Thursday, December 18, 2014

December 18

Happy Thursday!!

Do you love die cuts? I do! I do! I do!
But you know what? I often forget that the negative of a die cut can be super fun too! 
Girl Friday Jingle got her craft on with our Bell Tag Fri-Dies and came up with 2 awesomely fun cards.  Check these out... 

Look how fun this is!  
She cut the fun little jingle bell (and I'm sure she'll find something fun to do with that later!)
 and used the negative to create an ornament that frames and highlights the cute little circle sentiment from Merry Kiss-mas.
The border from Christmas Carols is a nice addition at the bottom.

Shake it up!!  
I love the shaker card she created using the same technique of negative die cutting, 
but this time using the other bell from the Fri-Die set,
and filling it with pretty silver sequins. 
I think the little shaker gong at the bottom of the bell is super awesome!!
A couple of sentiments from Sleigh Bells finishes it off.

Thanks so much for stopping by at this busy time of year :)

Sunday, December 14, 2014

December 14

Happy Sunday!!

We talk a lot around here about CAS, clean and simple. 
But there are 3 more letters in our name, ual...utterly adorable layers.

Girl Friday Zoey has taken our Wheat Wreath stamps and Flurry Fri-Dies 
and made them completely ual!!

I love this.
I don't have a clue how to do this, 
and that makes me love it more! 
Zoey has so beautifully combined fabulous things from her stash, 
with CAS-ual Fridays.
I see so many lovely things perfectly placed, 
and it's really fun to look at it.
I think my favorite is that glittery stained Flurry Snowflake. 
*grin* yes, I'm partial! 
I think the Wheat Wreath sentiment is perfect. 
And I'd like to take the opportunity to wish you all 
Love & Blessings 
as we head into the holiday season.

Hugs everyone!!

Friday, December 12, 2014

December 12

Happy Friday!! 

I'm excited about today's projects from Girl Friday Deepti! 
I love water color techniques and I also love stamped backgrounds. 
It never occurred to me to combine the two, but thankfully Deepti had this amazing thought.
The result is stunning!! 

Let's take a look at this sensational card using our Merry Kiss-mas stamp set... 

At first glance you see the fun focal point with the whimsical mistletoe and the big bold sentiment. 
But look at that gorgeous green background. That isn't designer paper people, that is paper that has been designed using watercolor and both of the holly stamps to create a subtle but stunning background. 

She used the same techniques and added some bold stamping to really add some wow factor to her designed background... 
Using the sentiment from Must Love Snowflakes stamped in gold, and water color, she created a gorgeous background. But, then she stepped it up a notch by adding snowflakes from the same stamp set embossed in white!

Here is a closeup...
oh wow. Is that gorgeous or what?!
I love the addition of the big Flurry Fri-Die snowflake with the fun loops of metallic cord to bring it all together. 


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

December 10

Happy Wednesday!!

Have you counted how many days are left until Christmas? 
If you're counting down to Hanukkah there are even fewer spots to mark!
How did this happen?! I'm not ready for either of them!!
Luckily, Girl Friday Virginia has a couple of fantastic ideas that I fully intend to borrow to get us through the holiday season with lots of ideas at the ready.

Ok, check this out...she turned Bubble Box Fri-Dies into tags!

Aren't they gorgeous???
She used Pinecones in traditional green ink, and also white (snowy) ink! 
I love it!!  
Then she added the lovely Snowflake Splendor sentiments in red at the bottom. 
All they need is to and from on the back and these darlings are package ready!!

next, prepare to be dazzled by this glittery goodness,,,

Hello beautiful Flurry Fri-Dies in glitter paper! 
A little bit of pretty string and a couple of shiny sequins, and this card is ready to dazzle!

I'm excited to get started on my holiday cards and tags...
right after I finish hyperventilating into a paper bag because I haven't started my shopping yet!! 

Friday, December 5, 2014

Happy Friday!!!

I can't believe Christmas is in 20 days!!!
How did that happen????

I seriously need to start my holiday cardmaking. 
Have you started yet? Oh please don't tell me you're done!

Girl Friday Marcie came up with a real cutie using our Merry Kiss-mas stamp set.

Isn't it fun and cute?
I love her random sequins, and the little cord bow tied on. 
It's super cute and makes me think I need to take another look at my designer paper stacks 
to see what might help me make a few cute cards.
The papers she chose are not traditional Christmas papers, but they certainly make a fun and festive look. 

If you're looking for more great ideas using our Merry Kiss-mas set or any of our sets, 
be sure to check out our Pinterest Boards. Each set has its very own board!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine Swan Song Blog Hop

Welcome to the next stop on the hop!
You should have landed here from Clearsnap, but if you're just joining the hop, 
you will want to start at the very beginning and take your time as you hop through, 
savoring the memories, the stories and the inspiration.

I am so sad we are doing this hop, 
because it means the end of 
Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine.
But it does warm my heart that so many supremely talented designers and companies have joined together to celebrate the inspiration, and all the people who made it possible. 
I've been hopping through with my tissue box as I'm sure many of you are.
This was a super hard post to write.
I'm going to try to keep it as positive as I can :)

Today we are celebrating all the people, from the editors to the designers and everyone in between, who made Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking so special.
PC&S was always filled with awesome projects, the hottest new products and the coolest trends, 
and I am proud to say I my work was included in those awesome projects a few times.
(Yes, I still have them framed in my studio!)
 But PC&S is so much more than just a magazine to me. 
It is
World Card Making Day,
Stamping Royalty,
Gallery Idol,
Moxie Fab World,
Facebook acceptance parties
 and the publication dream of many, 
It is all this and more, but most importantly (at least to me)
 it is the reason for many, many, many friendships around the world. 

PC&S is going away and I'm super sad.
I'm going to miss the editors, the Go-To-Gals...everyone.

Today we are supposed to share a project with a thanks and/or friendship theme
I have a really difficult time creating when I'm sad. 
My mojo pretty much hides somewhere with the covers over its head, 
so I wasn't able to come up with anything I really felt good about for today. 
Fortunately, I posted a fun gift card holder here a few days ago, 
and today I have a little tutorial for you to show you how I did it. 
I'm thankful I had shot the steps as I made it, 
and we're all friends-both old and new, and I feel like PC&S was a gift on so many levels,
 so hopefully this qualifies...

Kinda cute, right? 
And it's so easy and fast to make!
Seriously, it took me longer to choose my paper and ribbon than it did to make it.

Using the largest Bubble Box die, cut a double sided pattern paper, 
and using any of the Flurry dies, cut a snowflake using a coordinating paper. 
I used glitter paper for my flake because I'm pretty much in love with it!
You could also use felt! Oh, that would be super pretty!

Next, score it at 1 3/4 and 4 1/4

add adhesive to the sides of the bottom that will fold up.
(I used a thin score tape but any type of adhesive should be fine)

 Fold the bottom up, securing the sides and slide your gift card in.
It would be cute just like this, and you could easily be done at this point, 
but lets keep going!

Add a little ribbon and wrap it around the outside securing with adhesive.
I used glitter ribbon, because it's sparkly and will coordinate nicely with the glitter paper snowflake. 

Last step is to add your pretty snowflake to the front, 
and secure the flap down with a bit of repositionable adhesive.
I added a jeweled brad to the center of the snowflake. 
You could use a rhinestone or even just leave it plain.
You could also make this a belly band that would slide over the card holder too.
There are so many options and I'm sure you'll come up with awesome ideas of your own 
for the holidays, birthdays and more.

PC&S inspired us. 
It brought us together in our creativity.
That is a gift!
While we won't be able to share in all that was PC&S anymore, 
we do still have each other. 
I'm sending hugs and love and the best of wishes to everyone 
who was part of this great magazine.
Thank you!!!!!

I hope I was able to continue the inspiration today, 
and you are always welcome here friend, so don't be a stranger!

 Your next stop is Lori Craig 

Supply list:
CAS-ual Fridays Bubble Box Fri-Dies (this might have special pricing through Saturday! *hint*)
Pretty double sided designer paper
Glitter paper (or whatever you decide for your snowflake)
scoring tool
die cutter (I used Sizzix Big Shot)

Speaking of inspiration...
You'll find lots of it on our Pinterest Boards 
where every stamp and Fri-Die set has its very own board!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Cyber Monday Specials and a Video!

Hello again!

Our Cyber Monday fun continues with a special video from our CAS-ual friend 
Catherine Pooler from StampNation!
She got inky with our Christmas Carols stamp set which is 25% off today! 
Woot Woot!
Let's see what Catherine created for your oohing and aahing delight...

In addition to our special Christmas Carols 25% off Cyber Monday special
these awesome deals are still available too:

On Black Friday we released Flurry Fri-Dies and gave you a special 15% off.
On Small Business Saturday  we released Bubble Box Fri-Dies and gave you 15% off
On Sofa Sunday, we released Truth Blooms and gave you 15% off on it AND 
Truth Is, Wall Flower, Exclamations, Rad and Bubble Label Fri-Dies too!
Those specials are still good through today while supplies last :)

Before you go, we have one more fun surprise!
Catherine has generously offered her brand new compilation CD to one lucky commenter on this post! 
Click the picture or here to get details on what's inside this awesome CD and pricing info too.

Filled with awesome inspiration, I'm sure you'll have lots of fun with this!

Simply leave us a comment here telling us 
what you liked best about our Black Friday-Cyber Monday weekend festivities, 
and we'll do a drawing to see who wins!

Cyber Monday and Special Savings on Christmas Carols

Happy Cyber Monday!
What a fun weekend we've had so far.
Let's recap a bit...
On Black Friday we released Flurry Fri-Dies and gave you a special 15% off.
On Small Business Saturday  we released Bubble Box Fri-Dies and gave you 15% off
On Sofa Sunday, we released Truth Blooms and gave you 15% off on it AND 
Truth Is, Wall Flower, Exclamations, Rad and Bubble Label Fri-Dies too!
Those specials are still good through today while supplies last :)

But wait, there's more!!
Today on Cyber Monday we're going to give you 
a special 25% off 
savings on one of our most popular Christmas stamp sets...
Christmas Carols

 Angie #1 also using Bubble Box Fri-Dies

Kelly also using Truth Blooms Fri-Dies

This is such a wonderful set for cards, tags and more!
But you have to act fast, this special and all of our weekend specials
 end when the clock strikes midnight tonight!

Later today, we'll be back with a video from Catherine Pooler of StampNation using this beautiful set.
Join us at 1 pm eastern to see the wonderful project she has to share with you, 
and she's got a pretty neat prize for 1 lucky commenter!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Sofa Sunday and Truth Blooms Release

Happy Sofa Sunday!
So guess what, this is a real day! 
Sofa Sunday is the day when people hang out in their loungewear, (we'll call those jammies!) on the sofa, shopping for holiday gifts on their tablets! 
Who knew?!

So since it's Sofa Sunday, let's have some fun!
We've released Flurry Fri-Dies and Bubble Box Fri-Dies so far, 
and today we are releasing another brand new Fri-Die set that will coordinate with one of our very first stamp sets...

Introducing Truth Blooms

This set of 2 wafer thin Fri-Dies was designed to coordinate with our Truth Is stamp set.
It's made in the USA and retails for $9.00 
Sofa Sunday Special: Save 15%

Let's take a look at how wonderfully these dies pair with it's companion stamp set Truth Is...

Dreamy, right?! These brand new Truth Blooms Fri-Dies will help you take Truth Is to a whole new level.

Now, I wish with all my heart
 I could say I knew these dies could be as versatile as I'm about to show you. 
Oh how I wish I could say that! 
But the truth is, I only saw them as flowers.
Thankfully, I have the best designers in the world, and look at what they figured out these flower dies can do...

Jingle used them for frosting and used the sentiment from Bold Wishes.

Kelly turned them into butterfly wings!
She also used Bubble Labels Fri-Dies and a sentiment from Wallflower. 

Virginia turned them into a burger with lettuce on a sesame seed bun!

Marcie made a little mustache face and paired it with a sentiment from Exclamations!

Angie created a darling little inch worm going after an oreo cookie! And she found another fun and creative way to create a gift card holder using Bubble Box Fri-Dies!!

How much fun are these???!!!
Ohmygawsh, raise your hand if your chin hurts from hitting your keyboard.

Sofa Sunday rocks!!
I'm so excited that in addition to the 15% savings on the brand new Truth Blooms Fri-Dies, 
I'm going to go ahead and do 15% off on 
Truth Is  
Bold Wishes 
Wallflower and 
Bubble Labels Fri-Dies too!!
No code needed :)

Follow our CASFridays Pinterest Boards where every stamp and Fri-Die set has its very own board filled with awesome creative ideas on how to use them!

We've got one more fun filled day planned for you tomorrow. 
One of our most popular Christmas stamp sets will be at a very special savings!
See ya at midnight!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Small Business Saturday and Bubble Box Fri-Dies Release

It's Small Business Saturday 
and we are continuing with our fun filled weekend
 that includes brand new releases, special pricing and amazing inspiration!! 

Yesterday we released Flurry Fri-Dies.
 They are available now on the website, and at a special savings!

Today, we have another awesome Fri-Die set to show you, 
and it too is available right now!

Introducing Bubble Box Fri-Dies

This set of 5 dies offers a variety of sizes for your creating delight.
The smallest measures 1 3/16 x 1 3/4"   and the largest measures 3 15/16 x 5 7/8"
The dies are wired together but can easily be clipped apart. 
Small Business Saturday Special: save 15%!
no code needed :)

So the story of how this die set came to be is that I wanted to create a gift card holder. 
The largest die will fold into a cute gift card holder when scored at 1 3/4 and 4 1/4.
 I am a consumer too, and I like a lot of bang for my buck, so after I designed the largest die, I decided to add a few smaller versions to offer a variety of  sizes for layering, windows, frames, or just cute little label shapes. 

Here it is as a gift card holder...

And here's another cutie from Angie

Now let's take a look at more fun ways you can use this die set too...

Grab your Bubble Box Fri-Dies now while they last!

We'll add all these great ideas to our Pinterest boards where each stamp and Fri-Die set has its very own board! 
Follow us there to feed your mojo :)
We'll be back again at midnight eastern with MORE fun for your Sofa Sunday!