Friday, 28 February 2014

Birthday Balloons

Happy Birthday Balloons
I'd normally start by saying, "Happy Friday-Eve!",'s not Friday-Eve but Friday. Regular blog-hoppers may have been expecting a new CASE Study card here yesterday and found nothing new. Sorry! We had a little bit of an emergency this week (nothing too serious, don't worry!) and that meant any routine things I do just popped out of my head, including this!

But as they say, better later than never. So I'm popping in super quick to share the card that I've made for this week's CASE Study. It's our last week with the talented Danielle Flanders as our muse and I've loved it!
Happy Birthday Close Up
I can't grab a pic of the Danielle's card that inspired today's card as I'm blogging from a tablet and let's just say it's certainly testing my patience...*grrrr*! However, I can urge you to pop across to CASE Study to see which little section of Danielle's card inspired me *wink*.

Y'know you should also pop across to CASE Study to see what beauties the rest of the CASE Study DT whipped up too and play along with us. :)

Keeping it super short and sweet today. I may get the chance to update this post with tips, pictures, and products used over the weekend but we're away at a wedding so it could be next week!

Apologies again for the delay and mish-mash of a post. My regular blogging schedule will be resumed asap. :)

Have a great weekend and thank you so much for stopping by!


Monday, 24 February 2014

Art Deco Die Cutting...

Party Time 

Happy Monday! I hope the start of the week is treating you well. :)

I'm popping in today with a project that is totally inspired by my love for the 1920s art deco movement. If you're raising an eyebrow, think Great Gatsby and you're there already! *wink*

Party Time Front

Now this focal point was created with a Spellbinders circle die and the tiny tie die from Top Dog Dies' Photo Prop Die Set. Yup, a few die cut ties placed under a die cut circle creates a focal point that makes me want to put on a 1920s flapper dress and do the Charleston. :)

tips and tricks
  • In order to space out the rays/ties evenly, I attached four behind my circle at 90 degree angles and then placed the remaining four inbetween each one (does that makes sense?)
  • The splattered background was created by mixing gold Perfect Pearls with water and flicking it on to the card-base with a paintbrush. More water gives a more diluted splatter and less water intensifies the gold sparkles. Blast it with a heat gun if you're impatient in letting it dry like me! :)
  • I added more dimension to the focal point by slightly lifting up the rays from the card base. This is easy if you only place adhesive behind the circular section of the focal point.
You're going to have to trust me when I say that the gold shimmers beautifully if you're holding this card for yourself. My photography hasn't captured it too well. Hopefully you get the idea with this close up anyway. :)
Party Time Close Up

Well that's enough flapping and babbling from me today. Thanks so much for stopping by!


Products Used
The gold card is from my stash - I've no idea where it's from, but I've suggested an alternative. Sorry!

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Well it's different...

Happy Birthday

Happy Friday-Eve! Ready for the weekend? Ready to see something a little (or way out) of my comfort zone? Well buckle your seatbelts because here it is, and it comes courtesy of this week's CASE Study.

I can't even describe the creative process for today's card. All I can say is that it started right here with this beautiful card from our muse, Danielle Flanders:

Check out the original post of this card here.

I'm not a pastel lovin' girly-girl, but I do like to stretch myself every now and again. Danielle's card gave me the perfect chance to just play and see what I ended up with.

Happy Birthday Close Up
I used lots of old stash on this card too. Maybe too much stash LOL!

tips and tricks
  • The tiny banner was created by stamping a patterned Christmas tree from Clearly Besotted Stamps' Modern Christmas stamp set. I used pigment ink and heat set it to be sure it wouldn't smear everywhere. Always check if an ink is suitable for vellum before deciding you need to use it!
  • Brads. Why not? We've all got a stash of 'em. I made mine sparkle by covering them in transparent fine glitter. :)
  • I die cut the 'happy' from white cardstock and coloured it with a Promarker to match the colour scheme of the card. Great tip if you don't have a certain coloured card available but a ton of marker pens! 
  • The silver, sparkly strip is a random scrap I found on my desk that I thought would look nice (yup, just piling on those scraps LOL!). I always like to keep my scraps on hand; you never know when their destiny will call. *wink*
Well like it or loathe it, that's my project for today and I'm stickin' to it - ha!

For some seriously fabulous inspiration, please pop across to CASE Study HQ and see what the rest of the design team created. Oh, and be sure to play along with us too and let Danielle's card take YOU on a creative adventure...

Right, I must dash as I'm visiting friends for lunch today for a much over-due catch up. Cake may be on the menu. Yummy! *wink*


Products Used
Note: The patterned paper, brads and tiny stars are from stash that is soooooo old that I've not a clue where I purchased it from. Sorry! However, I've added some sparkly brads that are very similar to the ones I've used. :)

Monday, 17 February 2014

Shake it like a Polaroid picture!

Happy Birthday Star Shaker Card

Happy Monday! It's my first day of the half-term and I've already made good use of it by whipping up a project using some Top Dog Dies goodies and a heck-of-a-lot of patterned paper. Yup, you heard right - patterned paper! What's happening to me? LOL!
 Happy Birthday Star Shaker Card Close

It really was only a matter of die-cutting time until the TDD Photo Mats Die ended up being a shaker card. I've done this style of card before (see here), but I had to manually work out how to create the Polaroid-style frame using a combination of Nestability dies. Thanks to the Photo Mat Die I could be shakin' this card like a Polaroid picture in no time! :)

tips and tricks
  • To give the shaker element more depth to allow those stars to move around, I die cut the photo mat a few times from a foam sheet and layered them. No foam? No problemo! Simply layer thick card die cuts. You'll need a few more layers than foam, but will achieve the same result.
  • I tried sprinkling fine glitter in my shaker card. Please learn from my mistake and don't try this! There's simply too much static going off in that frame for the glitter to not just stick to the acetate. Chunky glitter may work a treat though, I just didn't have any in my stash!
  • Don't restrict yourself to stars for a shaker card. Sequins, beads, tiny die-cut shapes, anything is worth trying out! 
Edited to add: I'm also going to enter this card into my friend, Taheerah's challenge, Cure for the Monday Blues Challenge #5.  
Now I'm putting a disclaimer out now: I created this card this morning before I saw Taheerah's challenge, but she's being sweet and letting me link it up seeing as my frames and some of the colours tie in with the challenge. Thanks, T! :)

That's it from me today. And that's probably the most patterned paper you'll ever see me use on one card LOL!

Oh and in case you're wondering, today's post title comes courtesy of Outkast's amazingly catchy tune, Hey Ya! which is now stuck in my head for the rest of today. :)

As always, thank you so much for stopping by!


Products Used


I am on various design teams and receive free product to use and promote. I geniunely love the products of the companies and all opinons are honest and my own.

I'm flattered if I've inspired you and you want to CASE anything of mine, but please don't enter it for commercial publications or competitions.
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