The CASE Study Challenges test my ‘crafting mettle’ with inspiration cards that truly are masterpieces! This week’s Study #136, by the talented JJ Bolton is a prime example of what I mean. Her die-cut card is amazing, and she repeats the performance with her layered “Yippee” retake. Two stellar cards; one providing the foundation for the other, yet the second, in its own right, is just as ‘original,' just as lovely.
I see plenty of “JJ sparked’ inspiration in the entries so far, and wow, the array is vast and varied! As I mentioned, this challenge means amping up my ‘game play’which, in turn, means knowing the difference between what I can do, and what I can’t. JJ’s blog post explaining how she designed her inspiration card is excellent, but I’m not in that ‘league’ quite yet. Aspiring to be, though – very much so (and I’ve book-marked it with the *must try* label). As an alternative – and because the end result captures – at least somewhat – the diamond effect of JJ’s card, I dabbled with a ‘quilting’ technique completely new to me, and within my ‘can do this’ range. I confess, the 'getting it down pat' took a few tries; sometimes I wonder if I missed those kindergarten classes where we learned to do crafts, as I am really quite the 'late bloomer'! Good thing tutorial videos have “rewind-pause-rewind –repeat several more times” features. Bonus aspects of my detour approach: I used up some scraps (the smaller the scrap pile, the closer I am to "no excuses required" shopping. Double ++); my tendency to cut ‘crooked’ lines isn’t quite so evident (no close-up ganders, please J), and yet another opportunity add a butterfly. Yep, three things to make me very happy!
Here's JJ's stunning card:
and here's my 'dare to try my hand' attempt:
Inspiring me to try something new - that's the best part of CASE Study!
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"Congratulations' to everyone who entered this challenge. As my 3 year old niece would say: 'Yayyy, we did' it!! *arms raised high, and more Yayyyyy....*