Sunday, March 29, 2020

March Release Day 1

Hello and welcome to our March 2020 stamp release!
I am so glad you are here!

Before we get started, I want to address the health crisis we are all experiencing. 
First let me start by saying THANK YOU to all the nurses, doctors, first responders, lab technicians, scientists and everyone else who is putting themselves in harms way while trying to figure out how to treat and protect, and find an end to this pandemic. Sincerely and with a heart full of appreciation...Thank you. 2 tiny words for your enormous efforts.

I really considered postponing this release because of what's happening to our poor world. Some of you have lost jobs, and some of you have been ill or know someone who is. The vast majority of us are in quarantine, on shelter in place or stay at home orders. I hope against all hope that none of you have lost anyone to this. I feel like daily routine and any sense of normalcy has been taken away from us at this point as we try to protect ourselves and our loved ones.

The problem with postponing the release is that I would be postponing the happiness you might receive by taking a break from the news and doing something as normal as oohing and aahing over some eye candy. You deserve a break! 
I don't know if you're like me but I have been glued to the news and I'm tired of it. I am tired of having my stomach do flip flops every time a special report breaks in. I am tired of feeling afraid all the time and I need the break too. 
I don't want to postpone my excitement to show you my new designs that I worked so hard on months before this all came to be, or the fabulous projects the Ink Squad has prepared for you. It felt so normal and so good to write the release blog posts, and I really needed that.  
We all need a little normal I think, so if you need or want a break from our challenging reality, come hang out with us for a few minutes each day as we showcase a new set and maybe even fire up your creative mojo. Crafting is one of our most important pleasures so let's keep crafting on!

If you are not able or wanting to purchase right now, no worries. I get it! Stick around and enjoy the fun and we'll be here when you are ready.
If you would love to add some crafty fun to your stash and fall in love with any of my stuff, I am still shipping and I'll talk more about that at the end of this post.
 We are all in this together and we will make it through!
Now let's take a well deserved break and look at some fun stuff, shall we?!

I've got 4 great stamp sets to share with you this week that I think you are gonna love! 
First up is a sassy sentiment set called Hot Mama
I fell in love with this seventies vibe font and thought it was perfect for the funny sentiments in this set. It's fun for new moms, old moms and sassing your girlfriends. Check it out!

 From Michelle

From Shona

From Larissa

From Vicki

From Nora 

From Lisa 

The entire release is available now in the shop!

Ok, so I have a question and a chance for a prize for you...
Question: If we host a card challenge at the end of our release week for anyone to play along, would you play with us?

Prize opportunity: leave a comment here answering our question for a chance to win this set.
Lucky winner will be announced at the end of our release week.

A word about shipping:
Here in Colorado we are on Stay at Home orders. Lucky for me, my business is in my home and I'm the only employee, so I don't have to break any rules.
My family and I have been self isolating for the past 2 weeks and are happily healthy so the Stay at Home for us is simply an extension of what we've already been doing. 
I have changed my shipping routine and will now have your orders picked up from a special box on my porch by USPS instead of taking it to my local post office. This allows me to have NO contact with anyone and still be able to get your orders out to you, and again not break any rules.
I am taking extra care with your packaging as I follow the CDC guidelines (lots of Clorox wipes and hand sanitizer are decorating my shipping desk) and will only have pick ups scheduled twice a week. This means it may take a little longer than normal for you to receive your orders. I have also implemented a new shipping tool that will provide your tracking numbers to you and should allow you to follow your package's journey on its way to you. I hope that gives you a little peace of mind when purchasing from me.
Now, because your package will have passed through many postal workers hands by the time it arrives in your mailbox, I encourage you to clean it off with a Clorox wipe or the like before you open it to combat any germs that might have hitched a ride on the envelope surface. I encourage you to do that with any delivery you receive right now! It's an easy extra step to keep you safer :)

We will be back tomorrow with another terrific set that is a throw back to our very first release! 
See ya tomorrow :)

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Thinking of You Card to make someone SMILE!!

Hello Crafty Friends!! 

Larissa here today to share a SWEET thinking of You Card!! I'm using one of my FAVORITE Sets Called Nate & Friday along with giving you a SNEAK PEEK of a NEW Set coming NEXT WEEK!! The Sentiment is from that set and I hope you'll join us next week for ALL of the FUN and Inspiration!! 

I started by creating a Patterned Paper Background!! I used some Aged Mahogany and Gathered Twigs Distress Inks to Ink the Edges of the Panel!! Then a added some Black Soot Distress Paint for some texture!! 
Next I Stamped and Embossed the Image using Versa Fine Black Onyx Ink and WoW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder!! I LOVE the extra Texture that the Embossing Gives to the Image!! It really makes it POP!! I added some Tonic Studios Glitter Nuvo Drops to the Heart on his chest and some Black Gel Pen to his Nose, along with some White Gel Pen details for highlights!!
 I Stamped and Embossed the Sentiment in WoW Glitter Embossing Powder to coordinate with the Nuvo Glitter Drops I added to the Heart!! I Die Cut a Black Banner and adhered it behind the Sentiment Banner that I inked with the same Aged Mahogany and Gathered Twigs Distress Inks to help tie it all together!! Then I adhered it using 3D Foam Squares!! A Few Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Sequins were added and I added some Tonic Studios Morning Dew Nuvo Drops and Red Glitter Drops to add even more interest!! I LOVE the way it turned out!!

For TONS of AMAZING Inspiration make sure to visit the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog and shop the NEW, Old and Sale Products in the CFS Shop!! You can also use my discount code LARISSASENTME to SAVE 15% off anything in the Shop!!  

THANKS SO MUCH for stopping by today I hope you have a FABULOUS WEEKEND!! 
Don't forget to join us NEXT Week for the NEW Release!! We'll be sharing LOTS of AMAZING Inspiration plus chances to WIN!! WHOOP WHOOP!! 

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Hi There Hop Stuff!

Hi there!  Lisa here and I'm sharing another shaker similar to one I made for the Crafting of Hue Sponsorship Weekend so I could show you how I made this shaker using the paw die from the Huggable Critters die set!

I started by cutting the Bubble Box layer using the 2nd largest die in the set.  I taped it in place and then took the paw die from the Huggable Critters set and taped it in the bottom left corner so I could run them through together and avoid an extra run through the Gemini.  Then I took that piece and taped the paw die in place again and ran it through.  Then one more time so the paws were hopping across the bubblebox.  Once all three paws were cut out, I ran the entire thing through with a floral embossing folder.

Next I adhered acetate over the back of the die cut paws and added foam tape to create a well around the area I wanted to place my sequins and then additional tape to provide support for the Bubble Box layer.  I filled the well with sequins... using my fine tweezers to flip them over so when the shaker was right side up, most of the sequins would be too!

And finally I placed the design paper that I wanted to show through the shaker windows over the back.  I added adhesive to that and flipped the whole shaker element over onto my card front.

To finish it off, I used this cutie pie bunny from the Little Huggables set that I colored with my Copics.

And I added this cute sentiment also from the Little Huggables set... love all of the punny sentiments on this set!

A few sequins and done!

Thanks so much for stopping today!  Hope you enjoyed your visit and that you'll come back for more inspiration soon!  And should you need anything from the shop, I have this for you:

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Happy Birthday using a Stencil Technique on Dark Cardstock

Hi everyone!! Nora here from A Creative Touch with a masculine birthday card using stencils on dark cardstock.

Stamps: Somebunny
Stencils: Starlequin

I started off this card by daubing white pigment ink through the Starlequin stencil onto navy blue cardstock. I tried to cover the blue paper with as much white as I could get onto it. Next I heat set the ink with a heat gun.

I then used blue dye ink and foam daubers to blend three different colors of blue over the white, creating an ombre look. Just make sure that the pigment ink is dry because you do not want to contaminate your ink pads.

I left the bottom white as I knew that I was going to cover most of it up with the sentiment. 

Using the Happy Hanukkah Fri-die, I die cut "happy" out of silver cardstock and used a trimmer to cut two different width strips.

I adhered both strips of cardstock to the bottom of the card, and added the sentiment above.

I masked off sentiment from Somebunny and used blue dye ink to stamp"birthday" onto a white strip. I used foam adhesive to adhere it to the card.

The card still needed a little something so I die cut some stars out of silver using the Fun-Fetti Fri-dies and adhered them around the sentiment. 

This was a really fun card to create and I urge you to give this technique a try.

I hope that I inspired you today and don't forget to use my code NORASENTME for 15% off in the CAS-ual Fridays Store.

 I thank you for stopping by today. I hope you have a FABULOUS day!!

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Sponsoring the Crafting of Hue Facebook group

Happy weekend everyone!
At this point all of us are either hunkered down practicing social distancing or are on stay at home orders depending on where you live. It is certainly a crazy time but we will get through it. The wonderful thing about the internet is that we can still be connected to each other. I just want to say on behalf of my entire team, your safety and health is the most important thing and when you start to feel lonely or disconnected, just remember we are all in this together and you are not alone. 
Someone joked that we crafters have been training for this sort of thing all our lives. I think that's pretty funny and true, and I appreciate the humor.
We are trying to keep things as normal as possible here at CAS-ual Fridays and will continue to bring you inspiration to try to add a little normal to your day.

We are excited to be the weekend sponsor at the Crafting of Hue Facebook group
This is a great group of paper crafters who offer lots of positivity and encouragement to each other. 
Oh, and there is always lots of amazing eye candy too! Since we all have extra time on our hands, it might be a great place for you to spend a little time and get a fun diversion from reality :)

We decided to feature our Critter collection so the Ink Squad got busy and made lots of cute critter cards using our stamps and dies.

Larissa used Somebunny and Bunny Fri-Dies from our critter collection along with Pretty Posies and Posies Fri-Dies 

Vicki used our Foxy stamp set

and our retiring Bushy Tailed and Fox Banner Fri-Dies and added a Scallop Tag Fri-Die

Nora was inspired by the sentiment in our Little Huggables set. She also used Little Critters Fri-Dies.

Michelle used our Little Birdies and Birdies Fri-Dies with Modern Petals stencil

Maria used our Nate and Friday stamps

Lisa used Little Huggables and Little Critters Fri-Dies with the paw die from our Huggable Critters set and Bubble Box Fri-Dies

We've got our entire collection of critters on sale this weekend! No code needed, which means if you have a savings code, you can use it on top of the sale prices. Yay!

Here at CAS-ual Fridays headquarters it is just me. I have no employees so your order will be packed and shipped by me. I am following all CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and assure your package will be packed with all the required care.
Stay healthy and stay home my friends! We will get through this :)

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Smile, you are terrific!!

Hi everyone, really hope your all coping well with the pandemic. Its such an unsure time, not knowing whats going to happen next but I'm sure your all looking after each other, even people you don't know so well. And maybe sending a card to let them know your thinking of them could be a good idea too!!

I wanted to share a card with you today, with some fresh, Spring colours for all you people on the other side of the world. We have started Autumn in New Zealand here but it still feels like the middle of Summer with hot nights and even hotter days. We are trying to make the most of the good weather until Winter kicks in or we have to stay inside for a long period of time.....

Blue and green always seem like such fresh, happy colours, I thought this could really lift someone's day!

This was pretty simple to put together, I wanted something quick so I could make a few in different colours and get them in the mail asap. I used the Sassy Smiles and Pretty Posies stamp sets for this card and for all the details on how I put this together, pop over to my blog HERE.

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by today, fingers crossed this card make you smile and that you may have some time to do some creating for yourself.

Take care