Sunday, February 1, 2015

CASEplorations february

It's a two-fer post day today. For my Mixed Media Card Challenge please scroll.

Cool header, eh? Shery's talents extend beyond stamp and stencil design as you can see ;)

Welcome to the STAMPlorations girls' first CASEplorations post. We figured if we were asking you to join us on the Inspiration CASE Playground, then maybe we should do some CASEing too. So the first of every month we'll have a CASEplorations post. You never know, maybe we'll be CASEing one of your cards!

I personally love to CASE. So let's get right to it.

If you hang out in blogland, you surely know Julie Ebersole. Of Hello, Mondays in the Classroom at Ellen Hutson fame?

Well, check out her card. It just makes my heart smile.

Source: Julie Ebersole
So when I set out to CASE it ("copy and share everything"- more or less), I started by noticing the various elements - cupcake, pink, lotsa white, gold thread and sequins, black banner and splatters, doodling. I looked at it a couple times and then headed to my craft room.

I couldn't resist using a cupcake cuz I had the perfect one from Sketched: Cupcake but the splatters and cupcake for a birthday celebration morphed into a party which morphed into a shaker card in my brain. So I followed that thought and enclosed my cupcake inside a shaker.


I stamped the cupcake on white CS and on a scrap of watercolored CS. Added a bit more pink to the frosting before fussy cutting it and adhering it to the white one. Made some splatters on my cardbase and then it was shaker assembly time.


Gathered some pink and gold sequins and black star confetti and placed them and the cupcake on my card front. I used the Lil Inker Stitched Rectangle dies to cut one frame from CS and two from craft foam as well as a piece of acetate. Used Matte Medium and glued together CS frame, acetate, foam frame, foam frame, and cardbase - in that order. Put an acrylic block on it to dry overnight.

In a nod to the doodled line around Julie's card, I went over the stitches on the frame with a thin black marker. Added a couple star confetti pieces outside of the shaker too.

I love how the font on the one portion of my sentiment is the same as a part of Julie's! I heat embossed it in white onto black CS, using part of the sentiment from Vignette: It's your Day.

TIP:  Stretch your stamps by selectively inking. Before inking it up, use tape to cover up areas of a stamp you do not want to use . Just remember to remove the tape before stamping :)

As a final nod to Julie's card, I wrapped some metallic gold thread around the sentiment which I cut into a banner shape similar to hers.

I hope you enjoyed hearing how I approach a CASE. Take another look up top at Julie's card and mine. See a resemblance? Then it's a CASE!

Remember, that's what it's all about over at the new Inspiration CASE Playground. Pick a DT card from the CASEplorations post on the first of the month or one of the Inspiration Project Posts (2nd and 4th Mondays and Fridays), CASE it and link your card up to the Playground gallery for the month. You could be the lucky random winner of a great prize.

Oh, and should the green fingernail in the photo have you irritated (Cornelia), this was the reason for it. Helau!


I'm squeaking in at the last moment at CASology 131 (not sure if a shaker qualifies as CAS) but it sure is birthday. And cuz it's all about shakers at Virginia's View February challenge! And at Seize the Birthday- Anything Goes.

36 comments:

Susanne Vargas said...

Love this shaker card in soft colors and your nail polish!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Awesome inspired shaker card -- Love it

ionabunny said...

Very sweet shaker. Love the cupcake. Hugz

~amy~ said...

LOVE your cupcake card and your green nail polish :)

Deepti said...

I like the idea of shaker, fabulous case and cool photo. Looks like St Patrick's day celebration is in full swing :D

Julie B said...

Great idea to make a shaker card, yum. :)

Happy Dance said...

Great outfit! You made me chuckle this morning...what a hoot! And what a fabby shaker card too, Maria! There's just something special about shakers, isn't there?! Great cupcake, great card. Bev

Kate said...

Brilliant card - loads of shimmer and shake !!!

Shelly said...

Oh, super cute card! Love it!

LauraJane:) said...

Great CASE! I like how your stars are out of the shaker element too:)

Virginia Lu said...

Wow, I love your CAS and the colors are simply YUMMY! It's always a TREAT to see your creations, Maria! This cupcake shaker card is SUPERB! So glad that you join the fun over Virginia’s View “Shaker Cards” Challenge!

Irish Cherokee said...

Love the shaker card Maria. Thinking out of the box is great. Or is that into the box, shaker box that is. Excellent.

Tracey McNeely said...

Fabulous all of it Maria! Your shaker is perfect, just the right amount of shakies! Pinned it and love it!

Anita in France said...

Brilliant CASE, Maria ... love shaker cards ... love how there are shaker elements inside and outside of the cupcake box! Amazing outfits ... ready to hit the town and paint it ... um ... green?! Anita :)

Cindy C. said...

Very fun card Maria!!

Monika Skinner said...

This is simply gorgeous, Maria. Love all the sprinkles, great CASE. Have a lovely evening! Hugs Monika xxx

Monika Skinner said...

This is simply gorgeous, Maria. Love all the sprinkles, great CASE. Have a lovely evening! Hugs Monika xxx

Sarah Gray said...

Fabulous shaker card, Maria - love your CASE and the way you have made the design your own! That cupcake looks delicious :)

shirley-bee said...

Brilliant CASE! I love how you turned it into a shaker card and then extended the black stars beyond the frame. And fancy making costumes to match your fingernails ;)

Cornelia W said...

How did you know I wanted to leave a comment about those green nails!!!!! You are one hot elve!!! Fab shaker card, Maria!

Ruby N said...

Omg what a fun fun card!! I love it!

Julia Aston said...

What a beautiful b'day shaker card Maria - great CASE of Julie's card!

Hussena said...

Absolutely loved your CASE of Julie's card ..Such a fabulous way to incorporate the various elements of her card into your unique creation..The shaker card idea is just superb :)

Hazel Hodgkins said...

Maria, I think this is a delicious CAS shaker-card, so certainly qualifies for CASology! Still loads of white space and uncluttered all the way! I absolutely love how you CASE'd Julie's card elements but created a card that is totally unique. Thanks so much for joining us at CASology. I enjoy your creations very much!

SonjaK said...

I love your shaker card, Maria. I've never made one and I can't really persuade me to try one. However, the more I see of those beauties the more I'm tempted. Thanks for revealing the reason for your green fingernail too. To be honest it was the first thing on the picture that caught my eye. I won't comment on the Helau, though. Alaaf!

Pia S said...

Your card looks GREAT! Love that you made it a shaker design, the frame is such a decorative element on this card, and I think this design is perfect for any person of any age, I love that about a card!

donna mikasa said...

Awesome shaker card and I love that frame! Link this up to Virginia's View challenge--it's all about shakers!

wienerhoneymooners said...

This is an AMAZING Shaker card!!! FABULOUS!!! Thanks for joining us this week at CASology so glad that you did- Please stop by tomorrow too, we have another great one for you - and I hope to see you join in too!!!!!!

Kim Heggins said...

Fabulous card...love your yummy looking cupcake. Love your green nails too, so fun. I keep my toes painted lime green almost year round, so festive.

Bonnie said...

LOVE this cupcake! And what an amazing shaker card! I really need to try one!

Nora N. said...

This is so FUN. I love your explanation on how you went about CASeing this card. I love to hear how others brains work in their creative process. It is fascinating to me. I love your interpretation of Julie's card. The stitched frame ROCKS and I really like how you placed the cup cake at an angle. Fabulous card!!

Crafty EllenH. said...

Nice card!! I love the stamps moves in the shaker!! Super adorable :)

JoAnn said...

Great cards. I love the shaker card with the cupcake. Thanks so much for joining us at Seize the Birthday.

Helen Gullett said...

Stunning shaker card!! Loving the cupcake inside it :D

Nina-Marie Trapani said...

I totally love this shaker card! It has such a festive, modern feel! Congrats on your top 10 spot over at Virginia's View!!
Nina-Marie :)

Julie Ebersole said...

Totally.Awesome.

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