CASE Study 3rd Anniversary Blog Hop

Hi there, and welcome to my stop on the 3rd day of the CASE Study 3rd Anniversary Blog hop! We’re all hopping to celebrate three awesome years of great inspiration. Cannot believe how time flies by, can you? You may have arrived here via awesome Julie Smith’s blog, but you can head on back to CASE Study to start at the beginning.

For this hop, we were to find an inspiration piece and create a card inspired by it. I had a hard time deciding what to use, as inspiration seems to be *everywhere* these days! I finally settled on this wonderful print from my inspo board on pinterest. (You can follow me here if you like, I’m always pinning something, so addicting.)

CASE Study Inpsiration by onelittlebirdstudio on etsy

I loved this print so much — the circles, the bird, the background, the colors — everything! Now, here’s my take!

Go Your Own Way by Lisa Spangler

First I painted a background using watercolors. Then when it was dry I went to town stamping!

I just can’t seem get enough of this Hero Arts Stamp and Build set, so I used it for the circles.  (Check out this set of cards I did using the set!) On some of them I did the “kissing” technique with the Envelope Pattern to add a little texture.

Go Your Own Way by Lisa Spangler

Then I used my trusty stamp-a-ma-jig to stamp the Wise Bird in black. Love how he looks in black, don’t you?

To finish it off, I stamped “go your own way” from the Hero Arts Travel set where the numbers are on the inspiration piece. At first I was going to stamp it right-side-up, but then I decided to go upside-down. I was a bit hesitant about stamping it since it was outside my comfort zone — and the image came out a little blurry. But you know what? I kinda like it that way. And I love this message for the inspiration challenge — because going our own way is what it’s all about. :)

And then! As I was writing up the blog post I noticed that the second circle on the inspo piece had another circle taken out of it, and the wheels started turning…

Go Your Own Way closeup by Lisa Spangler

And of course I had to give it a try! So I got out a 3/4″ circle punch and punched a circle out of a post-it note, positioned it on the card, and then stamped my circle. Woo! I wanted to do a circle with a “bite” taken out of it like the third one but I was so excited to stamp the neon blue that I forgot. Next time!

Go Your Own Way take 2 by Lisa Spangler

Now on to the next stop in the hop — the fabulous Julia Stainton! Oh and one last thing before you hop — there are prizes to be had, so you’ll want to leave comments along the way. Check the deets out at the CASE Study blog for how to play.

Thanks for joining me and Happy Anniversary to Chupa and everyone at CASE Study! xx


95 Replies to “CASE Study 3rd Anniversary Blog Hop”

  1. Love finding inspiration in things like this, then making a great card like you did here.

  2. Thanks for inspiration! I love all your cards!

  3. Shona Chambers says:

    Wow, what a wonderful artist you are!! This card is so beautiful I would frame it and put it on my wall. Your a very talented woman!

  4. I love your watercolored background and the look of the black ink on top. It looks super! Thanks for sharing.

  5. What a beautiful card!

  6. Love this card. The background is absolutely fab! And the upside down sentiment is too cute!

    I checked out the other cards you have made with the stamp set. And they are fab. Especially the triangle and circle one.

  7. What a stunning card equally as beautiful as your inspiration

  8. beautiful piece of art! love it!!!

  9. Love how you’ve explained your thought process. The backward sentiment is genius.

  10. Oh dear…such a beautiful card! Great take! I love the way you stamp your sentiment .. upside down!

  11. LOve this unique and beautiful card.

  12. Lovely cards. Your watercolour backgrounds are fantastic.

  13. wow! This is amazing! What an awesome one layer card

  14. megan mcdonald says:

    Wow, love the inspiration, card is fab

  15. Great card Lisa, I love the textures that you created and the beautiful inspiration piece. The upside down sentiment is so fitting! Love it!

  16. LOVE, LOVE the watercolour & stamping Lisa – and the up-side-down “go your own way” is PERFECT!

  17. Lisa these are awesome pieces! Did you put a border around the watercolor background or does it just look that way?

    1. Hi thanks so much Kathy! It must just look that way, I didn’t put a border. I wanted it to be a one layer card since the inspiration piece was a print. :)

  18. Simply stunning card! Love your water color and stamping together. I love it!

  19. Oh. My. Goodness! This is one amazing card!! The upside-down sentiment is perfect–I have a granddaughter who would get this right away–this reminds me so much of her. Love this!

  20. Fabulous card. Love how you did the background. And stamping the sentiment upside down is a great idea. Thanks for sharing your creativity.

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