lots of Lavender (SU SAB), Friendship’s Sweetest Thoughts (SU); Paper:  Strathmore Bristol, Elegant Eggplant (SU), Wood Textures DSP (SU), Vellum (SU); Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Wilted Violet, Shabby ShuttersWeathered Wood, Abandoned Coral) ; Accessories: Misti, Heat Tool, Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Zig BrusH2O

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