Thursday, January 5, 2012

CASE Study Challenge #72

Welcome to our first challenge in the New Year!!
We're having a couple of announcements and 'housekeeping notes' this week so I'll get straight to it.
First of all, big thanks to our December Muse, Amy Sheffer, for providing us with fabulous inspiration!
Please help me welcome a new Muse to our Pantheon, Jen Rzasa! Jen has an amazing, bold and graphic style, that we're hoping will spark your creativity.

Here's a word from Jen...

My name is Jennifer Rzasa, and I am a 28 yr old music teacher (1st-5th grade). I live with my husband in MA, about 25 min outside of Boston. I love performing, skateboarding, playing video games, and crafting. I have pretty busy days- after work I often teach private violin/viola/piano lessons, but when I get come home I make sure to save time to play with paper! In addition to my card-making adventures, I also paint (mostly watercolor fashion illustrations), sew, make jewelry, and do pretty much anything else I can get my hands on!

You can find Jen at her blog, Our Change Of Art.
We're so thrilled to have her with us!

We are also facing a couple of changes in the Design Team - sadly we're saying good-bye to two of our valued Teamies today - Cristina Kowalczyk and Andrea Ewen. Their work undoubtely inspired many of you and they're going to miss them greatly here. Thank you so much for all your hard work, girls!!
Also, Julie Lacey is temporarily stepping down, to concentrate on her studies. She might pop in for a challenge every now and then, and the spot is always open for her, so we're definitely not saying good-bye this time :)

On the happier note, we are welcoming a new DT member, none else but Christina MacLaren!!
Christina's style is fresh and innovative, and we can't wait to start sharing her artwork with you!

I'm a 34 year old mother of 2 who recently returned to work after 6 years at home with my kids. I'm fortunate to have a wonderful job as a Laboratory Technician at a private college, where my husband also works as a Biology professor. I spent most of my life in the Midwest before we moved to Massachusetts 3 years ago, and I'm just starting to feel at home in New England.

When my daughter was born, I started working on scrapbook pages to document her childhood, but I quickly became too busy to keep up with it! I still complete layouts occasionally, but my real passion is making handmade cards. I've been card making and blogging for about a year and a half, and I feel so very blessed to be a part of this amazing community of crafters.

I am so thankful to Iwona and the entire DT at CASE Study for inviting me to join them! I hope that some of my creations will inspire you to play along each week!

After all of the above was said, it's finally the time to share this week's inspiration from Jen!

Let me remind you, that our challenge is to use the inspiration from the Muse above, to create a paper craft item, with your own, unique approach. You can be inspired in a multitude of ways, starting from the layout, through the colours, theme, or whatever else you find interesting.

Jen Rzasa (January Muse)

Christina MacLaren

Clare Buswell

Debby Hughes

Iwona Palamountain (Chupa)
(taking a break)

Jean Martin

Julie Lacey
(taking a break)

Maureen Plut

Teneale Williams

Now all you have to do is play with us!

Here are the deets:
1. Create a paper crafting project (card, layout, off-the-page item), based on provided inspiration (being a featured creation, made by our Muse).
2. Post your creation on your blog or an online gallery (using a code CSC72), and link it here with the inlinkz widget below. Please provide a direct link to your post, not an entire blog.
3. A new challenge is being posted every Thursday at 12.01 AM EST, and you've got until midnight on Tuesday to submit your entry.
4. You may enter as many times as you like, but you're asked to provide a newly designed project.
5. We will choose authors of the four most impressive creations, who will be awarded the Winner and Top 3 awards. In addition, there might be a person chosen randomly from the list of players, who will receive the prize provided by the sponsor - if there is one.
We will announce the winners on Wednesday.
6. Above all, have fun - and be inspired!

Happy creating!
The CASE Study Design Team


  1. You've sure got a good one in Christina ;)! Congrats, girl!

  2. So happy to see Christina join the team, but I'm already having withdrawal! This team has a special place in my heart.

  3. Those cards are beautiful... welcome to the team

  4. Great inspiration! Thanks for a fun challenge!

  5. Hi there!
    I never made it in time to link my card,
    but here's my submission any just for the sake of participating. Chupa it uses a stamp you may be familiar with! :-)


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