Despite the whipping wind, pelting rain, and fast-moving clouds, this morning is indeed a sweet beginning for me as I have the honor of guest designing this month with the talented ladies over at CASE Study! I am sharing the position with the incredibly talented Sarah Gough of Thinking Stamps, which delights me to no end as I have been inspired by her work since I re-entered the paper crafting world.
If you didn’t know, CASE Study hosts weekly challenges beginning on Thursdays with inspiration from some of the most talented designers in the industry. I highly encourage you to play along, but even if you decide not to, you must drop by and enjoy the visual feast, like this offering from this week’s muse Joni Andaya of Papell with Love!
What struck me most about Joni’s card was the striped paper. I could not stop looking at it. What a focal point! It was this aspect of her design that pulled me in the most, but how she orchestrated the rest of elements around the striping is really just perfect harmony. I wanted to include a strong stripe and challenge myself to create a similarly formal and elegant card, a style I don’t usually engage.
So here is what I came up with!
I had recently been shopping around for bee images and happened to find this amazing bee and laurel die set from Spellbinders. I knew immediately that was the theme I wanted to use in this design, as Joni’s card brought to mind a bit of French country. So throw in some awesome burlap paper, swiss dot black stock from Bazzill, Studio Calico’s gold punchinella vellum, a French letter stamp from Impression Obsession, and some scripty washi, et voila une carte est nee!
C’est magnifique, non?
I made an awesome discovery during this process! Avery Elle’s Love Notes pocket die absolutely rocks–it is so versatile AND it cuts through the burlap paper! So to achieve my tag, I cut a rectangle and then modified each end with two of the dies from the set. I love this burlap paper, but was not thrilled to find that most of my dies could not manage it.
Like Joni, I stamped the French script with cream ink for a subtle background and heat embossed.
After many revisions, I settled on the vertical alignment, and off-center placement of my tag.
The flag was die cut and distressed with Antique Linen. The sentiment on the flag is from Prima Marketing’s set Zephyr; the stamps used inside the card are from Graphic 45’s set Sweet Sentiments, a perfect collection of vintage stamps for spring!
The back is finished off with some signature washi!
I am excited to continue working with the burlap and have started some designs where I am stamping right on the fabric, so it looks like a coffee bean bag or French country pillow.
Joni was so inspiring, that I created two cards for the challenge; and Chupa was so sweet to feature them both. I will showcase my other card in the post to follow, along with a little history of the bee and laurel!
Now, though, you should fly over to CASE Study and check out what the rest of the design team has proffered. You will bee happy you did because the selections are so incredibly sweet! If you want to play along, you have until midnight on Tuesday 3/11 to submit your entries!