How about that? We managed to whoosh around to the second Friday of the new year already! Those darn Time Flies are already on the move! Today I have a very special treat for you! To give it justice, this turned into an epic post, so please go pour yourself a beverage, grab a snack, and kick your shoes off.
Let me start by introducing you to Becca Cruger, a very special card artist and a very charming young lady:
Becca's blog is Damsel of Distressed. It's about a small-town girl with glitter on her fingers and a love of card artistry in her heart! She has only been blogging since September, but she has already won many awards. More importantly, she has won over many hearts in Blogland in her short time here by her enthusiasm for this hobby and by how she has embraced her fellow card artists and left them lots of love during her frequent visits!
As far as her style goes, I think her own words describe her best when she says she likes to mix up her card art style between vintage, distressed and grungy, clean and simple, and humorous. A style for everybody!
Detour to CASEville
Let's take a few minutes to pull over and talk about CASEing. Or at least CASEing as I understand it and as it relates to me.
It is the ultimate compliment in our community to CASE another card artist. Blog etiquette, of course, requires that we give credit to the artists we are CASEing. (By the way, CASE stands for Copy And Share Everything.) Some people CASE by pretty much making an identical card, but I think most of us find that as we start to copy the design elements of another card, pretty soon our own sense of style works its way in. When that happens, their card becomes our card, Al Beit, still heavily under the influence. As such, our card should not operate heavy machinery.
~~~So. I've been making cards since 2002. Before I knew blogs existed, I used to cut pictures of cards out of stamping magazines and put them in binders for future inspiration, i.e., to CASE, although, at the time, I'd never heard the aackronym CASE. Did you do that? Or just save mags?
~~~Oh, hahaha, but, wait! There's more! I also have a Pinboard called Card Ideas which is really the same thing: cards I want to CASE Someday!! I started that a couple of years ago. Today there are over 1,400 cards and 21,500 followers. Apparently there are a LOT of us who aspire to do some CASEing Someday!! AND, wait, wait, what about the NBUS Challenge Pinboards I have which together and to-date have over 850 cards in the galleries, all CASE-worthy?!
Can anyone say ... okay, okay, you get the point. It's pretty delusional to think I can CASE thousands of cards in my lifetime, but golly gee, I sure like to think so! I keep hoping that darn hamster will actually start making cards!
~~~So. Last January 14th, 2014, I resolved to start a new feature on my blog whereby every Friday I whooshed around to present a card that I had CASED, calling it a DJKASE instead of a CASE just because I thought it was cute to be sort of matchy-matchy with my blog name. We won't talk about how many Fridays it took before that every-single-Friday resolution fell over and died. Sigh. But I do continue the feature when I can.
- There is a Pinspired Challenge for turning pins into cards (CASEing).
- CASE-ing the Catty is a challenge for CASEing cards from the SU catalogs.
- For a time, Wida had a fun "telephone" type game of CASEing here.
- Kara of K and R Designs has a CASE challenge based on her Pinboard called "Friday Inspiration File."
- Noor of Paperie Designs Studio did "Fascinating Fridays" posts where she featured a total of 123 card artists before she stopped last fall.
- I am reminded of another former website by Maria F. It was the "Iron Craft" series over on Chaitali's Cuts, Crops, and Creativity.
- Mynn has started a brand-new challenge called CASE-ing Christmas.
- Kelly of You and Your Big Dreams does a regular feature called "CASEing Genius" where she interviews and CASEs cards of other card artists who inspire her.
- And just recently, Bev of Happy Dance put a tab at the top of her home page called "Brought to You By" where she will post cards she has CASEd.
~~~So. That's the back story on my history with CASEing inspirational card artists. This brings us back to Becca!
Being an observant cookie and an imaginative girl in her own right, Becca recently started a feature called "Featured Fridays!" The special thing about Becca's feature is that she "interviews" her featured card artists so you get to know them as well as their cards. It's similar to the Creative Blog Hops that went around last year, except with the added delight of the CASEings Becca does.
I had the honor of being asked by Becca to be a featured artist. I said, "Of course," but with the caviar that I would turn around and honor her as well ala a DJKASE. So she sent me her interview questions and I sent them right back to her.
We agreed to go live at the same time and the Mutual Admiration CASEing Society (MACS) was born! I don't remember ever seeing where that's been done before with mutual live CASE postings. Someone will tell me if I'm wrong. Knowing my memory, there will be such a thing and I'll have participated in it! I'll be embarrassed, but then I'll get over it. Or. Or, maybe it really is a first!
Below are Becca's answers and over on Becca's blog are my answers. First, please enjoy this look at three of Becca's favorite cards:
Simply fantastic! Here are Becca's interview answers:
1. How did you get your start in stamping?
2. What's the craziest/funniest thing you've ever made?
3. If you could be any craft supply, what would you be and why?
4. What kind of cards are your favorite to make?
5. What are your favorite card making challenges?
Non-blendable markers. I really can do nothing with them. They hate me.
7. What's your advice for new stampers/bloggers?
This is my DJKASE:
I hope you like my card, Becca! Thank you very much for your friendship, for featuring me on your blog today, and for the privilege of featuring you!!
Because I was all chatty about CASEing, you are prolly plum wore out, which isn't fair to Becca. I'd love to have you mustard the energy to go say hello to Becca, leave her some love, and join her site! And, bonus, when you are there, you can read her interview of MOI faux gras and see her beautiful CASE of one of my cards!
I hope you have enjoyed this first episode of MACS! If you like, you can use the term and acronym in your own posts when you do something similar. However, the interview questions used in my post today are Becca's, so please ask her permission if you would like to use them.
Maybe we can change the world with all this mutual love and admiration, one MACS at a time!! Hmm, now I'm thinking in terms of changing the world that it should be SMAC! Society of Mutually Admired CASErs has a nice ring to it!
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