CASE Study 4th Anniversary Blog Hop

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Hi all!

The fun folks over at the CASE Study Challenge blog are celebrating four big years of challenges with some inspirational blog hops over the next few weeks. I’m thrilled to be joining the crew for this week’s blog hop!

We were invited to find our own inspiration and make something inspired by it. I spotted this quote recently and just really liked it.




It really spoke to me so I decided to make a card inspired by it. Here’s what I did.


You’ll see the quote played center stage. I used a typewriter (with a really, really, really old ribbon) to type out “you make my heart smile” onto the grid paper. The “friend” word is a stamp from Lawn Fawn’s #awesome stamp set.

Pretty much everything else on the card was just added to kinda go with the feel of the quote.


So that’s what I have.

Be sure to check out the blogs of everyone who is hopping today.

Joni Nina Andaya
Teri   (<——– here you are)
Laura Bassen
JJ Bolton
Nina Brackett
Clare Buswell
Keisha Campbell
Andrea Ewen
Pamela Ho
Jeanne Jachna
Anna Kossakovskaya
Elena Roussakis
Lisa Spangler

Make sure you comment as you go. Some prizes are up for grabs. (Woot, woot!)  Comments will be taken until midnight EST on next Tuesday.

And … one more thing… there’s also a challenge happening! In honor of the anniversary of CASE Study, folks about being invited to make something inspired this hop! Head over to the CASE Study blog to learn more.

CASE Study 3rd Anniversary Blog Hop (8-1)

CS anniversary badgeHi all!

Thrilled to be joining the lovely bunch over at the CASE Study challenge for their 3rd anniversary blog hop.

You should have arrived from the blog of sweet Barbara Anders! If you are just joining the hop, welcome!

I dig the CASE Study folks because (1) they super nice and are all about just having fun and crafting and (2) they encourage being inspired by others! Every week, they draw inspiration from another crafter. It’s always fun to see what inspired them and how they turn that inspiration into a new project!

For the hop, we were invited to pick something or someone who inspires us.  And I was really inspired by the first sentiment on this Work Hard piece of graphic design work by Mary Parkis. I really loved the treatment she gave the letters so I wanted to mimic that look somewhat.

So meet my “inspired” card! 🙂


Here’s how I got the multi-colored look.

First, I die-cut the grateful phrase from good old white cardstock. (By the way, the die is from Papertrey Ink.)


I set it on scratch paper and then I started rubbing my super juicy, Hero Arts neon inks all over them.


First one color. Then the next.


I kept going until I got something like this.



That’s what I have for you!

Next stop on the hop is the blog of (super awesome) Laura Bassen!

Happy hopping!

Today’s card (1-7)


Hi all!

Meet today’s card!

Totally honored  by the lovely and super, duper talented ladies at CASE Study to choose me as their Muse for February. Oh… my… heck… you guys… so nice of you to think of me… thank you. 🙂

They picked this card (well, the second one with the hearts) for inspiration today.

I messed around and came up with this new take on it.


Didn’t totally re-invent the mould here, picking some somewhat similar products and type of products to use, too. The words  and itty bitty heart are from one of Ali’s stamp sets for Technique Tuesday: Love Always Wins by Ali Edwards. The ampersand is from TT’s new Hashtags & More set.

The papers are from Crate Paper and My Mind’s Eye. The butterfly is from Jenni Bowlin.

Alright, that’s all I have. Be back again later, gators.