The musings and offerings of a burgeoning greetings master

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Mr Cardmaker is having a Yummy Casadia

Well, I couldn't be happier.  I was put into the roster for Wida Miller's awesome Casadia (A CASE + an Idea) at Beachorado.  I am in a line of VERY good company, and we are all working off a super cute card by Laura Bassen..

This is Laura's card--

and waaaaaay down the line, I was given this card to CASE by Jaclyn Miller--

.....NICE, Right???

So, here's MY take on that one--

This circle card was cut with Spellbinders dies, and the letters are PTI dies.  The hearts are a Stampin'Up punch, cut from paper that I coated with clear embossing powder for some shine.  Sadly, that doesn't play in this photo.  they are also popped up with some foam adhesive.  The black card stock was run through the Cuttlebug with a hounds tooth embossing folder.  Cute and mostly simple.  It did take me three tries to get something I really liked.

 CASEing is not for the faint of heart.  You really want to honor the idea you're working with, but at the same time, you want to make it your own.  However, it is SO much fun, and so rewarding when you finally rise from the work table triumphant!!
I love the word "hiya"; don't you?   It immediately makes me feel chummy and welcomed.  I use it whenever possible in real life.

Just so you get an idea, I figured I'd leave you with a peek at my prior iterations.  They just didn't blow my skirt up, if you know what I mean.  The first one loses impact because the letters are too diffused, and the second is better than just okay, but just not really a home run, either.

They look like this--

So, that's my story.  Check out the rest of Casadia's projects, and stay tuned for more to come.  Somebody is CASEing me next!

Thanks for stopping by!
All Best-


  1. zooming in on the card...brilliant case idea. and did you KNOW I have a love for glitter? yup, I do and this card is right up my alley. you are an overachiever with the other cards...nice work on ALL the inspirations. they are cool, especially the glitter. Did I mention that already? ;)

  2. Oh how fun to see this pop up on your blog! I participated in this last fall and I had lost the thread and didn't realize it was still going on! (I'm #11). Love how the cards have transitioned into something totally new. Yours is great, love that it's round and "hiya" is a perfect sentiment!

  3. I love that you were inspired to create a circle card! And giving it that extra punch by embossing it, too fun. I actually love your last card with the hearts. ;)

  4. Umm... okay, so I kinda love all of these. Your circle card is wicked cute and I am TOTALLY loving the black and white with the red hearts one. I know it wasn't your favorite, but I do love it. Lots. Just sayin'. So glad you jumped in on the Casadia!!!! :)

  5. Go Richard! I love that the CASADIA spirit moved you to do not 1, not 2, but 3 cards! I'm digging all 3, but you're right that the "hiya" card does hit a sweet spot. Hope you have a great week Richard!

  6. Hiya! Great take on the CASE card. I actually really like your second "attempt" card with the hexagons. I just love black/white/red together. Hope you and yours are well! Best, Curt

  7. Well Hiya, Mr. Cardmaker! Hmmm....they are all great, and if you'd only posted one (ANY one), I would have liked them all, but yes, the circle is my favorite! I have never heard of the CASADIA, and am so glad that you were asked to join in! Must go check out this very interesting concept! Hope you are doing well, my friend :) Hugs...

  8. Love them all Richard! The embossed black card really lets the sentiment and hearts pop :) Oh and the next person in the chain - well that will be me! Looking forward to getting crafty with your card for inspiration Richard. Keep a look out next week hopefully :)

  9. All of them are a breath of fresh air and your CASing is perfect. Can't wait to see what they make after your works.

  10. I love the classic black, white and red color scheme of all your cards Richard! Super take on Jaclyn's card, I'm partial to round cards so your first one is my FAV!. I agree, I also like the word "Hiya"! Wida's card chain has been so much fun to follow and play in!!!


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