Tuesday, October 27, 2015

CASEing Kelly Blog Hop

Aloha and welcome to my little section of the blog hop!
I'm so excited for this fun hop to say a big
MAHALO/Thank You to the the AMAZING 

I love that the tables have turned, and we now get the opportunity
to CASE Kelly!  Talk about some big shoes to fill, but I'm gonna try my best!!

I love Kelly's watercolor work so here are 3 of the cards I chose...

In this card I loved the black outline with the watercolor scribbled in.

I LOVE Kelly's color combination in this card and her added white dots for details.

Kelly's designs are always so well balanced with the bold black stripe matching her
die cut black sentiment...just gorgeous!

So here's my take on her cards...

I attempted three times to capture Kelly's design.
I know you're suppose to CASE 3 cards in 1, but was indecisive in
which one I felt captured Kelly's work...oh the pressure!

I took her design from the first card and used Hero Arts Color Layering Hibiscus.
Instead of using the solid stamp that comes in the set, 
I used the wash of watercolor (from Tim Holtz Distress Markers)
and stamped the next layer with Hero Arts India Ink Black 
and the sentiment is from Hero Arts Hello Flowers.  I loved how Kelly used the black strip
of cardstock to tie in the bold sentiment and in this CASE my hibiscus as well!

I wasn't happy with my washed out colors, because I truly loved Kelly's bold autumn colors in the second card.  So I attempted a second time to get richer colors...

This time I did use the solid layering stamp in Hero Arts Wet Cement and tried
not to water down my distress ink.  I added white dots for detail and actually die cut the sentiment
from Penny Black's Words of Gratitude die set.

And just for fun (because I had some ink left over) I did one more card...

I hope I've made Kelly proud!  A big thank you for all those involved 
in creating such a special blog hop for one special gal!

The blog hop list is below in case you get lost.
Comment along the way for a chance to win some awesome prizes!!

a2z Scrapbooking
Amy Tsuruta 
Brandi Hall
Char Kochensparger
Cindy Chiu
Darnell Knauss
Dawn Turley
Debra James
Deepti Malik
Donna Idlet
Elizabeth Campau
Ellen Haxelmans
Heather Ruwe
Jennifer Loftfield
Joan Bardee
Kara Vrabel
Katie Gehring
Kristie Goulet
Kristina Beagle
Kymona Tracey
Laura Jane
Leigh Penner
Lin Brandyberry
Linda Trace
Lindsay Amrhein
Maria Sabina Raita
Marika Rahtu
Martha Lucia Gomez
Michele Cunningham
Michele Ferguson
Michelle Lupton
Michelle Williams
Monica Maier
that's me------->Niki G.
Nina-Marie Trapani
Rubeena Naz
Shelly Kurth
Taunya Butler
Thordis Dogg
Vera Yates

What is a blog hop without some fun prizes?! Leave a comment by 11:59 pm EDT on Thursday, October 29th along each stop in the hop to increase your chances of winning a prize from one of our sponsors: a2z Scrapbooking, Altenew, Create a Smile Stamps, Dee's Art Impressions, DJ Kard Kreations, Hero Arts, Ink Road, Lia Stampz and Simon Says Stamp,! Winners will be notified by email after October 29th.

As always MAHALO for stopping by!


  1. Yours are GORGEOUS! I am LOVING the colors!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Not one but THREE awesome cards....you're fabulous Niki!

  3. Oh, I love the watercolored background. It looks awesome behind the black flower.

  4. perfectly cased, i cans ee Kelly in your card and also you!

  5. Wow Niki! these are all so awesome :) the water coloring looks stunning!

  6. How fun, Niki! Love the colors you put together!

  7. Beautiful washes of color! I love the contrast with the black flowers!

  8. Super fun and awesome CASEing!!

  9. aww your cards are gorgeous.. great job CASEing.

  10. Very nice. What a fun hop. Not only do I get to see Kelly’s work I get to see yours too. Winner winner.

  11. These are all wonderful CASEs of Kelly's work!

  12. wow--three! great take on Kelly's work, love the black with the colors!

  13. Love your 3 cards. You did an excellent job. Love the water coloring. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Awesome cards! Great job CASEing Kelly!

  15. Great CASEing of Kelly's cards... Beautiful work :)

  16. Beautiful cards! Great job with the water coloring!

  17. Lovely cards! Great job CASEing Kelly!Tfs xx

  18. Great set of cards! The CAS layout is just so perfect:)

  19. Love the cards Niki, great take on the cards!

  20. ALL of your CASEd cards are terrific and make a wonderful tribute!

  21. Love your use of color with the black flowers, so pretty!!

  22. Such a beautiful set of cards! I love how you were inspired by Kelly's cards!

  23. All three cards are beautiful interpretations of Kelly's style! I love watercolor and you did a fabulous job with it!

  24. The boldness on all three cards is eyecatching!

  25. hey there... fabulous card! i think all three of them have the look of classy which black can do for us..:) thanks for the gr8 inspiration...;)

  26. What a really pretty card. Great job!

  27. Nikki, TFS all 3 of your designs. I would not have been able to chose only one. Such trendy CAS designs. TFS

  28. Gorgeous cards. I love all of your projects and the great use of watercolors.

  29. It's okay with me that you CASEd Kelly three times, Niki! That's more eye candy for all of us and more for us to admire as you did such a fabulous job with all of them!! Thank you for recently joining me back as a follower! I'm pleased to see how many wonderful followers you have added since I followed you way back when! You're doing great!! Hugs, Darnell

  30. LOVELY!!! They are all so pretty and i love the simplicity of each; a total "kelly" touch!! thanks so much for joining us on the hop; i'm so happy you did!

  31. Great cards, Niki! Love the loose feel of the watercolour against the crisp black stamping!

  32. love your cased caaards....and the watercolours are terrific

  33. I can understand that it must have felt intimidating to try to CASE Kelly, but I think all three cards came out beautifully and any one would have worked! You are being too hard on yourself, your coloring is beautiful! Thanks for being part of this hop honoring Kelly, I think it is lovely that all you talented ladies have decided to pay tribute to Kelly in such a way!

  34. all three of your cards are lovely!

  35. The black outlines around the hibiscus with the beautiful water colouring looks awesome. Nicely done!

  36. These are great cards, Niki! I love that watercoloring, and the bold black flowers!

  37. WOW!! You have done a great job of casing, Kelly's cards - truly awesome!!

  38. I can see Kelly's influence in your cards!

  39. What a Fun hop and Such FUN Card sets you've made for the CASE. Awesome interpretation!

  40. What a challenge to select *only* three favourites from Kelly's amazing arsenal of creativity, but wow...you managed to narrow down some real treasures. Your cases: simply awesome! Such a marvelous hop to put the spotlight on someone who allows so many others to shine. Heart-warming and touching!

  41. Looks like lovely colored Hawaiian.
    So beautiful!

  42. You CASEd Kelly very WELL! I was so nervous about creating something for this hop...Kelly is the TRUE genius...
    LOVELY color washes...Kelly will be thrilled:)

  43. Gorgeous cards, Niki! Beautiful CAS designs and the flowers look wonderful against the pretty colour wash backgrounds! Love seeing how you were inspired by Kelly!

  44. Great cards! I like the "Hello" card the best - the blocks of color behind those flowers are so pretty!

  45. Gorgeous creations on casing Kelly's cards! Love your watercoloring with lots of white space and your flowers are so pretty!

  46. Wonderful job CASEing Kelly's cards! Love he watercoloring behind the flowers, so pretty!

  47. you create a beautiful cards! I lvoe the touch of watercolor!

  48. Gorgeous Cards !!!
    Awesome Case-ing !

  49. I love that bright pop of color in all your cards! So very pretty!
    Take Care!

  50. This blog hop is so much fun. Your card is amazing. I love the idea of coloring things differently.

  51. What beautiful and wonderful CASEs of Kelly - so gorgeous and such rich use of color on each!!! Awesome!!!

  52. Your cards are amazing Kelly! Love your take on Kelly's cards and how pretty the watercoloring turned out on your cards!

  53. Niki, you would make any card maker proud. All three of your cards are just lovely. Thanks for the inspiration!

  54. What lovely cards!! STUNNING watercolor technique!!

  55. Gorgeous cards!! I love all three of them. Awesome CASE!

  56. Very pretty, Niki. Love the added touch of black.
    Creations For Kindness

  57. All three are gorgeous Niki!! Isn't watercoloring just the most fun?! Your colors are beautiful and the pops of black are perfect! Thank you so much for everything! xoxo


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