CASE Study Challenge #187

Hello again!

This is my second post of the day, for the current Runway Inspired Challenge, please scroll down or click here.

At CASE Study challenge, we have an interesting inspiration from Jaclyn Miller:


A little different than our usual card inspirations, but if you look closely, the rectangular bags actually look like card sketches!

I was inspired by the sentiment label on the left, and made this card:

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I used a hello die from TCW and die cut it partially leaving the bottom edge intact. I then stamped the sentiment from the Altenew Label Love using Hero Arts Soft Pool ink.

The hearts were die cut using the Cuttlebug Concentric Hearts die. A very simple card! I love it when they are simple :)

If you haven’t already, do stop by the CASE Study challenge blog. We have some gorgeous inspiration from the the design team and from our muse Jaclyn and guest designer Catherine.

Runway Inspired Challenge #58


We have a very special Runway Inspired Challenge this week. We are teaming up with  CAS(E) this Sketch! So for this week, we have a Runway look and a sketch for inspiration.

We also have a guest designer; the very talented Deepti Malik. Welcome Deepti!




Well, what a coincidence that both inspirations have painted flowers! and what is more, there is a set by Altenew that goes by that name! Of course I had to use it :)

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I stamped the flowers on scrap paper using Hero Arts  Soft Cantaloupe and Pale Tomato inks, along with Verfine Onyx Black ink. Afterwards, I trimmed the flower cluster and adhered to the card base using foam tape. The sentiment is from the Altenew Label Love set, and was stamped with SU! Midnight Muse ink.

On the card base, I splattered some ink using Heidi Swapp Navy color shine. The doily was a gift from Ellen Hutson, who is also our sponsor this week!

Make sure to play along for a chance to win a $25 gift card from Ellen Hutson!

And if you haven’t already, stop by the Runway Inspired Challenge for more inspiration!

CASE Study #186


I am joining in a bit late at last week’s CASE study challenge. It was a very busy week as I spent most of it processing Altenew orders. It is all very exciting though :)

So here is the inspiration photo from Jaclyn Miller, a quite famous card as it had made a big buzz when it was published:


I like how the designs go off the edges. I didn’t do this gorgeous card justice, but here is my humble attempt:

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I used two square dies to cut all the squares, and the sentiment is from the Altenew Label Love set.

If you haven’t already, check out the CASE Study challenge blog for a good dose of inspiration from the talented design team along with our muse Jaclyn and guest designer Catherine.

Altenews blog hop


Hey everyone!

As you may know, together with Jennifer Rzasa, I have started the company Altenew. Today we are hosting a blog hop to celebrate the grand opening of our store, which will be on Monday April 7th.

Jennifer and I are showcasing our cards at the Altenew blog, and our super-star designers are joining us with their Altenew projects.

To join in all the fun, please head over there and hop along. There will be many prizes along the way!

CASE Study #185

Hi everyone!

We just entered the month of April, which means we have a new muse at CASE Study. This month, we have the talented Jaclyn Miller!

We also have a new month long guest designer; Catherine Pooler. I just checked out her blog, and her work is amazing!!

Here is the inspiration for this week:


Isn’t this card just the sweetest?!

I was inspired to use a flower and vase stamp set from Clearly Besotted Stamps called “Flower Arrangement” I used a few stamps, along with the set’s coordinating dies to create this card:



I used the dies to cut out the vases out of white card stock, and covered them with white liquid enamel. While they were drying, I made the flower using a die by Memory Box. The sentiment, stem and leaf are stamps from the set.

Please stop by the CASE Study challenge blog and check out what the rest of the design team along with Jaclyn and our guest designer Catherine have created!

Runway Inspired Challenge 157


We have an awesome outfit for inspiration at Runway Inspired Challenge!




Isn’t this just the coolest? I love the collage print in the dress, and the contrast it makes with the dress’s clean cuts.

Lil’ inker designs are our sponsor this week, and we the design team had a chance to play with some of their goodies! I used the Shiny Happy Sentiments set along with some My Minds Eye patterned paper to create a collage on my card:

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After I made the collage on the card base, I decided to add a frame on top to give it a clean border, like the dress.

I used foam tape all around the frame so that no gaps show when you look at it sideways. The flair is from Bossy Joscie, and the paper packs that I used are called “Blush” and “Be Amazing”.

Do stop by the Runway Inspired Challenge blog and check out how the rest of the team approached the inspiration photo.

And don’t miss playing along! The winner will receive a $25 gift card to Lil’ Inker Designs!

CASE Study #184

Hello everyone!

First off all, you guys are awesome! All the beautiful response that I received from my Monday announcement was beyond my expectation! Thank you so much for all the kind words!

It’s CASE study time, and I have here our last inspiration from Joni. You are going to LOVE this one:



Isn’t this simply gorgeous?! I really wanted to just copy it!

But since this is CASE study, I took inspiration from the pink vellum, symmetry, stitching and the bold sentiment.

Here is what I made:

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At first the sentiment may look out of place, but I think it can be sent as a congratulations card in an excited mode :)

I used the Hero Arts/Sizzix set Antique Flowers and Butterflies to die cut the dogwood flower frame out of pink vellum. For the butterflies, I first embossed them using Ranger’s Queens Gold embossing powder before die cutting them using the coordinating die.

I glued the piece together lightly, then die cut a circle in the center to use the vellum collage like a frame. However,  I didn’t like how it looked, and decided to use a circle raised on foam tape instead. Before I adhered this circle, I pierced over the vellum and through the card base using a piercing template from Stampin’Up!, then hand stitched using white embroidery floss.

It is kind of an unusual card, but I think I am learning to like it :)

Stop by the CASE Study blog for some gorgeous inspiration! The design team along with our guest designers and Joni did a good number on this one!

Big News!

It is time to finally share with you what I have been up to behind the scenes.

Last year, I decided to start designing stamps. I subscribed to Adobe Creative Cloud, and started learning and designing in Illustrator. Here are some of the cards that I have shared using those stamps:

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DSC_0048-001  DSC_0936-001

Yes, I am starting a small company for stamps! And you know what is more exciting?! Jennifer Rzasa is with me on board!!!

The company name is Altenew and our website went live today. We will be opening our store on April 7th, but in the mean time please take a minute and check it out!

Make sure to also Like our Facebook Page and Follow us on Pinterest!

I can’t leave without sharing a new card! Here is one that I made using a stamp set from today’s sneak peek (the sneak peeks are at the company’s blog section):

Altenew stamps

CASE Study Challenge 183


It’s time for our next challenge at CASE Study. We have this beauty from Joni:


The pinstripes in the back stood out to me and reminded be of a ribbon that I have and never used.

I made a very simple card using the ribbon and Joni’s sketch as my main inspiration:

CASE Study 183 TasnimI embossed the frame in gold, trimmed around it, then stamped the sentiments using SU! chocolate chip ink. The frame is by Tim Holtz, the set is called  “Urban Grunge“. The “congrats” stamp is by Hero Arts, and the next line is from Wplus9′s “Damask Doilies” set.

For assembly, I first secured the ribbon in the back using adhesive tape, then attached the frame using foam tape. Super simple and quick card :)

Please stop by the CASE Study Challenge blog to get a dose of fabulous inspiration!

Runway Inspired Challenge #56

Hello everyone!

This week we have a very cool inspiration photo at Runway Inspired Challenge!

For inspiration, I focused on the patterned skirt and the prominence of yellow.

Here is the card I made:

DSC_0936-001The stamps that I used in this card are from a set that I have designed, and it will be in the market soon! I stamped them using Memento black ink, then colored with Copic markers. I added a strip of yellow card stock at the bottom, then a strip of black on top leaving a little bit of yellow peeking through.

I don’t think I did the picture justice, but you should definitely check out what my team-mates made, including our guest designer Karolyn Loncon. Each card will wow you!

Our sponsor for this challenge is Ellen Hutson, and the winner will receive a $25 credit to her online store!

Don’t forget to stop by the Runway Inspired challenge to see the other projects, or you can vie them individually here:

Aga | Jen | Joni | Kristen| Mayuri | Pamela | Taheerah | Virginia

CASE Study Challenge #182


I am back with a new CASE Study challenge with Joni as our muse.  The inspiration is a gorgeous vibrant card! Check it:


I went with the inking and splatter for inspiration, and added one my favorite techniques; masking!

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and it is an interactive card! When you pull the side tab, it reveals the rest of the sentiment:

interactive card

What’s interesting is that I didn’t plan it to be interactive from the beginning. A particularly large droplet of water led me to cover up that area by adding a moon to the scene. Since I was going for a one-layer look, I decided to die cut a circle and insert a white circle in it’s place.

Then as I was deciding on the sentiment and it’s placement, I thought a circular sentiment on the moon would look interesting. So I pulled out all my circular sentiments that would fit, and the one with the heart shape and ‘love’ looked the best. I was done and left my card, or at least I thought I was done…when I came back to look at the it again, it didn’t seem right; ‘Love’ floating in the sky. I thought ‘Love you’ would be better, but I wasn’t going to add any more elements to the sky area since I wanted it to be the focal part from the beginning. That is when the idea to make it an interactive card came. With a little bit of card engineering I was able to put the idea into action :)

I won’t try to explain how I did it, even though it is quite simple, it is not easy to explain without pictures. But if anyone is interested, I could do a video later on.

I hope you stop by the CASE Study challenge blog and play along! There design team along with our guest designers and Joni herself have some amazing projects to share!

Clean & Simple Cardmaking 3 Winner!


Thank you to all those who left a comment on my Giveaway post!

And the winner is…


Denisse Cherry!! who said:


Congratulations Denisse! I will email you to set you up with the class.

Class starts on Monday, and I hope all of you will join us! I am very excited for my first time attending as a guest teacher!

CASE Study Challenge #181

Hi everyone!

We are starting with our March muse at CASE Study, and guess who it is! It is none other than my Runway team mate Joni Andaya!! LOVE her work, an so excited to be CASEing them!

We also have two guest designers joining us this month; Sarah Gough and Kate Lorenzini, both very talented ladies!

Here is the first inspiration:


This is one of those card that I just want to copy!

My card is inspired by the color combo and the sketch of Joni’s card.

CASE 181 TasnimI stamped the background with Wplus9 stripe stamp from the Country Charm set using Hero Arts Soft Sand ink. After that I layered a piece of chocolate card stock, and a die cut flower from Hero Arts. The sentiment was stamped on white card stock and matted with the same chocolate card stock. A very simple and easy design :)

Make sure to stop by the CASE Study challenge blog to see what the rest of the design team created along with Joni herself!


Runway Inspired Challenge #55


It’s time for a new Runway Inspired challenge!

The inspiration:

Quite glamorous, isn’t it?

Normally I would go for a damask or floral design, but I decided to use an intricate butterfly die. And of course, all those silver sequins meant that I had to use my silver glimmer paper!

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  1. cut a square piece of glimmer paper. mine was 1.75″ square
  2. position the butterfly die on top of the square glimmer paper and run it through a die cutting machine
  3. apply adhesive to a slightly smaller square piece of scrap paper and place the die cut glimmer paper on top.
  4. carefully remove the butterfly shape leaving all the small pieces behind.
  5. Die cut the butterfly out of white card stock and emboss twice with black embossing powder
  6. apply glue dot behind the black butterfly and insert it into the glimmer paper.
  7. matte the glimmer square on to a black square that is 1/8″ larger.

This week our sponsor is Simon Says Stamp, and the winner will receive a $15 gift card to their online store.

Do stop by the Runway Inspired Challenge blog and check out how the rest of the design team was inspired by this week’s Runway look.

Guest Teacher at Online Card Classes!

Hello hello!

Yes, I have been asked to be a guest teacher at the next Online Card Classes! I feel very happy and honored to be entrusted with this position. Here is a class sneak peak. My card sneak is in there! Can you guess which one it is?!


Simplify your card creations for maximum “wow”! Join Kristina Werner, Jennifer McGuire, Julie Ebersole and guest artists (including me!) for another round of the ever-popular Clean & Simple Cardmaking class series, Clean & Simple Cardmaking 3, which shines the spotlight on one-layer cards!

In Clean & Simple Cardmaking 3 from Online Card Classes, you’ll learn over 20 fabulous ways to create one-layer cards with a clean-and-simple style. Whether your definition of clean-and-simple is a simple technique with big impact or a bit more time-intensive technique with clean results, you’ll find a wide range of new ideas, videos and techniques to spark your creativity.

Head on over to Online Card Classes to sign up for Clean & Simple Cardmaking 3 and discover for yourself all the possibilities in one-layer cards. Class starts March 10, but you can take it anytime – you will have lifetime access.

I have one spot to giveaway. To enter, please leave a comment on this post by Friday, March 7th 11:59 EST. If you win and have already signed up, you will be issued a refund.


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