CASE Study Challenge 172

Hello!

It is the last challenge of this year at CASE Study, and we are ending it with one fabulous inspiration from Cath’s Moxie Fab World:

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Aren’t these cookies too pretty to eat?! Such beautiful and delicate decoration!

Here is my inspired card:

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The die is from Memory Box, and is called Quinn Flourish. I used it to on a piece of 4″ x 5.5″ card stock, and left it in place, only taking out the negative parts. I stamped Roses (retired set from Close to my Heart) and a bokeh background on 1″ diam circle and popped it over the flourish. Finally I adhered the piece on to a cram card base. The greeting is from the SU! set called Love & Laughter.

Stop by the CASE Study blog to see what some of the design team members came up with, and I hope you can play along with us!

Thanks for visiting today 🙂

CASE Study Challenge #171

Time for a new challenge at CASE Study, with an awesome inspiration piece from Moxie Fab world:

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I did a literal interpretation in terms of using a silhouette image filled with watercolors and whimsical patterns. However, instead of a bird, I used a wedding cake:

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I started with a piece of water color paper, sprayed it with water, then added some red and yellow water color paints along with distress inks (diluted with water), trying my best to keep it random and flowing.

While that was drying, I cut out the silhouette of the cake. Since I don’t own a cake die, and I didn’t want to spend time drawing, I used a cake stamp from Inkadinkado for this process. First I stamped the cake on a piece of scrap card stock. Next I drew an outline around it and trimmed it out using scissors. Finally, I used this piece as a template to cut out the negative on the front panel of the card using a craft knife.

Once the negative was done, I chose which area of the water colored panel should show through, and stamped the flower image accordingly. The stamp is from an Inkadinkado set called Organic Fabric Flourish. All that was left was to glue the two pieces together, stamp the greeting and mount the front panel on to the card base using some foam tape. Simple and versatile. What other silhouette image do you think would work with this technique?

Do stop by the CASE Study Challenge blog to see what the rest of the team came up with along with our TWO guest designers Amy Ryall and Leigh Penner.

Thanks for stopping by!

CASE Study 170 and a Video

Hello!

We have a new challenge at CASE Study and our inspiration is this delicious looking cupcake:

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I went with Snowflakes and the color palette for my inspiration. Although instead of coffee brown I used black (since I don’t have much color choices when it comes to DYMO label maker). An alternative would have been to emboss the greeting in white on coffee/cocoa colored card stock, however, I don’t own such a greeting stamp, so DYMO was my choice.

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Here is a video on how I made the card. Apologies for the low quality of lighting and my occasional mumbling! Haven’t done this in a while!

 

Do stop by CASE Study Challenge blog to see the rest of the delicious projects by the design team!

Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Coloring with Glitter

At CASE Study we have a new feature for the month of December. I am very excited about it, and I hope you will be too!!

Instead of our usual month-long muse, this month we will have Moxie Fab World to inspire us!

Keeping up with the trends, we are starting off with a fusion of feather and gold:

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I happened to have bought a huge collection of glitter recently, and seeing all the glimmer and shine in this photo, I decided this would be a perfect opportunity to use those glitters!

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I first embossed the floral image with Ranger’s Pricess Gold embossing powder. Then I proceeded to “color in” with glitter. I used Martha Stewart’s glue pen to assist me in this process (Thanks Wida for the tip!)

For the flowers, I used three different colors of glitter; first I applied little glue at the base, poured in the darkest blue glitter, then applied glue in the mid section and poured the medium colored glitter, and so on. The foliage has gold, white gold and a bluish black. I will list the colors at the bottom.

The shimmer of these glitter is insanely beautiful!! Although the picture doesn’t do it real justice.

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At first, when I had done just the flowers, together with the embossed gold they looked almost like real gems! I am definitely going to do this again with just the blues and gold embossing!

I hope you feel inspired, and if you want more, head over to CASE Study challenge blog where the design team never fails to wow me!

Thanks for stopping by!

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CASE Study Challenge 168

Hello and Happy Thanksgiving to those who are celebrating!

At CASE Study we are featuring the last inspiration from Keisha Campbell. I like her unique  bold style and I enjoyed CASEing her very much. Chupa does bring the most talented artists out there, but next month we will be having something a little different and exciting! So look forward to it 🙂

This week’s inspiration:

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my card:

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The card base measures 4″x6″ and is made out of Bazil kraft card stock. I don’t like embossing directly onto a card base as it always warps the paper. So instead of embossing the large dots, I decided to use white acrylic paint. I poured a little paint on a craft sheet, then using the bottom end of a pen I created the random polka dots. I left them to dry for some time.

On the bottom right corner of the card are a washi tape strip (Michaels), Dymo label sentiment, and a wood veneer butterfly (Michaels).

Make sure to visit the CASE Study Challenge blog for more inspiration, and I hope you will be inspired to play along!

Thanks for stopping by!

CASE Study Challenge #167

Hello!

It is time for a new CASE Study Challenge with Keisha Campbell! We have a pretty cool card for inspiration this week. Check it:

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I love everything about this card; the color scheme, filled background pattern, cluster of elements which are in the center but not symmetric, the tilted banner! well, as I said, everything! 🙂

My first idea was to use the Square Pattern background stamp by Hero Arts. When I had bought this set over a year ago, I knew I wanted to pair it with the Wish you were here set someday. That someday has finally come!

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After stamping and trimming an armchair, I tried to cluster it with other elements in the center of the panel. It wasn’t working for me, so I had to come up with a different design. The bottom strip says welcome! repeatedly. I used this free font to print it out. Until recently, I almost always designed a card first, and then added a sentiment whose font/size/occasion seemed appropriate for the card. However, I have now started to put more thought into it. I think of a person I would give a certain card to, and then decide on the sentiment. For this particular card, I thought it would be appropriate to give it to my husband’s aunt who just moved to New York from Kuwait. I know her children are very happy about this;  after living apart for over a decade, and the rest of the family is happy too, specially my mother in-law who now has her sister back living in close proximity 🙂

The sentiment strip and the arm chairs are all raised with foam tape. The resin rose is supposed to represent a fancy cushion 🙂

Inks used are: Versafine Onyx Black and SU! Pretty in Pink.

Please stop by the CASE Study challenge blog for more inspiration, and don’t forget to play along!

Thanks for stopping by!

Keisha Campbell – November Muse
Amy Tsuruta – November Guest Designer
Amy Wanford

Andrea Ewen
Clare Buswell
Debby Hughes
Iwona Palamountain
Jeanne Jachna
Maureen Merritt
Silke Ledlow

CASE Study Challenge #164

Hello!

Some of my friends were wondering how was I posting cards when I was away for Hajj. Some even thought I was making cards there! Well, my last four posts, that is since October 8th, were all scheduled ahead of time. I have been back for just about a week now, but I am still recovering from tiredness, exhaustion and being a little sick.  I would like to write about my travel and experience but I think I will wait for another day for just that.

For now, I will go back to this week’s CASE Study Challenge. Sadly, it is our last inspiration from Elena! I truly enjoyed CASEing the various ensembles from her blog, and this week’s one is probably my favorite:

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When I first saw this one, I knew I had to think hard and use this inspiration well! Later when I thought back on this photo, all I could think of was chocolate and mint, with a hint of yellow, which I decided should be gold in my card 🙂

Looking once more before making the card I noticed that there were lots of white elements in the picture, and I particularly liked the beautiful white frame with its gorgeous texture.

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To create the background texture, Initially I intended to use die cuts and raise them using foam tape. Then I decided to take the easier way and use an embossing folder; less dramatic but a lot faster, specially since the dies I wanted to use were giving a very hard time.

The pictures is pretty bad, but the leaves are actually nice shades of mint and chocolate. They are from Clearly Besotted Stamps Leafy Accent. I used Colorbox mint and SU! Chocolate chip inks to stamp them and then trimmed with scissors.

The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamps Beautiful Words and is embossed in gold.

Now I am craving some chocolate because my card has reminded me of this:

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Make sure to stop by the CASE Study Challenge Blog and check out what the rest of the team along with our muse Elena and guest designer  Michelle came up with.

Thanks for stopping by!

CASE Study Challenge #161

Hello there!

I am here with another AMAZING inspiration from Elena Roussakis for CASE Study Challenge.

Check it out:

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Isn’t this simply breathtaking? Not only are the dolls adorable, but the whole setting is so perfect!

Apart from the beautiful blues and reds, I also wanted to incorporate some beige/linen in my card. I ended up making a flower out of tissue:

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I used some stamps from two old Close to my Heart sets to create the pattern in the background. Most of you probably know how to make this flower. I learned this as a child, and it is probably the easiest way to make a flower! Here is a video tutorial that I did a couple of years ago fro my niece’s website. I had used two napkins in the video, however, for this one I used just one and I cut the strips 2.5″ wide.

I decided to add some looped thread in the back of the flower just like Aga does in some of her cards 🙂 I thought it would go well with the inspiration photo. The sentiment was made using clear tape and Dymo label maker. I stuck the tape on Gray card stock and trimmed.

Before this card I had made another card, which wasn’t too bad but seemed to me too bright for the inspiration photo:

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When I had first seen the inspiration photo, I immediately thought of the washi tape that I used here, plus the lace. Later I decided to stitch a length of Satin ribbon and bunch it  up for an interesting trim. The sentiment on the Heart is made from the same clear tape that I used in the other card. Here is a close-up:

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You can see the stitching thread on the ribbon, and I have a feeling it is not supposed to look like that. However, this is the best I could do, as I am a novice when it comes to stitching!

Stop by the CASE Study Challenge blog for more inspiration! and I hope you will get a chance to play along 🙂

Thanks for visiting!

CASE Study Challenge #160

Hello there!

Warning: Lengthy post ahead!

October is here and with it we have a new muse at CASE Study! It is Elena Roussakis;  a very sweet and talented paper-crafter, and I am thrilled to have her work as inspiration. Wait till you see the them, for they are not your regular cards!

And as for our month long guest designer, we have the Amazing Michelle from Amusing Micheele. Welcome aboard! So happy you are our guest this month!

Here is our first inspiration:

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Well, it is time for the truth to come out. The cards that I post in this blog are not always my first attempted cards. Usually I do not finish those initial cards, and if I do, I throw them in the bin of my “failed design” cards. however, in this case, I made THREE fully thought-out cards before I was satisfied with my fourth and final one.

Here is the card that I submitted to the CASE Study design team:

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A bit of an unusual design for me. But I must say, this the first time I have been happy with my attempt at collage style. It is probably not much for many of you talented ladies out there, but it is a big step for me 🙂

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Now, the sentiment and the spoon may look confusing, but this is how I see it: the spoon represents a helping hand, and I believe in us being able to do great things and help our community.

Now let me walk you through the other three cards in the order that I made them:

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Seeing the inspiration I immediately thought of this washi tape from Target. Then I did something I almost never do; pick up a stamp set and work with it! So I picked this Hero Arts/Studio Calico set and came up with this card using the colors from the inspiration photo. Why did I not like it? Well, to begin, the design didn’t seem too creative; it looked more like a traditional card. Then that washi tape along the bottom edge, and then a bird on one side while everything else is centered just didn’t seem like something I would do…well I did do it…but you know, it didn’t feel right.

Onto the second card (sorry about the blurry picture!) :

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Here I used colors, layout and some elements from the inspiration photo. I was happy that it was a fully stamped card, but once again, it didn’t look too creative. I was sure I had seen a similar card somewhere!

my third card:

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I was actually pretty happy with this card, and thought this was it. But looking back, I felt that I gave far too much attention to gold and not enough to red and blue given the inspiration photo. Also, even thought I thought that negative “A” snuggled between the y’s was creative, it wasn’t really that attractive!

I hope I didn’t bore you, and that you enjoyed going through my design process. Do stop by the CASE Study Challenge blog and check out the projects that our uber-talented design team has cooked up 🙂

Before I leave I would like to mention that next week I will be leaving for Hajj (pilgrimage to Makkah). I am SO grateful for this opportunity (praise to our Lord), but at the same time I have a lot of mixed feelings; happiness and excitement to be visiting His house, and a little anxiety for leaving my 2 year old daughter behind. I just hope that I can make the most out of it.

For those of you who do not know about Hajj, it is the fifth pillar of Islam, and it consists of religious rites following in the footsteps of our forefather Prophet Ibrahim, peace be upon him. There is a time frame within which Hajj must be performed, so it can only be done once a year. If you are interested to learn more, here is an article that gives a short history of Hajj. And here is a more detailed description and significance of the Rites of Hajj.

And finally here is a nasheed (song/poetry/words of praise sung without musical instruments) that is somewhat related to hajj 🙂

Thanks for stopping by!

CASE Study Challenge 159

Hello!

I am here with our last inspiration from Kathy Raccosin at CASE Study.

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I must admit, at first I had a bit of trouble CASE-ing this one. Then I decided to focus on one element and go from there.

The extra large distressed banner caught my attention as it is quite an interesting element. So I went ahead and started inking a 2″ wide strip of paper. From there I decided to use a thin card base, and the rest of the design came along.

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The word “rock” was die cut out of white paper and inked with yellow ink, however I had to hand draw and cut the “u”. Kathy has used the same stamp for repeated background stamping and for the focal point. Similarly, I used the sentiment for both purposes in my card.

I hope you stop by CASE Study blog and take a look at the amazing projects that the design team and Kathy created!

Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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CASE Study 158

Hello there!

There is a new challenge at CASE Study, and have a sweet little inspiration from our muse Kathy Racoosin:

I was inspired by the Polka dot strip and the flowers; both in the background and as the focal point.

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First I stamped the flowers, then adhered the dry embossed vellum strip using a glue stick. I stamped one additional flower, trimmed and popped it with foam tape.

Make sure to visit the CASE Study blog to see what the rest of the team came up with, as well as out guest designer Amber and our muse Kathy.

Thanks for stopping by!

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CASE Study #156

Hello there friends!

At CASE Study we are launching the September challenges with a new muse; Kathy Racoosin from The Daily Marker! If you have seen her work before, you would know she is a Copic expert. Time to get those Copics out and start coloring! If you don’t have Copics, no worries, you can intemperate her work in any way you like.

We also have a new month long guest designer. Welcome aboard, Amber Hight!

Here is the inspiration for this week:

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I was inspired to use Copic markers and color in a similar way that Kathy colored. I also wanted to CASE the button. However, as I started stamping and coloring, I couldn’t find a way to incorporate a button into the card, so I left it as is:

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I used a retired Stamin’Up! set called Fabulous Florets. Starting with the big flower on the left I masked and stamped my way on each side. The Copic markers used were: R30, R32 and R35. It was quick and easy as there wasn’t much blending. The “thank you” is from a stampin’Up Hostess set called Because I Care.

Back to the button adventure. Originally I wanted to use a cool extra large button that I had purchased a while ago. I couldn’t find it, instead, I saw a whole bunch of flairs that I had purchased from Bossy Joscie and never used! and here was an opportunity to use them. After much arranging and rearranging, this card was born:

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The pearl embellishment is a stamp from Inkadinkado Circles and dots that I first stamped with antique linen and covered with dots of liquid pearl. After first stamping in gray I realized that the color of the ink matters on the final look. While this one has a warm glow, the other had a cool grayish look.

Please stop by the CASE study blog to see how the rest of the design team were inspired!

Thanks for stopping by!

CASE Study #155

Hello there!

It is time for the next CASE Study challenge with our muse Jennifer Mcguire.

My first thought was to use a border stamp. I love how Jennifer used just one border stamp to create this beautiful design. I like to take opportunities like this and utilize stamps that I have never used before.

Right off the bat I spotted a border stamp from Simon Says which has never been inked up. I started by stamping it on scrap paper in various colors, trimmed them, and here is what came out with them arranged in a rainbow of color:

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As I was gluing the banners down, I felt that the card looked awfully familiar; well of course it is a very close CASE of Jennifer’s card, but the rainbow colors reminded me of another card. And then it hit me, Laura had a similar design about a year ago. You can see her card here. I just had to give some credit to the extraordinaire Laura 🙂

The sentiment is another stamp that had never been inked before; it is from Clearly Besotted Stamps Many Thanks set.

Please visit the CASE Study Challenge blog to see what the design team along with our guest designer and muse interpreted this week’s inspiration. You can also visit their individual blogs here:

Amy Wanford | Andrea Ewen | Debby Hughes | Clare Buswell | Iwona Palamountain | Jean Martin | Jeanne Jachna | Kimberly Wiener (GDT)Maureen Merit | Maureen Plut | Silke Ledlow | Teneale Williams

Hope you can join us this week. Thanks for stopping by!

CASE Study Challenge #154

Hello,

I am here with a new CASE Study challenge. We have a gorgeous inspiration card from Jennifer Mcguire:

I love the strips of color, specially the pink and yellow shades.

I decided to make some water color stripes for my card, and then stamp an image on it.

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The floral image is from an Inkadinkado set called Organic Fabric Flourish

I hope you can play along with us. Make sure to visit the CASE Study blog for more inspiration!

Amy Wanford | Andrea Ewen | Debby Hughes | Clare Buswell | Iwona Palamountain | Jean Martin | Jeanne Jachna | Lynn Magnan (GDT)Maureen Merit | Maureen Plut | Silke Ledlow | Teneale Williams

Thanks for stopping by!

CASE Study Challenge #151

Hello!

I am here with a new CASE Study challenge. It is the last one with our muse Jocelyn 😦

But we are ending with a fun and bright inspiration! Check it:

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Love those neon splashes! specially the fact that they are pixelated!

Well, I didn’t create any pixels, but instead took out my Hero Arts Neon inks and got to inking:

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I die cut circles out of post-it label and used the negatives to apply the neon inks (pink and yellow) using a sponge applicator.

The cityscape is from Memory Box (cityscape nitghline), and the sentiment is from Mama Elephant (Say What).

Jocelyn, Thanks for inspiring us with your amazing work! It has been such a pleasure having you at CASE Study!

On other news, I have been busy designing cards for Eid and for the workshop that I am teaching at our local library. I had planned to share them this week, but with a sudden Wedding in the family, things got quite busy here! The Wedding was today, so I thought I would leave you with a picture of me and my husband with the newlyweds:

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Outside our home with my husband’s cousin and his bride

I took a lot of pictures, but this one is my favorite! …yes I am a bit biased 🙂

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