Saturday, December 27, 2014

Inspired by ...

Hi everyone.  There's a challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers (Free For All 253 - A CASE of Admiration).  It's a chance for everyone to join in and CASE (copy and share everything) a card of someone they admire ... or someone that has inspired them.

I'm starting off with two CASED cards.  The first (above) is a CASE of this beautiful card made by my friend Nancy.  Nancy and I have been on-line friends for several years now and we have a mutual admiration the CAS style of card making.  Nancy always inspires me with her amazing creations, so I wanted to take this opportunity to let her know how much I appreciate her! :)  Not only is she a talented card maker, but she is a good friend and we often marvel at how similar we are about likes, dislikes, etc.  To Nancy, I hope you like my tribute to you, dear friend! :)

I used the same mesh look for the stenciled background, with a little bit of orange embossing paste dots on top, and then used my favourite maple leaf to finish.

The second card is for my good friend Susan.  Susan and I got to know each other on-line a few years ago through SCS, and found out that we lived in the same area.  We also have a mutual admiration for CAS cards and I am always inspired when I visit Susan's gallery at SCS.  We have gotten together a few times to get inky and exchange stamps and dies ... so much fun!  Can't wait until we meet up again, Susan! :)

The card below is a CASE of this gorgeous card made by Susan.  Orange and pink is my favourite colour combo, so I kept that for the background, but used watercolour instead of the alcohol inks that Susan used.  Unforunately, I only have black permanent ink and wanted to use brown, so needed to change up the background inks so I could use my waterbased brown ink on top.  Had trouble getting a good photo of this card ... it's dark outside and the lighting was playing havoc with the colours.  This is more true to the colours, but a little blurrier than it is in real life. :)

CASE of Nancy's card:
Stamps:  Gently Falling (SU!), A Little Sentimental (Clearly Besotted)
Paper:  White, Watercolour - for leaf (Arches 140 lb. cold press)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, Barn Door, Fired Brick, Vintage Photo (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  Textured Mesh Stencil (Memory Box), Embossing Paste (Dreamweaver), palette knife, water brush, Clear Rock Candy Crackle Paint (Ranger)

CASE of Susan's card:
Stamps:  Lisa's Painted Maple (Hero Arts); Sentiment (unknown); En Francais (SU!)
Paper:  White, Watercolour (Arches 140 lb. cold press)
Ink:  Melon Mambo, Tangerine Tango, Crushed Curry (SU!); Distress Ink:  Vintage Photo (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  Water mister


  1. Two beautiful cards Loll - your leaves are always stunning and I love both your cards:) I hope you had a lovely christmas - hugs xx

  2. Wow, Loll - thank you so much for CASEing my card - you did it proud with your gorgeous version. And I'm sure Nancy will love the tribute you created to her. I'm off to SCS to leave comments on them there too.

  3. I am thrilled you would want to CASE me Loll! Thank you for your kind, sweet comment too. I just LOVE your card with your changes that made your card your own :-) I LOVED your card for Susan too. I agree, Susan is so talented and giving. What a joy to have you both as friends. TFS my friend.

  4. Wow Loll, what great cards to CASE! I loved the inspiration cards as well as your cards. I can see why you were so inspired by these ladies, they are fabulous and you are too! Happy New Year Loll!! Hugs, Brenda

  5. Wonderful cards, Loll! Stunning designs! Love them both! Xx

  6. Gorgeous cards Loll, the stencil in yellow makes for a perfect background x

  7. Oh Wow, These are both so beautiful Loll. Fabulous cases, both of them.

  8. Both of these are beautiful, Loll, and wonderful tributes to wonderful stampers! Love the soft, stenciled background and shiny leaf of the first card and the beautiful colors of the second! You are three awesome stampers!

  9. Hi Loll! Thank you for the wonderful Christmas wishes you left me while I was away. I had such a great holiday, I hope you did too! These cards are just gorgeous, as were the ones I missed while I was gone...just playing catch up! lol It's great to be back, see you again soon, big new year hugs :)

  10. Fabulous cases, Loll! Love how you've used the maple leaves on both cards, each one so unique and very stunning! The lovely cards by Susan and Nancy were both fabulous inspiration!


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