Simply CASE-ing

Has anyone noticed that the new Stampin’ Up! 2008 Spring/Summer Catalog exhibits the most delightful projects ever?  I simply can’t resist "re-enacting" some of my favorites.  For those who are not running full-time with the growing number of "stamper stalkers," you may need a quick lesson on what a CASE is:  Copy And Share with Everyone.  I have seen another, edgier version, replacing the word "Copy" with "Cheat."  If you copy a project identically (same colors, embellishments, layout), it is appropriately dubbed a "Shameless CASE."  No worries.  All this is done in fun, encouraged and a great way to learn!  As long as you properly credit the original artist or publication (in the event you post them), I say CASE away.

So the middle card on page 149 of the "catty" (the truly hip way to say catalog) leaps out at me as an unsuspecting CASE "victim."  I merely changed the colors, sentiment and added a few touches of my own.  I adore the Simply Said stamp set (I hope they never retire it) and am drawn to the way the flowers on the sample are cascading down, instead of up.  This got me entirely out of the box on this set.  I’m now thinking about using it as backgrounds, flourishes, even adorable steam rising from a cup of coffee.

Basic Gray card stock (very rich, it’s slowly replacing my black in both paper and ink) is the card base, topped off with layers of Soft Sky and Marigold Morning (Marigold is a retired color . . . I actually wanted More Mustard but I didn’t realize I was completely out of it–lesson learned: stock up)!  I used Basic Gray ink for all stamped images.  The "upside down" flower stems came to life on the Marigold layer.  I stamped the small flower as a background on the Basic Gray horizontal strip. 

Paper piercing was added to the corners of a Soft Sky Square (yes, of course, I used a template to make them pretty).  I stamped the dotted and solid flowers on Naturals Ivory and the five petal flower on Marigold Morning.  The tiny flower got one last chance to shine on Soft Sky card stock.  All flowers were snipped and layered for dimension. 

The sentiment is stamped on Naturals Ivory and punched with the large oval.  It got some "legs" with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  My creative touch was adding some sparkle by adhering silver beads to the centers of the cascading flowers and the small Soft Sky flower.  Check out page 192 of the catty (catalog, now you’re getting it) to see the new Stampin’ Up! Bead Duo sets.  Great colors.  Mine will arrive today.  Divine possibilities (my mother’s favorite adjective but obviously now a family legacy).

Stamp Sets: Simply Said (106598)
Paper:  Basic Gray (108692), Soft Sky (108639), Naturals Ivory (101849), Marigold Morning (retired, More Mustard (100946), Summer Sun (103124) or So Saffron (105118) would work equally well)
Ink:  Basic Gray (109120)
Cool Tools:  Paper Piercer and Piercing Template (Crafter’s Tool Kit, 104310), Large Oval Punch (107305)
Perfect Touches:  Silver Beads (non-SU but SU now offers silver beads, 110733)

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Colors Inspired By Splitcoast Stampers Challenge IC110
CASE:  Stampin’ Up! Spring Summer Collection 2008, p. 149

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