Squirrelz Stash Bash – May 2022

Dang! The blog got a little dusty, didn’t it?!? Well, this world sometimes throws things at you that are of higher importance than crafting and hops, so you just have to respect that and try to adjust. Right? But we’re back now and full of crafty ideas. For those who have no idea what all this hop business I’m talking about is, my crafty friends and I (affectionately known as the Squirrel Squad) are on a mission to bash the stuff in our stash… you know, use all the things we’ve squirreled away and neglected. We usually have a monthly theme and then challenge ourselves to use either a specific supply or a technique we don’t do often enough. This month we are just focusing on the technique… CASE’ing. Before I explain further and share my card, I want to give you the full hop list so you don’t get lost… though with only 6 of us, you should be able to hoppity-hop through faster than a bunny!

This month our theme is to CASE (Copy And Selectively Edit *or* Copy And Share Everything) another crafter in the Squirrel Squad. Basically you pick a card to CASE and use it as your inspiration to make a card of your own. It was decided that I would be CASE’ing sweet Lounon of Craft Me, Craft Moi. I could select any of her amazing cards to CASE, but that was super intimidating because she creates SO many spectacular scene cards with Copic backgrounds and *that* is definitely not one of my skills. I selected a fairly CAS card she created recently for LDRS. Have a look at her card:

Photo courtesy of Lounon Riviere of http://www.craftmecraftmoi.wordpress.com

Gorgeous, right? Thankfully Lounon occasionally makes cards that aren’t Copic scenes! When I saw this card, I thought I could easily work with the sketch, and use one of the many floral stamps I own. From there, I put my own spin on the card trying to keep the inspiration obvious. Here is my take:

As you can see, I stuck closely to the sketch. Since I broke from the almost monochromatic color scheme Lounon used, I added a thin mat as I felt I need a little contrast to separate the yellow focal panel from the white background. My floral image is from Jane’s Doodles Daisies set, as is the cute bee. I watercolored the images with Tombow markers, a medium I am more comfortable with than alcohol markers. Now, I gotta be honest and tell you I tried to no-line color the images like Lounon did, but *that too* is not a skill I have and I reverted to the safety of line images. The pattern on the yellow rectangle is a CAC (Cover A Card) background stamp from Impression Obsession called Flower Garden. For the strip, I opted to dry emboss mine instead of stamping like Lounon had done. The sentiment, chosen for its bold and scripty look to match Lounon’s card, is from MFT’s Brushstroke Expressions. I did stamp surgery to separate the words to arrange them in 2 lines vs 1 to suit my needs, but I cut it so that it will piece back together easily to use as it was intended. (Side note: I will never buy another brushstroke sentiment again as it always looks like I got a bad stamping from it!)

I don’t have many stitched dies, and none in the sizes I wanted, so I didn’t add stitched details to the layers like Lounon, but instead I inked the edges to help define them. And since I varied from the color scheme she used, I opted to add a sprinkling of epoxy dots to add even more color. To finish it off, the images were popped up on foam tape and the wings and eyes of the bees were shimmered with Wink of Stella. Why, oh why, is it so hard to photograph shimmer and glitter?!?

I was seriously intimidated to CASE my dear friend Lounon as she is beyond talented. I tell her often that it is just a matter of time before she is “craft famous” and I mean it with all my heart. (To be honest, CASE’ing *any* of the Squirrel Squad would be intimidating because each is so talented in their own ways!) While it is obvious that I used Lounon’s card for inspiration, it is equally obvious that she is a far more gifted artist. That said, I was fairly pleased with how my card came out, especially considering I’ve been on a crafting sabbatical for 2 months *and* that I haven’t used watercolor markers in over a year! I feel incredibly rusty and I don’t like that, but I don’t see a way to change that much for the time being. But I am ever so thankful that my Squirrel Sisters motivate me to craft at least once a month!

That’s it for me today, but be sure to head on to Lounon’s blog to see how she CASE’d Bory!

Thank you so much for dropping by and taking a couple minutes to visit the rest of the Squirrel Squad! I’m eager to hop along myself to see what cards they picked to CASE and how they put their own spin on them. There is so much talent in this little group… don’t miss out!


12 comments on “Squirrelz Stash Bash – May 2022

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  2. I think your card (singular!) is fabulous! I definitely agree that it’s only a matter of time before Lounon becomes “craft famous.” I hope she will remember us from time to time. 😆😆😆 You chose an amazing card to CASE, and you did a fabulous job of CASEing it, yet making it your own too. 🥰😍😊


    • Singular was hard enough!!! LOL I hope Lounon sees your comment because I don’t think she believes me. She thinks I am just being kind. And unlike someone else we know, I truly think we will still be friends with Lounon when she is hobnobbing with the likes of JM. She’s as sweet as she is talented! And thank you for the sweet comment… and the last minute design guidance. Oh, and the medical advice to alleviate my hyperventilation!!! You are a true friend indeed!


  3. I love it Karen ! I really like the stamps and colors you chose ! The pattern you used on your rectangle is a perfect match ! Beautiful card Karen ! And thank you so much for your kind words, I am really touched !


    • I had a couple of stamp sets with florals I couldn’t decide between but then I realized the daisy set also had the bee to replace your butterfly and it got me moving finally instead of stalling in indecision. And thank *you* for your sweet words!!!


  4. Karen, your card turned out so gorgeous!! Love Lounon’s, but I also love that you put your own spin on it and used more comfortable for you medium. The little bee is such a cute addition to the beautiful flowers and the epoxy dots are great too 🙂 Big hugs to you ❤


  5. Oh my dear squirrel sister! You did an ah-mazing job CASEing Lounon’s card!😍 I love the idea of the dry embossed strip, I’m going to have to CASE your CASE! 😀 Totally agree with her soon-to-be craft famous!


    • Thank you, my dear! I consider you to be craft famous already as people recognize your name from Altenew and Hero Arts. But I think within the next year you are just going to explode the craft world with all your talent til everyone knows your name! And I would love to see your CASE because I’m always eager to see your creative interpretations!


  6. Your card is a wonderful inspiration from Lounon’s! I love the accents and colors you used! You very much made it your own with techniques and touches! The shimmery bee wings are wonderful and I think inking the edges is a brilliant way to add that last detail! Just brilliant as always!


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