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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Encouragement Challenge!

Happy Saturday! 

I've got a cute and happy encouragement card from Shona!


Heart to Heart creates an easy but very pretty background. I love how she inked the stamp in a couple of colors before stamping it.
She dressed it up with a few enamel dots and 4 Petals Fri-Dies. The sweet sentiment is from our Pretty Posies. 

We'd love to see your encouragement cards! Visit our Calling All Sistahs Encouragement challenge to be inspired and to play along! You can use any products you'd like AND you'll have a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to our shop! The best part is you'll have a wonderful encouragement card ready to mail to someone who could use a smile.



Thursday, January 18, 2018

Vicki is joined by Lisa Elton!



Here's a fun idea, right! We have lots of fantastic inspiration in store for you over the next couple of months! Each of the Girl Fridays has invited the designer of their choice to join them here for a special guest design post. Together they've chosen a set to work with and then we let their creative mojos take over! The best part is we get to see the fabulous results!

Today Vicki has invited the fabulous Lisa Elton to join her for some fun with Tutu
I was so excited when Vicki told me Lisa was coming! She supported my little challenge CAS-ual Fridays from the beginning and I always looked forward to seeing her creations in the player's gallery. She has a wonderful style!! I've "known" her for almost 8 years now and I'm super pumped that she's here today!!

Are you ready? 2 designers, 1 pretty stamp set, 2 totally different takes on it! 
Vicki, Lisa, Tutu and pink...here we go!!


Vicki embossed our Full On Floral background stamp in white and added luscious colors in pinks and reds to make it pop. Her Tutu ballerina is dancing across that pretty flowerfilled background with a little help from our Ballerina Fri-Dies. Bold and beautiful!!


Lisa found some really sweet designer papers that fit perfectly with our Tutu ballerina! I love how she dressed up her ballerina with sparkle on her tutu and in her hair. She also used our Ballerina Fri-Dies to cut her Tutu image out. Soft and sweet! See? I told you she was fabulous!

Visit Vicki and Lisa's blogs to see more about how their cards came to be and be sure to leave them a little love. Vicki has a special coupon code for you that you can use on any of the products in our shop so be sure to grab that when you visit her!

We hope you had fun with us today! For more fun, come play with us at one of our challenges!
There are no product restrictions so you can use whatever you have in your stash, and you can design in any style. Both have fun themes to fire up your mojo and both offer great prizes to the winners!




Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Time for a refill and a reminder

Happy Wednesday!

We are out of coffee! Our new coffee collection flew off the shelves, but don't worry, we will be refilling! In fact our big replenishment order is expected at the beginning of February so you won't have long to wait!
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Jeanne has a super cute card to wet your whistle!



I just love her To Go Cup creation all dressed up with a sentiment from Coffee Talk, and a coffee die cut from our Coffee Cup Fri-Dies. This is super cute!!

While you're here, I have a reminder for you...
It's the 17th of the month! Please do your self breast exams!!
I've got a wonderful reminder post for you that is filled with even more eye candy so be sure to drop by our Calling All Sistahs blog to be inspired and to get ready for our next Encouragement Card challenge that will start tomorrow!



Monday, January 15, 2018

Love ya...nuff said

Happy Monday!

Today's project is sure to make your heart happy! Kimberly used our new Heart to Heart background stamp to create a delightful card!




She inked up the big background stamp with several ink colors and then stamped it. Then, she mixed some of the ink with water to paint in the center hearts.




She die cut the Love Ya twice and layered it together to create a cool shadowy look and finished it off with a sentiment strip from our new Coffee Talk stamp set.

Do you love it??? I do!!

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Lisa is joined by guest designer Virginia Lu!



Here's a fun idea, right! We have lots of fantastic inspiration in store for you over the next couple of months! Each of the Girl Fridays has invited the designer of their choice to join them here for a special guest design post. Together they've chosen a set to work with and a design directive and then we let their creative mojos take over! The best part is we get to see the fabulous results!

Today, our Lisa has invited the fabulous Virginia Lu! Virginia is one of the original Girl Fridays from 2010. She graced our challenge and company blog for 5 awesome years,  and I am so thrilled to have her come back to join us for this! We love you Virginia!!
Lisa and Virginia have chosen to work with sets from our Love Collection, Floating and Puffy Heart Love stamp sets and decided to use the Emboss Resist Technique as their design idea.
What is the Emboss Resist Technique you ask??
The goal of this technique is to emboss sentiments or images onto a light colored cardstock-usually white works best- then apply ink over and around the embossing to make it stand out. The ink won't stick to the embossed portions so you are able to get some really stunning looks!
So here we go! 2 designers, same product, same design idea...let's see what happens!


Lisa used the little hearts from Puffy Heart Love to float over her lovely background and then added a sweet sentiment and that gorgeous balloon from Floating to emboss onto that same background. I really like how she stamped the balloon off the edge of the card front so it looks like it's floating into her scene! I love the pretty ink colors she chose to create that lovely sky! 



Virginia made Puffy Heart Love the star of her show! She embossed a few of the big scripty sentiments all over her panel to create a really fun and romantic statement. The strip of glitter paper at the bottom and the sequins add a dazzling finish to this gorgeous card! 

Visit Lisa and Virginia's blogs to see more about how their cards came to be and be sure to leave them a little love. Lisa has a special coupon code for you that you can use on any of the products in our shop so be sure to grab that when you visit her!

If you'd like to learn more about this neato technique, I found this easy to follow tutorial from Michele Boyer.

We hope you had fun with us today! For more fun, come play with us at one of our challenges!
There are no product restrictions so you can use whatever you have in your stash, and you can design in any style. Both have fun themes to fire up your mojo and both offer great prizes to the winners!




Monday, January 8, 2018

Coffee because crack is bad for you


Nora has a delicious card for you today using goodies from our Coffee Collection.




She stamped a really darling pattern using hearts and beans from our Peace Love & Coffee set.
The fun angle of her patterned panel adds a lot of personality.



I love that she let the cute heart handle of the Coffee Cup Fri-Die hang over the edge of her card front. Super cute! That sassy sentiment is from our new Coffee Talk set.

These sets are perfect for making cards for all the coffee lovers in your life!





Saturday, January 6, 2018

And the winner is...

It's time to announce the winner from the Season's Giving Blog Hop!


I hope you enjoyed the hop! I thoroughly enjoyed reading all of your comments and hearing about all the fun traditions you have. You all are a really fun group and there are a couple of houses I'd like to be a guest at next New Year! LOL! 

We've got a fantastic prize to give away to let's get to it!
I used random.org to randomly choose the winner from all of our comments and that lucky duck is:

WOW! Thank you for this giveaway and chance to win! :) My favorite New Year tradition is picking a word to guide my next year. I've been doing it for the past five years, and it's been powerful in my life. This year's word is Joy! :) Happy New Year!
You've just won this!

Please email me at info@cas-ualfridaysstamps.com with your mailing address so I can get this awesome prize package on its way to you!





Friday, January 5, 2018

Release the Stamps: Day 6

Welcome to our last day of our big January Release!

This release has brought you 7 stamp sets, 2 Fri-die sets and TONS of inspiration!
Today we introduce you to the very last set. It's a big happy background stamp that will be fun for cards, tags and more.
Introducing Heart to Heart


This set will be fun to color, emboss or even stamp in versamark to get a tone on tone look.
For even more fun, it will coordinate with our Heart Board Fri-Dies, sold separately. 

Let's see it in action!

 From Lisa with Heartfelt Sayings stamps



From Kimberly with Puffy Heart Love stamps


From Shona with Friend Fri-Dies and Girlfriend stamps


From Vicki with Coffee Cup Fri-Dies and Hot Coffee stamps


From Nora with Heartfelt Sayings stamps


From Jeanne with Heart Board Fri-Dies and Smiling Fri-Dies



And that's a wrap! 




Thursday, January 4, 2018

Release the Stamps: Day 5

Welcome to DAY 5 of our January release!

I don't think anyone enjoys creating sympathy cards. I certainly don't.
I have found it's easier to have a few made up ahead because I usually don't feel creative when I find I need one.
I just designed a pretty script stamp set that will make creating sympathy cards easier, and it can also work for encouragement too.

Introducing Peace & Comfort


The pretty script makes for a great card front, and the smaller sentiments could easily also go on the front but would be perfect stamped inside the card too. 


From Kimberly




From Lisa



From Shona



From Vicki




From Nora



From Jeanne


This pretty set is a great basic to add to your stash for the times you'll need it.

Tomorrow we'll be back for one last introduction, a fantastic background stamp that will be perfect for Valentine's Day! 
Remember, all the new products are in the shop now so you don't have to wait!







Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Release the Stamps: Day 4

Welcome back to Day 4 of our big January release!

So far we've introduced you to 4 sassy coffee stamp sets with 2 coordinating dies, but today we are switching gears a little. The set is still sassy but it's all about support and encouragement for someone who is dealing with anything from a cancer diagnosis down to just a terrible no-good day.
It's meant to be light-hearted but still heart-felt and will work perfectly for someone who is trying to maintain a sense of humor in light of whatever is happening in their life.

Introducing Supercalifragilistic




From Shona featuring Full On Floral Background stamp and Ruffled Ribbon Fri-Die



From Jeanne featuring Smiling Fri-Dies



From Lisa


From Vicki featuring Hope Ribbon stamps




From Nora featuring Modern Petals stamps


From Kimberly featuring Loving Thoughts stamps





So what do you think?? Are we knocking your socks off? 
Encouragement cards are important, whether it's funny or serious, it just matters. 
We have a monthly encouragement card challenge that I hope you'll consider joining.
While it's sponsored by us, you can enter using any products from any company. 
Come on over and check it out! Calling All Sistahs Encouragement Challenge

We have 2 more days of introductions complete with awesome projects, BUT you don't have to wait! You can get all the wonderful stamps and dies from this release right NOW in the SHOP!!
How awesome is that?!
If you missed the projects from DAY 1 click HERE
If you missed the projects from DAY 2 click HERE
If you missed the projects from DAY 3 click HERE

And there is still time to get your chance at our fabulous prize for the Season's Givings Blog Hop!
Click HERE to visit that post and see the entire hop list.

We'll be back tomorrow with another great introduction post!!