Thursday, October 23, 2014

CASEing Genius: An Introduction

Hello Crafters!

So . . . what's with the banner right? 
Well . . .that lovely banner was made by friend Christine by request. It's awesome isn't it?

As you all know it's very important to me to give credit where credit is due. I feel like there are so many talented, wonderful, sweet crafters out there and you really only ever hear about like twelve of them. What's up with that? Yes those handful are talented but so are you. 
Yes, I'm talking to you. Stop looking over shoulder for someone else. 

So how do we get other people to see that we appreciate their work? How do you showcase someone who maybe other people haven't seen before? Oh, yeah, I guess I could do something about it? So here I am.

I decided a little while ago that I really wanted to DO something to show off these creative, caring, amazing people who I visit and I LOVE. CASEing Genius was born. I'm going to give you a little show and tell so you'll know how this is going to work. 

Every Monday there will be a new featured Genius. They will fill out a mini-interview so we can all learn more about them. Some of it's crafty and some of it's just fun. They are also providing me with three of their projects that they feel best represents them. I'm going to CASE one of there cards . . .or combine all of them . . .not sure which yet. Basically you get a lot of them and a little of me. I really hope this helps spread the word about some amazing crafters. 

This post is a test post all about me :) Here we go!

1. Who are you and where do you live? 
Kelly Latevola. In Ohio just outside of Cleveland. 

2. How would you describe your style?
CAS for sure. A love me some glitter and techniques. Even if I don't always know how to use them on a card ha!!

3. Name one product you're completely crushing on right now?
Peerless Watercolors. I haven't bought any yet but the colors are so vivid. I WANT them so badly! Someone had them at the crafty retreat this past weekend and I basically molested them. The watercolors not the crafter. Either way it's awkward.

4. What is was your first crafty purchase? Would you still buy it now?
It was stickers for a scrapbook page. Um, no I wouldn't buy them. They were hideous. Someone should have stopped me back then. 

Fun stuff:

5. What is your current favorite song? 
Hmmm... probably Deadly Weapon by This Century. You won't know this song. You won't know this band. You should look them up. They're pretty awesome ;) 

6. Who would play you in a movie?
I would love to say Sandra Bullock because she is hysterical and beautiful but everyone tells me I look like Sarah Jessica Parker so I guess her. Minus the chin mole. 

7. One random thing about you that people would never guess?
I am terrified of driving on the highway. I never do it unless there is NO other way to get there. 

Ready for some cards?

I tried to pick the ones I loved. The ones that said "Kelly." 

Kelly Latevola You and Your Big Dreams

Kelly Latevola You and Your Big Dreams

Kelly Latevola You and Your Big Dreams

Originally I intended to CASE only one card but I ended up picking several elements from each card that I loved and combining them into one. So maybe that will be my thing. Or not. Who cares? 

Kelly Latevola You and Your Big Dreams

I took the black, heat embossing, and script sentiment from the feather card. The watercoloring from the second and the colors and stamps from the third. These flowers are from WPlus9 Hope Seed Co and I absolutely love them. 

So now that you know how this is going to go do you want to help too?
 . . . .
I was hoping you'd say yes!

If you know a crafter who is wonderful and talented and needs some love please leave me their name or blog or both! I would love to go visit them. Please do keep in mind though that if I don't feature them it doesn't mean they aren't talented I might just be busy or plan to ask in the future. I'm scheduling really far out right now :)

Alright what do you think? Good? bad? Different questions? I'm open to constructive criticisms so lay it on me!!

Thanks for dropping by!



  1. super cool :) nice to "meet" you! i'll be sure never to stay on the other side of the freeway if i ever visit

  2. Neat idea, I look forward to seeing the casing genius posts!! :)

  3. fabulous idea. I have been thinking lately how insular the online blogging world has become. Good for you. And I LOVE these cards.

  4. Fantastic!! I love that you started with yourself! And I think your CASE of yourself is pure genius! Wow! I cannot wait to see your Monday CASEing Genius posts. :-)

  5. What a fun! I really enjoyed reading about you, especially since I've only just recently started reading and commenting on your blog. I find your posts full of wonderful eye candy (that last card absolutely blew me away) and extremely fun to read. Thanks for sharing this neat idea. :)

  6. What a lovely thing to do, Kelly! I look forward to your CASEing posts!

  7. AWWWWWESOME idea, Kelly! I love it! I'm going to CASE your CASE!

  8. I love this "genius" idea, Kelly! So fun how you featured yourself - and I was happy to read that you are deathly afraid of driving on the highway because my older son is the same. Now I can tell him that you CAN live life without it! Love your amazing cards! Really looking forward to this new feature! ♥

  9. SUPER fun Genius post..Looking forward to learning more about the card makers you feature:)
    Your CASE card is, as always, very YOU! LOVE the black elements surrounding the delicate coloring!

  10. Wow such a great idea I am looking forward to see your monday case posts. Awesome cards as always and great to read more about you.

  11. What a fun idea! I love the logo and it will be interesting to see your posts and "meet" other stampers. I like your new card! Aren't those skinny words a real bear to glue? Worth the look though! :)

  12. I love your idea and loved reading more about you!

  13. Okay I'm with the majority here -- fun series you are going to do. I look forward to seeing new artists. Meanwhile, it was fun to read about you and see more of your stunning creations! Looks like it is going to be up to YOU to find other artists :)

  14. Kelly :) This series is so thoughtful of you ! I look forward to meeting new talented crafty people ..
    All the best!

  15. Kelly, what an amazing card. So so beautiful. I love your style and talent and always get a buzz out of visiting you.

  16. Oh, this is going to be such a fun feature! Loved reading more about you Kelly!

  17. I often CASE and like CAS so look forward to more of your genius posts!!

  18. I think this is a 'Genius' idea, Kelly! I can't wait to see some of the crafters you have in mind, and I promise to let you know if I think of someone you may want to check out :)
    Love your water colored flowers, and the photo corners are so beautiful! Of course the color combo is to die for. too! See ya on Monday!

  19. I loved reading more about you Kelly - your cards are amazing. Hugs from your newest follower!

  20. Oh my dear reading about you more too and I adore the first card with black basic paper its look so Kelly and sooooo ADORABLE...second one I lolve the background and the third one I love how you coloring the flower and how clever you are to make a bunch of flower with that banner...the fourth card it is cooollll you have an eye for color and your CAS design is so effective ..may I CASE ing one day your masterpiece...I adore all your card Kelly...hugs, Monika

  21. I feel like I have lost my ninja blog commenting skills but I just want you to know that this idea of yours is so remarkable and I am all for it!! Way to go - Way to shine and Way to Shine on others as well!! Loved seeing you case yourself - you brought out the parts I loved from each card and culminated in a card that I TRIPLE love!! Way to go - love seeing the things you create!!