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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Just in CASE you're wondering...


Usually... I don't.  It's honestly that simple.
Most of my ideas are either a
compilation of other ideas I have seen here or there
I have taken the liberty
(of which everyone is licensed to have) to

CASE is an acronym for
Copy And Share Everything.
In the paper crafting industry, CASE is highly encouraged.
When credit can be given to the "originator" for the idea,
GREAT!  But many times,
speaking from my own personal experience,
my ideas come from so many different designers.
I have fun putting all of the ideas together
to create one fabulous project!

Having said all of that... my personal "rule" when
is when the project "copied" is nearly 
EXACTLY like the original design
or when it is a rare/unique design,

And so... I bring you today, my CASE projects...
please enjoy... and CASE for yourself!

The card shown at the very top of this post
was inspired by my dear friend and design artist,
Missy Shipman.
Missy's original card is shown just above
in the fabulous fall DSP.

Missy and I serve as designers for the
sweetest, Amy Johnson,
who happens to also be our upline with Stampin' Up!.

I can not tell you how many countless ideas
I have drawn from Missy as well as the
other amazingly talented designers on Amy's team!

Check out Missy's tips...

Wrap a long piece of ribbon around the card
and secure it at the back of the card with adhesive.
Then tie a small piece of ribbon into a knot.
Adhere the small knot to the front of a button.
And lastly, adhere the button to the front of the card
just over the longer piece of ribbon.
Now it looks as though you threaded the button!

Missy says the above design is her "go-to layout"
when she is stumped for a card design
and is in need of a quick card.
I love it!
This design was so quick and easy to create!
As soon as I saw Missy's card,
I knew I had to make one of my own.
I love how she ran the fall DSP
through the Big Shot with an embossing folder!

Above you will see how I embossed
my SINGLE STAMP SNOWFLAKE using Versamark.

Simply ink a stamp in Versamark followed by
directly inking in Gumball Green (or ink of choice.)
Stamp onto card stock and cover with
Embossing Powder (I used Iridescent Ice.)
Heat and voila!
Instant bling in any color offered by Stampin' Up!
My heart was covered with
Crystal Effects (liquid magic... you HAVE to have
you some Chrystal Effects!  Love it!!!)

The next card inspired by Missy
uses the Daydream Medallion stamp set.
Oh, how I enjoy using this set!
To see it used as a Christmas wreath...
just blew me away!  How clever!!!

Missy added a cardinal to her card
using the Bird Builder Punch.
I wanted to show you a "before & after"
so you could see how stunning
BOTH actually are!

BFF (hubby) decided
he liked the bird on the card best, sooooo....

I added it to my card shown above and
let me just say...
that was SO STINKIN' EASY!!!

I used a Sharpie marker to create the black of his beak.
The black is highlighted with our
Silver Stampin' Dazzle Marker.
(#128978 $3.50)

And my cardinal's green eye...
LOVE LOVE LOVE this tip...
our Rhinestone Jewels (#119246 $4.95)
colored with a green Sharpie marker!
How genius is that?!
Just a little convention 2012 tip!

Quite possibly my favorite CASE
to share with you today
comes not from a fellow design team member
but the ever-trusty ANNUAL CATALOG!

I can not tell you how many
amazing ideas I have pulled directly from
the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog.
This book is simply a stamper's "handbook."

This adorable card was created for a
dear friend's son's wedding
and inspired by a card
on page 36 of the Annual Catalog.

I SO hope you will check out the
original design on page 36 of the Annual Catalog
(click on the link in my right hand side column.)
Take note of the things I did differently.

CASEing doesn't mean you have to have
all of the exact same products
as the original design.
And most of all, HAVE FUN with it! 

Blessings always,


Cheryl O. said...

Thanks, Kelly - LOVE the first card - I am always drawn to the color blocking w/ paper strips followed up by texture embossing! Lovely! TFS. :) Also really like the layering w/ the doily - gotta break out that sizzlet! Did you cover yours w/ packing tape? Or do you just shim it?

Cheryl O. said...

Oh, and one more thing . . . on the first card, what size did you cut the DSP strips? Thx! :)