Rooted in Nature – CASE

One of the best ways to get ideas for your cards is to look at the cards other crafters are making. CASE stands for Copy and Share Everything. Most of us post somewhere on social media. I found today’s inspiration on Pinterest looking for great cards to include in care packages for our troops. I love to make ultra-feminine cards with lots of bling. I used Melissa Kerman’s Rooted in Nature card as a starting place for this card.

Her card used a stamped background. To simplify so that my craft group could make these quickly, I substituted the leafy paper from the Nature’s Poem DSP pack. It gave the same feel of movement and texture, but was much faster than stamping the individual leaf stamps in the set. I also stamped the sentiment using a single color, Tranquil Tide, to match the DSP and the card stock layer below. I used a combination of a 2″ Circle punch and the Starburst punch for the sentiment layers.

The card base is Soft Suede. I used it for the base medallion, and it matches the banner strip that is also from Nature’s Poem. The last change I made to the card was the addition of some Copper Trim. I used an 8″ length and teased it apart so that it became more of a net than a ribbon. Stretching the trim always shortens it, so use a much longer piece than you think you will need.

If you do find a project to CASE, please try to give credit if you share your creations. I would love to see any projects you make based on the posts I’ve done. Happy Crafting.

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Peaceful Noel – CASE of the Mondays

A calm Christmas. I know that’s what I wish for, a quiet, peaceful holiday.  The Peaceful Noel stamp set is so lovely. It has all the things that will make you use it time and again. Three large holiday sentiments, a tiny Merry Christmas. A couple of graphics, one is perfect for detailing the corners of a card and plenty of botanical images that can be used throughout the year.  It even has a watercolor wash image.

For today’s card, I took inspiration from a demonstrator in Australia, Catherine Proctor. She did a beautiful random spray with the botanical images. You can see her card here.  She used the colors that match the Joyous Noel suite.  I had an image in my head that involved a lighter palette.

Stampin' Up! Peaceful NoelI used Berry Burst for the sentiment, and then a combination of Powder Pink, Mint Macaron, Soft Sea Foam, Crumb Cake and Sahara Sand inks.

The card base is Crumb Cake.  I used a retired piece of glitter paper but the new Rose Glitter paper in the Annual Catalog would be ideal for this color palette.  Once again, I relied on a combination of the Stitched Shapes and the Layering Ovals to shape the sentiment layers.  These two die sets are my workhorses.

Finally, instead of the Fine Tip glue for sparkle, I used pearls.

This set lends itself to any color combination. I was even tempted to try it in a combination of blue and silver.  See what speaks to you.


Shop with me – Some of the products used for this project

Stampin Up Big ShotStampin' Up Peaceful Noel Stamp set


Stampin Up Classic Ink Pad Powder PinkStampin Up Classic Ink Pad Crumb CakeStampin Up Classic Ink Pad Soft Sea FoamStampin Up Classic Ink Pad Sahara SandStampin' Up! Whisper White cardstockStampin' Up! Crumb Cake cardstockStampin Up Rose Glimmer paper


Beautiful Bouquet – CASE of the Mondays

Today I’m crafting for a Just Add Ink color challenge.  This site is based in Australia where the weather is starting to turn warm and they’re readying for Spring. It’s so fun to think about how our seasons are opposite. I’m considering my Fall wardrobe, and how cold it might be this winter.  They’re looking for signs of new growth and anticipating garden blossoms.

The colors for this challenge are definitely perfect for spring.Just Add Ink Color Challenge #428

I hadn’t had a lot of time to play with my Beautiful Bouquet stamp set and matching Bouquet Bunch framelits.  This was a great opportunity to put them to use.  I was inspired by a card from Mary Hanson of Up North Stampin.  You can see her card here.

For my card, I used the Shimmer Embossing paste with a Beautiful Bouquet CASE for Just Add Inkcouple of drops of Pool Party reinker.  The butterfly was cut from Pool Party cardstock using the Springtime Impressions thinlets.  I added some Wink of Stella to give it some shine to match the Shimmer paste. Note – be careful when opening a new Wink of Stella wand, it really gushes on the first use!

The flowers were cut and stamped from Calypso Coral. I used Dimensionals to lift the stamped flowers. The leaves were also die cut with the Bouquet Bunch framelits. I really like how the Lemon Lime Twist give a crisp brightness to the design.

The sentiment is a combination of words from the Beautiful Bouquet set and the frame from Label Me Pretty punched out with the Pretty Label punch.  I added a small strip of burlap to contrast with all the shiny elements. I also added the one Crystal Gem to the butterfly just like Mary did.  I hope all our friends in Australia have a flower-filled Spring.

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