Inspiration from Brilliant Friends

One of my favourite places for ideas, when I’m hitting a creative block, is my stamping friends.  As you can imagine, I have a lot of stamping friends, and I follow quite a few of their blogs. Well, when I was prepping for my Colorful Seasons class, I had hit a creative block.  I don’t know why – it’s one of my favourite Bundles! Anyway, I remembered that I had seen a card I really, really liked on one of my friend’s blogs – hence, the Inspiration from Brilliant Friends! 🙂

Susan Horr is an amazing demonstrator friend who lives in the U.S.; I was lucky enough to meet her a year ago (or was it longer?) at our Stampin’ Up! Leadership convention in Orlando.  It’s fun to follow her blog, not just for her creative genius, but also read about her beautiful granddaughters.  I hope you’ll hop over to her blog HERE for a look, before you sign off from my page! The page I’ve directed you to is the card that I literally copied – I liked it that much! Why mess with perfection, right?! 🙂

Anyway, here is my card.  And if you read the comments on Susan’s post, you’ll see that I did warn her that I’d be CASE’ing her card!

Colorful Seasons

Inspiration from Brilliant Friends

If you haven’t heard the term ‘CASE’ before, it’s an acronym that stands for Copy And Share Everything.  That sort of frees up the guilty feeling when you’re making a card that’s just like someone else’s! Usually I do make some changes, and add or take away something from the original design.  This time, the only thing I added was the layer of Basic Black cardstock.


Another thing I loved about this card, that Susan made, is that it comes together so quickly! And yet it looks so stylish.  Simply cut a strip of the Color Theory Designer Series Paper, and a piece of Berry Burst cardstock.  While keeping them butted up to each other, stamp the branch, flowers and sentiment from the Colorful Seasons stamp set in Basic Black ink.  Holding the papers together allows you to stamp the branch and flowers across both papers at once, without having to worry about lining them up, if they were stamped separately.

Layer the DSP and cardstock on top of a 3 3/4″ x 5″ panel of Whisper White cardstock, using Stampin’ Dimensionals. Next, layer that on top of a 4″ x 5 1/4″ panel of Basic Black cardstock.  Die cut the Adirondack chair from Whisper White cardstock using the Big Shot and Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies.  I find using the Mini Glue Dots to attach these detailed die cuts the easiest, as you can ‘roll’ them between your fingers, to make them skinnier!  The entire front panels are then attached to the Whisper White card base.

Get Your Supplies

If you’d like to be like me, and copy Susan’s card ;), you can click on the images below to order your supplies.  And remember that this is Bonus Month – so if you order the Colorful Seasons Bundle (#145348 $69.25 thinlits and stamp set) you’ll automatically qualify for a $6 Coupon Code, redeemable during August on any order!




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I've always liked to create things, but I'm not a great artist, or sculptor, or any type of 'traditional' artist - but I love to create! I love the satisfaction of a completed project. Whether a card, painting or other project - as long as it can create a smile, evoke a feeling, or some type of reaction in the recipient. I hope you will enjoy sharing my creations, and occasional ramblings; I'd enjoy having you create with me! :)

4 thoughts on “Inspiration from Brilliant Friends

  1. I am so honored, Deborah, Usually I am the one CASEing you! Thank you for your kind words. I’m looking forward to being with you in Orlando again in 2018! You better be there! 🙂

    1. Thanks again for sharing your talents, Susan! Everyone loved this card that you designed 🙂

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