Monday, June 29, 2015

CASEing Genius: Nina-Marie Trapani

 Hello Crafters! 

How was you're weekend?
I'm right in the middle of a four day weekend and I'm loving every minute of it! It's almost enough for me to forget that I worked 53 hours last week. Almost. ;) 

Are you ready to meet our Genius? 

It's the incredibly talented oh so adorable Nina-Marie Trapani!!

I started seeing Miss. Nina popping up in some of my favorite challenges and was really digging her style. But I really got to know her when she joined Lia Stampz as a DT member with me. How lucky for me!! She's always the first one to support and encourage. Her comments are a constant flow of uplifting sweetness that I totally cherish. Whenever someone puts out an amazing card I know first and foremost because Nina is so thrilled for them she shares it with everyone. As for her style, you just can't help but smile. Her blog, Nina-Marie Designs,  is always showing something amazing. Whether it's clean and simple or has some layers her designs are always awe inspiring. She's a bright spot in the crafty world for sure and I'm so blessed to know her. 

How about we all get to know her a little better?

The Interview:

1. Who are you and where do you live?  Hello, my name is Nina-Marie and I live along the coast of Maine.
2. How would you describe your style?  
Hmmm... that’s a very good question! I don’t have a particular style; when I create, I just go with whatever I’m in the mood for…. but I love any sort of critter cards the most! 

3. Name one product you're completely crushing on right now?  
DEFINITELY my Wink of Stella glitter brush!! I am a huge fan of sparkle; I think I add sparkle to almost every card I make, LOL! When I found the Wink of Stella brushes, I absolutely died and went to glitterheaven! :)  

4. What is was your first crafty purchase? Would you still buy it now?  
My first crafty purchase was white cardstock if you can believe it! I had received my very first stamp set as a gift, which immediately got me hooked onto card making. I cannot go without my white cardstock and am always buying it over and over again! :)  

Fun Stuff:

5. What is your current favorite song?  
Wow, that’s a really tough one! I’m actually not into much of the current music of today... I love to listen to instrumental music; particularly instrumental Christmas music, which I listen to year round!
6. Who would play you in a movie? 
Me in a movie... probably Zooey Deschanel. She’s fun, creative and a bit quirky, like me! :)  

7. One random thing about you that people would never guess?
I am a huge fan of anything Snoopy!  

Girl, I love me so Zoey Deschanel. She's hysterical! 

Are you ready for the talent? 
Me too! 

Oh my goodness. Look at all the gorgeous white. I mean, just look at it! It really makes the flowers and ribbon just POP. Stunning!

How adorable are these guys? I love that the panel is layered with out looking cluttered. Those bright banners and sequins are just so dang happy. I'm happy just looking at it!

I love the texture she created on her heart. Rounding the sentiment to the focal point is just fabulous an of course the rainbow colors. Swoon. 


I realize this doesn't look like anything up there. Allow me to explain. 
I couldn't get over the white embossed flowers on her first card. Watercolor and white embossing are one of the most beautiful things and I couldn't let it go by. The frame from the first card also caught my eye. If you've hung around here you know I super love to frame things in. How Nina uses the ribbon to stretch along the length of her cards is stunning but I'm not really a ribbon girl so I used my sentiment to mimic the same look. Plus you know I  can't resist a bold black sentiment  like the one in her third card. I also really liked the look of the texture on her last card so I dug out my neglected embossing paste to throw in the mix. 

I wanted something to imitate the loose look of the banners on her second card so I chose a flower from Clearly Besotted's Fresh Flowers that would allow me to "drape" it. I started by stamping my flower in Versamark and heat embossing in white on watercolor paper. I did mask some flowers for interest but I managed to get it all stamped with only one mask so it wasn't too bad. I watercolored with distress inks. I used Twisted Citron (could be my new fav!!) Mowed Lawn, Seedless Preserves, Fossilzed Amber, and Picked Raspberry. 

I mixed a lot of embossing paste and a little Picked Raspberry for my background. It's much easier to see in real life. I laid it over a diagonal stripe stencil. 

The frame was cut out of black cardstock with Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles. While I had my Cuttlebug out I die cut my sentiment out of some glittery black paper. That die is also from Simon Says Stamp. I really wanted to make it a birthday card since I need so many right now but didn't want to cover up the gorgeous die. I stamped a teeny tiny sentiment on vellum and added it on top. 

Now confession time. 
Originally the watercolor part was a whole card front but this card was not a friend to me. I ended up making it and taking it apart 3 times. Each time the watercolor panel got smaller. Grr. 
I had started by cutting the beautiful through the card panel with the intent of inlay die cutting. I added some purple on the bottom and vellum embossing on top. It was the 4 x 5.50. Yucky. Take it apart. I decided the panel was too long and decided to cut it down. I cut it. HUGE  mistake. It was way too wide! It was 4 x 3.75. I decided to tape the part I cut back on and cut the beautiful from the other side. This would give me more panel and I could just cover the seam with a strip of paper or twine. I did it. and you know what . . .IT WAS THE EXACT SAME SIZE!! No joke. Clearly my math skills are mediocre at best. It was still ugly. I cut it down again. and THAT is what you see above you. After that it actually came together pretty easily but man it was a crap day for die cutting and math. But it's always a crap day for math if you ask me.  :) 

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you'll head over to Nina-Marie's blog and see all her other fabulous creations!! 



  1. Thanks you so much for introducing us (well, me, at least) to this talented cardmaker! I adore the style she shows in the pieces you selected. Right up my alley. She seems very genuine and nice, too. Yay! So sorry to hear the troubles you had with getting your card made. I know my jaw dropped a bit when I looked at it, it is that lovely to me. Hope that helps you feel the angst was worth it. You are such a talent yourself, Kelly! Beautiful colors, wonderful design and a delight to the eyes. Wow!

  2. yay for Nina-Marie!!!!! I absolutely LOVE her style...awesome cards and love how you were inspired.

  3. Well Hello Nina! Beautiful coloring on your work!
    Now Kelly, thanks for the's super to see the outcome of such loving card struggles the end product is more unique than the original plan I'm sure:).

  4. Oh my Kelly, I am blushing from your sweet words! You are too kind, and I consider myself lucky to be able to work with you closely over at Lia Stampz and have you as a friend. You cards are such an inspiration to not only myself but to countless other crafters that see your work. Thank you for sharing your creativity with all of us; you are amazing in every sense of the word❤️❤️

  5. So glad I am not the only one to have a bad math day :-) Love your dramatic and dynamic CASE card Kelly.

  6. I love Nina Marie's style. Her cards are always so fun!! I LOVE your take with the watercolor and then the frame. I love the black too!! Makes the colors pop.

    I am glad that I am not the only one who has trouble with math. Except I often don't use it and go by eye. Sometimes this makes it even worse!!

  7. Another wonder edition to your CASEing Genius series, Kelly! Nina-Marie is a doll through and through and one mega-talented artist, to boot!! I thoroughly enjoyed the interview and your extraordinary CASE!! Enjoy your day!! Hugs, Darnell

  8. Love your card...and all the sorted details! So glad you didn't give up! I adore Nina's work too, I have been a fan for quite a while!

  9. Really gorgeous CASE, Kelly! I love your water colored flowers and sparkly bold sentiment! Thanks for the great interview, too! I love Nins Marie's beautiful creations, and I'm off to check out her blog...Thanks!

  10. Just scrolling through your casing cards, and your eye for color is just fabulous. I am totally loving all these bright beautiful cards.

  11. You nailed this - so fun and so great!! Love your CASE here - you did a fabulous job and captured so much goodness in your card!!