Friday, November 30, 2012

Case Study #119

Casing Angeline Yong today. I could case Angeline everyday actually. I think my blog would be better for it.

Here is her card this week for Case Study Challenge...

I used color card stock, polka dotted embossing folder, twine, circle. I was going to make a shaker card but didn't fit with my sorry theme, so there is dimension in the card without any fun :( 

For the circle, I used the negative from THIS card.

I also wanted to thank you all who commented on my post regarding losing a follower. I tried to write you back, but some people I was not able to reach, OMYN: thank you from the bottom of my heart. That was so uplifting and encouraging! 

Thursday, November 29, 2012


This story all started when I saw a card Jennifer Rzasa CASED which was made by Laura Bassen. I decided to CASE Jennifer's card. I had a fun idea to start a card chain by CASEing cards, hence the name Case+idea=CASADIA. 

So many wonderful cardmakers from many genre's of card making have joined our chain. Thank you for making my silly little idea worthy of your time.

Laura Bassen

We have run out of CASADIA participants!!! I would love to have it continue.

If you are interested in joining, just email me!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

A Blog Named Hero Christmastravaganza Guest

This is my THIRD post of the day, for my Paper Made Bakery post click HERE
For my Papertrey Ink Blog Hop, Click HERE.

Hi Everyone!

Today is my day to show you some fun ways to give gifts at A BLOG NAMED HERO. I chose to focus on my favorite old and new Christmas stamp sets from Hero Arts and the most common way to give... gift cards featured 3 different ways!

First up, I cased myself based on THIS card and made a gift card holder to hold some good ol' fashion cash!!!

to make this card, I used a new embossing powder. It makes the trees glisten! 

stamps: My Thoughts Exactly Interactive Card Phrases, Winter Trees and Owl Christmas by Hero Arts 
other: Embossing Tinsel "snowflake" by Ranger

I have 2 more ways to give gift cards at A BLOG NAMED HERO, so click over and check it out! The festivities go on for 31 days with prizes to be won!

Papertrey Ink November Blog Hop Challenge

This is my second post of the day. To see my Paper Made Bakery Post click HERE. 

I am participating today at Papertrey Ink. I really like their challenge because I have found inspiration from a book before. Check it out HERE.

Here are the choices. I loved the colors of the LIARS book.

My take:

I can never get the E to get perfectly straight. I even marked the front with a sharpie to make sure it's straight and still no luck! Oh well, it goes with the fun vibe of the card! Everything here is from PTI except the card stock :)

Paper Made Bakery and RIC Team UP!

My favorite challenge blog and my favorite kit club, Paper Made Bakery are teaming up! So I decided to enter the challenge! How did I come up with this card? Well, keep reading!

The concept is to use a runway photo for inspiration of a card. Here is the inspirational photo for this challenge. I made my card using the stems from the lollipop stamp for the black stripes, and then I punched the circles from one of the patterned papers found in the kit. I thought the colors looked similar. 

The kit is sold out, but you can get your hands on one if you enter to win Runway Inspired Challenge this week! Don't you want to? Check it out!!!

I have a bonus project on the Paper Made Bakery Blog so head on over and see how an envelope can become transformed!


Friday, November 23, 2012


Today I am talking Challenges.

Challenge 1: Case Study featuring Angeline Yong:
It is another Angeline beauty to case at Case Study Challenge and I am excited to show you my card.

The original is a show stopper, and you must check out the blog, because Angeline cased herself and I think I love the new card even better than the original!

Challenge 2: Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge
The other challenge I am entering my card into is Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge. It's a color challenge this time.

Challenge 3: When you get dumped by a follower
There are a lot of ups and downs in blogging. I just was dealt a new situation and I thought it was a perfect time to discuss Chapter 10 of the blogging handbook...when a follower unfollows you! This just happened to me and well I am kind of really sad and confused. I went into analysis mode and tried to think of all the reasons why a person would unfollow someone.

1. They came in for a prize and when the prize was over, so was their blog following
2. The blogger posts a lot. I don't know why that is such a bad thing. I don't follow a ton of blogs but even if I did, going through the blog reader doesn't take that much time
3. You work got poorer.

that's all I could think of. I don't get it at all. Help this rookie understand.

I kinda measured my self worth on the followers. It's sad but true. How else are you supposed to measure your blog value?  Comments? Challenge wins? Design teams? Whether your husband likes it? Beats me. I just know that it made me over the moon happy to see a new follower and I have appreciated every single one. Every comment. Every friendship. I am thankful for you all who come by and check my little place out. So this felt like it was a relationship and I just got dumped via text. One part of me is saying "You are unfollowing me? ME?" and then the other part of me is saying, "Come back! I'll do better. Give me another chance!" It's such a mixed bag of emotions.

I'm just hurt.

I know I know, I got too attached. Rookie Mistake.


Sunday, November 18, 2012


I used my Martha Stewart Snowflake punch, my Paper Made Bakery Kit and some coarse glitter to make these little beauties. Don't you love the paper in this pack? 

to read more about this card AND see my glitter collection, let me SHOW you! click HERE.

Friday, November 16, 2012


I am disappointed in myself that I missed CASEing Angeline Yong last week on Case Study Challenge! This time, I went to work right away. I don't know if I have shared this with you, but there are a few people out there who can get me to buy things online because I am a very impatient person and I want my stuff RIGHT NOW! Anyway, Angeline is one of those people. So is Cristina Kowalczyk which is how I found myself clicking BUY when it came to this WPlus9 stamp set!

Buy I digress, I love the look of the original card. I decided to use a butterfly made of acetate which gave the country vibe the original had. I also went with a bit more muted color scheme. Here is Angeline's stunning card.

I kept wanting to make it more, I am still trying to resist putting glitter on it (my favorite embellishment effect), but the beauty of it is in it's simplicity and focus on the sentiment.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Casual Fridays Challenge #78

Entering Casual Fridays Challenge today using something torn. My favorite thing to tear? WASHI!!!

If you want to know how I got the vellum background, click HERE to see the video!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Using Design

Hi Everyone,

For some reason, I was so inspired by this weeks Runway Inspired Challenge, yet was completely stuck all at the same time. I saw so much I could do, texture, stripes, the color scheme.

I sat down with lots of ideas and couldn't translate any of them. In the end, I settled for a simple design that goes a little somethin' like this:

It's a real working envelope! I embossed it and added a touch of red. I think this works because it plays into that gallon, quarter, pint, design concept that Moxi Fab World talked about a while ago. See? Trying to apply what I learned!


Sunday, November 11, 2012

The Votes Are In!

Nope, not talking about the election!

I had a hard time putting ALL these embellishments in ONE card. I struggle with giving up special goodness away like that. I almost had a heart attack doing it!

Luckily, I was reassured by this wonderful kit by Paper Made Bakery which had lots more goodness

In my last post I asked which photo you liked better, my beloved window sill or my new way, which was shown above and many of my recent posts. Click HERE to find out the RESULTS!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Moxi Fab World: Tuesday Trigger Fantasy in Fall

They had me at rolled paper flowers. Here with another crack at the Moxi Fab Challenge

Now, to expand on my post on photography taking, I have 2 photos of the same card. Look at the difference in mood you get depending on location and light.

First my beloved window sill:
It's bright, it's fresh and kind of edgy. (it was quite easy to photograph too)

Now with my new method:

This one looks more calm and elegant. 

hmmm....which one are you loving?

I am loving this inspirational photo!

Lastly, I am leaving you with a photo that my kids made me take. When I get my camera out to take their pictures or ones of my cards, they want to do a photoshoot too. Here is Ben giving bunny ears to Karina's dog!