Seas the Day CAS04

All of my friends know I LOVE the ocean.  If I could live anywhere it would be at the ocean with my own private beach.  So, it's no surprise that I love this month's Calling All Sistahs Encouragement Challenge.  

To join in the challenge you make an Encouragement card based on the photo or colors or both.  Here is my card.

To view video on youtube: https://youtu.be/b-rwoBnsd7A

Be sure to head on over to the challenge blog to see how the Encouragement Squad was inspired and to add your card for a chance to win a $25 gift card to CASual Fridays Stamps store!!!

Stamps: Mermaid (CASual Fridays Stamps)
Ink: Crumb Cake, Night of Navy, Tempting Turquiouse, Soft Sky (Stampin' Up)
Paper: Crumb Cake (Stampin' Up) Distress Watercolor Paper (Tim Holtz)
Accessories: 1" flat brush; Linen Thread, Pearls (SU)


Calling All Sistahs

It's the 17th of the month and I am here to remind you to do your breast self-checks and schedule those yearly mammograms if it is time.  Here is my sparkly card made with you in mind!

To view the video on youtube:  https://youtu.be/iYhCjdbDhxI

After you have done your self-check, head on over to the Calling All Sistahs blog.  Michele has a very important message she's sharing today and you won't want to miss it.  Not to mention the fabulously talented Encouragement Squad cards!

Don't forget to use your coupon code if you go shopping at CASual Fridays Stamps!

Stamps: Hope Ribbon, Tutu (CASual Fridays Stamps)
Ink: It's A Girl, Party Dress (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Paper: Bright White (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Accessories: Glass Glitter Gel (Faber-Castell) Merry Label Dies (CASual Fridays Stamps) Swoop Stencil (Catherine Pooler Designs)


Hot August Buys at Ellen Hutson

Shop early so you're not disappointed - supplies are limited and when they're gone, they're gone!

Discount applies to in-stock items in the Hot August Buys category only. Not valid on previous purchases. No coupon needed. Unable to combine orders.


Fresh Flower Motif

This card was inspired by my friend Kristie Goulet.  She is a master at taking stamps and using them in unique ways to create new designs.  Her classes over at StampNation have me looking at my stamps with fresh, new eyes.

Watch video in HD on youtube: https://youtu.be/62nI2m9AbtQ

My other inspiration for this card came from my new business.  I needed some tags to add to the mini facials I was giving away and that sparked the overall theme of this card.  I chose fresh colors from our logo and stamped them on a tag that I could include as part of their gift or on a card like you see here.

Stamps: Leaf Motif (SOA)
Ink: Bellini, Garden Party, It's A Boy, It's A Girl, Melon Ice, Midnight, Mint to Be, Sweet Sixteen, Tiara (CPD)
Paper: Bright White (CPD)
Accessories: Marching Leaves Stencil, Tags, Etc. Dies (SOA) White & Grey Twine

Today is the second day of blog hops.  Be sure to head on over to Catherine's blog to see who is participating today.  And, don't forget to get on the waitlist to find out the moment this collection goes on sale!


Counting Blessings Stamp of Approval Blog Hop Day 1

A new Stamp of Approval is being released this week.  The name of this limited edition collection is near and dear to my heart: Counting Blessings.  I'm so excited to share a couple of my projects with you today!  This first one is included in the project guide that will be emailed to you after you purchase the collection. 

My first card uses one of the 2 stencils included in this collection to make a rainbow of leaves.  Isn't that a fun, yet simple idea?

Paper: Basic Black (SU) Bright White (CPD)
Accessories: Tags, Etc. Dies, Marching Leaves Stencil, Thankful Die (SOA) White Embossing Powder (SU)

My second card uses the unique Fallen Leaves Dies.  First I die cut a row of leaves out of my card panel.  The I die cut some leaves from paper that had been sponged with Bellini and Flirty Fuchsia inks.  I did a partial inlay die cut technique, using the white outline die and select sponged fillers from the dies.  Next I did my stamping. The final touch was to splatter with a little black ink using a spritzer tool and mount it on some light gray cardstock. 

Accessories: Basic Black Marker, Spritzer Tool (SU) Fallen Leaves Die (SOA)

These collections sell out fast, so make sure you are on the waitlist to find out as soon as they go up for sale.  Our last release sold out before it could go live to the public.  Only those on StampNation and the waitlist had the opportunity to snatch one.


Now on to the fun stuff.  Let's see how some of the other designers on the team were inspired and give you a chance to win one of these new collections for yourself.  All you have to do is comment on each stop on the hop for your chance to win.  Come back tomorrow and Tuesday for days 2 & 3 of the hop.  

One winner will be chosen at random from each day's comments and announced on AUGUST 17th on Catherine’s blog. The winners will win their box and if they already bought it, they will be issued a Gift Certificate worth $100 towards a future purchase.

Next up on the hop is the creative genius, Maureen, from Mama Mo Stamps!

Blog Hop List

Heather <you are here>
Maureen <<<GO HERE NEXT>>>


Bonus Days

If you earned Bonus Days coupons in July for spending $50 or more, now is the time to redeem those Stampin' Up! coupons!!!! 

Need help?  Download the PDF on how to redeem those codes HERE

Ready to go shopping?  CLICKY


Masterclass at StampNation

StampNation members have been enjoying a summer of masterclasses.  Back in June we had Faber-Castell join us and I was so inspired, I made a bonus video for that classroom.  Members can check it out here.   Want to see a sneak peek?

Stamps: All About You (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps)
Ink: Dapper Denim (Stampin' Up) Versamark
Paper: White (CPD) Dapper Denim (SU)
Accessories: Harleen Stencil (Winnie & Walter) Silver Texture Luxe (Faber- Castell) White Embossing Powder (WOW)


Special Birthday

A very special someone had a birthday last week, so I had to make her a special cake card.  :)  I pulled out the crooky cake and had a blast with this card.

I hope Monica enjoyed this card as much as I enjoyed making it, and I hope it didn't get to her too late.  

Stamps: Bring on the Cake (SugarPea Designs)
Ink: All That Jazz, Bellini, Flirty Fuchsia, Midnight, Mint to Be, Sweet Sixteen, Tiara, Tiki Torch, Tutti Frutti
Paper: Basic Black, Tasty Treats DSP (Stampin' Up) Bright White (CPD)
Accessories: Birthday Journal Card Dies (SugarPea Designs) Merry Label Dies (CASual Fridays Stamps)


Still Going

Bonus Days Are Here!!!

Stampin' Up is offering bonus days coupons for every $50 you spend in July you will earn a $5 coupon to spend in August.  Now is the time to stock up on essentials and grab another goodie from the new catalog.  Happy Shopping! 


CAS03 Hope Floats

Don't you love opening your mailbox to find an encouraging card from a friend or loved one?  That is the premise behind the Calling All Sistahs Encouragement Challenge.  We are helping you build your stash of card to send to encourage others one challenge at a time.  This month's challenge features a bright hot air balloon.

Isn't it fun?!  Here is how I interpreted the inspiration photo.

Direct link to youtube video:  CLICKY

Now head on over the Calling All Sistahs blog and check out what the design team has come up with, then be inspired to add your own creation for a chance to win a $25 gift code to the CAS-ual Fridays store.

Stamps: Floating
Ink: Grass Skirt, Tiara, Fiesta Blue, Tutti Frutti, Tiki Torch (Catherine Pooler Designs) Versamark
Accessories: White Embossing Powder (Stampin' Up)