Monday, August 24, 2015

CASEing Genius: Lin Brandyberry

Hello Crafters!
It's Monday which means there is a new Genius!
This week it is . . .

Sidenote: If you came back strictly for the video I fixed it. Link at the bottom. :)

I have been an admirer of Lin's for quite sometime. I first saw her gorgeous work in the Hero Arts Flickr group. Through all these years she is still producing beautiful cards. I have had the pleasure of meeting Lin in person and she is just as delightful in person as she is online. You can see all her spectacular designs at her blog Sending Hugs.
Let's get to know a bit about Lin
The Interview:
1. Who are you and where do you live?
     My name is Lin Brandyberry, aka quilterlin on Flickr.  My husband and I have been married for 44 years now, and we have 2 sons and 3 adorable grandchildren!  We live in NorthEast Ohio, not far from the Pro-Football Hall of Fame.
2. How would you describe your style?
    I am all over the map, depending on my mood.  Being a former quilter, I love lots of pattern, and frequently use design papers along with my stamping, but I have also come to love the CAS style.  Above all, stamping is my thing and flowers are my favorite subject. 
3. Name one product you're completely crushing on right now?
     Multi-step stamps!  Altenew's Painted Flowers and Vintage Roses are so fun to create with!  And they just released some more multi-step florals that I can't wait to play with!
4. What is was your first crafty purchase? Would you still buy it now?
     I've been stamping seriously now for about 10 years, so I don't remember exactly, but I'd guess it was a Hero Arts flower stamp.  And YES, I would still buy it!
Fun stuff:
5. What is your current favorite song?
     I'm not much into current music, but a song that really helped me through a rough time was "You Raise Me Up", as sung by Josh Groban.
6. Who would play you in a movie?
     I've been told years ago that Anette Bening looks like me (I'm older by about 9 years)'s the short hair and, I think, the "chipmunk cheeks".  
7. One random thing about you that people would never guess?
      My major was Math in college.  It was a toss-up between that and music (I played flute).  Now I can't even remember what calculus is, but I still love anything number related.  And I still love classical music.
Math major? God Bless her. I add 2 +2 and get 5. :/
Here are her beautiful cards. . .

These flowers are just beautiful. I love the colored matting and the texture Lin achieved with her dry embossing.

The gorgeous script sentiment is stealing me heart. Her flowers look amazing with the second popped onto the first.

Hello pattern! How incredible is this with the pink on pink? Her builder flowers are such a beautiful focal point.


Before I get into the CASE I made my first video. It's excruciatingly long and I ramble the whole time. I figured I'd share it here for your enjoyment but certainly don't expect you to watch it. I learned a few things I don't know my left from my right, I have a potty mouth. Legit. Don't let your kids watch this if s**t is not a word used in your house ever. :) Also I can't remember the name of my stamps.

For those of you who want to spend your day doing something besides watching me be ridiculous I typed on the post like normal :)

I loved Lin's layout on the first card but wanted mine to be one layer. The colors of her flowers were just beautiful so I used those too. The polka dot pattern in her third card was so striking I definitely needed that in my card. Of course the card wouldn't be complete without a script font :) Oh all the products are WPlus9 except for the stencil which is My Favorite Things.

I started out by stamping and masking all my flowers and leaves. Once those were done I masked my center with a rounded rectangle die mask. I laid down the stencil and used Twisted Citron Distress ink to create the background. I removed all the masks and used copic markers to color my flowers.

I added some shading to the outside of the flowers before stamping my sentiment in the center. Lastly I outlined all the images with a journaling pen and of course a bit of wink of stella. The panel was then mounted on a bit of pink and that finished it.

Here's the heinous video. I talk like the whole time hahaha. In fact it might not even play. I can't get it to but I'm at work and have zero time to mess with it. If it doesn't work don't worry. It really is terrible :)

Thanks for stopping in!



  1. Oh, shoot! I really wanted to watch the video and it's not working! (I'll check back later today - just want to hear your voice!) And I love Lin! Love her beautiful style and gorgeous flower cards! Your take is stunning, Kelly! ♥

  2. It is appearing as just a picture Kelly...I tried searching your blog for other vids so I could find your channel and just post the direct link for everyone but I couldn't find any other videos from you, I tried you tube and using your name, your blog name, [CASEing] Lin and I couldn't find it at all. can't wait to see your vid though so I'll be back!!
    I love Lin's work also and have her in my reader, she always inspires me, and we seem to like a LOT of the same stuff too :D Okay will see you in a bit hopefully! :D

  3. thanks for featuring Lin today - have loved her cards for a long time (probably because i am a flower lover too) - and your card is so wonderful too in the bright colors - love that design!

  4. I LOVE LIN!! She is the queen of Gingham, Polka-dots and Flowers! A kindred spirit:) and your card is very "Lin-Esque"!
    How did I know your video might have a PG rating? At least your nails look great in the video picture:) At least you gave it a go!

  5. What a perfect person to feature Kelly, Lin is such a fabulous stamper and I love everything she creates!

  6. Love all the cards. Was looking forward to the video, even if it is PG rated! LOL! But the video isn't working. It appears to be only a picture of a video. I think you are trying to trick us! :) Thanks for trying to do a video! I hope you try again. I'll check back later to see if this one is fixed.

  7. What a great case! Not to mention the originals. I love all those flowers and even have some of those sets myself. I just never did something serious with them (shame on me). I'll have to change that quickly. Me too I'd love to see your video and I'll sure come back to see if you managed to fix the issue.

  8. WOW!! Lin is a beautiful stamper and your CASE of her style is just stunning!! I cannot believe you made this a ONE LAYER!! I would have messed something up and had to do it all over again.

    Your video is not working and I was so looking forward to looking. I want to see how you color!!

  9. Gorgeous cards by both Lin and you Kelly!! It is a pleasure to read Lin's interview! Your one layer CASE is impecable!!

  10. Yay for Lin! Beautiful cards!! And gorgeous CASE, Kelly!

  11. Beautiful card, Kelly... those vibrant flowers are fantastic! And congratulations, Linda! How lucky for you!

  12. Kelly I love the vibrant colours you have used, and truly I was thinking it was dimensional until I got to your description of your process - great shading! Thanks so much for your link to Linda's blog :-)

  13. So happy you featured Lin here today, I love her beautiful floral cards!! Your CASE is vibrant and oh so PRETTY!!

  14. Kelly, I love your card pooling all the different elements from my cards! YOU are the genius when it comes to one-layer cards - this is amazing! Please come visit me soon to see the cards I made CASE-ing you! And thanks once again for featuring me today!

  15. Kelly! I love your video, it totally made my night... Not only did I get to watch your fabulous coloring but I got to smile at the fun things you say! You are too much girl! I totally think you rock! :) xoxo

  16. Another amazing card artist and wonderful interview, Kelly! Lin's cards are always so fabulous! You did an outstanding job with your CASE and I even watched the heinous (NOT!) video! We all love how you keep it REAL and love you! Plus, you are so blessed to live by so many cool chicks!! Hugs, Darnell

  17. Just watched your video - you crack me up!! Gorgeous take on Lin's gorgeous cards!

  18. The best first video ever, so enjoyed listening to you chat while you created your gorgeous card and were your fabulous self! Looking forward to the next edition!

  19. Brilliant case on Lins card. I love checking out Lins cards too. Great first video, keep going. Who cares if theres a slip here or there, especially not me as I cant hear anyway lol.

  20. Love Lin's cards...have been a fan of her talent for some time. Great case of her designs.

  21. I really enjoyed my trip through some of Lin's beautiful blog. I'm now a follower of her's and I have you to thank, Kelly.
    Your card, as usual, is complete perfection! Such bold colours, and I love your partially stenciled edge border that draws the eyes into the center of the card/sentiment.

  22. LOve Lin's cards - no surprise the embossed one is a fave =] Thanks for sharing her with our world, Kelly - Lin you are truly an artist extraordinaire!! I'm off to have my last cuppa while enjoying your video ... will tell you this - we have a lot in common ... love your card, Kelly!

  23. Oh, Kelly, what a fun "interview" with Lin, and she is truly amazing and a precious gal! I love her style and have been following her for a while now. And I love your card and the amazing coloring and use of the stencil! Stunning and love WPlus9 images! Hugs!

  24. Hi, Lin! I've always been a fan of yours from Hero Arts and Go Bucks! And off to watch the video of the CAS!

  25. I've been a fan of Lin's for a few years now, and you have absolutely captured her essence with your beautifully colored card. What a fabulous mashup.

  26. I'm glad Sandy Allnock led me to you. I am learning how to use Copic markers and I am glad to find another teacher. Beautiful card. Loved the video. Thank you.