Wednesday, November 12, 2008

CASEing the Garden of Life

I simply adore Michelle Wooderson's style -- Is it because of her clean, fresh crafting style? her sharing of recipes? her fun and giving nature to make darling, often edible, homespun gifts to hand out to family, friends, neighbors, and teachers? her home's beautiful stone fireplace with the huge wooden mantle? her love for quilts and shabby vintage home decor? or maybe because she has Longaberger baskets? I'm pretty sure it's all that. ;) I don't even know Michelle, but since her tastes and mine appear to be so similar, her style and friendliness just draw me in and I love seeing what she's created.

What I especially marvel at is how she can create such darling cards for mass-production. She's what I have dubbed a Smart Stamper. I'm sure there are others out there, but she's the only one I know of. In contrast, I'm what I'd call a Slow Stamper, though one who desperately longs to be a Smart Stamper. ;) Sure, I've done swaps where I've had to mass produce, but never on a regular basis. Heck, I'm usually struggling to find the time to get a card or two knocked out each week. Now I'm not necessarily wanting to make 20 of the same card, or even to "smart stamp" more than once in a while, but making more than one card at a time so I a few extra in my stash is what I'd love to learn how to do (of course I'd actually have to have a stash in order for that to be possible -lol).

So, in my effort to graduate from s-l-o-w to SMART stamper, I thought I'd try CASEing some cards I'd seen on Michelle's blog a while back (you can see my inspiration HERE). As a rule I don't CASE others' work, and I didn't totally CASE these cards...but since I had bought this Garden of Life set when it first came out and hadn't used it yet, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to ink it up. While I was happy with the cards, they didn't just come together in a snap like I'd hoped they would. Guess I still need more practice. ;) Here's what I came up with:
Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you'll come back again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

Economy Boosters (just doin' my part -lol!):

Many Blessings card:
Cardstock: White Daisy, Black (CTMH); Pattern Paper: "Wild Flowers" and "Bluebird" from the Urban Prairie collection (BasicGrey); Stamps: Garden of Life (Papertrey Ink), Polka Dots (SU!); Ink: Sweet Leaf, Honey, Black (CTMH); Other: button (craft store), craft seam binding (Martha Stewart), grosgrain, stipple brush (CTMH), narrow yellow trim from the Oh, Baby! collection (BasicGrey), embroidery floss (DMC), staples, foam mounting tape

Many Blessings and Happy Birthday to You cards:
Cardstock: White Daisy, Black (CTMH); Patterned Paper: "Hayfield" and "Bluebird" from the Urban Prairie collection (BasicGrey); Stamps: Pretty Pattern backgrounder (Cornish Heritage Farms), Garden of Life (Papertrey Ink); Ink: Twilight, Sweet Leaf, Desert Sand, Black (CTMH); Other: 1/2" circle punch (SU!), button (craft store), grosgrain (American Crafts), embroidery floss (DMC), stipple brush, Liquid Glass, gingham ribbon (CTMH), staples, pop dots, foam mounting tape

Much Appreciated card:
Cardstock: White Daisy, Black (CTMH); Pattern Paper: "Wild Flowers," "Harvest," and "Bluebird" from the Urban Prairie collection (BasicGrey); Stamps: Garden of Life (Papertrey Ink); Ink: Sweet Leaf, Honey, Black (CTMH); Other: button (craft store), craft seam binding (Martha Stewart), grosgrain (CTMH), embroidery floss (DMC), staples, foam mounting tape


Susan (rainy) said...

Christi these are all fabulous! Love your flowers and all the buttons. Awesome cards!

Courtney said...

Oh, girl. Not everyone can be Mish Mash. These are incredibly wonderful cards!

Jeanne said...

Oh Christi, these are wonderful! I know what you mean about being a smart stamper...I'm not all that "smart" either, and I do CASE all the time and feel guilty about it!
You do what you can do when you can do it and enjoy the process, right?

But these cards a beautiful and I'm so glad you shared them!

Jeanette - said...

Christi - these are beautiful! I love your attention to all the details in your cards. Yours are fabulous!

Maria Gurnsey said...

OH these are all gorgeous. I love the gingham ribbon!!!!! And those buttons are adorable!!!

stampinsilvia said...

Christi these are just fab! Love the colors and layouts! Super Fab!

Pat said...

These are gorgeous! and just think -- now you actually DO have the start of a stash. Yeahhhhh! Love what you did with them. They would make a lovely gift set as well. But on second thought, then you wouldn't have a stash ;-)

Barb W said...

Such pretty pretties! I love the color combos...TFS

Christi said...

Your cards are amazing!!!

Tanis said...

I TOTALLY LOVE THESE!!!! Those flowers are very very awesome.
What a great layout too.
Very how they are all the "same" but all so unique :)

Kay said...

I stumbled across your blog and boy am I glad! I love Michelle's work too -- and yours! Isn't it fun to mass-create? I love it when the mojo hits. I really enjoyed your blog so much, and look forward to visiting again.