Thursday, 28 August 2014

Party time - CASE Study stylee!

Birthday birdie
Hey!

Well I hope you're ready for a party. What for you ask? Well, true, it's Friday-Eve and that's always a reason to celebrate but it's also the challenge blog, CASE Study's 4th anniversary! I'm so honoured to have been there from the start of CASE Study all those years ago. It only seems like yesterday that Iwona (Chupa) sent me an email explaining her concept and me accepting her invitation without hesitation. :)


I'm so happy to be able to join in the festivities as we have a corker of a blog hop chock-full of inspiration. Be sure to hop along and comment along the way to win some awesome prizes from our sponsors:


You should have hippety hopped across here from Julie SmithIf you haven't or you're lost, here's the order you should be following. :)

Anja Curvers
Eva Dobilas
Danielle Flanders
Jill Foster
Silke Ledlow
Agnieszka Małyszek
Iwona Palamountain  
Torico
Julie Smith
Amy Wanford
Michelle Williams
Teneale Williams
Dawn Woleslagle

Now as you may know, my recent career change has meant I'd recently taken a little break from CASE Study. However, from today I am b.a.c.k.! Yup, I might be crazy but I'm jumping back on board and will hopefully (fingers crossed!) be back to my regular Friday-Eve CASE Study blog posts.

So, onto today's card. This card is a CASE of sorts from my recent trip to IKEA. No, I didn't purchase a raskog - I simply don't have room! However I do often find myself spending a large amount of time in the art section. Two art pieces caught my eye:


These birds have a map detail on them. I love that idea!
I'm a sucker for a typewriter and so is my guy. This actually jumped into our trolley. :)

And from that moment, I had the idea to combine the two and create my own bird embellishment with a typewriter font.

birthday birdie close up
It was so easy to create with the help of Olive (our beloved typewriter). I simply typed some words on my typewriter, die-cut the bird from the typed paper, covered it in Distress Ink and then smothered it in Glossy Accents.

tips and tricks
  • I addd texture to my background by splattering it with Distress Ink mixed with water and  stencilling parts of a distressed-style stencil with embossing paste. 
  • This concept works for so many occasions. Simply type any adjectives relating to the occasion. No typewriter? No problemo! Simply use a typewriter-style font on your computer. 
  • The acetate helps to ground the bird whilst the positioning of the stars helps the eyes to frame the bird. 
Well that's all from me today. But there's plenty more hopping to be done as your next stop is Michelle Williams. Thanks for stopping by today!

111 comments:

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Fabulous card.. and great tips. Stash using is a bonus for sure!

Lindsey said...

I can't even begin to describe how much I love this. Suffice it to say that I am totally captivated by all the amazing details...there is so much for the eye to take in. I adore this card!

Harriet Skelly said...

I love what you ended up with by mixing together your two inspiration pieces!!

Gina said...

That looks so fun, I must try it!

vinita jain said...

Adorable little bird by adding typewriter font and wonderful textures!!!
Simply love it!!!

Joeann Isaac said...

Aimes!!!! I love your style girl! Your cards are so fun and whimsical. Love the combination of the two gorgeous elements. Beautiful xx

Lynn said...

Love all the gorgeous texture on your card. From the glossy accents to the embossing powder. Perfect.

Connie Cox said...

I love typewriters too!! My fav font at the moment is American Typewriter so when I saw your card, it brought back some wonderful memories of my younger years and my beloved typewriter. TFS xx

Urvashi R said...

Amazing idea to use typewriter

Iwona Palamountain (Chupa) said...

So much to love in this post!! I'm a self-proclaimed IKEA addict and those frames would meet my eye in the store for sure! What you did with the inspiration makes my heart pitter patter. Seriously, it's a beauty! I adore your style lately, have you noticed it's gotten more 'artsy'? :)
Finally, are you really coming back for good?? WOO-HOO!!

Michelle said...

Such a cute card, Aimes! And I'm so glad you're back from "holiday" to rejoin the CASE Study team. :-) Have you seen the work of artist Geninne Zlatkis? She made a series of birds with map details (and a whole lot of other gorgeous birds), just beautiful!

Kathy S said...

Great accents on the bird. Makes him the star.

Marianne said...

Such a fun and sweet card. Love the typing on the bird die cut and the texture.

Dori Shelton said...

Great card! Thanks for the awesome tips and tricks too!!

loulou said...

Fab card. Great texture and colours. Love the text on the bird.

Sweet Kobylkin said...

Aimes, this is a cool twist of Ikea birds pictures! Love your tips about adjectives using and acetate grounding the bird. The acetate strip really helps the composition, but does not interfere with other elements! Smart tip!

joy said...

I adore this card!! Thanks for sharing your tips and tricks, too!

hellerlittle said...

love your mix !!! and the Colors
CU hellerlittle

Silke Ledlow said...

BEAUTIFUL...love how you added all the elements of your inspiration pieces. Hugs ~S~

Beth H. said...

Love the color combination and the mixed media. Texture on cards is so much fun!

Deepti Stephens said...

Oh wow! it's so beautiful!

icardeveryone01 said...

Aimes!! Love your creation, and your inspiration items... might mean a trip to Ikea for the birds?!
=] Michele

BunnyD said...

Sweet card! Love the typing on the bird. Means I don't have to try to realistically paint it. Brilliant!

sharrilou said...

Great card.

Susi Kelly said...

ADORE your card and use of a real typewriter to make your bird diecut stand out. The embossing paste background is perfect for this lovely card.

Diana Nguyen said...

Love the differing textures and materials you used! They all went so well together!

Angela said...

Love all the texture on your card!

Monika/Buzsy said...

Fantastic mixed media style card. Love the textures and that blue bird!

Becca Whitham said...

I have some books that I've been using for various projects. I see a few die cuts from them in my future. Fabulous inspiration.

Patricia J Stanley said...

Lovely use of color and texture.

~amy~ said...

sigh, I love it.
I totally have that same hambly goodness...and yes, I'm hoarding it.

Yukari Y. said...

Beautiful card! I love all of the gorgeous texture!

Janet a.k.a. swanlady21 said...

Great inspiration and love how you combined them on your card.

conil said...

Hot dawg...am I glad to see your return. And you've done it with a big bang. Using those prints is kinda brilliant...but typing on that bird is genius.

Beastybunny said...

Great card. Love the soft colors and all the lovely texture.

Holly Saveur said...

Such a great card!

Bev Wilkinson said...

I love the typewriter font! Adds so much character to any image! Thanks for the idea!

LauraJane:) said...

Glad to see you back for the party! Texture terrific card...LOVE the word bird:)

Irene Grau said...

Gorgeous card. Love the calming colors. My brother and his family are also crazy for typewriters -- all six of them have their own manual typewriter. It can get quite noisy when they're all out and typing away. lol

Petti said...

So stylish I love your card!

Kristie Goulet said...

Love the texture and your bird!

Rebecca Ednie said...

I love the tiny details on this card! Amazing.

Janet said...

Your card is so sweet, love all your details.

Pam said...

Lovely card! So glad you're back.

Beatrice Lawson said...

Love the acetate and yep, using yup the stash, all good!

Cherie C said...

Loooove your arty card-very very cool!

Berina RGA said...

beautiful!!! I love this bird!! awesome!!
-Berina
Moxie Craftie

Lee Ann Barrett said...

What a cool idea! Love the way you tailored the sentiments on the bird to fit the card theme.

Pat said...

I love the texture on your card!

Kathryn A said...

Love the bird!! Great idea to use your typewriter.

aaga said...

I'm glad that you're back and always look forward to Friday eves. You kept the background in a really good harmony even though there's quite a lot going on.

Anna Natalia said...

Love your mixed-media card.

Nora N. said...

This is totally adorable!! I LOVE the type on the bird and your use of the acetate!!

Lauren Moore said...

Great job using an inspired purchase to create your card- I love that little bird!

Kathy H said...

Very cute, lobe the bird!

Betty Keefe said...

what a clever card - beautifully done!

Dawn said...

Amy, your card is adorable! So creative! ♡

Dorothy Kovak said...

Lovely card and calm colors.

Paper Therapy Ponderings said...

very fun card - I like all the elements you added but yet the card has a CASE feel to it. thanks for sharing

Barb Housner

Denise Bryant said...

Fabulous card! I love that sweet bird and the colors you used! Also some great texture!

Amante del Papel said...

fabuous projects, really sweet

Hussena said...

Omg ...your card is just gorgeous ..I just love everything about it ..Its perfect !!

Yoonsun Hur said...

SO CUTE!!!!! I love the texture and pale colours! Simple awesome!

Darlyne Wagner said...

This card is so cool! Love the bird and the texture and all the darling elements. This is one idea I must incorporate very soon. I really admire this one!

Darlyne Wagner said...

I think this card is so cool. I just love the texture and the bird and all the sweet elements on it. I am quite inspired to do something like this, too.

Karen M said...

Love your card - it looks amazing xx

My Paper Epiphany said...

Stunning! I really, really love this card! The type writing is awesome and the colour gorgeous!

Chriss Blagrave said...

Love! Great colours elements and textures!

Carol L said...

I really enjoy seeing what inspired you to create this pretty card! I love the typewriter fonts on the bird, and especially the embossing details!

cm said...

Artsy and ultra cool! Beautiful card!
~c

Tess Hackett said...

Cool card reminds me of art journaling. I like your combination of two inspiring elements.

Cindy C. said...

Very sweet card indeed!!

Ruby N said...

so very creative!

Rochelle Sodipo Washington said...

I love the unique inspiration and the card!

Patty said...

This is great...thanks for the inspiration!

Cloud's said...

Gorgeous Creation!

Mei N said...

Cool project. Gorgeous and beautiful made. Thanks for sharing.

JayTeeZeHang said...

Oh I love this card so much! Such a lovely card!

Pallavi Iyer said...

I love your card.What a neat idea to use your typewriter.Love the stencilling too.Wonderful!

Pia S said...

Fabby card design! Love the textured background and string, and the bird looks great with the typewriter font on it!

Cecilia Hsieh said...

Artsy take on the inspirations from Ikea!!

Lydia said...

Great card. Such fun techniques

magical said...

such a great idea, love the birdy, thanks for sharing x

zehra said...

Love the techniques TFS

Katuan said...

oh, bird card, yes :)

Elena C said...

Hi Amy, I love your bird...yes that typewriter font on it is really great!!
Good job!!!

Lisa Ann Bernard said...

Great card. Thank you for the tips!

DoofyJEss2 said...

This card is AMAZING!! Love all the texture and the airy color scheme!

berryblue said...

This card makes me smile every time I look at it! LOVE LOVE LOVE! I love all the layers and details and sweet, simple perfection of it! {sighing with happiness}

Kate said...

Thanks for sharing your creativity and tips. It really is a stunning card !!!

Kelly Flaherty said...

This is a different idea - the more I think about it I am really loving it. I can use this idea with many different shapes as an embellishment. THANKS!

Miriam Prantner said...

Love that great bird and what great texture and splatter on the background!

Megan McDonald said...

fabulous card

Sandy said...

Love all the texture, and as a fan of old typefaces I really like that aspect too.

Barbara said...

Lovely card and beautifully created. Love the typewriter font on the bird and the distressed background.

Carol McCready said...

Your card is so fun. A perfect take on your inspiration photos.

Reusing Cards & Quilling said...

Fantastic card !

Debbie said...

I love your card with the typed covered bird. Love your inspiration, too!

Sabrina Radeck said...

TYFS your creativity and inspiration with us!

Carolynn said...

Love very much the visual texture of the typography (from an actual typewriter!) as well as the bits of embossing paste,,, and who can resist such a cute blue bird?!

Thordis said...

This is such a fun and beautiful card :)

Katka said...

So perfect card.. :) Love it!

Sofia said...

A wonderful card with lots of inspiration, really good job.

Jill Vickers said...

I generally love cards that feature birds but I have to say that this one is exceptional!!! There are so many things that I love about it, I don't know where to begin - the colour choice (perfect), the typewriter text on the bird (brilliant), the stars (amazing)... thanks so much for sharing!

Crafty Gio said...

Your creativity is amazing, Amy!! Lovely!

Denise Gutshall said...

Cute card! Love the bird and the splatter technique.

Maria Giselle B. said...

I love the typewriter font! Reminds me of the days! Love the texture of your card.

Mary-Anne V said...

Love the words on the bird and the artsy feel to the card.

Lucinde said...

Love that little bird!

Karen L K said...

Such a cute card. I love the typing on the bird and that background looks really great too.

My Paper Epiphany said...

Hi Amy,. Just wanted to let you know I love your card so much and I did a case of it, but just missed the deadline. I'll share it in another challenge and give you credit :)

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