C.A.S.E (Copy And Steal Everything) is a term we in the paper crafting realm use when we see something we like and we copy it. That is one thing I love about the paper crafting community: so many people are willing to share their ideas. There are thousands of awesome ideas out there to try and I only wish I had more time to try them.

With all the great ideas out there it can be intimidating to try and create something of your own. Perhaps you may worry that simply copying another person’s card is not really being creative. However, whether you get your inspiration from another person on social media or you copy something right out of the catalog, you are still being creative. Sometimes, some of us who like to make stuff think we have to be the original creator to have it “count”. But that is a misconception. Tapping into the creative therapy that helps us relax and feel good only requires you make something. Coming up with your very own crafts is not necessary to tap into the well of euphoria that comes when we create with your hands. Another added bonus from copying an idea is that you learn from it. When you are first learning a technique, playing with a new stamp set, or trying out some new pattern paper, copying another project can take the pressure off of thinking you have to come up with something out of the blue and allows you to just relax and create. Really, let’s be honest, who needs more pressure in life anyway? Not me!

So I give you permission to not feel bad for making a card you saw on the internet or one you had to make from a catalog. There is no shame in that at all. I encourage you to take some time to explore new ideas, give a few a try and remember to credit back to the person who was generous enough to share their inspiration with you.

On that note, I got the idea for this card from a stamp company called Concord and 9th.  I saw this layout and played around with a few stamp sets till I landed on the Picnic With You  stamp set. One of my favorite types of projects is one that uses a stamp set in a way that is not so obvious.  This really stretches your stamps and supplies.

To start off with, I made the wreath by first tracing one of my circle dies with the Smoky Slate marker.  This gave me a nice circular guide to use when stamping the leaves from the Picnic With You stamp set. I used the Smoky Slate marker because the line would blend in with the stamping and for the most part be hidden after I was done.  After I stamped the wreath I set it aside and made my flowers.

 

I die cut several of the flowers in both sizes with the matching die set.  Then I used a template I made by die cutting the two flowers. Using my Stamparatus, I lined up my stamps so they would stamp inside the die shapes. This is way faster than stamping all the flowers and then having to line each flower up with the die and running it through the big shot.  I placed each die cut into the matching whole and stamped it.

 

After all the flowers were stamped I attached them to the wreath with either a dimensional or a glue dot.  I white embossed a sentiment from Love What You Do stamp set onto Mossy Meadow card stock and placed it on the card front using dimensionals.  I was really happy with how the card turned out.  Thanks Concord & 9th!

I hope you enjoyed today’s card and thanks for stopping by today.

Supplies:

145980 Picnic With You Bundle
101650 Very Vanilla CS (5 1/2″ x 8″) score at 3 3/4″, scraps so stamp and die cut flowers
146926 Share What You Love DS (4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″)
133676 Mossy Meadow CS (2 1/2″ x 1 1/8″)
147111 Mossy Meadow Ink
147094 Daffodil Delight Ink
102283 VersaMark Ink
109132 White Embossing Powder
129053 Heat Tool
148213 Stamparatus
143263 Big Shot w/ cutting pads
130658 Magnetic Platform
103683 Mini Glue Dots
104430 Stampin’ Dimensionals