CASE-ing myself

This marks the end of the CASE Study anniversary challenges.  I have really enjoyed the different challenges that they put on all month long.  The last challenge is to CASE ourselves.  I decided on this card that I made in the Spring, but put a Fall twist on the design.

Thanks to Chupa and the CASE Study dt for providing us with so much inspiration every month.  I am looking forward to another fun year :)

 How cute is this little pumpkin?!

Stamps:  Pretty Patches Pumpkin (Wplus9)
Ink:  More Mustard, Old Olive, Early Espresso (SU)
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake (SU)
Accessories:  Pretty Patches Pumpkin die (Wplus9), Wood Button & Bakers Twine (SU), Woodgrain Embossing Folder (Tim Holtz)

It isn't clean or simple!

Do you ever feel like you get into a card making rut?  Like you keep making the same card over and over again just using different supplies?  That's kind of how I've been feeling.  I don't ever want to stop growing as a stamper or card maker, so I challenged myself to make a card that isn't clean or simple.  This was the result. 

What do you think?   
(*Please tell me you like it!  It took me almost 3 days to finish it, LOL!)

Stamps:  Country Charm & A Pocketful (Wplus9), Perfectly Preserved (SU!)
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Real Red, Early Espresso, Soft Suede (SU)
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso (SU), Summer Fresh (Simple Stories)
Accessories:  Pinking Squares & Banner Trio dies (Wplus9), Cannery dies & Linen Thread (SU!), Buttons (PTI) 

Summer Fresh Banners

I can't believe it is here, that last day of Summer vacation!  In so many ways I'm ready for the kids to go back to school.  Less time together = less fighting, or at least we hope :)  I'm ready for the routine, but I'm sad too.  I'll miss my little guys.  The house seems so big and lonely when everyone leaves.  My hubby has another week before he returns to school for the new school year, so at least we'll get some time together and he'll get to see the kids off for their first day of school tomorrow.

As Summer winds down, I was drawn to this Summer Fresh patterned paper collection by Simple Stories for today's project.  I love the fun colors and patterns.  It's bright and well, fresh, like the name implies.  I know that in a matter of a few weeks my projects will be switching over to Fall and Winter, so today I'm hanging onto Summer. 

My project was inspired by this week's CAS-ual Friday's Challenge (CFC67).

Stamps:  Happy Trails (PTI)
Ink:  Early Espresso (SU!)
Paper:  Very Vanilla (SU!), Summer Fresh pp (Simple Stories)
Accessories:  Tags Scallop Combo #2 die (Sizzix), Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Wood Button, Linen Thread (SU!), Banner Trio Die (Wplus9)

CASE-ing Lynn

The anniversary celebration at CASE Study continues this week.  The challenge this time around is to CASE a player!  Can I just tell you I almost fell flat on my face when I saw that Teneale CASEd me!!!  Holy moly!

I spent a lot of time looking through the submissions from past challenges.  It was so hard the narrow it down so I set off to my stamp room with a few cards in mind to CASE.  It was this card, by Lynn that really spoke to me:

I loved the CAS layout, the colors and the bold sentiment on Lynn's card.  I changed up a few things to make the design my own;  I placed my images and patterned paper on the right with my sentiment on the left.  I also added a single rounded corner, just 'cause I love that :)

I hope your weekend is off to a great start. 

Stamps:  Love Birds, Heartfelt Mix (Wplus9)
Ink:  Pool Party, Cherry Cobbler, Lucky Limeade, Basic Black (SU!)
Paper:  Whisper White, Comfort Cafe dsp (SU!)
Accessories:  Love Birds die (Wplus9), Corner Rounder

Runway Inspired Challenge

This is my first time playing along in the Runway Inspired Challenge.  The clean lines and pop of color just spoke to me. 

I used the Quilt Cuts 1 Die to make my focal point using colors pulled from the inspiration piece.  Then adhered that to a thin strip of white that was stamped using a background building stripe from Country Charm.  To make my sentiment pop, I embossed it with white embossing powder.  This clean and modern design was finished off with a single black pearl.

**This card is also being entered into the Asymmetry Challenge at Moxie Fab World!

Stamps: Country Charm (Wplus9), Agapanthus Thank You (Stampendous)
Ink:  Versamark
Paper:  Basic Black, Pool Party, Pumpkin Pie, Lucky Limeade (SU!)
Accessories:  Quilt Cuts Die(Wplus9), White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Black Pearl

Back to School

With school starting for my boys on Monday, "Back to School" is definitely on the brain!  We went shopping this afternoon for new backpacks and lunch bags.   I never buy new clothes for the start of the new school year.  I like to wait until the seasons start changing and the kids need them.  Plus I miss the back to school rush and get to shop by myself while the kids are in school :)

I made this card for several "Back to School" challenges.  I decided against a traditional card with pencils or buses and instead designed a card a little more grown up for my almost fourth grader.  Just a little something to let him know I love him, I'm thinking of him and so very proud of him always. I stamped my background using Fair Isle Backgrounds and paper pieced the stars.

**This card is being entered into the following challenges:  The Outlawz, Totally Stampalicious, Splitcoast CAS, Always Crafting, Simon Says Stamp & Show, The Paper Players

Stamps:  A Pocketful, Fair Isle Backgrounds, Super Star (Wplus9), Rainbows & Clouds (Lil 'Inker)
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Not Quite Navy, Real Red, Early Espresso (SU!)
Paper:  Whisper White, Not Quite Navy, Real Red, Crumb Cake & Real Red dsp (SU!)
Accessories:  Banner Trio &  Love Notes dies (Wplus9), Corner Rounder

Exciting news & another CASE

I have to share some exciting news with you.  I found out this morning that I was chosen as this weeks Featured Stamper at Splitcoaststampers.  Wow, what an amazing honor!  I am honestly overwhelmed and speechless as I am scrolling through pages of cards that were inspired by ME! ME??? Goosebumps everywhere!!! 

As I mentioned yesterday, I thought I'd have to participate in the CASE Study challenge again this week.  I chose another one of Debby's card to CASE.

My card...

And, here's Debby's card...

Stamps:  Summer Silhouettes (SU), Very Vintage Greetings (Wplus9)
Ink:  Lucky Limeade, Marina Mist, Basic Black, Versamark (SU)
Paper:  Whisper White, Baja Breeze
Accessories:  Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Paper Piercer

You made my day...brighter!

I'm thrilled to be home and back to creating!  It's always nice to get away, but there is nothing like home sweet home.  I figured the best way to get my mojo back was to jump into a few challenges.   Here I've combined this weeks CAS-ual Fridays Challenge CFC66 (Something found in or by the ocean) with the CASE Study Challenge #104 (to CASE a dt member).  I have always admired Debby Hughes' creations, her CAS style and perfectly placed rhinestones always leave me breathless! 

This is the card of Debby's that I CASEd :

Gorgeous, right?!  It was hard to narrow down which card I would CASE.  I may have to participate in this challenge again :)

I hope your weekend is off to a great start!

Stamps:  A Pocketful (Wplus9). Rainbows & Clouds (Lil Inker)
Ink:  So Saffron, Basic Gray (SU!)
Paper:  Very Vanilla (SU!), Summer Fresh patterned paper (Simple Stories)
Accessories:  Label Layers 4 die (Wplus9), Button & Linen Thread (SU!), Rhinestones

North Carolina Vacation

If you've been wondering about my lack of posting, it's because I have been on vacation in the beautiful state of North Carolina!  We first visited with our friends near Charlotte, then headed to Raleigh for more visiting and site seeing.  If you've followed me for a while, you know my friend Catherine lives in Raleigh.  We met online over 2 years ago and have chatted almost everyday since.  We met in person for the first time back in April (you can read about that here) and had big plans for my visit to Raleigh this summer.

Monday night we had the pleasure of meeting Catherine's entire family.  She had us for dinner and was the perfect hostess.  I have heard about Randall and the girls for so long and loved seeing their personalities and interaction together.  Randall joked with my boys about Polly Pocket and dress up,  they "got" him and it was great.  Being that she has all girls and I have boys, there was some awkwardness with the kids (my kids- you know...ew, girls!), until Catherine mentioned a climbing tree and Mario Cart :) 

Tuesday we spent some time as a family, then at the last minute I called Catherine and asked her to meet us for dinner at the Cheesecake Factory.  It was delicious and fun to see how alike Ethan and Eva are (the two littlest)...monkeys, silly, always moving, love mac & cheese and OBSESSED with gum :)

Wednesday was our big stamping day.  Catherine picked me up at the hotel and we went straight to Archivers (love that store), then to her studio!  Our plan was to design a card together.  Something that was a little bit me and a little bit her.  We found ways to, um, get along!  haha... I have been very clear about my stamping OCD, like the fact that I sand the edges of my cards, she shouldn't have been surprised!!  It's no big secret. 

Anyway, we came up with a really fun, cute CAS card...a CASE of this card.

Catherine and I agreed that we probably wouldn't get along so well if we stamped together ALL the time :)  But our different personalities and styles really compliment each other.  I think that is why we get along and work so well together!

In typical Catherine style, she had the video camera rolling a lot of the day.  She edited it down some and posted it on her blog.  The girls at StampNation got the full version, believe me it is good for a lot of laughs!!!  Catherine was determined to get me to dance bomb, but I was not having it. 

We had a great visit!  It went too fast and I am already looking forward to our next get together (yet to be determined).  Until then, we'll keep creating and chatting together at StampNation.  I'd love for you to join us there!!!

Cloud9 Blog Hop: August 2012

**This is my second post today.  Please scroll down or click here to see my Wplus9 August/September Release Group Post!

It's the 9th which means another blog hop with Cloud9!  Guess what?  After last month's hop, I won the guest spot with the Inspiration Team :)  This month's challenge is to make a project using the following sketch and one Wplus9 image.

Here's how I interpreted the sketch:

I used lots of Wplus9 products on this card!  I started by stamping the wreath from Spring Tags and layered it using the Circle Stackers 1 and the Label Layers 4 dies.  I placed that over two banners cut using the Banners Trio die!  Then I stamped and die cut a heart from Heartfelt Mix and added that to the center of the wreath.  Some simple pearls and a single button are the perfect finishing touches to this soft and girly design!!!

I can't wait to see what you do with this sketch!!!

Stamps:  Spring Tags, Heartfelt Mix, Label Layers 4 (Wplus9)
Ink:  Pretty in Pink, Wild Wasabi (SU!) Handmade patterned paper (Lily Bee)
Paper:  White (Wplus9)
Accessories:  Banner Trio, Circle Stackers, Label Layers 4, Hearts & Circle Stackers (Wplus9), Pearls, button & Linen Thread (SU!), Corner Rounder (CM)

Wplus9 August/September Release Group Post

It's here!  Release day!!!  All of the products that have been previewed this week are now available to purchase at Wplus9 Design Studio.

I have one last project to share with you today using Happy Harvest & Happy Harvest Die.

I had to make at least one project using this adorable scarecrow.  How cute is he?!!  And do you see those Pinking Squares peeking out from behind him?  I love layering images and making my own patterned paper. 

I started my card by stamping the scarecrow and accessories, then I sent him (*yes, I am calling it a him!)  through the Big Shot.  His hat was stamped using Country Charm and then that was die cut too.  I set him aside while I worked on the rest of my card. 

To make the patterned paper...I started with a strip of scrap paper.  I randomly stamped the sunflowers from Happy Harvest, then the leaves from Mother's Day Bouquet and finally Defining Words.  I die cut three Pinking Squares and distressed them. 

I adhered everything and added just a bit more stamping using the background building strips from Country Charm and distressed all edges.

I hope you've enjoyed this release as much as I have.  It has been such an honor and privilege to join the Wplus9 design team this month.  I'm sad it is over, but so happy that these products are now available to YOU.  I can't wait to see what you all do with them.

Visit the Wplus9 Design Team for one more project showcasing these amazing new releases!

Elise Durenberger
Cristina Kowalczyk
Jinny Newlin
Kerrianne Gwin
Lea Lawson
Jean Martin
Savitri Wilder

Stamps:  Happy Harvest, Country Charm, Mother's Day Bouquet, Defining Words (Wplus9)
Ink:  Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight (SU!)
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Early Espresso (SU!)
Accessories:  Happy Harvest & Pinking Squares Dies (Wplus9), Wood Button & Linen Thread (SU!)

Wplus9 August/September Release Full Reveal

It's full reveal day at Wplus9!  Click here to see all of the new stamp sets and dies in their entirety.  The new products will be available to purchase tomorrow!!

Before the release comes to an end, I have a few more projects to share with you.  Today's card features the Quilt Cuts 1 die.

The minute I laid eyes on this die, I knew that I wanted to make some Christmas cards with it!  These came together very quickly.   I think the hardest and most time consuming part was choosing my patterned papers.  I was able to die cut several sheets at a time and had enough to make a card set of four! 

*For a tip on easy assembly of these die cuts, visit my Day 2 post

I kept my design really clean and simple, but just IMAGINE how beautiful it would be to make your own background paper using up all of your scraps!

I'll be back tomorrow, as will the Wplus9 Design Team, with one more project showcasing these fabulous new products!  Thanks for all of your sweet comments this week, I have really appreciated each and every one of them!

Stamps:  Christmas Wishes (Wplus9)
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler (SU!)
Paper:  Very Vanilla (SU!) Jingle Patterned Paper (Lily Bee Designs)
Accessories:  Quilt Cuts 1 Die (Wplus9), Basic Pearls & Linen Thread (SU!) Snowflake Punch (very old, unknown)

Wplus9 August/September Release Day 3

Welcome to Day 3 of the Wplus9 August/September release.  Have you been loving it so far?  I bet you have!!!  Guess what?  There is more today so let's get on with it :)

First up is Pretty Patches:  Apple & die

I think this little apple is so adorable!  I'm getting a jump start on my teacher cards for the upcoming school year.  I like to send in a card after the first week of school thanking my kids teachers for making the adjustment easy, etc.  Pretty Patches: Apple is perfect for that!  I paired Pretty Patches with Country Charm, Happy Harvest and the Pinking Squares dies.  The products being released this month all work so well together!

My next card uses Pretty Patches:  Pumpkin & die

Who doesn't love a gingham pumpkin, come on :)  This card uses essentially the same layout as my first card with a few less layers.  I added some extra interest to both the die cut Pinking Square and the center heart by adding some faux stitching.  I think the stitching around the heart really makes it pop!  I finished off this country inspired card by adding a button tied with linen thread.

That's all I have for you today, but the Wplus9 design team has even more!  Head on out and visit each of their blogs to see how they've used Pretty Patches: Apple & Pumpkin...

Elise Durenberger
Cristina Kowalczyk
Jinny Newlin
Kerrianne Gwin
Lea Lawson
Jean Martin
Savitri Wilder

Stop in tomorrow for a little holiday inspiration. 

Thankful Heart Card
Stamps:  Pretty Patches: Apple, Country Charm, Happy Harvest (Wplus9)
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Bashful Blue, Not Quite Navy (SU!)
Paper:  White (Wplus9), Crumb Cake (SU!)
Accessories:  Apple &  Pinking Squares (SU!), Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine (SU), White Gel Pen

Blessings Card
Stamps:  Pretty Patches: Pumpkin (Wplus9)
Ink:  Early Espresso (SU!)
Paper:  Very Vanilla (SU!), Gathering Patterned Paper (Authentique)
Accessories:  Paper Piercing Tool, Mat Pack, Linen Thread (SU!), Fine Linen Button (PTI) Micron Journaling Pen

Wplus9 August/September Release Day 2

I'm back today with Day 2 of the Wplus9 release.  Today the design team is introducing a new stamp set called Country Charm and two new dies, Clear Cut Stackers: Pinking Squares and Quilt Cuts 1.

For my project I used Quilt Cuts 1 & Pinking Squares.  Let's take a peek!

Once I started playing with the fun patterns included with the Quilt Cuts 1 die, I discovered that I could turn one of the quilt patterns into flowers :)  I die cut and assembled three "flowers" quite quickly.  Here's how:

I started by die cutting  Quilt Cuts 1 in several different patterns.  Then I punched a 1 3/8 circle and covered it with adhesive.

I adhered the outline of my flower first. 

Then I filled in the petals using a coordinating pattern.

In no time at all, my embellishments were ready to add to my card. 

To finish off my "flowers" I added a circle from one of the other patterns in the Quilt Cuts 1 Die, then topped them off with a button and twine.  To make them look even more realistic, I added a leaf sprig from the Folk Art Florals Die.  Fun, right?!  You could make these in all kinds of colors and patterns!

Before you go, see the pinking edge on the left side of my card?  That's the Clear Cuts Pinking Squares Die.  I simply trimmed off two of the edges on the largest square and used them as a border on my focal panel!  And the sentiment is a sneak at Pretty Patches: Apples, more on that tomorrow!

Ok, that's all from me!  Head on over and visit the Wplus9 design team.  I'm sure they have amazing samples for you today :)

Elise Durenberger
Cristina Kowalczyk
Jinny Newlin
Kerrianne Gwin
Lea Lawson
Jean Martin
Savitri Wilder

See you tomorrow!

Stamps:  Pretty Patches (sentiment) Wplus9
Ink:  Pumpkin Pie
Paper:  Very Vanilla (SU!), Fine Linen, Spring Moss (PTI) Farmhouse patterned paper (Crate Paper)
Accessories:  Quilt Cuts 1 Die, Clear Cut Stackers:  Pinking Squares Die & Folk Art Florals Die (Wplus9)  Spring Moss Buttons (PTI), Linen Thread (SU!) Corner Rounder (CM)

Wplus9 August/September Release Day 1

Today I get to share with you some very exciting news!  Back in June I received an email from Dawn Woleslagle of Wplus9 Design Studio asking if I'd be interested in guest designing with her and her team for the August release.  Interested?   YES, a dream come true actually :)

You are in for a real treat this month!  These new products are really amazing.

First up is Happy Harvest & Happy Harvest Dies.

Happy Harvest has such a wide variety of images and sentiments.  It's perfect for birthday's, thank you's or anything fall!  I had so much fun deciding what I'd fill my wheelbarrow with...those sunflowers though jumped right out at me, I knew I'd have to use them first!  I added a border from Label Layers 4 and another set you'll be introduced to tomorrow!  With such beautiful images my card didn't need much embellishing, just a simple brad and twine bow.

Now head on over and check out what the Wplus9 design team has created for you today.

Dawn Woleslagle
Elise Durenberger
Cristina Kowalczyk
Jinny Newlin
Kerrianne Gwin
Lea Lawson
Jean Martin
Savitri Wilder

See you tomorrow for Day 2 of the Wplus9 August/September Release!

Stamps:  Happy Harvest, Label Layers 4 (Wplus9 Design)
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake (SU!)
Paper:  Very Vanilla (SU!)
Accessories:  Happy Harvest Dies (Wplus9), Vintage Trinkets & Linen Thread (SU!)

One Layer Thank You

A few weeks ago I started "teaching" lessons in CAS cardmaking at StampNation. We have discussed things like balance, white space and the visual triangle.  Each week the lesson contains samples and tips, as well as the "why", which seems to be what the members are appreciating the most!

We started One Layer Card's last week and I seem to have them on the brain!  I can't stop making them :)  This is my sample for this weeks challenge at StampNation (Spectrum of Color), as well as the challenge (things you see in the sky) at CAS-ual Fridays.

Stamps: Papillon Potpourri, Perfectly Penned
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi, Pool Party, Elegant Eggplant, Versamark
Paper: Whisper White
Accessories: Black Embossing Powder, Heat Tool