Monday, November 30, 2015

CASEing Genius: Cat Craig

Hello Crafters!

It's been a minute. Life and work are just crazy right now. Plus, holidays. God help us. On that note I hope you guys will understand that today's Genius will be the last one this year. I'll be resuming the regular posts in January. 

Let's get to it shall we?

Today's Genius is Cat Craig

I first saw Cat's wonderful creations we she came to visit my blog. Ironically, it was another CASEing Genius post that brought her over. Divine intervention right? :) Cat leaves the very best comments and I adore her for being so encouraging. Her style is sometimes cute, sometimes elegant, sometimes simple but ALWAYS beautiful. You can check out her eye candy on her blog, Cat Luvs Paper.  

The Interview: 

1. Who are you and where do you live?  
I am Cat Craig and I live in Maryland with my husband. I retired early a few years ago and now get to indulge my crafting hobby. 
2. How would you describe your style? 
I love layers and I love clean and simple styles.  I think I am moving more towards the clean and simple style as time goes on. 
3. Name one product you're completely crushing on right now? 
Zig Clean Color pens, their color vibrancy seduced me and my pocketbook. 
4. What is was your first crafty purchase? Would you still buy it now?  
Yellow flower stickers and a paper trimmer.  I still buy flower stickers to put on envelopes, so yes.
 Fun Stuff: 
5. What is your current favorite song?
 I don’t listen to much new stuff. Nickleback will always make me smile and start to chair dance! When it comes to dancing I am  completely uncoordinated and I can either move my body or my feet…never both at the same time. 
6. Who would play you in a movie? 
This was a tough one, so I called two of my closest girlfriends and both without a second’s hesitation said Meryl Streep; who am I to argue? 
 7. One random thing about you that people would never guess?
 In college I once played backgammon using only my toes; there may have been a bet and alcohol involved.
Drunken Backgammon and Nickelback . . .Maryland isn't THAT far away. 
Time for the Goods

That flower. Sigh. What a beautiful focal point. I love the elegance of the tone on tone embossing with the white heat embossing. So pretty. 

This card is just so bright and fun. The subtle panel doesn't compete with the sentiment but still adds such a gorgeous softness. 

Rainbow. I'm sold. Such a simple but fabulous card. I love that she watercolored the die cut. It brings in a texture that wouldn't be there with any other medium. 

The CASE: 

This card came out nothing like what I had anticipated. Nothing. I chose to do a cluster of flowers to mimic the flower/twine/button accent Cat has on her second card. I made them pink taking from the pink flower in the first card. They were also clustered in the bottom left just like the second card. I chose to do an ink blended backgrounded in a rainbow type gradient from the third card along with adding the black strips along the edge. I love how her sentiment follows her line in that card and I knew mine wouldn't so I added it another way. 

I hope you'll head over and check out Cat's blog, she really is lovely. 

In other news I'm also sharing this card over on the MarkerPOP blog. The new challenge theme is New Year's. 

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

What is Clean and Simple?

 Hello Crafters! 

I'm sharing another video on the Make It Crafty blog today. 

While I am coloring this cutie in the video. I'm also talking about what a "Clean and Simple" style card is. Well, what it is to me anyway :) 

I hope to see you over there.
Thanks for stopping in!


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Creating Dimension on Pattern Paper

 Hello Crafters! 

I'm just popping in to let you know I am sharing a new video over on the Create A Smile blog

I used Pattern Paper. 

Once you revive yourself from the shock I hope you'll head over and check it out. 

Thanks for visiting!! 


Monday, November 23, 2015

CASEing Genius: Vicki Dutcher

Hello Crafters! 

I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Mine didn't turn out like I expected but it was still full of blessings. 
This week should be amazing, starting with this week's incredible Genius . . .

It's Vicki Dutcher

I first spotted Vicki's projects throughout blogland in various challenges. Her stuff is just so good. SO. good. Her style varies from varies from clean and layered to super clean and simple. The best thing though? She punches you in the face with bright color but in like the best way. It's almost like if a punch in the face turned into butterflies, rainbows and puppy kisses when it hit your face. I am always in love with her use of color. The cherry on top of this colorful cake? Vicki is super sweet and completely supportive of other crafters. We are all incredibly busy, Vicki, included but I see her popping up around blogland leaving bits of love and I love her for that. You can head over to Vicki's blog, All I Do Is Stamp, to get your daily dose. 

Learning time . . .

The Interview: 

1. Who are you and where do you live?
I am a part time Starbucks Barista .  I just started back up again from a year sabbatical. (This is one of the perks from Starbucks after 10 years with the company.  I made it 15 and decided I was ready for a year off.) 
Wow, did this past year show me a whole new perspective of full retirement -- I wasn't ready, and returned to work.  I really missed my customers!  I live in Arizona and love everything about it! [Even the 110 temps we get] It's the best move my husband and I made during our 25 years of marriage.  My only son is in the Navy and is currently stationed in Bahrain.  I have been stamping since my son was about 2 -- it gave me something to do while he slept.  I absolutely adore this hobby!

2. How would you describe your style?
My style has developed down to CAS.  I use to go for all the layers and sketches, but I fell in love with clean and simple, with need I say, -- vivid colors! The brighter the better!  I am also known for my love of turquoise.

3. Name one product you're completely crushing on right now?
My favorite product has to be my MISTI and my Silhouette cutter. (I know, that is 2, but they just go together so well) When I learned using my Silhouette to make cuts out of ANY stamp I own, and then using the negative as a template with MISTI - well let's just say my scissors are getting really dusty. :)

4. What is was your first crafty purchase? Would you still buy it now?
Like probably 99% of stampers, I first bought from Stampin Up -- now, there are so many excellent stamp companies out here in blogland, that I haven't shopped SU in many years.

Fun Stuff:

5. What is your current favorite song?
Adele is the artist, I am not sure of the name, but I jam on it driving to work.

6. Who would play you in a movie?
Sandra Bullock -- I love her versatility.  I think she is an amazing actress, and a very classy women.

7. One random thing about you that people would never guess?
I am directionally challenged -- I got lost while driving all the time. 

Oooh a year off? Jealous! 

Are you ready to be blown away? Hold onto your socks. 

Oh my goodness gracious, That metallic blue green. Tone on tone but with so much dimension. Gah. 

Coffee, flowers, bright colors, It's the perfect card. 

I love how simply stunning this one is. That neon green is stunning with the simple black stamping. 


I had to use that blue metallic from her first card. HAD TO. Mine is more blue than turquoise but it's close enough for government work. The card layout came from the first card too.  I picked up the flowers and leaves along with their colors from Vicki's second card.  I puffy heart pinks and oranges together. Paper Smooches Best Buds set was perfect for this! I snagged a bit of lime green and black from the third card as well as the watercolor splatters. 

I hope you guys enjoy the video! 

I know it was a little long but watercoloring AND copics take time :) 

Here's a close up for you. I know it can be hard to see the detail with all that glorious shimmer. Not a bad problem to have :) 

I hope you'll go visit Vicki and leave her some love. Bring an extra pair of socks :) 

Thanks so much for dropping by!


Friday, November 20, 2015

Christmas Blessings: No Line Coloring

 Hello Crafters! 

Whoo Hoo! You made it. 
Happy Friday! 

My hubs and I have a date night planned tonight. Like a real date, where we aren't going to wear pajamas, I'll actually get a shower longer than 5 minutes, and we'll be childless. 
Crazy, I know. 

Today, I am sharing a video over on the MarkerPOP blog featuring no line coloring 

I was super inspired by a Periscope Dawn from WPlus9 did a few week's ago. She hand drew her flowers with copics. I cheated by using her flower stamps to get a similar look. :)

Also, I don't know how to say flower names and the ink I used in the video is actually Fairy Dust and not Falling Star. Not sure how I mixed the two . . :/ 

I hope you'll head over to the MarkerPOP blog and check it out.
Thanks for dropping by!


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Create A Smile November Release: Winter Wishes

 Hello Crafters! 

I'm back to share some fun news. Over at Create A Smile we are leading up to the November release! 

There are lots of super fun dies in this one. 

I decided to use the new stamp set Winter Fun. 

You know I'm in love with large scripty sentiments plus those snowflakes are just lovely. 

Next, I used two of the new dies sets, Stacked Pierced Ovals and Tiny Sentiments 

Finally here is my card :)

I busted out my watercolor paper (this stuff is precious right now I'm on my last sheet. eep. ) and stamped several of each snowflake that is included in the stamp set. I used waterproof inks from Hero Arts in a Neon blue, Grape Juice, and Navy. Even though these type of inks are waterproof it's  still a good idea to heat set them or let them sit for a minute. They can bleed if the ink isn't completely dry and to be honest mine kind of did. Whatevs. You can't see it. 

I coated the whole piece with clean water and dropped in som Gambi Tansi watercolors in the same colors. I also added in the shimmery white included in the large set. After it was dry I splattered on even more of the shimmery white. I love how using the same colors to stamp and watercolor gives the snowflakes some depth. Some look almost like a ghost outline which I think is super cool. 

I stamped the sentiment using my MISTI and WPLUs9's black ink. I chose to use my MISTI because I was working on watercolor paper. Good thing too because I ended up stamping it twice :) For once I thought ahead. Please don't die of shock. I outlined that bad boy in white gel pen, cause it's a thing now, and then used the largest oval die to cut it out. I used the die "wishes" to create a faux embossed look on a black strip of cardstock to complete my sentiment. 

I popped up the die cut portion with some craft foam. I added some purple and silver glitter strips of paper to accent it and of course I finished it off with some clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh. Which are back in stock at the store btw. 

The girls have been rocking the inspiration all week on the blog. You can head over and check it all out here
I'm thinking maybe we'll Periscope tonight . . .we'll see. 

Thanks so much dropping by!


Monday, November 16, 2015

CASEing Genius: Hannelie Bester

Hello Crafters! 

Happy Monday! It's an oxymoron I know, but I'm hoping today's awesome genius makes it just a bit better :) 

***I'm sorry I'm so late. I have no clue why this thing didn't post on time. Probably cause it's Monday***

Let's meet her  . . .

I have seen Hannelie's projects around blogland for quite sometime now and they are always fantastic. I love the way she uses die cuts. I have never seen die cuts incorporated into a clean and simple design so flawlessly.Her style frequently includes simple elements with bright pops of color. I couldn't love it more. You can see all her beautiful creations on her blog, Desert Diva. She is also incredibly encouraging to other crafters and leaves some of the best comments. Hannelie is the whole package :) 

The Interview: 
1. Who are you and where do you live?
My name is Hannelie Bester. I am a South-African and live in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)  for the last 7 years.

2. How would you describe your style?
Graphic CAS.

3. Name one product you're completely crushing on right now?
I am not so much into products... I mainly use digital sources and my Silhouette cameo. I always try to incorporate 'traditional' crafting methods to digital methods.

4. What is was your first crafty purchase? Would you still buy it now?
I started making cards 15 years ago. All that was available to me at that stage was deckle edge scissors. I think that's why I still prefer cutting (dies and cameo) to stamping. I still have all of those scissors, but won't buy any more ... so spoiled with the neat results obtained from electronic die cutting.

Fun stuff:

5. What is your current favorite song?
Not such a new song any more, but whenever I hear ' I'm on top of the world ' from Imagine dragons, I just feel happy and want to sing and dance along! Also love Beautiful life of Nick Fradiani.  Otherwise I love to listen to Afrikaans music. My favorite singer is a guy called Chris Chameleon. Such a talent.

6. Who would play you in a movie?
Audrey Hepburn (I Wish !)

7. One random thing about you that people would never guess?
I am shy and don't make friends easily. My card making style doesn't reflect my personality at all. Definitely not a bold and bright person!
I absolutely in awe of how she combines the digital and traditional aren't you?! 

Time for the good stuff . . .

How adorable is this? I love how she embellished with both ribbons and pearls but still managed to keep a CAS card. Beautiful! 

Oh my layered flower I love you! The beautiful pink bloom is a perfect focal point. I adore the soft floral background too!

Black and white with a pop of pink?! Yes please! The off center square gives it a wonderful playfulness. 


Hannelie makes die cutting cas cards looks easy peasy. It's not. At least it' not for me. I tried tackling her CASE four times before I ended up with something presentable. In both her first and second cards she die cut and added her pattern or color behind it. I wanted to include that as well as a die cut sentiment from her third card. I love traditional prints, like Hannelie's zebra print, with pops of color so that was definetley in. The pink flower came from the second card and the off center square from her third. 

I used the stitched squares from Simon Says stamp in two different sizes to create my frame. I popped up the white on craft foam to get the dimension she has on her second card. The diagonal stripe is from Create A Smile.  I stamped some leavers and the flower from Simon Says Stamp's Whimsical flowers and colored them with Copics. A bit of white gel pen was used to add detail. The happy die cut bridged the gap between my frame and it's center. After I stamped the hello I accented it with some Pretty Pink Posh Sequins. It's been forever since I added Glossy Accents to anything but I felt like my CAS design needed a bit of something so after I coated the whole flower with Clear Wink of Stella I added the Glossy Accents to the center. 

I hope you'll go over to Hannelie's blog and oogle her gorgeous cards, leave a bit of love while you're there too :)

Thanks for stopping by!