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lime doodle: January 2013

31 January 2013


We were overwhelmed by the response to the Simon Says Stamp Valentine’s Day Blog Hop.  Thank you so much for your wonderful comments and for playing along. I was truly bowled over to be asked to join in and then to hop along seeing all the fabulous projects was such fun!

Each designer in the hop is giving away a Goodie Bag from Simon Says Stamp and a random winner from my blog has been chosen and it is Laura M!

Laura M.23 January 2013 16:54
beautiful cards! really love your technique! thanks for sharing ; 

Congratulations Laura!  Simon Says Stamp will be in touch with you to get your mailing address to get your goodies off to you. Have fun creating with them and thank you again for commenting on my blog.


case study challenge 126

It's time for the more inspiration from Amber our CASE Study muse for January. I have totally enjoyed caseing Amber this month not only for her fabulous projects and stunning photography but also for her open and honest approach to blogging.

On to todays card and I was inspired by the panel with cardstock strip over a strong background pattern. When Hero Arts released their new stamps for 2013 I got inky with the tweed pattern background stamp. Today I wanted to have another go at this technique to create a strong background for my card.

I inked up my craft sheet with Distress Inks in barn door, spiced marmalade and mustard seed, squirted with a solution of perfect pearls and then squooshed the stamp around on the sheet before stamping onto a white card base. I love the heat these colours evoke when used together.

In this photo you can see a bit of the perfect pearls shine on the tweed pattern and also the glossy accents I added to the hearts to make them pop from the background.

This card also fits amazingly well with day 3 of Clean & Simple Card Making 2 which is a happy coincidence as it was actually made a couple of days before hand LOL.

Ready for another dose of inspiration? Check out the rest of the crew :)

Muse: Amber Daigre
Guest Designer: Tasnim Ahmed
Amy Wanford
Andrea Ewen
Christina MacLaren
Clare Buswell
Debby Hughes - me!
Iwona Palamountain (Chupa) - The Boss
Jean Martin
Jeanne Jachna
Maureen Plut
Teneale Williams

Supplies: Stamps - Hero Arts tweed pattern s5654, Simon Says Stamp just a love note; Inks - Distress Inks barn door, spiced marmalade, mustard seed, Hero Arts orange soda, red royal; Card - Papertrey Ink orange zest, Stampin' Up real red; Dies - Simon Says Stamp holidays shapes s131; Ranger glossy accents

30 January 2013


The amazing Wida Miller has been running a fabulous idea called Casadia (a case + an idea). It's like a chain letter but made up of cards instead! It all started with this wonderful card by Laura Bassen.

Over the last year more than 30 fabulous designers have taken the challenge! You can see the chain here at Wida's blog Beacherado. I'm delighted that it's my turn and I had this wonderful card by Richard Breaks (That's Mr Card Maker to You!) to inspire me.

I did my usual technique when CASEing a card - study the card for a few moments and then retreat and create without looking back at the original but using the elements that really stood out in my memory. So from Richard's card I was thinking about the circle, dry embossing, hearts and script font die cut.

I also pulled in Kristina Werner's sketch from day 1 of Clean & Simple Card Making 2 which was swirling around in my head along with the elements from Richard's card.

A huge thanks to Wida for running such a fun idea and to Richard for his great card to CASE.

Supplies: Stamps - Simon Says Stamp you; Inks - Versamark, Memories unicorn; Card - Papertrey Ink vintage cream, Clear & Simple Stamps i steel got it, Stampin' Up basic black, cherry cobbler; Paper - Bo Bunny love letters; Dies - Simon Says Stamp large hearts s143, large holiday shapes s147, you s146, Lil' Inker Designs flags & tags, Spellbinders small circles; Embossing Powder - Hero Arts white; Embossing folder - Stampin' Up

29 January 2013


Back again and moving on to day 2 of Online Card Classes' Clean & Simple card making 2 which is looking at one layer cards. I've got two cards up on the class and there's a little video of one of them too! This is my second ever video and I was still as nervous as ever LOL.

While working with the idea for a one layer card I came across an idea by accident. I'm not sure if the card really grabs your attention on screen but I hope a recipient would find it at least a bit different! Let me show you my card and then I will explain how it came about.

I'd coloured the cute little owl from Lawn Fawn's winter owl set and placed a talk bubble die from Simon Says Stamp into place on the card front with the idea of having the bubble die cut from the front layer with the sentiment peeking through from the inside of the card. However, when I ran my card through my die cutting machine I forgot to open the card and so the die cut through both the front and back of the card. I was about to relegate it to the bin when I thought about the fact that the owl didn't look like he was saying anything - he was speechless. And you know what that idea quite tickled me!

I thought that inside the card you could write why you are speechless, for example, 'my love for you leaves me speechless'. Maybe it's my desire not to throw anything away with a critter as cute as this owl on it but the idea made me smile and so I thought I'd share it here :)

Supplies: Stamps - Lawn Fawn winter owl, Clearly Besotted Stamps paired up; Inks - Memento tuxedo black, Distress Ink gathered twigs; Die - Simon Says Stamp talk bubbles s144; Ranger enamel accents; Ranger glossy accents; Copics 0, E11, E53, E57, D59, R24, R29, R39, YR15, YR16, BG000


just because ...

Popping in today to share a card I made yesterday for day 1 of Online Card Classes latest class; clean & simple card making 2. The homework for day 1 was to use one of the supplied sketches as a jumping off point. I chose a sketch by Amber Kemp-Gerstel and this is what I came up with.

Recently I've seen some lovely laser cut card fronts and had that idea in mind when making this card. I die cut a circle from a white panel and layer two white chloe stems behind so that they overlapped the circle edge and each other. I curved the sentiment stamp on my block so that it followed the curve of the open circle. Then I popped the panel over a stamped grey piece and added a yellow butterfly - still loving the grey and yellow combination :)

Keeping it brief today and hoping to be back with something for day 2 :)

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted Stamps butterfly wishes, Hero Arts designer woodgrain s5208, everyday sayings cl342; Ink - Versamark, Versafine smoky gray, Distress Markers mustard seed, spiced marmalade; Card - Bazzill rainbow card shoppe; Dies - Clearly Besotted Stamps butterfly wishes, Memory Box chloe stem, Spellbinders small circles; Stampin' Up rhinestone