CASE Study #179

Thursday, February 20, 2014

It's week three already at CASE Study with the talented Danielle Flanders as our muse! Check out her gorgeous card this week. SO many beautiful details!

I CASEd the stitching at the top, the use of watercolor in the background, the stars, the word 'happy' and I went for a scalloped border instead of a banner.

I used some White Premium Cardstock from Core'dinations and some acrylic paints to create the watercolor background, I started with just some splotches in the top left but then I added some plain water drips and I love how the color was dragged down. I then stamped some stars using Memento Luxe Angel Pink and VersaMagic Thatched Straw. The sentiment is from an old stamp set from The Craft's Meow, the star stamps are from the same set.

The wooden letters are from my stash and I just gave them a white wash effect with some acrylic paint. The scalloped border is a piece of balsa wood I die cut and embossed with an Anna Griffin Cuttlebug embossing folder, then white washed with paint. The turquoise base is also Core'dinations cardstock.

That's all for now, don't forget to visit the rest of the CASE Study ladies and our wonderful February Guest Designers.

May Park (Feb Guest Designer)
Caryn Davies (Feb Guest Designer)

CASE Study #178

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Better late than never, finally here's my CASE Study card!! We had a huge storm hit us last Wednesday which resulted in a lot of damage, the power went out and only came back Saturday evening!! It felt like forever! We spent the weekend sorting out the damage (we lost some of our fence, a gate and a few other things!) and emptying the fridge/freezer. Glad it's over and we're getting back to normal now, I'd never experienced such strong winds before, so many trees and power lines came down, it was crazy!
* The power went out AGAIN while I was writing this yesterday! Hopefully I'll get to the end of it this time! * Here's Danielle Flanders stunning inspiration card for this week.

I really loved the color combo so I CASEd that along with the basic layout, use of heart embellishment and twine.

The large background stamp I used is from Lovebirds by Chocolate Baroque stamped using Memento Luxe Love Letter ink, then I used one of the sentiments from the same set to over-stamp the background using Memento Luxe Dandelion ink. The "LOVE" sentiment I stamped using a Hero Arts alphabet stamp set.

I had a cute felted heart in my stash that was the same color so I added that along with some Marigold Baker's Twine from SRM Stickers. The yellow card I used for the base layer is from Core'dinations.

That's all for now, don't forget to visit the rest of the CASE Study ladies and our wonderful February Guest Designers. That's all for now, hoping the power stays on and the storms stay away! Thanks for dropping by today! : )

May Park (Feb Guest Designer)
Caryn Davies (Feb Guest Designer)

Kiss Me!

Monday, February 10, 2014

I hope you're having a great Monday! I thought I'd pop in and share another quick Valentine's Day card (not many days left now!!) I made using Core'dinations ColorCore Cardstock. It was actually pretty quick to make, my Silhouette Portrait machine did most of the work!

I used Core'dinations Core Couture Glitter cardstock (all the glitter without the mess!) for the background and for the heart with sentiment. I used some Fuchsia Fizz on the base to co-ordinate. The Silhouette files I used are Hearts and Words #53851 and Border Hearts #24381. The little hearts in the background were part of a border and I just snipped them apart. I used silicone glue to attach the heart and sentiment for some added dimension. I used some Glossy Accents on the words for some extra shimmer!

That's all for now, I might have some more Valentine's Day inspiration later in the week. Thanks for dropping by and I really do appreciate your comments.

Quilled Valentine's Day Decoration Tutorial

Friday, February 7, 2014

In my previous post I showed you how to make a Simple Quilled Heart, today I'll use the same technique to create these sweet quilled Valentine's Day decorations. I used some Core'dinations ColorCore Cardstock instead of paper to make these more sturdy (the color is Fuchsia Fizz).

I used a 12"x 1 1/2" strip and embossed it using an Anna Griffin embossing folder (Rosa) and lightly sanded it with my SandIt Gadget. Fold the strip in half as shown in the Simple Quilled Heart tutorial.

The technique is the same as Simple Quilled Heart tutorial but because the strip is wider you can't use a regular quilling tool you need to roll the strip around a needle type quilling tool, a darning needle or similar item.

Once you've started rolling, you can remove the tool and just continue to roll with your fingers all the way to the middle. Repeat for the other side and roll towards the folded center.

At this point, create a loop with a piece of ribbon, I used a piece of double sided tape to join the ends of the ribbon together and a strong glue to adhere it between the two quilled scrolls.

Use a tweezers to pinch the center so the ribbon is fixed firmly in place and leave to dry.

The finished heart is approximately 1 1/2" wide but you could scale this up if you wanted to create a larger decoration.

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial, let me know if you give these a go, you can leave a link in the comments below. I'd love to see your creations! Have a great weekend! : )

Simple Quilled Heart Tutorial

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Hi, I've a quick and easy quilling tutorial for you today. These simple quilled hearts make great embellishments for your paper-crafted projects and are very simple to create. Once you master the basic concept you can experiment with larger sizes and different materials. So, this is all you need, a 3mm wide quilling strip, this one is 130mm (about 5" long) and a quilling tool.

If you don't have any quilling strips, that's ok because you can use your paper trimmer to cut some from paper. Fold the strip in half to make a v-shape.

Using your quilling tool, start rolling one side towards the center, all the way to the fold and remove from the quilling tool.

Next, roll the other side all the way to the center again and release from the tool. Pinch the fold slightly and adjust the rolled scrolls to make sure they're even.

And... that's it! A completed quilled heart! Could it be any easier!! You can play around with different length strips and various width strips too.

I'll be back tomorrow with a larger version of this quilled heart that I made into a Valentine's Day decoration using Core'dinations ColorCore Cardstock, I'll have some step-by-step photos on how I made it too! See you tomorrow! : )

CASE #177

Our muse this month at CASE Study is the very talented Danielle Flanders! Check out her fabulous inspiration card this week.

For me the chevron patterned paper caught my attention so I CASEd this along with the basic layout.

The pretty heart bird stamp is from a fabulous stamp company in the UK called Chocolate Baroque, they have some gorgeous stamps on their website, both red rubber and clear stamps too! Here I used Memento Luxe Love Letter ink to stamp both hearts.

I've been doing a lot of quilling recently so I decided to add a touch to this card too! Just some simple shapes and quilled hearts. The sentiment used is from WMS. That's all for now, don't forget to visit the rest of the CASE Study ladies!