In my world, I follow a bazillion blogs, and I sometimes even read them. I try to keep my total of unread posts under 300, but it's not always easy to do. I very rarely hit the mark all as read button, but I am less selective on some days with what I do read. I generally read the challenge blogs, and save my crafty peeps' blogs for last.
Why? When I read challenge blogs, I look at the challenge and decide if I'll try it that week or not. I don't look at the DT samples until after I've made my own card, because I don't want to be influenced by their interpretations. It's the same with my crafty friends and their blogs. Most of the time I read a crafty blog, I either need to buy something *ahem* or I need to CASE what they did. I do read them eventually, though, as I like to leave them comment loooove.
One of the crafty blogs I read is Lisa A at I'm In Haven. I'm sure you've seen her around the blogosphere as a guest designer on many company blogs. Yeah, she's that good.
When I see a card I like, I tag it for my CASE file. I just went through my CASE file and found about half of the posts are Lisa's. Of course. So I did one ... the second card in this post. Here's my version:
Instead of the WPlus9 stamp that Lisa used, I used my now-opened Simon Says Stamp String of Hearts die. I die-cut it, popped it out of the white panel, colored it with Copics, then put it back in. After everything was glued together and secure, I went over each heart with my Wink of Stella clear brush, then covered them with Glossy Accents.
For the sentiment, I chose the "love" word from the Paper Smooches Word Salad set, and the "you" from the Simon Says Stamp Tiny Tags set. I love the mix of fonts. I colored the LOVE with Copics to (hopefully) look like FIRE. :D
When I first die-cut the string of hearts, I couldn't decide which direction I wanted the card to go, so I didn't decide; I did it both ways. Here's the second version:
It's different. I think I like the first one better, and it's closest to Lisa's card that I CASEd, so ...
I plan to get back to my challenges list later, and hopefully I'll have something more original to share.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stuff I used: Miscellaneous red card stock that was so easy to find since my Card Stock Re-Org, and the following:
How interesting that you don't look at the design ideas on the challenge blogs first! I don't read as many blogs as l'd like, it's a real time juggle! mind you! I don't make as many cards or indeed, do any challenges....so I'm concluding that you have a time management gift that I don't!!ReplyDelete
I love the card CASe, the portrait version is my preference.
I really like the CAS cards, and your CASE cards are just so pretty. I hopped over to Lisa's blog and liked what I saw so much I jumped on her follow button too.ReplyDelete
I don't read all the blogs I follow, everyday, either, or I wouldn't get ANYTHING done....LOL
But I am so happy I read yours this morning.
Oh how I love these cards! Your coloured sentiment does indeed look ON FIRE, and colourful, sparkly, shiny hearts? Perfection.ReplyDelete
Yes on the blog reading. I'm always behind. I have a lot of free time at work where I can read blogs but it is frustrating because they make me want to go play and I'm hours away from being home. You are right that many blogs make me want to buy stuff. Because you know... I don't have enough stuff. This post made me put the string of hearts die into my Simon wish list. I'm waiting on an order from them right now... don't even remember what it was. LOL! But it will be fabulous stuff! Love your simple cards with the fiery greeting. I made some die cut inlay cards yesterday. One is finished and mailed the other isn't sure what it is going to be when it grows up yet.ReplyDelete