Monday, November 23, 2015

November 23

Happy Monday!

Today Girl Friday Kelly has a really pretty sympathy project. 
I find these cards difficult to make for all the obvious reasons 
so having a few wonderful ideas in a creative file takes the pressure off, ya know?
In her project, she used Mwah, Casual Comfort and Casual Trees Fri-Dies

Hi Folks! Kelly here with a sympathy card today.

It's always such a difficult balance when making sympathy cards to put enough detail on it, but not too much. I initially tried out a "sending comfort" sentiment (where "comfort" is the same font as "sending" from the CAS-ual Comfort set) by stamping it on a strip of white paper and placing it on the card. When I squint and hold the card away from me, I get a good feel for how it's going to look. I thought this card could handle a little more energy, so I stamped the beautiful, scripty "hugs" from the Mwah Set in pink instead of "comfort".

 I lightly watercolored the CAS-ual Trees Fri-Die with brown on the branches and different shades of pink on the blooms, then wrapped a paper doily around it all. While wrapping the panel in twine, I tied a knot around the bouquet to attach it to the card. 

I wanted to include a little more color, so I put a few strips of patterned paper on the inside.  Somehow I feel better about color on a sympathy card if it's on the inside. But that might just be me!

Thanks so much for looking!

More than 20 stamp and Fri-Die sets are retiring at the end of this year!
They are being offered at substantial savings while supplies last. 
Once they are gone, they're gone forever. 
You can see them all here in our retiring section

Sunday, November 22, 2015

November 22

Happy Sunday!

It's a very happy Sunday indeed as I have lots of happy news to share.
 If you followed along last week, 
then you got to see the wonderful new collection of stamps and dies 
I released in my Calling All Sistahs post 
that I designed with the specific intent of supporting breast cancer awareness and research programs 
by donating 50% of the profits.
I can't wait to write the first check in honor of all who've been affected by breast cancer!

Girl Friday Angie has an awesome card for you today using Hope Ribbon and Calling All Sistahs stamps, and Sistahs Fri-Dies from this awesome new collection. 

I love that she stamped the big pretty ribbon right over a pattern paper.
This is one awesome card and would be excellent to send to someone who is currently enduring this disease. It would also be fabulous to send to one of your sistahs to remind her to check herself.

When I launched the collection on the 17th I offered the Hope Fri-Die for free to all purchases that day. 
That very evening I received the most excellent news and for that reason I've decided to extend that offer through the Thanksgiving weekend.

It's true, no code needed, you don't need to do a thing, I'll happily tuck this sweet die into every order I package through November 30th. 
A little hope from me to you :)

So just what was this excellent news?
Ironically, 3 months to the day that I first discovered the little terrorist, 
I got the results of my Onco-Type test which determined 
I do NOT need chemo!!
I win!!!!!!!

One last thing, for all the free Hope Fri-Dies I have already sent as well as those waiting to be sent, 
I will still donate the amount the charity would receive if they were purchased :)

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

November 17th Calling All Sistahs

Hello my sistahs!! It's the 17th!

I created 
Calling All Sistahs 
in an effort to support breast cancer awareness all year long because 
YOU matter to me, You are my Sistahs!

 This is your reminder to do your breast self-exam!
and remind your sistahs too!

 I need to thank you.
Your comments, emails and private messages from last month's post
 lifted me up like I can't even begin to tell you. 
You made me feel strong and ferocious as I prepared for battle (surgery) 
and at the same time so very humbled as I read many of your personal stories.
I was sharing some of them with my nurse when I was waiting in pre-op 
and we were both tearing up.
Nearly all of us have been affected by cancer.
This idea, this series is super important to me 
and it has sincerely touched my heart to hear that it's important to you too.

I heard from quite a few of you that 
you weren't exactly sure how to do your self exam.
I strongly encourage you to speak with your doctor about this at your next appointment 
(do not be embarrassed...BE empowered!!)
but in the meantime, 
National Breast Cancer Foundation has a great tutorial to get you started.
You can see that here
(and then do follow up with your doc to fine tune and answer any questions)

NBCF is a wonderful organization devoted to Early Detection, Breast Health Education and Breast Cancer Research. It was founded by Janelle Hail who was diagnosed with breast cancer more than 30 years ago when she was just 34 years old.
(this disease does not follow age rules!)

It's my hope that my small little Calling All Sistahs campaign can help. 
I want it to help you and all the wonderful women in your lives and their lives and so on.
I also want it to help beyond my monthly reminders to support some of the amazing organizations like National Breast Cancer Foundation 
that are making a profound difference in treatment options.

This month I'm taking this campaign of mine a step further by launching
The Calling All Sistahs collection of stamps and dies, 
designed by me during the time I was living through all the confusion and uncertainty that cancer could throw at me.
I hope you will use them to make awesome cards to remind and support all your sistahs, as well as cards to support those you know who are currently enduring this awful disease.

I'm grateful for all the awareness campaigns and research that has resulted in better treatment for us, and I want to give back.
A wise man said
"It is far worse to do nothing because you thought you could only do a little" 
so this is my little.
But I know that together my sistahs, WE can use this little to make a difference that will help each other and more!! 

50% of the profits from this collection will be donated to breast cancer awareness and research programs.

I designed this collection specifically for this purpose so I want you to know that 
this 50% donation is not for a limited time only, it's forever.



This amazing collection from my heart is available NOW only at 

I've coordinated a fun little blog hop to get you excited and give you design ideas from 
a few of the Girl Fridays, 
my dear friend Catherine Pooler, 
and my cancer crushing sistah AJ Otto 

Before I send you off to hop and then shop, 
I want to share a moment with you.
My 16 year old son did all the packaging of the stamps and dies for this collection 
while I've been recovering from my lumpectomy and radiation. 
He said to me "Mom, you're a month too late with this stuff, you should have done it in October" 
I said, "Why? Because of Breast Cancer Awareness Month?"
He nodded.
I said "I didn't miss anything. I didn't find my cancer in October, I found it in August and that's exactly my point...we need to be aware every single month, not just in October, and I think this collection can help with that."

Now off you hop to see the Calling All Sistahs collection in action!

Here is the hop order 
CAS-ual Fridays Stamps ***You are here!

and when you land back here, click THIS LINK to go straight to the store :)
One last thing...
As I continue to wait for the Onco Type results that will determine if I need chemo,
 I'm all to aware just how much we all need hope.
So every single purchase that happens today will receive a free Hope Fri-Die in their order. 
You don't have to do a thing, it will automatically be included. 
A little hope from me to you:)
***edited to add***
I'm extending the free die offer!!

If you're lucky enough to end up with more than 1 of these little dies, 
then you too can spread a little hope by gifting it to someone who might need a little hope in their life :)

Monday, November 16, 2015

November 16

Happy Monday!

Now I know Monday isn't typically a word I associate with happy, and I'm guessing you probably feel the same way, but this Monday is pretty happy :)

I've got 2 great announcements, a little update on me, and a super pretty card from Girl Friday Jingle...not necessarily in that order *wink*

Announcement #1: 
More than 20 stamp and Fri-Die sets are retiring at the end of this year!
They are available now on the store website in the Retiring- going, going soon to be gone section at a very special savings until December 31st or while supplies last. 
They will not be re-ordered so once they sell out, they are gone forever!

Whew! That's a doozy of an announcement, let's get a little eye candy as an intermission shall we?

Girl Friday Jingle created this beauty using Lovely Snowflake and Noel Fri-Dies

Wow, right?! Here's how she did it-
I created this pretty holiday card using ombre ink, making it quick to reproduce multiple times! I simple stamped that GORGEOUS snowflake three times, once in the center, and then once partially on both the top and the bottom of the card. I added the die cut sentiment and some sparkling sequins to finish off the design. If you are mass producing, I suggest cutting your sentiments all at once and then running them all through a Xyron for easy assembly line production!

So a little update on me:
I had my lumpectomy on October 28th and it couldn't have gone better. Great margins, only 1 lymph node was removed and it was cancer free, so I was able to participate in a clinical trial for Intra Operative Radiation Therapy. This means I was able to receive my entire dose of radiation during surgery! When I said amazing things are coming for early stage breast cancer, I wasn't kidding! 
They have been doing this treatment for many years now in Europe and for a few years here in the US for women over 50, but this trial is for women between 40 and 50-that's me :)
I'm healing well, feeling pretty wiped out from the radiation, but at least it's done and I can just relax on the couch and rest. I'm told it will take about 4-6 weeks for my energy to return-looking forward to that :)
The last piece of the puzzle is still hanging out there...will I or won't I need chemo? My tumor was sent off for the Onco Type Dx testing which will determine, based on the unique biology of my tumor, whether chemotherapy will have any benefit for me. I have a 50% chance of scoring in the low risk category which means doing chemo would have no benefit to my risk factor and therefore I would not need it. I am really really really hoping to be in that category, but will handle it if I'm not. Just more waiting...the reoccurring theme of cancer. 

So this brings me to my 2nd big announcement:
Tomorrow is the 17th of the month, and I'm still determined to turn this life event of mine into a positive. I have a super special event planned for my Calling All Sistahs post. 

I am doing a super special release that will be kicked off with a special blog hop 
to provide inspiration for the brand new Calling All Sistahs Collection. 
This collection is available only at CAS-ual Fridays Stamps,
 and has its own unique packaging because
 50% of the profits from this collection
 will be donated to breast cancer awareness and research programs!!

It all starts at midnight eastern tonight and I hope you'll come and bring your sistahs too! 

Friday, November 13, 2015

November 13

Happy Friday!

Yesterday we had our first snow in Colorado. 
I guess that means the holiday season is in fact almost upon us, and that makes me think I better start planning my Thanksgiving dinner and get the boys started on their wish lists and possibly start making my Christmas cards and start my shopping... Whew! I think I need a nap now. LOL!
I think I'll be dreaming of a white and blue Christmas!

Look at this beautiful card designed by Girl Friday Archana

I love the dreamy quality of the Noel Fri-Dies on the vellum panel

and the pretty sparkle of the glitter on the Flurry Fri-Dies.
Dreamy for sure!

The Flurry Fri-Dies should be back in stock by early next week. 
If you'd like to be notified as soon as they are available email me at

Have a super weekend!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

November 10

Happy Wednesday!

Do you doodle? 
She doodles oodles of fun!
Check out what she created with our Autumn Blessings set by doing a little clever masking, and then doodling all the doo-dah day.

Is that stunning or what?!
Adult coloring books are all the rage right now and I have to say Julia's doodling can rival any book I've seen! 
She stamped the images by masking off some of them to fill  in the space. 
Then she doodled until she had filled in the images, then colored with her copics to her hearts content!
I'm floored!
To finish off her creation, she embossed the sentiment in gold-yum! and then slipped it behind a Bubble Box die cut to frame it up. 
And as luck would have it, Both of the awesome goodies she used happen to be on sale right now! 
Simply visit our Sale category to see these lovelies and more :)

Saturday, November 7, 2015

November 7

Happy Saturday!

Girl Friday Joanna has a really beautiful card that touched my heart. 
As you may know, last year I released a pretty holiday set called Pinecones. 
It's a special set to me because I wrote the poem stamp that describes how pinecones are the first ornament a Christmas tree ever knows. 
So check out this beauty...

But wait, there's more!
Joanna created a video too!

Look it sparkles too!

Love this soooo much!!

Have an awesome weekend!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

November 4

Happy Wednesday!

My jaw dropped when I saw Girl Friday Angie's card for today. 
She used a stamp set that I guarantee you would never think of to use for a Christmas card. 

Check out this moment of brilliance...

Do you recognize it?

The die is from our brand new Noel Fri- Dies and that tree?
She used the swooshy thing from Breathe! 
I love how she got depth of color by stamping the elements over each other as she created her sweepy tree. 
And don't even get me started on how much I love the jingle bells!!

Monday, November 2, 2015

November 2

Happy Monday!

Jingle here today! You don't have to pull out turkeys and pumpkins for Thanksgiving cards! This gorgeous Thanksgiving card uses the Truth Is stamp set along with a sentiment from Autumn Blessings and some gorgeous fall color tones to create that warm and cozy Thanksgiving feel!


1. Trim Card base from kraft cardstock, set asside.

2. Trim a white panel, stamp the flowers in kraft.
3. Color flowers with fall tones.

4. Stamp and emboss the sentiment in gold.
5. Adhere washi tape and glitter tape to top of panel.
6. Adhere panel to card base.
7. Give to someone and watch them smile! 

Autumn Blessings and several of our Autumn themed sets are available in the SALE section of our website at a special savings for a limited time and while supplies last. 

Friday, October 30, 2015

October 30

Happy Friday!
Hi folks! Kelly here with a quick winter decoration project to get started once the Halloween decorations have been put away. This one is great to do while you're watching a show, waiting to pick up your kids, talking with your friend on the phone, basically anytime you have a few minutes to do some crafting that doesn't require a lot of thought. 

I used the Flurry Fri-Die to make some 3D snowflakes to dangle in our bathroom window. They make me feel quite cozy in my warm home!

I ran the trio of snowflakes through the die cutting machine 5 times.

Fold them down the middle. You can score them if it makes it easier.

Glue the halves.

And keep putting them together. Glue the final halves together to complete your 3D snowflake.

The more layers you use, the fuller they become. I like having a mix of 3 layer snowflakes and 5 layer snowflakes. These are easy to store too for future years. Thanks for looking!

Have a wonderful weekend!