Sunday, December 8, 2019

A Sparkly Happy Hanukkah!

Lisa from Life of a BZScrapper here!  It is the holiday season and I thought I'd share with you a quick (and quite sparkly) shaker using some of the vast array of Judaica themed stamp and die products in the shop!

Have you seen the awesome A2 panels in the shop?  This is the Stars A2 Panel and I love that it covers the entire front of an A2 card just like the Hearts and Flakey A2 Panel Fri-Dies!  So quick and easy to create a shaker (or not!).

Just cut an A2 Panel, adhere some acetate to the entire back and add foam tape around the outside.  All that's left to do is choose your "filling" and pop it over the top!  I mixed up some of my sequins and beads from my stash and added a few of the glitter paper Star of David cuts that were left after cutting out the panel.

I added my sentiment using the Star of David Fri-Die as a backdrop and then cut the Happy Hanukkah from white cardstock three times and stacked them for dimension.  It also helps the sentiment to stand out against that busy backdrop.

I always add a few sequins to the front... as if they've escaped!

And that's me for today!  Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed your visit!  And don't forget to visit the CAS-ual Fridays shop for all of your Hanukkah and Judaica themed crafty items ... and then some!

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

We have a Special Guest Today!

On World Card Making Day, way back in October, we held a special challenge with the prize being a guest gig for the winner. It's always so hard for me to choose, especially with so many really fantastic entries, but I managed to narrow it down to two really talented designers, each very different. They were so different that I decided to offer two prizes!

Today I am really excited to introduce you to our second guest winner! Her name is Sue and she won me over with her fantastic use of space and color, and her knack for marrying fun techniques with my stamps...and making me feel the need to get my ink on! She will be joining us for the month of December and I think you should prepare yourself to be dazzled!

Please welcome Sue!

Hello my name is Sue Symens. I am a wife, mother and farmer from Iowa. I have been stamping for 20+ years.  My style being mainly clean and simple design but I like to try different techniques. I love a great card challenge whether it is sketch, color or a theme. I feel like it stretches us and helps us to grow.
Instagram: sentsue

Hello. I am super excited to be asked to be a guest designer here on the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps blog. I had such a great time dreaming up ideas for their fun bold stamps. For this weeks cards I selected the Wheat Wreath stamp set. I really thought this wreath could go beyond fall to Christmas, sympathy, thank you and even a wedding card. 
I started this card with a bristol smooth, top folding white card base that I ink blended with three colors of dye ink. Keeping the lightest color to the center and blending the darkest to the outside edges. After it was dry I splattered the card with some silver paint, stamped the wreath in Versamark ink and heat embossed with silver detail powder. The greeting from the same set was heat embossed on heavy weight vellum and trimmed to create a band around the card front.

 There are three more cards showcased on my blog today with the Wheat Wreath stamp set. I hope you will go check them out and get the special code for 15% off your order!

Monday, December 2, 2019

Looking At Your Stamps in a New Way

Happy Monday everyone!! Nora here from A Creative Touch

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday. Now that Thanksgiving is out of the way for most of us, it is now time to get ready for Hanukkah and Christmas!!

Once again, I created a Christmas card. However, can you tell what I used to make my poinsettia flower?

I used the leaf from the Pretty Posies stamp set!! This was an idea I had at 2:00 a.m. one morning and I knew I had to try it.

I started off by stamping the leaf four times onto a pink background with Versamark, and then heat embossing it in white. I masked off the sections and stamped in between using the same technique. I used scissors to fussy cut the entire flower out.

Next I stamped and embossed the leaves six more times, four more on pink and two on some blended green cardstock. Again, I fussy cut each of the leaves out.

I adhered the large flower onto an A2 sized card that was covered with a piece of pattern paper. I tucked the green leaves under the edges of the flower, and used foam adhesive to adhere the four single, pink leaves over the top of the flower to give it some dimension.

I adhered gold sequins in various sizes in the center of the poinsettia.

My last step was to stamp the sentiment from the Snowy Sayings stamp set in black.

Since today is Cyber Monday, I wanted to remind you that CAS-ual Fridays is having a SALE!!!

Not only are they having such a great sale, CAS-Fridays also has a FREE gift you can earn with your order!!! Isn't this adorable???

You can even use my code, NORASENTME for an extra 15% off your total order. 

That is all from me today. I thank you for stopping by and will see you with another post after Christmas. 

Have a FABULOUS day!!

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Support Small Business Day

Hi all, Vicki here to day from All I Do Is Stamp.

Did you know that it is Small Business Day today?  Yep - it's all about supporting those small businesses out there.  Since CAS-ual Fridays is a small business I wanted to share a card I made using a few of the products.

At first, I just made the tag, then I realized I could put it on a card [removable of course], mail it, and someone gets a little gift! :).  Works for me.  I used the Snow Angel stamp set [just released yesterday for Black Friday].  She is rather sweet don't you think?  I also used Scallop Tag Fri-Die for my tag base.

Michele also created this fun set [released yesterday also]; Stay Strong.

And lastly, [in support] - all Last Chance Sets are on sale at 50% off!  And yes, my coupon code works also for an additional 15% off!  Win-win there.

Have you shopped small businesses in support?  [Good for us!] :)

Friday, November 29, 2019

3 Holiday Cards & Black Friday Sale You Don't Want to Miss!!!!

Hello Cas-ual Fridays fans! Maria here on the blog with you.  HAPPY BLACK FRIDAY!  I hope you all had an amazing time celebrating thanksgiving with your loved ones yesterday.  

Today is the start of the wonderful season for shoppers, also known as Black Friday!  Yay!  We have some amazing deals for you that you wouldn't want to miss!  See details at the end of this blog post.

I have three cards for you today.  For my first card, I am showcasing the Stay Strong 3x4 stamp set.

Holidays can be really stressful for a lot of us!  Sometimes, you just want to sit down, relax and enjoy a cup of java!  This Stay Strong 3x4 stamp set has all the perfect sentiments you'll need to create a cute card and cheer someone up.

For my card below, I also showcased the Coffee Cup Fri-Dies.

For more details about my card including supplies used, please visit my Blog, Maria Russell Designs.  

I really like how this card turned out.  I added some crystal lacquer and chocolate sprinkles on the whipped cream for more texture & dimension.  Here's a closer look:

For my second project, I am showcasing the Snow Angel stamp set.  If you spend $55 today (after discounts and including shipping), you will receive this stamp set for free!

I also used the Flakey A2 Panel Fri-Die and created a shaker card.

Isn't she a cutie?  Here's a little close-up:

For my third card, I also used the Snow Fri-Dies and created this pop-up gift card holder.  If you pull the tab, it reveals the sentiment and the gift card.

Here's a closer look:

Which one is your favorite?  I think mine is the shaker card!

Are you ready to find out about the HUGE discounts?  See graphic below:

On top of this sale, you can also use my coupon code (MariaSentMe) for an additional 15% off!  What are you waiting for?  Shop, shop, shop!

Thursday, November 28, 2019

A Special Freebie for a Happy Thanksgiving!

Lisa here!  Happy Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope you are having a chance to spend time with friends and family and to reflect on all the good that is in your lives right now.  I am very grateful today for so many things including that I get to be here sharing with you today!  We've got some really great things going on here starting now!

First... a sale!!!

Awesome sale, right??  And bonus!  If you spend $55 and will get the beautiful and adorable new stamp set Snow Angel for free!

Beautiful isn't she?  I've used this set today on a tag to play along with the 25 Days of Christmas Tags challenge!

I was inspired by Mindy Eggen's tag on Day 18!  That beautiful gold embossed sentiment background got me started!  I used my favorite Scallop Tag Fri-Dies as my base.

I'll be honest... It took me three times to get the tag!  I love imperfection as much as the next guy, but I learned some things along the way.  Patience for!  For me the easiest way to do this was to stamp each line separately with Versamark, powder, and emboss and then go on to the next.  Otherwise, these eyes could not keep track of where I was stamping.  And then I would just line the next set up so that the peace was lined up approximately the same distance on each line ... so for instance... I'd place the "P" of the 2nd line somewhere around the "C" and "E" on the one above it.  Don't check... I said!  AND!  Don't forget to swipe over the tag before you start with an antistatic pad... I only did it once the first time and that seemed to do the trick... although I never mind a little stray powder here and there.

I just love this sweet angel stamp and the oh so sweet sentiments included in it.  You can get her free with an order of $55 or you can buy her separately... or both during the sale!

AND even better there is a brand new Coffee sentiment set available!  Meet Stay Strong:

I used one of the sentiments on this card over this cool background I made using the Tin Roof Stencil, some embossing paste and some embossing powder!  Have you ever used embossing powder over embossing paste?  I love the extra dimension it gives to the embossed parts!  Here's how I do it:

When I use this technique, I like to start with Mixed Media paper because it's a little heavier and the combo of the paste with the heat embossing can really curl regular cardstock... plus sometimes I like to add other medium as well, so (if I remember) I usually start with this kind of paper.

I die cut my panel with a rectangle die from my stash.  Then I place it on a scrap paper because I tend to make quite the mess!  It's also easiest for me if I place some masking tape around the stencil to help keep it in place.  If I'm covering the entire panel, I keep the tape off the edge of where the paper is, but the tape still helps to hold it in place.  Then  I used my spatula to apply the embossing paste to the panel through the stencil.  And finally my new best friend when using any kind of paste with stencils is the Stencil Pal with it's long straight edge for smoothing out the past and it floats over the entire panel.

When you remove the stencil you're left with pretty all by itself, right?  But while it's wet, you can if you wish sprinkle some embossing powder over it....

I used the Wow Vintage Peacock and it's sooooo pretty!  I thought it would be perfect for my Emotional Support Beverage sentiment.  My favorite part I couldn't capture, but when you heat this it's so fun to watch it change.  It bubbles just a bit as it sets and then you can watch the magic happen as more of your colors come out of that beautiful powder.

So not only do you have that cool sparkly embossing, but it's raised a bit too because of the paste.  I love it!!  To finish my card, I die cut my Coffee Cup and hearts from the Heart Board Fri-Dies out of Copic friendly paper and colored them using some colors that coordinated with the background.  I love the kind of tie-dyed look!

My coffee really does understand and love me.

So that's me for today!  I hope you enjoyed your stop and if you're inspired and ready to shop the sale I have something extra for you!

You can use my code or any of the Girl Fridays' codes for an extra 15% off these already fantastic sale prices!!  And don't forget if you spend $55 before shipping and tax you will receive Snow Angel for free!  That sweet angel needs to come to your house.

Happy Holidays and take whatever chance you have to relax and reflect (and maybe shop a I know I will be)!  Come back again soon!