Sunday, April 21, 2019

A Magical BIrthday Card

Happy Easter everyone!! It is Nora here today on the blog. You would think that I would have created an Easter card today BUT I thought that would be too traditional! I decided to create a birthday card instead!!

Stamps: Be A Unicorn

I started off this card by stamping and die cutting the Unicorn from the stamp set. I then used Copic Markers to color it in.

I then covered the mane and the tail with Diamond Stickles and set it aside to dry.

While the image was drying, I die cut a piece of Yupo paper and used alcohol ink in regular and pearl to create a rainbow background. This was SO FUN and very quick to do. I don't spend hours working it like others do but I think it came out fantastic.

 I then stamped the sentiment from the Be A Unicorn stamp set in an alcohol safe, black ink and mounted the card front on a 5 1/2" by 4 1/4"  white card base. My last step was to use foam adhesive to pop the unicorn up over the rainbow.

This was a really quick and easy card to create and it looks like it took a ton of time. If you feel like getting yourself an Easter present, use my code NORASENTME to get 15% off your total purchase at the CAS-ual Fridays Store!

That is it for me today. I hope you all have a FABULOUS day!! 

Friday, April 19, 2019

Stencils, Color Bursts, and Positively Beautiful Negative Spaces!

Lisa here!  Today I'm sharing with you a technique I used quite a bit during the new release with Ken Oliver Color Bursts and some of the new stencils available in the shop!

My favorite stencil at the present time seems to be the Starlequin stencil... especially with this technique... I think it's all of the detail but it still has wide open spaces to give the colors lots of room to blend.  This is the watercolor paper I used.  I can't say if it's my favorite, but it worked well, and I got it on sale!  I cut my watercolor panels ahead of time and had two ready to go!  Have a little spray bottle of water ready too.

You'll want to protect your surface because this is messy... or maybe you don't... lol!  I'm not the boss of you!  I layed my stencil over one of the panels and sprinkled some Chartreuse and Lime Color Burst powders over the top in a random pattern.  It seems some of my bottles come out heavy and some not so much, but it's better to start out light and you can always add more!

I prayed on some water... you may want to tape down your stencil, but I didn't.  I don't mind if a little sneaks underneath... To me it adds to the beauty!  I sprayed a good amount of water on mine... a little at a time and just watch the beautiful colors do what they do.. mixing and swirling.  When you think it's enough, just lift off the stencil..

You'll want to be careful that all of that extra color doesn't slip off the top!  Move your first panel aside and put the fresh one in place.  It's ok if it takes you a longer than you plan... the oven dings... you have to chase after the dogs or the kids... because you can always spritz it with more water before you flip it over and smoosh it on top of your fresh panel!

I make sure to press down on mine..yeah.. my hands are a mess when I'm done...but I don't care!

And when you lift that one up, you have two beautiful panels to work with!  The hardest part is deciding which one to use!  I closed my eyes and picked because I love them both!

I cut the Bubble Box die out of some water color paper and used a bit of the Chartreuse powder to watercolor it.  I'm impatient so I used a heat gun to dry this piece so I could stamp it with that inspirational sentiment from the Dream Then Do stamp set!  I popped it up and splattered a bit of shimmery watercolor over the top.

I cut some leaves from the Garden Fri-Dies from green cardstock and cut some yellow flowers from some yellow Sparkling Sheets with the 4 Petals Fri-Dies.

Isn't that background yummy??  Well, I love it anyway.

And that's me for today!  Hope you'll give this a try!  This is just one of the many mediums you can use with these beautiful stencils and right now it's one of my faves.  I just love the unexpected results each time!

Thanks so much for visiting today and if you saw something today you must have I have this for you:

Monday, April 15, 2019

Mother's Day Shaker Gift Bag!!

Larissa here today with a SWEET Mother's Day Shaker Gift Bag!! 
I CAN'T believe how FAST the time is flying is by, April is almost half over, which means Mother's Day is just a Month away!! This Lil' Shaker Gift Bag is SURE to make someone SPECIAL Smile!! 
 I used the Puffy Heart Love Stamp Set to create the inside of my Shaker Element!! I Stamped and Embossed the Sentiment using Versa Fine Black Onyx Ink!! I used WoW Glitter Embossing Powder in Red for the Heart and then used a Red Nuvo Glitter Pen to color in the Heart and added a Coat of Morning Dew Nuvo Drops to cover the entire Heart!! I sat it aside to Dry!! Then I created a Scalloped Frame for the Shaker Window!! I added LOTS of Pretty Sequins and Confetti to make it even MORE FUN!! I added it to a Gift Bag and added a Red Seam Binding Ribbon to finish off the Design!! 

THANKS SO MUCH for stopping by today!! I hope I've given you some Ideas for those Mother's Day Gift Bags you might need to make!! 



Sunday, April 14, 2019

Friendship Card and a Farewell Post by Maria

Hello CAS-ual Fridays fans!  Maria here on the blog with you today.  I am so sad to say that this is going to be my last post as a member of the Ink squad.  Being on this team has made me a better designer and having Michele Gross as our lady boss, wow! I can't even stop the tears as I'm writing this.  Michele is the best ever and the girls on this team are simply sweet and amazing!  I could never ask for a better team!  Sadly, my schedule has gone a bit awry but I will continue to promote CAS-ual Fridays and if you follow my blog or instagram, you will still see these projects.  

For my project today, I am showcasing my favorite dies from the March release.  I used the Tin Roof Cover Fri-Die and the Sweet Friend Fri-Dies.

Here's my card:

How I made the card:
  • die-cut the Tin Roof Cover Fri-Die with some 110 lb smooth white card stock.  also die-cut a frame die from my stash with to layer this together.
  • adhere acetate sheet with using strong adhesive to create the window for the shaker.
  • add some foam adhesive and add sequin mix for the shaker element.  
  • close the shaker card by adding patterned paper with strong adhesive.
  • die-cut the "Hello" from the Sweet Friend Fri-dies on some black card stock.
  • run this piece through a sticker maker and adhere the same on the foreground.
  • stamp the sentiment from the Supercalifragilistic stamp set on some vellum with Versafine Onyx Black ink and heat emboss using clear embossing powder.  Adhere this piece around the card and secure with tape on the back.
  • adhere this shaker piece on an A2 side folding card base.
Here's a closer look:

To finish my design, I used my Sakura white gel pen to add some lines and dots to the "Hello" sentiment.

I hope you like my card and got inspired to create something beautiful today!  Please don't forget to use my coupon code "MARIASENTME" for 15% off your order.  For further information including other supplies used, please visit my blog (  I hope you have an amazing day, and happy crafting!

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Huggable Critters

Hello it's Michelle from Seashell Creations here today sharing some cute bunny projects I made for Easter.
I love this set of Huggable Critters so much, there are so many possibilities and I've only just scratched the surface with these cute bunny projects.

My first project is a gift bag filled with Easter eggs.

My second project is a card that could be used for Easter or a birthday!
Don't forget that a gift card can be easily placed inside the bunnies paws!

I started by pulling out some different shades of pink and some white card stock and got to it with my die cutting machine.  I also die cut some flowers using the 4 Petals Fri-dies.

After playing around with different color combinations, I glued all the pieces in place and decided to make a card out of one of the bunnies and a gift bag out of the other.  

I die cut the Tin Roof cover Fri-die from some white card stock and glued it onto a white card base.  
I adhered the other bunny with foam tape directly onto a white gift bag and filled it with Easter eggs.

Here's a link to the Fri-dies and don't forget you can use my special discount code below for 15% off your purchase in the shop (excluding postage).


Thanks for looking and I'll see you again soon!

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Life is better with someone to love

Hi everyone and hope your all having a fantastic week!! Autumn/Winter weather is slowly creeping into my town in New Zealand and then all of a sudden we have a really hot day, so no wonder people are starting to come down with colds and flu's...luckily not our family so far (touch wood!).

I'm still having a lot of fun with the products from last months New Release, just loving all the different dies and giving my Cuttlebug a run for its money!!

I've got a card to share with you today that would be great for someone who has a pet:

I wanted it to be simple, modern and colourful so that the paw prints would be the real star of the card. You can pop over to my blog to find out how I put this together!!

 I hope this has given you some ideas on how to use some of your smaller dies and I'll see you back here later in the month with some more die-cutting ideas!!

Take care


Sunday, April 7, 2019

A Friend's Birthday

Hi all, it's Vicki here today from All I Do Is Stamp.  I hope you enjoyed last week's release.  Today is another example using one of the new products.

I started by making an alcohol inked panel, and built my card from there.  For the middle panel, I used the new Modern Petals Stencil.  I laid the stencil over a piece of water color paper, and spritz'd it with some spray ink. Once it dried, I cut out the shape. Using my MISTI, I stamped a sentiment from Bold Wishes.

 For my final step, I cut out the Friend Fri Die 3 times, adhered it together, and sponged on some ink.  [I really love the look of sponged words.]  I also cut out 1 in black and adhered it on for a shadow effect.

Overall, I am very happy with this card.  I love the contrasting colors together, and of course, I adore the Friend Fri Die with its great font.

That's it for me today.  Remember, you can save 15% off any purchase from CFS by using my code!

See you in a couple of weeks~