Friday, August 28, 2020

CASE a Jingle Belle

Since September 7th will be Labor Day in the US, we've decided to celebrate by giving you a bit of a head start with this week's card design.

We're asking you to CASE (Copy And Selectively Edit) any of the cards that Lauren or Stephanie have made for one of the Jingle Belles prompts (yep, you've got 9 ½ years of cards to choose from).

Be sure to tell us and link to what card inspired you.

Here is how we were inspired by each other:

based on this Inspiration Card by Lauren:

Stephanie says, "Lauren and I both love our Washi ... so I chose her fabulous washi card from our Inspiration Post in April of 2018.  I used teal and red for my criss-cross washi background and replaced her journal card with a stamped Silhouette Song Bird from Unity Stamp Company (which meant I needed to rotate the layout from horizontal to vertical).  I framed my image with punched snowflakes and some bling.  This was so fun and therapeutic to make."

based on this Inspiration Card by Stephanie:

Lauren says, "As soon as we started talking about this challenge, I knew I wanted to make the Yeti card from week two of our critter-themed challenge in October of last year. My only obstacle was that I literally had NONE of the products Stephanie used in her card, lol. Luckily I found Taylored Expressions' adorable "Mythical Grumplings" set at Paper Anthology, which gave me cute the Yeti and most of the sentiment. The rest of the elements were improvised using the closest things I had in my stash: a slightly larger tree die; similar stitched hills, and even a pale green snowflake patterned paper! Since my Yeti stamps were not holiday-themed, I added some holiday lights stickers, but I think they're a pretty good fit."

Link your CASED creations here by 6pm (EDT) on Wednesday, September 9th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:20:18. 

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
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Thursday, August 27, 2020

Cardstock Creations

So many creative cards without even a glimmer of patterned paper in sight? That's what we call impressive. Here are a few especially clever takes on this challenging assignment:

...has a card full of adorable holiday sea creatures asking, "Who Needs Snow?"; and when you can stamp and color such a gorgeous scene, we'd ask, "Who needs patterned paper?" either!

...explains the simple but incredibly clever trick she used to make this strikingly colorful inked background; now we've GOT TO try it!
(You really should click through and read how she did it!)

...made a whole family of simple, adorable, diecut critters and then let them be the stars of her perfectly CAS cards. We want to adopt ALL of these guys, but the reindeer miiiiight be our fave!


We'll be back at Midnight with a brand new prompt, and we hope you'll join us just in CASE... :)

Friday, August 21, 2020

The 12 Days of Cardstock

Yes, we're still banning you from Designer Paper for one more week ... break out that rainbow of cardstock colors and share your creations.

Here's what we made:

Lauren says, "I've played strictly by the rules, for once in my life, lol! I stamped a background of Avery Elle Snowflakes on dark blue cardstock and one of the sentiments from the same set, using Hero Arts' awesome Unicorn Ink and my MISTI for extra-good coverage. The rest is torn cardstock and ancient dies. Ok, technically the reindeer was cut from AlteNew's beautiful wood veneer, rather than cardstock, but it's not patterned paper!!! I finished off with some Eyelet Outlet Snowflake Bling and a few loose gems and pearls."

Stephanie says, "I made an ornament with the new Birch Press Ornament Basics Craft Die and two pieces of watercolor paper backgrounds that I had colored with Karin Markers.  The Eyelet Outlet Snowflake Bling is the star of the show.  I used Eyelet Outlet Silver Glitter Washi Tape to frame my sentiment and mounted it all on a piece of colored cardstock that I had brayered with acrylic paints during Art Camp 2019 (which seems like a lifetime ago).  Sentiment is from Memory Box Dashing with Reindeer."

Friday, August 14, 2020

Cardstock Christmas

Today we're asking you to step away from the designer paper. Yes, put it away … none allowed … not even a scrap! Because the next prompt is to create a card using only cardstock. You can tear it, ink it, stamp it, spray it, emboss it … but stick to only cardstock for your holiday card design.

Here's how we created with cardstock:

Stephanie says, "Nothing goes better with cardstock than Die Cuts ... I used three different Memory Box Die Cuts to create my wintry scene (Vintage Sled, Tall Pine & Marvelous Pine). I tore some white cardstock for my wintry landscape and die cut the Tall Pine a second time from green cardstock for the pine boughs on my sled. The sentiment is from Memory Box Dashing with Reindeer."

Lauren's Card

Lauren says, "In the spirit of full disclosure, this card is a pretty direct lift from this sample made for the sweet Winter Narwhal stamp from Lawn Fawn. The star, the pink oxide background, the vellum are all pretty much a CASE. But since I wanted to make a full-size A2 card, I cut a bunch of the star frames and layered them to make a shaker (filled with Eyelet Outlet Snowflake Sequins) and I embossed a pink cardstock background."

Link your Cardstock Creations here by 6pm (EDT) on Wednesday, August 26th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:20:17.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Delicious Leftovers

All of the Holiday Leftovers in our gallery are absolutely fantastic ... here are a few of our favorite dishes:
...used a fabulous scrap of rainbow trim together with making her background from lots of paper scrap strips ... what a Scrap-tastic holiday design.

...had enough leftover diecuts from her last card-making session to make this beauty! We agree that using up those extras is much more fun than tidying them away!

...has a "bits box" in which she keeps all the pretty extras that accumulate when she makes cards; she raided it to brilliant effect to make this beauty!

And now the winner of that beautiful stamp set from Couture Creations:

According to the fine folks at the lucky winner is

#3 Sherri Thacker

Congrats, Sherri!
Please email Lauren at llaurenb @
so we can get that on its way to you!

Many thanks to everyone who played along, we loved seeing all of your creations. We'll be back at Midnight with a brand new prompt we hope will help you Take Stock!

Friday, August 7, 2020

Raiding the Refrigerator

We're still raiding the refrigerator (or your studio table, sticker stash, or wherever else you keep your leftovers) to create our cards this week.

Stephanie's Other Card 

Stephanie says, "I went to my sticker bin for my buffet of leftovers. I love using leftover stickers to fill the entire front of my card. I combined some leftover puffy drink stickers with several texty stickers and a vintage wood block Hero Arts stamp for holiday cheer. I finished with scatterings of leftover bling." 

Lauren says, "This baby is 100% leftovers, but admittedly, by virtue of my storage system, I've stacked the deck. Several years ago, while setting up for a cardmaking gathering with a bunch of non-papercrafters, I made lots of diecuts, pre-trimmed backing panels, and cardbases. My idea was that it would be a sort of Card Buffet. As it turned out, the party didn't take place; but I kept the organizational system and it's really helpful for making fast cards. Like this one!"

Scroll down to the original post to see a pic of the prize that's on offer to one lucky random cardmaker who links up with us this fortnight!