Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Baker's Dozen Studio Challenge: A CASE Study!

It is the last Baker's Dozen Studio Challenge of 2012 and this is definitely my favorite of the whole year! Here is this month's challenge:
Inpsiration is all around us.  Many of us learned to stamp by CASEing other stampers we admired.  (CASE = Copy and Share Everything)  We want everyone to know that, not only is CASEing perfectly OK, it's actually pretty flattering and a lot of fun!  And it can be especially helpful in the midst of the busy holiday season when it's hard to think straight!  So take some inspiration from your fellow Baker's Dozen Teammates, and show us how you can turn any great inspiration into a fabulous holiday card!

I have had the pleasure and honor of designing alongside some incredibly talented women over the past few years. This is my last month with the Baker's Dozen and I was both thrilled and nervous about having to CASE one of my fellow designers...in this case, the incredible 

Here is the card of hers that I used for inspiration:

As you can see, I made a very different card! I knew that I could not begin to do Melody's style justice. Her cards are so elegant and rich. However, that doesn't mean that I can't be absolutely inspired by her projects by "recreating" them in my own style, but taking many of her elements with me. I began with the basics of Melody's gorgeous card (details can be found HERE) and used the card's design as a jumping off point, CASE-ing the scallops, the layout, and the overall sketch.

One of the things that always makes a card a "Melody" special are the little details. You'll notice the amazing attention she gives to the dress forms in her card. I gave my little reindeer a red jeweled nose -- and turned him into an ice-sking Rudolph!

Instead of the the cool button on Melody's card, I used a Snowflake die to create this sparkly embellishment.

For the presents, just a bit of glitter and some baker's twine transformed them into textured, detailed, packages! Now, I did NOT take a photo of the stitching I added to my card. It's one of Melody's signature design elements and she is a pro. Mine is a little bit of a mess -- in fact, my son wandered into my craft space while I was wrestling with my rarely used sewing machine to say: "Mama, you said a BAD word!"

Don't feel shy when CASE-ing someone else's project to change elements to suit your needs. Without Melody's inspiring attention to details, my card would have been cute, but BLAH. With them, I hope I created something worthy of Melody's wonderful abilities!

Stamps: Woodland Winter (Taylored Expressions); Patterned Paper: Dots & Stripes (Echo Park), Gnome Sweet Gnome (My Mind's Eye); Coloring Medium: Sketch Markers (Copic): Dies: Make a Snowflake (Taylored Expressions), Classic Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders); Accents: Diamond Stickles (Ranger), red jewel (generic); Red Liquid Pearls (Ranger); Fibers: twill ribbon (Stampin' Up!)

Be sure to check out the rest of the Baker's Dozen for more CASE studies!

  • Charmaine Ikach
  • Jen Shults
  • Jodi Collins
  • Karen Giron
  • Melody Rupple
  • Regina Mangum
  • Sankari Wegman
  • Shannon White
  • Shelly Mercado
  • Stephanie Kraft
  • Taylor VanBruggen
  • Wanda Guess


    Anonymous said...

    Hi Bean! Your card is AMAZING! Wowzers! You've got Melody's style down perfectly. So many rich and fab details on this one. I'm loving it. I used this set today too! Great minds and all... Have a wonderful day! :-)

    Taylor said...

    Love your card, Regina! You described Melody's style so well and that's such an awesome way to show how you can use the ideas of another stamper while still keeping it in your own style!

    Ann Schach said...

    Aw! Your card is adorable, Regina! I love this little reindeer! There are so many fabulous details on this card!

    Shannon White said...

    Wow, Wow, Wow Regina!! Your Card is AMAZING Lady!! Love how you have Sooo captured Melody's style and super attention to detail! Your take is Perfection Lady! Love it! 8-)


    Melody said...

    Regina! Thank you so much for your kind words! Your card is just adorable! I love the snowflake and the glitter, and the dimension to the reindeer and gifts! Glad I gave you the opportunity to dust off your sewing machine!

    Unknown said...

    Fabulous card, Regina! Love all the wonderful "Melody" details you added!

    Davi said...

    Love how you did this great case!The fun layers and that red nose make me smile ;)

    Shelly said...

    Gorgeous job, Regina, the details and coloring are beautifully done and you captured Melody's style perfectly!

    Jen Shults said...

    Oh my word! This is fantastic! I LOVE this card... everything about it is perfection! GREAT case of Melody!!

    Jodi Collins said...

    SO Super cute Regina! LOVE the stamps you used on your card and the embellies are perfect!