CASEing Mary Fish

To many in the paper crafting community, CASE means “Copy and Selectively Edit”. There are a few variations on the acronym, but they mean the same thing for the most part: find a card you love and copy it…. but make it your own!

The inspiration for this card came from a thank you card by Mary Fish. Her card is here:

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Isn’t it gorgeous?! I loved her bold colors and the way she created her own frame out of designer series paper. Mary also has an excellent eye for balance: she knows exactly when and where to add a little accent, like that little pink candy dot next to her sentiment!

This card is SO beautiful that I wanted to make one just like it. The trouble was… I didn’t have a single one of the Stampin’ Up products she used! After writing them all down on my wish list, I set out to recreate her card using the things I did have. Here’s what I came up with:

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I used Calypso Coral cardstock for the outer frame, which coordinated with the polka dot patterned paper found in the Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper Stack.

The flowers and the sentiment both come from the Sale-a-bration stamp set called Know What I Love. This is such a pretty set to only be around for such a short time!

The sentiment is stamped on a banner shape which I hand cut on both sides to balance it, because I didn’t have any candy dots. To give it added lift, I curled up the ends by scraping it with my fingernail. This is similar to curling a ribbon with a pair of scissors, but on a much smaller scale.

In the end, this card turned out to be perfect for any thankful occasion, Lovely!

Mary, thanks for being such an inspiration!

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Materials Used:

Stamps: Know What I Love (c) Stampin’ Up

Ink: Memento’s Tuxedo Black

Cardstock: Calypso Coral, Very Vanilla (c) Stampin’ Up

Paper: Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper Stack (c) Stampin’ Up

Other: Circle Dies, Dimensionals

A Retro Hello and a Floral Thanks

My card today is in response to the Pals Paper Arts Challenge #297.

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I must admit, I substituted a different yellow paper. I thought I didn’t have any Daffodil Delight paper… and then after I had completed the card I found that I did indeed have two whole sheets of it. My slight substitution turned a pleasant Spring color palette into a more vibrant retro version.

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It works, though! The font and rounded corners remind me of an old television show or commercial.

This card is really simple to make.

  1. Cut strips of colored paper in varying widths.
  2. Adhere them to a piece of background paper.
  3. Trim the background paper to the correct size and shape.
  4. Add a second panel, slightly larger in size to add a border.
  5. In a contrasting color, add a cutout sentiment on top with glue dots or tiny dimensional pieces.

The sentiment could be one cut using a die OR if you have a paper cutting machine, such as a Cricut Explore Air, you could cut out any font you like!

Speaking of fonts, I created this “hello” cutout and the “thanks” and “congrats” cutouts shown below using the trusty combination of Adobe Illustrator and a drawing tablet.

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This card uses Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper and Mint Macaroon, Basic Black, and Very Vanilla cardstock (c) Stampin’ Up. The large sentiment is separated from the busy background by a solid colored oval so it stands out. The black outlines really make the shapes and colors pop!

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If you have a Cricut Explore Air or a similar paper cutting machine, feel free to use my png images in your own projects! It would be awesome if you linked back here so I could see what you created with them!

I recommend opening these images in a separate tab in order to save them at their full resolution.

 

Thanks for visiting! Happy papercrafting!

Lighthearted Thanks

Ideas sometimes have a life of their own. They travel from person to person, growing and changing a little bit each time they swap minds.

I love that the world of stamping fosters the sharing of ideas. We do card swaps, CASE (Copy and Selectively Edit) challenges, clubs, and post our images online all with the idea that our ideas can help inspire other artists.

Sometimes you see something and it sticks in your mind and you can’t ever figure out where you first saw it. At other times the history of how an idea has evolved is well documented.

Today’s card has an “idea history” that can actually be traced.

This idea started out (as far as I know) in the brain of Desire Spenst. Her card looked like this:

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Next, Mary Fish got the idea and made something new, with new stamps and colors and sentiments. Her card looked like this:

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Now, almost 6 years later after this idea was originally born, it came to me! I wanted to see what this card would look like with the Lighthearted Leaves stamp set (c) Stampin’ Up. Here’s what my card looks like:

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Sadly, Lighthearted Leaves was only available for a short time. It’s so pretty! The next person who uses this idea will have to once again reinvent it once again.

I can’t wait to see how this idea continues to grow!

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Materials Used:

Ink: Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Delightful Dijon

Cardstock: Whisper White, Old Olive

Stamps: Lighthearted Leaves, Thankful Forest Friends (c) Stampin’ Up

Lucky Stars Thank You Card

Inspiration for my card today comes from the Mojo Monday design sketch #442. This is my first official entry in a contest! Yay!

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I wanted to try out some of the new papers designer series paper I got recently, so I pulled out this cute Melon Mambo star paper from the It’s My Party Designer Series Paper Stack. The Going Global Stamp Set had some perfect star themed stamps to go with it.

This was starting to look like an adventuresome card, so it needed an explorer. I chose this cute little penguin to go adventuring under the stars. Voila, a card is born! Or rather made.

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Okay, okay… I know it isn’t really winter any more… I just think this penguin stamp is so cute!

I put black around the edges of the melon mambo papers to give them a little more weight. They just looked a little wimpy without them. I love how bold this turned out!

For the first time, I thought I’d try my hand at making one of these images that shows all the different materials I used. These are great  for all visual learner types like me.

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Materials Used:

Ink: Versamark Basic Black

Stamps: Going Global and Snow Place Stamp Sets (c) Stampin’ Up

Paper: It’s My Party Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up

Cardstock: Melon Mambo, Basic Black, Whisper White

Other: Medium Star Punch, Dimensionals

 

Lost Without You

I gave this card to my sister, Angela, for Valentine’s Day, but it could have been for any occasion. I’m lost without her year round!

Angela is my travel buddy. She keeps me from wandering away from the tour group, getting left behind with my nose is in a sketchbook, and forgetting to eat because I’m too busy taking in all the sights. Even when we aren’t traveling, she gives me perspective on life.

My favorite part of this card is the three dimensional, upside down map.

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This card was created with:

Going Global Stamp Set (c) Stampin’ Up

Going Places Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up

Dear Heart Stamp Set (c) Stampin’ Up <– This is a retired set, but it is still available to order on the Stampin’ Up website (as of 2/24/2016). With the thin tipped Basic Black marker I added another arm to each alligator so they could point the way and hold a map, respectively.

Confetti Hearts Border Punch (c) Stampin’ Up

Forest Embossing Folder (c) Darice <– This could also be cute with the Softly Falling or World Traveler Embossing Folders (c) Stampin’ Up.

Very Vanilla Cardstock  (c) Stampin’ Up <– Or a near equivalent ivory cardstock.

Old Olive, Mossy Meadow, Delightful Dijon, Basic Black Stampin’ Write Markers  (c) Stampin’ Up

Stampin’ Dimensionals (c) Stampin’ Up

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Here is my color palate for this card.

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I’d like to give a special thanks to Marie Shaughnessy from www.MarieStamps.com. Her color chart is amazingly helpful for translating Stampin’ Up colors to RGB and hex color values for my Bewitching Color Combinations, like the one above. Click the thumbnail below to visit her page.

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