Thursday, November 29, 2012

CFC80 - Season's Greetings/Happy Holidays gift tags

Happy Friday to all!  Since the last challenge at CAS-ual Fridays was a two-weeker and I didn't have any other pressing projects, I took a much-needed break and enjoyed a lovely Thanksgiving with my family.  I did a 5K "turkey trot" race that morning (with my parents there to cheer me on!), complete with water jumps and hay bale hurdles.  It was a lot of fun!  I hope you all had just as wonderful a Thanksgiving as I!  I'm back with this week's CAS-ual Fridays challenge:

And the wonderful sponsor this week is Bossy Joscie!  If you've never checked out her site, I highly recommend that you do.  The girl's got FLAIR!!!

So yeah, this week it's a gift card challenge rather than a card challenge (unless of course you make a card that incorporates a gift tag).  Fun, right?  I really liked this challenge because I was able to use something I've had in my stash for years, and never really had an idea for.  It worked out perfectly with my CAS-ual Fridays Stamps to create these paper yummies:

So, do you see that cute tree-patterned strip?  That's a decorative packing tape I found years ago (Tuesday Morning, maybe?) and have never really had a vision or a plan for.  It worked out so wonderfully on these tags, and made it super easy to make a bunch of 'em!  I just cut a piece of the tape and adhered it across the bottom of a pre-made kraft tag by Ranger.  I trimmed the excess from each side, then stamped the sentiment (from Snowflake Greetings) with Staz-On ink, since half of it would land on the slick surface of the tape.  I finished off the tags with some white dashed lines and baker's twine.  After I took the above picture, I had the idea to add a bit o' Stickles glitter.  Here's a close-up:

I love how these turned out!  I hope you'll play along with this week's challenge.  You have until next Thursday at noon EST to do so.  Thanks so much for looking!

Supplies: kraft tags: Ranger;decorative tape: craft supply; stamps: CAS-ual Fridays Stamps; ink: Tsukineko (Staz-On); white gel pen: Uniball Signo; baker's twine: Divine Twine; corner rounder: We R Memory Keepers; glitter glue: Ranger

Thursday, November 15, 2012

CFC79 - Season's Greetings

Happy Friday!  I hope you all had a wonderful week, and enjoyed all the sneak peeks of the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps November release.  To see the entire release, and to see if you're a winner, click here.  And to purchase the newly-released sets, click here.  But first, I'm here with the new CAS-ual Fridays challenge:
CFC79: Winter blues
Use blue in your winter-related clean and simple project

And the sponsor for this challenge is CAS-ual Fridays Stamps!  

So you have yet another chance to win yourself some awesome new stamps!  Like the ones I used on this paper yummy:

For this card, I used the Snowflake Greetings set.  First, I used the back side of the snowflake stamp to create the solid circle pattern on my white card stock.  Then I flipped the stamp over and used the correct side to stamp the snowflake in the same ink against the solid circle on the top two rows and the bottom row. Then I used a darker blue ink to stamp a single snowflake on the remaining row, and then stamped a circular sentiment around it.  I put a glittery brad through the center of the darker snowflake and mounted the white card stock onto a kraft card base to finish off the card:

Do you have the winter blues?  We hope so, because this is a TWO-WEEK CHALLENGE!!!  You'll have plenty of time to play along AND enjoy the Thanksgiving season!  You have until Thursday, November 29th at noon EST to link up your card(s).  Thanks so much for looking!

Supplies: card stock: The Paper Studio (kraft), Georgia Pacific (white); stamps: CAS-ual Fridays Stamps; inks: Hampton Art (light blue), TPC Studio (turquoise); brad: craft supply; corner rounder: We R Memory Keepers

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

CAS-ual Fridays Sneak Peek Week - Day 4

Happy Wednesday to everybody!  It's sneak peek week at the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps blog, where you can see a preview of the November stamp release!

Today is the fourth and final sneak peek, but you can leave comments on any of the days for a chance to win that day's stamp set.  The Girl Fridays have been killing these new releases, and our wonderful guest designer has showcased them all beautifully!  Today, I'm here to show off the new Countdown set.  This is the coolest New Year's Eve stamp set EVER!  And now for the paper yummies:

See, the reason I think this is the coolest New Year's Eve set EVER is because, not only did Michele create fun and unique sentiments, but also some super cool, buildable geometric designs like the one I used here.  I repeated the stamp over and over to create a pattern on my white cardstock.  See how some of the ovals have blue stripes going across them?  That's a separate stamp Michele included in the set, and it fits exactly inside the ovals!  LOVE THAT!  I stamped two separate sentiments together on the orange patterned paper, and used a matching orange Copic marker to color in some of the little circles from the geometric stamp.  I love the funky cool look it has!  

Thanks for joining us for sneak peek week, and don't forget to comment at the new stamp blog for your chance to win!  Winners from each day will be announced on Thursday.

Thanks for looking!

Supplies: cardstock: Georgia Pacific; patterned papers: Lily Bee Design; stamps: CAS-ual Fridays Stamps; inks: Tsukineko (Memento Tuxedo Black), Hero Arts (Soft Pool); markers: Copic

Thursday, November 8, 2012


Happy Friday to all!  I hope everybody's week was great.  I know I'm ready for the weekend, and it looks like we're actually going to get some wintery weather here in Southern Arizona.  It's only supposed to be around 58 degrees for the high on Sunday, with rain and mountain snow.  Today was 90 and sunny, so I'm pretty excited for that change. Although it does make me a little nervous, because I'm supposed to do an 8.5 mile run on Saturday morning, and I might just freeze.  I'm SO TORN!!!  And speaking of being SO TORN, let's talk about this week's CAS-ual Fridays challenge (see how I did that?  Hee hee):
CFC78: So torn
Tear something on your clean and simple project

The sponsor for this week's challenge is CAS-ual Fridays Stamps! If you haven't yet taken the plunge on these fantastic new stamps, you have the opportunity to win some by playing along with this challenge.  YAY!

So the challenge this week is to tear something on your project.  I gotta say, I had never really been a fan of this technique...until now.  I mean, I love the way it looks when other people do it, but my straight-lined brain just doesn't let me do it on my projects.  And even though I did tear my paper on this card, I still had some reservations about doing it.  So, instead of just free-form, I tore my papers against a ruler, and I really like the way it turned out!  Now for the paper yummies:

I tore both edges of the patterned paper as well as the cardstock sentiment panel.  I inked the edges just slightly with some Antique Linen Distress Ink to accentuate them.  The sentiment stamp is from a new CAS-ual Fridays set that will be sneak peek-ed next week.  I stamped it using Black Cherry Staz-On ink, and added Diamond Stickles to the center of each snowflake:

I punched a snowflake border using a Martha Stewart punch, and placed it below the patterned paper.  I inked it a little too:

I really love the way this card turned out!  I think the torn edges really add to the homespun look.  How about you?  Do you prefer free-form or "orderly" tearing?  Either way, we'd love to have you play along with this week's challenge!  You have until next Thursday at noon EST to do so.  Thanks so much for looking!

Supplies: cardstock: Recollections; patterned paper: Simple Stories; stamps: CAS-ual Fridays; inks: Tsukineko, Ranger; border punch: Martha Stewart; corner rounder: We R Memory Keepers; twine: Recollections; button: craft supply

Thursday, November 1, 2012

CFC77 - Go to your happy place

Hello, and happy Friday!  I'm back today with this week's challenge from CAS-ual Fridays!  YAY!  Here it is:
CFC77: Snips, snails & puppy dog tails
Create a clean and simple card for a boy (any type of masculine)

And the sponsor for this week's challenge is the wonderful Simon Says Stamp!  The winner of this challenge will not only receive a gift certificate to the Simon Says Stamp store, but will also win a future guest designer spot at CAS-ual Fridays!
And now for the paper yummies:

For my card, I used the professor from the Paper Smooches Smarty Pants stamp set, along with the luggage, tropical drink, and sentiment from Get Outta Town.  I paper-pieced parts of the image, and colored in the rest with Copic markers.  Here are a couple of close-ups:

Hee hee.  I love that guy!!!  I hope you will create a card for a boy and play along with this week's challenge!  You have until next Thursday at noon EST to do so.  Thanks so much for looking!