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January 29, 2013

CASEing Klass and CASEing Class

Hey There, It's Tuesday!
 
A blog friend of mine, Bonnie, of Stamping with Klass, is the Featured Stamper this week at Splitcoast Stampers (SCS).  Congratulations, Bonnie, for the well-deserved honor!

Bonnie is a prolicorice clean and simple (CAS) card maker whose work is so inspiring to me.  I have usually missed the opportunity to CASE (copy and share everything) a card from the past SCS Featured Stamper's galleries, for one reason or several, so I'm happy that I was able to make a card this week as a tribute to Bonnie.
 
It was very difficult to decide on a card to CASE from Bonnie's outstanding gallery at SCS, but eventually I settled on this cutie patootie from September 14, 2010:
 
 
We are to change at least two elements when we create our CASE card.  Here's what I made:


I love Bonnie's little vase of flowers.  I flipped the card and made my vase by layering several small Cuttlebug ornament die cuts.  I used dimensionals, and patterned paper, and dotted swiss instead of the textured plate embossing.  I used the colors, which are favorites of mine, to play in this week's Color Throwdown Challenge:
 

Or not.  I just noticed the collection is closed.  Don't you hate it when that happens?  That's okay.  That challenge photo is so amazing.

Anyhoodle, I hope sweet Bonnie likes my VASE CASE card!
 
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I have enrolled in my first online class!  The class is one I imagine a lot of you are familiar with.  It is Clean and Simple Card Making 2.  I enjoyed the videos yesterday very much and I learned several practical tips already! 

Our homework was to make a CAS card CASEing one of four sketches.  I can't copy and show you the sketch I chose for obvious reasons, but I can show you the card I made:
 

You'll have to trust me that it looks similar to the talented Julie Ebersole's card.

Okay, I know, I didn't follow the "Rule of Three."  But, shuckie cheese, there is also a "Rule That If You Mess Up, You Put Bling Over It," especially if the other tips don't work. 

So with the conversation bubble counting as one, I have five blings ... go ahead, count, I know you want to ... that makes six, which is doubly pleasing to the eye, right?  Three squared, right?  Rule of Six*?  Doubly pleasing or chicken poxish? 
 
Whichever which way, between the up and down chevron washi tap and the pops of spots, this card is just wild about you!
 
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And that's about enough out of me.  I'm off to take my second class.  Oh, wait, did you meet Kay?  We are so lucky to welcome Kay Miller of My Joyful Moments today!  Don't you love that banner name?  Talk about a girl after my own heart ~ and just wait until you see her sensational cards!!
 
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Enjoy your day!  No, seriously, enjoy your day.  LITS!

Thank you so much for stopping by the Playhouse.  Special thanks to you if you take the time to leave a comment or join as a follower!
 
 
 *You know if you put on your blog that the Rule of Six is so on trend right now, we could start something.





32 comments:

Colleen said...

This is a very cute card...I love your top strip! And what a fabulous sentiment inside your bubble!! Perfect!

Di said...

Love the CASE, plus Bonnie's original of course. How clever to use those tree ornaments upside down!

Almost cried laughing at the 'small print' - after my mention of all things oriental might we see a spate of cards with six geishas on d'you think?

Hugs, Di xx

Linda said...

Super cards Darnell - enjoy your CAS card class - I took the first one and really enjoyed it.

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Lovely cards Darnell, love all
Hugs Tamara

Craftychris said...

I love both your cards. The vase card is groovy and the the CAS card is very cool! Enjoy the course xx

Suze Bain said...

Ha, ha, I've never heard a card being described as chicken poxish. Two great CAS cards and whoot whoot on your CASology win, that really was a fab card. Xx

Sue - bearhouse said...

Gorgeous cards Darnell. I love the card you choose to CASE and your version is equally beautiful.
Your CAS card is wonderful too.
Thanks for the inspiration
Sue xx

Christy Q @ SchnauzerCrafts Creations said...

Hi Darnell! I love your CASEd card - the vase is beautiful and a great tribute to Bonnie. I love Bonnie's gallery and will try to find time to play along with the FS gallery this week.

And the second card - love, love, love!! The washi tape is just dynamite! The colors are perfect and pish, posh - what rule? I see three elements - bling, washi tape and the convo bubble. ;) Hope you have a great day, my friend!

Redanne said...

Hi Darnell, love your CASEd card, the green is so vibrant and gorgeous. Your second card is brilliant, love that washi tape at the top - not sure why it has to be a rule of three, can't the black spots count as one? Whatever, I love it. Hugs, Annie x

Emily Keaton said...

Great cards, Darnell! I know you will learn a ton in your clean and simple online class. I had a chance to take my first online class last summer and couldn't believe everything I soaked up. Have a great time! They will keep you busy ;-)

Kim Heggins said...

Fabulous card Darnell...are you up and ready for day 2? Your little playhouse must be so chilly this morning too. I look forward to seeing what you with todays lesson. I too use bling to cover up mistakes, it is just so perfect for that!

Tracey McNeely said...

All your cards are fabulous Darnell! Love the embossing on your first card, the funky flowers and colours on card two and you did good on your homework. Love the speech bubble!

shirley-bee said...

Love your case of Bonnie's gorgeous card, Darnell! That colour throwdown scheme is so zingy. And I love your CAS card with the zig zag washi tape - reminds me of zebra stripes so it goes great with the sentiment. And three, six, who's counting?

Gita said...

Both cards came out great. Bah! Rules schmools right? LOL...I think it looks fine...

Bobby said...

Yes, there is the "Rule of Three" but there is also the "Rule of Odd" (numbers) and you did that one instead. And who is counting anyway if it looks that good.

Inkyfingers said...

These are lovely Darnell, and I think rules are meant to be broken sometimes so go ahead and do what feels right because life is too short to worry about it. Glad to see you in class and hope you enjoy it!

Kelly Griglione said...

Get outta town ... you turned an ornament into a vase! Now there's a clever idea! I love the shape it has too. Looks like a funky vase from C&B. Great CASE! And, so cool that you're taking that class. Can't wait to see what goodies you create!!

Rosemary said...

love your CASE of bonnie's card, darnell... so bright and cheerful. got a nice little chuckle out of your comments about the card class you are taking... i have used the "cover it up with bling" method several times, myself!

Elizabeth said...

Beautiful cards! I used that sketch from the CAS2 class as well but I think I like your card better :) Great job!

Mrs A. said...

Well look at you! Way to go! Love your colours and yes dun it stink when you go for a challenge and you just miss it in betweeen list ing it and linking up. Bonnie's card is a delight and a good one to choose to case it. Hugs Mrs A.
p.s. might just go take that class meself.

Kristie Goulet said...

I love both of your cards Darnell! I so wanted to take this CAS online class but have too much going on right now. :(

Allisa said...

Love the color scheme on your CASE'd card!

Carole said...

Great vase great case:) How's your back? I hope you didn't hurt it doing the happy dance. Shame you didn't beat the clock.

Victoria said...

Darnell, you have brightened my day once again with your wonderful writing and fabulous crafting!

Karen B said...

Wonderful CAS(e) card Dippy and the colours are gorgeous. How very clever to use the ornament dies for the vase. Super impressed with your CAS card. Love the washi tape and that perfect sentiment.....but then misread your comment - thought you wrote "Rule of Sex"!!! Thought you'd been reading 50 Shades.........! lol Enjoy the rest of your course......will look forward with baited breath your next creation.

Hugs.

Karen xxx

scrappymo! said...

You did an amazing case...I love the embossed sheet as the background!

Carol L said...

Great cards Darnell! I love your take on Bonnie's card, and how clever to use layered ornaments for the vase! Great CAS card too - you learned well :)

Bonnie said...

I LOVE IT, Darnell! Thanks so much, sweetie! And I always say rules are meant to be broken and if 2 or 4 or 6 look good, forget the rule!

Jules said...

Hi Darnell

I always say rules are there to be broken .. .. well in the creative art world anyway!!

Loving both of your makes .. .. especially the funky vase!!

Hope you are having a good week.

Love Jules xx

Marlena M. said...

I love your CASE card (even if you missed the throwdown deadline...YES, I really hate when that happens)...you still scored an excellent card! Love your CAS card also~wonderful bling Darnell~

Amy V. said...

This is such a great CASE! Doesn't she just have the most inspiring CAS gallery??

And I am horrible about following the Rule of Three...after all, what's creative about following rules?! I like your card just as it is!

Jean said...

Love your take on the colors ~ even if you did miss the deadline (lately I miss more deadleines than I make). Yes, I am VERY WELL aquainted with the rule of putting bling over my mistakes, or another layer, or ribbon, or a button ...