Sunday, April 20, 2014

CASE Study DT Call Challenge

For almost as long as I've been participating in challenges, CASE Study has been on of my favorites.  I love that you can take whatever inspires you, from the Muse...and run with it!  If you've never checked out their blog, don't know what you're missing.  Seriously!

Well, CASE Study has a couple of openings on their Design Team, so in this post I'm "trying out for the team" so to say.  Wish me luck.  Ok?   *Warning* this is a long post!

We are to choose someone who's style inspires us, then use a piece of their work to inspire our own creation.  I've chosen 3 Muses.

The first is Lucy Abrams.  Lucy's work is usually clean and layered, whimsical, but always sweet.  You'll often see that she adds something unexpected, too.  You'll find her blog at Lucy's Cards.
This is the card that I've chosen as my inspiration.

And, my card.

My owl is fussy cut in 2 different patterned papers.  Then I popped him onto a branch inside this die cut frame.  I created the stars using a stencil and sponge, using the ink that matches the green card base.  And...since this owl is "special" I had to give him some wiggle eyes.  :)

My next card was inspired by Maile Belles.  She is the ultimate in clean and simple, but oh-so-elegant.  You can find her blog at Simply Stamped.
This is Maile's card that I chose as my inspiration.

And this is the card I created.

I chose to use the same die cutting technique that Maile used.  But wanted to use a large pop of gold!  The feather was embossed with gold embossing powder before die cutting the card front.  I also cut the front a little smaller to leave a border of the black card base to frame it.

For my 3rd Muse, I chose Betsy Veldman.  Betsy is so creative with layers, colors and die cutting.  She always surprises me with the way she combines all of these elements...and it always looks wonderful!  You can find her blog at Paper, Scissors and Superheroes.
I chose this card of Betsy's as my inspiration.

I was inspired by Betsy's use of die cutting and layering.  But I wanted to go bold with my colors!
This is what I created.

These are unusually bold colors for me!  It took a couple of attempts, before I came up with this finished card.  It was out of my comfort zone, for sure.  But I'm really pleased with it.

Well, if you read all through this very LONG blog post...thank you.

A big "thank you" to Chupa, the owner of the CASE Study Challenge blog for your consideration!


  1. If I'm any judge, I think you did a fabulous job. Good luck with making the team.

  2. All gorgeous! Your cards are always inspiring!

  3. Gorgeous work, Susie! Good luck! :-)

  4. Your cards are incredible Susie, good luck! This really is an amazing team and such a fun challenge!

  5. Cute cards - you took that inspiration and rocked it!

  6. I agree Susie, seriously rocked them all!!! Yahoo!

  7. Hey good luck on the DT deserve it....Your work is outstanding! Love the new look to your blog too! Did you just change it or am I imagining things?


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