I'm Amy, a stay-at-home mom by day and a crafter by night. After a day of chasing my kids around the house, I escape to my craft room for a few hours of creating while they sleep. Thanks for joining me in my little corner of the crafting world!

Friday, March 1, 2013

CASEd Squares for the Featured Stamper Challenge

Yippee, it's Friday!  We are finally seeing some ground through the (slowly) melting snow here.  It's a bit cloudy and dreary, but I'm just grateful I'm not snowed in anymore!

This week's Featured Stamper challenge at Splitcoast Stampers asks us to CASE (Copy and Share Everything) a card from the gallery of Andrea Hayes.  Andrea has so many beautiful CAS (Clean and Simple) cards that it was hard to choose just one, and I have found several I hope to use for inspiration in the future.  

I finally decided to CASE this beauty: Celebrate

Oh, how I love Elegant Eggplant!  It is one of my favorite Stampin' Up! colors.  I have used it here on both cards for my solid card stock and my ink.  Instead of using two patterned papers, I used one patterned paper and one embossed card stock. 

I had so much fun with her design that I decided to make two different cards.  The first is a 5 x 5 square card, or maybe just a bit smaller, as I got a little overzealous with my paper trimmer!

(I have to apologize for the picture quality.  The lack of natural light on these wintry, dreary days is really challenging my minimal photography skills!)

I started by adhering the patterned paper to a heavy white card stock base.  I used my Big Shot to emboss a piece of Elegant Eggplant card stock, then cut it into a triangle and adhered it to the patterned paper.  I stamped my sentiment using Elegant Eggplant ink on Whisper White card stock, then die cut it.  I applied Lovely Lilac chalk to the circle and attached it to the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals.  Finally, I added some Lavender Lace liquid pearls...and they looked really nice until I dropped the card while the pearls were still wet!  I was able to repair the damage, but please don't look too closely at those pearls!!  This card also qualifies for the Ways to Use It Challenge at Splitcoast Stampers this week, where we are celebrating the eighth anniversary of the challenge.  How fun!

The second card is smaller at 4 x 4 inches:

For this one, I used the same patterned paper and embossed card stock, but I reversed them.  I used Elegant Eggplant card stock for my base and ran the front through my Big Shot with an embossing folder, then attached a triangle of patterned paper.  (Because the patterned paper on the top is so thin, I had to add a lightweight white card stock layer behind it so the embossed dots didn't show through.)  I stamped the image on Whisper White card stock using Elegant Eggplant ink.  I die cut the image, inked the edges with Lulu Lavender and attached it using Stampin' Dimensionals. Since I did not use a white card base, I added a white liner to the inside of the card. 

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Products Used: 
Stamps: "Feel Better Soon"/Verve (first card); "Happiest Birthday Wishes"/Stampin' Up! (second card)
Ink: Elegant Eggplant Classic Dye Ink (Stampin' Up!); Memento Lulu Lavender (Tsukineko)
Paper: Purple Friendship (Crafts, Etc!); Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White card stock (Stampin' Up!); 
Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110 lb. card stock (base for first card) 
Tools and Accessories: Nestabilities Standard Circles Large (Spellbinders); Swiss Dots embossing folder (Cuttlebug); Lavender Lace Liquid Pearls (Ranger); Stampin' Pastels, Stampin' Dimensionals (Stampin' Up!) 


  1. Both of these are so pretty, Amy! I love Elegant Eggplant!

  2. Isn't it amazing how much difference color makes?! I love them both equally, Amy, and I am enjoying scrolling back and forth between them and just gaping at them!!

  3. This is lovely, Amy! Didn't Andrea have a great gallery to case? I could have spent all week just going through her gallery and casing cards, trying techniques... Your eggplant cards are really elegant; I must admit, I am partial to the 2nd one, only because I am a cs girl over dsp. Great work!

  4. I think they are both lovely! That script design paper is so pretty too!

    Off to check out the website you mentioned.

  5. Clever cards indeed, Amy!! great reverse card design look, Shaz in Oz.x

  6. Beautiful cards Amy. The colours are stunning - my favourite is the second one as I love the sentiment stamp.

    Thank you for your comment on my blog.

  7. I love that both cards look like envelopes with a fancy sticker! How creative and such a treat for the eyes! The eggplant colors look fabulous!!

  8. What fun cards, Amy! Love the design and you've used one of my favorite colors...Elegant Eggplant!

  9. These are both so elegant, I love the embossing on the fabulous Elegant Eggplant card!

    love Mags B x

  10. Hi Amy, love the lilac & black colour scheme - very elegant!

    Thanks for visiting my blog

    Debs x

  11. Hi Amy

    Two lovely cards .. .. gorgeous papers and I love the embossing!!!

    Hope you have a good day.

    Love Jules xx

  12. Hello! Lovely blog, beautiful cards! I linked over from Shaz in Oz's blog and joined! Love the cards and the Word!!
    Ginny M

  13. Both of your cards are sooooo pretty! I really like the design and the colors too! I'm glad to hear that you're not snowed in anymore. I've had enough snow this year.


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