CAS13 Encouragement Card

Everyone could use a little encouragement.  What could brighten a day more than a handmade card in your mailbox?  That's why Michele created the Calling All Sistahs Encouragement Challenge.  Make a card to brighten someone's day using either the inspiration photo or color chips.

Here is this month's picture.

Here is my card.  :)

Be sure to head on over to the CAS blog to see what the rest of the creative team has designed, then add your own creation for a chance to win a $25 gift code to CAS-ual Fridays Stamps!  Clicky
Stamps: Peace Love & Coffee, Word Ribbon (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps)
Ink: Black (Staz-On) It's A Boy (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Paper: Cardstock (Stampin' Up) Classique: Elegant (Authentique)
Accessories: Circles Dies (CPD)


Calling All Sistahs

It's the 17th of the month and that means it is time to remind you ladies to do your breast self-exams and schedule those yearly mammograms if it is time.  Early detection is key to long term survival and cure.  Here's my card for this month's reminder.

Head on over to the Calling All Sistahs blog to read Michele's message and see all the lovely cards the Encouragement Squad has created.

Stamps: Hope Ribbon (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps)
Ink: Versamark
Paper: Recollections
Accessories:  Opaque Bright White Embossing Powder (WoW) Ruffled Ribbon Fri-Die (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps) 


Such a fun wheelbarrow flower garden.  Thanks again for playing along with the Calling All Sistahs challenge!
Beautiful card.  Love the soft background for your sweet little birdies.  Thanks for playing along with the Calling All Sistahs challenge!  I hope you'll join us again with a new one starting on the 18th.


Michele's 50th Birthday Blog Hop

Birthday's are always cause for celebration, but when you hit 50 it's time for a FABULOUS BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION.  My friend and founder of CAS-ual Fridays Stamps, Michele Gross, is turning 50 in just a few days and a few of her crafty friends are joining in on the party with a fun blog hop!  

Michele, I wish you the happiest of happy birthday's, my friend!  You are a bright light in this world and I am honored to be on your creative team.  May this year be your best year yet!!!

My card was created by scribbling Zig markers at the top of a piece of bristol, then spritzing it with water and letting the excess drip and splatter.  Once that was dry I splattered it with watered down black Nuvo drops.    Next I embossed the super fun sentiment and added a bit of sparkly bling, because I know Michele loves glittery touches.

While making this card I played around with a couple of other sentiments from CAS-ual Fridays.  There are so many to choose from.  

Michele wants to celebrate by giving to YOU!  
Simply leave comments on all of the blogs on this hop for your chance to win (1 of  5) $50 gift certificates from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps!!!!  You should have come from the creatively talented Kimberly Rendino's blog.  If you get lost along the way or just want to start at the top of the hop, you can head HERE to visit CAS-ual Fridays Stamps blog. 

Next stop is the creative superstar:
Alana Moses

Stamps: Young at Heart, Franklyisms (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps)
Ink: 003, 025, 027, 031, 082 (Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers)  Versamark
Paper: Bristol Vellum Cardstock (Strathmore) Basic Black, Whisper White (Stampin' Up)
Accessories: Black Hemp Cord (Lawn Fawn) Enamel Dots (My Minds Eye) White Embossing Powder (WOW)


Young at Heart


CAS12 Encouragement Challenge

You know that feeling when you open your mailbox and there is a handmade card of encouragement inside?  That is the feeling we want to help you give your friends and family.  Join the Calling All Sistahs encouragement challenge and make a card to bring a smile to the mailbox of the person you send it to.  In the process you can build up your stash of encouragement cards and have a chance to win a cool prize from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps.


For today's card I had some fun playing with ink and water to make a floral explosion. 

Head on over to the Calling All Sistahs blog to see the beautiful springtime creations from the rest of the talented encouragement squad and then get started on your own masterpiece to link up with the challenge.

Stamps: Breathe (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps)
Ink: 031, 034, 036, 092 (Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers) Be Mine, Midnight, Party Dress, Tiki Torch (Catherine Pooler Designs) Emerald Envy (Stampin' UP)
Paper: Bristol Vellum Cardstock (Strathmore) Distress Watercolor (Tim Holtz) Whisper White (SU)
Accessories: 4 Petals Fri-Dies, Bubble Box Fri-Dies (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps) 


Calling All Sistahs

It's the 17th of the month, have you checked yourself lately?  Is it time to get that mammogram scheduled?  The Encouragement Squad and I along with Michele Gross are all her to remind you.   The earlier cancer is found, the better the prognosis.   You matter!

My card today was brought to you by my paper stash.  :)   There is a treasure trove of pretty paper in my hobby room and I'm trying to use some of it up before I buy any more.  The little butterfly was plain so I added antennae and a dotted trail to make it look as though it was fluttering. 

I'll be back tomorrow with a new encouragement challenge.  In the meantime, head on over to the Calling All Sistahs blog to read Michele's encouraging message and new outlook on aging.  You'll also get a chance to see the lovely reminder cards from the rest of the encouragement squad.

Dies: Hope Fri-Die, Ruffled Ribbon Fri-Die (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps)
Paper: Blushing Bride, Rose Red (Stampin' Up)  Yours Truly (Pebbles)


CAS11 Encouragement Card Challenge

Did you know I am a California girl?  Born & raised.  The CA state flower is a poppy, so everytime I see one I think of home.  This month's inspiration photo for the Calling All Sistahs encouragement challenge has me thinking of California in the summer.  Which is funny because we have snow in the forecast for SW Washington this week.

For this challenge you can use either the photo or the color chips (or both) to create a card that will encourage the recipient.  I used the colors and flowers, but I took some liberty with the style of flower.  It's not poppies, but it is bright and cheerful.  I made it for a friend that is battling cancer and is having a rough time.  I pray it brings her some comfort.


We would LOVE to have you join us for this challenge.  Head on over to the Calling All Sistahs blog and enter your card(s) for a chance to win!  Plus, you'll see the amazing creations by the encouragement squad!
Stamps: Peace & Comfort (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps)
Ink: Bellini, Lime Rickey, Mandarin Spice, Orange Twist, Tiki Torch, Tutti Frutti (Catherine Pooler Designs) Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories: Clear Embossing Powder (Stampin' Up)


It's Time

It's the 17th of the month.  That means it is time to check yourself and the Encouragement Squad at Calling All Sistahs is here to remind you.  It only takes 5 minutes to do your self breast exam, but if you detect something early it could just save your life.   

Head on over to the Calling All Sistahs blog to read Michele's message for you and to see what the rest of the talented encouragement squad has created.

Stamps: Breathe (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps)
Ink: OnyxBlack (Versafine)
Paper: Pink Paislee

Accessories: Bubble Box Fri-Die, Ruffled Ribbon Fri Die  (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps)
 Sistahood Sparkle (Pretty Pink Posh) Ruffled Ribbon Fri Die  (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps)


CAS10 Encouragement Challenge

Are you ready for some warm inspiration for this month's Calling All Sistah Encouragement challenge?  To participate in this challenge simply make some kind of card that would encourage the person you send it to using the inspiration photo or the colors or both.  Then link up with the challenge.

Who doesn't love a coffee challenge?!  I was so excited to participate in this challenge and use the newly released coffee stamps and dies from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps.  These babies were SUPER POPULAR and kept selling out before I could order them.  Thankfully they were back in stock long enough for me to get several of the new goodies.  ;) 

Stamps: Peace Love & Coffee, Coffee Talk, Cup of Coffee (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps)
Ink: Early Espresso (Stampin' Up) Versamark
Paper: Aboard (Authentique) Night of Navy, Soft Suede, ??? (SU) Pen Pals (pink paisley) 
Accessores: Coffee Cup Fri Dies (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps) Red Glitz, White Embossing Powder (Wow)

Ready to get your own delicious coffee craftiness?  Be sure to use the special calling all sistahs coupon code.

Time to head on over to the Calling All Sistahs blog to see what the Encouragement Squad has created to inspire you and leave them some love.