CASEing a DT Member Part 4 | Inspire vs CASE

Hello Sweet friends! It’s Thanh here and I’m back with bringing you Part IV of CASEing a fellow Sweet Stamp Shop DT Member. This is my final post on this series and I hope that you’ve been enjoying the projects I’ve created and learned a few things along the way with regards to CASEing. This is almost my last post this term with the Sweet team and it has been such a blast getting to know all of you over the last few months! I’ll save my farewell for my last post, but for now, we’re going to review and wrap up the CASEing series.

I’m going to focus Part IV on showing you the difference of CASEing – duplicating a project in almost it’s entirety and being inspired by a project and working from that. I will say that the line between the two is very thin and sometimes – depending on your creative flow – you may start with one and end up with doing the other. You follow? I know this will make sense towards the end!

I’ve already discussed the following:
Part I – How To  |  Part II – Modify | Part III – Adapt

Who am I CASEing today? You’re going to be in for a double feature – since this is the finale of this series – I am featuring two of my fellow Design Team members – *drum roll please* ………………….. Kate Kennedy and Suzanne Bier

Here’s Kate’s original card:


What I love about Kate’s card:

  1. Pink and gold on white… pretty!
  2. Disney reference? Yes, please.
  3. The pure clean and simpleness of it

Here’s Suzanne’s original card:


What I love about Suzanne’s card:

  1. She used bright and fun colours
  2. Mix and match different Sweet sets
  3. Masking the images to make it real birthday party!

Here’s my take on Kate’s card:

CASEing Kate 1 CASEing Kate 2

As I had very similar supplies on hand – I was able to easily replicate Kate’s card to make it look almost exactly like hers. This is definitely a CASE. Remember, CASE is the acronym of copy and share everything. When I CASE, I always give credit to the person who made the original work. You can review the basics of CASEing in Part I of this series as well as etiquette of CASEing here.

Here’s my take on Suzanne’s card:

CASEing Suzanne 1 CASEing Suzanne 2

Do you see how much I have  modified and adapted my card from Suzanne’s original? I define my project as inspired by Suzanne because it became so different from the original. Here’s a summary of what I wanted to do the same, but couldn’t because of the supplies I had on hand or just preferred to use:

  • I don’t have the Balloons set so I just couldn’t make that possible to mask them in the card Suzanne made
  • I don’t have the same sentiments and so I ended up using other sentiments that I felt suited my card or highlighted the Koala images more
  • Due to all the white space that was void of the balloons, I decided to make confetti using bits and pieces of Stuck on This (cactus thorns) and Fishy (water bubbles)
  • To tie in the colour scheme and add a bit of dimension to the card, I placed orange enamel dots as an embellishment

CASEing Suzanne Comparison

I think the biggest difference in CASEing and being inspired by a project is how much you copy the original project. Whether you are CASEing or being inspired by, I think you should give credit where credit is due. I  love reading/seeing when others have been inspired by something I have created and either replicate it exactly or reference it and completely make it their own!

I hope that you’ve enjoyed this series and if you’d like to see more of my projects (perhaps CASE me – haha!), please check out my own blog here.

Have you been CASEing any of the DT members yet? Would love to hear some feedback from you about this series. Please let me know your thoughts below!

For more inspiration, please head over to the Sweet Stamp Shop Pinterest page.

Miles of smiles,

The sets I used on my projects are:
CASEing Kate:
Princess | Royal Wish | Stars from: Foodie

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Inspired by Suzanne:
Koala | Sentiments from: Juggling Act, Elegant Sentiments | “Confetti” from: Stuck on This, Fishy

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One Response to CASEing a DT Member Part 4 | Inspire vs CASE

  1. I love how you were inspired…both of your cards are wonderful. I’ll have to remember that coloring technique you used on the castle…it’s pretty awesome. the koalas are so cute!

    Love this series…thanks so much for all the tips!

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