Sunday, July 14, 2013

CASology # 52 Neon + Summer Card Camp 2 Reflections

I have a nice big mess in the office, working on a few different projects. It is one of those days when I can't decide what I want to do, so work on bits & pieces of everything and finish nothing.

I'm taking a break to post these cards. The deadline is rapidly approaching for the CASology Neon challenge. I don't really have neon inks or paper, but a couple of packs of brightly colored crepe paper come very close.

I love the texture the crepe paper gives to the balloons - the strings are hand drawn and a simple sentiment finishes everything off.

This second card is my attempt to CASE (sort of) a mini-window technique from Cristina Kowalczyk  for the Summer Card Camp 2 online class.

This Wplus9 Quilt Prints stamp is the only stamp in my collection that could work for this technique - the result isn't what I wanted but I am glad I played around with it and have added a couple more stamps sets to my ever growing wish list.

As I made these cards, I kept thinking about the 10 Minute Card Challenge that was part of the online class. The birthday card above was a 5 minute or less card - three runs through the Big Shot to cut the balloons and a single stamp. The second card took WAY longer to make as a I agonized over which pieces to cut and which to color.  For me the 10 Minute Card Challenge really became a 10 minute assemble a heavily preplanned card challenge and I think that is why I didn't enjoy it very much. Given the fact I had just watched Jen Rzasa's overlapping die cut technique and was determined to use it didn't help the frantic race against the clock feeling I had.

I am the kind of crafter that usually starts with a reasonable idea of what I want to create and often ends up in a very different place - know what I mean? I am leaving the 2-4-6-8 card as is (because everything is glued down LOL), but if I didn't have the stop watch on, I know I would have cut some more stars in different colors or maybe rearranged the colors in the numbers (I really don't like the big orange star close to the orange 2). I would probably have tested a couple of different colors for the embossed sentiment. I know I would have taken way more than 10 minutes to make this card (and I really did if we count the planning).

It was definitely an interesting challenge, but I really enjoy puttering around in my office and rarely (fortunately) have to make something under pressure.

Thanks for stopping by,



  1. Love the crepe balloons - fab CAS card. The second has a cool graphic look. Glad you had a fun time making them.

  2. Love the bright pops of colour on your balloon card! Thanks so much for playing along with us at CASology this week!

  3. Look at you with all those amazing inspiration cards for our eye candy today! Fantastic job, Jacquie!!

  4. I know exactly what you mean about taking your time. Part of the fun, I think, in putting a card together (or any creation) is thinking it through and trying different options. That takes time. Your card turned out well, even if you think you'd do it differently. I think it looks GREAT!

  5. crepe paper balloons are wonderful!

  6. Jacquie, love your take on Cristina's card. Wonderful color selection too!

  7. These are all wonderful, but I think my favorite is the first card--that one probably took the least time, too. The design is perfect, and the crepe paper is very unique.

  8. I love your graphic second card! The colors just pop! Well done!


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