Balloons and “caseing” cards!

One of my most favorite things to do is to sit at my desk and design cards for my classes.  I prefer not to look at Pinterest unless I am pulling up sketches that are in black and white.  That way I don’t get particular colors in my head or particular stamp sets.  I just a layout at times to get me started.  Often the card turns out to look completely different from the sketch, but, it gets me started in a direction!

Well, I am also blessed to be surounded by a very talented downline!  We had our shoe box swap this past Saturday with our downline.  I received so many beautiful cards!  I have them up on my boards for everyone to enjoy.

This particular card I decided I would like to “case”.It was the card that Joan W. brought to share with us at the swap.  “Caseing” means I am going to use her card design, but, make it my own.  Here is Joan’s card:IMG_1103The card base is sahara sand with the colors pulled from the designer paper, (from the 12 x 12 It’s My Party paper stack), melon mambo, crushed curry and mint macroon.  Joan used the Balloon Celebration stamp set which is on page 12 of the Ocassions catalog.  Beautiful, right?

Because I choose to use the same designer paper, I did go with the same accent colors as above.  I made my card base tip top taupe and changed out the bakers twine for linen thread:

IMG_1104I placed my washi tape on a piece of white card stock and ran it lengthwise instead of horizonal.  The stamp set I used is one of our newest SAB offerings, Party Pants.  I choose to add the little verse on cardstock and bump it up with dimensionals.  I added a little star embellishment on the crushed curry star just for fun.  So, the same but different!

So, take a look and find a card you really like and make it your own!

Happy Stamping!

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