5.18.2017

CAS01 Full On Floral Encouragement

There is nothing like opening your mailbox on a difficult day and finding an encouraging card from a friend or loved one.  It makes the trying time just a little more bearable. When want to spread that encouragement, so Michele Gross of CAS-ual Fridays Stamps put together a new blog and challenge just to help us.  Each month, on the 18th of the month there will be a new challenge meant to inspire you to create a card of encouragement.



Stamps: Be, Full On Floral, Loving Thoughts (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps)
Ink: Aquatini, Pixie Dust, Something Borrowed (Catherine Pooler Designs) Versamark
Paper: Bristol (Essentials by Ellen Hutson)
Accessories: 8 Round Brush; Bubble Box Fri-Dies (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps) Sistahood Sparkle LE Sequin Mix (Pretty Pink Posh) White Embossing Powder (WOW)

Direct link to youtube video: https://youtu.be/ozClo875E-o


PRIZE!!!! Did I say prize?  Why, yes I did!  One entry will be chosen to receive $25 gift code to be spent in the CAS-ual Fridays store!  Can I get a woot?!!!  
If you've used CAS-ual Fridays stamps or Fri-dies on your card we'll double it!! Can I get a woot-woot?!!!  You have until the June 13th to enter, so get cracking.

photo credit: https://www.dreamstime.com/

CLICKY to check out what the new talented Encouragement Squad has come up with and to enter your own creation.



5.17.2017

Never Give Up Hope

Calling All Sistahs!

It's the 17th of the month.  Time to do our breast self-exams and get those yearly mammograms scheduled.  This month we are changing things up and have a reminder post at the new Calling All Sistahs blog.  I'll share a link at the end of the post, but first my card & video.



Direct link to youtube video: https://youtu.be/C6LUlxsulPM


Head on over to the Calling All Sistahs blog and see what our amazing team has come up with and come back tomorrow for the first Encouragement challenge.  You won't believe what the new Encouragement Squad has come up with.


Don't forget to use coupon code encourage17 at checkout for 15% off your order.



Stamps: Hope Ribbon
Ink: Onyx Black (Versafine) Versamark
Paper: Distress Watercolor (Tim Holtz) Whisper White (Stampin' Up)
Accessories: Ruffled Ribbon Fri-Die (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps) Opaque Bright White Embossing Powder (WOW) Opera Pink (Daniel Smith) Basic Black Baker's Twine (Stampin' Up) 3/4" Flat Brush 


5.11.2017

Tulips for Mother's Day

Making a mother's day card for mom doesn't have to be complicated.  This sweet little row of tulips stamped in various shades of purple is a perfect example.


Direct link to youtube: https://youtu.be/EmhObqjyT3U




Stamps: Simply Stated (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Ink: Midnight, Pixie Dust, Sweet Sixteen (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Paper: Bright White (CPD)
Accessories: Stampin' Trimmer Scoring Blades (Stampin' Up)

5.08.2017

Fancy Folds and Moving Cards

There is a fun new class going on over at StampNation called Fancy Folds and Moving Cards.  It is free to all StampNation members.  Today is my turn to share a technique with you, so I created a pinwheel card.  The idea isn't originally mine, but I used several sheets of paper coming up with measurements that would fit our standard  A2 size card envelopes.   Here is a sneak peek of what you will learn to create on today's tutorial.


Direct link to youtube: https://youtu.be/jDgyzwACRog




Stamps: You Did It (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Ink: Midnight (CPD)
Paper: Crumb Cake, Love Blossoms DSP stack, White (SU)
Accesories: Simply Stated: Congrats Die (CPD) Simply Scored with Diagonal Plate (SU)


Don't forget to check out the Calling All Sistahs blog to see who the first Girl Friday joining our Encouragement Squad is.  :)


5.07.2017

Encouraging News

I don't know about you, but I could sure use some encouragement.  It's been a rough 7 or 8 months for our family.  I've lost a great aunt, a great uncle, an uncle, an aunt, and last week, my grandma.  There are days it is hard to pull back the covers, but I am still alive and I am still blessed in so many ways.  Several of my cardmaking friends have been sending me notes of encouragement, and let me tell you, it does make a difference!

Today I get to announce my changing role with Calling All Sistahs.  As you know, I have been the blog hop coordinator for the Calling All Sistahs reminder posts for the past year.  On the 17th of each month we have done a blog hop to remind you to do your breast self-exams and schedule your yearly mammograms.  We wanted to include more people, so Michele (of CAS-ual Fridays Stamps) came up with a brilliant plan....

A new ENCOURAGEMENT BLOG!!!!

On the 17th of the month we will still be doing a reminder post.  We don't want any of our sistahs to forget to check themselves.  Instead of a blog hop, we have a design team and all the cards will be together on the blog.

Then, on the 18th of the month we will have a challenge and EVERYONE is invited to join and link up.  Even if you don't have a blog you will be able to link using linky tools.  :)  More on that to come later.

Today we kick off announcements with "me".  Michele asked me if I would coordinate this new blog.  Of course I said YES.  Who can say no to Michele? Who would even want to?  To kick things off, I made this card and video.



Stamps: Full On Floral, Peace Out, Special Delivery (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps)
Ink: 004, 036, 042, 026, 027, 080, 081, 082, 083, 202 (Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers) Aquatini, Midnight, Pixie Dust (Catherine Pooler Designs) Razzle Berry (My Favorite Things Hybrid) Versamark
Paper: Bristol Cardstock (Ellen Hutson)
Accessories: #2 Round Brush (Silver) Black Baker's Twine (Stampin' Up) Bubble Box Fri-Dies (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps) Opaque Bright White Superfine Embossing Powder (WOW) Sistahood Sparkle Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

Direct link to video on youtube: https://youtu.be/sDTkS-dWQok



Technically, I made this card below, and then realized the stamp set I used was discontinued a year ago.  Stamp still works, but I didn't want to share a card none of you could make.  I was so proud of myself for having a Mother's Day card done early too.


Addition Supplies:
Stamps: Mums the Word (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps)
Ink: Mint to Be, Party Dress (Catherine Pooler Designs)



Please go over to the new blog and leave me some love over there to let Michele know she chose wisely.  LOL