Monday, October 27, 2014

CASEing Genius: Linda Trace


Hello Crafters!

OMG it's here! It's here!! 
Okay I may be a little excited, but only a smidge. 
I am ecstatic to introduce you to our first Genius!

Without further ado . . .I give you 

I absolutely adore her. She has such a way of being able to do such different styles that I'm beyond envious of. Speaking of jealous she can also go from cards to scrapbook layouts and back again seamlessly. I find this attribute to be completely amazing because I CAN NOT do it. At all. Ever. and her coloring? Shut the front door. 
Linda is one of the most supportive encouraging crafters I've ever known. She is humble and  gracious and always helpful. She's just simply wonderful.   I do hope you'll hop over to her blog , Linda Trace Designs, after learning about her and visit. Don't forget to eave some love :) After all, that is the point of this whole feature, so you all can meet and greet each other. It's kind of like giving peace in church ha!
Are you ready to learn some more about her?
Me too!


1. Who are you and where do you live?
I’m Linda, I live in Perth, Western Australia

2. How would you describe your style?
I really don’t think I have a style, as I really vary dependent on my mood. I love CAS cards and cards with interesting techniques and lots of colour.  I love Modern too, but I completely FAIL at that style :)
3. Name one product you're completely crushing on right now?
I’ll give you two, one I have, one I want. The one I have, is texture paste with stencils (but the paste specifically), and one I want is some distress glitter from Ranger. I recently saw it used on a card and boy is it beautiful.

4. What is was your first crafty purchase? Would you still buy it now?
My first crafty purchase was probably pop sticks to make pop-stick models when I was a kid, but paper-crafting-wise, it’d have been patterned paper, an album and some Walnut Stain distress ink. My first project was a mini album for my sister, which I started about 5 years ago when I began crafting. It’s still unfinished *ahem*

Fun stuff:

5. What is your current favorite song?
I haaaaate to admit it, but Taylor Swift’s Shake it Off gets stuck in my head CONSTANTLY. Otherwise I really like Chandelier by SIA. Amazing.

6. Who would play you in a movie?
I’d love to say Julia Roberts, coz she’s got a wide mouth and so do I. I also tend to burst out laughing kinda loudly like she does. I wish I had her legs though :)

7. One random thing about you that people would never guess?
I wanted to be a singer/actor in musicals, and work on broadway. I took singing lessons and dance, and applied for the big, highly competitive Musical Theatre University Program here in Australia, and did well in the audition rounds, but never got in. I eventually gave up hope. It’s my one regret! I wish I’d kept trying.

She can sing. Of course she can. As if she wasn't impressive enough right? 

Here are some of Linda's amazing projects

I love the die cutting with the resist embossing on this one. Plus, what great colors!!

Completely adore the repeating sentiment and scattering of sequins. The tone on tone background is perfect. 

Alright seriously? Seriously, serious?! This coloring is totally awesome. Her hair looks amazing!! Coloring with colored pencils is clearly Linda's secret crafty talent. Now hopefully not so secret ;) 

That last card was the major influence for my CASE. I had never used a Saturated Canary stamp before Linda introduced me to them. I will not confess how much I spent at their store. You'll be frightened. 

The Case: 

Kelly Latevola You and Your Big Dreams

I started with the sweet Highschool Girl stamp from Saturated Canary. My co-worker's daughter looks almost exactly like this stamp so I colored it to look like her.  I'll be sending it to her as a little pick-me-up :) 
I printed her out on white card stock and then drew in the background. It's a one layer card. I used copics to color my card instead of colored pencils. I can't use those things. They hate me.  

I loved the two tone hair Linda did and wanted to recreate it. I chose to giver her purple highlights. I love them. How fun right? I mounted the panel to a card base leaving a thin border of black like Linda's second card. I think it adds a pretty little frame. 

The sentiment was a die cut inlay/heat embossing combo. In Linda's first card I love the die cut "Hey" but wanted my card to be one layer. Since my background is so busy I decided to add a drop shadow with a black marker to help it stand out. Then I covered it with glitter because it is a "Kelly" card. haha! The second part of the sentiment was heat set in white and colored with copics to match. I added a drop shadow to that too. 

Alright, That's it!
Thank you so much for visiting me and please go visit Linda too. She's truly amazing. I am blessed to know her and enjoy her creations. You will be too!



  1. So glad this series has started! Love this first one with Linda! It was fun getting to know her a bit better! Love her cards and your take is amazing, Kelly! ♥

  2. Kelly, I know you can colour, but you really should draw freehand more!! The background is just AWESOME!! Love the card! Wow!

  3. loved getting to know Linda and your card is awesome!

  4. SHUT UP?!?!?!?! You DREW that background? The floor, lockers, etc? THAT'S AMAZING! Awesome card, Kelly!

  5. So good to get to meet Linda and know a little something about her! I love her cards. But, YOUR card is fabulous, Kelly! You have some serious drawing skills along with your beautiful copic coloring. LOVE your cards.

    Thanks for initiating this great new feature on your blog!

  6. Hey Linda fun interview:) perfect Genius opening!
    Kelly, your coloring is -fabulous-, sung in my best opera voice for Linda!
    I love the purple highlights in her hair...and the glare-flare on the glasses.
    Seeing all those lockers and florescent lights gives me the hives though!

  7. What a fun read and what a fabulous case. You are so talented!

  8. Thanks for the intro to Linda, but your card absolutely STEALS the post! Fabulous hand drawing you did~ and of course, your coloring is amazing

  9. Hey Linda :) So nice to meet you .. Loved your cards esp the one with the die cute HEY..
    Kelly, that background blew me away. what depth , feels 3D altogether!!!
    Great way to kick start the CASEing genius!

  10. Linda's cards are so amazing :) I am loving ur idea behind Casing genius even more. The casing of Linda's card is brilliant :)

  11. Always late for the party...honestly!
    It was so much fun getting to know a little bit about Linda! I do know that she is an amazing artist and wonderful person, so I'm really glad you started your series with her! Can't wait to check out more of her designs on her blog, too!
    Your card is absolutely fabulous, Kelly! Your coloring is so awesome, and I love how you added whimsy with your choice of cool!!! I'm looking forward to next Monday...thanks for the fun post :)

  12. Great first post, Kelly. I enjoyed meeting Linda and seeing more of her work. Love your take on her cards, you really made high school girl shine!

  13. Great interview and your card is amazing Kelly! Can I just say? Wow Girl! Do you know how to color or what? Amazing.. seriously... nuff said!

  14. Fantastic! Thanks for introducing me to Linda! Your background is out-of-this-world amazing!

  15. Nice introducing dear Kelly ...nice cards from Linda too but your card oooh wooooowwww...Speechless again its stunning its adorable its collored so are really an artist..Love your card...hugs, Monika

  16. I had to come back and find your first fun to read about Linda! Love her style!
    Oh my, you're rocking the inspiration...your card is wonderful!

  17. WOW OH WOW - Oh my freaking Goodness!! I think this showcases your awesome artistic abilities!! Loved learning more about Linda - so cool to see that paper crafting really is a worldwide thing!! This card, though, impresses me so much and how you casually state that you just penciled in your background - Get Outta Town - It is so stinking awesome!! Way to go - you did GOOD!!!!