Blossoming Spring

Happy Vernal Equinox and welcome to a new week over at CASE Study!

Let’s spring to it and see what inspiration was gathered from our muse Joni Andaya this week!

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A little background on her process is needed as it’s not readily apparent from the card.  Lovely as it is, once you see how she manipulated the stamped image, you will find her ingenuity even more divine!

  So she stamped doubly this lovely image from PTI’s Basket of Blessings, then as you can see, die cut the baskets right out, leaving a lovely border of flowers.

I have commented before how I just love it when I see people re-visioning their products, and this is no exception!

So I, likewise, was inspired to see my products in a new light, specifically the Lil’ Inker’s cover-plate Stitches and Stripes die.

While Joni cut her basket out, I wanted to not only innovate, but pull the basket back into my card.  This is the result!

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My Technique:

First, I cut the die out of White Linen paper, twice; then, I ran one of the die-cuts through the Lifestyle Crafts Woven embossing folder to add more texture.

Next, I cut this embossed die-cut apart, and wove the individual pieces through the other die-cut.  I adhered ends with a little dot of glue, and then cut off the superfluous strips that hung over the edges.

I cut the circle from the center, covered it on both sides (front and back) with larger circle die frames, and then covered that with one of my most best purchases, the PTI wreath die.

In the close-up below, you can see the lovely texture of the Ellen’s Essentials White Linen paper.

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The Spring Blossoms sentiment is from that wonderful Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments set I featured in my News of Spring post.

Likely you recognize the ever-popular flowers from WPlus9’s Fresh Cut Florals set, stamped with Hero Inks and Memento dye inks.  Placement, deciding on color both took me the longest.  I can’t tell you how many dies I cut of the different flowers and leaves!  Now I have plenty for additional cards!

STAMPING TIP:
If you didn’t already know this, here’s a great technique for stamping die cuts.  Start by die cutting your small shapes first, then with your inked stamp laying flat on your table, place the die cut upside down onto the stamp.  It makes centering and inking so much easier.  No more stamping first and then die cutting for me!

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Here’s a view of the back.

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Another Version

I have a few more of my woven Easter basket cards in the works using different colors for the background and different scenes (Lawn Fawn Easter Bunny and some jelly beans, perhaps?!); I will be featuring them soon!

This was a trial card to practice the weaving and stamping ideas around the sentiment.  I think I prefer the one above, but this one is sweet in it’s own way!

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Well, that’s it for me!  I sure hope things are blossoming in beautiful ways wherever in the world you are.

I encourage you to play along with us this and every week over at CASE Study.  Head over there now to check out what the ladies have created this week, or blog hop through their individual sites below.  You will leave with an overflowing basket of ideas for sure!

Chupa
Amy Wanford
Clare Buswell
Debby Hughes

Jeanne Jachna

Maureen Merritt

Silke Ledlow

Tasnim Ahmed

March Guest Designers: 

Sarah Gough

News of Spring

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Spring is a paradox.  Along with all the budding beauty and longer light comes the temperamental weather, allergies, and, at least for today, the loss of an hour that I, for one, cannot bear to sacrifice!

Our gorgeous Friday heralded not only the weekend but also the first bloom of cherry blossoms, forsythia, daffodils and rhododendron around my neighborhood.

It was with this inspiration, as well a little peach push from Curtain Call that I designed the little number below. While I had laid all elements out in advance to play with placement, it was one of my faster creations.  Still debating about filing in the date area of the slide with March 21 (first day of spring!).  What do you think?

Check out the new and improved photos!

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I used quite a few products for this, but many were in my scrap embellishment bag, already die cut and/or stamped, like the WPlus9 Fresh Cut Florals leaves.  I love being able to find a fitting use for the lonely left-over pieces.

I deconstructed the PTI wreath to form a garland along the border of my peach paper, which was cut with the Simon Says Stamp A2 Curved Die.

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Then I clustered the leaves, my flowers cut from Spellbinders and Memory Box dies, and part of the PTI wreath, and added some aqua, salmon, and orange enamel dots.

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I ordered a few of the PTI 2014 calendars with the intention of making holiday gifts, but given that the first quarter of 2014 is fast ticking away, I may just put them to use in these chipboard slide frames for birthday or holiday cards.  I have stamped the March calendar with that wonderful Hero Arts bird, using Wet Cement dye ink.  Then I spritzed with Clay and Shine Mr. Huey’s; it’s a bit hard to see the shine spray in the photos, but I like how it gives a subtle sheen.

I added a little cork butterfly, stamped the sentiment from my new Graphic 45 spring set, and adhered the Bazzill peach panel to a Hero Arts notecard.  And just like a little spring chick, a card was hatched!

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I hope to get links to the supplies up later, and maybe some wonderful little embellishments that are a delicious must have for your spring and summer cards.

Now it’s curtains for me, but you should head over to Curtain Call and get ready for some juicy peach-papered treats.

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Sweet Bee-ginnings!

Good Morning!

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!

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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!

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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?

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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.

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Like Joni, I stamped the French script with cream ink for a subtle background and heat embossed.

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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!

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The back is finished off with some signature washi!

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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!