Friday, January 1, 2016

CASEplorations january

Should auld acquaintance be forgot?

I guess it depends on whether your 2015 was a year for your record books or not. If it wasn't so great, let me take this chance to wish you a fantastic start to a wonderful new year!

And it's time, my friends, for a new year of CASEplorations over at STAMPlorations. We've changed things up a little this year and here is what you can expect.

Each month we will pick one amazing card from one amazing designer in blogland to CASE. On the 1st of the month the Inspiration DT will post their CASEs of the card. For the rest of the month, we would like to see you CASE the card and hook up your creation in the CASEplorations gallery. Easy, right?

And as for prizes...y'all know Shery is such a generous gal... the Inspiration DT will vote for their favorite card in the gallery and the winner will receive a $15 GC or choice of a 3x5 stamp set. The two runners up will receive a $5 GC.

So let's start the fun, shall we?

Totally honored to have Laura Bassen as our first CASEplorations guest designer for 2016. This gal is one extremely talented card designer, and she also happens to be my personal favorite cardmaking "personality"! Here is her card for CASEing in January.

Image Source: Laura B.
And my take on Laura's lovely ombre card.

I used the same stencil (Leaf Prints), but used white embossing paste and just added a touch of metallic gold to it for a bit of interest on the upper portion.  I applied the ombre technique to the stamped bird (Trendy Birds) instead! Fussy cut him and a layer of vellum for behind him, then I selectively inked and heat embossed my sentiment (Vignette: Chevron and Arrows) and added a die cut and stacked "happy" too, keeping my sentiment B/W like Laura's.

Sure hope you will join us in CASEing lovely Laura's lovely leaf card ;) Check out my teamies' creations here. The CASEplorations gallery will be open until January 31st. See you there!


  1. Auld acquaintance should never be forgot ;) Love the card Laura did and love your CASE. Love what you did with the embossing paste and the ombré bird sets it off nicely. Have a very very happy 2016! Onwards and upwards!! Xx

  2. Cool, kind of a combo of Suchi's prior card and Laura's - that subtle ombre in the back looks fab! Happy New Year to you and your family, Maria!

  3. Cool, kind of a combo of Suchi's prior card and Laura's - that subtle ombre in the back looks fab! Happy New Year to you and your family, Maria!

  4. Love the subtle embossing! Happy New Year!

  5. Maria, what a darling card.
    Birds always make me smile.
    Happy New Year!

  6. That rainbow bird is fabulous, Maria ... particularly lovely against the yummy, subtle embossing! Hugs, Anita :)

  7. Maria this is gaspingly gorgeous! Seriously a favorite...

  8. Better late than never, I'm wishing you a happy New Year as well, Maria! I love your take on Laura's card. Amazing how you've used so many of the same elements but made a card that's ummistakable yours. Brilliant start into the New Year.

  9. I love how you brought all the color together into the bird and kept the BG neutral :) gorgeous card !


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