Monday, July 20, 2015

CASEing Genius: Brandi Hall

 Hello Crafters! 

Oh my goodness I feel like I'm playing crazy card catch up and I'm losing. While I was on vacation I did manage to get a bit of coloring done and thank God because I would not want to deprive you of today's talented genius. 

It's Brandi Hall!!! 

Brandi is also known by her blog name Yankee Belle Stamper. Brandi has such fun fresh designs. and cute! Oh goodness gracious the cuteness goes on for days. Clearly, the cuteness extends to her littles, I mean she's pretty adorable herself but did you see his cheeks above?! Gah.  
I adore her style for sure but I love how she lifts up other crafters. She's honestly excited for other crafters when they pull out a fabulous card or make a design team. That's awesome. She's awesome. 

Let's find out more about her awesomeness  . . .

The Interview: 

1. Who are you and where do you live?
My name is Brandi Hall but in blogland I'm known as Yankee Belle Stamper. I live in upstate New York with my husband, son and two westies.

2. How would you describe your style?
I would mostly describe myself as a clean and simple style crafter with a little bit of layers, a dash of patterned paper and a sprinkle of sequins.

3. Name one product you're completely crushing on right now?
Right now I'm crushing on anything watercolor. I love using my watercolor pencils and blender brushes to create unique backgrounds and colored images.

4. What is was your first crafty purchase? Would you still buy it now?
My first crafty purchase was ink pads from Stampin' Up. I still buy them today because they ink really well and have a great selection of colors.

Fun Stuff:

5. What is your current favorite song?
That is a tough one but if I had to choose just one song it would be "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay" by Otis Redding. I sing it to my son every night before he goes to sleep.

6. Who would play you in a movie?
I would have to say Kristen Bell would play me in a movie because she is small, spunky and a little quirky.
7. One random thing about you that people would never guess?
Besides being a crafter I'm an avid golfer. I love hitting the greens with the hubby any chance we get. 

A love of Kristen Bell and Otis Redding. We can be friends. 

Let's see some cards!

Beautiful flowers, bold sentiment, a bit of pattern, and some scattered sequins. Perfect. 

I love this watercolor background and bright blooms mixed with the graphic pattern paper. It's like soft, soft, tricked ya, hard! Gorgeous! 

This blocked off sentiment is super fun. She incorporated tons of pattern without it feeling busy. That's pretty hard to do. Kudos to you my dear. 


Undoubtedly, those flowers were going on my card. Period. Brandi used bold scripty sentiments on everyone one of her cards which I puffy heart. I really liked the blocked off sentiment on her last card. It's so fun! In her second card she added a bit of pattern paper to the side of her card. I opted to do both sides but the inspiration came from there. 

I have a love hate relationship with solid images stamps.  Brandi used solid image flowers for two of her cards and I wanted to try and stay true to that. BUT you know I had to tackle those stamps my way. First, I masked out an area for my sentiment. I second generation stamped the large solid flower from Hero Arts Hello Flowers using some WPlus9 inks. The pink was stamped in Cranberry Crush, the purple in Bloomsberry and the yellow in Wild Mango. The leaf is from the same set and was stamped second generation in Appletini.  I did mask the pink one to stamp the yellow. 

I shaded right on top of that with my copic markers. I should note the original stamp has a line in one of the petals. I think it's meant to be a petal curling up? Maybe? Anyone? Bueller? 
Anyway it was ugly when I tried it with no line coloring so I just nixed it. It's difficult to keep those white breaks in when you're coloring and let's face it with no line coloring you need them. Anywhere I got a little crazy I just went back in with my white gel pen to reestablish those lines.  

I stamped my sentiment from WPlus9's Hand Lettered Thanks set and then added a line around my sentiment "block" to frame it in. I chose this sentiment because of it's size. Those huge flowers need a sentiment that can hang yo.  I took a cue from Brandi's second card and popped up the smaller part of my sentiment on a little rectangle of black paper heat embossed in white. Of course I HAD to add some sequins. It wouldn't be a CASE of Brandi if I didn't :) I added the whole stamped panel onto some green paper with craft foam to finish it off. 

Thank you for stopping by! 
I do hope you'll go over to her blog and see so much more of Brandi's talent !!



  1. Amazing job... both of you!
    I LOVE this posts Kelly... thanks for introducing us to wonderful talent!

  2. Kelly,
    You rock! Thank you so much for showcasing me and my work. You did a great job on your card. It's fun, bright, bold and beautiful!!! You are a true gem in your personality and creative goodness! Hugs...

  3. Just added another fantastic blogger to my reading list thanks to your generous spirit, Kelly. Thanks so much for this series. Your card is gorgeous. Wonderful take on Brandi's work. You both are amazingly creative. :)

  4. I'm such a fan of Brandi' her style! What a GREAT case! LOVE the colors!

  5. beautiful cards by both of you!

  6. Brandi is pretty amazing.. she has a fun and bright style that brings smiles.. thanks for sharing..

  7. I LOVE Brandi's cards. And your CASE? AWESOME!! I love that you used solid stamps but give it your style with the coloring and the fabulous vivid color combo. Stunning card!!

  8. Brandi was one of my very first friends in blogland. She's super sweet and incredibly talented! Love love love her work!!! And, Kelly, your CASE of Brandi's card is gorgeous!!! Love the bright happy colors and the big bold sentiment! Thanks for sharing such a fun post!!

  9. Thanks for the intro to Brandi.
    Super no line coloring Kelly. I think you are right about the curled up petal on the flower stamp... Your blocked off sentiment is brilliantly done:) Have a great week!

  10. YAY for Brandi! Love her creations!
    Beautiful CASE, Kelly!

  11. Brandi's cards are fun and bright, your case is awesome. Love the coloring.

  12. Love Brandi's creations - and her little boy is so cute with his chubbable cheeks! Great CASE, ove the bright colours. xx

  13. Wow - thanks for telling how you made you stunning card - I thought you had fussy cut and layered your sentiment panel at first glance.

  14. Brandi I love your cards, with those loveable, wonky layers - how do you decide this? Fantastic - Kelly your descriptions are spot-on and hilarious at the same time! That CASE? what did you have trouble with??!! Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing Brandi with us!
    =] Michele

  15. Oh my gosh, how beautiful!!! I love your work.

  16. Oh my gosh, how beautiful!!! I love your work.

  17. Brandi is another genius lady card artist that I love! Excellent interview and CASEing, Kelly! Hugs, Darnell

  18. Such a fun interview, Kelly...Brandi is so sweet and so talented! LOVE your gorgeous card, too...WOW!!!

  19. Amazing!! Loved learning about Brandi and I think that you have taken some of her work and made a showcase of her styles on your card. It is super incredible the way you can do that!! I applaud you and say, thanks for your sweetness which is more than your greatness but that is a lot Too!!! Well, I am done tripping over my tongue and fan crushing on you so we will catch you later!!!