CASE Study 150

Hello friends!

It’s CASE Study challenge #150! wow! That is a big number! And alongside it we are approaching CASE Study’s third year anniversary!  We will be hosting a five day long celebration .of inspirations and  fun prizes. So make sure to hop along with use between August 1st and 5th.

Now for this week’s inspiration. We have this masterpiece from Jocelyn:

CSC150This was love at first sight back when Jocelyn had posted it!

I really like how Jocelyn filled the overlapping areas with colors that you would expect if the shapes were transparent. My first thought was to use vellum, and I went with that idea. I also wanted to use a symmetrical shape as I wanted to create a semicircle at one corner of my card. Well, it turned out that my hearts were too big for my idea to work, so I laid them down horizontally and overlapping each other:

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I tried to use colors as close as possible from the inspiration. Well, most of them are actually off, but I had to work with whatever vellum I had 🙂

I cranked the vellum sheets through my Xyron machine to apply an even layer of adhesive on their backs. After I punched out the hearts with the SU! Heart punch, they were just like vellum stickers!

The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted Stamp “Thinking of You” set, and it is stamped with SU! Chocolate chip ink.

Make sure to visit CASE Study Challenge blog and check out the interpretation of the the rest of the team.

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

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CASE Study Challenge # 149

Hello and welcome!

Yesterday was the first day of Ramadan, and also happened to be my first day of teaching a card class at our Public library. Fasting and teaching, a tough combination! But I was happy with how the class went; will do a follow up post and share some pictures, as well as some cards.

Now onto the CASE Study Challenge. Here is this week’s inspiration from Jocelyn:


Pretty cool, and don’t you just love that adorable photo with all the greens in the background? Love that pink border and matching sentiment color too!

I really liked the thin and long size of the card, and of course, the frame! Can never turn down a frame, can I?

Here is the card I made:

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I used roses and leaves from Wplus9’s set Mother’s Day Bouquet, and did some layering.

The frame is from Penny Black, and the sentiment from Hero Arts.

Make sure to visit CASE Study and check out what the rest of the design team came up with!

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

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CASE Study Challenge #147

Hello friends!

It is time for our last CASE study challenge of this month, which also means saying goodbye to our current muse Lisa Spangler. I am glad I started off CASE Study with her, as I had such a good time CASEing her cards!

We will also be saying goodbye to our June guest designer Lynn Mangan who has delighted us with her beautiful work!

So without any delay, here is our last inspiration from Lisa:


Absolutely love the effect of not-too-blended distress inks! (I just realized that now, must try it sometimes!)

When I first saw this card, my thoughts were to do any one of these:

  • create an interesting background, or
  • Use triangles, or
  • Use distress inks in a cool way, which is easy because Distress inks are just awesome 🙂

I decided to use triangles as I haven’t done much with them. Here is my take:


I printed out triangles and used them as template to cut colored card stock. I arranged them on a rectangular die cut using repositionable adhesive, then ran it through the die to cut the border triangles.

On the card base I used the same rectangular die to emboss the frame, then popped the triangles using 1/8″ thick foam adhesive. Love those thick pop dots; they give such an interesting dimension!

I wish I could tell you that this card was my first try. It wasn’t. First I had made a white on white card:

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I liked the white-on-white, but the sentiment was so off! I realized that after I had taken the picture (more like hundreds of pictures), edited and all. So I decided to color the triangles, which I did with Copic markers, and then used a label maker for the sentiment. But I wasn’t happy with the results, so I made another colorful card, this time with larger triangles. Again, I wasn’t happy with my color choices.

I decided it was time to turn to Pinterest, and as I was skimming through my Color board, I found this cool tea bag assortment!

Source: packaginguqam

How cool is this? I think if I had this I would just save it! I was instantly drawn to the color scheme and tried to use a similar palette for my card.

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I didn’t have the exact color card stock so I had to modify some with distress inks. The colors of my triangles still aren’t the same, but I was pressed for time so couldn’t experiment any farther.

Did I mention I love how high the triangles are? 😀

I hope you can play along! Make sure to visit CASE Study blog to see what the rest of the team came up with.

Updated August 3rd:

I am entering this card to the Moxie Fab World‘s Trendy Triangles Challenge.

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

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CASE Study Challenge #146


It is time for another CASE study challenge with our muse Lisa Spangler.

The inspiration:


Interesting color palette; that is the first thing I wanted to CASE. However, it didn’t work very well with my design, and after taking pictures and almost submitting it, I decided to change it.

Here is my card:

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Points of Inspiration:

  • Frame: I love frames, hence it is no wonder that my focal point is a frame. I made it using two spellbinder dies and covering it with white enamel accent.
  • Side Bow: I like the off-center emphasis of the frame, hence the cluster of elements on the left of my frame.
  • Diagonal stripes: This was accidental; originally I tied a bow around the frame, but it didn’t look good. As I was determined to put something on one side of the frame, I just wrapped the cord around it. Later I realized that it resembles the border stamps on Lisa’s card.

For the cluster on the side I used a stamped circle, a fabric brad, some flower die cuts with the edges inked and a little wood veneer bird, which was a gift from my teammate Wida. Never used wood veneers before, so I was quite excited to put this little cutie into use.

Make sure to visit the CASE study blog to see what the rest of the team created along with our Guest Designer Lynn Mangan, as well as Lisa’s CASE of her own card!

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

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CASE Study Challenge #145

Hello there friends!

This is the second week of inspirations at CASE study from the amazing Lisa Spangler! Just as in last week, I had a lot of fun casing this week’s card. It is one of those cards that makes me stare at all the little details. Check it:

Isn’t it beautiful? It looks as though it was made from a random assortment of scraps, and I love it when a card gives that kind of vibe 🙂

Here is what inspired me:

  • The gorgeous background: kraft and white, and a repetitive pattern
  • Hexagon: I have just started using hexagons (not yet shared in my blog) so I had to have a hexagonal element in my card.
  • The focal point being off-center: I separated by card base into two uneven panels.
  • The banner extending from left to right: in my card I used a branch; more about it in a bit.

And here is my card:

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The first thing I made was the hexagon embellishment.  I printed out different sizes of hexagons and used them as template to cut the silver and white pieces. The green piece is Jolee’s artisan paper wrapped around a hexagon and popped with foam adhesive. This paper is absolutely gorgeous!! found it at Marshalls for just $2.99! Here is another online option.

Next I white embossed the square pattern background stamp on kraft, but that did not look good at all as it was too striking. Later I decided to stamp it with white pigment ink which gave a more subtle and a better look.

I wasn’t sure what other elements I wanted to add, I made a couple of white embellishments which I didn’t use. I thought of a bird in a cage, but the cage would interfere  with the tight knit pattern of the background… Then I thought, well why not a bird on a branch? and the branch could extend from left to right just like the banner! I decided that the sentiment “thinking of you” would go perfectly with the bird sitting on the branch.

A little bit of playing around with the arrangement and the card was done 🙂

Here is a close-up of the focal point:

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Please make sure to visit the rest of the design team 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

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Happy News & CASE Study Challenge #144

Hello there friends!

I have some exciting news to share. Starting today I am joining the CASE study design team! I love a good challenge, and CASE study definitely gets me thinking, so I am grateful for this opportunity. I am also honored to be working alongside a very talented group of ladies!

There will be a new challenge every Thursday of each week, and since today is Thursday, we are starting a new challenge. We are also welcoming a new muse who will be inspiring us for the month of June. She is none other than the super talented Lisa Spangler!!

We also have Lynn Mangan as our guest designer for the month of June!

Here is the first card that we are working with:


I like everything about this card; it has such a cool design…something you would find on the cover of a book, and I am not just saying that because there is a book in the picture!

The first thing I noticed is the interesting size of the card, and I knew I wanted to make my card of similar dimensions. There are multiple things I was inspired by, so it is best that I list them:

  1. Card Dimensions.
  2. Feathers! I had to have a feather in my card.
  3. Colorful, I chose four colors from the bunch.
  4. Minimal element. Do you see that Lisa has used only two elements here; ink daubers and a feather stamp; so simple, so effective!
  5. Even numbers: I applaud Lisa’s use of even numbers; there are 8 paint strokes and four feathers. I am sure I would have done 7 strokes and 3 feathers or some other odd numbers!
  6. Vertical positioning.

And here is my card:

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Do you see the points I mentioned? I intentionally arranged the feathers unevenly, I suppose I couldn’t get away from keeping it asymmetric.

For the feather I applied ink on white card stock, drew the feathers and trimmed them. Then I cut the fringes. If you would like to know, there are over 100 cuts on each side…it took me about 10 minutes to cut each feather.

My card base is 4.25″  by 5″ and it opens like a book. The sentiment is made using a label maker.

Make sure to visit the rest of the design team to see how they were inspired:

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

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CASE Study DT Search Challenge

This is my second post of the day. For the Runway Baby Shower challenge post please click here or scroll down.

sneak peak

CASE Study is having a DT search challenge and I decided to give it a go. The challenge is to take inspiration from someone else’s work and create something that conforms to your own style (what makes you happy), hence  CASE-ing it instead of Copying it.

I decided to CASE three designers with different styles, and chose cards that has materials/technique/style which I am not too comfortable with, hence the challenge 🙂

Here we go then, in the order I made them:

First off, Sanketi’s beautiful mixed-media card:

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I love Sanketi’s water color cards. She is a pro when it comes to water-coloring. For me, however, water color equals disaster, so I stayed away from it, and created this clean and simple card:

Sunflower card

In my CASED version, I tried to color the flower (Clearly Besotted Blooming Marvellous) in a similar way by first stamping and then adding highlights with Inktense pencils. I also masked off the flower when stamping the leaves.

Second is Iwona’s uber-awesome scrappy card:

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This card is simply Wow! I love every corner and inch of it! And it is something I could never design…at least not now. I took few elements from this gorgeous card, and here is my cased card:

Pink Rose

The Hexagon pattern is a digital print from Mel’s collection. The leaves are from Clearly Besotted Leafy Accents, and the flower is a digital print from this collection. I would have colored the flower with Copics had I been at home. But since Inktense pencils are the only coloring media with me, I used the direct wet-brush to pencil method to color it.

And finally, my third inspiration card, from non-other than my blog friend and RIC team-mate Wida:

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I love Wida’s style and her fearless use of pattern paper. And like she said, I love all the layered goodness in this card.

I must say, this was a bit tough to CASE. Her style is clean and simple, yet very different from mine. One thing I knew, I had to get in some splatter in my card! I have been wanting to do that for a long time now! So after some shifting around, here is the card I came up with:

washi jar

I don’t use pattern paper, but I do love washi tape! These two washi tapes came in a set (Recollection, from Michaels) and I love them! The stamps are from Clearly Besotted Spring Blooms. I used an Inktense pencil and a wet brush to create the splatter.

That’s it! I tried to keep this post concise given all the cards, hope you enjoyed!

Thanks for stopping by!

Design Process

When I see a well-designed card, I often wonder how the designer came to it. How does one think up of cool unexpected designs?

Well, in my case I sometimes have a clear vision; designing every single detail in my mind, in which case the execution is fast and easy. Other times the vision is not so clear, and those are the times when I stand in my work area experimenting with different arrangements and colors…ending up making different versions…or completely discarding the whole thing, and sometimes making peace with it. I rarely go in without a vision, because if I do, the product usually ends up in the trash, except in rare case, such as in this card.

The reason I am writing all this is because for this card, the design process was an interesting one for me. Here is how it went.

Neon Star

When I saw this picture in Pinterest, I immediately wanted to case it. And so I did, black/grey background, white tree, and pink star, all of it. But I did not like the card at all! The colors looked great together, but the whole thing was just so cold! And the grey panel in the center was just hideous! I threw it aside, not in the trash, as I had put some time into making it and felt there has to be something to save it.

Later when I saw the new inspiration card at CASE study challenge, I found a way to save the card. “Instead of a panel, use a navy blue polka dot embossed paper for the sky, no, even better; use plain black paper and dot it with a white gel pen!”  I was all excited to make the change and ready to work on it when I saw Wida’s card here. I just loved the soft colors in her card and decided to do the same with this card. So finally I chose a light blue color for the sky.  As the card at CASE study has patterned paper on the lower third, I wanted to add some texture to the snow, and created the snow banks.

I am linking this up to CASE study challenge and Moxie Fab World’s Keen on Neon Challenge.

Thanks for visiting!

Patterned Paper and Ribbon

Just the other day I was looking at some pattern paper and thinking how I never use them. Then I saw the inspiration card at CASE study challenge by this month’s muse Windy Robinson

The first thing I noticed was the pattern paper and the beautiful embossed die cut. Since I never used patterned paper in my card before, and neither ribbon, I decided to make a card using these two things:

Pattern paper and ribbon

The flowers  are made out of pattern paper using a memory box die and I used Speellbinders Nestabilities Die Label 4 for the white backdrop.

Thanks for looking 🙂

CASE Study #119

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I made this card inspired by Angeline Yong’s card at the CASE Study Challenge blog. I just love the rainbow colors she made with twine!  I decided to go with the hot air balloon as they are usually made out of bright rainbow colors. The stamp is from Up, Up & Away set by PTI, and is colored in with some Copic markers. The cloud dies are also from PTI. The sky is inked with a sponge applicator and Tumbled Glass Distress ink. As for the sea, I used a navy blue paper that was already dry embossed in polka dots. I ran it through a Cuttlebug embossing folder, I think the pattern resembles the waves. I just cut around a section and adhered it onto the card with foam adhesive. The sentiment is by Paper Smooches.


Stamp: Up, Up & Away by PTI, Word Up by Paper Smooches

Ink: Copic; R27, YR04, Y15, YR23, BG06. Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine black, Distress ink Tumbled Glass.

Paper: Neenah Solar white, Bazzill Basics Paper Night Water.

Other: PTI Cloud die, Cuttlebug embossing folder D’vine Swirls.