Monday, May 11, 2015

CASEing Genius: Leigh Penner

Hello Crafters! 

I am super excited to tell you today's genius is the spectacular 

Leigh is unbelievably talented, all of her projects are always so well designed. I admire her ability to rock the cute but then elegant and then clean all very easily. I always leave her blog with a smile on my face. In addition to all that talent she is such a beautiful person, her comments are always kind and encouraging. She shares so much of herself, not just crafting, but her life. I love her "Five for Friday" post where she lets us in to her week.  I hope you'll go visit her at her blog To The Full. You won't be disappointed!

Let's learn all about Leigh . . .


1. Who are you and where do you live? My name is Leigh Penner. I am wife to Cameron and mom to Austin, Jonah & Sage. We live in Morden, Manitoba, Canada.
2. How would you describe your style? This question is always so hard! I think my style is fairly CAS, but pretty and with layers.
3.Name one product you're completely crushing on right now?Oh, this is easy -- my MISTI! I got it a couple of months ago and I am loving it so much! It is perfect for stamping diecuts, multi-stamped images, etc. 
4. What is was your first crafty purchase? Would you still buy it now? My first crafty purchase was when I hosted a CM party in May, 2003. I bought an album, refill pages and a mini paper trimmer. I stopped using the CM albums and pages when my friend stopped selling CM, but I still love my little paper trimmer (although, it is my second one -- I wore out the first one years ago!)

Fun Stuff:
5.  What is your current favorite song?Greater by Mercy Me. It's such a great song!
6. Who would play you in a movie? Jennifer Garner, definitely. ;)
7. One random thing about you that people would never guess? I am a second degree black belt in taekwondo. I started training with my oldest son six years ago, and my two other children joined us a couple of years later. Austin is a first degree black belt and Jonah & Sage are junior black belts, too. It's a family thing. :)

I got started scrapbooking with Creative Memories too! How funny! 

Time for Leigh's gorgeous style

Hello! I love how soft this is. The drop shadow in the hello adds a bit of dimension and those veneer stars are the perfect accent!

Like this thing isn't right up my alley?! I love the layered flowers and those colors make my heart go pitter patter. I'm not sure I would have been about cutting through all that gorgeous stamping but I'm glad Leigh did because it's unique and beautiful. The sequins are a great finishing touch.

This is layering in the cleanest way. I cannot do this so I admire it greatly. It's still clean but each little layer brings just a bit of fabulous with it making the card so beautiful. That teal bow, gah!


It's pretty obvious I was inspired by Leigh's first two cards. I loved that gorgeous hello spanning the whole card. The colors and flowers clearly came from her second card.
I stamped and masked the flowers from Altenew's Whimsical Flowers set and colored them with copics in various shades of pinks and greens. I die cut the same hello from Simon Says Stamp Leigh used right through my stamping as a nod to her trimming her panel apart. I did inlay mine though.  I added in a bit of shading next to my die cut inlay to give it that layered look Leigh achieved on her first card. I wanted something to be layered somewhere because of all her gorgeous layering on her third card. I know it's not what she achieved but it suits my card :) A scattering of sequins finished it off.
 Don't forget to go to Leigh's blog so your socks can be knocked off by all the rest of her gorgeous creations!
Thank you so much for visiting and thanks to Leigh for playing along!


  1. Big fan of Leigh's...awesome inspiration and LOVE your beautiful CASE!

  2. I always love Leigh's creations. Fun to learn more about you Leigh. Great cards showcased. Kelly, you are a genius, I just love love your case.

  3. I absolutely love Leigh, too! And your showcase of her, and your gorgeous, amazing take on her cards just puts a huge smile on my face!

  4. Rushed over to gush over every one of Leigh's cards! She is as amazing a card designer as you could ask for, Kelly, so thank you for featuring her so beautifully! Your CASE of her cards is quite stunning - Wowed by your Copic coloring. I'm really bad at layering, too, Kelly -
    =] Michele

  5. Hi Kelly! Thanks so much for featuring me on your blog -- it's such an honour! And your card is fantastic! I love how you incorporated so many elements! And that shading is incredible!! I didn't think it was inlaid at all! You are amazing!
    You might want to check out my blog today..... because I CASEd you right back! ;)

  6. I always enjoy popping over to Leigh's blog for her marvelous cards!! Love those of hers that you featured today. Your CASE card is incredible, beautiful coloring Kelly!

  7. Yay for Leigh! Such pretty cards!
    And WOW, Kelly! Amazing CASE! Love!

  8. Kelly, dear beautiful, amazing Kelly!!! I am sorry for the lack of my commenting lately - I have been struggling and doing some soul searching about life, my faith and my place in the world so I have not been on the computer much!! I have looked through your awesome posts with all your amazing creations and rather than go backwards and comment on all of them I am going to start fresh!! But let me tell you - YOU ARE SO AMAZING AND I LOVE WHAT YOU CREATE!!!! I want you to know that I LOVE seeing your creations and each me makes me gasp with delight and awe!!! Happy Mothers Day to you - I am so impressed with you and your amazing mothering skills and the patience that you have!! Your peanut butter is truly lucky to have you!!! Thank you for the beauty you add to the world and I promise to be by more often please forgive me for my lack of celebrating your beautiful works of art!!!

  9. love Leigh's cards too and follow her every day (you too) - thanks for featuring her today - it's so fun to read about fellow stampers

  10. Yay Leigh! Love her cards and designing skills! And thanks to her post I know have another awesome blog to follow!

  11. Thanks for introducing Leigh to us! It's so wonderful to meet her and see her creative talent! I love your CASE and how you incorporated the various elements of her different cards.

  12. So good to know you better :) Taekwondo sounds so interesting! Beautiful card and fabulous CASEing Kelly :)

  13. This is beautiful!! Love the CASE of Leigh's card. Fabulous design.

  14. i love your CASE on Leigh's cards Kelly! And Leigh, you are so talented, I love the style of your cards!

  15. You've introduced me to some pretty neat artists, Kelly. Thank you for that. Your card here is stunning. Both of you ladies are so talented. I'm awed by all that you create. Thanks so much for sharing!

  16. GORGEOUS CASE of Leigh's style, Kelly! Your flowers are colored so perfectly, and look like a large, beautiful bouquet! Really fun feature today...I love Leigh's work, and enjoyed learning more about her!