Saturday, March 31, 2012

Matryoshka, Laura, and Leibster

Maybe it was that sweet badge from the Just Keep Creating Challenge blog with the Matryoshka doll from yesterdays post, but when I saw the CASE STUDY muse card (see below), that's what I thought of. Big flower die cut, medium flower die cut, small flower die cut. For those who don't know what a Matryoshka doll is check it out here. I have included a photo from this site to show you what they look like.

Here is Laura's magnificent card from Case Study #84:

In studying the design I noticed:
  • Laura chooses bold colors and so I did the same
  • Laura chose die too
  • Laura jumps off a cliff...I'd consider it. JUST KIDDING LAURA!!

And my interpretation:

why does it look crooked??? Note to self: "eyeballing" it at 11:30 at night is not a good idea!

I have had the best time casing this month's muse. Thank you Laura for inspiring me...

On another happy note. Suzanne Russel from Beauty and Blessings has bestowed me with the LEIBSTER AWARD. I am speechless. Thank you for thinking of my little happy place Suzanne!!

Leibster, is a German word meaning "beloved, dearest or favorite" and this award is shared only among those of us with 200 or fewer followers.   Part of the honor is to pass it along to five others who are  encouraging me and others through their sweet comments as well as inspiring us with their own beautiful projects. So I gladly pass this honor on to:

JJBOLTON Her cards are just plain unique. She looks at the same supplies you and I do and makes magic with them. She has me thinking and drooling...and not necessarily in that order.  ;)

CHUNYUAN She makes very beautiful and timeless cards with simple yet POWERFUL designs. I would chose her cards to win every time. I am not sure why she doesn't have a million followers!!

SANKETIJ Her photos are soft and her cards take me to pretty places. There is a gentleness to her work that is hard to describe without seeing it. You'll nod in agreement when you do.

DEB She scrapbooks, she sews, she is dynamic and so are her cards. They are CASE-able, clean, with a pinch of pattern.

XIUMAIYUKI She makes happy cards. Her color palate is usually what I call "spring rainbows". She uses a lot of white space making her cards approachable and visually pleasing. There isn't a lot of complication to confuse you. You look at them and you like it.

Ok, well I don't normally write so much, so I will go now,


Friday, March 30, 2012


My new blogging buddy Susan (Suzarte) started a new challenge called Just Keep on Creating and I thought it would be fun to enter. The rules are easy, make what you like and ENTER!

Isn't this badge the cutest?

JkoC adv button

Here is my funny card that I made with my kids. THIS IS CALLED MULTI-TASKING AT IT'S FINEST!

Whe I see the word HELLO, I think of my favorite singer Lionel Richie and his famous song from the 80's Hello...(is it me you're looking for). Remember the video? He fell in love with the blind woman while making clay statues? I could sing every one of his songs and I have no shame in saying that either!!!

With that being said, this card is going to be entered in CAS-ual Fridays Challenge where the focus this week is to make a card based on a song.

CAS-UAL FRIDAYS IS LOOKING FOR A NEW DESIGN TEAM MEMBER. I would like to now serenade them with my song..."HELLO, IS IT ME YOU'RE LOOKING FOR???" hehe...



Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Runway Inspired Challenge #8

There is only one challenge site that I haven't missed a single challenge for since starting my blog...

I was trying to mimic the lace top the model was wearing on the background. Hope you can see it. I was also inspired by one of my favorite card makers, Mariana Grigsby. Not only does she make beautiful cards, but they are  also fun, detailed, and colorful. 

Runway Inspired Challenge did it again! Check out this photo:

This challenge brought out some really eye catching cards. The design team really outdid themselves again this week too. Check them out here. You will also see my winning card from the last challenge! YEAH ME!

The model looked Japanese to me so I pulled out my sweet Japanese Doll stamp set by Hero Arts. I am going to try to refrain from entering a million cards for the challenge this time, though it's hard to resist! 

Thanks for Stopping by,


Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Case Study Challenge #83

This month's muse at Case Study Challenge is Laura Bassen. The concept of the challenge is to be inspired by her. Well, that's not a new concept for me because she inspires me with every card creation. So, entering this challenge was a regular day for me, except I wanted to go the extra mile. I express it best in this letter:

Dear Laura,

For a whole week, I tried to figure out a design that would impress you. In my effort to try to honor your muse-ness, I think I choked under the pressure. Here it is:

Your admirer,


I was trying to make that little slit special. At first I was going to make a gift card holder and put a gift card in the slit. Then I thought polka dots was the way to go. The sentiment with its handwritten last word made me pull out my happy trails set from PTI. My husband says I use too much white (what???) so I tried my hand at a gray card base. Lastly, it took all my strength to KEEP THE CARD FLAT. I had to raise the entire card on pop ups so the stitching can show, but I kept wanting to add more layers to it. 

So anyhoo, there it is...

And here is Laura's masterpiece for Case Study Challenge #83: