Monday, February 8, 2016

CASEing Genius: Tracey McNeely and Celebrating Nina-Marie



Hello Crafters! 

As you can see it's busy day here on the blog :) 
I hope you'll forgive me for combing two completely amazing designers into one post. 
Life is hard, I know. 

On the hop  . . .You should have arrived from the super sweet Katrina's blog (P.S. She is Nina-Marie's little sister and her cards are darling.) 
and if you have no idea what CASEing Genius is and would like to you can click here  or if you don't care what so ever please scroll down for the video. 

But first prizes . . . 
Nina-Marie is giving away $25 gift cards to Pretty Pink Posh and Neat and Tangled along with a $20 gift card to Newton's Nook. That's good stuff. The winners will be picked from comments left on the blogs included in the hop. The winners will be picked February 12th. 

Without further ado . . 

This week's CASEing Genius is the fabulous 



I have been a big fan of Tracey's for quite some time. Her clean and simple style is right up my alley along with her gorgeous use of color. Tracey rocks the stamping but also die cutting. I'm so jealous because die cuts are something I struggle with. She makes out of this world cards with them easy peasy. Not only is she an incredible card designer she is an open kind hearted person. She's always involved in challenges and leaving encouraging comments. She's literally making people happy all over the internet and that makes me so happy to know her. You can check out her genius on her blog, In My Creative Opinion.   

The Interview: 

1. Who are you and where do you live?
My name is Tracey McNeely and I live in the beautiful Ontario Muskoka’s, Canada with my husband James and two away at University kids Ben (21) and Brooklyn (18).
2. How would you describe your style?
My style is primarily CAS but I venture into CAL (clean and layered) on occasion.
3. Name one product you're completely crushing on right now?
Believe it or not it is my Distress Inks. I had such a learning curb getting to know them even though I starting 'collecting' them years ago.
4. What is was your first crafty purchase? Would you still buy it now?
My first crafty purchase was a large Magenta woodblock stamp and a Hot Boss heat tool because I saw a card sample in a craft store and thought--how hard could that be--LOL No on the woodblock stamps and yes I would buy a new heat tool, the boss is getting tired.
Fun Stuff:
5. What is your current favorite song?
I like all music new and old but my most recent downloads are Break on Me (Keith Urban), Hello (Adelle) and Someone New (Hozier)
6. Who would play you in a movie?
Hubby and daughter see me as Rachel McAdams in a romantic comedy—really?
7. One random thing about you that people would never guess?
I have MS

Don't feel bad Tracey I still love my Distress Inks too, also that Hozier song is awesome. 

Time to check out all the talent . . .


Eeep. CAS perfection. 
I love the bright colors and how that banner grounds the palm tree. So cute. 


Talk about clean and simple AND stunning. 
A bold sentiment with soft florals and sparkles. I'm sold. 


I love how it's colorful without being overwhelming. Love the subtle background that let's the sentiment be the star of the show. 

The CASE: 


I really wanted to go with something tropical based on the first card so I grabbed WPlus9's new Happy Wishes set. Plus the flowers in card one and two. I wanted to do no line coloring because Tracey's second and third cards both have no line (dies, stamps) focal points. The design layout came from the third card with something in the top left and bottom right. The banner is from card one and the bold sentiment is from cards two and three. 

You know there's a video. :) 


 I tried to keep it relatively short, this is a hop after all. If this is your first time here 11 minutes is short for me. :/
Let's have a close up shall we?!


I hope you'll stop by and visit Tracey to leave some love but if you'd like to finish the hop first your next stop is the exceptional Maria Sabina Riata

The whole hop is included below in case you get lost. 
Kelly Latevola (You Are Here)

Thanks for visiting! 


87 comments:

  1. Tracey does make amazing cards, doesn't she??!! And your CASE is delightful, capturing her CASness with bright pops of color. So glad you chose Tracey; she's just wonderful! : ) Bev

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  2. LOVE seeing Tracey featured here. Amazing CASE of her cards. ♥

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  3. love your interview with Tracey (have followed her for ages) - and her cards and your are wonderful - love how you incorporated design from several of hers into one card

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  4. That was a cute interview! And her cards are truly inspiring!!

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  5. That was a cute interview! And her cards are truly inspiring!!

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  6. SO BEAUTIFUL!!! You did an amazing job (as always), CASEing Tracy. I am loving those faded out stripes... GORGEOUS!!!! thanks too for taking part in my hop, I am so happy you did! Love you! <3

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  7. First of all, I always have a chuckle when I read your posts :) Your card is gorgeous!! And I love Tracey!!! She's got a wonderful CAS style indeed.

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  8. Two amazing cards! Love Tracey's work. I agree with Ruby...love your posts.

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  9. Those flowers really come to life with your coloring, they're beautiful!

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  10. Awesome job CASEing Tracey! Tracey makes very inspiring CAS cards and is a very kind person.

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  11. You nailed it, Tracey is very talented and your card is lovely. Awesome job

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  12. Kelly your CASE couldn't be any better! Purple is one of my favourite colours and your flowers and card are gorgeous. You used techniques that are out of my realm of ability but maybe I will learn from you ;) thank you for doing the feature on me. A wonderful start to my week! ❤️

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  13. wow, the card is just absolutely stunning, I love your videos!

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  14. Absolutely gorgeous!!! I can't stop looking at that card!

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  15. I think you're a genius at coloring, Miss Kelly! Lovely card; especially love the shading on the banner die cut.

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  16. I wasn't sure about this stamp set until I saw your card. I love it!

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  17. Tracey is amazing. I have followed her for a while now and she is so sweet.. I am so glad to see her being featured on your blog today.. All of these cards are just gorgeous. thanks for sharing.

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  18. Your card is stunning.I love flower cards. Tracey's cards are awesome and inspirinf.🙂

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  19. Such a gorgeous card!!! Tropical & purple.....it's perfection to me!! :)

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  20. Your card is beautiful - you are a very talented lady. Thank you for sharing.

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  21. Kelly, I love hop's, I get the chance to see new blogs, I would've never known about. Your coloring is awesome, always love your work and videos. Thanks for sharing and always inspiring me.

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  22. What?! I love your flower cards!! This is again so pretty!!!

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  23. Wow, these cards are so pretty! love it!

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  24. Gorgeous card,
    great coloring.
    Carla from Utah

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  25. Beautiful cards, love to see cards cased!!

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  26. just watched the video and i'm still in awe, awesome card, great case-ing and thank you for celebrating with Nina Marie

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  27. You are so talented and such a funny lady. I love your sense of humor. What a gorgeous card. Thanks for the tips for no line coloring. I need to give them a try!

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  28. Your card looks amazing as well as your no-line coloring. I have to try it with my copics too - so far I have tested it out just with watercoloring. Anyway beautiful card :)

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  29. Gorgeous card, Kelly...WOW! I'm so happy that you have featured Tracey today...she is so amazing! Off to check out your video...Thanks!

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  30. Such a beautiful card, you make colouring look so simple, I am just a beginner and I will keep on practicing.
    Tracey's card are amazing, I love the Oh happy day card.

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  31. Amazing CASE of Tracey's cards. Love hearing which elements you pulled from each card.

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  32. Stunning CASE ...love how you incorporated various elements of all her cards to create this beauty.

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  33. Stunning card! Once again you prove that one layer cards can be WOW

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  34. Beautiful card and wonderful CASE! Congrats to Nina-Marie!

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  35. Your card is stunning!! I love the colors! Perfect for Spring!

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  36. Love Tracey's CAS style! And your coloring, like always, is amazing!! Love it all!

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  37. Gorgeous card you made and love your interview with uber talented Tracey. Love your video, it was delightful and didn't seem long at all!

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  38. I love Tracey's cas style!! Beautiful card, your coloring is stunning!

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  39. I love Tracey and her fabulous CAS style, she' such a sweetheart!! Your CASE card is as fabulous as always Kelly, just beautiful!

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  40. Oh I LOVE Tracey!! Her simple style is just fantastic and she is a dear to boot!! LOVE your CASE of her cards. I am again in AWE of your coloring ability!!

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  41. Awesome cards! The video is fabulous featuring that gorgeous floral card! Love the beautiful colors!

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  42. I love Tracey's work so awesome to see her here! Your card is amazeballs! I'm in love with your flowers!

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  43. Tracey is a great pick as a genius!

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  44. Ridiculously beautiful and you have chosen a wonderfully creative genius this week....per always !

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  45. Tracey love your blog and cards. Thanks for sharing the videos.

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  46. You absolutely NEVER disappoint with your use of color! Amazing as usual.

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  47. Gorgeous combination of colors Kelly!!!! Love this case inspiration from Tracey :) Visiting from Nina's blog hop and lovely to visit here :)

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  48. I love your copic coloring method and color choices!! You're a great copic coloring teacher!!

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  49. Amazing coloring!! Love the way you've achieved a brush stroke look on those flowers! Very very inspired!

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  50. I can always tell your card from others you have such a beautiful unique style.. This card is outstandingly beautiful..

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  51. The only thing I would change about your excellent interview of Tracey is I would have capitalized the word FABULOUS! There are so many people I want to meet IRL and Tracey is near the top of that list!! Well done, Kelly, as always!! Hugs, Darnell

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  52. The only thing I would change about your excellent interview of Tracey is I would have capitalized the word FABULOUS! There are so many people I want to meet IRL and Tracey is near the top of that list!! Well done, Kelly, as always!! Hugs, Darnell

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  53. I love the ideas you gave. Copics on top of a solid inked stamp - great idea. And the faded stencil. Thank you for sharing.

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  54. Beautiful colorful card. Love you video showing copic coloring.

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  55. Kelly, I have to tell you that this is honestly one of my favorite cards of yours, and trust me, I think I've watched all of your YT tutorials! The colors are beautiful and I love the layout. Thanks for introducing me to Tracey...I'm heading over to her blog after I get to the end of the hop. Hugz

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  56. Love Tracy's cards and your take on them! Especially love the softly stenciled corners; must remember to try that. Thanks for the video, Kelly!

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  57. I am a big fan of Tracey's cards. And I love the card you have done to CASe her, its brilliant Kelly.

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  58. So happy to see Tracey featured here, she is a peach and I love her CAS style! Kelly, your card is a knockout, love how you cased Tracey's work!

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  59. All of these cards are just gorgeous! I love all the fresh color!
    Take Care!
    Michele

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  60. Fabulous card Kelly, the colors drew me in and the design is simply awesome. Wonderful case of Tracey's beautiful cards.

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  61. LOVE this gorgeous card and the cool diagonal lines in among the flowers!

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  62. Beautiful card, screams "spring is in the way!!". Love it!

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  63. Stunning cards--from you and Tracey. So very fun to see her featured here.

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  64. Another jaw dropping creation of yours! Oh the talent! Love love love this card! :-)

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  65. Tracey is a treasure in every way: a fabulous designer who dedicates time and creativity to her DT roles, in addition to being the 'boss' (best boss every, BTW!) of Tag You're It Challenge, and a sweetheart of epidemic proportions. Thank you for recognizing her Genius; the trio of cards she's created are evidence of her amazing talents. Your 'combination case': truly fabulous! You've captured the essence of Tracey's style, and fused it delightfully with your own..
    ~carol

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  66. As usual, your coloring is perfect! Love your choice of colors, as well. Beautiful card, Kelly.

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  67. This is one of my favorite cards of yours. I love it.

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  68. Love your card, so beautiful, thanks for sharing! And thanks for introducing Tracey:-)

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  69. These cards are beautiful! And congrats on Nina for this goal! <3

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  70. Lovely cards as always, Kelly! <3 And I reeeally like that blog header of yours! So pretty with the watercolor flowers.

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  71. Awesome cards! Love the colors in the last card, gorgeous! And YOUR playlist matches mine to a tee! Awesome.

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  72. Thanks for making us aware of this blog hop! I would have missed it without you!

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  73. Tracey has such a fabulous style and one of my favorite blogs to visit! Amazing take on her style. Congratulations to Nina on 1,000 YouTube subscribers.

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  74. While I don't think your CASE quite fits CAS... it is GORGEOUS! Absolutely beautiful. This is my first time visiting your blog and I will be back!

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  76. Great cards! The floral card is absolutely gorgeous! Nicely done!

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  77. So glad to have stopped by on the hop and seen your latest CASEing genius post! Your creations are always spectacular!

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  78. WOW.... Today post totally is full of amazing inspirations! Love love love all the cards you did for CASEing and the blog hop!

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  79. Tracey's trio of cards is a stunning selection ... each one captures her amazing talent so perfectly ... such a fabulous and fun feature! Your CASE is beautiful, Kelly ... simply lovely blooms, with so much depth and a wonderful sense of dimension! Hugs, Anita :)

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  80. Oh, I love Tracey! And your card is gorgeous, Kelly! I ordered this set.... can't wait to play with it! Thanks for the inspiration!

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