Just like most crafters, I can get stuck when I settle down to craft. If I'm not urgently needing a card then I can just play or walk away to return at a later time. But sometimes I need to send card NOW! It's on these occasions that CASE'ing can be useful.

In crafting terms, certainly in the world of Stampin' Up!, CASE'ing means to Copy And Share Everything. However, you don't have to make a straight copy of someone elses work, you can tweak a design or just use elements, such as the layout. Whichever you choose to do, it's always good manners to give the originator credit for their creation and not take all the glory yourself, perhaps even providing a link to the original post, should you feel inclined.

I recently saw two cards I really wanted to CASE. I loved the originals so much that I didn't even want to tweak them. The first is featured in our seasonal catalogue and the second was spotted on my Instagram feed. I'll share both with you today.

The original of this card can be seen on page 38 of the seasonal catalogue. Mine doesn't have a sentiment and the blue patterned paper (DSP) has been changed out for balmy blue card which has been stamped with Versamark snowflakes. I also used a retired stamp set for the animals and a retired star punch.

So, pretty much the same as the catalogue sample card.

This second card was spotted on Instagram. I have to say, the original is way nicer - her creation is so delicate looking, it's finished more cleanly, stands better and you can use a battery tealight inside. For this photo I've just shone a torch from behind, but you get the general idea.

The original can be found on the instagram page of Stampinfee, who created it.

Lacking ideas is common. It happens to us all, so use the inspiration around you - be it a colour combo, a full blown copy, or something in between. If it's a copy and you're in contact with the person, then ask the creator if they'd mind. Most are delighted to share and to have inspired you. But, at the very least, give credit the creator when you can.

I hope this gives you something to think about when your crafting mojo has got up and left the room. 

Happy crafting


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