Friday, 24 February 2012

CASE Study #79 and Tuesday Trigger: Home Sweet Home


Hello!

One of the reasons I like entering challenges is that, as well as improving my skills, I am challenged to try different ideas and styles. Those of you who visit me regularly will know that I am primarily drawn to the Clean and Simple style of card making. This preference doesn't stop me attempting to try something different, although sometimes those forays into the unknown are more successful than others!

This month at CASE Study, the muse has been Karola Witczak. Karola makes some really, really beautiful items, and her style is stunning, but she uses so much more than me! Her creations are FULL of beautiful bits and pieces. I really, really love what she creates. If you haven't visited her before, you should take a look, it is a treat of pretty goodness. :-)  Anyway, the reason for the long story is that I have taken the plunge and attempted to use a bit more of Karola's style, while still maintaining a sense of my own. Here is Karola's inspiration, it's an altered frame:
See what I mean about pretty?

The other challenge I am entering is Tuesday Trigger, where the theme this week is Home Sweet Home. This is the inspiration photo:
The first thing that struck me was the bright blue, red, and that little bit of green. I was stuck for a few days trying to think how I was going to create a "Home" card. The Kraft and the woodgrain kept running through my head. But then, while I was making my card, I felt that the true inspiration this photo gave me was the bright colours and the "sense" of home. For me "home" means family. The card I have created gives me a warm, homey feeling. Here it is:
I have to say, as a CAS card maker, it was really hard to work out how much to put on this card. I could probably add a few more things and still be happy, but I decided to stop where I was. Directly from Karola's inspiration is the green frame, the stripey banner, and the love heart. I also used the sense of texture and different patterns. From the Tuesday Trigger I used the colours, the blue ribbon, and my own sense of the warmth of home.

What I used: PTI Rosie Posie, PTI Tag It's #11, PTI White Card, SU! Old Olive card, Inks are SU! (Pool Party, Poppy Parade, Old Olive, Cameo Coral, Pretty in Pink), Patterned Paper is SU! Everyday Enchantment, Dies PTI Filigrie Border and Canvas Impression Plate, SU! Pool Party ruffled ribbon, SU! Limeade Ribbon.

I like it. What do you think?

Michelle
xxx

P.S. I'd like to add my call to everyone to turn off their Word Verification if they are using Blogger. I have had a number of comments lately that I abandoned because I couldn't get the words right. In about 18 months without WV on my blog, I have received about four spam comments (which I deleted). If you are worried, you can always moderate your comments and delete the naughty ones before they are published. :-)  If you need instructions, Susan has done a great picture tutorial.


19 comments:

Annette said...

such a beautiful card...great take on the trigger...

kingstonmama said...

This is beautiful, Michelle. I love the colors and the flowers. I love how challenges have encouraged me to get out of my comfort zone and try new techniques, too. Ann Y.

Jill Grace said...

Very sweet card - I love how you pulled the colors together and I think you achieved your homey feel nicely :)

Pauline said...

Wow, this is gorgeous! Love the Rosie posie flowers, and the layering with the sweet heart label, a beautiful heart warming card.
And I'm with you on the WV, so annoying now with not just one but two things to type, and yes I have a hard time understanding what they want you to type in too!

Jenny said...

I reckon your dabble in unchartered waters has worked..... This is beautiful. I must admit all those layers on Karolas card scare me despite its prettiness!
Great combination of both challenges :0)
Jenny x

suzARTe said...

Love this card, bright amd homey and definitely a different approach to the trigger

Jen W. said...

This is gorgeous, Michelle! You really managed to combine yours and Karola's styles into a fabulous card that remains true to you. And I love how you used the feel of home as your inspiration from the Trigger. :)

And I hope you don't mind but I've passed on the Leibster Blog Award to you. You can see the post here:
http://jenniferwills.blogspot.com/2012/02/blog-award-and-blog-candy.html

Joyce said...

Hi--thanks for finding my blog and for your kind comment. I really like your card. You kept it basically CAS, but really captured the flavor of the original card. I do struggle with busier cards, as I am a real simpleton, but I agree that these challenges are good to stretch the mind.

Emily Keaton said...

You've captured both of these inspiration pieces perfectly! What a sweet card. :)

Mynnette said...

This is SO beautiful! LOVE the bright colors you've used--and the composition is perfect! :)

Meadie said...

I really love your card michelle - its beautiful just the way it is! Hugs x x

Gayatri said...

Beautiful card, Michelle! Love the colours. Great take on both the challenges :)

I have an award for you on my blog. Check it out when you have time :)

Lucille K said...

Such a pretty, cheerful card. Love the design and colors you used here :)

Teresa Kline said...

this is gorgeous, what a great combo of colors and textures...hope your week is awesome!

enjoy *~*

lostinpaper said...

Super fabulous card! I love those bold bright colours and sweet border. What a fantastic take on the inpsiration!

Debby said...

Hey Michelle! Love the colours and feeling this card evokes. Thanks for joining us at CASE study.

Cath said...

Hey Michelle1 Thanks for linking this up to this week's Tuesday Trigger in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun! :)

Aimes said...

A beautifully bright and happy card!
Thanks for joining us on CASE Study this week! :)
Hugs,
Aimes
x

Larissa Heskett said...

WOW!! I LOVE your design what cute flowers!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)