Monday, August 3, 2015

CASEing Genius: Amy Tsuruta


Hello Crafters! 

I'm sure today's Genius will be a familiar face to many  . . .

It's Amy Tsuruta!!!

Amy is uber talented. Her designs are simply amazing which easily explains why so many companies and challenges are out to snap her up. You can see all her craftiness on her blog. Tsuruta Designs. Plus, she and some crafty friends put together the Coffee Lover's Blog hop each season. I love Coffee so immediately I felt a kindred spirit in Amy. But do you want to know my absolute most favorite thing ever about her? It's her encouragement. Period. No matter whose blog I go to or what route I take to get there Amy has always beat me. ALWAYS. It's like she transform into a  little crafty fairy fueled by coffee and glitter traveling at Santa Claus speed in the wee hours to visit all the blogs in blogland. She is so generous and kind. I'm in awe of her ability to give back. 

Shall we get to know her? 

The Interview:

1. Who are you and where do you live? 
 My name is Amy and I live in the gorgeous state of Washington!

2. How would you describe your style?  
Clean & Colorful

3. Name one product you're completely crushing on right now?  

4. What is was your first crafty purchase? Would you still buy it now?  
I've been crafting most of my life so let's see....I remember cross stitching when I was younger.  I actually managed to complete a project!  I didn't really have the patience to sit still for it then and certainly don't now....

Fun Stuff:

5. What is your current favorite song? 
 I seldom listen to music while in the car, it's always on NPR....I do stream music and tend to listen to the Tony Bennett/Lady Gaga and Mumford & Sons stations.

6. Who would play you in a movie?  
This made me chuckle, I had to google Japanese Actresses so it would at least seem realistic....I pick Rila Fukushima of The Wolverine {Big Hugh Jackman fan♡}.  

7. One random thing about you that people would never guess?  
 I'm a Canadian♡

I feel like singing along to Mumford and Sons while sipping coffee with Amy would certainly be a good time. :) 

Let's get to the goods! 

LO-VE that bold red stripe with the grey background. The sketchy city is simple but pops off the card on that white circle! 

I love how free this is. Those light blue hand drawn stripes are beautiful. The contrasting red stars are perfect to frame her bold sentiment. 

Flowers in a mug? Yes please. The little handle hanging off is just adorable! 

The CASE: 

I love the bold stripe in Amy's first card. the layout got me in the second card along with that watercoloring. Lastly, the soft fluffy bow in the third added some great texture. I wanted to incorporate that too. 

I started by adhering some Navy Blue card stripes to a white cardbase. I used the waves background from Hero Arts/Basic Grey and heat embossed it in white on my watercolor cardstock. I used my zig markers in various blues to color it. I did blend with some water. I die cut it into a circle and adhered it to my card base. 

All of the stamps I used are solid images except for the "Hello" circle. As most of you know me and solid images don't get along. But I really wanted to use them so sometimes you have to make nice with the girl at the party you don't like. You know what I'm saying.  
I stamped my lighthouse and my anchor in light gray ink then colored over them with my copics.I chosethe lighthouse to mimic Amy's tall city buildings.  I can't be without my black outline so I used my multiliners to outline them. For the fish I stamped it by inking it up with Wild Mango and Sweet Gelato and letting them mix in the middle. It was a bit too pink so I ended up adding some shading with my copics. The stripes were added with a copic multiliner and a white gel pen. In order to get the texture Amy created with her fuzzy bow I used hemp twine to create a Sailor's knot. I had to Google this. Like I had clue one how to make a sailor's knot. I've never sailed anything unless you count home drunk on a skateboard one night sailing.  . . .I mean this girl I knew did that . . .yeah...her . .. crazy girl. 
I wanted to bring in an extra bit of red so I added one red sequin and topped it off with glossy accents. The glossy accents is clearly not dry in the photo. Forgive me. There are so many hours in the day. 
That's it for me!
I though for sure when I did Amy's feature it would be a coffee card. Funny how things surprise you :) 

Thanks for visiting! 
I hope you go over and leave Amy some love it. She's a delight! 


Sunday, August 2, 2015

I Miss You: Guest Design

 Hello Crafters! 

I'm so very excited to announce I am the Guest Designer on the MarkerPop blog for the month of August!! 

Whoo hoo! 
I have had nothing but fantastic service from this company and am just thrilled to be representing on their blog :) They always have sales. Sucks me right in, in the best way of course. 

I used this adorable stamp from Stamping Bella called Tiny Townie Amanda is Awesome. It's my first ever Stamping Bella image and I just adore her. 

I hope you'll head over to the MarkerPop blog and read all about how I made my sunset scene. 

Thanks for visiting! 


Friday, July 31, 2015

Happy Flamingos

 Hello Crafters! 

Today is the start of a new challenge over at A Day For Daises
This time we are using feathers. 

This image is called Flamingo Couple. Are they not the cutest couple ever. I couldn't resist using my copics to color their outfits to look like a bride and groom. 

I dug around in my stamps for some feathers and came back with this Hero Arts set. I stamped them in Versamark on watercolor paper and then heat set them in white. I used my Zig Clean Color markers to add the color before blending them with marker. Originally, my ombre background faded to white but a crafty suggested I add a bit of black for some contrast. I couldn't get it any darker than this. Man, these Zigs run like crazy with water! 

No big shock, I kept my card pretty simple. I colored up my flamingos and outlined them with a multiliner. I decided it would be a bit of fun to die cut them onto a tag to add them onto the card. I cut a second tag out of vellum and then tied them together with some gray twine. The white panel was mounted onto my card base with dimensional adhesive for a bit more interest. 

I hope you'll hop over and play along. Their is always a freebie to use for an entry to win 4 images of your choice.! 

Thanks for visiting! 


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Fun with Paint

 Hello Crafters! 

How's it going?

I know a lot of you are on Design Teams just like I am. Why do I mention this? Because I' want to make sure I'm not the only who gets ants in their pants waiting to share a technique you did and really loved but it's for a card in the future. Grrr. Patience. Overrated. 

Since I have the patience of a toddler I decided to use the technique on another card I could share!. Yes! Cheating the system.  Mwhahahaha. Okay it's not really cheating the system but I still feel like I'm winning. Keep your rain off my parade. 

I am sharing this card over on the Create A Smile blog today

You can head over there to see all the details! 
While you're there don't forget to check out the new SALE section. There's some good stuff in there including their Coffee First set which I adore. 

Thanks for stopping by!!


Monday, July 27, 2015

CASEing Genius: Kristie Goulet


Hello Crafters! 

It's Monday and it's time to meet a new Genius!

I first saw Kristie's fabulous talent among the challenges I played in frequently. her blog, Kreative Kristie, is always bustling with all kinds of crafty goodness. Her clean and simple style immediately drew me in. She loves black and white with a pop of bright colors. Remind you of anyone? See why I love her style so much? :) 
Somehow she manages to keep to her style but still using fun trendy themes and I think she rocks at it. She's also so super sweet. It seems like kindness is a rarity in this world anymore with the exception of the craft industry. Kristie is one of the kind ones for sure!

Time to spend some one on one time with her . . .

The Interview: 

1. Who are you and where do you live?
My name is Kristie Goulet.  I am wife to Todd and mom to Noah, Hannah, Leah & Jonah.  We just recently moved from Northern NH to Connecticut.

2. How would you describe your style? 
I am definitely inspired to create CAS cards but every now and then I add a few layers but they are always CAS.

3. Name one product you're completely crushing on right now?  
This one is easy...My MISTI.  I LOVE this tool.  I find myself pulling it out to use all the time.

4. What is was your first crafty purchase? Would you still buy it now?  
My first crafty purchase was a set of stamps from a book club that I was a member of.  They were the old style stamps but I was very happy with them at the time.  :)  
No, I would not still buy it now because I have fallen in love with clear stamps and these were rubber stamps.

Fun Stuff: 

5. What is your current favorite song?
Oceans by Hillsong United

6. Who would play you in a movie?
Sarah Jessica Parker.  ;)

7. One random thing about you that people would never guess?
I am a huge fan of anything vanilla.  From candles, to air fresheners to cake to ice cream!  LOVE vanilla!!  ;)

I'm with you on the rubber stamps lady. I still have a few but I'd take clear any day of the week and twice on Sunday. Also, ironically enough people tell me I look like Sarah Jessica Parker. weird right? 

Time for Cards!

That bold chevron with the ink blended heart is fantastic. I love the little detail of the stitching on the die cut plus the dimension is just perfect for such a CAS design. 

White sentiment embossed on black. Girl, you know the way to my heart! I love the bright pop of those diamonds against all that gorgeous white!! 

Um what now? That sky! That sky is just stunning. I think building a scene inside her tree die is simply brilliant. So much dimension but with all that white space intact.  Genius indeed! 


Before I actually show you the CASE I'm going to tell you, you're going to be confused. It's okay. It's not you, it's me. Que Simple Minds "Don't You Forget About Me" Oh wait, we're not breaking up. Give me back my diamond earring. 

First, I LOVED the idea of building a scene inside a frame. That's where I started. I decided to use the layout from the first card just vertical instead of horizontal. I love Kristie's use of black and white so I picked that up in my checkered floor. Of course there's a ton of bright colors because she loves 'em, I love 'em, and you should love 'em too! Initially I intended to make my banner black with white heat embossing like the second card but it looked ugh. So I didn't. Sometimes it just doesn't work out. 

All the stamps and dies are WPlus9. I started by stamping and masking several cupcakes and stands from Sweets & Treats. The large stand I even flipped upside down to get a different look. I drew in the floor and started my coloring there. Everything was colored with copics. I used a multiliner to outline everything once it was colored. My white gel pen and a few colored Souffle pens were used to add some fun dots and sprinkles. Of course I had to add a bit of Wink of Stella for some shine!

I used the largest die from Rounded Rectangles to cut my frame and I added that with foam adhesive. I have the stamp and die for Basic Banners but I didn't want the white edge so I just fussy cut it. A bit of shading gives it some dimension. 

I know it doesn't look a thing like Kristie's cards but I like it anyway. Funny how things inspire us isn't it? 
I do hope you'll go see more of Kristie and her blog because she really is wonderful.

Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, July 25, 2015

Finally, They are here!

  Hello Crafters!
It's Saturday and I'm feeling chatty so let's talk shall we?
You know these Zig Clean Color markers are all the rage right now. I was like "ooh pretty" I need these. Then I went and looked at the price tag and choked on my coffee. What in the what?! I know I'm a cheap skate but Damn, Gina.
Thankfully I was able to find them for 50% off on Amazon. Yes! Sales!
Then I waited 600 years for them to arrive.
six. hundred. years.
Actually it was about a month but in crafty time, totally 600 years.
They finally came! Whoop! Whoop!
Then I spent an enormous amount of time opening every single one from it's plastic wrap.
The perforations were a joke. A mirage of hope that you can easily get into your new toy and play immediately.  They were little marker straightjackets.
I bought the 36 set.
It took me an hour to open all of  them using a pair of scissors and an exacto knife to extract them.
I love that you can get them individually though. Since they aren't refillable it's awesome that you can just replace the ones you use the most.
I will say though they are completely worth the money and the marker surgery I had to perform. In fact, I'm in love. We're getting married and hope to have a rainbow of children soon.
They blend really easily. I've heard that a lot of people prefer to use them without water but I actually like them with. It just gives a good final blend to everything.
I'm sharing this card over at the A2Zscrapbooking blog today but I wanted to share here too.
You can head over to the blog to see all the details of how I made it. I'm also using some new Hero Arts stamp sets. More flowers, can't help myself :)
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, July 24, 2015

It's Your Day, Go Wild!

  Hello Crafters!
Happy Friday!
I'm in the middle of a long stretch of work but it's cool. I had ten days off before that.
Today A Day For Daisies is releasing some adorable new stamps. I'm using a cute one called Bird In Flight.

I decided my bird kind of looked like an owl so that's how I colored him. :) Isn't coloring fun?!
I printed my stamp out twice. Once on cardstock and once on regular printer paper. I trimmed out the printer paper to use with repositionable adhesive to use as a mask.
I used Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean distress inks to create a sky on my panel. I also kind of dragged it back and forth across the paper lightly to add a bit of movement.
Once that was done I removed the mask.
I colored the main image with copics. To do the owl I just pulled up images on Google of a white barn owl. After I was done coloring I, of course, outlined my whole image using a copic multiliner and then added some details  with a white gel pen.
The sentiment is from Wplus9's Party Animal set and I though it fit this joyful ride just perfectly!
The panel was added on top of some purple cardstock with dimensional adhesive. I then added that panel on to a card base I had treated with the same distress inks.
You can see ALL of the new release and ALL of the terrific inspiration over at the A Day For Daises Blog. Thanks so much for stopping by!