#GDP212 is CASE the Designer

CAS(E), or Copy and Selectively Edit, challenges are always inspiring, and this week’s challenge is no different.

Here is the inspiration card:

I love the off-center nest stars because they create so much interest.  The little addition of ribbon on the right side is just enough for this card.  It all combines for a gorgeous holiday card.

Here’s my CASE:


While I chose to center this card, I can see myself creating an off-center version in my very near future, as in tomorrow.   I did create a semi-nested layer of sycamore leaves to kind of mimic the nested stars. 

This card reminds me of my childhood.  I grew up on the south shore of Long Island, and I miss everything about fall.  Central Florida does not have fall.  As a matter of fact, it reached 90 degrees a couple of days this past week.  At this time of year, I fondly remember my childhood me raking leaves into huge piles around the yard.  The most fun of the day always involved running up to and jumping into at least one pile of those leaves.  We didn’t even mind having to rake them again (or maybe we did and there’s a block in my memory).  I remember the cool, brisk weather,  how the pile of leaves smelled and felt, and how much harder it was to rake up the crushed leaves than it was the full size ones.  

The CASEing Process

I have to admit that this card did not come together easily at all.  I had stamped and cropped/emobssed the leaves earlier this week for a different card idea altogether.  I’ve been looking at those pieces, moving them around, and setting them aside again all week.  The only thing I knew for sure before tonight was that the base mat would be Merry Merlot.  That’s it.

I’d previously stamped the large oak leaf with Merry Merlot on the same color cardstock.  I used 3 different patterns from the Come to Gather DSP for the smaller leaves.  Everything else was basically leftovers from other cards. If you saw the back of all the layers before I started putting everything together, you would have been looking through the card to my desk.  As it turned out, I really like the color combination and will be using it again.

The large oak leaf and the checked one are adhered down with glue dots.  I hoped the glue dots would give just a hint of height off the base so it wouldn’t just be flat.  After dry-fitting the other three leaves, I figured out where the dimensionals needed to go.  Some dimensionals needed to be doubled, but it’s not an issue since it will be hand-delivered.  I knew I wanted a white piece of cardstock for the sentiment, but didn’t want stark white.  Therefore, I used the splatter stamp from the Gather Together set and stamped off Pretty Peacock three times each before stamping on the banner.  The ribbon is tucked up under the three smaller oak leaves and the sentiment is popped up on two layers of dimensionals.  

Finishing Touches

After adding a piece of DSP to the envelope flap and stamping a Merry Merlot maple leaf on the front, bottom left corner of the envelope, I’d finished this set.   I now have eleven of the sixteen Thanksgiving cards I need, and November hasn’t even started yet.  All is well.  Life is good.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today.  A big thanks, in advance, for taking the time to leave a comment.

Have a Peachy Day!


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Come to Gather stamp set, item # 150589

Come to Gather DSP, item # 150454

Stitched Shapes Dies, item # 145372

Gathered Leaves die set, item # 150662

Whisper White cardstock, item # 100730

Merry Merlot cardstock, item #  146979

Pretty Peacock cardstock, item # 150880

Merry Merlot ink pad, item # 147112

Pretty Peacock ink pad, item # 150083

Come to Gather Ribbon combo pack, item # 150456

Medium Whisper White envelopes, item # 107301

Stamping Dimensionals, item #  104430

Tombow Liquid Adhesive (my fav!!), item # 110755

Glue dots, item # 103683

Paper Pumpkin Specials

I am super excited about the October and November Paper Pumpkin coordinating kits!  I recieved my October Paper Pumpkin card kit on Friday!!   The November kit will be the coordinating gift tags.  So excited!  In order to recieve the November kit, you will need to sign up by November 10th.  Here’s the link for you to sign up for these kits as well:    https://www.paperpumpkin.com/en-us/sign-up/?demoid=2155072